family photography

FUN GUARANTEED

 

for the Monterey Bay

Digital collections

Photoshoots include a personal consultation, styling guidance, and my absolute dedication to getting your dream images.

Sessions for up to 5 people

FAQs

ABOUT COVID-19

While I’m confident that this crisis will eventually pass, it might be a while before we can resume business as usual. For that reason, I am committed to following the recommendations from our health authorities to continue to offer you the best services possible while remaining safe.

All my equipment is thoroughly cleaned in between sessions. I and any assistants that might accompany me will wear face coverings and will regularly sanitize our hands. I limit myself to a maximum of three clients per week and I am not currently taking bookings for groups larger than 15 people.

During the session I will:

  • Maintain 6ft + distance from all clients most of the time unless I need to adjust something in your frame, in which case, I would sanitize my hand beforehand.
  • I will use mostly verbal prompts for posing vs. close contact posing.
  • All clients are required to have face coverings available in the event that they are needed.
  • if you are not attaining to any social distancing guidelines, I cannot be your photographer.

CAN WE ORDER PRINTS?

YES! And while I do not impose it, I will strongly encourage it. The lab I use is of the highest quality standards and at the same time, I constantly check and calibrate my monitor settings to ensure that the printing outcome is as accurate as possible, therefore if any of your prints don’t turn out perfectly, I can reprint them for you. If you decide to print elsewhere, that is totally ok, but keep in mind I would not be able to fix the outcome if that’s the case.

DO YOU HAVE PERMITS?

YES! Most locations require some sort of permit, you’d be surprised! I would never shoot at a location where I am not aware of their permitting as there would be a small chance that we’d be asked to leave without completing the ongoing session and for that reason, you can be certain that would NEVER be the case with me.

DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE?

ABSOLUTELY! No loose ends left untied 😉

WHAT IS INCLUDED WITH MY SESSION?

It depends on the type of session and the collection you select, but ALL collections include:

Session plans, it is paramount that we discuss in detail what your expectations are and for me to get to know you to come up with the right plan JUST for you. During our video chat or phone call, we’ll go over clothing recommendations, timing, how to prepare, what to expect, etc.

Location guide, I will help you find the best scenic location for your elopement or family adventure. While I already have a very thorough location guide available to all of my clients, I am often running out on scoping trips trying to find unique new spots.

Photoshoot time, 45 min – 8 hours depending on your needs.

Online gallery, a password protected online gallery that will allow you to select your favorites and print once you receive the edited images. 

CAN WE HAVE THE RAW OR UNEDITED FILES?

It is not possible. Raw files are the canvas to the images I create, I manipulate these files with professional software to be able to deliver images of the same quality that you see throughout my portfolio.

Likewise, unedited images are not available, if you feel you’d like to get more photos from your session, you will have the option to purchase additional fully edited images. 

DO YOU STILL DO NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY?

Due to the pandemic, I am no longer seeing clients in-studio or at-home for newborn photography sessions.

However, families with newborns can certainly book any of my outdoor family collections. I will carefully guide you through the process to ensure the baby’s cooperation and to capture beautiful family photos with your new family member.

WHAT IS THE BELLY TO BABY DISCOUNT?

The belly to baby discount is for families that wish to do their maternity and newborn photos with me. While I no longer do in-studio newborn photography, outdoor family photos with your newborn are the safest option during these times.

If you do your maternity session with me, you can get a 15% discount for a second family session once your baby is earth-side.

WHAT DO YOU EDIT IN EVERY PHOTO?

After you submit your favorite photos from your proof gallery (if applicable), I will carefully edit them to be consistent with the quality of my work as shown in my portfolio.

Editing covers the following:

  • Mild skin imperfections
  • Color correction
  • Teeth whitening
  • Lightening up of subjects
  • Highlights manipulation to enhance the image and skies when possible
  • Double chins
  • Some fly away hairs

NOTE: My regular editing process does NOT include full retouching with Photoshop, this would involve altering the basic structure of the image as taken such as: slimming, composites, tattoo removal, all fly away hairs, photoshopping of sunsets in the background (when the weather does not cooperate), removal of logos, head swapping, full wrinkle elimination, etc.

Full retouching with Photoshop is available for an additional fee of $35 per image. Discounts are available for bulk orders.

You can view a better description of what my full retouching services can cover here.

For any more specific requests, please get in touch with me.

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.

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. Socially distant outdoor photoshoot.
  3. After the session, you will receive an online proof gallery that will allow you to select the images that you want me to fully retouch and the ones that you want only as light edits.

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 OUR LOCAL HEROES?

OF COURSE!!!

I am so grateful to anyone that serves our community. For that reason, I offer 10% off all sessions to:

  • Military families
  • Police officers
  • Nurses
  • Firefighters
  • UPS personnel

* Proper ID should be provided.

If you are a local hero and you need a headshot, please get in touch with me to discuss your options.

WHAT IS *NOT* INCLUDED WITH MY SESSION?

  • Most of my work as a photographer lays on editing, for that reason Raw and unedited images are never shared with clients.
  • Cakes and decorations for cake smashes.
  • Clothing.
  • Entrance and parking fees
  • Hair or makeup

WHAT DOES FULL RETOUCHING COVER?

Fully retouched images are a step above edited images and are normally requested at my client’s discretion. The work put into each fully retouched photo can vary anywhere between 30-60 min. Some examples of full retouching services are:

  • Tattoo Removal.
  • Back, arm, and side fat rolls.
  • Overall slimming.
  • Hair covering a large part of the face.
  • Photoshopped skies.
  • Composites and head swapping (merge two different images into one).
  • Removal of logos or distracting elements in clothing.
  • Removal of major objects or crowds in the background.
  • Specific requests made by the client that are not including in my regular editing process.

Full retouching is available for $35 per image, I also offer full retouching bundle package for $200 per every 10 photos.

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.
  5. To comply with the ongoing social distancing rules, it is important that everyone in your family has face coverings just in case we walk through narrow paths.

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 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.

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.