Frequently Asked Questions

Prints

Prints can be purchased directly from me. You can buy them through the website using the "Buy Now" or "Add to Cart" buttons on the product pages. You can also contact me via email.

No, I do not have gallery representation. Prints can only be purchased directly from me.

Fine art prints are printed on museum quality, acid and lignen-free cotton rag paper using archival pigment inks. They are intended to be long-lasting and durable to give the owner a lifetime (or more) of enjoyment.

Photographic prints are printed on regular, semi-lustre paper typical of most print shops. I still try to source the highest quality paper available and ensure the use of archival pigment inks for durability.

How do I decide which paper to use for a particular print? It mostly depends on the image itself as I want to use a paper that best compliments the subject, the colours, and the mood I wish to create. It also depends on the price point, as the choice of paper affects the cost to produce the print.

Certain prints hold a greater value to me because of the subject matter, the style or manner in which they were created, or the personal sentiments I've attached to them. Because of this, for those specific prints, I've decided to limit the numbers produced. I don't necessarily expect you to agree with this decision but I'm hoping that you'll feel as strongly about them as I do and recognize that owning one of a very finite number of copies makes it even more special to us both.

Whether a print is offered as a limited edition or an open edition, I still try to make them affordable for everyone.

For fine art prints, the additional paper leaves room for a title and signature below the print.

For all prints, the extra trim will make it easier for you to mat the prints before framing. It can be a struggle to work with mats when their opening is barely a few millimetres smaller than the image size. Trust me, you or your framer will appreciate the larger paper dimensions!

Customers with frames whose dimensions exactly match the image size (not paper size) will have to remove the excess trim prior to framing.

No. All prints are sold unmatted and without backing board. This makes it easier for the buyer to choose their own mat and framing options.

The basic price shown for the prints does not include shipping. However, if you purchase a print through the website by using the "Add to Cart" button, a shipping fee is automatically added. If you want to pick up the print instead of having it shipped to you, please let me know and I can invoice you separately without adding the shipping charges.

All prints are priced and shipped unframed.

If you prefer to receive a framed print, please contact me to discuss options and pricing. Please note that framed prints will have increased shipping costs due to the additional size and weight.

The rule of thumb for matting and framing is that mats (colour) should compliment the print, and frames (style and colour) should compliment the decor of the room in which they are displayed.

To ensure the longevity of the print, all framing material (mats, backing board, glues or tape) should be archival quality and acid and lignen free. Further, prints should be protected by UV-blocking conservation glass, especially if they will be displayed in direct sunlight.

For customers in the Moncton area, I highly recommend The Art Shack for your custom framing needs.

Honestly, I don't think I charge enough for all of the work that goes into them. Creating good pieces of art, including photographs, involves a lot of time, effort, and expense. It's not just about pressing the shutter: there's my time to get to a location, make the images, get home again, and then process and edit the files. Sometimes I'll visit a location more than once in search of the best weather and light. There are vehicle expenses (payments, fuel, maintenance, and car insurance), business expenses (camera equipment, computer hardware, software, internet access, and business insurance), and production costs (paper, ink, packaging, shipping, and shipping insurance). Finally, the knowledge, training, experience, and expertise I've built up over the years, not to mention my creative abilities and vision, also have value. In other words, the price of a print includes far more than just the cost of the ink and paper.

In spite of the above, I still try to sell my prints at a price point that's reasonable and affordable for all, from serious art collectors to those looking for a nice photo to help decorate their home or office.

Image Licensing

Most of my images are available to be licensed, for a fee, for use by other individuals, companies, or organizations.

Certain images are not available for licensing. This includes images created for media assignments where the client holds the copyright, as well as any photos that show clearly identifiable people.

That depends on the usage. Before giving you a quote I would need to know how the image will be used, for how long it will be used, where it will appear, and how many copies will be available if it is used for print.

In general, image licensing fees will be based on the CARFAC Minimum Recommended Fee Schedules but I reserve the right to charge more if necessary.

Do you work for free? Probably not, and neither do I.

I strongly believe that my work has value. If you are interested enough to inquire about it, then so do you and you should be willing to compensate me for its use.

