Frequently Asked Questions: Portraits

What’s up with the “Zee”?

Zee Anna! (with the exclamation mark) was my nickname when I first started photography on a photo sharing site called Flickr. It’s a play off the word THE pronounce like “thee“, but I didn’t think anyone would get that in text, so I became “Zee Anna!”. Even though my name is Anna, I still have people call me Zee or Zee Anna – it’s who I am!

What’s your style?

I am an expressive documentary-style photographer. My main goal is to tell your story as it unfolds naturally in front of me. I seek out moments I know will be found many years later in a shoe box of sorts full of old photos that was treasured, loved on, and reminisced about. I sprinkle in some beautiful details and creatively posed portraits to finish out your portrait session; photographs are delivered as a mix of both color and black and white.

How can we meet with you if we don’t live in Southwest Florida?

I love nothing more than to meet with my clients in person, or via Skype/Google+ hangout. Sometimes this just isn’t possible, so we usually take care of most details via e-mail, texts, Facebook (If we become friends), and phone calls. We do try and travel as much as we can – so if I’m close by I’ll touch base about stopping in to chat.

How would you describe the way you work, especially with camera shy people and children?

I work in a happy and calm manner. I just want you to be yourselves, and will always make your comfort level a priority. I am a gentle director, and will always strive to make you look as beautiful as you feel and look to me. I work really well with children, I always ask prior at our consultation if it is okay to bribe the children with small lollipops. Maybe they feel most comfortable with me because I’m short (just kidding!), but the littles give the best smiles to those they like the best, and I do like it when they smile so big!

What if it rains on our session date, do you have a back up plan?

Living in Florida for the past 8 years has taught me one thing about the weather – it rains, and stops, and the weatherman is right 65% of the time. If you choose a date that falls within rainy season for Southwest Florida, I will be more than happy to suggest locations and alternative locations we can go to keep our scheduled date. If it’s a hurricane or you feel uncomfortable shooting in such dismal weather, we can reschedule your session on another day within two weeks, but some of my favorite photos have been made on gloomy and rainy days. I’m always thinking – let’s make the best of this, let’s show everyone we’re not scared of the rain. I also use DarkSky and Skymotion (both weather apps) to monitor the rain frequency on session day – it can pinpoint rain up to 15 minutes from when it will downpour via GPS. Plenty of time to prepare our gear to keep shooting or move you and your family to a better location.

Do you need a shots list from us?

The only shots list I will need from you will be a family list with names and ages of the people who will be photographed. I would also love a “MUST HAVE” groups list of the people you need to have posed or candid shots with at your session (This is a requirement for extended/generational family portrait sessions).

When can I see my portrait collection?

I take great care in making sure your portrait images are perfect and look fantastic. The selection and editing of your images can take up to 2 weeks for an entire collection to be completed and delivered. Sneak peeks are common throughout the waiting process.

When will my album be ready?

If you ordered an album with your family session. Album designs are usually completed up to 1 month after your portrait collection has been delivered. When an album can be printed and delivered depends solely on when your revisions and edits are completed and approved by you. After approval it usually takes less than a month to receive your portrait album in the mail.

Do you shoot film or digital?

I shoot digital on Nikon equipment. I am dabbling in film now and hope to add something special to my clients’ sessions. I love surprising my clients  🙂

Will you travel for other portrait sessions; including engagement, family, couples, seniors etc?

Yes! Both Kerry and I love to travel, please contact us for travel specifications.

How do we hire you?

Click on the “Contact” tab above or below this post and let’s chat!