CAN I COME EARLY TO FINISH MY MAKEUP/HAIR/FRESHEN UP?
I always give each client enough time to do this anyway starting from their appointment time. I have clients stacked typically, so I'd prefer you to come right at your schedule time.
HOW SOON DO I SEE MY PROOFS AFTER THE SHOOT?
Typically 7-10 business days. Sometimes longer during holidays. Why the wait? Some photographers simply hand over photos without looking at them. I am not one of those photographers. I take great pride in my work and I pay attention to detail. I also do all my work myself, I have no employees. I like having this personal interaction with all my clients, so those who want to work with me are willing to wait for quality.
When I proof photos, I do a number of things:
- delete any blinks, half expressions, exposure tests, and anything else you just don’t need to see.
- go through each individual shot for perfect focus on the eyes. Sometimes cameras back-focus on an ear or an eyebrow instead of directly on your eye. I delete those so you’re not tempted to use them.
- anything can be cropped closer when we go into the retouching phase. I usually shoot a little wide to give us options. While I’m proofing, if I think something needs to be cropped a bit, I’ll do it.
- Basic exposure/contrast/color balance edits. In case the sun was dipping in and out of the clouds during our shoot and there are a few photos that need adjustments, I’ll even things out. Keep in mind any “fine-tuning” of skin tones, background tones, etc. will happen in the retouching phase if needed.
ARE PROOFS HIGH-RESOLUTION?
Yes, up to about 8x12 in size, jpg format. I keep the raw images on file. You'll receive the proofs in two ways: a) online proof gallery to share with your reps and help you narrow your photos down and b) a zip file with the proof jpgs so you can save them and keep them for future use, in case there is anything you want to use that doesn't need retouching.
WHAT IS CONSIDERED "A LOOK"?
Typically every change in outfit is a look. That being said, if you want to shoot with and without a blazer, for example, that could be one look. Basically everything in reason. I will know if a client is trying to sneak in a bunch of looks and not pay for them, and I will be honest with you before we start shooting so there aren't surprises for either of us.
HOW MANY PROOFS CAN I EXPECT PER LOOK?
It ranges per client, but typically no less than 75 per look. Most of the time between 85-120 per look. If we're really snapping through the expressions, you may even get more, but I try not to overshoot unless we're really getting different options for you with every click.
WHERE DO I GET PRINTS DONE?
It's up to you. There are plenty of headshot labs in LA.
Don't choose glossy (lustre or matte is great) and I always recommend choosing photographic prints (instead of litho). Also, say no to cheesy fonts and borders. Go simple.
CAN I ORDER MORE RETOUCHED PHOTOS THAN WHAT COMES WITH MY SESSION?
Yes. I have your photos on file for a few years, so if you need extra photos retouched, it’s $25/photo. Please always back your photos up, however, in case you or I have a harddrive malfunction and the images are lost.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM RETOUCHING?
All the images in my galleries have been retouched by me. Each client and how much retouching is done is handled case by case. Some request heavier retouching, although I do my best to keep it as minimal as possible on the face (removing blemishes, even skin tones, whitening eyes within reason, reducing fine lines/wrinkles again within reason).
Everything in moderation. The majority of what I like to do in retouching is to balance the overall photo between the individual and the background (removing anything distracting, perfecting skin tones and background colors, etc). I will also fix anything with wardrobe that we can't fix on-the-day (debulking suit jackets, etc).
CAN YOU HELP ME CHOOSE MY PHOTOS?
I’m more than happy to help you narrow down photos, however, don't rely on it due to time restrictions. Sometimes it takes me several weeks to look through things, compare, and send over my favorites and opinions, so never rely solely on me to choose your photos. Ultimately, the final decision is yours.
CAN I GET A COMPLIMENTARY HARDCOPY CD/USB drive WITH ALL MY IMAGES?
Yes! Tell me you’d like one and I’ll get it in the mail after we’ve finished your retouching. Most clients are happy with “keeping it green” with the emailed files I will send you or downloading off their proof gallery. It saves me time at the dreaded post office, too. Either way, make sure you back your images up.
DO YOU ONLY SHOOT HEADSHOTS AT YOUR STUDIO IN LA?
Typically, yes. We shoot most everything in Casement Studio or a short walking distance outside.
Unless you want to pay for my travel and a studio rental elsewhere. Or you have a very well-lit house.
I also have a sister-studio that is rentable at an additional $50/hr if you like that studio more than the main studio.
I also offer sessions at my home office in Frazier Park (it's an hour drive north of Hollywood in the mountains).
A FRIEND OF MINE WANTS TO SHOOT THE SAME DAY AS I DO. IS THERE A DISCOUNT?
Nope. I spend the same amount of time and energy per person whether you come on the same day or separate days. It’s important to me that everyone gets the same experience.
DO YOU OFFER CONSULTATIONS?
I’m more than willing to do a free consultation at the studio with you if you're flexible with scheduling one (I have limited consultation times per month). Or, I can chat with you on the phone. Keep in mind, during every shoot, I will chat with you about wardrobe, what you need out of the session, and also just about yourself so I can get to know you and help you feel comfortable. My sessions are super relaxed, so be prepared!
DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS?
Rarely. I keep my rates low considering the amount of work/time put into each session, so I don’t offer discounts. If I do offer discounts, it’s typically to returning loyal clients.
HOW DO I PAY FOR MY SESSION?
Deposits can be made with check, Venmo, Paypal, or invoiced electronically (3% fee on invoices).
On the day of the shoot, you will pay the remaining balance. I can take cash on the day of the shoot or the already mentioned payment methods. Credit/debit cards swiped in person have a 3% fee.
WHAT ARE YOUR STUDIO HOURS? DO YOU WORK ON WEEKENDS?
My shooting schedule varies every week. I do shoot on weekends as needed. My office hours also vary.
I answer all phone calls and emails myself mostly, although occasionally you may get my assistant Amanda, so it may take me a day or two to respond if you catch me on a day that I am at the studio all day. I do not answer phone calls after 5pm on weekdays and I don't answer phone calls or emails on the weekends (sometimes I do, but I don't guarantee it).
DO I OWN COPYRIGHT ON MY IMAGES?
No. I'm not charging you a copyright transfer fee, so what you're getting are usage rights. Which means I'm giving you the right to reprint, post, and use your images for your personal use. You can't sell them for profit, however.
If you do have your images published on a blog or in a magazine, you should always give credit to the photographer.
If you post on social media: tag your photographer (unless you've put a horrible filter on it... and then maybe think twice about that horrible filter before tagging your photographer). Basically: give credit where credit is due!