Q – Where are you located?
A – I am located in Cleveland, Ohio. (Cleveland’s east side)
Q – Will you travel?
A – Absolutely. I love to travel. Contact me for travel inquiries and rates.
Q – What photography do you specialize in?
A – I don’t really have a specialty. I love shooting a lot of people of all different ages. I do consider myself more of a natural light photographer but will use artificial lighting while working in my studio.
Q – What equipment do you use.
A – I shoot with a Nikon D750. I have several lenses but my go to/favorite lens is the 35mm Sigma Art f 1.4 and my 50 mm Sigma Art f 1.4. I also use a 24mm Sigma Art f 1.4 and a Nikon 70-200mm f 2.8.
Q – Where do your photo sessions take place?
A – There are a variety of locations in or around the greater Cleveland area that I like to use. Location is determined by several different factors such as who will be a part of the session and their age, the time of year, and of course; client preference. Newborn sessions take place in studio or in the clients home.
Q – Do you shoot weddings?
I love to shoot weddings. Weddings require a lot of time so I am only able to shoot a limited amount of weddings per year.
Q – What if a session needs to be rescheduled due to illness, injury, or inclement weather?
A – I have children so I know that accidents occur or that illnesses can happen unexpectedly. I just request that all clients notify ASAP (preferably within 24 hours of the scheduled session). I will happily accommodate any schedule changes at my earliest convenience. In extreme circumstances, I will refund the session fee in its entirety. Weather is beyond my control but if by chance, a session needs to be canceled, I will reschedule the session as soon as possible.
Q – Why do I have to sign a contract and pay the session fee upfront?
A – The contract is a simple agreement between you and I which outlines what our expectations of one another. Sessions must be payed up front to secure the date you would like to have your session. I have limited availability, so by paying upfront, it ensures that you will show up to your scheduled photo session.
Q – How long is your turnover time?
A – The short answer is 2-4 weeks for portrait sessions. (4-8 weeks for weddings) My turnover time varies depending on the season/time of year. My busiest time of year is September-December, so please consider this if you hope to schedule/receive pictures within a certain time frame, especially for holiday or senior pictures. This time in particular, books up many months in advance.
Q – How many images can I expect in my gallery?
A – The answer depends upon the type of session as well as how many people are a part of it. Newborn sessions typically contain 20+ images, sessions of toddlers and children 30+, and sessions of families yield 40+.
Q – Why am I unable to view all of my images from the session?
A – I know that some photographers allow this but that is not my policy. My feeling is that if you have seen my work and you have chosen me to photograph your weddings, your newborn baby, and your family then you should trust that I will provide you with images that you will love and cherish forever.
Q – Can I purchase the rights to my gallery?
Yes, I do allow clients to purchase the print release for their images. This gives you permission to print your images wherever you like. However, I am not responsible for the quality of the prints that you have printed through any other lab but my own. Purchasing the print release does not give you permission to edit or manipulate the images in any way; or enter the images into any sort of contests without my consent. I do not allow clients to have original (RAW) files.
Q – What should I wear?
A – The answer really depends upon the client, the time of year, location, and your expectations for the session which is why it is always best to discuss them in the time leading up to your session. The more I know about your expectations, the more likely I will be able to achieve them. If you want to bring your own props, that is great! I am all for it! Please, just let me know beforehand (especially for in studio newborn sessions) so that I can plan it into your session.
Q – How do I schedule a newborn session?
If you would like to book a newborn session with me, contact me by email or phone. From there, we will discuss what type of newborn session you’re interested in and anything else about your pregnancy that I need to know. Your due date will be added to my schedule which will give me a general timeframe in which I should expect the baby/babies arrival. I know that many babies arrive early and many arrive late, please do not worry about an early/late delivery effecting your newborn session. If you are having a scheduled delivery, try to let me know in advance. For all natural deliveries, contact me as soon as you feel up to it. Every labor is different. I’ve had moms email me in the middle of labor and others get in contact a couple of days afterwards. Just note that, if you hope to have a studio session, it is best to get the baby in for the session by 10-14 days old at the very latest.
Q – How long do you hold on to the files?
After your images are edited, I will remove raw files from memory cards and my computer within one month after your gallery has been delivered and viewed. I hold onto all edited images for 3 months for photo sessions and 6 months for weddings. If you purchase digital rights, it is important that you backup your files, more than once if possible. I shoot thousands of images per month and need to make sure that I have space available for all sessions which is why I have to remove files after a certain duration of time has passed.