Q: How would you characterize your style of photography?
A: My goal is to capture you as you naturally are. Each picture should be an expression of your personality and the feeling behind the moment. Your job is to be yourself, mine is to be as unobtrusive as possible. The rest falls into place.
Q: Do you do posed shots?
A: Yes! But not the kind that make you look stiff, bored or uncomfortable. I take time to do posed shots at events and tailor the look to the style of the client, to allow their personality to show through.
Q: Do you have a studio for portrait sessions?
A: I do all portrait sessions at the location of your choice — from your home to your favorite park — which allows me to capture you in more natural and candid way. Home sessions are often a great way to capture the family in a meaningful and comfortable location and can result in extraordinary photos — and don’t worry if you still haven’t hung that last picture, bought that new couch or finished decorating. I’ll work with you to pick the perfect spot that shows of you and your home.
Q. What should I wear for my portrait or engagement session?
A. First and foremost, wear something you feel comfortable in. I suggest solid colors that compliment your skin tone and are season appropriate, if the season is reflected in your photos. It is not necessary that everyone in the photo wear the same color, but the colors should be complimentary to one another.
Q: Do we own the images from our session?
A: You have full printing rights on all images from your session. This means you have unrestricted personal use of your photos. However, you are restricted from the use or sale of the photos for commercial use without my permission. I retain copyright over all images.
Q: How long after my session will my images be ready?
A: Photograph processing, creation of online galleries, and DVD/CD creation takes approximately 6-8 weeks for weddings and 3-4 weeks for portrait sessions.
Q: How many camera bodies and lenses do you work with?
A: I shoot with professional Nikon digital camera bodies and a full range of lens.
Q: Do you have insurance?
A: I carry full insurance for my business and equipment.
Q: Do you provide digital negatives with your packages and are they fully retouched?
A: Almost all of my packages include the digital negatives from your session or event, with all pictures fully retouched.
Q: Are you willing to customize a package if none of yours fits our needs?
A: Yes. If none of my packages are exactly what you’re looking for, contact me and we can come up with the perfect package for you.
Q: Do you provide only color photos or black and white as well?
A: Black and white images are some of my favorites! In editing your pictures beyond exposure, balance and other basics, I use my artistic discretion to make other fine edits that suit the mood of each photo and best capture the moment. Sometimes that’s color and others it may be black and white.
Q: Do you travel and what are your travel fees?
A: I love to travel for clients’ events! There is no fee within a 40 mile radius of Glenside, PA, and a small fee for events beyond 40 miles. For destination weddings – which I would absolutely love to do – we can discuss travel fees and packages privately.
Q: How many proofs should I expect from my wedding?
A: That is a difficult question to answer because every event is so different. I shoot an average of 100-200 shots an hour. However, I give you only the best shots — the ones that really tell the story of your day. An eight hour wedding usually yields anywhere from 500- 800 proofs.
Q: Should we do an engagement session?
A: I HIGHLY encourage all my clients to do an engagement session. Engagement sessions allow us to get to know each other better before your big day and helps you feel more comfortable and natural in front of the camera. And it helps me as well. For example: Do you blink a lot? Do you need extra direction in posed shots? Do you hate your side profile? With an engagement session I figure that out early, instead of on the day of the wedding. Ultimately, an engagement session results in better wedding photographs. Engagement photos also come in handy for announcements, save-the-dates, and can be beautifully displayed at your wedding, shower or engagement party. And what’s more, it’s fun!
Q: What happens in the event you are sick or injured and unable to shoot our wedding/event?
A: It would be only an EXTREME circumstance that would prevent me from shooting an event. I have never missed a wedding thus far. If an emergency situation like this should arise, one of my several back-up photographers would be able to step in and cover your event. My back-up photographers are well-established in the Philadelphia area, with similar aesthetic styles to my own.
Q: How familiar are you with the assistants you hire to help shoot my wedding?
A: I don’t work with anyone I don’t trust completely. The second shooters I contract to assist me are photographers that are dependable, work well with my style and whose ability I am completely confident in.
Q: What other products do you offer?
A: I offer albums, guest books, prints, brag books and CD/DVD cases. If there is something else you have specifically in mind just ask me.