Q: What should I wear?
A: For portrait shoots, wear something comfortable that you look good in and that fits you properly. It's essential that you feel at ease, but keep in mind that the clothes you choose not only make a statement for your photo, but also about you. So don’t be afraid to be provocative, silly, or casual-looking – wear something that’s distinctly “you.” Sometimes the best results come from picking a color palette and coordinating from there. Think textures, layers, hats, and jewelry. You can also search online for clothing and style ideas and to get a feel for what colors work well together.
Q: Is it okay to bring a change of clothing?
A: Definitely. Plan to wear a couple of different outfits (just the tops, unless you want full-figure images) that you can switch quickly without messing your hair.
Q: Do you have a studio? Where should we take our pictures?
A: I always prefer to shoot on location. But, if you prefer, I do have a small home studio in Westbury, with an assortment of backdrops and props.
Q: Is there a perfect time of day for my photos?
A: The two hours before sunset is the best time to shoot. The natural sunlight is warm and flattering.
Q: How long will the session take?
A: Expect to be on location or in the studio with me for one to two hours.
Q: What if I need to reschedule?
A: Please try to contact me at least 24 hours in advance in the event that you need to reschedule. We’ll find a time for you!
Q: Do you retouch your images?
A: I do minor retouches to minimize blemishes or scars. That being said, I like to keep my images as natural as possible.
Q: Do I need to sign a contract?
A: Every portrait session requires a signed Standard Model Release.
Q: Do I need to pay a deposit?
A: Yes, please. In order to secure your session date I do require a non-refundable deposit.
Q: How long will it take before I can see my images?
A: Galleries are ready for viewing within 2-4 weeks for portrait sessions and 24 hours for head shots. (Portrait sessions receive a little sneak peek (1-2 images) of the session within 48 hours.)
Q: You took so many pictures! Do I get them all?
A: You’ll hear the camera click hundreds of times while I try to capture you at just the perfect moment. You won’t receive every image I take (if you saw the ones I left out, you’d thank me). I choose the best of the best and those images will be edited and delivered to you. No bad photos leave my studio.
Q: Can I bring my friend along?
A: Sure! I encourage doing anything that helps to make you feel more comfortable and relaxed during our session. If there’s music you enjoy, bring that, too. If you’re under age 18, you must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult family member.
Q: Can you include my pet?
A: Yes, within reason and not in my studio. Contact me to discuss. Also, I don’t photograph exotic animals – so don’t ask.
Q: Who has the rights to the images?
A: Unless we’ve made other advance arrangements, you have the rights to the images for personal use and AFK Photography maintains the rights to use the images for promotional purposes.
Q: Do you back up your images?
A: Yes, always. Image files are backed up on an external hard dive and uploaded to a cloud-based backup.
Q: What types of payments do you accept?
A: Cash, MasterCard, Visa, and PayPal.
Q: Is tax included?
A: Yes. My rates are your out-the-door price. No hidden fees or costs.
Q: Where are you located?
A: Westbury, Long Island, New York.
Q: Do you charge travel fees?
A: Yes, depending on travel expenses. If fees will be incurred, I’ll discuss it with you before the shoot so you can plan ahead.
Q: How do I book you?
A: If you’re ready and would like to discuss dates, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Q: Am I getting paid for this?
A: Probably not, at least, not in actual money. If you are getting paid, I'll tell you in advance. The cold, hard truth is that art photography is generally a losing proposition for the photographer. Everything is out of my own pocket. Even when I get my work into a gallery, I've already spent hours and hours taking the photographs, editing them, and paying for art-quality prints and framing. Most juried shows (and many galleries) charge a submission fee just to review your work to see if they want to display it. Cold, hard truth number two: art buyers often see photography as a "soft" art. They're not buying something unique -- they're buying something that can be replicated millions of times, because that's the nature of photography. If I sell a framed photo, I might get, at the most, about $230. Considering how much I already spent in writing, framing, publicizing, editing, etc., I might break even.
TL;DR: You're almost certainly not profiting from your art modeling. And I'm almost certainly not, either.
Q: How long will the session take?
A: For you, 60-90 minutes. You'll arrive, we'll discuss the project, I'll show you the studio, the guest room where you can get changed, and the bathroom, and then we'll get started with the actual photography. I try to keep it fun and light. My models usually seem surprised at how quickly the session is over.
Q: Do you mind if I make suggestions or ask questions?
A: Absolutely. Art photography is a collaborative process. Do you prefer having your face photographed from one side more than the other? That's helpful information, and I appreciate you telling me so. You have a different understanding of your body and face better than I do, and a better handle on how you best portray emotions. Talking to me about these things helps us to create a more beautiful finished product.
Q: I don't think I'm beautiful. I'm not model-skinny. My face isn't symmetrical. My tooth is crooked. Etc., etc. Do you still want me?
A: Do you know what's boring to photograph (for me, at least)? Stunningly beautiful people with perfect skin, whose clothing drapes over their bodies like a fashion model. I certainly don't turn these models down, but they're not as fascinating to photograph as "real" people. I want the guy with the overbite. I want the girl with the acne scars. I want someone who has a double-chin and interesting folds of skin. The person who's having a bad hair day. I models who are real people, who show signs of having lived a life. I'm not so crazy about photographing somebody whose face has no lines and no expression, whose body portrays nothing unless it's cloaked in material designed by someone else.
For me, photography is about truth. Reality. And the reality is, your imperfections are who you are, and they make you beautiful.
Q: Can I bring a friend?
A: If you're under 21, I strongly encourage you to do so. If you're under 18, you absolutely must bring your parent or guardian. This is non-negotiable. This is for your own comfort and safety, and it's very important. Under 21 and accompanied? I'm sorry, but you're not coming in. Just so you know: if a photographer encourages you to come to their home studio, unaccompanied, that's a red flag. They're not necessarily a creep, but there's a decent chance.
If you're an adult, it's up to you whether to bring a companion or not. If you're over 21, you've probably got a handle on what's appropriate in terms of boundaries and safety. I'm a mom, in my mid-forties, with a boring, steady, respectable day job and a nice house. You can Google me and see that I'm really who I say I am.
Q: What if your photograph of me becomes famous and you get rich off of it? Do I get a piece of the pie then?
A: If I get millions of dollars from an image with you in it, and we're still in touch, I will do my best to find you and give a reasonable payment.