"Thank you so much for your artistry, attention to detail, commitment to equity, and warm/easy laughter." --Angelica, professional dancer, choreographer, and teacher

Q: What portrait photography services do you offer? A: I am proud to offer world-class, award-winning photography to capture your genuine self and tell your unique story. Simply put, I can provide nearly any portrait photography services you may require for your professional or personal needs. These services include corporate/business/personal headshots, full-length posed and action portraits, graduation photos, lifestyle photos, and profile pictures for your social media, dating sites, etc.  If you are interested in portraits for families, couples, engagement, wedding, or maternity, please visit my Wedding and Family page. 

Q: Where can we have our photoshoot? A: While we can work in the photography studio for  projects where complete control is required, for many types of portraiture projects I prefer to get out of the studio and shoot on location in scenic places that have personal meaning to you and that support your story. My goal is for the location and style of the shoot to enhance the storytelling to help you achieve your results.

Q: How are you different from other photographers out there? A: I love to make portraits for a diverse range of clients throughout the SF Bay Area all over the world!  But it is my experience as a travel photographer and fine art photographer that sets me apart from the many other talented portrait photographers out there. My work in those genres has yielded major international awards, publications, and exhibitions, and provides a broader and more artistic perspective. We emphasize telling your story visually, not just "getting the shot" and packing up. When you entrust me to tell your story you will receive images that don't look exactly like thousands of others, but instead showcase your personality in its true, authentic form. This in turn will help you achieve your business or personal results.

Q: How will you help me stand out and tell my story?  A: Your portraits should be as special as you are! Yet with the millions of professional photographs shot each year, so many look alike and very few truly capture the authentic spirit of the person who paid for them. When you book a session with me, we start by chatting about who your are, what you want to say with your photos, and how you plan to use them. We'll choose a look and a location tailored to telling the visual story you're after. You'll receive images that don't look just like thousands of others, but instead show your best authentic self. Whether you need portraits or photography services for your event, I can help you share what's unique and sets you apart from the crowd.

Q: What are your rates for portrait photography? A: You will likely find my rates to be very reasonable compared to what other top-tier professional photographers charge. Every project is different and will be custom quoted, but for a straightforward photoshoot for your headshots, lifestyle/action portraits, graduation photos, or social media profile pictures, my fees will usually be in the range of $275-$525. Other than for travel outside of the SF Bay Area and for studio rental fees, permits, and entry fees, where applicable, my rates are all-inclusive. That means your quote will cover planning time, travel, setup/breakdown, shooting time, post-processing, and delivery via a secure online gallery of your finished photos (along with a license-to-use the finished photos). Be sure to compare my rates accurately with other photographers', as most professionals will charge you twice, once for the session fee and again for each finished photo you order. While that method is profitable for photographers, I consider it client-unfriendly and therefore I use use all-inclusive pricing, instead.

Q: How far in advance should I book you? A: Sometimes I am available on short notice, so by all means ask. But in general it is better to book me as soon as you know your date(s) and have a sense of your needs. Advance booking helps us work together to achieve the best results.

Q: How long do you take to deliver my finished photos? A: I pride myself on quick turnaround and in most cases I can select, post-process, and deliver your finished photos within approximately one week of our session. Depending on my schedule and the complexity of the project, it may take longer but we will discuss the timing when we plan for your shoot. When priority delivery is required, I can usually meet your timeframe for an extra fee.

Q: Can I download the raw files that you capture during our session?  A: The short answer is no.  The raw files as recorded directly in the camera are not usable as-is for several reasons.  They are not easily readable without specialized software, and they still need to be processed or they will look flat and lifeless.  A big part of the professional photographer's process is their ability to hand-process the selected images into finished photos that will be stunning and unforgettable.  It is not in the client's or the photographer's best interest for raw images to be shared.

Q: May I help in the process of selecting which photos will be finished and delivered?  A: We will discuss exactly what look(s) you need before the photoshoot, and during the shoot I will frequently show you the images as we capture them.  This prepares me well to select the very best images to meet your requirements.  On rare occasions I will allow a portraiture client to view a gallery of unfinished images after the shoot and to help select which ones they'd like to have finished. This step adds time and work for both you and me, but it can be useful in cases such as professional acting/modeling headshots where a particular look is required.  There may be an extra fee for this service.  If you are interested in participating in the process of selecting your finished photos, let me know in your inquiry form so that I can build in time and appropriately price the project.

Q: Do you pose me during our photoshoot? A: I understand that most of us aren't professional models, so it can feel awkward to be in front of the camera. My goal is to capture your authentic spirit in our portraits, so I try not to barrage you with a stringent list of poses during our photoshoot. Instead, I offer direction from time to time during the session to suggest what will work best to translate your style into a two-dimensional visual story. In most cases we will achieve the best results when your posing and movement reflect your true self.

Q: What should I wear to our photoshoot? A: In short, it's up to you! Your attire depends on your personal style and your goals for the session. In a typical 45-minute session, we'll often have time for an outfit change, so bring an extra outfit to get a second look!  If more looks are needed, we can schedule a longer session. In general, I recommend wearing solid colors or simple patterns, as very bright or complicated patterns do not tend to photograph well.  Choose wardrobe items that can mix and match, such as a jacket that can be worn with two different outfits or thrown over a shoulder for more variety.  We can discuss your attire when we plan for your shoot.

Q: Do you offer makeup and hair services for our photoshoot? A: In most cases it's best for you to arrive hair and makeup ready so we can use our time together to capture your portraits.  If you need help finding a stylist on the day of your shoot, let's discuss and I might be able to make recommendations.  In general, choose light and natural "street" makeup rather than heavy and vivid "stage" makeup, which often doesn't photograph well.

Q: Do you offer volume portraiture services, such as corporate executive team shoots or a photo day for schools? A: Although I am not primarily a volume photographer, I do offer these types of services within certain parameters. Let's discuss your needs!

Q: What steps do you take to ensure my or my team's safety? A: I take the safety and well-being of my clients very seriously. I carry professional insurance and can provide this information to your venue as required. When selecting locations, my first priority is client safety (you might be surprised to learn that many of my young clients request that we shoot on railroad tracks; I tell them that's not going to happen). I'm also mindful of your comfort level in front of the camera, understanding that you are probably not a professional model. A photoshoot should feel fun and personal, not like a competition or chore. 

Q: This sounds great! What's our next step? A: I look forward to creating something special with you! Take the next step by filling out this short Request for Quote form.

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