General FAQ's

YES! I am committed to following the recommendations from our health authorities to continue to offer you the best services possible while remaining safe. Most my sessions are done outdoors. The lenses I use already require me to stand much further away than the recommended 6 ft. I keep my mask & hand sanitizer handy should I need to approach you for posing adjustments. 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, but not for the photos, of course. It is also for this reason I ask you to bring all your own props during this time.

While I hope this never happens for both our sake, if the weather is TOO crazy, act of God, or I am injured or sick you can put your retainer toward a reschedule or you can have it refunded.

We can always reschedule your session due to inclement weather (rain, strong winds/storms). Cloudy and overcast days are actually ideal for shooting outdoors!

Cancellations are a tough situation that nobody wants to encounter, but we need to have a plan just in case. Because of the nature of my business, after I book your date, I turn away other requests for that timeslot. Dates cannot typically be filled with a late cancellation and I've lost a day of work. For this reason, the $75 retainer is non refundable. However, if you give me 72 days notice, you can transfer your retainer to a rescheduled date. If you are or anyone in your family is SICK, for the health and safety of all of us please call me to reschedule without penalty even up until the day of your session.

Head on over to my contact page and send me a message with as many details as you can think of! I'll get vack to you so we can chat(via email, phone, or in-person - your choice) about the - specifics of what you are wanting and needing. Once we’ve had a chance to chat, to book a date I require a deposit of $75 and a signed contract (which I'm read through together though I tried to word it with less legalese and more easy to understand terms) Bookings are made on a first come, first served basis and a date is not booked until I’ve received the contract and the deposit.

All you have to do is wear something beautiful and come have fun! 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:

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. Socially distant outdoor photoshoot. 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. Where will our session take place? Outdoors, ideally! There are so many great locations in the Monterey Bay Area and I would be happy to provide you with some suggestions. I like to schedule outdoor photo sessions during the "golden hour", which is about an hour or two before sunset. We can also do a family, children, or couples session in the comfort of your home. All you need is a big, open window! If you have a specific location request, please let me know. When should we arrive? Most sessions are booked back-to-back, so plan on arriving to our pre-determined location about 10 - 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled time. More often than not, there are hiccups along the way while trying to not only get ourselves ready but our children ready (sound familiar?), so allow yourselves plenty of time!

After your session, I will carefully go through all the images and sort out and edit the very best. We will book your post-session consultation, which can be done on the phone or by video chat. Five days prior to the consultations you will receive an email with your online gallery log in information. Your gallery will be available for 30 days. During the consultation we will go over any image questions you have and discuss what you want to purchase and which packages best apply. You have 30 days to place your order so plan accordingly! It is a great feeling to check off ordering photos from your to-do list. It is an even greater feeling to hang your images on the wall and enjoy them every day!

Outdoors, ideally! There are so many great locations in the Monterey Bay Area and I would be happy to provide you with some suggestions. I like to schedule outdoor photo sessions during the "golden hour", which is about an hour or two before sunset. We can also do a family, children, or couples session in the comfort of your home. All you need is a big, open window! If you have a specific location request, please let me know.

Some sessions are booked back-to-back, so plan on arriving to our pre-determined location about 10 - 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled time.

After your session, I will carefully go through all the images and sort out and edit the very best. We will book your post-session consultation, which can be done on the phone or by video chat. Five days prior to the consultations you will receive an email with your online gallery log in information. During the consultation we will go over any image questions you have and discuss what you want to purchase and which packages best apply.!

\ The session does not include digital files or prints. They are purchased separately after the session.

Yes. Even if you plan to print your images yourself, I still want to hear from you! It is a good time to go over any questions you may have and also for you to see beautiful print options. Hiring a professional means you not only get great camera time, but also printing expertise!

After your session, I will carefully go through all the images and bring out the very best. Within a few days, I will often post a sneak peek on my Facebook page, where you'll be able to share some of the images immediately with your friends and family. I recommend tagging yourself in the image to reach more of your friends' and family's newsfeeds. The editing process can sometimes take up to 1-3 weeks for depending on the length of your session, the number of images and type of session, or how booked I am. 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. The delivery of the final products depends on what you purchase, how much additional retouching is needed etc but generally takes no more than 2 weeks. 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). If you need rush pricing, please let me know.

