FAQs

How much does it cost?

A session with me costs $495 and includes film and developing, a pre-shoot consultation, 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 a gallery-quality folio box handmade by Bay Photo in Santa Cruz, CA. 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 invest in this 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.

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 a keepsake folio collection. 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 and I have to like you a lot to make that exception.

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 60 exposures. With hair, makeup and then the shoot it’s usually about 3 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 and my team 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. 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 retouching can do.

Do you edit my photos?

I feel it is important to show you your beauty as you are, but yes, I do edit your photos.  I don’t do extreme “instagram” style editing. We are going for classic intimate portraiture. But, if there is anything  you want to chat about minimizing, just let me know. Also another advantage of film is that everything looks quite a bit softer than digital.

Will you post my photos?

I will ONLY share your images if you tell me I can (and sign an image release agreement). We can also just select one that is OK to share and the rest are 100% private for you.

Can I bring a friend?

The consultation is to make sure you feel comfortable and safe with me in my space (with makeup artist or assistant) but the friend tag-along usually doesn’t help the photos.  But I want you to feel great about your experience. It’s ultimately your choice.

Do you shoot families, pets and children?

Not really, but I don’t have any set rules about it and if you have a special request please inquire

Is it weird having a male take my boudoir photos?

Well, if it makes any difference to you I’m gay and my assistants and makeup artists are always either female or gay men. But beyond that, I hope you can tell by my work I’m serious about making beautiful photos. I often have women tell me they were more comfortable in my studio than previous experiences.

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.