so here's the deal - you can hire someone cheaper.. totally...
but.. what makes me, well, me, - ya see.. it's not my job to take your picture.. anyone with a good camera can do that.. that's not why people hire me.. what i do best - the thing that is my job is to get your true expressions.. to make it as painless as possible.. to perhaps, even have you enjoy getting your pictures taken.. i love figuring out what gets your kids to smile.. or to trick them to stare with wide eyes in to my camera.. to get your husband to relax for a minute.. your wife to breathe and chill.. to get past that fake smile... that is my job, to get to who you really are.. it is my job to get you to relax, let go a bit and to get your guard down and see you.. to get true smiles, true happiness, true interactions, moments. to capture your relationships.. the laughter, the excitement, adoration ..
it's my job to see past the cute clothes and the perfect hair.. that shouldn't be the first thing you see in a picture.. well, not my pictures anyway.. sure, that adds to the image.. but it's not about the clothes
at a session, if i'm taking pics of your kids, i will probably ask you to step back a bit.. let me get the kids to play along.. i'll get it.. you relax - sit back, chill... let me hang out with your family for a while and i will get the images you are looking for.. that's why you hire me.
i don't send you home with a CD of 300 pictures to wade through and try to figure out which is best.. part of my job is to know which one is best.. which one best reflects what you are looking for... you will get about 30-40 images.. sometimes a few less, often times many more.. they will each be unique images..
you won't find heavy editing.. no selective color... no multiple image of the same-ish smile... and don't use flash.. i don't pose, but i will guide..
and.. i can tell you.. most people actually enjoy our sessions.. my best recommendations come from the husbands of the crazy stressed out wives (yes, i too turn in to one of these wives).. in the end, we usually have fun and I get everyone back to life after a lot of laughter.. and it goes by quickly...
sessions take place where ever you'd like.. home, out at a fun or pretty location - we can find an empty field and let your kids run around - it doesn't have to be too thought out... downtowns offer goregous session opportunities too..
if you are interested, contact me.. you don't have to have it all figured out yet.. just let me know what you think you might like and we will customize from there.
basically it goes like this..
you choose the type of session you'd like.. if you don't see exactly what you are needing - cool, let me know and we can customize a bit..
a $200 (non-refundable) deposit is due to reserve your session - this deposit DOES go toward the cost of your session. The balance of your session fee is due two weeks prior to your session.
We chat about your expectations for your session - we can meet for coffee, email, text, talk on the phone..
Your session will last between 45 - 90 minutes.. I keep my sessions moving along pretty quickly!
About two weeks later, you will get a link to view your edited gallery online. We will then meet to look through your proofs in person. At that time, if there is anything you'd like to order - prints, canvases, jewelry, announcements - we will do it then! If not - you get your proofs to help you select your prints and can order them on your own. You'll receive ALL of your images in High Resolution Digital Download..
For the items you have printed through me, I only use professional labs to print. I've used most of them for at least 8 years.. one I have used since the day I started my business.
You can print your own prints - I will help guide you to quality non professional labs, but I do suggest for anything over an 8x10 - especially canvases - to have them done professionally... I can show you examples at my home studio so you can see the difference in quality...
Prints start at $20 for a 5x7, announcements begin at $55 per 24.
I accept cash, check, and all major credit cards. For all sessions, we can do payments - as long as the session is paid if FULL two weeks prior to the session date.