Frequently Asked Questions

Creative portrait sessions start at $400, with most clients averaging $1,500 (Print product ranges from $300 to $2,500). Headshots start at $250, with an average spend of $650.  For more information, I wrote posts detailing the factors for how much a portrait photographer costs and how much a headshot costs.

I’ve created a series of blog posts to help – check out the summary page here.

Hey, guess what, so does everyone else! Well, unless you’re a model. Know what else? That’s why you hire a professional photographer. A lot of my free time is spent learning about human behavior and body language because I find it fascinating. It’s my job to make you look amazing and feel comfortable simultaneously. I also make sure that the poses we use fit your personality. Are you light and bubbly? Then we won’t cross your arms. Are you a high-level executive who is super approachable and friendly? Then we’ll take pictures with the camera at eye level instead of looking up, which makes you look imposing and intimidating. We’ll talk a few times before the session to iron out the message and personality you want to exude in your images. It’s my job to make the photos tell that story!

Yes, I do! I believe in photographing everyone in their best light (pun intended). Everyone is a little different: skin tone, body shape, personality, and more. Regardless of your individual uniqueness, I promise to listen to your concerns and address them the best I can with amazing images that celebrate you. I’ve got a blog post where you can learn how I specifically photograph BIPOC

I’m a proud ally and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community and am happy to serve them.

Full transparency: I don’t understand everything, and I definitely say the wrong thing occasionally. I support this community because we all deserve love, respect, and dignity.

Weather is fickle, there’s no denying that. Then again, if you live in Georgia, then you know that if you don’t like the weather, just wait another 30 minutes! But what happens if we plan a session and the skies open up? We have two options – reschedule or try to wait it out. I purposefully do not put session dates in my contracts because of this exact reason. Life and weather happen! I’m totally game to say, “Well it doesn’t look like today is gonna work. What’s your next available time?” Unless you want a rain-soaked session, we can always reschedule at no additional charge. I highly recommend checking out this blog post about what to do if it rains on your portrait session.

Life happens! I get it. I try to be as flexible as possible because of this reality. So long as you let me know 8 or more days before the session, we can easily reschedule. If you let me know 7 or fewer days before the session, then there may be sunk costs including, but not limited to, studio or equipment rental fees. Additionally, sessions must be rescheduled within 6 months of the original session date. We’ll make it a conversation and figure out the best plan once you let me know you need to reschedule.

I get this question so often, so I wrote a blog post with tips for what to wear for your portrait sessions and another for what colors to wear for photos. Clothing should communicate your personality and for businesses, match your brand aesthetic. I may not always have the perfect concept, but I know what doesn’t work or match your vision! I’m happy to work with you to figure out the best attire for your session. And if you’re changing outfits, I can provide pointers to make it much easier. Especially if we’re shooting on location!

Every single image receives global editing AKA overall exposure, contrast, color, etc. when you receive them as proofs. Once you have gotten your proof images, you’ll pick a selection, and then I’ll perform the detailed Photoshop edits on those images. After that’s complete, you’ll receive access to the final selection of images. All photos printed through me will receive detailed editing at no additional charge. If you’d like more details about my editing process, check out this post. I also have a short video showing off a detailed edit at high speed.

I turn around proof images in about one week of your session. Detailed edits take about a week to complete every 10 images. Finally, printed product delivery turnarounds can vary:

  • Folio boxes takes about a month to turn around
  • Albums take about one month to deliver after the design is approved and the order is placed
  • Collages and Wall Art Pieces can take about 3 weeks to deliver

You can also learn more about the timeline and steps in the process after the session here.

Images are available at a high resolution that is great for large prints up to 24×36″. Branding & Headshot clients get access to their images via the online gallery. Creative Portrait & Senior Portrait clients can order their wall art products after the photoshoot during a dedicated image reveal session. Click this link to learn more about the available product to purchase from your session.

Yes – I have a very rigorous and robust back-up strategy to hold onto your images long-term after your session and your ordering appointment. Click the link to learn more about how long I hold onto images and my overall photo backup strategy.

I have a blog post that walks through other common concerns and comments I get from clients that may help!

Branding portrait sessions (seniors included) start at $550, with most clients averaging $1,500. For more information, I wrote posts detailing the factors for how much a portrait photographer costs.

After capturing over 60 weddings in my early photographic career, I love second shooting for weddings. If you want me to photograph your wedding, feel free to ask! However, please be aware I have a wedding tax I call a PITA Fee (Pain In The Ass) associated with the overall cost if you want to hire me.

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Still have questions? Dang, I need to work on my website!