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 Google Hangout!) 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: 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: 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 Wednesday through Saturday. To see my current availability for booking, head over to my booking site once you finish going through all of the FAQ. I will occasionally book a shoot on a Monday or Tuesday, but these must be booked out at least 2 months in advance.
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?
If having a friend or SO with you will help you to ease any nervousness or anxiety about your shoot, you're welcome to bring someone, however, there are some rules. If you choose to have someone in the studio with you, this person is not the one having a shoot done - they will not be involved in the process of shooting, they will not be allowed to talk during the shoot itself & if they choose to interrupt while we are shooting, they will kindly be asked to leave. At the end of the day, your shoot is about YOU - regardless of if you booked a shoot as a gift to yourself or as a gift for someone else eventually, this whole process is about you. I want you to enjoy the process to the fullest, and I've often found that having someone else in the studio adds more stress rather than diminishes it. If you are considering bringing someone with you, it's definitely a conversation that we will have, and we can figure out together what is best for your specific experience.
Q: I've seen some shoots which you refer to as "lifestyle portraits" - is this something you still offer?
Yes! Although the bulk of my work is fine art nude (or boudoir - call it whatever you prefer!) - I still book lifestyle portraits as well. These are dependent upon the client - they are not headshots. I am not a headshot photographer, however I am happy to refer you to a number of great local NYC ones! I love working with small businesses, or individuals looking to work on their branding, and it's something that is a huge passion of mine.