Everything you need to know!
It's true what they say; time is a thief. As a photographer, I feel like my super power is freezing time for you. Capturing babies on hips and toddlers running wild. Your swollen baby belly, or high school seniors on the brink of adulthood.
Lifestyle sessions are generally about 45 minutes and they take place at a location of your choosing. *Travel fees may apply* If you aren't sure, I can make suggestions based on the look or vibe you are going for. Most outdoor sessions will be booked a few hours before the sun sets.
You will receive a Style Guide that I have put together to help my clients when choosing their outfits.
All of these sessions include a personalized online gallery where you can download your high resolution images, order prints (an additional cost), and share the photos with friends and family.
The number of digital photos included in a lifestyle session can vary depending on a lot of factors, but generally you can expect around 50 edited, retouched photos.
Maternity, Family, Seniors, etc.
working with me
I learned from personal experience that it doesn't matter how beautiful a photo is if you don't like what YOU look like in the photo. I've taken several posing courses and I will make sure to pose you in order to capture your most flattering angles.
All of my clients receive a Style Guide after booking their session. It's filled with detailed information about coordinating outfits, as well as picture examples and store recommendations.
The editing process is my favorite part, and I spend so much time making sure your photos are perfect. That means removing people, trashcans and signs in the background, making sure your skin looks amazing, your arms look slim, and any photo in the gallery is ready to frame on the wall of your home.
Attention to Detail
Reach out and say hello! We can chat about what you're looking for and once all of your questions are answered, it's time to get a date on the calendar!
I do require a $100 retainer to officially reserve your date. The remainder is due on the day of your portrait session. Once you're all set, I will send out a detailed email with all of the information for our session, including a style guide to help you with putting together outfits.
Once the outfits are chosen and the hair is done, you don't have to do anything but show up! My job is to find the best lighting and put you in it. You won't have to worry about posing yourselves, I'll direct you every step of the way.
Most of my galleries are delivered within 2 weeks of our session!
What's inside your camera bag?
I shoot with a Canon R6 Mark II (which has two memory card slots so a back-up is always recorded) and my back-up camera is a Canon 5D Mark IV. My primary lens is the 50 1.2L (my baby!) which vary rarely ever comes off of my camera but when I do reach for another lens -- it would be the Sigma 85 1.4, Sigma Art 35 1.4, Canon 100L.
How long will it take to get my photos?
Portrait sessions take about 1-2 weeks.
Do you edit all of the photos?
Absolutely! I go through every image and adjust for crop, exposure, and color correction. I also do very light re-touching if needed.
Do you charge a travel fee?
I do charge a travel fee for locations that are farther than 30 minutes from the Carlsbad area. This means that your portrait session includes an hour of driving time (30 minutes each way) I charge $100 for each additional hour of driving. So if we are 1.5 hours apart and you'd like me to travel to your city for our shoot, that would be a total of 3 hours of driving (which would be an additional $200 travel fee since a one hour round trip is included). Unfortunately, living in Southern California I have to go by the amount of hours and not the amount of miles.
Are you insured?
Do you offer mini sessions?
I currently only offer mini sessions to new clients during the fall season. I will typically have 2-3 designated dates and will fit about 6 families on each date. These sessions are 30 minutes in length and include about 30 images. I usually announce the dates on social media in August.
Do you offer any discounts for repeat clients?
Yes! I absolutely want my clients to feel as loved and valued as they are. My repeat clients currently get $50 off portrait sessions.