Frequently Asked Questions
How do I book a session?
If you would like to book a session, please call (717) 925 - 0061 or visit the schedule appointment link at the top of this page.
What should I wear for my session?
I ask that everyone bring a variety of different clothing options. For the most part, you only need to bring along shirts and blouses, unless you plan on doing three-quarter length shots as well. The best advice I can give you is to bring a variety of your favorite tops. I may choose to shoot more than 3 looks, so make sure you have a nice range of looks with you. You have to love it! Any number of things can work, but my clients tend to shoot with greater success when they are wearing things they feel great in. Don’t be afraid to mix it up with different cuts, colors, layers and textures. Bring attire that reflect you and your personality. Please try to avoid overly fuzzy and pilled sweaters. I generally lean towards solid colors. Black and grey tend to work best for our purposes.
What time of day should we do my session?
I schedule sessions on a first booked, first served basis! Call today for availability.
Where are my photos taken?
My head shots are primarily taken in the studio. If on-location services are required, please contact me to discuss arrangements.
What happens if I am unable to make it to my session?
In the event you are unable to make it to your scheduled session, please provide 72 hrs notice. If it is an emergency, I can and do understand. I will hold your deposit and apply it to your re-scheduled session.
Do you do weddings or other events?
I no longer offer event photography. However, I am happy to refer you to a list of incredibly competent professionals, who would be glad to assist you.
Do you have any specials?
Occasionally, I have sales and promotions going on, which I will post on the Specials page or Facebook page, so be sure to check in on those pages often!
Will you be open to any ideas I may have for photos?
Absolutely! Don't hesitate to discuss your ideas with me in person or on the telephone. My goal is your satisfaction!
Why do you only shoot horizontal images?
I prefer to shoot horizontally because that is how humans see the world. In addition, a horizontal frame allows for space, so that your headshot doesn't appear constricted or confined between the narrow walls of a vertical crop. Plus, it's a more contemporary and widely accepted format.
Why do you crop the tops of heads?
This is a very common question. I believe the most important information in a headshot is your expression. Having the clothing information around your shoulders and chest is important to get a sense of your identity as well. When your eyes are above the center line, it makes for a more impactful image. When the frame is adjusted to accommodate these features, the top of the head gets cropped. After all, as long as we know what your hair style looks like, we can envision the rest of your hair. Plus... people will still assume that you still have your entire head. right?
Why do you only shoot on a white, black or grey background?
I prefer to shoot on simple and clean backgrounds. White, grey and black allow me to provide a clean aesthetic while bringing full attention to the subject. When an audience views the image, I want them drawn into the eyes, expression and personality of my client. Simple backgrounds eliminate distractions and make the subject stand out.
Do you release unedited images?
Unfortunately, I don't release images that are unedited in any way. I believe in delivering a final and finished product to you. The retouching process is an integral part of my aesthetic. In addition, the retouching process always me to perform a deeper inspection of the image(s) to ensure that you are receiving the very best work I can deliver.
What if I would like to hire someone else to retouch my image(s)?
I am particular about who works on images I produce. My style and aesthetic is finalized in the retouching process. My retoucher is widely known, and is an integral part of my workflow.
How long do you keep photos?
I archive images indefinitely. In other words, I keep them forever. I realize that not all photographers do this. However, I believe in keeping an extensive library of the images I've taken. I just never know when you'll call me to ask if I still have that "one image."
Can I bring friends or family along?
I would prefer to work one on one, so I can develop a connection and rapport with you. If you bring your friends, it will certainly open the session up to distractions and it is highly likely that the images won't be as good as they could have been. I understand that in some cases, parents will be driving you to your session. I don't mind if they are in the studio at all. However, I greatly appreciate if they would make themselves comfortable, and allow us to work together...distraction free.
Can I see my images during the session?
Absolutely! I tend to pause frequently to give you a chance to see the images we just created. I also use that time to coach you; showing you what is working well and what we need to work on. In addition, I allow time at the end of the session to review the images we have taken during the course of the session.
What methods of payment do you accept?
I accept all major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Disover, American Express), and cash.
What happens after the session?
At the end of your session, I will have your image(s) polished up and retouched. Once complete, I will place the work in your private proofing gallery. At this time, you will have the opportunity to review the image(s). Upon your approval of the work, I will enable the download feature on the gallery and you may save the image(s) to your computer.