I've outlined some common questions below to help you get a better feel for working together. If you don't see an answer below to something you're wondering, please contact me to discuss. I look forward to hearing from you!
How long does a typical photoshoot take?
Depending on the types of shots you're looking for, a typical photoshoot can take anywhere from 30 min to several hours. We will discuss your needs in advance to determine the timing and duration. Headshots for example can be captured in 30 min while photos for your online store will require more time based on how many pieces we're shooting. It's important to me that we get all of the images you need so the duration is flexible as long as we're working within the scope of the shoot we agree upon beforehand.
What do I need to do to prepare?
Make sure you have an idea of the images you need and the pieces we will be photographing. I am happy to offer input when we meet up, but we can make the most efficient use of time with this key preparation. If you are getting headshots, please dress accordingly and have props or additional outfits ready. For any "in the making" shoots, plan out the piece you will be working on and let me know the steps in advance so we can work out the ideal images to get.
Do you stage your own shots or do I need to do this?
We will work together on staging the shots. I am happy to offer guidance to get the best angles and showcase your craftsmanship, but please feel free to share the look and feel you're hoping to get. I can bring a variety of backdrops and props, but I will need to know before our shoot to gather these items. Examples of what we might use include: Jewelry Stands, Textures like Wood, Burlap or Sand, Flowers, Models, etc. Please note, many juried shows will want to see at least some images without any staging, just your work on a plain background to focus on the craftsmanship without distractions
When will I get my finished images?
After a shoot, I will handle the post processing of your images - Color correction, cropping, resizing, etc. Depending on how many photos we shoot, I can return the image files to you within a few days. If you have any urgent deadlines, please let me know, and we will make sure we have what you need on time
In what format will my photos be delivered?
All image files will be in JPG format unless otherwise requested. This is the best file type of use online. I can send you the files online or deliver a flash drive as needed.
What usage rights do I have with these images?
In most cases, you as the artist will retain full reproduction rights of the images for use in your marketing materials. This includes your website, online store, social media, any printed material or show applications. Where possible, please credit the photographer. If you foresee other uses such as getting photos to sell prints of your work, we can discuss the ideal agreement.
How many images can I expect for a shoot?
Total number of photos will depend on the duration of the shoot and types of shots you need. This is something we will agree on in advance so you know what to expect. For headshots for example, we will likely get 5-10 poses or angles, while for product shots we will want to have 2-3 per piece.
Do you provide RAW image files?
I do not typically offer RAW files just as you would not give your customers an unfinished piece. Plus, you need special software to open and edit this type of file. In certain types of collaborations, we can discuss this, but expect to receive your files in JPG format.
Can I request a combination of photo types?
Yes, every shoot is customized to your needs, and we will discuss the types of shots you're looking for before we meet up. That will help us work out a plan so you know what you're getting, and I can be prepared to touch on all the types you need. As we are shooting, if we identify additional opportunities, those can be incorporated. The main thing to note is that we want to be mindful of the agreed upon scope. Multiple locations or stagings for example would require more time, so that needs to be discussed.
Will you come to my studio to shoot?
Yes, in most cases, your studio is the ideal location. You will already have your work on hand, and we can get good shots of you in your space. I will bring backdrops and lighting that can be setup in most places. We just need several feet of clear table or floor space to work with. If you prefer to meet at a show or other location, that is also an option.
Do I have to clean up my studio for a shoot?
As mentioned above, we will need a few feet of space to work with depending on the size of your artwork. Please plan to have at least that cleared. Otherwise, there is no need to clean up unless you want shots of your studio looking a particular way. I personally like seeing artists in their natural state, but tidying up some does help focus people's attention on you as the artist if we are shooting images of your space. Please note, we want to avoid anything like wet paint or clay that might damage the backdrops or photography equipment.
Do you shoot at Art Fairs and Events?
Yes, I am happy to meet at a local show for shots of you, your booth or your work. In some cases, I can come before the event starts to make sure I don't get in the way of customers. If you are an event organizer and want shots of people at the show, I am also available for this type of event photography. For events outside of Austin, I am available, but may request a travel fee.
How should I dress for headshots?
I recommend choosing an outfit that conveys your artistic personality. With that said, keep in mind that busy prints can add complication or distraction to the photo. Simple patterns or solids often work best. It's also important to consider your audience. Art show juries may prefer a more professional look while shots for your website can be less formal.
Can I contact you for image resizing afterwards?
Yes, I would be glad to help with resizing. I keep copies of all my clients' images, so as long as you send an example or the name of the photo, I should be able to get you a resized file. This is especially important for show applications, so be sure to let me know the image specs so they aren't rejected.
Do you offer prints if I want hard copies?
In most cases, my clients use their images digitally, however, if you'd like prints of the photos, I am happy to get those to you. We can work out the respective sizes, cost and delivery. Should you need something like Business Cards, that is also an option.