Unless you’ve got a thing for plain white tees and jeans, I suggest wearing bright, bold colors. If you’ll be taking family photos, pick patterns that compliment (not clash with) the other people in your group. If you’re struggling with what to wear, search the internet for family photo color combo ideas. The web can be an excellent stylist for those of us who aren’t fashionistas, myself included.
About 90 minutes to two hours before sunset –– that is unless you can get your butt to a shoot shortly after sunrise, which is sleepyhead/groggy territory for most people. The majority of my outdoor sessions start around 6 p.m. during the spring and summer months and around 4 p.m. during the late fall and winter months. This doesn’t mean I can’t shoot earlier in the day. I certainly can. The light is simply harsher midday and the temperature is uh, balmier. This is the Sunshine State. There’s a lot of squinting and sweating.
Yes, lots of them! Please see my long-winded list of location suggestions on this site.
Well, yes. I guess. I’m not a huge fan of airbrushing people into wax figure versions of themselves. Of course I’ve gotten rid of zits, toned down sunburns, “healed” pregnancy-related eczema, digitally Botox-ed wrinkles and blotted out baby drool, but this is all done with a LIGHT touch. If you hire me to be your photographer, I will do my best to photograph your best side, not perform post-processing plastic surgery.
My approach to photography –– and to most things –– is a cross between Jackson Pollock-style improvisation and Lisa Simpson-style overachievement. Even as a journalist, I flicker between these two realms; sometimes taking the bull by the horns and sometimes allowing nature to take its course. I don’t like forcing poses or situations that feel (or look) unnatural. And I’ll always tell you to tell me if something feels awkward. If you have a specific vision in mind, share it with me before the shoot. Text me a Pinterest link, send me a photo on Instagram, forward the blog or share the images in an email, etc. It’s always nice to know what speaks to you before we meet. (This is especially important when shooting headshots and environmental portraits for branding/marketing purposes.) Or better yet, check out the work on this site. You’ll get an obvious feel for what I do.
Sure! Why not? Sometimes props work. Sometimes they don’t. If you’re attached to a certain thing and really want it in a shot, bring it along. I don’t usually travel with props, unless you specify you want something special in your photos. Props can include chalkboards, pennant flags, wicker baskets, blankets, books, guitars, dogs, skateboards, fedoras, cigars, wine, etc. These are your photos. Feel free to make them as unique as you are. As with all things though, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. You don’t want to overdo it. Even cigars and fedoras look cheesy after awhile.
The rest of my family is cool with posing for pictures, but I hate having mine taken. Will the experience be pure torture?
I promise to make the shoot as painless as possible. Years of interviewing and photographing strangers for media publications has taught me the delicate art of Loosening People Up. I’m not very serious or reserved, so your session will either feel like hanging with an old friend or tolerating an obligatory visit from a wacky cousin you’re happy to see once every three years. Also: if you’re that nervous before the shoot, a shot of whiskey helps.
Yes, but traveling between locations takes time. I think it’s better to pick one spot that offers multiple backdrops than to cram in multiple stops. (Please see my longwinded list of location suggestions.) Having said that, if there are two or three places that are dear to you, I have no problem bouncing around. It’s your session and your time.
I’m the consummate circus clown, skilled at making stoic and/or surly people light up for the camera. This includes stoic and/or surly children. I once chased down a two-year-old when he went rogue 15 minutes into a session. After a brief heart-to-heart and a lollipop, he was as hammy and precocious as a child actor. Let’s put it this way: if I can’t get your kid to smile, I’ll get at least a dozen shots of him looking into the camera with burning indignation.