Portrait Session FAQs

Where are you based? Do you travel?

I'm located in Northern Virginia, 20190 to be exact. I provide services to the general DMV metro area. Locations within 25 miles radius of 20190 are considered local and will not be subject to a travel fee.

When will we get our photos?

You will receive an online gallery link with all your photos within a max of 2 weeks (sometimes less depending on the season I photograph your story). You can view the photos you want from the gallery, choose your favorites, and also order prints!

I'm/we're awkward. Can you help us?

Hey Awkward, I'm Denise. I have nifty tricks to get you to loosen up when we meet (no it's not alcohol) so just come as you are and I'll take it from there. p.s. embrace your awkward, it's cool, you're cool, I'm cool.

Do I need a permit for the location/studio I want?

Depends on the location and whether you want to pay the potential fee(s) associated with it. Many locations owned by the state, NPS, private venues may have some sort of permit process. Eg, the National Mall and Memorial Park requires both an application fee AND a permit fee. Since I live in Fairfax County, I acquire a yearly renewable permit that allows my business to do professional photography in any FFX park. Let me know what you're thinking and I can help guide you through the process!

Can our extended family join us?

Your session is for your immediate family nucleus. If you would like to include extended family units (grandparents, siblings, cousins), please let me know when inquiring. I request a minimal price increase for additional family units.

What do we wear?

Honestly? You could wear a burlap sack and we would still have fun with that. In all seriousness, wear what makes you feel your most comfortable, confident, bad-ass selves. For a solid cohesive look, pick a focal color for one person and accent tones for everyone else (i.e. dark green for momma, cream/sage/mauve/gold for everyone else). I am also super happy to provide advice/suggestions!!

Branding Client FAQs

What is a licensing fee?

Simply put, it is a usage fee for you to be able to use my images in a commercial manner for a duration of time in specific ways, such as on social media, print use, etc.

My brand theme is XYZ. Can you edit to match the feel?

Yes I can! My product photography style is always clean and true-to-color, however I have experience shooting/editing both light and bright or dark and moody. It helps immensely for brands to provide a mood or inspiration board. When we chat, I will ask additional questions to clarify your needs.

How do we get our product(s) to you?

Clients are responsible for shipping to Reston, VA, USA. as well as providing return label(s) for items that the client requests to have returned upon completion of shoot.

What if I need something different?

That's great! Contact me with your vision, what you need, your budget, and we can customize a quote to fit your needs.

What if I need a specific location or need models?

Use of models and specific location requests are additional costs to consider. Typically studio rentals cost $75-100/hr and models range between $25-100/hour, depending on experience.