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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What kind of photography do you specialize in?
    I specialize in interior and exteriors photography for commercial and residential spaces. I also provide branding photo sessions for those clients looking to take their headshots to the next level.
    What is interior and exteriors photography?
    Interior and architecture photography is the practice of photographing interior and exterior spaces to highlight the interior design or architectural design of a space.
    How is interior photography different than real estate photography?
    Real estate photography is focused on showing a space in its entirety. This translates into shooting at wide angles with a focus on the overall flow of one space into another whereas interior photography is focused on the design elements within a space.
    What is branding photography?
    A branding photography session is a lifestyle portrait session that shows the client at work and in their environment rather than isolated against a static background.
    How much do you charge?
    There are many factors that go into determining the price of a photoshoot: image use being the largest component. The larger the list of usage requirements, the more the image license will cost. Some advertising / larger corporate clients opt for full rights to images. This raises the price of the shoot significantly. Most smaller business clients opt for limited use of the images: website, social media, promotional brochures, and collateral as well as editorial. If you have a project in mind, get in touch to discuss the particulars of your project and I can get you an estimate.
  • How long does a photoshoot last?
    A typical luxury real estate photoshoot lasts between one and two hours. An empty new home for a builder will also take between one and two hours. Interiors photography is dependent upon the number of spaces being photographed. I have photographed as little as one home in a day and as many as six, when we aren't photographing every room.
    Do you help with styling?
    Absolutely! If you've ever been on a photoshoot for interior design, you know that what you see in person is very different than what you see through the camera lens. I am always happy to provide a consult prior to the shoot to suggest what items may need to be on hand during the shoot for styling. In certain cases, such as when a project is up for publication, I may recommend a stylist from my network to help you with your project.
    How many photos do I get?
    If your project is a commercial shoot, then the number of final photos you select is determined in advance. There is a Creative Fee and then per image licensing fee for these shoots. The estimate is sent in advance for approval. If your project is for a small business (e.g., interior designer, architect, home builder), there is no limit to the number of photos that will be delivered. I shoot until I feel the project has been sufficiently captured. I deliver all of the photos that have been captured once processed.
    Is retouching included?
    Basic post-processing is included. This covers exposure, color, contrast. Additional retouching is billed at $75/hour, e.g., removing electrical outlets, electrical cords.
  • What COVID protocols do you have in place?
    Everyone's safety is my utmost concern. I always wear a mask on my shoots. I wash and sanitize my hands if I touch anything on site. I always sanitize my masks after every shoot. I also get tested regularly. I check my temperature before a shoot. I wipe down all equipment with alcohol after every shoot. I do my best to maintain social distance while on the shoot.
    Do you help with getting published?
    Yes! If you have a project you would like to have photographed and submitted for publication, I am happy to pitch the project after the photos have been completed.
    Do you travel for work?
    I still maintain a client base in San Francisco and regularly travel to San Francisco for projects. I am also happy to travel up and down the East Coast for jobs.
    How do I schedule?
    Feel free to drop me a line at info@catherinenguyen.com or reach out through my Contact page. Please include the date(s) you are interested in, how many projects we would be photographing that day, and a little bit about the number of spaces in each project. Please also let me know the intended usage for the images, e.g., website, social media, editorial.
Photo courtesy of Jillian Clark