FAQs

How much does it cost?

A session with me costs $500 and includes film lab costs, professional hair and makeup, your photo session at my studio in Germantown and professional retouching of your final images. Photos are purchased separately. All photo packages include an album and/or a framed and matted print handmade by Bay Photo in Santa Cruz, CA. Framed prints begin at $300 and albums begin at $700. Most spend around $1500 total. A full price list is available upon request by filling out my quick contact form

Do you offer payment plans?

yes. I offer payment plans through PayPal Credit 6 months interest free

Why do people want kind of portrait?

The service I offer is unique and will last a life time. Anniversaries and engagements are perfect. Sometimes it’s someone who wants to feel beautiful in a new way. Sometimes it’s someone who has put a lot of effort and money into their bodies and want to capture it in a way that will make their grandkids say “wow” someday. We live in an era where digital photos can feel disposable with all of our memories stored on social media. This creates a beautiful heirloom of memories that will last beyond a lifetime.

Is this going to be a high pressure sales scenario?

Absolutely not. That’s not my style or personality at all. Before your session, you will have seen my price list. We’ll talk through it to make sure you understand. There aren’t any hidden fees and I won’t pressure you at all. My photos sell themselves. Buy what you like.

What if I just want a couple quick digitals?

I shoot exclusively on film with the intent to print the photos as framed wall art or as an album. Of course digital scans can be made, but that’s an after thought. Film takes several days to get back from the lab, there’s nothing fast about it. In rare scenarios I will take photos without the intent to print (an album cover for example) but that is not the focus of my work.

How much do you charge by the hour?

I don’t charge by the hour. I charge per image. You will be my only client that day. Usually I take about 36 (3 rolls of medium format) exposures. With hair, makeup and then the shoot it’s usually about 2.5 hours. But it could go faster, could be slower. I work until I’m confident I have captured you.

I’m nervous.  

It is totally normal for you to be nervous before your session.  Everyone feels this way. It does help that we have a pre-shoot consultation, so you have a chance to get familiar with the studio and meet me in person (or zoom during Covid), which helps with the unknown.  Remember it’s your job to enjoy the experience. It’s up to me to create the beautiful images.

What about hair and make up?

Professional hair and make up is included in all my female shoots, and it is done in studio by myself (I started as a professional hair and makeup artist) or one of my artists, so you just need to show up and me and my team with do the rest!  Read about why I provide hair and make up here

I don’t know what to wear.

I will provide you in advance with a guide to prepare outfits, and if you really want to go the extra mile I can connect you with a local wardrobe stylist.

Who is in the shoot with me?

When it’s time to shoot, you will be in there with just me and an assistant. (During covid it’s just me) That’s it.  My studio space is in a busy building with lots of other artists, but you never have to be worried about anyone walking in, or having anyone else there. It’s private.

Everyone on your site is beautiful, I’m not a model, how can I do this kind of shoot?

Everyone on my site IS beautiful, but also not all models.  And every one of them said the same thing before their shoot!  Take a look at the transformations that professional hair and make up, posing and direction and professional lighting. And film is so soft on the skin!

Do you edit my photos?

With film, it’s not totally necessary. Film naturally softens skin. And it already has the “look” that most photographers achieve with digital filters. I do go through and edit out dust (common in film processing) and fix minor things that might ruin an otherwise nice photo. I will not do extreme instagram style editing.

Will you post my photos?

Everyone has to sign an image release form. That protects the copyright of my photography. But I will ONLY share your images if you tell me I can. We can also just select one that is OK to share and the rest are 100% private for you.

Can I bring a friend?

I want you to feel great about your experience. It’s ultimately your choice. But I ask that they are supportive of the experience.

Do you shoot families, pets and children?

Sure.

 

Why do you shoot on film? Isn’t that old fashioned?

After a lot of experimenting I just feel like this is my way. There’s something about it that brings a level of magic that digital doesn’t.

Any other questions? Feel free to reach out.