Portrait FAQs


Portrait FAQs
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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 ($375 or $450) plus any additions or travel fees. If you live in New York state, that price will also include NY Sales Taxes if physical goods are included.
Why should I purchase prints through you? Do I have to?
There's a huge difference between a print you make at your local printer and those I print for you. I work with the best print and product labs in the world, and have worked with them for years. I know when I send your images off to be printed, you'll get an image that matches what I see on my display as closely as possible. In the end, only the photographer can fully realize the vision of the photographs taken - both technically and emotionally. The only people in the world who care this much about your photos are you and me.

As part of my deliverables to you, I will provide low resolution images with my logo for you to share with friends and family, or on social media platforms. I will also provide high resolution images, without my logo, and a print waiver that will allow you to purchase your prints/products from the vendor of your choosing. However, please keep in mind that the only way I can guarantee the quality of your products is if you purchase through me.
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. Additionally, I will provide you with high resolution versions of all edited images, as well as a print waiver document, so you can have your photos printed by the vendor of your choosing. However, a friendly reminder that I cannot guarantee the quality of your prints or products if you do not purchase through me.
Do you also shoot on film?
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 taco 'bout 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 most 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- You're fun people, and fun people like to work with other fun people.
- 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 -- do not feel natural. Being photographed does make you feel vulnerable, and you want to feel comfortable around, and supported by, your photographer.

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