frequently asked questions

Q. 
I love your work . . . how do I schedule a shoot?

A. 
Call me, email me, yell real loudly, find me on facebook or twitter. Email, phone number, and contact form are here!


Q. 
What's a typical shoot like?

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There is no typical shoot -- no two shoots are ever the same! Your shoot is customized for you, so if you want to go crazy and fly to a far off destination, or if you want to find a grungy, rundown industrial location . . . an abandoned carnival . . . a construction site . . . the options are literally endless and I'm up for anything! Be ready for anything: to be yourself, to let all sides of your personality show, and most of all . . . be ready to have a blast!


Q. 
How far in advance should I book a shoot?

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Typically a minimum of four weeks in advance is ideal -- this gives me time for any location scouting and gives us time for wardrobe, style & logistical planning!


Q. 
How long is a shoot?

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That's entirely up to you! Shoots can range from an hour to a multi-day event depending on the type of shoot (we'll definitely discuss prior to the shoot). Rushing through a shoot is never ideal, so a bit of extra time is usually preferred (and we can always find another awesome location to shoot)!


Q. 
Are we going to shoot outdoors or in-studio . . . or both?

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Though studio time is always available, I prefer to work outdoors and do the majority of my shoots in natural light. If you're interested in studio time, just let me know and we'll set it up!


Q. 
What's the best time of day to shoot?

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Early morning or late afternoon is best -- a few hours after the sun rises or a few hours before the sun sets are the best times to start shooting!!


Q. 
How should I prepare and what should I bring?

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That depends on the type of shoot -- for portraits and headshots, bring several outfits, your makeup (if you've decided to do your own), and whatever accessories you may want. Fashion, editorial, and advertising shoots require significantly more planning, so we'll go over all the details prior to the day of the shoot. For any shoot, always make sure to get plenty of rest the night before!


Q. 
Will you pose me?

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Nope. I will guide you, but posing you goes against everything I stand for: organically emotional images! I know it's really easy to say, but just be yourself! Seriously. Relax, take a deep breath, and have fun!


Q. 
Can I see the shots as we go?

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I can certainly show you images in-camera. If you're interested in live shooting -- where you can see full size, hi-res images on a color-calibrated monitor as we take them -- check out the Maximus Shoot!


Q. 
What happens after the shoot . . . how soon can I see my photos?

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Your images are typically ready within 3 weeks. As soon as they're ready, I'll e-mail you the link to your online proofing gallery. What's an online proofing gallery? See a sample here!


Q. 
What about prints . . . how do I order those?

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Once you have received the link to your online proofing gallery, you'll have the opportunity to purchase prints, canvases, and/or hi-res files, if you choose! You can see a sample proofing gallery here!


Q. 
Do you retouch photos?

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Sure do! I'll retouch areas that are there temporarily -- blemishes, stray hairs, and things of that nature. Anything you were born with, or picked up along the way, stays. Love your body -- you're beautiful just the way you are! Basic retouching is included with all printed products.


Q. 
Do you offer discounts?

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Sure do! I offer discounts for referrals, for bringing a friend along who also books a shoot, and for returning clients! See details here!


Q. 
What forms of payment do you accept?

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Cash is always preferred, though paypal, check, Visa, MasterCard, Amex, and Discover also work. Payment must be cleared prior to your gallery being released.


Q. 
Do you have a refund policy if I need to cancel a shoot?

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A 50% deposit reserves your date, is due at the time of booking, and is non-refundable. The remaining balance is due prior to shooting.


Q. 
What areas do you work in?

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Theoretically, anywhere! I do a lot of work in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and throughout the rest of the Northeast.


Q. 
What are you doing to protect and preserve the environment?

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The impact I have on the environment is a factor in every decision I make! The studio's electricity is derived from solar and biomass sources, our servers are powered entirely from wind-generated electricity, and all of our marketing materials are printed on recycled/eco-friendly papers.