Engagements and Portraits
What should I wear for my photo session?
On camera, bold colors and jewel tones work really well (think red, yellow, orange, emerald green or sapphire blue). In general, it's best to avoid intense patterns, especially thin stripes and houndstooth, which can make your photos look busy. If you're not sure how to pair your outfits, I've posted a helpful guide on my blog. When in doubt, just go with your favorite outfit—the one that makes you feel awesome when you put it on. If you feel good, you'll look good.
What kinds of couples do you photograph?
I am a proud supporter of every kind of person and every kind of love. I love to work with everyone—same sex couples, interfaith couples, traditional couples, edgy couples. I'm all about love and connection, whatever it looks like. I love to work with unique people and will be happy to accommodate any special requests or needs you may have. I am well-versed in serving the photography needs of the LGBTQ community. I also know a bit of ASL so that my Deaf clients don't have to bring an interpreter along.
What happens if the photoshoot goes past the allotted time?
I usually work quickly and will manage time appropriately to fit your time slot. If it's time to wrap up and you still want to keep going, let me know; as long as my schedule is free, I can usually add on time for an additional fee.
I have an unusual request. Can you accommodate me?
Probably. Not every photo session will fit into your typical box. Tell me your vision and I'll do my best to make it happen.
What kinds of weddings do you cover?
I understand the importance of artfully and respectfully covering an array of religious and civil ceremonies, including same-sex weddings, non-religious ceremonies, Indian weddings, Catholic weddings, and more. I'd be happy to discuss the details to make sure your ceremony is appropriately photographed.
What happens if my wedding lasts longer than expected?
If your wedding has extended past your booked time, I'll let you know. From there, you can decide if you'd like me to stay around for an additional fee or if you're satisfied with the coverage for the day. You'll never have to worry about being charged for extra hours you did not specifically request.
Do I really need a second photographer for my wedding?
I highly recommend having a second photographer for your wedding. As lead photographer, I do my best to capture every important moment, but a busy wedding day really requires at least two photographers. Moments like getting ready, the "first look", or the couple reacting to each other as one walks "down the aisle" can only be effectively captured by two photographers. Plus, in the event of an unforeseen illness, injury, equipment malfunction, or a missed moment, a second photographer is a crucial backup.
Should I do an engagement session before my wedding?
If you're debating whether or not to do an engagement session before your wedding, consider this: An engagement session is a great trial run before the big day. Do you feel awkward getting your picture taken? Are you unsure how to pose in front of a camera with your partner? If so, an engagement session is the perfect place to practice and get comfortable with your photographer. Also keep in mind that you will need nice photos of you both together for the steps along the way (announcements, save-the-dates, wedding websites, guestbooks, thank you cards, etc...) so if you don't have any, this is your chance.
What is a consultation?
A consultation is a quick meeting, usually over coffee, where we chat about exactly what you're looking for in a wedding photographer. It's a great opportunity to ask questions, see in-person samples, and get to know me as a photographer. If you're ready to book then and there, we can do the paperwork and get started. If you need more time to decide, there's no pressure.
Do I have to have a consultation?
If you don't want or need a consultation, it's totally fine to opt out. It's often not practical to schedule an in-person meeting with people who are not based in LA or are just really short on time. In these cases, we can do most of our communication over the phone or online.
The package I want is not listed on your site. What should I do?
No problem! Head over to my Contact page to request a custom quote.
Pricing & Payment
Can I pay with a credit card?
Yes. I have a card reader with me at all photoshoots and meetings to take credit card payments.
Do I have to pay tax on my photo package?
Yes. Most photo packages are legally required to be taxed. Unless your package is listed specifically as tax-free or tax-included, be prepared to pay California sales tax on top of your package price.
Do you offer discounts for weekday weddings?
Sometimes. Some weekday weddings may qualify for a discount. Please inquire about your specific date for more information.
How many images will I get?
Each package lists the minimum (but not maximum) amount of photos you will receive. For most portrait sessions, this will be around 50 digital photos. For weddings and events, it will be significantly more. This minimum is to assure that you will receive at least this many photos, but the actual number may be much more.
How much editing do you do?
There are two types of editing I do. The first is standard post-production editing, which includes general photo adjustments like lighting and color correction. The second is retouching, which is a more hands-on approach that usually includes things like blemish removal, unwanted object removal, and other image-specific touchups. Most photographers will offer just standard post-production editing and charge an additional fee to retouching individual photos. Because I want your images to be exceptional and free of distractions, I include both levels of editing in all my packages. The end result will be an edited photo that doesn't look edited: It will just look like you.
Will I get every image you shoot?
Not every image from a shoot will be made available to you. The simple explanation for that is that not every photo is shot with the intent of creating an amazing final product. Test shots, outtakes, and duplicates all end up on the digital "cutting room floor". Don't worry though, I go through every shot and select and send the best images to make sure you'll never miss out on anything great.
Can I post my photos on Facebook?
Yes, please do! You're welcome to share your photos online with friends and family.
When can I expect to see my photos?
Post-production times vary depending on the season, but most photos will be ready within 4 weeks. If you don't want to wait, we can work to arrange a quicker turnaround time.
Do you take special Photoshopping requests?
Photoshop is one of my specialties, so I'm up for "crazy ideas". If you want King Kong in your photo or want to look like you're flying, we can do it! (Depending on the request, an additional per-photo fee may apply.) Also, if there is anything specific that you do or do not want me to remove in Photoshop, let me know prior to the photoshoot so that I can adjust accordingly.