Can you describe your portrait sessions and what’s included?
My portrait sessions generally last an hour and a half to two hours, but I’m certainly not watching the clock. Typically, a shoot takes place outside at one of Seattle’s many gorgeous parks or some other fun local spot. (That said, I’m ready and willing to travel. I’d love to, actually! Let me know what you have in mind, and we’ll work something out.) One to two weeks after the shoot, I deliver a CD of final edited images, typically at least 50, both high-resolution for printing and web-formatted for easy emailing and such. Although you can get your photos printed wherever you choose, I do have fine art printing options available.
How far in advance can/should we book?
My schedule varies, so sometimes I need a lot of notice and other times I can fit in a shoot at the last minute. It never hurts to ask! Whenever possible, though, try to book your session as soon as you have a date in mind.
What’s the best time of day for our shoot?
Lighting-wise, early morning or late afternoon are ideal. But it’s also important to take into consideration other factors. If you’re not a morning person, it’s best not to book a 7 a.m. shoot, however beautiful the light may be. For shoots with small children, it’s good to think about when they take their naps, when they typically have their cranky moments, etc. Above all, choose a time when you know you’ll be at your happiest and most relaxed (avoiding, whenever possible, the midday harsh-light hours).
What should we wear/bring?
In my mind, there are no hard-and-fast rules about what to wear, but there are some good general guidelines. Above all, you should wear whatever makes you feel good. Personally, I think colorful clothes are fun and provide an opportunity to express oneself. If a monochromatic palette is more your thing, I would recommend shades of gray over harsh black or white. When coordinating outfits with others in the shoot, complementing colors are better than matching colors. Some patterns (and most logos) can be distracting, and yet one of my favorite shoots was of a little boy wearing a bright tie-dye shirt, so don’t feel as though solids are your only option. Also, you’re not at all limited to one outfit; instead, bring a couple of wardrobe options to the shoot, along with some different accessories, to allow for mixing things up. I’m always happy to talk with you about some ideas you have in mind.
Any other suggestions for a great shoot?
A lot of what makes a photo shoot successful is the thought that goes into it beforehand. The brainstorming process is a wonderful thing. I love talking with people in the weeks leading up to their shoot about what locations mean something to them and what they enjoy doing together. Couples, think about the things you connect over. Are you nature lovers? Theater goers? Travel aficionados? Bookworms? I’ve photographed couples climbing trees in a park, relaxing in the home they just remodeled, hanging out with their dog in an art studio, and playing Scrabble at a pub. Each was so much fun.
Beyond that, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, what matters most is that you’re happy and relaxed. Make that your focus, enjoy the moment, and the rest will fall into place.
What happens if the weather is undesirable?
Although we crave sunny days up here in Seattle, all sorts of weather can make for beautiful photos. But if the forecast is looking prohibitively stormy, I will happily work with you to find a new date for our shoot.