Why should I hire a professional photographer?
Even the best phone camera can’t match the skills and and experience of a real photographer. We know how to put you at ease, and how to answer your questions. We know how to choose flattering lighting, the best camera angles, the best backgrounds, and the most attractive poses for you. We know how to edit your photos much better than a generic filter can ever do. If having beautiful, high quality photos is important to you, it’s worth hiring a professional.
What types of photography services do you offer?
I offer several types of photography services: Portraits. Headshots. Corporate. Family portraits. Engagements. Weddings and civil ceremonies. Events. One of my favourite things about my job, is the opportunity to meet new people, in all sorts of settings around Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.
How will I know what to bring or wear to my photo-shoot?
When your booking is confirmed, I send you an email with all of the information you need to know about styling, clothing, colour choices, and what to bring. I make sure you feel supported and well-prepared before our session even begins.
Can I choose my own photo-shoot location?
For events, weddings, and corporate bookings, I come to your office or event-space, anywhere in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. For portraits, family portraits, and headshots, you’re given location options from a list I provide, of carefully chosen, public outdoor spaces which offer parking, nearby washrooms, and lots of good photo spots away from crowds.
How long until I get my finished photos?
For headshot and portrait shoots, turnaround time is 10-14 days. For larger, more involved shoots such as events and weddings, turnaround time is an average of 4-6 weeks.
Is my retainer refunded or deducted if I cancel or reschedule?
When I reserve your shoot date and time, it’s set aside exclusively for you. No other bookings are scheduled for that date and time. Retainer payments are non-refundable in the case of cancellation, and non-deductible in the case of rescheduling.
I do make one exception. If your shoot needs to be postponed because of extreme weather (heatwave, pouring rain, high winds, snow, below-zero temperatures), I offer one reschedule at no charge, and your retainer is deducted if your session is within 7 days of your original date.
Can I bring my dog to my photo-shoot?
Absolutely, I love animals! As long as your photo-shoot is in a dog-friendly, outdoor public space, and you have a well-behaved, leash-trained dog, I’m happy to include your pet. I do have a ‘two dog maximum‘ rule for photoshoots, because things get a bit too bonkers with more than two animals at a time.
Who are some of your favourite photographers?
Cindy Sherman’s brilliant self-portraits. Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, and Margaret Bourke-White’s profoundly human photos. Richard Avedon’s sharply beautiful style. Simon Clarke’s exceptional street photography. Herb Ritts’ perfect combinations of light and shadow.
How much can I expect to pay for a professional photo-shoot in Vancouver?
The average range for a professional portrait or headshot shoot in Vancouver, is $350 to $850. For corporate headshots of multiple employees, average Vancouver prices are $95 to $175 per person. Family portrait prices range from $500 up to $1000. Good wedding photographers are at least $450 an hour.
Professional photography rates aren’t all structured the same way. Some photographers offer a deceptively low price, but charge you additional fees for everything. Retouching? Extra charge. Image files without watermarks? Extra charge. Etc. Other photographers are more ethical, and include most things in our upfront pricing.
What are professional photography prices based on?
There are several factors for photography prices: Length of shoot-time. Number of outfits and background changes. Number of people in the photos. On-location travel. Any additional equipment requested (lighting, backdrops). The number of final, edited images you require. The costs of running our business. And the days or weeks we spend editing your photos.
It may seem like a good idea to hire the most inexpensive photographer you can find, but cheap photographers are a waste of your time and money. They’re inexperienced, and very likely to do a bad job in every way. Which means you’re very likely to end up with terrible photos.
Professional photography is like most things in life… Quality costs more because it’s worth more.