Kristin Greenwald Photography {kgP} » Modern Lifestyle Portaiture :: Birmingham, Michigan + Macomb, Michigan

FAQs

WHAT IS YOUR SHOOTING STYLE?
I am a modern lifestyle photographer with a slightly photojournalistic aesthetic.

WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?
A lot of photographers claim that their style is photojournalistic. Photojournalism is the capturing of events as they naturally happen without interruption. When you think of photojournalism, think of a newspaper photographer. Everything needs to be absolutely truthful and accurate; not contrived in any way. A photojournalist would not direct a client where to stand or how to position themselves. If a photojournalist wanted to take a detail shot of an accessory or prop, they would not move it to a prettier or more artistic setting. They would shoot it where it lays without any manipulation.

While I absolutely love capturing events and emotions as they naturally unfold, at times I can better tell the story by slightly adjusting both the people and accessories. A lifestyle photographer documents a life event with artistic and creative vision. I have SO many ideas for poses and, let’s face it, not everyone turns into a model when they are in front of the camera. Most can use (and appreciate!) some direction and my number one goal is to make every session FUN. I want my clients to feel relaxed, not awkward.

WHEN DO YOU SCHEDULE SESSIONS? HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I BOOK MY APPOINTMENT?
As I work in Corporate America M-F, I primarily book portraiture sessions on weeknights and reserve weekends for weddings, events and personal time. As a result of my {very!} hectic schedule, I do recommend booking your sessions at least 4-8 weeks in advance to get on the calendar. That said, please contact me with any availability inquiries as I may have had a last minute cancellation and have a session date available.

WHERE IS YOUR STUDIO?
I am an on-location photographer, meaning that I come to you. While I am concentrated in Birmingham, I work out of my home office in Macomb {25 + Romeo Plank} where I gladly take client meetings. If that is not quite convenient, I love meeting clients at local coffee houses or even their homes {if we both feel comfortable!} to chat about a potential sesh. Often, the first time I am meeting my clients is when we meet up for the shoot! Either way works for me. It won’t take long for us to be fast friends.

HOW FAR DO YOU TRAVEL?
I’ll travel anywhere you want me! The session option you choose automatically includes any location within 30 miles of Birmingham, Michigan. Travel outside of this radius begins at $25. Please inquire with me about your desired location.

HOW LONG WILL MY SESSION TAKE?
Most sessions are done between one and two hours.

I DON’T WANT THE SESSION AT MY HOME. WHERE SHOULD WE SHOOT?
First, don’t discount your home as a great place for photo ops. How many great conversations and connections have been made around the kitchen table? How often does everyone curl up on the couch or pile onto Mom & Dad’s bed? Capturing these ‘everyday’ moments remind us of some of the best memories.

If that’s not your bag, our possibilities are endless. Our main goal is an abundance of natural light. Fields and parks are great for that ethereal feel. Downtown areas of local cities give that urban vibe. Then there are always museums, libraries and local culture for when it’s a bit chilly out. The only catch is to ensure that the locale does not charge a fee for professional photos, as this cost would be absorbed by you.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF DAY TO SCHEDULE OUR SESSION?
You may have noticed my slight obsession with sun flare. It’s because of this that my favorite time of day to shoot is right at sunrise or beginning two hours prior to sunset {which is ideal for my weeknight sessions!}. It’s all about the light and this time of day is so soft and ethereal. Of course, if your little ones do not do well this time of day, we will work around their schedule. As for newborn sessions, my experience is that baby does much better first thing in the morning. We will want to begin shooting after feeding when baby’s belly is full and s/he is nice and sleepy; generally around 8-9a.

OKAY, I’M SOLD. NOW WHAT DO {AND DON’T!} WE WEAR?
This is sosoSO important that it deserves its own page! Read all about this on What To Wear.

WHAT PROPS SHOULD I BRING?
You only need to bring you. However, I LOVE collaborating with my clients about ideas for their shoot — make Pinterest your new best friend! I do believe that the best shoots have some props, be it a favorite toy or balloons for a child session, or baby shoes and home-made signs for a maternity session. Just remember, Pinterest should inspire you — not force recreation. If I am too busy trying to recreate something else, a genuine moment could easily be missed. And, remember. You are hiring your photographer for a reason — trust them to do what you hired them to do.

I AM EXPECTING! WHEN SHOULD I SCHEDULE MY MATERNITY SESSION?
It is typically best to photograph a maternity session by week 28-34 of pregnancy. Mama-to-be is big enough to show that she is expecting, but not so large that she feels uncomfortable or unattractive.

WHEN SHOULD I SCHEDULE MY NEWBORN SESSION?
A ‘typical’ newborn session takes place between 7 and 10 days old; but truthfully, any time within the first month is ideal. My newborn photography focuses on lifestyle portraiture — for me, it is the love between a family and their new addition that truly fills my heart and that is why I no longer offer stylized or posed newborn shots within my newborn sessions.

With that said, life happens and time gets away from you, especially with new parents! Don’t fret! No matter when we have the opportunity to shoot, we will get beautiful pictures. While the majority of my newborn sessions are around the three week mark, any time within the first three months is still considered ‘newborn photography’.

WHAT IF BABY COMES EARLIER OR LATER THAN EXPECTED?
It is a rare occasion if baby is actually born on their due date, but we should still schedule an appointment based on the expected birth date. If baby comes significantly earlier or later than expected and my weekends are booked, we will schedule a date midweek to accommodate.

HOW LONG UNTIL I CAN SEE MY PHOTOS?
You can expect your portraiture images to be up on the password protected online proofing gallery for viewing by you, your family + friends within 30 days of your session.  If you have purchased the digital files from your session, the link for download will be provided promptly upon receipt of payment.

