Frequently Asked Questions, Answered

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What's the difference between digital printing and true photographic?

We all use digital printers in our daily lives, and they’re great for everyday printing.  But they are ink on paper which will scratch and fade.  True photographic printing is light on paper, so with proper care, the image won’t fade or deteriorate.  This sets me apart from other professional photographers today, as most are now using digital printing to save money. Need more convincing? Check this out:

Digital Difference

Should we all dress alike for our portrait session?

Absolutely not!  Looking like you belong together is always good, but that doesn’t mean dressing identical.  Let’s say you all wear soft shades of blue or coordinating colors, it defines you as a group. If you all wear different prints and colors you might look like a group of random strangers who happened to get caught in the same photo.  We’ll talk about this at our pre-session consultation meeting but you can also check out my complete studio wardrobe guide here:

Wardrobe Guide

Other FAQs

What are your portrait sessions like?

We have fun at our sessions!  People are often surprised that they actually enjoy having their photos taken.  It’s relaxed.  We let kids get the wiggles out and we capture the giggles.  That’s why we block off more than an hour for every session.

What makes you different from other photographers?

In our digital age lots of people think of themselves as photographers.  However, professional photography requires both an artistic eye and technical training and ability.  I am professionally trained, have over a decade of professional experience and take continuing education courses all the time.  I am artistic, and it shows in the way I take and edit your photographs – and yes, I personally edit every photograph you see after your session.  I use professional equipment and professional photographic processing and printing.  Take a look at my images and decide if my vision fits yours!

Are you licensed and insured?

Yes and yes!

What kind of equipment do you use?

I use professional Canon cameras and lenses.  My bag contains multiple cameras and a variety of lenses.  I use various lighting equipment depending on the session.  In the studio, I have large lights, soft boxes, etc.  On location, I have multiple remote flashes, umbrellas and reflectors.  If I think I might need it, I bring it!

What happens if the weather is bad on our session date?

Weather happens so I keep my schedule flexible.  If you have an outdoor session set and it’s pouring rain, we can move inside and shoot in the studio, or we can simply reschedule.  I suggest putting two dates on the calendar right from the start, so we have a rain date already set.

Can I have my entire extended family come to my session?

Wow, of course! Large family groups are awesome but require extra lighting set ups and time, so I charge a little extra based on the group size.  My studio is small, so we always do large groups outdoors.  I’m also as creative as I can be with a large group, but it is a different look than an intimate family portrait.

Who will be present at my session?

I will be there!  I am the lead photographer and this is my vision.  I also work with my mom.  She’s great at posing and being silly to make kids laugh.  She’s also an awesome second shooter, so you might see her behind the camera too.  I have a lighting assistant that sometimes comes along especially with large groups.  We are typically an all female team and keep it small so you don’t feel like you have to impress a crowd.

What are digital albums set to music?

These are DVDs that you can play over and over containing all the photos from your portrait session or event.  I create each one myself.  It’s not a simple slide show, but is something special with music that compliments the session or event.  Want to see a sample? Send a quick e-mail from my contact page.

What’s a reveal meeting and why do we have one?

Seeing all your photos for the first time after your session or event is exciting!  It can also be overwhelming trying to decide which ones you want.  I will assist you in figuring out the best collections for your home and walls.  I even have a program that I use where you can actually see your photos sized for your walls!  You can see how they will look over a sofa, on the mantle, or above a headboard.

My friend’s photographer just gave them a disk of images after their session? Why don’t you?

I’m sorry that happened to them. People hire me for more than a disk of images because they know I’ll take the time to guide them through the process of selecting the perfect products for their home.  You’ll leave with something real, something tangible to enjoy and pass down.  It will also be artfully edited and professionally printed. Check out the Digital Difference link above.

Can I get a disk of my portrait session images?

You can always purchase a digital album set to music with all the images from your session.  Or you can purchase individual digital images.  My goal is to provide you with beautiful true photographic images that you can hang on your walls and pass down from generation to generation. Digital images deteriorate, can get corrupted or lost. Media formats change too, but true professionally printed photographs last.  We also give you a personal mobile app with some photos to share when you spend $500 on prints. Check out the Digital Difference link above.

Can I see your work in person?

I work out of my home in Silver Spring (Ashton) Maryland and I would be happy to meet with you anytime.  I also have a small display of my work at the Sandy Spring Museum on Olney-Sandy Spring Road (Rt. 108), where I am their in-house photographer.  I take photos all over the Metro area, Montgomery County, Howard County, Frederick, Northern Virginia and D.C., and I am happy to meet with you in your home and bring some samples with me at a pre-session consultation.

Have you ever been published?

Yes.  I have been honored to have some of my portraits published in various magazines, as well as on different websites.  I even had photographs selected for the cover of the Potomac Review, a literary journal.  I have also done food photography for local restaurants.  On my bio page you can see a fun honor I received where two of my wedding photos were selected by Axe for an ad campaign that were on a billboard in Times Square, New York City.

Can I hire you for an event, like my daughter’s Princess Party, or my parent’s 50th anniversary?

Absolutely!  I have event packages for as little as $300 for special days like that princess party.

I can make a photo book online really cheap. Why are your albums so much more expensive?

There are a ton of options available to people online, I create beautiful, lay-flat, true photographic albums.  I personally design the albums, so a lot of time and care goes into each one.  Then they are professionally printed, photographically, so they are not digital prints.  The albums will be heirlooms and won’t fade.  Those less expensive albums you find online are printed on flimsy paper that will crease, tear, fade and smudge; but mine are heavy, lay-flat pages that are then beautifully bound by hand.  This is definitely one of those items where you get what you pay for.

What about weddings?

While I photographed weddings for many years, I have hung up that portion of my business to focus on my main passion which is portrait photography. I love a good love story so I still offer engagement sessions and bridal portrait sessions separate from the wedding day. I am happy to help refer you to some great local wedding photographers for your big day!

Why do you cost more than my last photographer did? 

Are there cheaper photographers out there? Of course! But I feel confident that my final product reflects the difference.  I give you full service, creativity, careful post-production and editing of all your images based on over a decade of experience in the industry. I help you select your favorites for the wall and design memorable heirloom wall art and albums for your family to cherish.