Frequently Asked Questions
Where do you live and how far do you travel?
I live in Zurich Zone 110 and I am happy to travel to your home or a favourite place of yours. The session fee includes travel within 25 km of my home. If you live further afield, I charge an additional CHF 1 per kilometre.
What does the session fee include?
I believe in simplicity and transparency. Lifestyle sessions are all about capturing the love and emotions between family members. For this reason, instead of you having to choose a set of 10, 30 or whatever number of images, I want to tell the entire story of our shooting experience together and thus would love you to have all the images from your session. Naturally, I will make a selection of the best images and not necessarily provide you with images with eyes closed etc. However, for a two hour session, you can expect at least 50 images, if not many more. All session fees also include the following:
- initial consultation via phone or in person, to discuss location, clothes etc
- the photo shoot, lasting around one to two hours (or longer, depending on the session booked)
- the images, individually edited and presented in high resolution digital format including permission to print
- all photo and video clip editing
- password protected online gallery to share your images with friends and family
- travel within 25km of Zurich
How does the process work?
You will have an initial consultation on what style or look you would like to achieve, about your preferences and about your plans what to do with the images. During the photo shoot, I will mostly stay in the background, allowing you and your family to have a nice relaxing time. About 4 weeks after the photoshoot, you will be sent a link, from where you can download your images directly. You will then also receive a USB stick via post, containing your slideshow and images in high resolution format for printing.
Will the session be in English or German?
I am fluent in German as well as English. So, whichever language is more comfortable for you is good for me. It is your experience, and I want you to have an enjoyable and relaxing time!
Do you edit all the images?
Yes, editing the images and giving them the final look is all part of the photography process. I will make a selection of the very best images from your session, which will then be edited by me, each one individually. I will apply basic post-processing and adjust settings such as exposure, brightness, contrast etc. Please note that basic post-processing does not include alterations to body shape, size or skin imperfections. Any advanced retouching, digital manipulation and artistic finishing is available to you as an optional extra.
Can I receive the raw, unedited photographs?
The raw, unedited files are not available for viewing or purchase. The finished product is an edited jpeg image, which is part of my artistic interpretation and the entire photography experience.
Can some of our images be delivered in black&white and colour?
I guess it’s an aesthetic choice. My style – I believe most images work either in colour or black&white, but not both. Therefore, images created in black&white are only available in black&white, and, images in colour will only be delivered in colour. However, the choice of colour and black&white images is entirely up to you. Based on my taste and experience, I usually produce a variety of each to give you an idea. but I am more than happy to accommodate your preferences. We will talk about this in the initial consultation.
What is a printing permission?
Since I, as the author of the photographs, will retain the copyright, you will need permission to have those photographs printed (some printing labs do ask to see the permission). And please please please do so!!! Many digital images are sitting on hard drives on computers and phones and only get looked at occasionally. My aim is to create long lasting memories by encouraging you to get your images printed, so that you can enjoy them every day: in a book, on your walls, on your mantelpiece, windowsill or wherever you prefer to place them. You will love waking up to those sweet faces every morning in your bedroom and you will enjoy seeing your family portraits while you are all having dinner together. I appreciate that having your photographs taken professionally is an investment that you won’t make on a regular basis, so you ought to enjoy these treasures as often and as much as possible! Also, no-one knows for sure how durable digital media is. Hard drives fail, phones get lost, documents such as jpegs can corrupt, so I urge you to back up your memories digitally double, triple, quadruple…. and of course in print. Because, can you believe it, a print can last up to 100 years!