Kauai has some excellent photographers. Only a few edit like I do. My editing workflow begins with the usual photographers’ tasks (balancing exposure, straighten horizons, cropping, etc) But then unlike most photographers, I proceed with luxury finishing techniques that can include body toning, beautification, removing nearly all beachgoers and clutter that make photos look like snapshots rather than portraits, and I do not use across the board filters. I typically spend 5+ hours editing a 1-hour session, not the average 2-3 hours.
For me, there isn't a bad time. Mornings are cooler, nice and comfortable. Sunsets with a colorful sky are amazing.
An umbrella is a great looking prop in a photo shoot so having one with you is an awesome idea. Five minute showers are typical in Kauai. We get used to them, and gray daytime skies tend to be moody and dramatic—stunning for photos. If it's pouring all day long which happens a handful of times in the year, we'll see if we can reschedule your session.
My favorite photo locations are all along our north shore, Kilauea to Ke'e. But I do shoot all over our island.
The question really is: Do I charge more when there’s more people? I have to. While one could say "a photo is a photo, isn't it?" The reality is the time it takes to edit a group photo of eight or ten or fifteen people takes substantially longer than editing a photo with two or four people. Fidgeting, distracted, eyes closed, blowing a fly out of face, multiplied by as many faces in the shot; it only takes one fly to ruin it. Also, I need to take tons more photos because I know many are going to have issues; I might need to take the open eyes from shot A and superimpose them over the closed eyes on shot B while replacing the lost expression of person three with an engaged expression, and make it it all look seamless, as if the shot was taken that way. So yeah, excellence has a price!
Not realistic for me. You might not want/need but a few photos but when I turn up for a photo session, I test for lighting, I check angles, etc, and I always take far more shots that what I’ll be delivering to my client because the perfect shot doesn’t always happen when its needed.
From under $400 - $5900 (that’s a big spread but I do all sorts of shoots). Email / text for comprehensive fee / options menu firstname.lastname@example.org
To hold the date you pay an up front deposit $100 vs 10% of the total fee. Your balance payment is due on or before the shoot day. It’s very important to make your balance payment timely to ensure a speedy turnaround, typically 2-5 days to get your edited photos/ video.
Fast. Typically 2 to 5 days for 1-2 hour sessions, 1-2 weeks for multiple hour events.
You mean surprise proposals? Absolutely. You and I speak or text beforehand and arrange exactly where you'll pop the question so that I can step out of the shadows and take the perfect photos.
Even if you know how to work with Raw files, my photography, a form of artistic creation, has two parts to the process: the shooting and then the editing. My images are complete once they've been edited by me. While it could be argued that any good artist could finish another artist's painting, it's not a feel good thing for the original artist. As such, I do not part with RAW images. I thank you for your understanding.
I'm sorry no. My art is twofold as described in the previous question. For me to supply proofs would require editing all the photos of the photo shoot, which can easily amass to hundreds of photos.
I make it easy to swap dates, times. I’ve also cut back my deposit for hold-the-date to $100 or 10% on bookings over $1000. If I get a cancellation due to unable to attend and I am able to rebook that time, I’m happy to refund the deposit.
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