Do you shoot weddings?
Absolutely! Together with my friend Tonee Lawrence, we run ”The Tattered Veil” – Come check us out! We are anything but ordinary. We work mostly in Colorado and Arkansas, but our clients have made it possible for us to shoot in Tennessee, Connecticut and California and we are getting ready for some awesome 2012 travels to South Carolina.
How long does this process take?
From start to finish, the process for a custom family portrait session can actually take several weeks, depending on my workload and our schedules. It’s definitely an investment of time, but the end results are well worth it. The Timeline for a typical can look like this:
- 2 weeks to several months – booking, planning, and getting ready for the session.
- 1-3 hours – the session itself
- Up to 3-4 weeks after the session, you will be able to view your images in an online Gallery
- 1-2 weeks after that – ordering process, revision, custom changes
- And then 1-2 weeks after you placed your order, you will receive your photographs.
Where do you order your prints?
I use several different printing labs, such as Miller’s Lab and WHCC. However, these printers are not available to the general public.
I’m a bit nervous about printing my own images.
No worries. I provide very simple instructions along with my personal printer recommendations on your image CD.
What size can I print my images?
These are high resolution images so you can pretty much go as big as you want.
How often do you offer Mini-Sessions?
Mini sessions are a perfect way to supplement your regular sessions to mark those milestones as your baby grows into a toddler and from a toddler into a big kid. I offer Mini-Sessions twice a year, usually in May (Mommy & Me sessions) and late October/early November (Holiday Minis). Mini Sessions are at a set location and are half the time, half the images and half the price! Minis book out VERY early, so make sure to reserve a spot as soon as I start to advertise!
Can you photograph my birthday party or family reunion?
Yes, I can! The Session Fee doubles for birthday parties or family reunions.
How did you get started? What kind of training do you have?
My fascination with photography began very early in my childhood. My dad had this old Canon A-1 camera that he would use on a daily basis. He would sometimes open it up and show me the insides of the camera, explaining how everything works and how the picture would go onto the film.
I was not allowed to touch the camera when he was not home, which is probably the reason why I was so intrigued by photography. I would of course get the camera out very carefully while my dad was at work, insert the film that I bought really quick after school with my couple deutsch marks that I had saved up, then take as many pictures as the film would allow me, put the camera back where it was and then take my film to be developed on the next day after school. I was probably around 12 years old when I would do this almost on a daily basis. At age 18 I started to experiment with other cameras and got my hands on a vintage Rolleiflex, which belonged to a friend of mine. He would let me use it for a couple photo projects and that was pretty much it – I was hooked!
Soon digital cameras came around, but of course, like every other teenager, I was dirt poor. I had just moved into my own apartment and all I could afford was a little Fuji digital camera for 80 Deutsch Mark. But let me tell you, no matter what kind of camera I had, I would take some awesome pictures! I purchased my first DSLR in 2004. I think it was a Canon Rebel XT. After I got used to shooting in a manual setting, I quickly outgrew my camera and upgraded to a bigger boy – I am still shooting with my Canon 5D today and I don’t think we will part anytime soon
I have no professional training – I am completely self-taught and very proud of it. It took me many, many years to get to were I am right now and there is still so much to learn! These days I love to visit seminars or classes, to keep up with the ever-growing business.