Why are you worth what you charge?
My hourly weekend portrait rate is $1000. This is driven primarily by demand. Many years ago, I started (surprise!) at $40 per session and each time I couldn't handle the volume I increased my rate. Several years later, here I am. During this time I have made several investments to improve my equipment, product & service. I have duplicate equipment, $1 million liability insurance, a reliable backup system for your images, and most importantly a tremendous experience photographing clients. My experience allows me to think quickly on my feet if anything should go wrong. You want to invest in an experienced professional who has been frequently, and glowingly, reviewed and who is continually honing the craft of photography. I have repeat clients that tried another photographer, but returned to me because the quality they received elsewhere was not on par with the portfolio shown. This is why I believe in showing 100% of my sessions in my online portfolio.
Do you run mini sessions? Discounts?
My style of photography is about capturing you and your family's spirit and unfortunately rushing you to a set location in a 15 minute time slot would not allow me to create the images you see on my website. Mini sessions are offered by photographers that specialize in them; they need to be scheduled back to back with a specific backdrop to make it profitable for the photographer. Because I provide a boutique service and offer as much flexibility I can (babies are babies and New England weather is predictably unpredictable) I cannot provide the quality I do in 15 minutes. My sessions last around 45 minutes to just over an hour depending on the mood of your children (and parents). Instead of discounts, I offer a loyalty program for repeat clients.
Do you backup images?
Of course. I make both a digitally redundant and physically redundant copy of your images the same night as your session.
Do you provide high resolution images and a print release?
Yes. My base package includes about 80 images. The number of images are based on the flow of your session, what craziness ensues and the personalities / expressions of your children. I provide images that tell a story not just images to fill a quota. The images provided are curated to be the best representation of your family, removing unflattering and redundant images. I have never had a family complain that they had too many photos, nor not enough.
How long will it take to process my photos?
Processing takes 3 weeks. You will receive a highlight teaser of my favourite image from your session within 2 business days. This gives you an impression of the what we have captured while waiting for the full set.Feel free to share with family & friends. If you tag me when sharing on social media you will earn a credit towards a future session.
How do you make us feel comfortable in front of the camera?
I have an uncanny ability to make people relax and that is appreciated in my customer reviews. I am friendly, and somehow calming to most personalities. Body language is something you can easily read in images. Please take a look at my portfolio, it speaks for itself. I show 100% of sessions that sign my model release. Everyone looks comfortable because they are. I am good at creating a relaxing environment. Not everyone is a supermodel and it is my job to make everyone look like the best version of themselves.
Do you sell prints or albums?
I do offer these services. Albums start at $400 for a 10x10 linen album, or $600 for a classic leather album. Album layout only services start at $280 and you can print them using your printer of choice. You are free to make prints from your high resolution JPEG files, but if you prefer access to professional labs, I can provide that. Samples of print quality will be your complimentary prints.
Do you travel?
Yes. I have photographed sessions in California, New Jersey, New York, Cape Cod, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut and more. Please inquire for more details and associated travel fees. Many clients have moved states since they met me and have invited me into their new homes to document their new chapters.
What if it rains? What if my kid falls on their face prior to the session? What if they are sick?
Life happens. Weather happens. I just ask families to be flexible and we will find a suitable time to reschedule. I want you to have a good experience. Just know that I am generally very booked out, so if you can work with me, I'll work with you.
Can you Photoshop X,Y, Z?
I firmly believe that it's my job to make you comfortable in front of my camera as well as coach you during the session so you are captured in the most beautiful and flattering way. I do not use Photoshop to alter the way you look. If you have specific concerns, please do feel confident to bring them to my attention before/during your session. I want you to love your images.
How do I secure you?
A contract to secure your session is what I require. Please contact me and provide contact details to receive your contract. If you sign within 4 days of contract receipt, you will receive 10 complimentary photographer's choice 4x6" prints included in your delivered package.
I am very interested in the family film. How does this work?
This is a brand new service I am launching in 2019. For the last 2 years, I have been filming short clips for at home newborn sessions and birthday parties and now I am finally confident in adding it as an add-on service. I always felt that the personalities of children couldn't fully be captured solely in photos. Their intonations, expressions and giggles could only truly be documented with video. I have worked hard to develop my film-making skills and currently am offering them as a complimentary add-on service. Please note that I will require additional time to create these films so that will increase the time of your session. Please expect your session to be 1.5 - 2 hours in length. Turnaround for family films may take up to 1 month to edit. In terms of location, my style can be guerrilla hand-held style, or if you prefer a smoother look it has to take place in the home. Additional equipment is required to produce a smoother finished film so it prevents me from being as mobile. For samples, please see the family films page in this notebook that link to Vimeo. The Cambridge Central Square video was handheld, while the at home pajama session was filmed with additional equipment. I love both styles, and I hope you will too. In order for this style of film to be created, I take a much less heavy-handed approach in directing. I will watch and document your family as you play, or carry about your day. Kids are unpredictable and that is what will make your family film real. Laughs, cries, and everything in between make for interesting film elements. So just enjoy the ride and don't have any preconceived expectations. This film would not work for a heavily directed and posed session. Please educate your partner by having them watch my films so that they know what to expect. Please note that this is a limited time only until I build my portfolio with family films. Baby 1 Year package families can relax though as this will be a complimentary add-on if desired throughout the package length.
And if family films aren't for you, that's 100% OK. There are certainly tradeoffs with films as I can't take photos and make films at the same time. If your priority is to create heirloom images for your walls, then we will just stick 100% to photos. Besides, this is what i'm known for.