family photography

 

for the Monterey Bay

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No words can ever tell them how much you really love them

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~ Packages ~

All packages include a personal consultation and my absolute dedication to getting your dream pictures.

You may choose either one of my gorgeous outdoor locations or my beautiful studio in downtown Monterey.

Photoshoots for up to 5 people

FAQs

WHY DO YOU CHARGE WHAT YOU CHARGE?

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 mini-sessions, all the way to 20 hours for newborn sessions. Not including the costs associated with materials and other expenses.

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. The day of the photoshoot, we will prepare to meet with you for an hour or two, sometimes we set up ahead of time when carrying a lot of equipment.

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 basically, to create the perfect portrait from a few different shots with everyone’s best expressions, 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.

For each session, I normally I narrow the final selection down to 20-30 images for you to select from.

Full retouching. 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.

DO I GET TO CHOOSE WHICH IMAGES I KEEP?

Absolutely!

For mini sessions, you will be able to select the images you want me to fully edit from a gallery of up to 15 lightly edited images.

For the Essentials collections or packages, you will have the opportunity to select the images you wish to keep from a gallery of 20-25 lightly edited images.

Complete collections or packages will be delivered to you all fully edited.

DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH WEDDINGS?

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.

CAN I HAVE THE DIGITALS ONLY WITHOUT PRINTS?

Don’t worry! 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.

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.

I do offer digital-only packages to businesses (commercial, social media, business profiles) If that’s your case, please get in touch with me to get a quote.

WHAT WILL THE EXPERIENCE BE LIKE?

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:

  1. 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.
  2. In-studio or outdoors photo-shoot. The length will be determined at the consultation.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

WHAT TO WEAR FOR A FAMILY SESSION?

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.

DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS TO MILITARY OR ANY OTHER COMMUNITY SERVICE OFFICERS?

OF COURSE!!!

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
  • Nurses
  • Teachers
  • Firefighters

* Proper ID should be provided.

Discount does not apply to family and maternity Essentials Collections.

WHAT IS EDITED AND RETOUCHED ON EACH PHOTO?

While I use my expertise to take the best images possible straight out of my camera, editing is still one of the most defining parts of my style as a photographer.

Fully retouched images are the finished products that represent the full quality of my work and cover the following:

  • Skin imperfections (acne, some wrinkles, uneven skin tones, discolorations, jaundice, rashes, etc.)
  • People and cars in the background (your photos will look as if you were completely alone at the beach with your family)
  • Removal of distracting objects or marks on a background, backdrop, wall,  lighting equipment
  • Back, arm, and side fat rolls
  • Double chins
  • Flyaway hairs
  • Enhanced sky and sunset colors
  • Teeth whitening
  • Extend and smooth backgrounds for newborn or studio-style sessions
  • Feature enhancements (brightening and sharpening of faces and eyes)
  • Color and ambiance editing to suit my style
HOW TO PREPARE FOR A BEACH PHOTOSHOOT AND WHAT TO EXPECT

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:

  1. 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).
  2. Even on warm days, it can get a little chilly by the end of the session, so make sure to bring warm layers.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY PHOTOS?

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).

HOW WILL MY PHOTOS BE USED?

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 up to 4 photos to promote my business. Breastfeeding and naked photos will never be used. Besides that, I do not share or sell your photos to anyone.

MY CHILD WON’T STAY STILL, WILL THAT BE A PROBLEM?

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.