How to get started.
First things first, you have a photographic need. Great! The next step is to get in contact with me. We can meet face-to-face over a cup of coffee to talk about your vision needs or converse over emails. Whichever is best for you. I will listen to your thoughts and roll around ideas while we talk about your shoot. After that, if you feel we are a good fit together then I will email you a copy of my contract. That way you will get to know right up front what products and services you can expect from me and all the “thees & thous” of what my services entail. I believe in being an open book from the beginning. Once you sign the contract and send it back I will send you a link to cover your required 50% deposit to secure your date. As the shoot gets closer I welcome any ideas that you might have, as well as cover any questions or concerns that might pop up.
What to bring to the photo session.
When it comes to clothing, I always believe in bringing several options. Together we can discuss what we might like for the days shoot. That being said, if you are not in love with it, the please do not bring it!! There’s no need in bringing anything that you are unsure of. Think about it, if you have on that perfect shirt, you feel awesome in it and your whole demeanor shines! Conversely, if it’s not something that you are comfortable in, then no matter how well the session goes, the expression on your face will show your doubts. Ladies, bring your makeup bag for touch ups, and I always ask that both guys and gals bring their own hair products.
How many “looks” do I get?
As many as you like, just keep in mind that our session together is under a time limit. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather spend it together shooting … not wasting it for wardrobe changes. Often times, showing up in layers is a quick and easy solution. We can shoot together first with a jacket, then take it off to a dress shirt, and then perhaps to a tank top. Again, it’s all up to you. Just keep your choices clean, freshly pressed, and minimalist. The focus of a portrait or head shot is all about YOU, not the wardrobe. The same goes for jewelry … clean, polished, and simplistic if at all.
What are the sessions like?
In a word, fun. Engaging. Easy. Ok, so that’s more than one word but the point here is that I want you to enjoy your time with me. It’s ok to cringe seeing your dentist, but not your photographer! I want you to be relaxed and confident because it will definitely show in the finished image. We will first start the session with some basic set ups and poses. After a few minutes we will then take a look to your images so far to go over your strengths, any weaknesses, and learn where we need to polish up. In my many years of experience, almost nobody gets that perfect shot right out of the gates. It takes time, practice, finesse, and sometimes it takes a while to get into the groove. Don’t be at all surprise if your best images come towards the end of the session! My end goal is for us to work together as a team and for you to walk away from the shoot saying to yourself “That wasn’t bad at all! I can’t believe I actually had fun!”
After the shoot.
Because I work so hard in set to get the perfect shot “in the can,” all my imagery takes little to no post processing work. I do this so that you don’t have to spend your precious time waiting on the final products … I want you to enjoy them as quick as possible! Because my post-processing work is so freaky-fast, often times they are posted the very next day! (Depending on how many prior bookings I’ve had, of course). All images will be provided to you in a private online gallery for viewing and sharing with your friends & family. Highlights from the session will also be posted on Erika’s Facebook page for social media sharing as well. Prices for print & file purchases will be available in accordance with your signed contract.
About the Wedding Packages
I firmly believe that in order to make your wedding day images the best and most sincere type of images, I must take several months to get to truly know my Brides & Grooms. We meet face-to-face several times before the big day for meetings, sessions, and making plans. While it is not in my contracts per-say, I try my best to be there for the dress fittings, make-up trials, or any other little extras and I always insist on being at the ceremony rehearsals. By the time the wedding day arrives, we know each other so well that my presence that day is as seamless as possible. Why do I do all these extras? For the simple fact that I want my clients to have that “natural” presence about them in front of my lens. It should feel like you have a dear friend with you on that day, not just another buzzing stranger with a camera! Only by building these strong relationships and complete trust with each other do I accomplish my truest documentary style. Because of all this extra effort that I put into building this relationship with my Bride & Grooms, I will only take up to 6 weddings a year. My photography team and I are dedicated to helping make your day a magical and wonderful experience and we would love to be a part of yours.