Some Q&A for those of you who have a thirst for knowledge!
long have you had your own company?
I've had my own LLC registered since 2014, however I have been shooting professionally since 2010.
you have insurance?
Yes, I am covered for general liability under Lockton Affinity.
type of events do you shoot?
I am proud to say almost everything! I can document your wedding, engagement, maternity, family, Mitzvahs, birthdays, communions, senior/model portraits, work/VIP events and whatever else you need me for!
you have your own studio?
No I am not a studio photographer; I love being on location- especially outdoors- so I can use as much natural light as possible. So if you are looking for a choice of backgrounds & props I may not be the photographer for you.
I own the rights to the photos you take? Can I do whatever I want
Yes of course! I also encourage you to post on social media and would love a shout out!
you use flash?
It depends on the situation, but most of the time if natural light is available I use it as much as possible. For indoors, especially wedding receptions, flash is required.
time should we have our session?
It depends on the time of year, but early morning/late afternoon is always preferable. I just try to stay away from that midday sun!
would we go for our session?
I love the outdoors since it allows for a diverse range of pictures and wonderful backgrounds. Tell me your location and I will try to find something in the middle for both of us.
should I bring for our session?
I always recommend a different change of clothes so you get various looks, but feel free to bring whatever props you want!
if it's cloudy for our session?
You should hope for a cloudy day!! Say what? Yes! A lot of people don't realize you get the best photos when it's overcast! However, I will be able to work with whatever light gets thrown my way but I try to keep you in shaded areas. This is because its no fun to squint while the sun is in your eyes!
many weddings have you shot?
I am honored to say I have participated in shooting over 130 weddings so far.
would love to book you for my event! Can we meet in person to discuss
Of course! I usually meet up with clients at a coffeehouse that's in between both of our locations.
type of editing do you do?
All the photos received are non-watermarked JPEGS that have been edited in some way. You will get a mix of natural looking photos along with some in black & white. I delete obvious shots like blinks, test shots... etc. I however do not edit out skin blemishes in every single photo, but if there is a particular photo you love that needs extra editing, let me know and I'd be happy to do it.
many photos will I receive?
As many as I can give! There is no limit, and I really don't think it's fair when you spend all this time & money with a photographer and you receive 5 images only. I like everyone to have options!
will I get my images?
I generally like to say 2-3 weeks after your event, but most likely sooner because if it were me, I wouldn't want to wait longer!
I have the RAW images?
Sorry no! I can assure you this is not necessary and most people can't even open up the files. You need photo editing software & my RAWs are around 30mb each. I save the RAWs for years so if need be I can go back and reedit, but I am confident you will love how you receive them.
type of equipment do you use?
I am currently using a Canon 5D Mark IV and a Canon 600 II speedlite. The majority of the time I will use my 24-105mm lens for your session, but I do have various lenses if I find necessary to change. I also carry back up equipment with me. For your wedding, my second shooter will also have a primary camera along with backup equipment.
you send out contracts?
For major events such as weddings & Bar/Bat Mitzvahs I do send out a basic contract. For portrait sessions I don't find it necessary, but will be happy to send you one if you like!
if I need to reschedule?
I understand things come up and life is weird, and I'm pretty easy going so it's not a problem to accommodate! Just let me know asap that you need to change things around.
forms of payment do you accept?
Cash/check/venmo/paypal are accepted.
you require a deposit?
For major events that require several hours of shooting I will need a non-refundable deposit of 30%.
Check out my galleries! Yes I love traveling to places far and wide, and would love to join you for your destination event. Travel fees will apply if you are not within 1 hour of the Westwood, NJ area. **MOVING TO SALINAS, CA IN MARCH 2019!!!!
did you become a photographer?
I don't think I had a choice! Ever since I was young I always documented everything; at first it was because my memory was so bad, but now I can't go through life without photos! I truly believe photographs are important and make the best gifts.
You document people's events but also wildlife and other fine art? Huh? I'm confused!!
Yes I love to travel and go on safaris! I am a person who has always enjoyed nature and capturing wildlife. I have a passion for animals & travel photography, but also a love for people. It's honestly been difficult finding a balance in promoting myself as both a people photographer and fine art photographer but I am trying my best! So if you are ever looking for some nature for your walls I can help you out with that as well!
would you describe your style?
As someone who shoots many different types of events, I would consider myself well versed in everything and I know my photos come out great for any occasion. I try to take a variety of pictures so that you have many different looks to choose from. For weddings, I am very 'traditional' in the sense that I shoot everything including getting ready, detail shots, bridal party, family, speeches, cake cutting and everything in between. Check out my galleries and decide for yourself what style I am!
How are you different from other photographers?
I am proud to say I do absolutely no outsourcing and do all the work myself. I am not a wedding factory and do not send out my images for retouching. My clients receive as many images as I can give that are hand crafted by me and you will not have to wait months for them to be delivered.
I have an old/torn up photograph that needs restoration. Can you help
Yes I do photo restorations. The fee will depend on how damaged the image is.
was a lot of information...
Yes, you're telling me! ;)
I have more questions!
Sure, just ask me in the contact section.
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