It depends on the type of session and the collection you select, but ALL collections include: Session consultation, it is imperative 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 location recommendations, timing, how to prepare, what to expect, clothing etc. Photoshoot time, 30 minutes – 2 hrs depending on your needs. Online gallery, a password protected online gallery that will allow you to select your favorites. A personal use print release or business use licence depending on your needs. A mobile app.

The mobile app is a custom photo album for your mobile device. This app is free to all who place a purchase after the session or have purchased a package of 5 or more images. It also links to my website so you can stay in touch after the session. They can be installed on as many devices as you would like and can easily share with extended family members. Installing the app takes less than a minute and the images are selected through your online gallery. Mobile Apps comes with anyone placing an order or purchasing a package. Mobile Apps do not provide printable images; these are social media resolution only. Mobile Apps make viewing your images and sharing them quick and easy so you can look at them as much as you have your phone!

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

Depending on which package and the session time length that you choose, I can guarantee at least 50+ digital images for every 1 hour of photography. All image proofs will be watermarked within the gallery and you will have a certain number of downloads depending on your package choice. If you would like to purchase additional images, you will receive that option within your gallery at an additional cost per photo.

Yes! I highly recommend it. I offer print and digital packages. Packages begin at $275. Please email me if you are looking for something specific. All prints purchased through my professional lab will be guaranteed for quality and color accuracy since my screen settings are calibrated to their printers. All digital purchases come with a print release however I cannot quarantee the quality of prints from outside labs such as Costco, CVS, Walmart, etc. Additionally, I also offer custom designed album services and wall art.

Your initial pckages will be ordered and delivered by me. Also, for your added convenience, additional prints from my professional lab are available through your online gallery.

Short answer: No.

I shoot and edit everything in RAW to ensure the maximum amount of exposure and color information is available for my editing. I do not include RAW files with my packages. Providing the RAW files is akin to a baker handing you a bag of flour instead of the finished cake. I manipulate these files with professional software to be able to deliver images of the same quality that you see throughout my portfolio. This is where much of where the artistry comes in and that you are paying me for. This is what makes the difference between hiring a professional and using a cell phone or point and shoot. In those cases the cell phone or point and shoot camera is developing your photos. Where I hand develop them so you and your images look as beautiful as they should. 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. All images delivered to my clients are in .jpg format and are high resolution, meaning that you can print them as large as you need. After you submit your favorite photos from your proof gallery, I will carefully edit them to be consistent with the quality of my work as shown in my portfolio.

Editing the proofs covers color correction, sharpening for print, lighting up of subjects, highlights adjustments to enhance the image and skies when needed Fully retouched images are a step above edited images and done your purchased images. The time I spend each fully retouched photo can vary anywhere between 30-60 min. Some examples of full retouching services are: and retouch mild skin imperfections, smooth skin, teeth whitening if necessary, removal of some fly away hairs, removal of distracting elements in the background. NOTE: Retouching NOT include Cosmetic Retouching, this would involve altering the basic structure of a person as taken such as: slimming, nose jobs, eye shaping, back, arm, side rolls & overall slimming, double chins, composites, tattoo removal, excessive fly away hairs, adding hair to the head or subtracting hair from other places, removal of removal of logos or distracting elements in clothing, head swapping, full wrinkle elimination, etc. Full Cosmetic retouching with Photoshop is available for an additional fee of $25 per image. Discounts are available for bulk orders. Artistic Fine Art Portraitureediting sometimes does come with full editing but is priced to account for it. For any more specific requests, please get in touch with me.

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A small portion of the images I deliver (typically less than 5%) are black & white where I feel it better suits the image, but the vast majority of images I deliver will be in color unless you specifically request more black & white edits.

Yes! I also offer Folding Image Folios and Folio Boxes along with a selection of printed products.

What to wear for a session?

A neutral color palette tends to look the most classic and photographs well. 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. Jewel tones that look great in photos are mustard yellow, burgundy, olive green, navy, etc. If you're planning to coordinate with your loved ones, focus on three to four complimentary colors. I would be happy to chat with you beforehand and show you some outfit guides as well. To create timeless images that focus on the subjects and emotions, I strongly suggest wearing colors that compliment each other and avoid loud large patterns. Males should wear colored slacks or dark wash jeans, little girls and infants should wear bloomers under dresses, and pick accessories that tie everything together. Don’t wear sporty tennis shoes, large logos, neon colors or baggy clothes and do not try to match everyone in the session. Beach sessions look great barefoot. If you are wearing nice dress shoes, I suggest bringing something comfortable to wear while getting from the car to the location spots and change into the dress shoes only during camera time to save your shoes and your feet.

