Frequently Asked Questions
Why did you decide to be a photographer in Tokyo?
Tokyo is one of the most exciting, energetic cities on earth. Being immersed in such a dynamic environment calls me into action. If there is any place in the world that sparks creative practice, it is Tokyo, Japan. Whether it is a portrait session or an editorial assignment, this city makes me want to grab my camera.
Do you deliver every image you shoot?
I do chose to deliver a selection of images that captures your story and that best represents each client. The number of images I deliver differs for every project.
How much does a portrait session cost?
You can view my starting portrait package rates on my photography services page.
Do I consider destination sessions or weddings?
I am happy to travel outside of Tokyo to accommodate destination sessions such as engagements and weddings. Booking well in advance will increase the chance that I am not already booked and can get out of Japan and to your destination!
Will you blog about my session?
My job as a photographer is to tell stories. I love blogging here on my own website and for other professional photoblogs. I am always honored when clients allow me to tell their story in a in a blog post.
What does retouching mean?
I believe in showing humans the way they are. Ethically, I do not believe in the extreme manipulation of photos. Retouching simply means a light softening of skin tones.
When can I expect to receive my photos after a session is completed?
Depending on the project, I deliver photographs in a short amount of time. You should expect to receive your portrait package within four business weeks.
What are your thoughts about photography in general?
I get asked this question a lot by many different people. You can check out my evolving thoughts on portraiture and photography in general on my blog dedicated to photography insight or check out this interview with Busan Haps magazine.
How will I receive my photographs?
All session photographs are delivered digitally. You will receive your session package via Dropbox.com and can expect your print order to arrive via certified mail. If you order prints and live outside of Tokyo, please allow two extra weeks for your prints to arrive.
What if I lose my images?
I employ several means of image backup as a service to clients. I offer one year of complimentary photo storage just in case you accidentally hit the delete key.
When do portrait sessions usually take place?
Portrait sessions take place all year long. Snow. Wind. Rain. Sun. Morning. Afternoon. Night. The date and time of your portrait session is determined by our collective vision.
What should I/we wear for my session?
Each and every session is different. I give my clients a bespoke photographic experience. Because of this, I will offer wardrobe suggestions prior to our shoot.
What type of equipment do you use?
As a professional photographer, I use a range of equipment to capture your story. Specifically, I shoot with Canon Mark III and Fuji XT-1 bodies coupled with top-of-the-line Canon, Fujinon and Sigma Art Series lenses. I am also a proud supporter of Manfrotto products.
Can we arrange a meeting before our session?
I would be honored to have a cup of coffee and chat about our session prior to our shoot date. I offer all clients an optional pre-shoot meeting. Depending on your preference, we can communicate via Skype, Facetime, email or telephone.
How do I reserve a session date?
To reserve your session date, contact me directly.
How far in advance do you book sessions?
I book sessions up to twelve months in advance.
If I cancel my portrait session, will I receive my deposit back?
I understand that life happens and that, from time to time, a client will need to cancel. If you cancel a session, you will receive 1/2 of your deposit back. Cancellations occurring within one week from a scheduled shoot date will forfeit the full deposit.
May I have the original RAW files?
I never release RAW files to clients. Instead I choose to provide fully edited, high resolution JPEG images.
Are your rates negotiable?
I do my very best to give an accurate investment quote to every client. To be able to provide all clients with the utmost care, my quotes are non-negotiable.
What if it rains on my session day?
Sometimes rainy weather can make for great shots. If moody monsoon shots aren't your fancy, we will reschedule at our earliest possible convenience.
Can I bring a friend to my boudoir session?
Your comfort is my top priority. If you wish to bring a supportive friend .to your session boudoir session, please do so.
Can I order prints of certain photographs after my session?
Of course you can! The prints of your photographs should match your session experience. Andrew Faulk Photography can take care of all of your printing needs. My prints are all made on archival matte papers. Prints can be added to any session and are available to clients who have a taste for the finer things in life. To be frank, my prints are amazing.
What if I want to add extra time to a session?
I would be happy to spend more time with you. If you would like to extend a session, please let me know before our time together begins.
What other services do you provide?
In addition to museum quality printing, I offer one-to-one photography tutoring, photographic tours of Tokyo and destination weddings packages. If there is a service that I can provide not listed, please feel free to ask.