WHAT IS DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY?
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
Buffalo Grove, IL (northwest suburb of Chicago).
DO YOU HAVE A STUDIO?
I'm an on-location photographer only.
DO YOU TRAVEL?
Absolutely! Travel fees are applied to locations that are 20+ miles outside of the 60089 area code.
Non-edited/original images will not be provided. This approach is in-line with my personal philosophy, as well as the industry's standard.
CAN I PURCHASE UNEDITED IMAGES?
I take pride in keeping everything in-house, including my post processing. I'm the only person who will touch your images every step of the way.
DO YOU OUTSOURCE ANY OF YOUR WORK?
Unless you've booked a portrait session, please wear what you would wear for every day life. For those who have portraits planned, I will work with you 1:1 to discuss outfits.
WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR DURING OUR SESSION?
I REALLY WANT AN IN-HOME SESSION, HOWEVER, MY HOUSE IS FAR FROM PERFECT. WHAT SHOULD WE DO?
Nothing! Documentary photography tells the story of your REAL life, and that includes your house as it is today. I love all of those details because they are authentic and they are your story. Life isn't a model home with a model family. Life is unique, interesting, and keeps us on our toes.
DO YOU TALK TO US/INTERACT WITH US WHILE YOU'RE SHOOTING?
Yes! I imagine it would be extremely awkward for all involved if I didn't! I'm quite the chatterbox, actually... Chances are that there will be some portions of your session where you won't even realize that I'm shooting because we're in the middle of a conversation. I am there to observe and capture, but I don't do it in silence (unless requested!). I want you to feel as relaxed and at ease as possible, fully realizing that it can be a bit intimidating and overwhelming to have a new person come into your home to photograph your family. I make it a priority to ensure that everyone is comfortable. Even those that are on the shy side warm up fairly quickly, including children! I will do periodic "check ins" with you to confirm if all is well (note: I've never had someone say no, but I will always ask). We'll talk, joke, and laugh... A LOT. Many clients tell me at the end of their sessions how surprised they were that it was so easy for them.
Let's jump on the phone and talk through them.