For wedding images, a link to your private gallery will be provided within 12 weeks of your wedding date with a PIN for immediate digital download. I do realize that 12 weeks may seem like FOREVER when you are ohSOexcited to see them, however, it takes time to select the best of the best of 4000 images and edit the final portraits to perfection. A custom USB will be designed and mailed to you for archival purposes.

HOW LONG DO I GET TO VIEW THE IMAGES ON MY GALLERY?
Your gallery will be active for 15 days following the upload date for you to review your images and place your order. There is a $25 fee to reactivate an expired gallery.

HOW DO I PLACE MY ORDER?
All professional quality prints are ordered directly via the online gallery. If you have a product credit and wish to use it for prints, just let me know and I will generate and email you a coupon code to use during checkout. As for the digital files, my preferred method is that you mark the images you LOVE and wish to purchase as ‘favorites’ within your gallery {remember, you receive both the color and b+w of each image you select} and then email me the link via the gallery {this option is located in the top, right corner of the gallery}. However, some clients prefer to simply email me the image numbers they wish to purchase. Truthfully, this answer is: however it is easiest for you!

WHAT IS THIS ‘PRODUCT CREDIT’? WHAT IF I DO NOT WISH TO PURCHASE ANY ADDITIONAL ITEMS OTHER THAN MY DIGITAL FILES?
The product credit can be used toward any product, meaning professional prints, fine wall art, or digital packages. If you choose not to utilize the product credit included with your session purchase, there is no refund or reduction in price.

HOW LONG DO YOU ARCHIVE MY IMAGES?
I keep both the RAW and final JPG images on file for one year from your session date for both portraits and weddings. PLEASE back up your images! Digital files from portraiture sessions are provided solely via digital download; should you wish to purchase a disc of images, I will burn and mail you a disc via USPS mail for an additional $15.

WHAT DO YOU REQUIRE TO RESERVE A DATE?
Each type of session has its own requirements, so please review the Portraits, Seniors, Weddings and Events pages for reservation requirements. Payment is required within seven (7) days of reserving your date as a non-refundable retainer with the balance due one week prior to the session date. If payment is not received, your date will again be available for booking by another party.

WHEN AND HOW SHOULD I PAY FOR MY SESSION?
Payment can be made via cash, check, money order, Chase Quick Pay or PayPal (note that there is a 3% + .30 convenience surcharge). Checks and money orders are to be made out to Kristin Greenwald Photography and mailed to P.O. Box 1266, Birmingham, MI  48012.

WHAT IF I CAN’T MAKE IT TO THE SESSION AND HAVE TO CANCEL?
If you have to cancel your session and do so with at least 48 hours’ notice, your retainer will be applied to a rescheduled session as a one time courtesy only. Your rescheduled session must take place within three (3) months of the original shoot date. If you cancel within 48 hours, you forfeit your retainer. Any rescheduling is solely at the discretion of Kristin Greenwald Photography.

WHAT IF THE WEATHER IS TERRIBLE? CAN WE RESCHEDULE?
Believe me, some of the best shots are taken in the rain and snow, even though it may not seem to be ideal. I do want you to LOVE your images, but cancellation as a result of inclement weather is solely at the discretion of Kristin Greenwald Photography.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN SHOOTING?
A camera has been permanently attached to my hand since I was a teen, but I began shooting manually on a dSLR in the fall of 2011.

DO YOU USE A SECOND SHOOTER?
While I do not generally bring a second photographer with me to portraiture sessions, I will have an associate photographer with me when shooting weddings with over 100 guests.

WHAT KIND OF EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
Again, an excellent question where my answer goes into quite a bit of detail here.

YOU DON’T DO THIS FULL TIME? HOW DO YOU BALANCE YOUR CORPORATE CAREER AND PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS?
HA! I’m still working to figure this out. I’ll be the first to say that it isn’t easy. I think the trick for me is that I truly love shooting so much that I would never call it a ‘second job’. I love coming home after a day at the office, begin editing pictures and get my creative juices flowing! I find it truly relaxing and I love watching the story of the day unfold before my eyes. I also cannot get enough of the instant gratification of turning a simple photograph into a gorgeous piece of art. Above all, I want this to remain FUN, which means I am careful to not overbook myself. I would never over-promise and under-deliver to my clients. It just isn’t my style.

HOW DID {kgP} GET STARTED ANYWAY?
I knew I wanted to buy a ‘real’ camera for a longgg time. What I didn’t want was to spend the $$$ to do so. Plus, I knew that along with it came a new computer and whatever accessories I would find that I would just HAVE to have. I was right.

I was traveling to Banff, Alberta, Canada in August, 2011 for a work trip with my corporate gig and I knew it was time to bite the bullet, as this was one of the most picturesque places in North America. I diligently researched which entry level dSLR camera to purchase, but I did not know if I was going to go Nikon or Canon. They were both so comparable and both had excellent reviews, so the day before I left, I went to the store and held each of them. The Canon Rebel T3i fit best in my hands and that was that. As I said, I’m a Canon girl.

I read the manual on the flight there and had a fantastic time playing with the ‘creative auto’ settings throughout the trip, but I was still limited. I now had a taste of what I could do, and I wanted more. So when I returned home, I enrolled in an entry level photography course and learned what all these buttons and settings on my fancy camera meant. But the icing on the cake was when I attended my cousin’s wedding that September and the bride told me that my pictures were better than the pro photog hired to take the photos that day. I was in deep.

I built myself a blog, a fb page, and began asking friends && family if I could take pictures of their newborns, children + pets. And so {kgP} was formed.

CAN YOU PROVIDE A LIST OF REFERENCES?
Absolutely. Just ask! Be sure to also peruse The Raves!