FAQ - Portrait Sessions

Please see below for more information and our rates.  If you would like to check on our availability or book us for a session, feel free to contact us!

 


 

 

What are your portrait sessions like?

Portrait sessions are for family, couples, engagement, individual portraits, and professional headshots.  Please contact us to inquire about other types of photography services.

Click here for more information on family portrait sessions.

Click here for more information on professional headshots and commercial photography.

All sessions are done on-location except for quick individual headshots which are done at our home.  Travel fees may apply if outside of Hilo.  We will work with you during the session on getting traditionally posed and/or candid-type portraits depending on the type of session desired.  After the session is done, we select the best of the photos taken and post-process each of them.

What are your rates? What is included?

Rates depend on the types of services needed, location, and duration.  Sessions can be customized to fit your needs.

Portrait Session Rates: Family, couple, engagement, individual, senior photos

  • Click here for samples and more information on family portrait sessions
  • Lifestyle sessions start at $300  Lifestyle sessions are about capturing families or couples spending time together and enjoying each others company and usually last about 45 minutes.  We will work with you to take a mix of traditionally posed portraits, as well as candid-type portraits.  Because of this style of photoshoot, we cannot guarantee a specific number of photos, but will have approximately 15-20+ photos delivered to you.

  • Express portrait sessions/ ind start at $175 (Hilo only)  Express portrait sessions are strictly for a small number of traditionally posed portraits and can be done very quickly.  Our clients find these sessions perfect for annual family portraits, professional headshots for their business, or when they only need a few photos for holidays cards.  Available only in the Hilo area of the Big Island.

  • Additional fees apply for family sessions with multiple families
  • Travel fees apply for sessions taking place outside of Hilo, HI
  • Sessions include print-ready digital copies of the edited image files conveniently available for download on your very own private online gallery which is accessible via an app on mobile device (perfect for social media sharing) or through web browser.
  • All rates are subject to the 4.166% Hawaii State GE Tax
  • Please contact us for more information or to book a session

Professional and Commercial Photography Rates: 

  • Click here for samples and more information on professional headshots and commercial photography.
  • Quick Individual Professional Headshots start at $75 and can be done at our home in Hilo.  We can do a plain white background and a natural outdoor background (see samples above).
  • On-site Professional Headshots start at $150 depending on the number of individuals and types of photos desired.  We can come to you to take individual photos and/or group photos with the entire office.
  • On-site Marketing and Advertising photos (contact for quote):  Looking for new advertising photos for your website or social media?  We can help with that as well!
  • Travel fees apply for sessions taking place outside of Hilo, HI
  • Sessions include print-ready digital copies of the edited image files conveniently available for download on your very own private online gallery which is accessible via an app on mobile device (perfect for social media sharing) or through web browser.
  • Digital image files will be provided in full resolution (good for print) and reduced web-size (good for website) for your convenience.  All photos will come with a release for photos to be used for personal or business advertising use.  
  • All rates are subject to the 4.166% Hawaii State GE Tax
  • Please contact us for more information or to book a session

Do you offer discounts?

If you are one of our past clients or were referred by one of our past clients please let us know. 

Unfortunately we do not offer discounts by request.  However, we may be able to provide you with a customized session that will work within your budget.  We do nothing less than pour our whole hearts into what we do and feel that our prices are fair for the work we offer our clients.  There is a tremendous amount of time spent not only behind our cameras shooting, but also prepping, planning, post-processing, editing, and crafting our portraits.

How do we book your services?

Please send us an email via our contact us page detailing what you are looking and when so we can provide you with more information and check our availability.  For portrait sessions, please let us know which side of the island you will be on, the number of people the session is for, and the ages of any children that will be present.  Click here for more information on family portrait sessions. Click here for more information on professional headshots and commercial photography.

Can we have prints made?

Yes.  We release reproduction rights to all photos delivered to our clients so they may have prints made wherever they choose.  We also offer reasonably priced prints through a professional developing lab that can be ordered directly from your private online gallery by request.

What kind of equipment do you use?

We shoot with Nikon D600 and D7000 cameras, along with a variety of high quality wide angle, fixed prime, and telephoto lenses.  We also shoot with an array of light modifiers and speed flashes that allow for us to shoot adequately and artistically in even the most challenging of lighting situations.

Can you photoshop me to look skinnier and younger?

As much as we all wish to be skinnier and younger, we do not "photoshop" or alter photos to affect what was physically present at the time the photo was taken.  Altering what was physically captured in a photo can be a very complicated and time consuming process that in our opinion can actually devalue a photo because it is no longer genuine.  Small marks and blemishes may be considered for editing if it can be reasonably done.

Do you work with "shot lists" or pinterest boards?

As with any creator of an artistic medium, much time and practice has been devoted towards creating our style of photography. We typically do not work with shot lists or pinterest boards to figure out what kinds of photos or poses to take for you.  The only exception is a shot list reflecting the different combinations of people to be included in different photos.  Our clients hire us for our style and creativity to craft their photos.  Please only choose us to take your photos if our style fits what you are looking for.

If there are specific photos or poses you would like to try, it will be considered on a case by case basis and requests must be made in advance prior to booking.  We can attempt to create a photo out of your vision, however, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to fulfill all requests.

How long does it take to get our finished photos? Why does it take this long?

Photos from a portrait session are typically delivered within a month.  Processing time may also be longer during peak seasons.  We invest a large amount of time post-processing, editing, and crafting your portraits.  This is the main reason why we do not take on a large amount of work during the year.  We know that the each and every photo we take is a once in a lifetime moment to be cherished forever, so we will never compromise quality for the sake of rushing a final product to our client.

Do you do other events or types of work?

We do all sorts of other work besides weddings and portraits, and regularly do.  Being wedding photographers, we are versed in taking photos and applying our style to almost anything you can think of.  Whether you need commercial work done, need photos for marketing or press, real estate, or even photos of your car, we can offer our services to you.  Please contact us to inquire.