BJCP Style 26. Trappist Ale

Overall Impression: A pale, bitter, highly attenuated and well carbonated Trappist ale, showing a fruity-spicy Trappist yeast character, a spicy-floral hop profile, and a soft, supportive grainy-sweet malt palate.

History: While Trappist breweries have a tradition of brewing a lower-strength beer as a monk’s daily ration, the bitter, pale beer this style describes is a relatively modern invention reflecting current tastes. Westvleteren first brewed theirs in 1999, but replaced older lower-gravity products.

Overall Impression: A deep reddish-copper, moderately strong, malty, complex Trappist ale with rich malty flavors, dark or dried fruit esters, and light alcohol blended together in a malty presentation that still finishes fairly dry.

History: Originated at monasteries in the Middle Ages, and was revived in the mid-1800s after the Napoleonic era.

Overall Impression: A pale, somewhat spicy, dry, strong Trappist ale with a pleasant rounded malt flavor and firm bitterness. Quite aromatic, with spicy, fruity, and light alcohol notes combining with the supportive clean malt character to produce a surprisingly drinkable beverage considering the high alcohol level.

History: Originally popularized by the Trappist monastery at Westmalle.

Source: BJCP Style Guidelines

BJCP Style 26. Trappist Ale

Overall Impression: A pale, bitter, highly attenuated and well carbonated Trappist ale, showing a fruity-spicy Trappist yeast character, a spicy-floral hop profile, and a soft, supportive grainy-sweet malt palate.

History: While Trappist breweries have a tradition of brewing a lower-strength beer as a monk’s daily ration, the bitter, pale beer this style describes is a relatively modern invention reflecting current tastes. Westvleteren first brewed theirs in 1999, but replaced older lower-gravity products.

Overall Impression: A deep reddish-copper, moderately strong, malty, complex Trappist ale with rich malty flavors, dark or dried fruit esters, and light alcohol blended together in a malty presentation that still finishes fairly dry.

History: Originated at monasteries in the Middle Ages, and was revived in the mid-1800s after the Napoleonic era.

Overall Impression: A pale, somewhat spicy, dry, strong Trappist ale with a pleasant rounded malt flavor and firm bitterness. Quite aromatic, with spicy, fruity, and light alcohol notes combining with the supportive clean malt character to produce a surprisingly drinkable beverage considering the high alcohol level.

History: Originally popularized by the Trappist monastery at Westmalle.

Source: BJCP Style Guidelines

BJCP Style 26. Trappist Ale

Overall Impression: A pale, bitter, highly attenuated and well carbonated Trappist ale, showing a fruity-spicy Trappist yeast character, a spicy-floral hop profile, and a soft, supportive grainy-sweet malt palate.

History: While Trappist breweries have a tradition of brewing a lower-strength beer as a monk’s daily ration, the bitter, pale beer this style describes is a relatively modern invention reflecting current tastes. Westvleteren first brewed theirs in 1999, but replaced older lower-gravity products.

Overall Impression: A deep reddish-copper, moderately strong, malty, complex Trappist ale with rich malty flavors, dark or dried fruit esters, and light alcohol blended together in a malty presentation that still finishes fairly dry.

History: Originated at monasteries in the Middle Ages, and was revived in the mid-1800s after the Napoleonic era.

Overall Impression: A pale, somewhat spicy, dry, strong Trappist ale with a pleasant rounded malt flavor and firm bitterness. Quite aromatic, with spicy, fruity, and light alcohol notes combining with the supportive clean malt character to produce a surprisingly drinkable beverage considering the high alcohol level.

History: Originally popularized by the Trappist monastery at Westmalle.

Source: BJCP Style Guidelines

BJCP Style 26. Trappist Ale

Overall Impression: A pale, bitter, highly attenuated and well carbonated Trappist ale, showing a fruity-spicy Trappist yeast character, a spicy-floral hop profile, and a soft, supportive grainy-sweet malt palate.

History: While Trappist breweries have a tradition of brewing a lower-strength beer as a monk’s daily ration, the bitter, pale beer this style describes is a relatively modern invention reflecting current tastes. Westvleteren first brewed theirs in 1999, but replaced older lower-gravity products.

