Portrait Photography FAQs

Below you will find a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). These FAQs are designed to help you get a better feel for Mike Pittman's personality and style. If there are any questions you have that are not addressed in the FAQs below, please feel free to contact Mike directly through the Contact page.

Tell me about the packages you offer.

Portrait packages range in price from $150 to $275, and vary in length from 30 minutes to 3 hours. Based on experience, I highly recommend the mid-range package which is $225. The more we work together, the more comfortable we'll become with each other. Unless you want multiple locations that are far apart from each other, a 3 hour session is pushing the boundaries of most people's "this is fun!" time frame.

What do I need to hire you?

Once we have set a time and location, I will send you the Portrait Session Reservation Form. When this is completed, I will provide an invoice for the full amount of your portrait session. To reserve your session time, the full payment amount is due at the time of booking. That will be your session fee ($150, $225, or $275) plus your $150 minimum product purchase. If you live in New York state, that price will also include NY Sales Taxes.

How do I get prints or products?

Once you have selected the photos you want to be edited, you will be provided with a Client Access ID to view your edited images. You will then be able to purchase prints in size from wallet up to 30x40, metal prints, standout prints, gallery wrap canvas, and then make many customizations to your products. If there is something you want to order that you do not see in the product listing, just contact me and let me know, and I'll make sure to get the product you want.

Do I get my files?

Once the images have been edited, I will provide you with low resolution versions of ALL edited images. These images will contain my logo in the corner of the image, and these are for you to share as you would like. For Senior Portrait Sessions, I will provide you with one image for your yearbook. For head shot sessions, you will get one image sized for 8x10 printing.

Do you shoot digitally?

My normal medium is digital. However, I love film, but the reality of the need for quick turn around prevents film from being feasible. If you love film as much as I do, and want some of your portraits shot on film, let's chat about it.

Do you engage your subjects?

Ignoring my portrait subjects during the session would make for some very awkward moments, and that's not my goal! We'll engage with each other, work on poses that are good and comfortable for you, and then make sure the photos I take are ones you want and will enjoy. That being said, I'm much more of a spontaneous photographer than one who will direct the shoot to the very minute details. When we see a location we like, or I see a pose or look I like, we'll work that until I'm satisfied we have a great photo.

I hate posing for pictures; do I have to pose?

Sadly, yes. But see the question above for more information on how I work. I may direct you a little, but I promise not to treat you like the school yearbook photographer asking you to contort your head and neck into various positions that make you look like a drunk turtle. That's not a good look.

Can you tell me why I should choose you?

  1. You realize that portraits are a great way to remember major milestones, and you want those memories to be fun, not of some portrait studio in a mall.
  2. My images speak to you in a certain way - the way the subjects look happy, more alive, like they're having fun. And you like that.
  3. Like me, you're one of those people who hates having your picture taken so you want to hire someone who makes it easy, pleasant, and even fun.
  4. You are the type of person who prefers to deal directly with an artist who will meet with you personally over a glass of wine, good IPA, or triple grande soy iced skinny hazelnut no foam latte. Most importantly, you want to work with someone who will give you one-on-one personalized attention from start to finish.
  5. You think that most photographers' portrait work looks pretty much the same and you want something better - something more you and not so cookie cutter.
  6. You're fun people, and fun people like to work with other fun people.
  7. You can appreciate and love my work. And you love me. (If you haven't yet met me, you can reserve judgment on the latter!)

You say the personality of the photographer is important. Why?

Keep in mind that you'll be spending a decent bit of time with your photographer, and probably posing in ways that -- as much as we try otherwise -- are not natural. Being photographed does make you feel a bit vulnerable, and you want to feel comfortable around, and supported by, your photographer.