Where are you based?
I live on the North Shore of Massachusetts with my awesome husband, and travel for sessions and weddings throughout the Boston area! I book weddings throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Do you travel for weddings or portrait sessions?
Absolutely! Travel up to 50 miles from my home on the North Shore is included for all photo services. Some locations outside of this distance (including parts of the Cape) may require travel fees to cover hotel, airfare, or other travel costs.
You look young and tiny…are you experienced enough to take good photos of me?
You bet. Being a 5’ tall woman in my 20s has never stopped me from being a passionate, experienced photographer! I’ve shot long hours at weddings, run around after kiddos at family sessions, and taken portraits of people over a foot taller than me with the best of them! Also, you have permission to laugh a little when I pull out my fold-up stepstool at your session. #shortgirlproblems
How does booking work?
Before anyone books with me, we always spend some time getting to know each other, whether it’s in person over coffee, on a phone call, or on Skype. I understand how important it is that we're on the same page about what’s important to you, so I always allow time for that. As part of that conversation, we’ll also discuss preliminary logistics like timeline, investment, and my workflow, so you can know what to expect.
If and when you decide we’re a good fit together, a signed contract and session fee payment (or 50% deposit for wedding clients) are due to reserve your date on my calendar.
Depending on what type of session you’re interested in and the time of year, I may be booking anywhere from one week in advance to several months. Some seasons are busier than others, so I suggest getting in touch to see what my availability is like! It’s always best to plan ahead so you can claim your first-choice dates.
How far in advance should I book my portrait session?
Usually the sooner the better! I often book weddings between 6-18 months in advance. Dates are first-come, first-served, and since there are a limited number of weekends in a year, there are times when I receive multiple inquiries for the same date. If you want to snag a date on my calendar, let’s chat!
How far in advance should I book my wedding?
I know how tough it can be to choose your photographer, I had to do it for my own wedding! Here’s what I suggest:
- First, visit the Gallery page for the type of photography you’re interested in. See if my aesthetic style resonates with you, and if you feel excited imagining yourself in those photos. The style you see in those galleries will be very similar to the type of photos you would personally receive from me, depending on some factors like decor, location, and weather.
- Second, visit the Meet Lorna page or read a couple blog posts to see if you can imagine us getting along before, during, and after your session! I have worked hard to make sure everything I write here is cohesive with who I am in person. If you like the style of my work and think we would personally get along well, then chances are we’d be a good fit!
- Third, if you’re still not totally sure, get in touch and we can schedule a phone call to get to know each other better and go over any other details you have questions about. There are no dumb questions here!
How do I know if you’re the best photographer for me?
Before and After Your Session
It’s not a requirement, but I do love that makeup and a little freshening up of the hair can help maximize the great features you already have! It can be a wonderful confidence booster and help you feel physically AND mentally ready for your closeup! Remember that you’ll have these photos for a long time, and I think both of us want you to look your best, while still feeling like yourself. Hair and makeup can always be done in a way that feels true to you, whether you like to go all-natural, or dolled up.
Do I need to get my hair and makeup done before my session or wedding?
Spoiler alert: In my experience, that is 99% people! I feel self-conscious in front of a camera myself. I do my best to make photo experiences fun, relaxed, and flattering. We’ll be chatting and laughing from start to finish, and you will get “warmed up” in no time. I’m probably going to crack jokes and be goofy to help you relax, because relaxed people look great in portraits! I’ll do some light guided posing to help you look your best, but not so much that you feel like a rookie contortionist.
What if I pretty much never have photos taken, and always feel self-conscious in front of a camera?
Can you take 10 lbs off my waist? Can you smooth the wrinkles by my eyes when I smile? I hate my legs, can you make them look more toned?
Here’s the thing. I take photos of real-life people. People who have smile lines by their eyes, and whose bodies tell a story that deserves cherishing. These are the people I celebrate and appreciate exactly as they are. If you are not happy with your body as it is, my belief is that gorgeous, yet heavily altered, photos of you will not change a thing about how you feel towards your body. That starts from inward, not outward.
I never take retouching to the level where you don’t look like yourself. I vow to create images of you that look like YOU…on your best day! If you’re ready to celebrate who you are AS you are, then let’s chat.
You’re always welcome to ask me directly—There are no silly questions here, and I promise to reply!
I have a question that isn’t answered here.
Glad to hear it, friend! Come on over and tell me all about it (and you)!