The best for shooting are early morning around or shortly after sunrise and at sunset. While these times may seem limiting, these times allow me to make many creative choices with lighting while capturing the best color and light that are most flattering. During mid-day, the sun is high and direct and can cause limitations to what locations can be used. I typically shoot sessions in the evening (in the summer and early fall) or mid/late afternoon in the colder months. Keep this in mind when planning and scheduling a session.
Generally, I am able to shoot a portrait session in most weather and lighting conditions. Sometimes due to weather and limitations, we are required to modify our plan or use a back up location. I am able to protect my camera gear in light rain; however, if there are storms, rain, extreme temperatures/humidity, or high wind, that can negatively affect your comfort and our safety and make for a bad session. If bad weather is anticipated during the time of your session we will keep in close communication and decide if rescheduling is necessary.
I am very detail-oriented and experienced in portrait retouching, and I use only the best software to complete this task. Many people struggle with acne. Some people have scars or birthmarks they feel are distracting. Most of us at times have puffy under-eyes or even dark circles.
Every photo you receive has been carefully edited. Color correction, sharpening, and minor editing on skin surfaces is done to enhance each photo.
As standard, I remove temporary blemishes such as cuts, bruises, or acne as part of my processing workflow. I will not make your skin look like plastic, but I’ll provide general overall skin smoothing to help minimize the look of pores, wrinkles, and dark circles without actually removing these features. Generally, I smooth skin a little less on male clients than I do on female clients. We shoot with a Photojournalistic approach and will therefore not alter your shape.
Absolutely. I am not a fan of formal posing so I usually help my clients to just act natural and I will help along the way to create the most flattering images possible.
Yes, of course! Anything to make your photos more personal, more comfortable and more about you is usually best.
We take all of our photos in intimate, relaxed settings and try to use natural lighting as often as possible. Our sessions are candid and fun!
During a typical session, I may take a few hundred photos, with many of these being almost exact duplicates. I move around and have you change poses, adjusting how you look and how other elements in the photo look as I am shooting. I may adjust settings on my camera and lens to change the lighting or look of the photo. Due to this, you will not receive all of your photos. I will present to you only your very best photos from the session.
After the session, photos are downloaded to my computer where professional image editing software is required to view and edit the files. Here, I carefully review every photo. As I start my editing process, I first eliminate any photos that do not fit my standards (i.e. blinking, hair blowing, odd expression, blurry or too dark/light). The remaining photos are closely compared, where I choose the best to hand-edit to completion. The images that I choose to discard will not be available for viewing or purchase in either an unedited or edited form.
You can be assured that the images presented to you ARE the best from the session. I will not hide or keep amazing photos from you. I always provide an estimate or minimum number of images you will receive for each type of session. Sometimes that number ends up being higher, if I feel that there are more images that what we originally guessed would come from your session.
Quality professional photography involves more than just a nice camera and a smile, but rather art and science. Art in knowing how to find the balance between light, composition, posing, and color theory. Science in how to utilize all of the camera settings properly to get the best focus and exposure in the photo and then to complete the image during the editing process. Neither of these skills can be learned in a short amount of time, and the profession cannot be bought at the big box store. A professional will have a consistent style and quality in their work and will stand behind it with a guarantee of satisfaction. Besides needing skills in taking a proper photo, a photographer must also be a creative artist. A photographer who has natural creative vision will produce superior work to someone who is just doing it to make some extra cash. Professionals will give individualized attention to each client and provide a customized experience that is designed for a beautiful end result.
There are many hidden costs a professional photographer incurs as well. This may include camera equipment, computer software, periodic upgrades, professional organization memberships, website and domain subscriptions, file storage, taxes, credit card fees, insurance, education/training, and more. All of these investments made by the photographer tend to equate to a better end result for their clients. Beyond the cost of tangible items, a large amount of time is invested before, during, and after the photo session.
A common misunderstanding to consumers is that “copyright” means “right to make copies.” Copyright is a legal term meaning that the person who creates a piece is the owner the moment it is created. If an artist sells or releases the copyright, it gives the new copyright owner the right to claim the works as their own, to alter the work, and to prevent the original creator from displaying or selling it. This is why most artists, including photographers, never sell copyright to a piece of work.
Printing and usage rights can be granted by the copyright holder when high-resolution digital image files are purchased with your session. Printing and usage rights allow the consumer to have prints or print products made with the images, and/or to display the images for personal use, but with some limitations (which typically include rules such as not selling the images, not altering/editing the images, not using images for commercial purposes, and not claiming images as the work of another person). Limitations are put on by the copyright holder. Printing and usage rights and limitations are explained in the Copyright and Print Release section of your photography contract.
No, but you will receive a print release for the photos.
Most packages include one photographer, but second shooters are available depending on date and availability.
Yes, so long as they are not prohibiting the myself or a second shooter from doing our job as your photographers.
While we are lucky enough to work with gorgeous couples, the images shown on our site and blog are of our regular, paying clients.
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can give you more information on this.
For weddings, a $400 retainer is required with signed contract in order to get your wedding day on the calendar. Four weeks prior to your wedding, the remainder of the balance is due.
We highly recommend ordering prints through our professional vendors, but it is not required. The difference in quality is HUGE when it comes to ordering through a local printer and a professional lab, so we encourage clients to let us help with prints!