How do I work?
With passion and professionalism :)! OK, Let me tell you more...
I shoot all the sessions myself. I work with natural light. Istanbul offers amazing light all year long. During summer, early morning or late afternoon, we'll be able to catch the yellowish summer light. During spring and fall time, the light may be softer during morning and afternoon. During winter, snow can be our best accessory to have real fun! Any day of the year, we'll avoid mid-day photo session. The light is too strong and creates very dark shadows under nose, eyes and chin.
For those who want to know more about my gears: I work with 2 Nikon D600, a 50mm lens and a 24-70mm lens. Why 2 cameras? It does allow me to use my 2 lenses during the same photo session. And if there are some technical issues, it saves the session!
Depending on the nature of the session, I help you out with poses, to get the best out of the session and to help you get comfortable in front of the camera. I also give you advise to pick up outfits and colors coordination.
I do my best to spent a great time together, to release potential stress and to catch those special moments.
Why hiring a professional photographer?
A professional photographer can be compared to a professional hairdresser. If a friend of yours has a pair of scissors but no skills in cutting hair, would you trust him/her enough to let him/her changing your hair style? Hummm... Not so sure, right? Of course, your hair will grow back if something goes wrong.
But a great moment of your life will be gone forever.
Beyond the technical competencies (I mean using the professional camera and the editing software at their best ), the ability of getting along well with people and making them feel comfortable, the ability of "directing" people in a natural way, empathy and sensibility to catch emotions with the camera are essential.
I'd like to think I offer you this kind of services and attitude. Check out the 'Guestbook" section, you'll see what my clients say about my work and me.
When & how will I receive the edited pictures?
Depending on the type of session and the season of the year, I'll send you the edited pictures, within 3 to 6 weeks.
Why? I shoot a LOT of raw files. Those files are much heavier than classic jpg files, but they are the best files to process. For one unit of time actually photographing, there will be 3, 4 maybe 5 units of time of work on the photographs.
I first save all the raw images on an external hard drive and back them up on another one. I do not erase the raw pictures from my SD cards until the fully-edited pictures in high resolution are copied on your DVD. Then I download them into an edition software called Lightroom. Next, I make a selection, deleting the blurry, eyes-closed, non-focused pictures etc. Finally, the edition part begins.
Photo editing is the "process of reworking an original photo, either produced by film or digital, to create the artistic vision of the photographer". My way of editing is as natural as it can be. I work in colors, contrast, re-framing and custom-made black & white versions. I do not manipulate the images, making legs longer or noses shorter.
I'll first send you a link to have access to a beautiful online gallery, to discover your edited images. Thanks to this gallery, you will be able to share your images with your family & friends, to select your favorites & to order prints.
Then I'll give or send you your DVD with those pictures in high resolution for printing.
Can I get the raw files?
No. I take pictures in raw and then select and process them with Lightroom. I export them on jpg format and both on the online gallery and on the DVD, will be jpg images. To give you raw images would be equal to give you an unbaked, undecorated cake.
Can you take care of prints and/or photo albums?
Sure! I'm working with a professional printing studio. They print images and albums of different sizes and paper quality. They print and frame pictures too. Get in touch with me to know more about this, using to the Contact tab.
Contact me if you have any further questions concerning sessions.
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