Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I choose you over someone else?
Choosing a photographer is about choosing a style that works for you. The clients who choose to work with me do so because they like both myself, and my photography and can visualize what that can do for them.
WILL THERE BE A SECOND SHOOTER?
Second shooters are only provided if needed and requested. A second shooter will double the rate to accommodate their own fee. Please let mw know if you require or prefer to have a second shooter.
CAN I EXTEND THE SESSION ON THE DAY OF?
If there is availability in the schedule for an extension of time yes. The rate for additional time varies depending on the services.
WHAT KIND OF GEAR DO YOU USE?
I shoot with a Sony A7r4 & A7rii. The lenses that I have and use depend on the session. Typically I shoot with my 90mm or my 24-70mm G Master lenses. I also have the following lenses:
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? HOW DO I PREPARE FOR A SHOOT?
Make sure to look your BEST! Get a fresh haircut or a new style. Wear your best blouse, something that compliments your body in all ways.
If you need suggestions or help, please feel free to contact me directly. If you’re unsure, feel free to bring several outfits to decide from.
It is important that you are prepared for your shoot. Time matters very much and every second counts. We schedule your shoot in advance in order for you to best prepare for the time given. If we are shooting in your home, make sure that our environment is photoshoot friendly. Make sure the space is clear and consider putting away anything that you don’t want in the pictures away.
I HAVE SPECIFIC POSES IN MIND
Great! Ideally, every client would model as if they were Rhianna or Beyonce standing in front of a camera. But if you cannot channel your inner Rhi, I will do my best to help you to achieve the best look. I prefer to use candid shots of my clients being their genuine self.
If you have suggestions and want things a certain way, please voice it. This photoshoot is yours to control and direct, I am just the camera person. It is my job to make your vision (if you have one) to life.
WHAT’S YOUR TRAVEL COST? & DO YOU TRAVEL?
I will travel up to 20 miles at no additional cost. All other travel fees will be added to discussed rate and agreed upon.
I travel. All out of state costs will have to be agreed upon. Please send me a message to discuss out of state travel expenses.
WHAT IF IT RAINS?
If it rains, I have equipment that will not affect the photoshoot. 🙂 But if you prefer to be dry, we can reschedule at no additional cost.
IF YOU ONLY SHOOT FOR AN HOUR WHY IS THE HOURLY PRICE SO MUCH?
Great question! I’ve had clients tell me that I don’t spend that much time and my hourly rate is too expensive. My hourly rate is less than the average photographer and I do that so that my images will reach more people. I normally spend about 6 hours minimum for a single session. The fees cover my time and everything that it costs to keep a business active such as this website, the online portal to house the images, the camera, the lenses, etc.
Hourly rate: $350 (minumum for a session)
What actually happens for $350:
Prior to the shoot, research, brand understanding, art direction, sourcing and planning go into communicating the shoot prior to the event) 1-2 hours minimum
Travel to and from location which could be up to 1-2 hours back and forth depending on the distance
Equipment set up and moving, setting up, styling, capturing shots, outfit/scene changes (1-2 hours)
Post production: going through images (minumum of 200 up to 1000 at times) to pick the best shots
Editing and retouching (up to 30 min per image depending on what is needed)
Uploading images to site for delivery and hosting the images using cloud space.
All of the above is being done by one person without assistance and this will impact how much time is required. Note: Hiring additional hands means higher costs.
WHAT IS YOUR TURNAROUND TIME?
For photos, depending on the nature of the shoot, the turnaround time is 2-5 weeks. Sometimes I take up to 1000 per session and sift through each photo to grab the best ones for my clients. With backup project, each session is prioritized in order of shoot date. Priority is placed on session that request accelerated delivery and will be pushed to the front of the list upon completion of priority payment. For videos, depending on the length it can take up to 7 days to sift through the content and piece together your project or story. If you need it sooner, please let me know.
Do you provide raw files
Only to photographers. Raw files are for photographers to edit the images to color correct and more. Clients do not need to have access to raw images.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you have to cancel, the deposit is nonrefundable but it can be applied towards any future session within 6 months of cancellation. Otherwise, you are more than welcome to reschedule as that is the easiest way to handle circumstances out of our control.
WHAT CITIES DO YOU SERVICE?
I technically travel and service all cities and countries and am able to photograph anywhere. However, within my nearby vicinity I service the following cities with ease.
Los Angeles County: City of Agoura Hills City of Gardena City of Palos Verdes Estates City of Alhambra City of Glendale City of Paramount City of Anaheim (OC) City of Glendora City of Pasadena City of Arcadia City of Hawaiian Gardens City of Pico Rivera City of Artesia City of Hawthorne City of Placentia (OC) City of Azusa City of Hermosa Beach City of Pomona City of Baldwin Park City of Hidden Hills City of Rancho Palos Verdes City of Bell City of Huntington Park City of Redondo Beach City of Bell Gardens City of Industry City of Rolling Hills City of Bellflower City of Inglewood City of Rolling Hills Estates City of Beverly Hills City of Irwindale City of Rosemead City of Bradbury City of La Canada Flintridge City of San Dimas City of Brea (OC) City of La Habra (OC) City of San Fernando City of Buena Park (OC) City of La Habra Heights City of San Gabriel City of Burbank City of La Mirada City of San Marino City of Calabasas City of La Palma (OC) City of Santa Fe Springs City of Carson City of La Puente City of Santa Monica City of Cerritos City of La Verne City of Seal Beach (OC) City of Claremont City of Lakewood City of Sierra Madre City of Commerce City of Lawndale City of Signal Hill City of Compton City of Lomita City of South El Monte City of Covina City of Long Beach City of South Gate City of Cudahy City of Los Alamitos (OC) City of South Pasadena City of Culver City City of Los Angeles City of Temple City City of Cypress (OC) City of Lynwood City of Torrance City of Diamond Bar City of Malibu City of Vernon City of Downey City of Manhattan Beach City of Walnut City of Duarte City of Maywood City of West Covina City of El Monte City of Monrovia City of West Hollywood City of El Segundo City of Montebello City of Westlake Village City of Fullerton (OC) City of Monterey Park City of Whittier City of Norwalk.
OC: All cities
Do you use Photoshop on your photos?
I prefer to use Lightroom for my editing. I find that photography only needs lighting corrections, light touchups for blemishes or temporary flaws that might otherwise not be there (scars, scratches, pimples, bruises, etc.).
Do you have a studio?
I do not have a studio workspace but can rent a studio at an hourly rate? Studio spaces cost additional money and most of my clients like to work in natural environments.
How many Images do I get?
All standard sessions have photography limitations and they are listed on the packages page. The exception is events, weddings, parties, etc. Those images are not withheld, however, I do delete images that are unflattering, blurry, having blinking, are overexposed, duplicates, etc.