Session times are allotted based on type of session and can be found HERE. The session time begins at whatever time is agreed upon prior to the session. Please do everything possible to arrive to your session on time, for they are timed very specifically and deliberately - taking many variables into consideration (sunset times, preceding or subsequent sessions, etc.) I am not able to extend session times because of tardy arrivals; thus, the amount of time a session is delayed from starting will be deducted from the total session time (i.e. if you are 10 minutes late, the session will be 30 minutes instead of 40 minutes).
My philosophy is to enhance images, not manipulate them. This means I perfect tones, lighting, and colors in post processing, as well as touching up obvious blemishes both in the background and on skin (i.e. removing bystanders, scratches on little one's faces, obvious acne, etc.). I do not manipulate body shapes, weight, hair styles; nor do I change outfit colors, "iron" out wrinkles, etc. For premium sessions, I offer one or two head swaps should there be a need for it (i.e. if you want an enormous canvas of one particular shot printed but your one year old wasn't smiling, I'll "swap" his head with another image of him smiling if angles and such permit).
I'm a firm believer in capturing beauty in every life - bringing out your best features through posing and angles; not changing things about you in post-processing. Please do everything possible to come to the session looking like you want your images to turn out!
ON LOCATION TIPS:
Prepare for outdoor sessions like you would any other family outing. If it’s a sunset session, wear bug repellent (we basically live in a swamp – lots of bugs!) Also, wear sunscreen if you think it’ll be necessary, wear appropriate shoes, bring an extra outfit, etc.
REGARDING LITTLE ONES: My aim is to make sessions fun, upbeat, and adventurous for little ones so they will enjoy themselves. We all want your session to go smoothly and to get stunning images, but sometimes children don't share that goal and can make things a little difficult. If they are a bit uncooperative, don't stress too much - I am confident we will still get beautiful images, even if they aren't the perfectly posed, smiling shots grandparents want for their mantles. However, I cannot be held responsible for inattentiveness or unruliness. I will do my best to capture all your desired poses, but cannot guarantee them if little ones aren't cooperative. Also, I will end the session if things get too out of hand (this is an absolute last resort, but one I will enforce). In the unlikely event this happens, I will provide images captured until then, but no refund will be issued; nor will a reshoot occur without a new, full session fee. PAYMENT:
Unless another arrangement has been worked out previously, the full amount of each session is due at the time of the session. No sneak peeks or galleries will be released until payment is received in full. Most forms of payment are accepted: cash, checks, PayPal, Venmo, and card payments. However, while card payments are accepted, a 3% processing fee is added to the total.
GALLERIES + DELIVERY:
Your online gallery will be delivered to you within two weeks of your session. At that time, you are free to download each hand-edited, high resolution image as many times on as many devices as you (or your family) desire. You are also free to share the link with others, should you choose to do so.
Each gallery is delivered with an official print release as well. You have permission to print your images from whatever venue you want, though I do highly recommend MPix.com. Their quality is impressive, as well as their commitment to being financially reasonable.
Your gallery will available to you as long as the website (SmugMug) is up and running; but I recommend downloading your images immediately and on multiple devices just in case. Crazy things happen! I have your images backed up on an external hard drive; but again, prepare for the worst and save them. I guarantee image protection for 30 days after the gallery is delivered. Please download and save your images in numerous locations to keep them safe and secure.