Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have those gaudy, massive, hot lights that always make me sweat?
I do not, the reason comes in two parts. Part one: I am a professional photographer who is skilled in natural light. When I shoot outdoors, my goal is to not be scared of the unexpected lighting, but to utilize it and take advantage of it. Part 2: They are huge and heavy and if I had to pay an assistant to lug camera equipment around on location with me, the cost of a session would be much higher.
Do I need to practice posing before a session?
My job is to help you feel comfortable and look amazing in front of the camera! If you want to look up ideas and poses ahead of time, I am totally okay with that! (It does help me understand your vision better) I will always help pose you even if you feel like you don’t know where your limbs are anymore. (I get it, I’m the same way)
Do you have a studio?
Does my living room count? No I currently do not have a studio but a huge reason why is I want to keep my overhead down to keep my pricing affordable. Adding in the expense of a studio space would immediately raise the cost of my sessions. I do offer studio head shots in my “home studio” for select customers. If that is something you are looking for, please ask!
Do you offer a single mini session or wedding photography or corporate head-shots or family sessions or….You talk a lot about keeping your prices low, what are they?
What would you consider your specialty?
The things I do best are Fashion Shoots (blogger style and product style), Alternative Weddings, and Birthday Sessions. Of course I am always willing to adapt style depending on what I am doing, but these are the things I specialize in.
My dog looks adorable in cosplay, would you take pictures of her?
While that is not my specialty, I am flexible. However, I will not take responsibility for your animals so please plan accordingly.
We want to do a family session with all 16 grandkids, can you do that?
Absolutely! I have experience with large families and groups of children. In addition, we will choose a location fitting to a group of that size. (So no kids go running off into the street)
What are your policies? Is a deposit required?
All of my are explained in detail HERE. In short, yes I require a deposit of 50% to book the date for a photography client. I will not book the date in my calendar until I have the deposit. The rest of the payment is due at the time of the photography session.
What equipment do you use?
I shoot with a Canon M6 Mirrorless and primarily with a 50mm lens and a 22mm lens as needed. As much as having high quality equipment is important, I believe that ONLY having good equipment doesn’t make someone a good photographer. Truly amazing photography comes from someone who knows how to use the equipment and understands what makes art amazing. I’m not just a person with a camera, I’m someone who cares. I want to create something amazing that will last you forever.
Graphic Design and Social Media
What program do you use?
Most of my work is done in Photoshop and Illustrator. I’m an Adobe gal. I don’t love using InDesign but I will if I need to.
What does a Graphic Designer do?
Graphic design is a massive category. Some designers only do branding, business cards and signs, some do 3D work, some work specifically with UX and UI design or Web design. I personally work in branding, email marketing, logos, for print, and social media posting.
What does BRANDING entail?
Branding is an overarching term that covers logos, colors, fonts, aesthetic, and everything else that goes into a company having a consistent style. The brands with the strongest branding plans tend to be the most easily recognized. Branding doesn’t just happen once. It is something that needs to be updated as long as the brand is alive. Trends and styles will always change and as they do, so does your brand.
What programs do you use for email marketing?
I prefer to use Mailchimp, it is by far the most user friendly as well as affordable at many levels of business. Most of the email campaign companies use a similar style platform and I am capable of using those as well.
How often should I be sending out emails and posting to social media?
This will change industry to industry. I always recommend posting daily to social media because it keeps your name on your customers mind. I recommend emailing 2 times a week, enough to keep yourself in front of the customer but not so often that it makes them unsubscribe. For more social media tips and tricks, contact me as I offer a crash course training session through Howste Technical Services.
Why can’t I just go to one of those super cheap sites and pay $20 for a logo?
Those designers are doing two things that make you not want to support them. The first is they are undercutting the industry, all trained and talented designers (especially local ones) work really hard and spent time and money in school to become good at what they do, and for someone to come in and sell a cheap copy of a design they made for 10 other clients, they are just reinforcing the idea that artists don’t deserve to be paid fairly for their work. The second is that they use a few essential designs and just adjust them toward your business. When you work with a graphic designer like myself, you get personalized work that will truly fit your brand and you won’t run into anything similar.
So what are your prices?
Follow this link to my generic pricing sheet. Feel free to contact me for more specialized requests.