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COMPLETEMonterey & Santa Cruz counties
Collection with some fully retouched images + lightly edited images.
90 min session at 1 -2 locations | gallery with 50 downloadable images | your choice of fully retouched images | photo album OR a 24"x36" wall canvas
- 10 fully retouched images + 40 light edits | $1,550
- 20 fully retouched images + 30 light edits | $1,900
LIFESTYLEMonterey & Santa Cruz counties
Collection with standard edited images only.
60 min lifestyle photoshoot at the location of your choice | lightly edited downloadable images
35 lightly edited images | $975
add full retouching – $35 per image
ESSENTIALSMonterey & Santa Cruz counties
Collection with full retouched images only.
60 min session at the location of your choice | fully retouched downloadable images | prints
(prints are your choice of 5"x7", 6"x8", or 8"x10)
10 images | $650
15 images | $900
Full retouching covers any kind of skin imperfections, double chins, sliming, fat rolls, sky enhancement, flyaway hairs, tattoo removal, wrinkles, composites, and so forth. Think of it as if your photos were getting ready for a high-end magazine publication.
Light edits, on the other hand, while they still cover skin imperfections, they do NOT include sliming, no photoshopped skies, no tattoo removals, and no other time-consuming photoshop processes or composites. However, I will still edit your images to a consistent style and enhance features and light manipulation.
Lifestyle sessions are perfect for a lightly edited gallery, my aim is to capture your family on its most authentic moments without the need for full retouching.
The work that goes into each image goes far beyond just the picture-taking session, making it hard to charge what would be “reasonable” for the time you actually see me at the photo session. The time that I spend on each client from the beginning to end can vary between 5 hours for family mini-sessions, all the way to 20 hours for full newborn sessions.
A BREAKDOWN OF MY SERVICES:
Designing your session. From the moment you decide to work with me, I will scope the location(s) if necessary, asses where the sun will be located on a given day and time, come up with a plan in the event of bad weather, purchasing of props and materials if needed, advise you on clothing and styling, sometimes building or crafting something to personalize your session, etc.
Photoshoot with me and my assistant. On the day of the photoshoot, we will prepare to meet with you for the duration of the photoshoot. Depending on the type of session you want, sometimes we arrive well ahead of time to prepare.
Culling your images. After the photoshoot, I will narrow the photos taken into a proof gallery.
In some of these photos, I will use Photoshop to swap faces, smiles, and expressions to create the perfect portrait from a few different shots with everyone looking their best, thus giving you a narrow gallery that won’t be overwhelming to choose from, but will also include all the best moments and smiles from the whole session.
Depending on the kind of package or session you got, I would normally narrow the final selection down to 20-50 images for you to select from.
Full retouching. It does not apply to lifestyle family sessions. Once you select and submit your final selection, I will fully retouch each of your chosen photos, which can take anywhere between 5-40 minutes per image.
Printing your products. After you receive your fully retouched gallery, I will print the products included with your selected collection. The printing labs that I use are professional labs with very high standards and all products are guaranteed.
Assembling of your products. For newborn and complete collections, I custom design a photo album or assemble your box of prints (depending on your choice). This is included as part of your complete and newborn packages, and I personally print, matt, and package the products to be mailed to your home.
For the most part yes! With the exception of family lifestyle sessions, you will be able to select which images I get to fully retouch for you to keep.
Maternity Minis– you will be able to select the images you want me to fully edit from a proof gallery of up to 15 lightly edited and watermarked images.
Essentials collections – you will have the opportunity to select the images you wish to keep from a gallery of 20-25 lightly edited and watermarked images.
Family lifestyle sessions will be edited but will not be fully retouched. When I send your gallery with the 35 photos, these will be your final, downloadable images.
Complete collections will be delivered to you all lightly edited and those images are yours to download and keep. You will also receive instructions on how to select the images that you want me to fully retouch as part of your selected package.
Yes, I do!
