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FAQs + ALL THE GOOD STUFF

How long have you been a photographer?

I photographed my first wedding while in college, in 1998 and fell in love with photography people, which thus started my photography career. It was shot all on film, for a close friend, and a free meal. Fast forward to today...it’s been a long career (I stopped shooting for free meals, obvi) and quite an amazing adventure. After all these years, I still love it so much and can't stop, won't stop.

 

 

What do you offer?

I wish I could say I offer anything and everything photography related but over the years, I’ve learned what I’m good at doing and what I shouldn't be doing! While I love taking photos of people, I especially love families, kids, school seniors, lifestyle, and commercial/editorial projects, and sometimes, maybe an event or two.

 

 

Do you photograph weddings?

I have been so blessed to have photographed weddings all over the U.S. for just under 20 years and have loved every minute of it. I officially "retired" from the wedding industry in 2015, but have been known to shoot an elopement or intimate wedding in the past few years just to stay hip with the program. What can I say? I am (still) in love with a beautiful wedding. So officially, I don't photograph weddings anymore but on occasion, I may still photograph an elopement or an intimate wedding, it all depends!

 

 

Where are you based out of? And do you ever travel to shoot your sessions?

I’m in Huntington Beach, California and yes, I do continue to travel to photograph some of my sessions! With travel, comes a possible travel fee, so let me know where you want to go and we can plan our adventure!

 

Where do your sessions take place?

Most sessions take place within Orange County, at a mutually agreed upon location. If you need a recommendation for a rad location, I’ve got a few faves. Sessions located outside of Orange County may come with a travel fee. Please note that sessions taking place on a state or city-owned property, and privately owned locations, may require a permit fee. If you'd like a session at one of these locations, please schedule your session accordingly as some permit processes take some time to complete.

 

What do your sessions include?

Sessions include shoot time (aka adventure time), a personal online gallery to view, share and purchase prints and digital files, a planning consultation via phone/email/FaceTime and post-session print planning consultation if you choose to have prints made.

 

Does your session fee include images?

No. Sessions do not include any image files (digital and/or print). However, image files and prints can be purchased through your online gallery! Digital images and digital collections are designed as ala carte products so that they meet the various price points of every client! A print release is included with the purchase of digital images and collections.

 

 

What are your session rates?

Sessions range from $200 and up, depending on the type of session you choose. On average, a portrait session client tends to spend around $625 and up. Birthday parties and milestone events start at $650 and up. For branding, headshots, commercial, editorial, and other special events/projects, please send me an email, we'll talk and I’ll send you a quote or my price guide.

 

Do you release RAW unedited images?

While I have never been asked to do this, I felt that I should at least answer the question. I do not release my RAW unedited images, as I believe final editing is what brings the photo to life! And with that editing comes my photography style, which as an artist, is quite important to me - it is my signature and what I am known for. What you’ll get is beautifully edited images as you see on my website, my galleries, and social media feeds.

 

When is the best time to schedule my session?

I typically shoot either early morning or late afternoon for optimal lighting. With that said, depending on your session location, we could potentially shoot any time of the day. Being a mom, I understand that we want our kiddos to be at their best so whatever time that is, we will make it happen! If you're shooting with me in-studio, the world is your oyster, we can plan your session whenever it is convenient for you! As for when you should book a session? I am usually booked ahead by 2-4 weeks, depending on the season. After summer, headed into the holiday/Fall session season, I usually am booked 4-6 weeks in advance. The early bird gets the worm! I'd love to get you on my calendar as soon as possible!

 

 

What is your booking process?

My booking process is pretty straight forward and simple and before you know it, all you have to do is smile and look pretty! All the things are handled via email and a private portal for you to access your contracts, invoices, etc. Once a date and location are confirmed, a contract will be sent out detailing my terms and conditions. Following a signed contract, you will be sent an invoice for full payment. Once payment is received, a model release will be emailed over for the final autograph. Then we’re all set!

 

What do we wear for photos?

I am a firm believer that you should do YOU when you figure out what to wear for your session! I am a total fan of the non-matching outfits because I believe that we’re all unique and your photos should represent that! Keep it simple and comfortable, and make sure you feel amazing in what you’re wearing. If you need inspiration, you can always go through my website and social media feeds to see what my hip and happening clients are wearing! Feel free to send me photos if you need some advice, I’m here for ya!

 

What if we need to cancel/reschedule our session?

I totally understand needing to cancel or reschedule a session...kids (and adults) get sick at the most random times!! And living in Southern California, you never know if it’s truly going to rain when the news tells us it’s going to rain. Since session payment is non-refundable, I am always willing to do a 1-time reschedule for a new date if time allows or credit you the amount of the session for a future session. If your session includes a permit fee, that fee may have to be paid again, as some agencies do not allow for permit cancellation or rescheduling (total bummer, I know!).

 

What if there’s bad weather?

I love all the weather but can understand that sometimes the weather plays a big role in how we’re going to feel during the session. The only times we would reschedule for bad weather would be if there were high winds, torrential rain, or snow (but not really in CA), as these types of weather systems can cause damage and/or harm!

 

What is your turnaround time?

Depending on the season, the typical turnaround time on a session is about two weeks or less. An email will be sent out with the access information to your private gallery as soon as it is available.

 

Can you photoshop us?

While I believe that you are beautiful just the way you are, I get it, I truly do! I lightly edit my images before sending them to you...from blemishes, bruises, random hair in the air, etc. You know what I mean. If it’s anything that requires extensive retouching, I’ve got you. Additional fees may apply but don’t worry, I’ll let you know if they do.

 

Do you offer discounts?

No, however, I do offer mini holiday sessions in the Fall at a discounted rate. If you’d like to make sure you are in the know when these sessions are released, subscribe to the newsletter and you’ll get first dibs to secure your session! These are offered once a year and session availability is limited.

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Southern California Portrait & Lifestyle Photographer for Shiny, Happy People.

Located in Orange County, CA.

Always willing to travel.