|Before your session:
How should I prepare for my session? What
should I wear? What should I bring?
This depends on the type
of session you are doing:
In general wear solid colors that go well with your skin
tone. If you do not know what works on you try visiting a stylist or
makeup specialist. Mary Kay, Beauty Control, and Avon
can often help you with this for free. If you are coming with a
friend or family make sure you coordinate and do not wear colors
that clash. If you must wear a print make sure it is subtle and does
not take attention away from your face.
Try to match your (or your children's) clothing with eye color.
This helps bring out your eyes in the final image.
Women: do NOT wear any makeup that is glittery. These products
will not look right in photos.
Make sure to bring anything that plays a major part in your life.
Do you have a hobby? A best friend? A special pet? Feel free to
bring them. If you plan to bring your pet please refer to the "pet
session" section for more.
Outside: If your session is going to be in a park or other location where
it may be difficult to change:
Wear layers so you can get several different looks. This may also
include wearing one neutral undershirt with several options to go on
top. Remember you always have unlimited poses and clothing changes.
However, make sure that you will be comfortable, do not wear long
sleeves in the middle of July, alternatively don't wear a tank top in
For newborn sessions: Before the shoot make sure that your newborn is clean, nails have
been trimmed, and they have had a chance to eat. If you babywear make
sure to wash your baby carrier if you want it in any shots.
Have any adults that are going to be in the photos with your
newborn (mom, dad, etc) bring at least one black shirt. If the shirt
is new make sure to wash it before the day of your session. The
shirt may be long or short sleeved. Remember to have a manicure for
those close up shots (you too gentlemen ;) ).
For sessions with pets: Before the shoot make sure your pet has been recently groomed so
they can look their best. You can bathe and brush them yourself or
you can take them to a groomer. If they wear a collar or leash make
sure it is as clean as possible. If they have nails be sure to trim
their nails so they do not tear or put holes in your nice clothes.
If you bring a pet also bring a leash, friend, or cage to keep them
in while we are doing other parts of the shoot. Also bring anything
you may need to clean up after them.
Advanced tips: When choosing clothing color in addition to
above remember that bright colors such as lime and mango can look
great in print as long as it goes with your skin tone. Earth tones
are also a good choice. Bring one bright and one earth tone if
Where will the session be?
Wherever you are comfortable! I do all on location photography
which means that instead of being confined to a studio we can shoot
in your home, your favorite park, wherever you like. This style of
photography is gaining in popularity due to less stress on the
subject since you do not have to take your children or pets anywhere
unfamiliar. This ensures that they are at their best.
What if I am not photogenic?
Photogenic can be defined many ways. Webster says: "Attractive
as a subject for photography."
When I work I try to make everyone appear as attractive as
possible. For me this means that no-one is "not photogenic". For
someone who get nervous in front of a camera this may mean they
normally will not look their best when photographed. I will take the
time to help you relax and get the best possible image for you.
How many photos will I have to choose from?
This depends on the actual length of your session and the type of
session. Usually you can count on 20-30 images from a typical
session lasting about an hour.
How long does a session last?
About an hour. Some may be only 45 or 50 minutes, while other may
take an hour and 30 minutes. Make sure that you allow enough time
for your session.
How can I make my child smile?
Don't. Let them be themselves. Their true personality will show
through. I will work with them as well to try and get them at their
Can we meet before the session?
Absolutely! While I do not currently require meeting in advance I
think it is great for children, pets, and even adults to get to know
their photographer before we actually get shooting.
After Your Session:
How do I view
A few days after your session I will email you
with a link to my albums login, and a passcode just for you. You may
share your passcode with any of your friends or family that you wish
to, however remember that anyone who has your passcode can order
items from your album. Your album will be available for 7-21 days
(depending on your package) after I email you your passcode.
How do I order?
Inside of your album if you click on an image you
like it will take you to a screen with only that image. From there
you can order prints and other products. If you would like a product
that you do not see listed please contact me and I will see if I can
You may also request an in person viewing of your
proofs at any time.
What can I order?
I offer a wide selection of regular print sizes,
postcards, folding cards, buttons and other novelty items, gallery
wraps, and silver and tile jewelry. If you do
not see something you would like to order, just ask and I will see
if I can get it for you. Please see my
products/services page for more.
What is a Gallery Wrap?
A gallery wrap is when the image is printed on art
canvas and stretched on a 1.5" deep frame just like a painters
canvas. The image goes around the sides of the frame. It comes ready
to hang on your wall, no additional framing or glass is required.
Can I get black and white or sepia, what about
Of course! I do not charge an additional fee for
simple colorization such as black and white or sepia. In your album
there is a sample preview of the computers interpretation of what a
black and white or sepia image will look like. When I convert it the
image will look better due to the artistic nature of such a
conversion that can only be done correctly by a human. I also love
to do 'selective color' images where most of the image is in black
and white with one part (for example the eyes, or a flower) are in
color. Sometimes due to the complexity of the selective color
process it may include an additional charge.
Can I copy the photos from my album?
No. However you may order prints and other items
with the images on them. You may also order a web and avatar sized
and optimized version of any image in your album.
an example of an avatar sized image.
Do you do weddings?
No. I specialize in children and pets. You should
contact someone who specializes in wedding photography.