FAQ

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What is a session fee? 

 The fee covers travel times, shooting times, editing times (which can take hours) and mailing costs. Weekdays $250 & Weekends $350. Prints, books, gallery art and digital files sold separately and print release included with digital files purchase.

What kind of equipment do I use and own?

I use Canon high resolution DSLR camera and an array of lenses along with professional studio lighting. I can shoot either on location or in studio year round.

What should our wardrobe be? 

The best family wardrobes are complimentary in color and tone. I suggest sticking to a more casual neutral color palette. Patterns are encouraged but should be kept to a minimum otherwise they become too distracting. Try to avoid large logos and matchy matchy. I have tons of ideas on Pinterest so don't hesitate to ask during our over the phone consultation or via email.

How long does the session last?

I set aside 1-1.5 hours for each photo shoot. Newborn sessions usually run longer to 2 hours to allow for feeding and diaper changes.
 

After the shoot how long does it take to view the images?

3-5 days after our photo shoot I will upload the unedited images on to your private password protected gallery. I upload unedited images solely because with my years of experience has led me to believe is...what I might love might not be what you love. I want my clients to be the judge and process. Clients have 1 week in selecting their images so I can get started on the editing process (which takes 1-1.5 weeks). After editing I reload the edited images for final approval.

Do you offer Mini Sessions?

Yes, once a year late October or early November but with limited space availability (super popular for busy families.) Shoot me an email if interested in knowing more. These are Holiday theme based and last 20 minutes for kids only (sorry parent's). 3-5 days after our photo shoot I will upload the unedited images on to your private password protected gallery. I upload unedited images solely because with my years of experience has led me to believe is...what I might love might not be what you love. I want my clients to be the judge and process. Clients have 1 week in selecting their images so I can get started on the editing process (which takes 1-1.5 weeks). After editing I reload the edited images for final approval.

What's my style of photography?

 My portrait photography can be described as modern fresh imagery mixed with polished portraits. I am a bit of a naturalist and therefore keep all of my retouching & post-production to a minimum.

Location, location, location?

The DC metropolitan area offers an abundance amount of outdoor locations to have your photo shoot. My personal favorites are The Lincoln Memorial, East Wing of The National Gallery of Art, Dumbarton Oaks, Meridian Hill, Union Market and Meadowlark Gardens. Really depends if you like more foliage, minimal or urban surroundings. I also offer at home sessions where I can provide studio lighting for newborns and busy parent's. This makes the children more relaxed and at ease in some cases. My portrait photography can be described as modern fresh imagery mixed with polished portraits. I am a bit of a naturalist and therefore keep all of my retouching & post-production to a minimum.

Do I provide props and backdrops? 

Going into 2016 I want to treat each photo session uniquely. I've retired most of my props (except my colorful backdrops) but open for new ideas so let's brainstorm! What I love the most is having my clients memorable keepsakes in their photos. Maybe a blanket grandma stitched, a special outfit auntie provided or your now eye-less teddy bear?

When's the best time to have your newborn photographed and there after? 

Newborns, I like to stay within the one week mark. Please prepare to book the session out at least 3 months ahead of time. My other favorite milestones are 3 and 6 months, 1 year and my absolute favorite toddler ages. Parent's might think this is near to impossible to capture but bring it ON! I am up for the challenge. 

Can I purchase RAW files or unedited photos? 

Unedited and/or RAW files are not supplied or sold. Sorry

What kind of payment do you accept? 

Contempo Kids Photo accepts at this time cash and checks.