You have questions, I have answers.
Why should I not miss out on booking a session?
Because you want to have these memories. It is something that it is so easy to book and you can come away with products that will record these memories for generations. You book a session so your children can see what you were all like when younger. You book a session so you can hold something that will bring a smile to your face and possibly a tear to your eyes. You book a session so you can remember with fondness that which is no longer with you. You book a session so you can revisit the fleeting moments of life. Book a session and book quickly so you don’t miss out on my availability. With a risk-free, only buy what you LOVE policy, after you see your photos, the only thing you will not be happy with is waiting so long to book your session. You, like all clients will love that you contacted me and began creating your photographic legacy.
Why you need photo album and prints?
I want you to come away from your session with something to enjoy looking back on for years to come. Something so you can pick up, touch, feel. I have the privilege to do this with many photos from my childhood because my dad made sure we to print photos and put them in an album. I want you to have something that can revisited by turning a page or flipping through a stack of prints. The sad reality of only receiving the digital photo files is how quickly they are forgotten. Even, and especially, those that are put on social media quickly get pushed lower in the void and left behind. In the days of discs, they would get misplaced in a drawer, shuffled in with papers and set aside. Now, the get lost in the vastness of a computer file system and put in a folder, in a folder, in another folder. Or, worse, deleted forever when something happens to that computer. You don’t forget about albums. I still think often about all the albums my dad created and my own wedding album. They are tangible, my fingertips have moved across them. They are remembered and handed down.
Do you retouch the photos, do you recommend it?
I have the photos professionally edited with great attention to the details. Though I can and have due to a clients request to do beautification or glamor editing, I prefer and encourage then not to be done. I strive for an honesty in my photography. I want you to see yourself. You are worthy of having a photograph made of you as you are. I have always loved a quote by a well know photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson, “I was there, and that was how life was at that moment when I saw it.” This what I strive to capture, how you appeared to me, not what I can change about you.
What if I need to reschedule?
Rescheduling is not a problem. The most important thing is to get your session booked so we can begin the process of planning your wardrobe choices and session location. We can be flexible when the unexpected arises. Life can throw surprises at us all and one of the best ways to take care of you is to work with you if that happens.
What time of day is it best to schedule an outdoor session?
The best time is earlier in the morning or later in the evening when the sun is not higher in the sky. The light at those times is beautiful for portraits. No matter what time, I can work in any lighting conditions. There is always plenty of options to create beautiful photos any time of the day.
How are your family sessions different?
I tailor my shoots to you. I make them personal, about your family, not just photos of your family. During the consultation, we will discuss things like your favorite places, not the popular place for portraits, but the places that are special to you. I want to learn about your routines: Do you spend Friday nights cuddled on the couch to watch a movie?; Do you love to go to the park? What is your family exited about now? I want to find out about what currently excites your family to capture that because by our next session, those things will be different. I want you to look back through our sessions and see the growth and evolution of your family. We will work out the outfits options and discuss whether this will be a styled shoot with a theme, for a particular holiday season or just a casual day out. The most important thing is to wear something you love that represent your family and compliments yourselves and each other. Through the years, we’ll create a timeless documentation of special moments of your family’s life.
What if my children don’t behave?
Then that is perfectly normal and I am not immune to that during my portrait sessions. We have walked away from several of our family sessions shaking our heads. I have seen it from both sides and the only thing you can do is go with it and be flexible. However, in the end, the photos always come out beautiful. There are always enough moments in-between to capture something wonderful. Also remember, even during those moments when you are losing it and frustrated, there are still great memories to capture that you will one day laugh at.
When during my pregnancy should I schedule my maternity session?
The best time is later in the pregnancy, around week 30, but will depend on how well you are showing as to when exactly we will schedule your session. I don’t recommend going past the 35th week since that will be getting close to the time delivery could happen.
What should I bring during maternity session?
Several outfit options to choose from is ideal. We won’t use all of them, but it’s better to have too many than too few. Outfits should be chosen based on how much you would like to reveal. We want to highlight your belly, but you may only want to do so with more form fitting clothing or you may want something flowing that can be moved to fully reveal your belly. You will want to bring along any baby items you have you would want to include, such as shoes, signs, blocks, large letters, hats, bows or anything else that is special.
Can I bring a friend to my boudoir session?
Absolutely! I encourage it. I recognize me, being a male boudoir photographer, can seem daunting. Bringing someone along can help your comfort level with that. They are also there to encourage you and to cheer you on. A boudoir session can be exhausting and the encouragement from a fried can be just what it take to help you push through.
My body is not perfect, how can I look my best?
Of course it’s not. No person’s body is perfect, nor does it need to be. The imperfections are what helps make us unique and can give us something to celebrate, not be ashamed of. I want to capture you, the real and honest you. I will help you pose to compliment what you love about your body. Boudoir photography can be empowering. It is about bringing out confidence in yourself. During your consultation, we will discuss the features you love about you and outfits that will inspire you during the session. Pushing your boundaries, will bring out an inner radiance you didn’t know you had. You will feel amazing after you see your photo and realize looking perfect happens when you think of yourself as beautiful. Your best will show while having fun and enjoying being sexy for you. Building your confidence starts by booking your session.
What lingerie and props do you recommend for my boudoir session?
It doesn’t all have to be lingerie. There are so many options that are very simple and you probably already have. A comfortable t-shirt, the bathrobe you put on after a shower, that nightgown you love, or your oversized sweater. If this is a gift to your SO, bring a favorite shirt or something related to a hobby or passion of theirs. Simple jewelry to add a element of enhancement. A button up shirt and slip are a must have. Fishnets are a great article to show off your legs, especially when you add a pair of heels. Some props I have that can be added in are masks and hats. They give something to focus on and are a great way to help you relax and get into your session. All of this and more will be discussed during your pre-shoot consultation.
What should I do to prepare for my session?
Everything you will need to know will be discussed during your pre-session consultation. We will discuss outfits, your ideas for the session, things you like and don’t. I will answer any questions you have and then am available to answer those you don’t think of at that time.
How long will you keep our photos?
I will make sure your photos are backed up and duplicated on two hard drives for a period of 12 months from the session date.
What if I don’t want to be seen on your website?
Then all you have to do is ask. I have no problem with these request and can work with you to keep your identity safe. I have not posted any photos from the session or posted only those that do not reveal your face, such as in the case of boudoir. If in the case of not revealing your face, I will also edit our identifying elements, such as tattoos, for those posted online.