Questions about my work? Maybe I've answered them here!
1) Do you have a studio? I have a studio for product photography, and I have a mobile studio for when I do corporate head shot days or sports team photo days. As a general rule, I prefer ambience to backdrops, and most of my work is done on location. 2) Can my dog be in the photos? Absolutely!! Dogs are family members, too! Keep in mind that it can take a little time to get the shots you want when trying to get Fido to "smile" and "look at the camera", but I have many clients who include their dogs and they are happy because their family photo is complete! I do ask that dogs be leashed when we're working on shots of just the humans, as many locations require dogs to be under supervision at all times. 3) What to wear? I always suggest simple, but that doesn't necessarily mean plain. Your clothing should express the uniqueness of you, but not require a lot of fuss. Be sure everyone is comfortable in their clothing - shoes that pinch and straps that needs constant adjustment can make the wearer unhappy and/or self conscious. HERE is an excellent article about dressing for autumn family photos, but it applies to any season! 4) Can you suggest locations? YES! I spend a lot of time traveling to various locales and looking at them from a "portrait session point-of-view". Some of my favorites include Mass Audubon Property in Canton (MABA), Borderlands State Park in Easton, Hale Reservation in Westwood, The Boston Public Garden/Boston Common, World's End in Hingham, Larz Anderson Park in Brookline, Elm Bank in Wellesley, playgrounds, beaches, urban streets and public libraries... the list go ON AND ON! I can help you choose a location that is convenient, appropriate, and expressive of you and your family! 5) Will you sell me your digital files so I can print them myself? While I will happily provide you with low-resolution images for you to share on social media and via email at no charge, I generally do not sell the rights to my work. Here's why... I have experimented with this in the past, and what I discovered was that people were very unhappy with how their prints and holiday cards turned out using popular retail printing venues ( I won't name names, but we've all used one or more of them). It caused stress to think they invested in a photo session and their prints were grainy, yellow, red, etc. After showing them examples of how the photographs SHOULD look, they ultimately ordered professional prints from me and were thrilled! I now save my clients the stress of this adventure ( and of paying for prints twice!). Also, too often the digital files never get printed. Printing them becomes something that gets added to the to-do list. Your beautiful images never get to be displayed in your home, and you run the risk of those files being damaged or deleted.
Professional head shot or yearbook photos include a number of digital files.
Paying for professional photography (especially in the age of iPhones) is an investment in your family memories. I work very hard to be sure each client has the very best images I can produce, as I am aware they are paying me for my experience and my vision. I use professional labs with the best quality inks and papers, which ensure your photographs will last for years to come.
Boston-based Freelance, Portrait and Fine Art Photographer
"In the right light, at the right time…everything is extraordinary” ~ Aaron Rose