Custom Family Portrait Example

“The album looks great! Our families are interested in ordering some more!”
Jennifer, NJ

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are just some of the most often asked questions I've received over the years. If you can't find the answer to your question below, please contact me, and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

General Family Portrait Questions

  • Can I just stop in or set up a session for today?

    All sessions are by appointment only and on-location at a place decided during our planning stages. There is a process we go through to make sure that create your ideal family portrait, and this separates us from all the fly-by-night studios who want to just rush you through like cattle. See how our process works.

  • How far in advance should I reserve a session?

    The sooner, the better. There is no time but the present to capture those fleeting family moments.

    I reserve dates and times on a first-come, first-served basis. Family portraits typically reserve quickly for August through November due to the holidays, so don't wait, or else you could miss out! Only clients who have provided the full creation fee have their dates officially reserved. Contact me today!

  • Where can I find your session and portrait prices?

    I work with my clients to create custom sessions that best satisfy their needs. Everyone's investment is different, ranging from an incredibly vibrant, sofa-sized canvas to a collage of smaller portraits as well as custom-designed albums. In all cases, I'll make sure we get the best photos that will have you absolutely thrilled. I even guarantee it.

    Every session has a Creation Fee to reserve a session date with me, and no dates are considered reserved without one.

    I will come to your home to help you decide on the adequate sizes to decorate your walls and rooms at no charge. While all budgets vary, payment plans are available.

    See how our process works.

  • When do I see and order my portraits?

    Following the portrait session, your viewing session is scheduled within a few weeks. At this time, your photos are presented in your home using a projection system in order to view the images at an adequate size. What is great about this is that we can find the exact sizes and images that will work for any of the walls in your home.

    Please allow a couple of hours for this sessions since you are not to be rushed. It is also recommended that this session be adults-only as your investment is an important one, and distractions should be avoided. As your entire session is customized to your needs, all orders are placed only at this viewing session. Keep in mind, your portraits and albums have a 100% guarantee to last a lifetime!

  • Do you post images online?

    Once you have placed and have fully paid your order at the viewing session, I will post the images you ordered, with your permission, in a gallery on Facebook in order for you to share with your family and friends. You are welcome to tag yourself and email anyone you wish.

    As some families prefer to keep their family portraits private, if you do not wish for me to post these images, I fully understand and will comply.

  • Can I order digital images to reprint images myself?

    High-resolution, printable images are not available. I work with the best and this is the only way I can 100% guarantee our portraits' quality. However, with each wall portrait or album you invest in, smaller web-sized images are prepared for you to share with your family via email or through social media (Facebook). In fact, investing a certain amount will also give you access to your own personal smartphone/tablet app (see sample) with your session's photos.

    As a fine art portrait studio, each image is carefully prepared and enhanced with years of skill in order to be the best they can be. These images are carefully created and calibrated to work with our professional printers' fine inks, paper and canvas options. As you can understand, we provide only the best to our clients and nothing leaves our hands without being a guaranteed masterpiece.

    What we have found, for families more concerned about budgets for wall portraits, is that the albums provide a wonderful compromise in both session photos and investment, and we have various options to suit your needs

  • How long is a session?

    They vary and depend mainly on the children for the family portraits, but expect a session to typically last a couple of hours. With newborns, we may require some more breaks. A couple of hours is also typical for an engagement session as well, since we may be traveling to multiple locations to find the rights spaces for you.

    For event coverage, we will discuss the length of your event, and try to do any family portraits beforehand. Once a party starts, it's very difficult to step away for private photos, and nearly impossible to do afterwards.

  • To where do you travel?

    Most of my clients are in the Tri-State Area (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut); however, do not hesitate to contact me about other areas (Boston, etc). I currently reside in the Township of Bloomfield in Essex County, NJ.

  • Where do you typically photograph families?

    I find that very young children are most comfortable and most natural is their homes. If we need to get them some extra playthings to keep them entertained, it's easy to get. With babies and newborns, it is almost a given since they will need nap breaks and time to eat (though I recommend they eat and nap before the session so they can be well-rested).

    Many other times, we will meet at a park that has some swings and a playset since those are typically a lot of fun for them. I can recommend parks I'm familiar with, but if there is once closer to you and your family, we should start there. Sometimes kids will fall asleep or become a little cranky if there is a long drive to the park, but no matter what, I will put in the time to get the best photos of you and your family.

    See how our process works.

  • What advice would you give to aspiring photographers?

    Some of the same comments above in my equipment FAQ. Just take photos. Use what you have. I heard it best at one point in my life, but the best camera to use is the one you have on you. I've taken a lot of photos with my various cell phones, getting images I would have missed. Quality? Second to the moment.

    Digital saved me money on film costs, but it added time and costs in other areas. You are still developing in a digital darkroom, and going through a lot of images takes time, since you may think "shoot first, worry later." I still say to take your time. Take that breath before you push the trigger and think, is this the best image I can make right now? You may not always have that time, but if you do, take advantage of it.

    Feel free to send me an email if you have other questions. As my wife knows, I love talking about photography.