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

For headshots, portraits, or events click on the “Get a Quote” menu button. For food photography, and other corporate/commercial photography services, send me an email with your request and I’ll happily get back to you with an estimate.

I am not a videographer. However, I am happy to provide referrals to colleagues who specialize in shooting video.

No. However, I am partnered with a lab who can offer prints by mail after the shoot.

Yes, you’ll receive all the originals from the shoot as high-res JPEGs

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.

No I do not do weddings

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.

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.

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.

Hair and makeup isn’t included in the session fee. It’s a separate charge and paid directly to the makeup artist.

Each client is different, so be sure and include your retouching needs when filling out the quote form.

While I don’t go into sessions with a set number of images in mind, on average I take around 30 images per person for a headshot and 70 per person for a portrait. For an event, it depends on the number of attendees and the event’s schedule.

I primarily travel to client’s offices in Chicago. I am based in Chicago and am available to travel to the suburbs as well as other cities for an additional fee.

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

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!

Of course! Please let them know that this makeup is for a photo shoot and to apply heavier foundation and powder than usual.

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.