What areas do you serve? A 20 mi. radius of Oakland is included in my standard sitting fee. Clients often love sessions in Oakland, Berkeley, Orinda, Lafayette and San Francisco. A small additional fee is added for the South Bay, Marin and beyond. Feel free to ask for a quote for Santa Cruz, Tahoe, and your favorite California spot.
What is your sitting fee and what does it include? My sitting fee is $175 for up to 2 parents and 3 kids. Please add $25 per additional family member. This includes a phone consultation, travel, 45 min photography session and 30-35 proofs to view on a private website. Prints, wall art, albums and digital files sold separately.
How would you describe your style? I spent 15 years as a staff photographer at the San Francisco Chronicle, so capturing candid, authentic moments is my passion. The variety of my assignments gave me the ability to think on my feet, get creative and connect with subjects quickly.
Do you use a studio? No, I am an on-location photographer and use our beautiful Bay Area as my inspiration. Also, a session at home makes for intimate and memorable images.
What are your sessions like? Lots of fun! I am really casual and have my families, walk, run, play and act silly. This allows me to capture great moments.
What should we wear? I ask folks not to wear white as it’s the first thing the eye goes to. Neutrals with pops of color always look great. Please, no t-shirts or logos. This is a special occasion, so feel free to dress-up!
If my kids are young, how do I prepare? Morning sessions always seem to work best for this age group. Feed them before the session and feel free to bring a yummy snack to keep them “motivated” during the shoot.
Do I choose the location? During our phone conversation, we decide on your ideal setting that you would want to see in the final portraits. If the kids are really young, I often suggest the home. If they are a bit older, we can venture out for sure.
How often should we have our portraits taken? For newborns, I love the newborn, sitting and standing stage. After that once a year is a fabulous tradition to start.
Should the parents be in the pictures, too? Absolutely. As your kids get older, they are most interested in the photos that include parents. They love seeing their family and how you change through the years.
Do we have to think up the poses? No way! That would be awful. Just show up, and I make sure you look amazing.
Should I just invest in some digital photos vs prints? No. Digital files are the least archival of all the products I sell. Prints last 200 yrs and will be heirlooms loved by generations. Digital archivists are already seeing digital rot and corruption. We don’t know their longevity and the ability to open them in the future. Please invest in stunning products that bring a smile to your face each time you look at them.
How do I get the digital files if I still want them? High-resolution digital images with the print release are available for purchase. Also, with every print you buy, a social media sized digital image with my logo accompanies the print. Perfect to share on Facebook, etc.
Can I see your recent portrait sessions? Yes! Visit my blog here: www.nightingaleportraits.com/blog
Do you photograph business portraits or headshots? Yes, please email me for more information.
Do you photograph weddings and engagement sessions? Of course! Please see my work here: www.nightingalephotos.com
We are visiting San Francisco Bay area and/or Napa. Can you offer a session there? Yes, I have great ideas and would love to discuss them with you.
How do I get in touch with you? Feel free to email me at: Christina@nightingalephotos.com or call 510-338-2997
Can’t wait to hear from you!