While it is not my main focus, I do occasionally take clients that are very attracted to my style.
My assistant and I will be honored to be there for elopements and intimate wedding ceremonies with very small groups of people.
If you think you want me to be your photographer on your big day, please get in touch with me ASAP and I will put together the perfect package for you.
Due to popular demand, I’ve created a family lifestyle photography collection and a personal branding collection that deliver only digitals.
For the rest of my packages, you will get the digital file for EVERY print you get, and every digital you get will come with something very pretty. This way your images won’t get lost in a computer or forgotten, you will have a way to display them at your home, and I will take care of the hassle of finding the right labs to print your products.
When your package includes full retouching and if you really do not want the prints, you don’t have to have them, but the cost is the same. The load of my work is on the editing process and everything I do “behind the scenes” before and after your photoshoot.
All you have to do is wear something beautiful and come have fun with us.
We are not afraid of energetic little kids, this is what we do! I will guide you every step of the way to make the best of our time together.
To get the images your family deserves, the process is broken into 4 steps:
- Consultation to customize your images. You and your family are unique, this consultation is necessary for me to get to know you and your needs. We will talk about your expectations, taste, clothing and style, location, etc.
- In-studio or outdoors photo-shoot. The length will be determined at the consultation.
- After the session, I will fully retouch your images, create your products, and put them together for you to see them for the first time.
- Ordering appointment. You buy only the images you love. This will be the first time you’ll see your final photos, they will be edited and printed for you to take home.
While the in-person appointment is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged for you to be able to see the final image in print. Printed images are a better way for you to judge which ones you want to keep.
To create timeless images that focus on the subjects and emotions, I strongly suggest wearing colors that compliment each other and avoid harsh patterns and logos(including plaid and striped shirts).
Select something color and weather appropriate if the season is what inspired you to get a family portrait. Otherwise, I suggest earthy and neutral colors such as light and dark gray, white, rose, pale pink, light blue, earthy brown, beige, etc.
Beach sessions are better if you are not wearing shoes, so if your session will take place at the beach keep this in mind.
I am so grateful to anyone that serves our community. For that reason, I offer 10% off Premium & All-inclusive family/maternity portrait collections and any Newborn Collections to:
- Military families
- Police officers
* Proper ID should be provided.
Discount does not apply to minis.
If you are a local hero and you need a headshot, please get in touch with me to discuss your options.
Expect to get barefoot, a bit sandy, dip your feet in the water, and to have LOTS of fun!
Here are some important recommendations to help you get the most of your session:
- Kids always do a lot better when well fed and rested so make sure to plan accordingly (bringing a snack for the little ones is always a good idea).
- Even on warm days, it can get a little chilly by the end of the session, so make sure to bring warm layers.
- A change of clothes for everyone. I always encourage families to get barefoot and play on the water’s edge. It is a good idea to bring an extra pair of pants for mommy and daddy and an extra set of clothes for the kids.
- Bring a towel. Even if you don’t get wet, beach photos are a lot better if you are barefoot, a towel to clean sandy feet before getting back in the car is ideal.
About a week after your photoshoot, an online proof gallery will be shared with you via email. The images in this gallery will all be watermarked with a “not for public use” legend on it. From this gallery, you’ll be able to select the photos you want to keep as part of your package.
Once you submit your selection as per the instructions, it takes one to two weeks (depending on how busy I am) for you to receive your finished photos.
Make sure to book your session at least one month in advance if you need any printed materials by a certain date (especially during holiday season).
I am proud of my work and I like to occasionally post photos from my clients on my Facebook page or website portfolio. As per my photographer contract, I may use your images to promote my business. Breastfeeding and naked photos will never be used. Besides that, I do not share or sell your photos to anyone.
It is extremely rare for a child to stay still for a session, I don’t want them to! I like to portray who they are and get those genuine giggles. However a well rested and well fed baby/child does a lot better in front of the camera.