Before I get into the details of how my sessions work to cater to your family, note that I run a first come, first served business. However, you're only penned into my calendar once you contact me and provide me with your credit card information. Your cards are only kept for non-rescheduled cancellation fees (currently $400), applied to those who fail to show for their appointments without 48 hour notice. That's it! You are NOT charged a fee to reserve the date. I'd rather you put your hard-earned money towards artwork.
Their parents came back to the place where they lived before they had their kids, and to spend time in the park nearby.
My style is to provide an environment for your portraits that is about you. I don’t like the cookie-cutter approach, nor do I want to shuffle you through like big-chain store cattle. I don't force you into a location of my choosing or exact clothing, but I do provide advice on locations meaningful to you, and I will guide you on looking your best for your photos.
My goal is for you to put artwork on your wall or in your albums that tells a story of our session, one that you WANT to tell people. What I don’t want is for you to tell people that the photographer picked a location, you’ve never been there before and you’ve never been there since. BORING STORY. I want you to call me at 973 307 0278. I want you to tell someone visiting your home: “Oh wow, I have to tell you. We always go to this place and we were able to …” and so on. Isn’t that what you want from someone you’re hiring?
I photograph your walls in our consultation, and this is what I do LIVE in person with you at the ordering session. That's right, we actually collage your walls on the fly to show you exactly what your walls will look like with appropriate sizes.
Here’s a summary of how we work together:
We meet in person to discuss session planning. Typically I come to your home in order to meet everyone who is getting photographed. This is especially important for children to get them over the whole stranger aspect. We go over clothing options for everyone (feel free to show me), discussion your session location, and see and touch the samples I bring so you can understand its quality. I also do a walkthrough of your home, photographing potential locations where you are considering hanging the final artwork (see Ordering Appointment).
The big day! With all the talking and planning ahead of time, this should be easy! Well, I have 2 kids and know it’s not always easy, but it should be easier now that they know me. I want you to focus on enjoying your family time first. I will guide you through the session, locations, and posing.
A required appointment that's typically done in your home. This is a fun time. Everyone who plans to order any artwork should be there. I will have a projector and screen to show off the images so you’re able to view them at a real size, without the need for squinting. What’s great is I can show you images at EXACT sizes so you’re not guessing! I also have the photographs of your walls here and can drag and drop your images in to show you how your final wall will look. Seriously, I basically provide you with a blueprint on how things will be displayed, and I have clients telling me how easy it was to match it. All ordering is done at this time, and I urge you to have someone watch your children as you are making an important financial decision.
The last thing I’ll say is, I am not a run-and-gun photographer. I love helping my clients decide and handhold them through the process. If this is not for you, and you want someone who shows up, takes your photos and leave, please still contact me. Why? I still know great photographers and if you don’t want to work with me this time around, I at least want to make sure you don’t regret whomever you work with. This is too important.