How far in advance do I need to book my Senior Session?
It’s never too early! May, June and July are great months to get your Senior Session done before your Senior year starts. It may still be possible to book in August, September or October, but those months are the most popular and may already be booked.
Too busy in the Summer or Fall, or a little late in getting your Senior Session done? Don’t worry, Winter and even Spring of your Senior year are still great times to photograph. It doesn’t have to be a Summer or Fall only session.
How do I book my session?
Contact me below. Then I’ll call you on the phone and we can chat about what you’re looking for. Why talk by phone? A 10 minute call is so much faster than sending 20 emails back and forth over several weeks. In addition, it’s much more personal. I’m not the kind of person to blindly send out pricing lists without talking to them first. There’s no obligation by reaching out to inquire, so don’t hesitate!
I’m not ready to book yet, but I have some questions / can you just send me your pricing info?
Use the same process as booking a session and please send me a contact inquiry.
Why is my session retainer non-refundable?
The session retainer reserves my time on the calendar in the event of a no-show or cancellation. However, your retainer can be applied to a rescheduled date if necessary.
What if I need to reschedule?
Please reschedule if you aren’t feeling well or if something unavoidable has come up on your calendar. However, another session might not be open for several weeks afterward depending on calendar availability, so please make the initially booked session a priority. Please don’t worry about a bad skin day – acne can be retouched.
Do you ever have mini-sessions?
I do not offer mini-sessions except to already established clients.
Do you accept credit cards?
Yes, I accept all major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express), as well as cash and personal checks. Unfortunately, I do not accept payment through app-based systems (Paypal, Venmo, Apple Pay/Wallet, Samsung Pay, Google Pay, etc).
Why are your prices higher/lower than other photographers in the area?
Photographers all have different talent levels, technical knowledge and skill, equipment and experience and offer varying levels of quality. My prices reflect my many years of creative experience and camera proficiency. You can rest assured that I did not pick up a camera a year or so ago, trying to learn how to use it when shooting clients.
In return for your investment, you’ll receive an experience to remember that’s all about YOU, and personally-crafted works of art that will stand the test of time.
Do you offer hair and make-up?
I do not currently offer hair and make-up services at this time.
Where will my session be held?
We’ll meet for a planning consultation, and together we’ll find the perfect location for your session. I have many ideas depending on what you’re looking for, including city, country, rustic, natural, etc, and I'd love to hear your ideas as well!
What time should we schedule my session?
Sessions are held Monday and Wednesday afternoons and evenings. The exact time will be determined based on availability as well as the light where we will be shooting. While natural light is lovely, I am not bound only by natural light. A lot of natural light photographers only shoot at the hour before sunset. I am able to shoot at any time of day, even in bright sunlight if necessary, and get natural results.
What should I wear?
I have a lot of tips for you! We will cover clothing options and fashion at our initial planning consultation and customize your session. Plan on 2-3 outfits.
What about the weather?
Believe it or not, a sunny day is not always the best time to shoot. Cloudy or windy days are definitely doable and sometimes even preferred. I don’t even mind a little rain (on me, of course… we’ll keep you dry). If there is a storm or pouring rain or bone chilling cold, then we will reschedule. But if we keep waiting for the perfect weather day, it’ll never happen in Ohio. We’ll just work with what we’ve got, and you’ll be surprised at how beautiful your images are no matter what!
I feel awkward in front of a camera. Will I look stiff in photos?
You’ll naturally feel a bit stiff in the first few minutes, but as we get going, you’ll feel more relaxed and natural. I keep things light and conversational, and encourage you to act naturally, and soon you might even forget that there is a camera there. Actually, it usually only takes about 10-15 minutes to feeling relaxed.
I don’t know how to pose.
Most everyone needs help posing. I’ll help you with natural posing and natural movements. After a few minutes, you’ll only need minimal direction from me and will be more confident in your actions. I will always be there to help with posing suggestions and ideas.
What should I bring to my session?
We’ll discuss that more in our planning consultation, but please bring anything that has personal significance to you, whether a prop or uniform. You might want to bring a comb or brush, a hat and sunglasses. I will have water and snacks and emergency touch-up items.
Who can come with me?
Moms are definitely preferred, and even necessary if you are a minor. In fact, Moms turn out to be great styling and lighting assistants. Other than Mom, I prefer to keep it mostly a one-on-one session so that all attention is on you, and you aren’t distracted by other people. Please, no romantic partners or friends present unless specifically arranged for in advance.
What retouching will be done to my photos
General retouching includes removing minor blemishes and under eye circles, brightening eyes and teeth, skin smoothing, and some stray hair flyaways. Additional charges may apply for excessive acne, tan lines, or hair across eyes.
How long will it take to receive my order?
Once you have ordered your products, I will retouch your images, create and design any albums, and send everything to the lab. The entire process takes about two weeks to receive your order.
Do you present my images in color or black and white?
I see the world in bright and beautiful colors. I love sessions that include bold pops of color, but will show the occasional black and white if it is a strong candidate for it.
What is a print release?
When you purchase digital files, you will receive a limited print release that will give you permission to use the images for non-commercial purposes. This includes the permission to print an unlimited number of copies of the images up to 5x7 and share on the web. However, copyright and artistic ownership remains with me.