Overall Impression: A deep reddish-copper, moderately strong, malty, complex Trappist ale with rich malty flavors, dark or dried fruit esters, and light alcohol blended together in a malty presentation that still finishes fairly dry.

History: Originated at monasteries in the Middle Ages, and was revived in the mid-1800s after the Napoleonic era.

Overall Impression: A pale, somewhat spicy, dry, strong Trappist ale with a pleasant rounded malt flavor and firm bitterness. Quite aromatic, with spicy, fruity, and light alcohol notes combining with the supportive clean malt character to produce a surprisingly drinkable beverage considering the high alcohol level.

History: Originally popularized by the Trappist monastery at Westmalle.

Source: BJCP Style Guidelines

BJCP Style 26. Trappist Ale

Overall Impression: A pale, bitter, highly attenuated and well carbonated Trappist ale, showing a fruity-spicy Trappist yeast character, a spicy-floral hop profile, and a soft, supportive grainy-sweet malt palate.

History: While Trappist breweries have a tradition of brewing a lower-strength beer as a monk’s daily ration, the bitter, pale beer this style describes is a relatively modern invention reflecting current tastes. Westvleteren first brewed theirs in 1999, but replaced older lower-gravity products.

Overall Impression: A deep reddish-copper, moderately strong, malty, complex Trappist ale with rich malty flavors, dark or dried fruit esters, and light alcohol blended together in a malty presentation that still finishes fairly dry.

History: Originated at monasteries in the Middle Ages, and was revived in the mid-1800s after the Napoleonic era.

Overall Impression: A pale, somewhat spicy, dry, strong Trappist ale with a pleasant rounded malt flavor and firm bitterness. Quite aromatic, with spicy, fruity, and light alcohol notes combining with the supportive clean malt character to produce a surprisingly drinkable beverage considering the high alcohol level.

History: Originally popularized by the Trappist monastery at Westmalle.

Source: BJCP Style Guidelines

BJCP Style 26. Trappist Ale

Overall Impression: A pale, bitter, highly attenuated and well carbonated Trappist ale, showing a fruity-spicy Trappist yeast character, a spicy-floral hop profile, and a soft, supportive grainy-sweet malt palate.

History: While Trappist breweries have a tradition of brewing a lower-strength beer as a monk’s daily ration, the bitter, pale beer this style describes is a relatively modern invention reflecting current tastes. Westvleteren first brewed theirs in 1999, but replaced older lower-gravity products.

Overall Impression: A deep reddish-copper, moderately strong, malty, complex Trappist ale with rich malty flavors, dark or dried fruit esters, and light alcohol blended together in a malty presentation that still finishes fairly dry.

History: Originated at monasteries in the Middle Ages, and was revived in the mid-1800s after the Napoleonic era.

Overall Impression: A pale, somewhat spicy, dry, strong Trappist ale with a pleasant rounded malt flavor and firm bitterness. Quite aromatic, with spicy, fruity, and light alcohol notes combining with the supportive clean malt character to produce a surprisingly drinkable beverage considering the high alcohol level.

History: Originally popularized by the Trappist monastery at Westmalle.

Source: BJCP Style Guidelines

BJCP Style 26. Trappist Ale

Overall Impression: A pale, bitter, highly attenuated and well carbonated Trappist ale, showing a fruity-spicy Trappist yeast character, a spicy-floral hop profile, and a soft, supportive grainy-sweet malt palate.

History: While Trappist breweries have a tradition of brewing a lower-strength beer as a monk’s daily ration, the bitter, pale beer this style describes is a relatively modern invention reflecting current tastes. Westvleteren first brewed theirs in 1999, but replaced older lower-gravity products.

Overall Impression: A deep reddish-copper, moderately strong, malty, complex Trappist ale with rich malty flavors, dark or dried fruit esters, and light alcohol blended together in a malty presentation that still finishes fairly dry.

History: Originated at monasteries in the Middle Ages, and was revived in the mid-1800s after the Napoleonic era.

Overall Impression: A pale, somewhat spicy, dry, strong Trappist ale with a pleasant rounded malt flavor and firm bitterness. Quite aromatic, with spicy, fruity, and light alcohol notes combining with the supportive clean malt character to produce a surprisingly drinkable beverage considering the high alcohol level.

History: Originally popularized by the Trappist monastery at Westmalle.

Source: BJCP Style Guidelines

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