Frequently Asked Questions
What's your photography style?
I would describe my photography style as "light, airy, & warm." I like to keep the subjects in focus and backgrounds blurred, color tones warm but true, with a light and airy exposure. I deliver a variety of color and black & white images to your gallery, and sometimes I may add some artistic touches to some of your photos. I love taking genuine photos that make you feel something just by looking at them. I encourage natural interactions among family members, as well as lightly posing to make you look and feel your best. My sessions consist of both posed and lifestyle images.
Where are you located?
I am proud to call Northern Michigan home! More specifically, I am located in Traverse City. Typically, I travel around to a variety of outdoor locations in the surrounding area for family portrait sessions. My studio can be used for children and newborn sessions. I conveniently travel up to 50 miles from Traverse City, at no additional cost to you.
What is your pricing?
I display my pricing on the booking tab, in the main website menu. I try to provide all of the information you need upfront, to help you choose the best photographer for your needs. When it comes to finding out pertinent information, I believe in convenience, transparency and timeliness.
May I send you ideas I found online?
I love Pinterest as much as the next girl! Pinterest is best used as an initial source of inspiration, rather than a strict guideline for your photographer. If we're focused on recreating someone else's photos, that will leave us less time to create shots that show the uniqueness of your family. Send some along to me, and I will study them and get a feel for your goals, ideas and needs for the session. I may print a few of them off, that way if the time allows, we can use them as inspiration.
Should I bring anything to the session?
Feel free to bring along any props that you'd like to include! Popular items include a blanket to lay on the ground for your family to sit on; different outfit changes; baby booties or stuffed animals for maternity sessions; a favorite toy or book for your child to hold onto during a couple shots, etc. If you like it - bring it! If you would like to ask me for opinions or ideas, feel free to reach out to me!
After Session FAQ
How long will it take to see my photos?
I have most client galleries available within 3 weeks after the shoot. If it will be longer, I will let you know. If you need the images ready by a certain date, (such as for use on invitations, announcements, gifting, etc.) please let me know at the time of booking. Client galleries are private, and a link will be emailed to you as soon as I am finished processing your images.
Do you edit the photos?
Every image that I deliver in your online viewing and ordering gallery is edited. This involves color correction, exposure adjustments, blemish removal, black and white processing on certain images, clarity adjustments, and other basic retouching. I do not offer extensive retouching, such as body sculpting or changing the background of a photograph.
Can I see all of the photos you take?
Photography is more than just pressing the shutter button. To me, photography is an art and I work hard to release the images that live up to my standards. I eliminate duplicate images, test shots, missed focus shots, shots with bad expressions, and other images that may dilute the overall product delivery. I do not archive these 'outtakes' and they will not be available for viewing or purchasing.