Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I'm not photogenic but I'm really interested in booking a shoot - do you think it's worth a shot?
I'll save the "That's not a thing" discussion for when we meet in person (or video chat!) I completely understand if you think you might not be photogenic, but I can also say that I got you. Read that again - I. Got. You. We currently live in a culture that is constantly telling us what is beautiful, what is attractive, what is feminine/masculine and all that other bullshit. I don't abide by what culture tells me. Every photo shoot is a collaborative effort. I put in the time and energy to get to know you as a person, to understand what you're looking for from working with me, and the entire experience is about you as your own self. I am not creating an image or perception to try and wrap around you - I am photographing you, as you are, and probably in a way that you have never seen yourself before. I've been doing this for over 10 years, and I fucking love what I do. Give me the opportunity to show you just how damn photogenic you are.
Q: I REALLY want to do something like this, but I'm terrified. I have so many issues with my body, and I don't know if I can do this. Is it even worth trying?
YES. YOU ARE FUCKING WORTH IT. SAY IT WITH ME & SAY IT AGAIN FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK.
YOU. ARE. WORTH. IT.
I have these conversations with clients on a regular basis. Often, the shoot is getting close, & fear & insecurity sets in - and that's where I come in - because I've got you! Also, feel your feelings. There is no negative self-talk in the studio, but you are allowed to process your feelings with me. Before pursuing photography, I was a therapist, so here's the deal: You can't scare me. Feelings don't scare me. Let's talk it out, & we can get to a point where this shoot will in fact be a celebration of you.
Q: What do I do with my hands during the shoot? What do I do with my face?!
I'd like to refer back to previous question on this one - I. Got. You. I tend to joke with my clients that if I ask you to roll around on the ground then I'll be right there with you. This entire process is designed to be a collaborative one - we plan your shoot together, but the day of there's one thing to keep in mind: I'm the one working, not you. I've been doing this for over 10 years so I have more than a few tricks up my sleeve with posing and setting you up to look like a badass in your portraits. I got you!
Q: Do I have to be naked?
Not at all! I have a number of clients that specifically request no nudity as a part of their shoot - at the end of the day, it's about your own comfort, and I will never push against the boundaries you have set for the shoot. I will say, however, that a number of clients that were unsure about nudity before the shoot decide they would like to try a few shots fully nude. If this happens to occur, I pause the shoot, and we have a discussion before moving forward to ensure your mindset and comfort. At the end of the day, communication is a key factor to how I work and something I highly value as a business owner.
Q: I'm just looking for an album of digital images, I don't think I want prints - is this possible?
I no longer work with digital albums. In today's world EVERYTHING is digital, and with the experience that I've created, I don't want your portraits to just be stored away on a drive somewhere. This entire experience is about celebrating YOU and that means having something physical from this experience - having a piece of wall art to display that reminds you that you are GLORIOUS, or having an album for you to just sit with and celebrate yourself with. So, if you are looking for just digital images and nothing else, I might not be the photographer for you, but I would love to have a conversation with you about this in more detail. Get in touch with me here.
Q: Do my photos have to be shared on social media and on your website?
Nope, not at all. As my client, you have the right to say you're not comfortable with your photographs beings shared. I have a release which we review together, adding any addenda which are specific to your experience. If you are interested in a shoot but would like to discuss this more before moving forward with booking, feel free to contact me, and I'd love to discuss these details with you further.
Q: How far in advance should I consider booking with you?
Sooner is always better! Depending on the time of the year, I may be booked out anywhere from 3-6 months in advance. I absolutely hate having to say no to potential clients, however once a month is booked out, it's booked out. I do not book more than my monthly standard, in order to ensure my own sanity (what bit still remains) and to afford myself some balance between work and life overall.
Q: What days are available for booking a shoot?
The studio is open for bookings on Tuesday through Friday, & Sunday. After submitting your inquiry, we will review availability during our pre-session consultation.
Q: Do you only shoot in the studio?
I'm happy to shoot wherever! The bulk of my clients prefer to shoot in the studio because they find it more comfortable, but I'm happy to shoot anywhere within the New York/New Jersey area. Any shoot involving travel will include a $50 fee. At this time, I am not booking shoots outside of the New York/New Jersey area.
Q: How much do you edit out? Will I still look like me?
In the realm of editing, I am on the very mild side of cosmetic editing - what this means is, if you happen to have a horrible break out the day before your shoot, I got you. If you run into a wall two days before the shoot (which never happens to me) and you have a crazy bruise, I got you! If your cat decides to be a jerk and scratch your arm up, no worries, I got you! I do not slim down, remove cellulite, or change your physical appearance aside from marks on your skin that are temporary. If you are interested in a photographer that does more cosmetic editing, I am more than happy to recommend some to you, however this is not how I work as a photographer.
Q: I did it - I booked a shoot! I'm pretty nervous about doing this - could I possibly bring a friend or my significant other with me?
I go over this in great detail during our initial consultation - I am not a fan of having another person in the studio during your shoot, because your shoot is about YOU. Bringing another person into the process, after we have been working together to create an experience based around you, can bring in an entirely different energy, which can then affect the shoot overall. That being said, it is something that we discuss together, and we will decide what is best for you overall.