Below are answers to some common questions about my services. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact me any time.
Can I get a list of your packages?
Of course! Please take a look at my Services section, and if you don’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to contact me! Please include a brief description of what you are looking for so I can best help you.
How are my images best enjoyed?
Although I include high-resolution images with all of my packages, I believe your photos are best enjoyed in print! Most people don’t realize, but computer screens, even those in high-definition, display images at about 72 pixels per inch, whereas printed images from a high quality lab will be printed at 300 pixels per inch. That’s more than four times the resolution! And plus- there are so many ways to enjoy them, from framed images in your home to customized photo albums and printed canvases. Let your imagination take control and the possibilities are endless.
What product and print services do you offer?
I can customize all of my packages and products to fit your needs. Whether you need smaller, compressed images for the web, a high-resolution disc, or just prints. I can provide simple 4×6 proof prints, large poster prints (11×14 and larger!) and every size in between. I am also available to do custom collages, printed albums, slideshows, or other unique gift ideas! Just ask and together we can find a solution for you.
How should I prepare for my photo shoot?
Please take the time to consider what type of images you are trying to end up with. Are you a small business or craftsperson looking to sell your work online? Are you a budding model who needs fashionable headshots? Are you a professional who needs a great image for print or web promotional materials? Or maybe you need family portraits? No matter what, always consider what kind of mood (casual, formal, fun) and how many outfit changes you would like to include.
For events, consider the venue (indoor, outdoors) and whether you would like candid or staged shots (like a photo-booth for parties).
What am I paying for with my session fee?
This is a great question- and one I am asked all the time. Besides physically shooting your session, your fee includes re-touching and editing. As a photographer, my work is not as simple as showing up and clicking the shutter. A lot of care goes into creating the final images, both for your enjoyment and as a reflection of the quality of work I do. I only use the best and most current editing software, and each image is cropped, color-balanced, and individually lightened & darkened. For people, I touch up obvious blemishes- without making you look too “glamorized.”
But what about photographers I find who are offering lower prices?
A lot of photographers will try to offer a very low price by offering what we call “shoot & burn” services. This means they show up and everything shot gets put on a cd. This can lead to a lot of disappointment and frustration. Why pay for professional services and not get professional quality?
Can I get a copyright release with my images?
Unfortunately no- Copyright means full ownership of the images and being able to use them for any purpose, including financial gain. As photographer, I always own the copyright to my images. This means I will be able to use them in my website, portfolio, and for promotional purposes- but of course never for anything malicious in nature.
What is a Print Release?
As opposed to a Copyright release, a Print release gives you permission to use the images for personal use only. This means making as many prints you like and sharing the images online. The things you can’t do include selling my images or prints, or submitting them into any kind of competition. Rather than simply selling you prints, I include a Print Release with every image cd you can enjoy your images as you would like.
With digital files, it is sometimes too easy to share. As with music and movies, you could copy all the files and share with friends- but it is still illegal. The same is true of images, and most professional photo labs will be able to identify professionally shot images and ask for a print release.