General faqs

What should I wear to the shoot?

For an engagement session or other non-wedding session, I suggest you choose colors that work with your skin, hair and eye color. Jewel tones work quite well on camera, although a cream or white can make darker skin glow beautifully. Avoid busy patterns or items which will “pull the focus” from you, the star (unless that flannel shirt really is the essence of you). Feel free to bring a few different options for tops, in a variety of necklines and colors, as well as a few easy layering options (some minimal jewelry, a jacket, a jean vest, and glasses, for example). Make sure your clothes are comfortable, clean, and wrinkle-free! Trying to edit out millions of shirt wrinkles take forever (and you'll be charged an additional fee). If you’re wearing something that wrinkles easily, hang it in your car, and then put it on when you arrive at the shoot site. Bring some shoes which you feel cute yet comfortable in, and keep in mind the terrain at our agreed upon location (if we're out in the great outdoors, for example).

What about my hair?

For photoshoots, clean, lightly-styled hair looks fantastic, either down or in a loose updo. Ladies, if you are having your hair cut or colored before the shoot, do it a few weeks beforehand (just in case any adjustments need to be made). Bring hair ties, bobby pins, and and headbands or accessories you might like (or which might be useful, if it’s windy). If you have any sort of facial hair, wax it a few days before the shoot. Guys, a haircut a few days before the shoot is fine. Make sure you are freshly shaved with a new razor, shaving gel, and aftershave lotion, so your skin doesn’t get irritated (and assuming you aren't a bearded dragon). If you do have a beard, trim it (especially any wiry or stray hairs). Everyone, pluck and clean up your eyebrows, please.

Do you have hair or makeup artists available?

Should you need a hair or makeup artist, I have several colleagues whom I work with on a regular basis who are available to be booked for shoots. Depending on the location and artist, the cost is usually somewhere around $125-$160. Please let me know if you would like additional contact information and rates for either service. Please arrive hair and makeup ready at the scheduled photography start time.

What if I'm running late to my shoot?

Unfortunately, I aslo work around a busy schedule, so all sessions will start and end as written in your contract. For this reason, PLEASE plan on arriving a few minutes early to make any final beauty adjustments, to find parking, et cetera. If we start late and you wish to go beyond the scheduled end time, an additional fee will apply.

What if I need to cancel or reschedule my shoot?

While I understand that life can sometimes throw curveballs, due to the very busy nature and heavy demands of professional photography, I enforce a strict cancellation policy. For wedding date changes outside of three months, I will apply your deposit toward a new date, if I am available on the new date. Wedding cancellations made within three months forfeit the deposit amount. For engagement and other sessions, cancellations made 3-7 days before your scheduled shoot may only apply your deposit to a new date. For cancellations made under 3 days (72 hours), the deposit will be forfeited, and a new deposit will be required to book a new date.

What styles of photography do you offer?

I have experience shooting headshots, family portraits, maternity and newborn shoots, events, and footage for blogs/social media. As my schedule allows, I love to work in all of these areas (or I am happy to connect you with a colleague who does great work, if you need something even more specific). Feel free to contact me.

Why are there mileage fees, and what do you charge?

Great question! The nature of being a photographer means balancing time between taking photographs, maintaining gear, editing, delivering products to clients, taking meetings, and many other daily to-do items. As such, mileage fees are essential, as they cover time spent by myself and my team commuting to and from a given job, as well as mileage, gas, and vehicle wear-and-tear. Mileage rates are as follows: Locally (under 10 miles from my address) = no additional cost 10-25 miles = $60 additional fee 25-50 miles = $90 additional fee 50+ miles = negotiated and handled on a case-by-case basis – please inquire

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