Frequently Asked Questions

I want you to feel positive and excited about your experience as a client from the start of the creative process all the way until your final artwork is ready to hang on your walls.

Here are the answers to some of my most Frequently Asked Questions. If you have other questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

What does it mean to be a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP)?

Those three little letters, CPP, signify a further commitment to my craft and education, beyond what most professional photographers achieve. Less than 8% of all imaging professionals have completed the requirements to become a Certified Professional Photographer.

To earn my CPP, a designation granted by Professional Photographers of America, the world’s oldest and largest association for imaging professionals, I had to meet the following requirements:

  • Pass a comprehensive written exam measuring my technical expertise
  • Successfully submit my work to a panel of judges for review and approval
  • Renew my credentials every 3 years with continuing education, submitting work for critical evaluation, or retaking the certification exam

The CPP designation is listed on the PPA’s website under their directory.

Why do you specialize in Print Photography?

In this digital age, so many of our memories are confined to social media. What would happen to your memories if Facebook and Instagram disappeared tomorrow? Do you have them backed up or printed anywhere? My job as a Print Artist is to preserve my work, and your important moments, on archival papers and canvases that can be passed down to your children, and your children’s children. Don’t let a hard drive crash or a lost cell phone eliminate your family’s history. I have never had a client disappointed that they invested in beautiful works of art displaying cherished family portraits in their home.

How long are the portrait sessions, and do you have session fees?

The length of each portrait session varies depending on what type of session it is, but most range from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Newborn Portrait Sessions typically last a bit longer, up to 3 hours, because I build in plenty of time to settle and feed the baby, plus change outfits.

I do have session fees for each type of portrait session. My session fee includes the use of any studio props that my clients want to incorporate in their portraits. If the session is on location, it includes my travel within 30 miles from Groton, MA. My work is guaranteed. If my clients are unhappy with their portraits, I will refund 100% of my session fee, or offer a reshoot.

What is Encaustic Art?

Encaustic is a wax based medium, composed of beeswax and resin, which is kept in a liquid form on a heat source.  After applying on to a porous surface, the encaustic medium is then fused with heat to create a bond. It is a multi-step process, which requires careful set up that includes proper ventilation.

The medium may be combined with a wax based pigment to add color.  Beautiful effects can be achieved when combining oil paints or pan pastels with encaustic. One may create a painting in the traditional sense, or use this technique with mixed media.

Can I buy prints of your Fine Art Photography?

Yes, I do offer limited edition Fine Art Prints of my Fine Art Photography work. Please contact me to schedule a consultation where I can show you all of the available images.