I focus on family events, outdoor portraits,

documentary photography and editorial assignments

NOTE: During the pandemic, assignments are limited to small numbers of vaccinated individuals, even in outdoor settings. Please email me, including COVID protocols as well as the time, date,  place and type of photography required.

Q: What should I wear for my photo session?

Wear what makes you feel your best. Here are a few tips:

Dress appropriately.  For professional "head shots," wear what you would normally wear to work, whether that's a jacket and tie or a polo shirt with your company's logo. For family photos, dress more casually in a park or outdoor setting and more formally for weddings and life events.

• Choose colors wisely. Blues and greens photograph beautifully, and solids usually work better than busy patterns. All black may wash out your skin tone. Bright or neon colors will reflect back on you.

Avoid fad clothing, including T-shirts with slogans and designs. No baseball caps, please.

Set a consistent style or tone.  For example, you wouldn't want someone in dressy cocktail attire standing next to someone in T-shirt and jeans. But avoid "twinning" with lookalike clothing.

• Vary your look.  Bring an extra jacket, sweater or scarf in a complementary color. 

• Don't hide behind your hair.  Keep your hair natural, but make sure we can see your face and eyes. Consider trimming overly long bangs or clipping back hair so it doesn't fall in your face.

• Apply makeup lightly.  Lip balm can soothe chapped lips. A little foundation or powder can even out skin tones. But avoid heavy eye makeup, including highly-reflective metallics or glitter.

If you wear glasses...  tilt your chin down slightly and avoid looking directly into bright lights to mitigate glare. If you wear transition or coated lenses, please let me know in advance.

Most of all, have fun! Be yourself and enjoy your photo session.

Q: How much do you charge?

Prices depend on the length and scope of the assignment. Each photo session includes advance consultation, on-site photography, image processing and selection, posting to an online gallery, and client downloads of posted digital files. Additional services may include Photoshop editing, book design, and/or writing. Think of it this way: Every hour I spend behind the camera requires at least two to three hours of "behind-the-scenes" work to deliver beautiful photos for you.

Here are a few examples of pricing, effective September 1, 2021:

Outdoor portrait session: Starting at $300 for a one-hour session

Half-Day Events (i.e., Bar Mitzvah service and portraits only):  Starting at $1,200

Q: What is included in bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah photography?

B'nai mitzvah photography — including portraits and journalistic coverage of the service — requires a minimum of four hours of photography at the rate of $300 per hour. A typical Saturday morning schedule includes:

9 a.m.   Photographer arrives for setup and initial photos.

9:15       Family arrives for portraits at the Ark with the Torah closed.

9:30       Grandparents and other family arrive for outdoor portraits.

10:00     Family returns to sanctuary to greet arriving guests.

10:30     Photographer photographs the service (observing rules set by the congregation).

12:40     Family returns to Bimah with the Torah open for final portraits.

1:00       Photography ends.

Additional photography time may be requested for the Friday Shabbat dinner, Saturday oneg luncheon, or other celebrations. For conservative congregations that do not allow photography at the service, the schedule will be adapted to include Friday portraits and Saturday party coverage. 

Q: How do I book your services?

I serve a limited number of clients in the greater Sacramento area. For new bookings, I require a minimum six-week notice, though assignments can be booked up to a year in advance. The process is easy:

1. Email me about your photography needs,  including time, date, place, and how you were referred. 

2. Schedule an initial meeting. If we decide we're a good fit, I will draft an estimate and agreement. 

3. Sign the agreement and pay the deposit.  Only then can I hold your date. 

Q: What is your turnaround time?

Your proof gallery will be posted within seven business days. Faster turnaround is available for editorial assignments.

Q: How do I buy prints of my favorite photos?

Photo prints and merchandise may be purchased "a la carte" from your gallery, so you order only what you need. In the top cover photo for each gallery, you'll see a blue "Buy Photos" button. That takes you to your shopping cart, which allows you to place your order directly with Bay Photo lab.

Q: If I hire you, will I own all the photos you shoot?

No. As the photographer, I retain the copyright on all my images, so I "own" my creations. But every client contract includes a license for noncommercial use, so you can download digital  files, post them on social media, and print them with any vendor you choose. Only direct clients may download image files.

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