Frequently Asked Questions
Q.) Are you licensed + insured?
A.) Of course! I am a legal, tax-paying business registered as an LLC with the state of Colorado, and I always carry a business liability insurance policy.
Q.) Are you vaccinated?
A.) Yes – I am current on my Covid-19 vaccination, and I also stay up-to-date on my TDAP and flu vaccines because I work with newborns. Keeping my clients (as well as my own family!) safe is my first priority. If you have questions about any safety-related topic, please don’t hesitate to ask – I’m happy to help.
Q.) What is the difference between a mini-session and a normal photo session?
A.) I host mini-sessions 2-3x each year – in early May when the trees are flowering, in October during the fall colors, and in November for holiday photos. Mini-sessions allow me to photograph more families during these peak times, and they offer a quick and easy photo session option for families who may not need a full 60 minutes of photography time. I schedule minis back-to-back at specific locations on pre-determined dates, so I will photograph multiple families in the same place on the same evening. I get so many requests for mini-sessions throughout the year, that I began offering a 30-minute photo session for clients who may be looking for a shorter option outside of my mini-session dates. 30-minute photo session clients will be given several locations to choose from in the Castle Rock/Parker/Elizabeth areas, and have more scheduling flexibility than mini-session clients.
Q.) What is your policy re: weather reschedules?
A.) I always try to be flexible when it comes to weather, because #Colorado. Part of my job is to watch the weather forecasts and keep in touch with my clients if the weather may be an issue. I will happily work to find a new (mutually agreeable) date/time if needed. As a broad guideline, I usually recommend rescheduling in the following scenarios: forecasted temperature of less than 40 degrees, wind speeds of over 15mph, 50% or more chance of rain. *Mini-Session clients will be given a pre-scheduled weather make-up date when booking.
Q.) What equipment do you use?
A.) I am a lifelong Canon user – as of late 2020, I am using two Canon R6 mirrorless camera bodies with L-Series lenses. I primarily use the RF 70-200 2.8L and RF 28-70mm 2.0L, but I also use the RF 85mm 1.2L, EF 135mm 2.0L, and Sigma Art 35mm 1.4.
Q.) How will you protect my photos from equipment malfunctions?
A.) We've all heard horror stories about photographers losing someone's photos due to a corrupt card or broken hard drive, and I have done everything in my power to make sure that it won't happen to my clients. I photograph Every. Single. Client with two professional-quality memory cards in each of my cameras. If one of my memory cards fails, I will have a built-in backup with your photos on it. After your photo session, I will immediately upload your photos to my computer and then back them up to two external hard drives and my cloud backup service. Am I "extra" when it comes to backing things up? Definitely yes, but I'd rather go overboard to protect your images than have to disappoint you if they were lost.
Q.) Are you self-taught or did you go to school to learn photography?
A.) Both! I started taking black and white film photography classes in high school and continued taking photography classes in college. I LOVED learning to take photos on film and spending my days in the darkroom, but to be completely honest, I have learned more about photography in the time since I left school. When I decided to turn my love of photography into a business in 2010, jumped in with both feet. I began taking photography workshops and classes, I read every book, watched every video, and soaked up as much information and experience as I possibly could. This process has calmed down a bit over the past 11 years, but I still invest a significant amount of time and money into continuing my education and improving my processes each year.
Q.) How do you describe your photography style?
A.) Art is subjective and personal, so 10 people can look at the same photograph and see something different. I personally love: bold + vibrant photos, real smiles + laughter, connection + emotion, candid + well-posed photos, and warm + backlit photos. Hopefully all of these things are reflected in my portfolio! If you are looking for a photographer, I would recommend looking through several different photographer’s websites/portfolios, and choosing the person whose work speaks to you the most. Maybe (hopefully!) it will be mine, and maybe it won’t, but there are so many different styles that you shouldn’t have a problem finding someone that you connect with.