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Booking your first photo shoot can be very intimidating, which is why I put together a list of questions my clients had over the years.​

I am located in Herndon, VA. I’ve been living the Northern Virginia area for almost 20 years. 

I use a Canon 5D Mark III with a 24-105mm lens.

If you take a look at my portfolio, you can see that I love playing with vibrant colors inspired by nature. Almost all of my photos are outside and contain scenic greenery.

During a photo shoot, I love to get you laughing to capture a beautiful image filled with emotion. 

Each and every client has unique requirements. I will work directly with you to understand your needs and fit within your budget.

Please fill out the contact form and let’s talk!

I’m thrilled to be working with you and I cannot wait for our photo shoot!

Here are the steps on what happens next:

  1. Send an email or fill out the Contact Form
  2. Once we reach an agreement on the pricing, a 50% non-refundable deposit will need to be made to lock in the time and date for the photo shoot. The remainder 50% will be due on the day of the photo shoot.
  3. We will meet on the day of the photo shoot and have fun!
  4. Within one week after the photo shoot, I will send a sample of the photos for you to choose the final images.
  5. Once you send over the images you would like, I will edit them and deliver them to you via Google Drive. The editing process will take between 1-2 weeks.

Typically, sessions are either outdoors or at the client’s homes/venue. 

For outdoor sessions, I’m happy to provide locations such as George Mason campus, Downtown Fairfax, Burke Lake, or Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. If the client has a place in mind, then travel is included in the price as long as it is within 30 minutes of Herndon, VA.

Weather is something that is outside of our control and sometimes, hard to predict. In the case of bad weather, we can reschedule the session to another date and time, free of charge.

Usually, I check in advance to choose a day for the photo shoot and monitor as we get closer to the day. On the day of the photo shoot, you will receive a message from me confirming the photo shoot and that the weather is optimal.

Yes, of course! I love taking photos as much as I love editing. All photos provided to you will be edited and full resolution.

If you are ever unhappy with your photos due to editing, I will be more than happy to re-edit the photos, free of charge!

I find so much inspiration from Pinterest! The photos can be used as a guide to initially start the photo shoot to get you comfortable and find the poses you enjoy doing. The final images will not look exactly like the ones from Pinterest. It takes a lot of time and effort to recreate someone else’s photos, which means that it will leave us less time to capture the shots that showcase the unique aspects of you or your family.

I do not. As part of the photo selection process for you, I remove any photos that are not up to my standards. This means I will eliminate duplicate images, test shots, unfocused shots, shots with bad expressions, shots where people were walking into the shot and other images that may decrease the quality of the overall product delivery.

For example, I take extra shots with various settings, angles, and lighting to figure out what works and what doesn’t. It would be silly of me to expect you to have the expertise or the time required to inspect and zoom into each image and select images  with the sharpest focus. Instead, I spend hours doing that to save you time.

Another example is when I try to get you to laugh in order to capture candid shots. These images are my client’s favorite photos.Unfortunately, to get one amazing shot, there are a hundred shots with unflattering facial expressions that need to be taken. I might take a few extra shots of these moments to make sure you have a great shot with the most beautiful expression for the moment. 

Over the years, I have perfected the selection criteria to deliver you the best images that will make you smile each time!

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