PORTRAITS FAQ

Do you accept portrait commissions?

Yes, I am happy to accept portrait commissions from people who live in the Gettysburg area, or who will be visiting the area. If you'd like to commission a portrait, please contact me at least 7 days in advance to arrange a date and time.

How can I purchase one of the portraits I saw on this website?

Unlike our other images, our custom portraits are in a separate gallery without print ordering options for the following reasons:

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  • Many of these portraits are candid shots, taken during parades, reenactments and other public events. While it is legal to display them in a portfolio setting like this one, the privacy laws of some states prohibit their commercial use without the prior written authorization of the photo's subject. For this reason, portrait prints are for sale only to the people in the photos, or their families and friends - not to the public at large.

  • Custom portraiture is very labor intensive, and editing each portrait typically requires a greater investment of time and effort than landscapes, botanical images, etc. For this reason, our standard print pricing structure does not apply to these images, and we have separate pricing structures for commissioned and non-commissioned prints, which can be viewed here.

If you would like to purchase a print of an image you have seen in the Custom Portraits gallery, please let us know which image you want, and we'll be happy to let you know the available print sizes and prices. If you have identified yourself in one of these images and you would prefer to have it removed, please inform us of the image's title and we'll be glad to comply.

Can you do family or group portraits?

Yes, I can do group portraits, however there is an additional $25 charge for each person over the base portrait fee, due to the extra time required to photograph and edit multiple subjects.

Do you have a studio where you do your portraits?

I do not have a studio at this time, and most of my portraits are shot on location in and around Gettysburg. As a result, portrait shoots are dependent upon suitable weather conditions, and may occasionally have to be rescheduled in the event of rain, snow, high winds or other poor conditions.

Do you charge the same amount for multiple portrait prints, or reprints purchased at a later date?

No. The initial cost of the portrait is based upon the time it takes to meet with the client, take numerous photos, select and edit the best one(s) into the final image, have the portrait printed, mount the print in an archival-quality mat, package it and ship it to the client. This is a time-consuming process, but once it is complete, additional prints only require the time it takes to order them from my lab, mount them, package and ship them... so the price is substantially lower on multiples or reprints.

Can you do a portrait of my pet?

Working with animals presents certain risks and difficulties I prefer to avoid. Sorry, but that is not a service I offer.

I have a photo that I really like. Can I pay you to edit it for me?

While I have no illusions that I am Rembrandt or Michelangelo, I do consider myself an artist, and I pride myself in the fact that my work is MY work, from start to finish. I do not edit other people's photos.

Can you make me look 20 years younger or 50 pounds lighter?

There are many tools and techniques at my disposal that can reduce the signs of aging and weight-gain, however I cannot promise to make you look as you did when you were young, or trim you down to the size of a super-model. And you should not WANT me to! The whole point of what I do is to make you look like the best version of YOURSELF... not to make you look like someone else, or erase the character that time and experience have given you.

What size prints can I get of my portrait?

I typically design single portraits to be printed at 11" x 14", but they can also be printed at 8" x 10" (with a slight amount of cropping) or as large as 16" x 20", without any significant loss of clarity. Portraits featuring multiple subjects are typically designed in a wider 12" x 18" format, but they can be reduced in size to 8" x 12". In some cases, these can be printed as large as 18" x 24" without any noticeable loss of clarity.

Why are your portraits so expensive?

I enjoy doing portraiture, but it is very exacting, time consuming work. In addition to the time required to take the photos, I typically spend several hours editing the best one(s) into the final image. I spend additional time preparing the image for print, sending it to my professional lab, mounting the print in an archival-quality mat with backer board, packaging it in an polyethylene bag for protection, sealing it between 2 sheets of rigid foam-core board to protect it in transit, printing out a shipping label, taking it to the post office, and then writing an email to confirm shipment. Not to mention all of the other correspondence with the client before, during and after the shoot! When added up, I typically have between 8 and 10 hours invested in each single portrait, and more if there are multiple subjects involved.

Have a question that's not answered here? Contact us and we'll do our best to answer it!