Hi! My name is Chris Ubik and I am a headshot and fine-art photographer in Hillsborough, NC. My creative philosophy is simple: I am a firm believer in honestly capturing everyone I photograph. The You that is sitting before me is the best possible You you can be. So why not celebrate that version of you? Sure, I can take years off and make Vogue beg me to let them use your photos on their cover, but that doesn’t honor who you are now.
Photographers get asked a lot of questions, so let’s get some of the more common ones out of the way.
Will you shoot my pet/kid/wedding/engagement? No.
But you’re a photographer! Why not? Simply put: those areas are not where my strengths lie and I’d be doing you a disservice by shooting something I’m not familiar with. Fortunately there are plenty of excellent photographers who specialize in that type of photography.
Will you shoot me for free? No. Maybe. Look, it’s complicated.
But think of the exposure! This is technically not a question, but “exposure” doesn’t pay the bills.
So expand on “maybe.” If there is something outside my usual style that intrigues me or would push my creative boundaries, I’d consider it. It’s a level playing field, though; we both have to get something out of it.
Can I get a print for free? No.
At cost? No. A physical print isn’t expensive. Everything that went into making it is. That includes: the cost of the cameras and lenses, lighting and modifiers, travel, processing time, insurance, bookkeeping, website hosting, continuing education, etc.
My prints from Japan, for example, start at $130.00. Round trip airfare was approximately $1,800.00. Traveling to Japan is expensive and the pricing of my prints reflects that.
Will you travel for a shoot? Yes. Within 50 miles it is part of the package. Beyond 50 miles will incur additional costs that will be added to the package price.
What can I expect from a shoot? Hopefully a lot of fun.