What is your style of photography?
I am a lifestyle photographer. This approach places more focus on candid moments instead of posed shots. These photos are usually described as joyful, natural and relaxed - think less forced smiling and looking at the camera with stiff faces, and more natural interactions while joyfully loving on each other!
But don't worry, I'm there to guide you the entire time! I'll direct you into natural positions using prompts and light direction and then let you take it from there. Think tickle fights, splashing in the water, building sand castles and skipping rocks. You're perfect at being yourself and it's those little nuances that I love to photograph!
Where do your sessions take place?
I live and work on the Big Island of Hawaii and the majority of my sessions take place along the Waikoloa and Kohala beach shorelines. These are some of the most beautiful beaches for portrait sessions.
I have a complete client location guide with details and images for each of my preferred spots to help you choose. I'm also happy to make recommendations based on where you'll be staying or the type of scenery you're looking for.
Do you travel? What are your travel fees?
My bags are packed!
I regularly travel to Oahu, Maui and Kauai for photo sessions. There is a small inter-island travel fee of $200 (airfare) + the cost of a rental car for the day. Mini sessions are not available for sessions outside of the Big Island unless I am booking at least 3 at the travel destination.
I love your work but it is a little bit out of my price range...
Ask about me payment plans!
You can start by putting down as little as $150 down to hold your session date and we can then space out your payments in a way that is comfortable for you. As long as your session fee is covered before your session date, I would be more than happy to work with you on spacing out your payments in a way that works best for your family and finances.
What time are your sessions?
I am a natural light photographer, taking advantage of the beautiful, golden Hawaiian sunshine for each of my sessions. Sessions take place at sunrise or 1-2 hours before sunset for the best possible light.
I understand that for some families this might mean a one-time adjustment in your child's schedule, but I assure you it will be worth it! Shooting during this time ensures images are correctly lit and in the style of what you see in my portfolio.
For more information on sunrise vs. sunset photo sessions, check out this blog post.
What Should I Wear to My Session?
Ah yes - the outfit question. I won't pretend choosing your outfits will be easy. I bought and returned at least 12 different outfits for my own engagement session so I feel your pain.
I offer my clients the option to use a wonderful styling service that helps you visualize outfits for your session based on your desired colors and "vibe". It gives you plenty of options (and links to purchase things directly!) and it is completely free for you to use. After you've booked with me, you'll receive your unique client code to access this service.
And while I want you to spend some time thinking about what you'd like to wear, my quick advice is to avoid neon colors, logos and stripes or plaid. Find something you feel beautiful and fabulous in. Additionally, you can always send me your outfit ideas beforehand and I can give you feedback.
The point is, I'm here to help! I've made a few guides to help you as your start planning out what to wear.
How do you deliver final images?
I use a fabulous online gallery system to deliver final high resolution digital images to clients.
Every client receives a custom gallery link (password protected by request) that can be easily shared with your friends and family. You can 'favorite' top images, share them on social media and order high quality heirloom prints directly from my professional print lab. It's easy to use and everyone loves it!
When will I receive my gallery?
I want to deliver the best possible images to you and this takes a little time. I hand-edit every final image in your gallery and I am guilty of being a bit of a perfectionist! That being said, my standard editing time is 2 weeks. During busy season (Thanksgiving, Christmas and the summer months) editing time is between 2-3 weeks, depending on my workload.
The good news: I love posting sneak peeks! When there is time, I try to post an image on Facebook and Instagram 2-3 days after your session.
If you need your gallery right away for thank you cards, holiday cards or a special announcement, let me know right away and I can advise whether this is possible or not. A rush fee of $250 is applied to these requests.
Do I get to see all of the final images from my session?
In your final gallery, you can expect to see 1 image per minute of photo-taking time. So if you booked a 60 minute session, your gallery will average 60 final images.
Each image in your gallery is individually edited and optimized to match the work you see in my online portfolio. This editing includes color correction, removing people from backgrounds when possible and optimizing exposure and contrast when appropriate.
Can I get the RAW files?
It is studio policy not deliver or sell the raw, unedited image files. As these files are an unfinished products, they are not an accurate representation of my work or brand. Raw files require special software to open and edit and take time to process and convert into a beautiful final product.
WHat happens if it rains?
In the unlikely event that the weather does not cooperate we'll work to find a time to reschedule your session during your trip. Best case scenario is finding a backup location (hopefully at a nearby beach!) where it is not raining and meeting there, but we would make those plans on the day of your session if the weather is not looking good. I'd advise you to leave a little wiggle room in your schedule on the day of your session if it looks like rain so we can be flexible with our plans. If we are truly unable to find a time to reschedule you will receive a full refund.
Heavy rain is unusual, every now and then we will get overcast skies but that actually makes the sunset pictures look even better!
WHat if my kids don't cooperate?
Listen – I know I don't always get families on their best days. There is a lot you can do as parents to set children up for success beforehand. Ensure they are well fed. Ask them to help decide what they'd like to wear so they feel included and comfortable. Bring some "bribe snacks" as an emergency backup in case a tantrum happens.
In the end, we'll be doing lots of snuggling and laughing and playing. I try to keep sessions light and easy so I'm always observing how kiddos are doing to ensure they feel comfortable. We'll do our best!
I saw these cute pictures on pinterest, can we do those?
Here's a secret: those Pinterest dream images you’re envying… those families didn’t plan them exactly that way. We can't plan for spontaneous moments. If you feel strongly about some ideas, tell me beforehand and we talk through it. But you may find that when you see these in your final gallery they will feel forced and out of place with the rest of your images.
The photos you'll cherish the most will be the ones where you are engaged as a family and genuinely loving on each other. And then who knows! Someone may be pinning one of your magical family pictures in the future!
Can you photoshop me?
Photoshop is an amazing tool. I use it to enhance the colors of photos, remove people and objects from the background of your images, and fix little things like that scratch that baby got on his face just before the shoot.
I do not airbrush or 'nip and tuck' as I believe in telling the real story of your family. We are perfect as we are. If you are interested in these services, I asses those requests on an individual photo basis and the starting costs for such edits is $65 p/image.