FAQ and my workflow

As clients reach out for information, certain questions keep coming up. So I thought I'll go through my workflow and address some of the more frequent circumstances that I encounter. So lets get to it.

Clarkston Photographer


I am a portrait and wedding photographer based in Clarkston Michigan. I mostly photograph weddings, high school senior and business head-shots and branding photo sessions.

I usually receive an inquiry from a client and after the initial email I like to get through main talking points via phone call or in person meeting. My goal is to find out what my clients are looking for from the photo session, what are the photos going to be used for and address any questions or concerns they may have.

If both of us feel we are a good fit we schedule a date for the photo shoot and I get a deposit to hold the date.

Depending on the type of photo session, photo processing takes from day or two for a single head - shot to about two weeks for a wedding.

The client then is provided with the online gallery and gets to choose the photos and /or products that best fit their needs.


So here come some of the questions that I get quite frequently.

1. Can I just get all the RAW files?

The short answer is NO. But let me get through why - RAW files are the raw materials when it comes to photography. Just like a chef would not bring out food remnants when you get your dish at the restaurant, as a professional photographer I post process (prepare) my final images which are my final products like the prepared dish is the chefs final product.

The photos that "go out in the world" are also our reputation. And presenting my clients with the best of the best is just a good business practice.

While there are some photographers who are just starting out that offer RAW files, professional photographers don't.

2. Can I see the back of the camera?

YES. While the tiny screen really doesn't show the final image, I want to make sure that my clients get a peak at the back of my camera, so they have a general idea of what photos we are getting. I'd rather rephotograph a client from a slightly different angle that have them disappointed later that we didnt get the shot.

3. But how do I know if I'll like your editing?

The pre-consultation is the key. I'll be happy yo talk to you on the phone or meet your in person. I can send a sample of my work and options,

My general edit is- clean timeless edit. It mostly has minor tweaks and balances light.

When it comes to specific editing of scars, blemishes or overall contouring of body, those details are discussed prior to the photo shoot.

4.  Can I get "THAT" look?

While most of my photos don't have a heavy filters, I have extensive experience in post-processing, lighting and photography that I can meet my clients needs.

From timeless balanced color scheme....

Contemporary senior photo shoot

to modern vintage film look...

film look -  photo editing

My goal is to tell YOUR STORY with photographs.

5. Can I just get digital files?

YES. My packages include few digital files. And if you choose to purchase any prints, the corresponding digital file is included for your personal printing as well. However you can purchase any additional digital files as well even if you don't purchase prints or other products.

So these are just the few most common circumstances I encounter.

For more details or questions please reach out to me. I'll be happy to talk to you over the phone or meet you in person.

Ilze- 248.96.3686