Frequently Asked Questions
What is the booking process?
Once you've filled out a contact form, I will be in touch within 48 hours. We can chat to determine if we're a good fit and I'll ask for more details about the time, location, and type of shoot you have in mind. After the shoot, I will be in contact with sneak peeks and later your online gallery.
Do you have a contract?
Yes. Both parties will need to read and sign a contract to secure my services.
Do you require a deposit?
Yes. A deposit of 25% is required in order to secure my services for the given time and date. The remaining 75% is due 14 days prior to the time and date of the session, unless otherwise stated in a contract.
How do I pay you?
I currently accept cash, check, and virtual payment through Venmo or Zelle. I may begin implementing a service for credit card payments if there is enough demand. Please understand that credit card payments are not ideal, especially as a business begins, because of the fees imposed by credit card payment platforms.
When will my online gallery be available?
I aim to have images finalised and uploaded to a private client gallery within 4-6 weeks after the shoot. Obviously the longer the shoot/the more photos, the longer it takes, but I will remain in contact regarding the post-production timeline.
How many photos will I receive?
Honestly, it's tough to give an estimate here because it depends on the type of shoot, the length, and how many photos I take. I'd conservatively estimate at least 40 edited photos for every hour. (Please bear in mind that I want to have the very best photos for my clients. Sometimes this means that I'll take 100 shots and only be satisfied with 10 of them, while other times it may mean I'm satisfied with 50 of them. And only then do I begin editing.)
What about editing photos?
I use Lightroom to edit each individual photo so that every photo is the best version of itself. (Keep in mind you aren't only paying me to take pictures—you're also paying me to spend hours editing all your photos!)
I only use Photoshop to remove any unwanted background objects. I will not use Photoshop to alter an individual's appearance.
What photography equipment do you use?
I shoot primarily with a Nikon D610, a full-frame 24.3 megapixel body. I like to travel with my more lightweight Sony A7.
What about Covid-19?
I am fully vaccinated with two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, as well as a Moderna booster. I will happily wear a mask during our session if you ask. I respectfully request that you either maintain a distance of 2 metres or wear a mask if you have not received a FDA-approved Covid-19 vaccine.
*As stated in my contract, I reserve the right to deny and/or withdraw my services at any time if I consider the circumstances to pose an unreasonable risk to the health of me and/or my family.*
What is Bread & Salt?
Bread and salt has long been a cultural symbol and tradition of hospitality—bread as food and salt as a valuable resource. Through the years this has been interpreted in various ways, but I interpret it as trying to have open hands and a generous spirit—a reminder that what we share with others is a precious thing indeed and connection is always worth pursuing. I admit I'm not very good at this and connection is hard, but I know that making myself open and vulnerable is one of the best things I can do for myself and the world. I want to demonstrate compassion and understanding to others with my skills as an artist through the medium of photography. I want to show you that no matter where you come from, you deserve to be seen with more than just the world's eye and more than just your own eye.
How did you get into photography?
In middle school, I knew a woman one summer who I thought was pretty cool and, naturally, I wanted to be more like her. She had a Nikon D5100 that she showed me and let me even use. To my twelve year-old self, it was magic. I promptly asked for a camera as my birthday present and my parents were gracious enough to oblige. Throughout highschool I did senior photos and even a friend's wedding, as well as taking a photography course at university. Life got busy and I went on hiatus for a while, but I've recently invested in some new camera equipment and am excited to see where my reignited enthusiasm for photography takes me.
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What do you love about photography?
For me, I love all things candid and "artsy." Of course I appreciate the many fantastic photographers who work in a well-established industry (e.g. weddings, fashion, etc.), but what interests me most are the little moments in-between those carefully arranged moments. Our lives are made up of spectacular events, yes, but also many mediocre, plain events. And I've always striven to appreciate those plain moments that are no less precious than the spectacular ones. There's this idea in one of the Artemis Fowl books where he wishes he could wrap up a memory in magic to preserve it, suspended in time. That's what I'm trying to do when I pick up my camera.