frequently asked quesions
how long have you been a photographer?
i have been photographing as a love and hobby since I was about 17 years old. For Eight years now, And I began my photography business in 2010. back in the day when I met a wildlife photographer. I remember being fascinated by photographs of nature. That's how began the path that has led me to become the photographer I am today. I didn't choose to be a photographer, photography truly chose me. It is my love and passion- I am the luckiest ever to call this my job.
what is your style? why should we hire you? do you direct us?
artistic, candid, and emotional.
You love my photographic style.
I do, many times my favorite images from a session is when the clients are playing -- excited faces, goofy, tender touches, & soft kisses with each other with no direction from me! However, I also mix in poses and directed moments. if you are looking for very formal, traditional images, I may not be the photographer for you.
do you travel for sessions?
Heck yes i love traveling!!! I am located in mcallen, tx. Willing travel in usa.
> travel fee applies if session location is 60 miles outside of Rio grande valley. <
do you have a studio?
No, i really wish. I am natural light photographer who is in love with the beauty of great outdoors.
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF DAY FOR OUR SESSION?
FOR OUTDOOR SESSIONS THE BEST NATURAL LIGHT IS GENERALLY DURING THE MORNING OR EVENING HOURS. 'GOLDEN HOUR' (MY PERSONAL FAVORITE TIME FOR SESSIONS!) IS USUALLY WITHIN TWO HOURS BEFORE SUNSEt. because of the soft ethereal light that shapes my subjects.
what should I weaR?
wear something that makes you feel good and reflects your personal style. I've created a Pinterest board: click here to check it out!
what camera/lens do you use?
i use a canon 5d mark III with a canon 50mm 1.4
we love colored and black and white photos. we will get two versions of each photo?
you will get each of your pictures individual - in black and white or in colour - and it depends of my opinion which style will suit the moment at it's best.
how long will it take to receive my photos?
it will take between 1-3 weeks, often sooner. It will be mailed out soon after that. if you have a special deadline please let me know.
how many photos will we get back for a session?
depends on the session type. anywhere between 50-200 photos.
what payment do you take?
I accept cash only. I do not accept checks at this time.
would you want to meet for coffee? or tea? or pie?
Yes. To all of the above. I love making new friends! Just shoot me an email and we can coordinate schedules.
can we print our own images? do you have recommendations on where to print our photos?
YESSS! I want you to print them as much as you like AND because they are all high res. images you will be able to print them as BIG as you like! :D
Artifact Uprising.com or mpix.com. Both are online labs and do amazing work. I recommend printing your images using a professional printing company only. You will not receive a print release to print at cvs, walgreens, sam's club, target, walmart, costco, riteaid or shutterfly. These locations use cheap paper and their machines are not calibrated for correct color.
can we post the photos on facebook/social media?
Yes! Please do! I love when people share their images online with friends and family! However, if you do share them, make sure to give me photo credit @crystal paez photography And please don’t apply any additional filters to alter or change them in any way.