Note: I am not booking sessions for 2016 spring/summer seasons! I have recently been presented with an exciting, travel-heavy opportunity to grow as a professional within this industry which leaves me no other option but to take a leap of faith and put all sessions on hold. If you'd like to be contacted when I do return, put your name on the waiting list and I will send you an email! Wish me luck and cheers to an onward and upward adventure!
Q: What do you photograph?
- A: Everything... except weddings! I absolutely adore engagement photos and I love bridal portraits, but for now at least, I'll leave the wedding ceremonies in the hands of the many super talented wedding photographers in the area! I'll be happy to recommend you to some of my friends if you're in the market.
Q: How would you define your style of editing?:
- A: Detailed. I'm a perfectionist to the most extreme degree. I love candids and sunshine and I'm especially picky when it comes to editing the eyes and faces--I definitely love me some pretty eyeballs and close-ups! I feel like getting the eyes just right makes or breaks a photo in a really really really big way!
Q: How far will you travel?
- A: I don't typically travel farther than 1 hour outside of Frisco, TX, but I'm a sucker when it comes to photography so I'd most likely say yes if you asked me to meet you in Florida.
Q: What locations do you use? Can I choose my own?
- A: If you decide I'm the right fit for you, I'll have you fill out a short online questionnaire that will help me better understand what you're looking for as far as location/scenery is concerned--based on the answers to those questions, I will make some suggestions and then we'll decide on the final location together. If, however, you just want to say "I don't care. Just pick something!" then I'll be happy to do that as well. On the opposite end of the spectrum, YES, you can absolutely choose your own location--I love that, in fact! There is a space left open for you to tell me which location you'd like to use on your questionnaire.
*Some locations require a reservation and charge fees to use the facility. These fees can charge per location and also per seasons. Some can be as little as $50.00 or as high as $1,000.00. You will be responsible for the added cost of that location. (Bummer, I know!)*
Q: Do you have an indoor/studio location?
- A: Yes. I've got a studio space setup inside of my home. We have a large game room upstairs that is also viewable from the studio space and it's filled with every toy imaginable-- so don't worry about bringing energetic siblings along!
Q: How do you handle bad weather on the day of the session?
- A: Ideally, I only shoot in the evenings in 70 degree weather with a light breeze and not a cloud in the sky, but we live in Texas so you might as well just go ahead and accept the high possibility that you will either be a hot, humid mess or freezing cold in May. Weather re-scheduling happens all the time so don't sweat it (no pun intended) if it happens to you. I'll contact you on the day of the session in the event of extreme weather and we'll discuss whether or not you're up for it. I'm not afraid to shoot in any of the extreme weather conditions if you aren't. The exception to my tolerance to conditions is dangerous weather. I consider that icey conditions, the possibility of severe weather or lightning strikes within 30 minutes of the location. Other than that, weather rescheduling is entirely your choice. If you want that beautiful, natural sunshine in your photos and the sky is gray? I'd much rather you reschedule than be disappointed in your photos!
Q: How long does a session usually last?
- A: Full sessions last about 1 hour. Newborn sessions can last anywhere from 2-4 hours, depending on what type of session you're looking for and how many poses you'd like and mini-sessions are no longer than 30 minutes. In all these cases, I consider start time as the minute I take my first photo. In other words, your time does not include the time it takes to get to the location (if we're walking a long distance in a park) or have to take time to set up props, etc. I've learned that this works best for sessions with little ones and large families because they are often pretty slow at getting to locations.
Q: What time of the day do you typically schedule sessions?
- A: Ideally, I prefer to shoot as close to sunset/sunrise as possible on a sunny day. I have more room on cloudy days, but we'll discuss time changes on the day of the shoot to make sure we get it right. In the summer, this means a pretty late session. In the winter time, it can mean that a session starts as early as 4pm--I do morning sessions on very rare occasions (because it's usually SO EARLY), but sometimes it's the only time we have to work with, and that's just fine with me! Unless the chosen location is shaded, I probably won't be very open to scheduling a session between the hours of 10am-4pm... the exception to that rule is if it's an indoor session at my studio or the client's home.
Q: Do you provide props or do we bring our own?:
- A: I usually bring small "seating props", blankets or stools to places that won't have anywhere to sit (mostly true for outdoor park locations), but I welcome any props you'd like to use! Often times with little ones, bringing a toy or a ball they really love helps them warm up to the idea of my big camera and brings out their personality. Footballs are a popular choice amongst the little boys! This will be decided once the questionnaire is filled out--and if you see a photo prop on my website that you like, don't forget to let me know!
Q: How/when do I pay? Do you require a deposit?
- A: I accept cash or check at the time of your session and do not require a deposit. If you forget either of those forms of payment, no big deal--I will be happy to delete all the photos I took of you and never speak to you again. I'm KIDDING. You can also mail your payment if you'd like. I will begin editing as soon as payment is received!
Q: Do you provide digital copies of our session? What about a Copyright Release?
- A: Yes! Both of those things are included in the cost of the session.
Q: How will I view my photos?
A: See that tab called Client Galleries? That is where you'll go as soon as I let you know that your edits are complete! I will give you a password that will give you, and anybody else who knows your password, access to your gallery. You can then download individual photos or your entire album.
Q: How long does it take you to edit a full session?
- A: That depends. 5-7 days is average for a full session in the off-season. Mini-sessions usually take 2-4 days to complete. Newborns can take 7-12 days depending on how many skin issues the newborn needs fixing. Event photos range. Depends on what kind of event it is. During peak season (November-Jan), edits could take a little longer than average due to the large volume of holiday sessions. I work as fast as I possibly can (I don't sleep much during this time) to get your photos to you as quickly as possible during peak season so that you can send out holiday cards, but the earlier you schedule these in the year, the better!