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Frequently Asked Questions

• the time spent planning the detail of your session either in person or via video conference (30 minutes)
• the actual session (2-4 hours); unlimited outfits 
• an ordering appointment to assist you with your selections and products via web session or in person (2 hours)
• you may include one sibling for 15 minutes of your session at no extra charge


Clients come to me not only for great images, but for a great experience that allows them to feel beautiful and confident in front of the camera. I make an effort to get to know you in order to capture and highlight your personality as best possible. Each experience is unique and tailored to you specifically, from the outfits you decide on to your choice of location. For the past 15 years, I’ve been keeping an eye out for the Bay Area's most interesting locations to shoot, so we’ll have plenty of options to choose from. 


How do I prepare for my session?

Every session, like every client, is unique. They’re also a lot of fun! Prior to your session, we’ll have an over the phone or in-person consultation to discuss clothing, props, hair and make-up, and other ideas you might have for your session. We will make an effort to get to know you so that we can capture and highlight your personality as best possible. During your session, Ill make you look beautiful and feel comfortable in front of the camera. So, you don’t know how to pose? No worries - I’ll give you plenty of guidance. I tend to steer away from stiff poses and formal backgrounds, so I’ll most likely situate you in such a way that natural expressions and positions are likely to occur. The end result is an amazing set of images that you'll be proud to share with friends and family. 

What should I wear?

We suggest you plan four to six outfits.  Think about choosing clothes that repeat your eye color, especially a long sleeve shirt or sweater. We often recommend clothing that has texture, such as knitting, embroidery, dark faded denim, buttons, & ruffles. This type of clothing tends to photograph well and adds a lot of visual interest.  Don’t forget jackets, scarves, fur hoods, etc. We live in California and often forget about jackets, but they add variety and texture to your images. Girls, if you have a great prom, bridesmaid, or other formal dress, bring it! Shorter dresses limit our poses, so try to think of fuller, longer dresses you might have stashed away. Then add your favorite pair of jeans, tee and cool hat. Guys, pack a dress shirt and a tie in addition to your jeans and cool t-shirts. You get the idea!  Feel free to send us images of your clothing prior to your session and we’ll help you choose! 

What is a typical session like?

Your session will be FUN. Depending on the location, we may meet at the studio or at our destination. We will spend the first 20 minutes or so sorting through the clothing and accessories you have brought with you. Do not stress about posing - we give you plenty of direction and play little games to make you feel comfortable.  RELAX - these are no rush sessions. We usually spend 2-3 hours together, creating a wide variety of images.  The end result is an amazing set of images that you’ll be proud to share with friends and family.

How long before I see my images?

At the time of your session, we will schedule an ordering appointment for about 2-3 weeks after your session. Orders will take place in person at the studio or via a video chat so we can discuss crops, retouching, and other details that we find easier to move through in person. At the ordering appointment, we will sit down and view a slideshow of your images set to music. We will then revisit your favorite images and see how each would appear in various crops, layouts, etc. 

Can I have digital files of all of my images?

We do offer the high resolution image files for sale during your order appointment.  We also provide you with web-ready logo images of any images your purchase in printed format to share on social media, smart phones, etc.  We encourage our clients to order printed products in addition to image files as so many image files wind up trapped on computers and hard drives.  Printed products allow you and your family to enjoy your images every day! 

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