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Christina Aiko Photography 

Portrait & Wedding Photographer

San Diego, CA

FREQUENTLY
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 I never want to make anything harder than it needs to be, so I've compiled some of my most frequently asked questions to help ease your mind and guide you through this process. If you don't see your question listed here, feel free to reach out to me via the contact form below. I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have! 

WHAT KIND OF PHOTOGRAPHER ARE YOU?

I describe myself as a lifestyle photographer, meaning my style is documentary based rather than stiffly posed. My goal is to capture you and your loved ones as you are, in this moment.  I want to beautifully document the essence of you and the connection you share with the ones you love. Photography is an investment in your family history and I work very hard to ensure I provide my clients with images they will treasure for generations to come.    My focus is genuine emotions and authenticity, as such, I try not to rely on forced poses  and images that convey perfection. I may get one or two photos with everyone looking at me smiling- for Christmas card/grandma’s sake, however that is not my main goal. If it happens, it will happen naturally, not because it was forced.  I want you to have fun at your session and walk away having felt that you got quality time with your loved ones and made a new friend (me!).

WHERE WILL MY SESSION BE HELD?

I am an on location, natural light photographer, meaning my studio is anywhere you want it to be.  Together we will decide the best location for your session. 

HOW LONG WILL MY SESSION BE?

I use daylight to light my sessions instead of artificial light (flash or continuous lighting). Because of this most of my sessions take place during “golden hour” which occurs about one to two hours after the sun rises and before it sets.  This provides the best lighting for a portrait session as mid-day light tends to be much too harsh.  As such, my sessions last about an hour to an hour and a half.

WHAT WILL MY SESSION BE LIKE?

We are going to have fun! I am dedicated to capturing who you and your loved ones are, for this reason my sessions are more relaxed and laid back. Don’t get me wrong, I will be putting you into poses that will demonstrate the connection between your loved ones, but I will also be providing instructions or prompts that will elicit genuine reactions & emotions.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Your outfit should be comfortable and reflect your personality.  However, I do recommend coordinating, not matching. I have a Pinterest board that displays some outfit ideas that you may find helpful and demonstrate what I am talking about. When it comes to families I also recommend choosing mom’s outfit first and then choosing everyone else’s after her.  If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know. I am happy to help!

WILL I GET THE DIGITAL PHOTOS FROM MY SESSION?

Yes! All session fees include the digital images from your session. I usually provide a minimum of 20 images delivered in both color and black and white.  

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHICH IMAGES WILL END UP IN MY GALLERY?

I carefully comb through each image taken at the session, hand selecting the absolute best ones. I am looking for images that not only display my artistic vision but also images that display your unique family character and chemistry.  I guarantee a minimum of 20 images, however I usually deliver more. Yay!

WHAT IS YOUR TURN AROUND TIME?

Current turn around time varies depending on the season, however I generally guarantee delivery of digital gallery by 4 weeks after your session date. 

HOW MUCH DOES ALL THIS COST?

My pricing is all inclusive, meaning you get everything for ONE flat price. YAY! My prices start as low as $375 and go up based on type of session requested. A $100 non-refundable retainer is due at time of booking to secure your requested date and time. The deposit applies towards the over all session fee, the remaining balance is due before the date of your session. 

HOW DO I BOOK A SESSION WITH YOU?

I am so glad you asked! You can book a session with me by sending me an email directly via Christina at ChristinaAiko dot com or using the contact form below. 

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