I like candid family photos, but will you capture posed photos too at our session?
I believe having a collection of both posed and candid photos is best. I like to have at least one traditionally posed family portrait with everyone looking at the camera for every family that I photograph. But sometimes it just doesn’t happen for a variety of reasons. I always try my best to get that for your family but please know that no specific image is guaranteed. This is especially true when we're working with young children and dogs.
Can we bring our dog to the session?
Yes, I love it when families include their fur-babies into the session. There are some locations that don’t allow dogs but we can pick one that does if this is important to your family.
What looks best to wear for our pictures?
I will send along a styling guide after you book your session to help you choose the pieces for everyone's wardrobe that is best for the location/season and that's both flattering and stylish.
Do we get to pick the time of our session?
If your priorities are beautiful lighting and mountain backdrops with eyes that are not too squinty you will want to go with a sunset session. It’s important for the best lighting to photograph in the hour around sunset. Sunset in the summer can be 8:30 or 9 pm and if you have young children I recommend planning a full and active day so a nap is in order. Start the day earlier if needed to get them ready for a good afternoon nap. I find that after a big nap and some dinner even the toddlers are eager to get outside and play with me as the sun sets on our mountain backdrop. Of course, there are exceptions. Especially if your priorities are NOT mountain backdrops and you would like a 9 am session. I can choose a location that provides shade so that your eyes are not too squinty but we will have to forgo the mountain backdrops. However, we may be able to get a few mountain backdrop portraits in a morning session but know that you will have squinty eyes. Note: most of the portraits you see on my website were taken around sunset. See the image at the top of this page.
How many family members can I have in the session?
There is no set number of family members that are included in the packages, but please note that sessions tend to last about an hour. I have photographed plenty of extended families/family reunions but the more family members there are the less variety you may have for each person or immediate family if there are several people. You may want to get in touch to discuss the number of people you are planning to have at your session and I can advise if it will be necessary to add on more time at a prorated cost to make sure I can adequately photograph everyone who will be there.
Will we get to see all of the images you take?
No. I am very careful about selecting only the 40-50 best images. Anything that is not included in your online gallery is an image with eyes closed, duplicates, or unflattering images. Other than that I edit them and include them all in your online gallery. You will see all of the images that meet my quality standards. For your convenience, I go through all the images and select only the best photos for you to see. This leaves you with usually 40-50 images for your online gallery. I believe it is a disservice to leave you with decision fatigue.
How much retouching can I expect?
I usually choose about 40-50 images per session to artistically edit. I edit in a natural true-to-life style. Light retouching to the face is included in all images in your gallery. I will remove some acne and soften some lines, for a natural finished look. If you would like more extensive retouching, I can give you a quote for any additional retouching per image. With proper lighting, camera angles, and wardrobe, I'm confident you will like the way you look in your images. It's so important to know that you are beautiful right where you are now and when you look back on these portraits in 10 or 20 years you will smile on your younger self and see nothing but beauty.
How long does the session last and how long until we get to see our photos?
I like to aim for quick and engaging sessions so you can get back to enjoying the mountains. It depends on the session and how many family members I’m working with, but I spend anywhere from 30-60 minutes on average per session. I aim to get your images in the online gallery and ready for you to see within 3 weeks of the session but this can depend on the time of year. I am faster from February-May and slower from summer-New Years. I can sometimes get a little backed up due to the busy season. If you are in any sort of rush it’s best to let me know about that asap so that I can honestly assess the timing and do my best to meet your deadline.
What happens if we have bad weather?
They always say "If you don't like the weather in colorado just wait 10 minutes." The weather is constantly changing here and luckily the weather is beautiful more often than it's not. Usually, the best thing to do with inclement weather is to reschedule the session which is usually my first suggestion. Some of my families are visiting Colorado from out of town and a reschedule is not possible. I do my best to search for creative indoor options we might be able to use. If we can't find an option that works I will refund any deposit you paid and cancel the session. I always contact my clients two days before the session to confirm our time, date, and location. At this time we touch on the weather too. Sometimes stormy or snowy weather can actually turn out really cool!
Do we get to pick our location?
I've lived in the Winter Park area for going on 20 years now and I know all the best scenic locations. My priorities in choosing a location are that we have the proper directional sunset lighting, mountain backdrops, and that it is easily accessible. I usually choose the location based on those priorities. But, if you have other priorities such as photographing at your home because it's special to you or it's simply more convenient, I can certainly come to you and I will work with the lighting and backdrops available to me. My sessions are held in the Winter Park, Fraser, Tabernash, Granby, and Grand Lake areas. If you are looking for something outside this area let me know and I will be happy to provide you a quote for a travel fee.