Things to know

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I need to reschedule?

I will always try to accommodate you but my schedule gets very full from August-early November so during that time rescheduling is done only for very important reasons, such as injury or illness. If you need to reschedule during my busy season it could be several weeks before an open date is available, or we may have to consider a morning session. 

Where can I see the latest Center Stage Senior portraits?

I update my Instagram almost every day during my busy season with all of my most current work - often updating with images I have taken in the last few hours!  So please click on the tiny camera at the top of the page to see and follow my account. 

How do you handle skin editing? 

I do edit skin but I use a light hand so that skin still looks like skin! I hand-edit each image (rather than using an automated process) to even out skin tones or remove acne. In the case of heavy acne, skin may not turn out “perfect” but will be vastly improved. 

What do you do about rain? 

I closely watch the weather forecast - I have three weather aps in fact! - and I stay in touch with you for a day or two before your portrait session if rain looks possible. If we are fairly certain it will rain, we will go ahead and reschedule. If it looks like it could go either way, I prefer to go ahead and try to shoot and get as much done as we can.

What about cold or dark or windy weather?

In general cold weather or wind is not reason to reschedule. I have done portrait session in as cold as 40 degrees and windy. When you choose certain months of the year - such as October and November, you need to be prepared for dark skies, wind or cold weather. If you want to increase our chances of a warm day and sunshine,  choose a summer date. 

What if I want you to make me thinner, or get rid of tan lines or my bra is showing, etc?

My standard editing entails me applying my own style of color and contrast and other photographic styles to my images; as well as polishing skin, slightly whitening teeth when needed, and other small edits. I do not routinely fix tan lines, or orange areas caused by self-tanner. I don’t remove braces. I don’t digitally improve hair. As for body editing - I really avoid doing that at all unless it is a very small edit based on a bump caused by clothing or your position. It is important that you look like you, so I won't make you look thinner or heavier or taller or make your hair longer or your eyes larger or any of those large-scale edits popular with Instagram editing Aps or in magazine advertising.  

What if I don’t get the type of sunset I wanted?

I really wish I could control the sunset so that everyone gets the sunny, golden sunset they want. But of course I can’t, and you should prepare yourself for whatever sunset happens. If you want to increase your chances of a colorful, sunny sunset, please schedule your portrait session in July or August. If you would like to try again, I do offer "Second Try" sunset mini session for $75 – but it may be weeks before we can find a date on the calendar that works.

What is your refund policy?

Once you have paid for your portrait session, you are committed and there are no refunds. So be sure that my style of shooting, editing, prices and business model are right for you before scheduling your planning meeting.

What if it something doesn’t go according to plan?

Just be flexible! I could get you beautiful portraits just about anywhere and under just about any conditions. I have 15 years of experience as a photographer and have photographed hundreds of seniors, and it always ends up just fine! So if we go to one of your locations and there is a street festival happening, we can choose a different location! If it rains for a few minutes, don’t worry – I can be extra efficient when the rain stops so we can still get you plenty of great images; or we can go to a coffee shop or Union Station. If the sun isn’t shining at sunset, dark images at the park can have a soft, fairy-tale-like quality and turn out beautifully, too. If you forget a certain outfit or shoes – just relax and trust me. Basically don’t worry about anything – it really will turn out ok!