frequently asked questions
Have a question or concern? You’ll probably find the answer here. If your question isn’t listed, feel free to contact me and I’ll be glad to answer any questions you may have
What are your prices?
For headshots and portraits, you can fill out this quote form to get a free quote. Event photography prices are listed here. For all other corporate or commercial photography services, send me an email with your request and I’ll happily get back to you with an estimate.
How do I book you?
For headshots and/or portraits first fill out the headshot/portrait quote form. For other types of corporate and commercial projects, send me an email. I’ll respond promptly and we’ll get you scheduled!
Do you do video?
I am not a videographer. However, I am happy to provide referrals to colleagues who specialize in shooting video.
Do you offer on-site printing at events?
No. However, I am partnered with a lab who can offer prints by mail after the shoot.
Will I receive all the photos from the session?
Yes, you’ll receive all the originals from the day as high-res JPEGs.
How will I receive the photos?
You’ll be able to download all of your photos to your desktop via a link to a zip file that I will email you after the shoot. Please save two copies and store them in two different locations.
Do you do weddings?
No I do not do weddings.
Do you take portraits outdoors?
Occasionally! Whenever the weather is good I’m available to shoot a portrait session outdoors, but we can also work indoors to give you a completely different look. Chicago’s weather is totally unpredictable, so we need to make an indoor Plan B if scheduling outdoors.
How far in advance should I book you?
It’s generally best to book about 7-10 days in advance. However, slots frequently open up so feel free to send me a range of dates/times and I can let you know availability.
How long is a session?
Headshot sessions last anywhere from 10 minutes to 20 minutes depending on the company’s needs and availability. Sometimes employees only have 5-10 minutes of availability, so I can make that work also. Portrait sessions typically take about 30 minutes per person. Add additional time if you require makeup/hairstyling. Sometimes sessions wrap up quickly if we feel we have the shot and sometimes they go a bit longer as we work through to find that winning image. Don’t worry, I won’t be watching the clock as we shoot! I want to give you a reasonable amount of time for your session so you never feel rushed.
Is hair and makeup included?
Hair and makeup isn’t included in the session fee. It’s a separate charge and paid directly to the makeup artist.
Is retouching included?
Each client is different, so be sure and include your retouching needs when filling out the quote form.
How many images will I receive?
While I don’t go into sessions with a set number of images in mind, on average I take around 20 images per person for a headshot and 40 per person for a portrait. For an event, it depends on the number of attendees and the event’s schedule.
Where do you shoot?
I am based in Chicago and am available to travel to the suburbs as well as other cities for an additional fee.
What should I wear for my photo shoot?
It’s always best to keep your wardrobe simple. Avoid tops with bold patterns, prints, frilly areas around the neckline and shoulders, and anything that makes you look bulky. Layered clothing is okay. Just make sure your clothing compliments your form and doesn’t make you look heavier than you really are. Solid colors work best for headshots, but avoid colors that are way too bold like neon green. The main goal is to not allow your clothing to distract from you. Feel free to look at the different headshot galleries to get an idea of what previous clients have worn. That may give you a bit of inspiration! Feel free to check out my blog post for additional preparation tips.
Should I hire a makeup artist?
For both men and women, 9 times out of 10, I say yes. My makeup artists will help you look your absolute best and use techniques you probably wouldn’t if doing makeup yourself. They’ll take your headshots to the next level! And it’s always great to have someone on set to handle the details to make sure you always look stunning!
Can I bring my own makeup artist?
Of course! Please let them know that this makeup is for a photo shoot and to apply heavier foundation and powder than usual.
How do I view my headshots after the shoot?
After your shoot you’ll receive access to a private online gallery. Here you will be able to view your images and make selections for retouching. Feel free to share this gallery with your colleagues, friends, and family.
The Chicago office of CBRE and the Chicago Cubs hosted the 12th Annual CBRE Charity Bash at historic Wrigley Field and I was hired to be the event photographer. Last year, the gala raised more than raised over $500,000 for Cubs Charities, their affiliates and CBRE Cares Charities.
The accounting firm CDH needed some professional photos for their entire staff of accountants and executives, so we decided to go with a nice grey backdrop. This photography would match their website and make it easier to have a universal brand.
First grade teacher Kimber Bermudez’s devotion to her students at Carlos Fuentes Charter School went viral when she spoke about her students to her seatmate on a plane flight, saying it can be “heartbreaking” to teach at a low-income school. The man behind her tapped her shoulder and handed her a wad of cash.
I hope you’re safe and healthy during this challenging time. Since Chicago has reopened in many areas, I am open and accepting portrait and headshot bookings for 2020. However, I am following Covid-19 prevention guidelines in order to protect the safety of all my clients as well as myself.
Before announcing a big acquisition, Walgreens wanted to do some photos of their Senior Vice President. Walgreens is headquartered in Chicago, and we did some nice portraits in the hallway of their building using some beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows.