$500+tax. Includes 1.5 hours of shoot time, 50-75 edited JPEG files in a high-res format via electronic download, and a commercial use release (so you can use your images wherever and however you want). Sessions are scheduled Monday-Thursday. There is a $50 upcharge for weekend slots. If outside, shoots begin in the last 1.5 hours before sunset. If inside, we’ll shoot whenever the location gets the most light.
$700+tax. Includes 2 hours of shoot time, 75-100 edited JPEG files in a high-res format via electronic download, and a commercial use release (so you can use your images wherever and however you want). Sessions are scheduled Monday-Thursday. There is a $50 upcharge for weekend slots. If outside, shoots begin in the last 2 hours before sunset. If inside, we’ll shoot whenever the location gets the most light.
$900+tax. Includes 2.5 hours of shoot time, 100-125 edited JPEG files in a high-res format via electronic download, and a commercial use release (so you can use your images wherever and however you want). Sessions are scheduled Monday-Thursday. There is a $50 upcharge for weekend slots. If outside, shoots begin in the last 2.5 hours before sunset. If inside, we’ll shoot whenever the location gets the most light.
$250+tax. Need a handful of quick and easy headshots for your resume, website, online dating sites, or LinkedIn? These mini headshot sessions are 20 minutes long. In 5 business days, you'll receive 10-15 high-res edited JPEGs via electronic download to use in whatever professional capacity you wish. Mini headshots are only scheduled Monday-Thursdays within Durham city limits and do not include outfit changes or use of any props.
WHAT IS THIS TAX YOU SPEAK OF?
North Carolina makes photographers collect sales tax. Yesss, we are a service, but it’s a service that results in a product (the JPEGs) so NC deems that the entire fee is taxable. It’s automatically collected based on your county. No, I can’t look the other way and you can’t pay me under the table.
SMALL BUSINESS BRANDING PHOTOGRAPHY – WHAT IS IT?
Hey there! Are you a business owner or creative that needs headshots that aren’t lame? How about a variety of still life biz-related images to use for social media posts? And what about pictures of you doing your thing in a candid, natural way that screams “HELLO. I AM FUN YET PROFESSIONAL AT THE SAME TIME”? You’ve come to the right place. I take these photos! And I love it! As a fellow local business owner, I know that a good website and social media presence helps attract 90% of your business. Having cohesive, professional images on these platforms goes a long way in gaining customers and building your brand. But showcasing your personality is just as important! It draws in potential clients, builds trust, and makes you stand out from the crowd. So I like to take pictures that showcase who you are, what you do, and how you do it… in a way that’s not lame. All shoots include natural headshots, photos of you working/creating/showcasing your business, and still life shots of items related to your business for branding/social marketing purposes. These sessions are great for local businesses, actors, authors, artists, models, and other creatives.
Gift certificates available!
I sell gift certificates! Get them for family, friends, or even yourself. They make excellent gifts and never expire! Gift certificates must be purchased in the full, taxed amount of the future shoot. Check the above pricing for shoots before purchasing. If you'd like to purchase a gift certificate, click here!
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
Nope, I specialize in natural light photography in non-staged environments, so I typically shoot in places of high natural light. I do still photograph in offices that have overhead lighting, but I don’t light it artificially myself, I just work with it.
Sorry, no! I specialize in small business branding photos for small business owners of 1-8 people.
Absolutely! We will find a place outside that suits your personality and what you’re trying to showcase with your business or self. Contact me and we can brainstorm together!
I do! They are very similar to a one person branding session, and I love working with high school seniors! Everything above and below that applies to a one person branding session applies here: multiple outfit changes, location of your choosing, props, bringing friends or family, and electronic delivery of edited photographs in high-res and social-media form. Please contact me if you have additional questions or parameters for your yearbook photos!
I do not photograph cap and grown college graduation sessions, sorry!
Not necessarily, but I think it’s highly encouraged for branding photos to have with you items that reflect your business (if you’re an actor or model though, maybe not so much). These are easily photographable for still life branding photos and social media filler, but also for you to hold in some photos (to answer the age-old question of “What do I do with my hands?”). So what type of props? Contact me and I can help you come up with some! Or, think along these lines of my former clients: videographer > cameras, photo albums, laptop. Wellness coach and doctor > fruits and veggies, weights, stethoscope. Comic writer: comics, sketchbooks, stickers, illustrations. Props aren’t permitted at mini headshot sessions due to time constraints.
Payments are broken up into two parts. A $100+NC sales tax deposit is made within 7 days of signing the contract, and the remaining balance is due the week before the session. All monies are paid through a secure online checkout using your credit or debit card. I’ll give you a username and password once a contract is signed.
I travel for portraits within the Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill area and the kinda-extended-Triangle of Apex, Hillsborough, Wake Forest, Pittsboro, etc. I generally don’t travel outside of an hour for portraits, but feel free to ask if you aren’t sure.
If it rains, we simply reschedule. Boom! Problem solved. If your session is indoors, we typically won’t need to on account of the roof. But occasionally it’ll be super dark and rescheduling might be necessary depending on how gloomy it is. If you reschedule for rain, the deposit and remaining balance just carry over to the new date.
For all other reasons other than rain, I permit one totally random rescheduling.
Because as a photographer my business is entirely visual, I rely on my ability to blog and post to social media every session I photograph. I post what I consider to be my best work and work I wish to continue doing, so I do not permit my clients to have control over which images I post. People seeing these photographs is how I continue to get more clients and grow my business. However, I also understand respect privacy concerns. It’s not my intention to make anyone worry or be uncomfortable in order to have good photos. So to strike a happy medium, I offer to keep your photos entirely private and kept hidden off every corner of the internet (no blog, no portfolio, no social media) for an additional $50 charge. Alternatively, you can also ask me to keep your names and any written info entirely offline (no tagging, no words on the blog post to identify you, etc) for no charge and I’d be happy to oblige.
Wear something you feel absolutely great in, as you’ll be using these photos a lot! You’ll want to love how you look in whatever you choose. You can bring outfit changes for different looks. Patterns are totally fine. If there are multiple people in the shoot, don’t all wearing the same color and don’t be super matchy-matchy (unless you have some sort of uniform, then it’s obviously acceptable). The only thing I would specifically avoid are articles of clothing that are neon colored (electric yellow, highlighter pink, etc). Anything that makes you look like you’re about to help a bunch of children cross the road or are trying to avoid being hit while jogging along a busy street are usually colors that don’t photograph well. Bright, crazy colors often reflect back onto your skin tone if you’re pale, and then kinda turn your skin that color too. So go for more neutral, earth-toney, or jewel-toned colors. Ask if you aren’t sure! I’m happy to help. Multiple outfit changes aren’t permitted during mini headshot sessions due to time constraints.
Once we hammer out a date, I’ll send you an e-contract. After you sign the contract, I’ll give you access to a client section where you’ll make your payments and fill out a questionnaire. This is where you’ll tell me all about your business and your goals for your photo session. Then, a few days before the session, I’ll call you for a phone consult where we’ll discuss your questionnaire answers, the weather for your shoot date, location info and hammer out any other details that we haven’t figured out yet.
After your shoot, I’ll take the pictures home, cull them down to the ones where you look good and edit those with my snazzy editing style. My editing style is pretty specific, so make sure you like it! All of my shoots are posted on the blog, so feel free to have a gander and enjoy. A couple days after the shoot, you’ll be able to see a sneak peek of your session on my Facebook and Instagram. The rest of the photos will be uploaded to your online gallery 2-4 weeks after the shoot. At that time, we’ll send you an e-mail to give you a heads up which will include instructions on how to access the gallery and download the photos. Because photos take 2-4 weeks for return, if you’re needing them for a specific project and have a due date, please plan accordingly. Mini headshot sessions have a return time of 5 business days.
My editing style has a lot of colors and contrast, and is a bit bold and modern. Make sure you take a good look at my portfolio and blog to make sure you like how everything looks! If you like my content but not my editing, I’m not the right photographer for you, so please make sure we’re a good fit before booking.
Assume I can’t change it. When I edit photos, I edit for basic color and contrast in Lightroom. I don’t routinely Photoshop things, and I’m not a professional retoucher. I will take out a zit or two if they occur, but I won’t be photoshopping your hair, eye color, lines around your eyes, makeup regrets, or the Hawaiian shirt off your employee that you instructed him not to wear. You’re going to look like you as opposed to a Photoshopped Covergirl ad.