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How is working with you different than working with other photographers?

Uncomplicated: that’s what makes me different. By that I mean we set up a time and place to meet and then take some pictures! I like to meet at a local park with small children as we can let them play after we take more formal photos…not as a bribe, but more as a reward. During the session we chat about random things and it is easy. I am a professional so you don’t need to worry about your child smiling. I will take care of that. You can bring any props or accessories you would like to have in the pictures, but this isn’t required. And then you will magically receive the photos soon thereafter. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

I am a lifestyle photographer which means I am there to photograph life as it really is. My photos are not posed and I am not going to micromanage the scene. Of course, if there is something easy to fix, I will do so! But I want my pictures to be natural and something that your children and grandchildren will enjoy years after we are gone.

Why do you include your digital images in the session fee?

Photographers have two pricing models: in one model you pay for the session and then pay for each individual photo you would like to buy from that session. The pricing varies from product to product with the digital image generally costing the most.  The other model -- and the model I use -- all the digital images are included in my session fee. I prefer this model because then my clients receive all their photos and I don't feel like I am nickel and dimming my clients. Both models work for different people!

I like taking pictures of people and I want the people I take pictures of to have those photos. Pictures of clients sitting on my hard drive does nothing for anyone. Your photos are also archived on my website, so if you ever suffer a catastrophic loss of data, you can re-download your pictures.

Price Comparison

Inclusive Model (MY model)

Flate rate of $799 which includes the session fee and all digital images. And one hour of your time.

Traditional Model

Session fee: between $200 and $1000.

After the session, the photographer emails you to set up a meeting at their studio to go over photos and choose the photos you want to purchase individually, as prints or digitally. The photographer generally charges per photo. Finally, you will once again meet with the photographer when the prints arrive. That's at least three hours after the session and many photographers use the term "investment" to describe how much money they expect you to spend on your prints.

"Investment" - $1000 to $3000 on average, but upwards from there as well.

Time - 3 hours.

Where do you take photos?

Family Portraits: I am happy to meet you anywhere in DC. That said I love going to a park where we can tell the kids they can play after the session. Mitchel Park in Dupont, the Asian Collection at the Arboretum, and a small pocket park on Capitol Hill are my favorite locations.

Newborns: I like to do newborn sessions in your home. The baby is more comfortable with the smells of home and mom is generally happier, too.

Individual Portraits/Headshots: Of course I can meet you at your office at a convenient time, or take pictures in a nearby park. However, my favorite place to do head shots is at my home in NE DC.

What should we wear?

Wear something that you feel great in! If we are doing a family session, I suggest picking out clothes for, or better yet, allowing the kids to pick out their clothes first and then choosing your outfit. Stay away from graphic t-shirts: no Superman or Hello Kitty shirts. And if possible, no flip-flops. No one has good looking toes.

What time of day works best?

For head shots anytime of day is good. It's easiest to do these at my home but I am happy to meet you during the week near your office. The sessions take about 20 minutes.

For family photo shoots I like to work with kids when they are happiest. This seems to be after nap-times—generally 9 am or 4  pm. But the bottom line is we want to do the shoot when the kids are happy, and you know your kids best. I am flexible. Full sessions take about an hour and mini-sessions are twenty minutes.

How long will it take to receive our photos?

I like to have your edited photos back to you ASAP. Generally, it takes no longer than two weeks. Often, you will have them sooner than that.

Do you edit all of the photos?

I edit all the photos for color and composition. Additionally, I give my clients all of their photos in color and black and white.

What equipment do you use?

I shoot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. I have a couple of lenses I use throughout the sessions.

What happens after you receive your photos?

You have a few options to have your photos printed. The easiest option is ordering the photos directly from your online gallery. You can choose a package of photos or individual photos. Each photo has a small grocery cart icon in the lower left corner. Click that icon to add the photo to your order. You will then see options for paper prints, wall art, albums, and greeting cards all in one place.

Please feel free to share with family who might want to order, as well. Using the “Buy Multiple Photos” will allow you to pick all of the photos you would like to have printed. And “Buy Print Package” will allow you to easily choose a package of photos at three price points.

Once you have chosen all of your photos, you have the option to pay with a credit card or with PayPal. There are four speeds of shipping, with the UPSP being the least expensive.

Still need help?

If you need help with any of these steps, just reach out. I am happy to do a Zoom call to help you pick wall art or put together photo albums.

Why don't you have an Instagram account?

I just don't feel comfortable putting pictures of other people's kids online. And I have a number clients who work in sensitive positions. The photos are in an online gallery, but the photos do not have your last name in them nor is the website public facing. 

Fine Print

Payment is due at the end of the session, via check or cash. (Paypal can also be arranged.) Due to the custom nature of the work, all sales are final. Of course I want my clients to be happy, so I will work with you to make sure you love your photos.

Have any other questions or are you ready to book?

You can Book Now using this link or contact me at: nicole at nicoleharkin dot com or 202.215.9546.


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