Frequently asked questions. Have another? Inquire here.
ARE YOU AVAILABLE FOR TRAVEL?
Yes, I primarily shoot in Southeast Michigan but travel often. There is a small fee for travel outside of the greater Ann Arbor area.
DO YOU REQUIRE A DEPOSIT?
A $100.00 non-refundable retainer for sessions is due to hold your session date and time. The balance is then due at time of session.
WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
I accept Cash, Check or payment via Paypal.
WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOU OFFER?
I offer limited products to help you from feeling overwhelmed during selection, but also to maintain quality and character of the image and product. My goal is to help make it easy for you to print your images and create heirlooms for your family. The products offered are of the most superior quality in the industry, and the most popular for clients. A list of products and prices is included in the client welcome packet up on inquiry, or you can see a snapshot of them here. You'll also receive information with your proof package after the session.
DO I RECEIVE THE DIGITAL IMAGES WITH MY SESSION?
This is one of the most commonly asked questions! In our media age, it's the most requested item from a session.
Clients who book the package that includes the digital images receive the print release to those images. Thus, you can download the high resolution images immediately from the online gallery, share them with friends/family on social media, and have the right to print the images at any lab of your choosing. You'll also always have the images to keep.
If you choose to pay for the session only, you then can purchase prints of individual images, the print rights to individual digital images and/or additional products of your choosing from your personal online gallery.
HOW DO I ORDER PRODUCTS?
It's simple! Once you log in to your personal gallery, you can select images and order prints directly from your collection. Payment is due at time of ordering.
Albums are custom designed, and thus are not ordered through your gallery but through me.
DO YOU OFFER PHOTO ALBUMS?
Absolutely! The albums that I offer are handcrafted, high-end albums...simply put- they.rock. Each page is custom designed by me, and together with the craftsmanship of the album, it becomes a keepsake for your family.
HOW SOON DO I RECEIVE MY PRINTS?
Fine arts prints will arrive on your doorstep within two weeks of your order being placed.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PRODUCTS ORDERED THROUGH THE ONLINE GALLERY VS. MAJOR CHAIN STORES?
I understand that it is tempting to take your digital image to a store, such as Target, CVS, or any other big chain. The prices are very low and the turnover is immediate. HOWEVER (and this is a big HOWEVER!), you will notice a difference in the print. For example, CVS tends to favor green, whereas Target prints render a bit more red. That means that they aren't going to be an accurate representation of the image. Your face may turn out red depending on makeup or background colors, or your newborn may appear orange. I can only guarantee the best print if you order it through the online gallery. Photographs themselves are fine art and should be treated as such. I use the same professional lab I've used for six years, and have never had one complaint. Ever! Not only that, but the quality of paper, ink and longevity is vastly different.
To be frank, images are an investment. If you are going to spend money and time getting them done, you won't be happy framing a poor representation of them.
WHERE DO YOU HOLD YOUR SESSIONS?
Being a lifestyle photographer, I prefer to shoot on location rather than in a studio. Maybe you have a location that has special meaning to you- great, we'll use it. Otherwise, there are plenty of amazing locations for us to choose from. Depending on the time of year and nature of your session (large family vs. newborn session), we will be outside or in the comfort of your own home. You (the subject!) are more important than the location, we can make timeless, great images just about anywhere.
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY IMAGES?
I strive to provide quick turnover for my clients! (No one loves waiting for their photos ;) Typically, clients receive their full collection of images within three weeks of the session date.
HOW MANY IMAGES WILL I RECEIVE FROM OUR SESSION?
Clients receive an average of 30 images per session. Each image is professionally edited and ready for print when you receive it.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO I NEED TO BOOK A SESSION?
Availability depends on the time of year, however, I always encourage clients to contact me as soon as they can to help provide adequate time to book a session as well as for you to prepare for the shoot.
MY NEWBORN IS OLDER THAN TWO WEEKS, IS IT TOO LATE TO SCHEDULE A NEWBORN SESSION?
Absolutely not! However, I encourage you to contact me as soon as possible to check availability. Typically, I photograph newborns between 2 weeks to 6 weeks old. I realize the craziness that is bringing home a new baby, so I will always try my hardest to work out a date even if it is "last-minute."
ARE THE FINISHED IMAGES IN BOTH BLACK & WHITE AND COLOR?
You will receive some images in color and some in black & white, dependent upon the image itself. The style and content of the photograph, as well as my personal style dictates whether the final image is in color, black & white, or both. Clients are welcome to request a change to a photograph if so desired.
DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH WEDDINGS?
After 7 years, I stopped photographing weddings this year. I do, however, still photograph many couples.