Frequently Asked Questions

...and some less frequently asked ones

How many photos do you shoot, how do you deliver them, and how long does it take?

Because each session is customized to the individual, every shoot is a little different. Some folks need a little longer to warm up, and some start nailing their shots right out of the gate. On average, we’ll end up with around 250 photos for smaller packages, and upwards of 600 for larger. 

Almost immediately after your session, I upload your images to catalog and back them up. Typically within a few hours, I’ll have your low-resolution, web-sized proofs available for you via Dropbox. Some folks enjoy watching this upload process and selecting their photos on-site, and some prefer to decide at their own pace. Generally, once you’ve made your selections, you can expect a 2-3 day turnaround or sooner. For larger batches of photos, more time may be necessary. Final images will be delivered via Google Drive or WeTransfer.

How many outfits should I bring?

I don’t set a limit on outfits. As soon as you arrive, we’ll take a look at your what you’ve brought, discuss your goals, and create a game plan. The length of session you book and how efficient we are will also dictate how many outfits make it on camera.

How much makeup should I wear?

If you decide to do your own makeup, you should keep it as natural as you would daily or at auditions. It’s absolutely critical to look like yourself and to be immediately recognizable by your photo. The camera also picks up more detail than you may expect, so don’t layer on the stage makeup.

What is included in your retouching?

When it comes to retouching, a little bit goes a long way. It’s important to keep things looking natural and real. In addition to color and exposure corrections and enhancements, my process includes removing major blemishes, softening lines and under-eyes, and cleaning up fly-aways. I only remove scars, freckles, and beauty marks by request. More complex retouching is available for an additional fee. Every retouched photo will be delivered both in color and converted to black and white.

Can I retouch my own photos?

With the high-resolution session download, the unedited photos are yours to do as you wish. While I prefer you use someone trained in portrait retouching (maybe that’s you!), the choice is yours.

What is the difference between the proofing gallery and the high-resolution download?

The proofing gallery images included with every session is delivered in low-resolution (about the size of a cell phone screen), and are best used for selection purposes. They are not intended to be retouched or used in a professional capacity. 

The high-resolution download includes all photos in extremely high quality, ideal for anyone who may wish to use additional photos later, or like to edit photos on their own. Be sure to securely back-up your photos, as I only guarantee storage for 1 year.

Where are you located, and what if I’m running early or late?

I’m located in Astoria, conveniently along the N and W trains or the M60 Express Bus from 125th St. An exact address will be provided in your confirmation email. Be sure to map it out beforehand and account for any MTA tomfoolery (I’ll try to notify you of any changes I may be aware of). 

Shoot me a text if you expect an early or late arrival. I might also be ready early, otherwise there’s a delicious bakery right on my corner where you can cozy up to a latte and a muffin.

Do you offer combo headshot/dance/lifestyle/fashion shoots?

I certainly do! I want you to get as much out of your session as possible. If you want to show off your dance moves, your fitness strengths, or lifestyle & personal branding, then let’s do it! Let me know what you have in mind, and we’ll create a custom package to get exactly what you need!

I need a photo for my LinkedIn/Tinder/Etc - Can you help?

If you need a photo of your face for whatever purpose - your next book, your next date, or your next job - I’ve got you. Don’t be afraid to share your unique requests with me.

Can I change up my facial hair during the session?

Absolutely. I just ask that you be respectful and clean up after yourself.

I hate being photographed, but I need new photos. What do you do for people like me?

I feel you. There’s a reason I stay on my side of the camera. Because I empathize, I’m pretty good at making people feel at-ease and relaxed. It’s important to keep the conversation flowing, and I take a genuine interested in who you are. You’ve got this!

Can I bring a friend/colleague/relative?

This is an important question. I have no problem with you bringing anyone of benefit to your session. That being said, sometimes we have a hard time loosening up around people who know us best. Your comfort is my absolute priority, but so is the quality of your session.

How should I share on social media? 

Since most of my clients come from referrals, I love it when you share your photos on your various pages. I respectfully ask for proper credit/tags, and a link to my website when possible. If you’re not sure, just ask!

Can you bring the session to me?

While I generally prefer to shoot in my own space for consistency’s sake, I do try to be pretty mobile. I’m happy to discuss your needs, so reach out!

Do you offer group rates?

You bet! It’s a structured a little differently than my usual packages, so contact me and I’ll explain how it all works.

Do you offer referral or returning customer discounts?

Most of my clients are referrals and returning customers, and that’s no accident. The amount of trust that my job requires is enormous, so building working relationships is key for me. For every referral or return shoot, you’ll get 10% off every service I offer (excluding hair/makeup services).

You sure know a lot about this stuff. Are you an actor or dancer yourself?

Oh gosh, I’m so flattered! While I’ve never shared the stage or screen myself, I always considered myself a theatre kid by association. Nearly all of my friends are performers in some capacity. Since I first got serious about photography in high school, all of my theatrical friends wanted their pictures taken. So really, headshots are my roots. 

After working as a news photojournalist and wedding & portrait photographer in the Washington DC area, I moved to NYC in 2014 to pursue an interest in fashion and a love for musical theatre. Fast-forward to now, I’m completely enamored by the psychology of headshot photography, and photographing people who share similar passions.

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