Hi there! If you're here, you're either about to hire me for a photo session, or are considering me. Either way, thank you! Please scroll below to understand what you will be receiving for your price, and what I need from you.
If you've already reviewed my price page, you'll know that my pricing model is based on an hourly rate; $100 for a 30 minute session, $200 for a 60 minute session, and so on. I also have a $50 mini session for 15 minutes, which is available exclusively to a few select locations in New Haven/Hamden.
Excluding the $50 mini session, my price includes up to 25 miles of travel from my home in New Haven. For distances outside this range, travel fees may apply based on distance and I will discuss with you on a case by case basis. (Wondering where to have your photoshoot? Check out this post for ideas, and you can always ask me for suggestions! Need inspiration on what to wear? Click here!)
As well, my price includes your chosen session time, of course, as well as fully retouched images. I guarantee roughly 25 final photos per 30 minutes, or 50 per 60 minutes, and for weddings this number bumps up to 60 final edits per hour. Black and whites are included with your album! Note that these numbers are only guaranteed for time of continuous shooting; pauses in shooting due to multiple outfit changes, etc, may alter the final number of photos. For newborns, I guarantee 15 per 30 minutes, but I do try to get more when I can. (Click here for how to get the most out of your newborn shoot)
Also included with your price is a beautiful online viewing gallery on Pixieset like these. This album allows you to share your gallery with friends and family online, and you can also download all images with your PIN number for high-res image files to use as you like!
Turnaround: While I do my best to deliver your photos as soon as possible, I cannot guarantee exact delivery dates, as they are based on how many clients are currently in my queue, and how long your session was. If there are currently no clients ahead of you whose photos need to be processed, turnaround time is usually only 1-6 days. However, if I have had many appointments that week, I process and edit photo sessions in the order I receive them. Thank you for your patience!
Copyrights: I give you permission to print your photos for personal use and I reserve the copyrights. Of course, you can share them on social media. If you do remember, I always really appreciate being tagged/credited (As a courtesy I'd ask that you please don't put filters over your photos; we photographers make calculated decisions when editing your album and our work is a direct representation of us). I reserve the right to use your photos within my portfolio and to promote my business. I do not give permission for my work to be published commercially for things like magazines and other publications for profit without my consent and negotiation. Acceptable personal use falls under: social media profiles, personal business cards, personal website, and of course things like wedding invitations, stationary, and general photo albums.
Something to keep in mind: It's very important when choosing a photographer, that you make sure to look through their portfolio to get a feel for their editing style. Photographers are not one-size-fits-all; like artists, one photographer will edit very differently from another. My black and whites are stark and dramatic, and my color images are rich, deep, and even a bit moody at times – this is exactly what some people are looking for, and yet also not for everyone. If you have a very particular vision for your photos and my albums don't quite line up with that, you may need to continue your search! I can guarantee you a gallery that is styled consistently with my current portfolio, however I can't edit like another photographer. I can only edit like me!
This is why it is an integral step to look over my galleries before we work together. During the post-production process, I as the photographer will be using my best judgement to curate the photos we are going to use, and then retouch them in the same manner displayed in my portfolios. Your trust in me to do this is part of our agreement, as I do not offer re-edits or raw images.
Airbrushing: Likewise, I do not include airbrushing in my pricing. While I do my best to spot-remove pimples and other small blemishes, as a whole I support natural and raw beauty. This is also what keeps my prices more affordable and allows me to deliver you this quantity of final photos.
Next up: Boring legal stuff that I want you to read and understand anyway!
First and foremost, in order to book with me I require a retainer fee upfront, which you can read all about here. The retainer fee is half of the final total (excluding the $50 mini shoot, which is paid in full to book the date), which reserves the Client's appointment in my calendar, and prevents me from scheduling any other customers for their slot. The retainer fee is non-refundable if cancellation occurs 7 or less days before the appointment, to account for monetary loss to the business. Please note, for weddings the retainer fee is non-refundable if cancellation occurs 30 or less days before the date.
Postponement and date changes are based on future availability at the time of notification, and also require a $30 fee if notification is 7 or less days (for standard sessions). For weddings, postponement requires a $50 fee if notification is under 30 days. After the first postponement is made, further postponements can be made as well, though the retainer fee is no longer eligible for a refund due to cancellation.
The Client will obtain all permissions necessary for Photographer to photograph at the event location (i.e, churches, cathedrals, museums where photography is sometimes not prohibited). Photographer has no duty to obtain permission of reception centers, churches, buildings, private properties, or other locations to operate thereon. Client understands and agrees that any failure to obtain these permissions resulting in fines to photographer, or which prevent photographer from photographing the event(s) is not the fault, liability, or responsibility of photographer.
The Client agrees to reimburse the Photographer for any necessary parking fees or entrance fees if the photoshoot location requires them, which will be added to the final balance for the session.
The Client agrees to be no more than 15 minutes late to appointed shoot. In the case the Client does not arrive on time Client will be subject to a late fee of $30 if the Client still desires the full shoot time. If the Client is more than 25 minutes late, the session will be cancelled and the retainer fee forfeited by the Client. If the Photographer fails to appear at the photoshoot appointment, the retainer fee will be refunded to the Client.
I the Photographer, retain the copyright to all photographs taken, and allow the Client limited and non-exclusive, rights to use and print said photographs for personal use. I retain the right to use said photographs within my own portfolio and advertising. I do not provide RAW files or unedited files to the Client.