Exposure has little value in the real world. Why? Because most people who see an image in a brochure, poster, calendar, or elsewhere don't bother to look up the name of the artist to contact them for further information. Exposure is only worthwhile when someone follows through by contacting the artist and actually buying one of their works of art. That rarely, if ever, happens. I might consider it if I could take your exposure and spend it at the grocery store or gas station, or use it to pay my bills, but I can't. Businesses don't accept exposure for payment, only cash, and the same goes for me.

Photography Lessons

I've been a photographer, both amateur and professional, for over 30 years and I've offered photography courses and private lessons for more than a decade. Further information about me and my work can be found on the About page.

We can meet any time of the day, any day of the week, subject to prior commitments. I believe the lessons should be arranged around the student's schedule, not mine. I try to make myself available days, evenings, and weekends, to best suit the needs of the student.

Please contact me (email is usually best) so we can find a time suitable to us both.

Most of my students prefer it for the convenience. There's no rush to get home, look after chores, and then rush out again for a class. I travel to them and arrive when they are ready to begin. Most people also find their home to be a more comfortable and relaxing environment for them to learn in.

Absolutely! Weather permitting, of course. A classroom or living room is great for reviewing the camera, camera settings, and other technical details but the field is usually the best way to apply that knowledge. We can work in the student's yard or meet at nearby parks or trails.

Private lessons are intended for individuals but I'm willing to take on small groups up to a maximum of four people. Please note that the pricing per individual remains the same.

Pricing is for students located in the Greater Moncton area. I'm willing to travel outside of the area but additional fees to cover my travel time and mileage will apply.

Students are welcome to travel to Moncton, at their own expense, to meet up with me providing we can find a suitable location for the lessons (I do not have an office or studio of my own that's suitable for hosting the lessons).

We may also be able to cover some lessons virtually, using FaceTime, Zoom, or Microsoft Teams (although in-person lessons work best).

Yes, lessons can be conducted via Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or FaceTime. However, in-person lessons usually work best.

I prefer to teach the basics, which is the foundation for all types of photography. I can offer advice on certain genres of photography, including: sports, landscape, and wildlife.

I do not teach: portrait photography, wedding photography, flash photography, or studio lighting. I do not believe in teaching subjects in which I have no experience or expertise.

I can offer basic lessons in Adobe Photoshop, which is my preferred image editor. I do not teach advanced techniques.

I am unable to offer instruction in Adobe Lightroom or other editors (Affinity, Capture One, Luminar, etc.) as I do not use them for my own work.

No. My courses and workshops are for personal interest only.

I am up-to-date on my vaccinations and I am willing to wear a mask if requested.

Other

The online galleries were shut down a few years ago.

The images are still available in my archives. Unfortunately, not all of the archives are fully searchable so I may not be able to find a particular subject. This is especially true for the dance photos since I wasn't able to tag individual dancers by name. Feel free to contact me if you are looking for someone specific but I can't guarantee I'll be able to find them for you.

Yes, but it depends on the type of event.

I no longer do what's referred to as "on spec" work, where I get paid from print sales to parents and participants. In my experience these types of events rarely earn enough revenue to cover my time, effort, and expenses. This is especially true nowadays when everyone has a camera and everyone takes photos for themselves - the event photographer no longer has an exclusive market.

I am willing to discuss events that pay me a flat rate for the work. However, please note that I'm very protective of my copyright and will only assign it to others under very special circumstances.

No. I am not a portrait photographer.

No. Never. Absolutely not.

Yes, but it depends on the type of event.

I no longer do what's referred to as "on spec" work, where I get paid from print sales to participants. In my experience these types of events rarely earn enough revenue to cover my time, effort, and expenses. This is especially true nowadays when everyone has a camera and everyone takes photos for themselves - the event photographer no longer has an exclusive market.

I am willing to discuss events that pay me a flat rate for the work. However, please note that I'm very protective of my copyright and will only assign it to others under very special circumstances.

Please contact me and we can discuss the terms. Be prepared to show the terms in writing.

Rates will vary depending on the terms and conditions of the assignment.

If you are a legitimate media or advertising company you can contact me and we can discuss the terms.

If you are one of the multitude of so-called photography companies that have crept up these past few years, offering photographers a paltry rate for short assignments that include turning over all RAW files and copyright, don't even bother getting in touch with me.