Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I don't like ___________ about myself. Will this ruin the photos? Will you photoshop my images to get rid of it?
A: If there's something about your appearance that you don't love (we all have something), let's talk about it. A session with me is a safe space from any and all judgement, including judgement about not loving every single thing about your body. While I don't photoshop bodies, I can absolutely adjust the way I photograph and pose you to focus on what you DO love about yourself, while drawing less attention to the parts that you've told me you are self conscious about.
My portraits are retouched to remove blemishes and soften skin, but unless specifically requested, I won't retouch away permanent about you: freckles, scars, tattoos, etc.
Q: I'm not photogenic or confident in front of the camera. Should I still book?
A: Yes! Most of the women you see in my work are everyday, albeit absolutely gorgeous, women. It's my job to get you feeling comfortable in front of the camera, and that's a process I've gotten really good at. Any professional photographer will tell you there's no such thing as being un-photogenic, there are just bad poses, bad lighting, unflattering angles and.... bad photographers who won't put you at ease in such a vulnerable place.
A shoot with me is incredibly lighthearted, and EASY, despite being incredibly luxurious. I'll be giving you tons of direction, showing you how to pose, and cheering you on the whole time. Every one of my testimonials mentions that I made them feel at ease in front of the camera, which is something I'm incredibly proud of.
Q: Should I wait until I ______ (lose 10 lbs, get engaged, land my dream job, etc)?
A: A session with me is an amazing way to celebrate big accomplishments, life events or physical transformations, but I've found that as women, we block ourselves from what we really want by convincing ourselves we need to accomplish something to deserve it.
There is something just as powerful about booking a session "just because." No one has made it this far without a story worth telling, and there is something incredible about recognizing that exactly where you are, who you are and what you're becoming is worth celebrating. And you can always come back for round 2 after that big accomplishment on the horizon.
Q: How many photos will I be shown?
I show 40-45 photos at your reveal
Q: Will my photos be shared on social media?
You get to decide which (if any) images you are comfortable with me sharing. It is totally okay if you'd like to keep them ALL private.
Q: I'm out of town, do you travel? Are your rates the same?
Yes I absolutely travel and am happy to come to you! However, a few things will be different from a standard session in Hampton Roads: professional hair and makeup is not included, and it will be up to you to find & book a location for us to shoot. We will do your image reveal via Skype rather than in person. Rates are going to depend on where you're located: if you're within a 4 hour drive of Norfolk, VA they are the same. If you're further than 4 hours away, I'll put together a custom package for you. The easiest way to keep costs down is if you have a friend (or 5) who wants to work with me when I'm in your city as well!
What do I wear? How should I do my hair and makeup?
When you book a session, we'll work together on a mood board to figure out exactly how you want to be photographed. From there, I'll make you a packing list so you know exactly what to bring to your session. Ultimately, you are in complete control of what you want to wear and how much skin you're comfortable showing.
I include professional hair and makeup with every session! If you don't like the way it looks PLEASE let us know before we start shooting. We are both committed to making sure you feel like the best version of yourself, and want you to begin and end your session feeling thrilled with the way you look.
Where will we shoot?
I share a beautiful studio space in Virginia Beach but can go wherever you'd like. I love in-home sessions and outdoor sessions!
Can I bring a friend? A bunch of girlfriends?
Absolutely! If you know your friend will be 100% supportive of you and will allow you to feel completely at ease, she's absolutely welcome. I ask that "moral support" friends be limited to one, BUT would love to photograph you and a bunch of girlfriends for the most fun girls day (or birthday party/bachelorette party) ever.
How far in advance should I book?
I recommend booking your date at least 4 weeks in advance so we have adequate time to plan, but I can accommodate tighter schedules if needed. Our reveal is 3 weeks after our session, and add on 4 weeks of production time for albums and wall art. You will get your digital files that day!
Portrait boxes can be available as soon as 2 weeks after our session, Heirloom albums can be available as soon as 4 weeks after our session but rush fees may be incurred.
How much should I expect to invest?
Get my full session guide at the session info tab!