What camera do you have?
I shoot with a Nikon D700. Here is everything in my camera bag. I always tell people what I shoot with but include this disclaimer: the camera doesn’t matter. If you are looking to get into photography, use whatever you can get your hands on and use that to develop your eye. Once you’re at a point where you feel you’re outgrowing your equipment, then you should look to upgrade. Any sooner than that, and you may end up with a fancy camera with too many bells and whistles than you know how to operate. The best pictures don’t come from the latest equipment :)
Do you mentor/teach beginners?
Unfortunately I don’t offer beginner photography courses. My workshops and mentor sessions are geared towards those who semi-understand their DSLR cameras and who would like to improve their natural light shooting skills. We do cover basics such as the exposure triangle, but not so in depth so as to explain it to someone who has never heard of ISO, aperture, or shutter speed lol. I think of myself more as an intermediate photography instructor :) If you have a specific need and you’re wondering if a mentor session would be a good fit, shoot me an email!
Do you photograph newborns or events?
Unfortunately I do not offer newborn or event photography services (other than weddings) but I do know of wonderful local photographers that do, so I will be happy to refer you! If you’re interested in photos of your little one, I begin to work with babies around 4-6 months of age.
What's the difference between lifestyle and business photos?
Technically nothing. The style of my work is the same, so the photos will have a similar look- tailored to fit your needs. The difference between the two is what’s included in the package. Headshot/business photo pricing is all inclusive which means that it comes with high-resolution files. Most professionals need the digital files for use on social media, print marketing materials, websites, etc so they are included in the initial package price. Lifestyle packages are priced differently with a session fee, and digital files are purchased separately.
Why does custom photography cost so much?
Simply put, because it is custom. I take time with each of my clients to ensure that the final product is uniquely them and just what they’re looking for- from the pre-session correspondence, to the time shooting the day of, to the custom retouching every image after your session, every decision is made so that you look and feel your best! For a more in depth explanation, fellow photographer Priscilla does a beautiful job :)
Why are digital files so much?
Digital files are the highest priced item because they are the most valuable and versatile purchase. With your purchase, you receive a print release and can make prints (from wallet to poster size), canvas/wall art, photo books, key chains, mugs, notebooks, pillows, etc (whatever your heart desires lol) at any time in the future. Once you have your high-resolution files, you have no reason to come back to your photographer since you’re able to make prints/ products from those files yourself. With that being the case, the high-resolution digital files are priced accordingly considering their value :)
How do you select your locations?
Once we discuss the ideas for your shoot, and your outfits are decided, I will help you come up with the perfect location for your session! I’m all about style/color harmony so I like my locations to compliment my subjects. What you plan to wear is important for me to know prior to finalizing your location. I love shooting in the city so most sessions take place in DC because we can have so many different looks without having to go far… cool alleys, an interesting building here, a great textured wall there, an unexpected spot with graffiti- the possibilities are endless! I am respectful of location requests if you have a spot in mind that has a special meaning to you. No matter the location, count on your photos to have their own unique flair. I do include a travel fee if you have a location you would like to use that’s more than 30 minutes away.
What should I wear? How can I select the right clothing?
I will send you a complete portrait guide when you book your session with outfit tips and suggestions. If you are interested in using the services of a professional wardrobe stylist, please let me know and I will be happy to refer you to one of the lovely stylists I know!
How do I book a session with you?
Simply click here and send an email! You will be contacted with further information. Once your date is selected, the signed contract is returned, and your session fee is paid, you’re all set!
What should I expect the day of my session?
To have fun! Your photo session will not be stuffy, it will be fun and relaxed! In order to catch the best moments, I like to put my subjects at ease. If you’re being photographed with your significant other, family, or friends, just interact with them as you would normally and leave the rest up to me! Some of the best images are captured when the subjects are acting and reacting naturally, not posing for the camera.
What will happen if there is inclement weather the day of my session?
Usually the morning of, or the night before we will decide how to proceed due to the uncertainty of forecasts. Unless there is a forecast of 60% or more of precipitation, we will normally proceed as planned. Not to worry though, cloudy days are actually perfect for pictures :) If the weather is bad, we will simply reschedule to the next soonest available date.
How long will it take to get my images back?
After your session I will comb through your images and select the best of the best- usually between 30 to 40+ images (for a standard session) and 10 to 15 for a mini. These are then carefully retouched and prepared for presentation. 2 to 3 weeks following your session, your proofs will be ready for you to view and make the selections to order. The turnaround time for weddings is 4 to 6 weeks.
Have a question that’s not answered here? Feel free to email me!