What should I wear to my photo shoot?
Unless you are looking for a specific special effect, stay away from all white or all black. These shades will tend to loose detail in shape, form, and texture. Colors and patterns always show up great in color and black and white.
How can I best prepare for my photo shoot?
When people view your images they will first notice expressions and poses. To be comfortable with expressions you must practice by watching yourself in a mirror. Your expressions should clearly reflect an attitude, such as joy, anger, or sensuality. With both expressions and poses it often helps to select and image you like from a book or magazine. Place the image next to the mirror and try to duplicate it until you are comfortable.
I have a particular look in mind. How do I communicate it to you, the photographer?
"A picture is worth a thousand words." Bring in a sample (a photo from a book, magazine, CD cover, etc.) that shows what you have in mind. It will give the photographer a starting point for choosing such things a backgrounds, lighting, camera angles, and lenses.
For children, what should I bring?
Try to bring some items they are familiar with, such as a toy, child chair, or even music. Toys that make noise or light up can be used to bring their attention toward the camera.
How long do I have to wait for proofs or prints?
Proofs on a CD are usually available the same day as your shoot. Prints can usually be ready within 24 hours of your order.
How can I specify adjustments to my image?
You are welcome to come in and make decisions as you watch concerning things like cropping, removing blemishes, color adjustments, conversion to Black and White or a tone such as Sepia, and many other special effects. Extended editing, such as altering backgrounds, and adding or subtracting people or objects will be charged by the hour.
What should I do to prepare for the photo shoot before I show up?
Time is billed from your appointment time. Fees charged include up to one and a half hours of set-up time. You can show up one half hour before your start time to get ready. After that, if your are not ready to start shooting at the time of your appointment you will be billed $25/hour until you are ready. Try to have hair and make up prepped before you arrive. Do not wear anything tight or elastic that may leave marks on your body that will show up in your photos (such as watches, socks, etc.).
I'm planning an out door shoot. What should I be aware of?
It is important to avoid full sun. It creates heavy contrasts between highlights and shadows. Aim for and early morning or early evening shoot time. A cloudy or overcast day works best but, of course, you can't count on that when scheduling your shoot. As an alternative, pick an area that will be in full shade at the time of your shoot.
Where are you located?
My studio is on the grounds of my home. This makes it much easier to book shoots at odd times of the day, or on weekends. I am in Albuquerque, just a couple of blocks west of the "Downtown" area. There is plenty of free, safe, on- street parking. When you book your session I can give you specific directions relative to where you are coming from.