So, you wanna book a session with me. Now what? Below you’ll find some of my most frequently asked questions to help ease your way a bit. Still have a question? Shoot me a message through this form.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does a typical session look like?
I’ll arrive a bit early to take a look around your home or the location, so I can get a good idea of the area. When we start your session, the first 15-minutes will be dedicated to more formal portraits. As I am a lifestyle photographer, these portraits will be very relaxed.
Once those 15-minutes have passed, it’s time to play! The remaining 45-minutes will be devoted to you and your family interacting through an activity selected by you – volleyball, rollerblading, card games, cooking dinner, baking cookies, flying kites – the possibilities are endless. (Couples this will work for you, too! Let me know if you need ideas!)
This time is all about you, all about your family, so I won’t be doing a whole lot of directing. Instead, I’ll spend the time looking for the moments that make your family, your family.
What should we wear?
Whatever you do, do. not. match. I cannot stress this enough. You can mix, but you cannot match. No white and khaki, no black and jeans, no matching polos, hair ties. Nothing. In what daily situation, do you ever wear exactly the same outfit as every other member of your family? None. You never do. So, if you want your photographs to reflect who each member of your family is, don’t match. Mix, don’t match.
Wear something you feel confident in, something that makes you feel good, something that you enjoy. That’s not a starchy white shirt and khaki pants, believe me.
More specifically, complimentary colors are fantastic. Put those kiddos in bright colors, parents wear something more muted. Patterns are okay, just make sure they don’t clash too much.
What happens if the weather is bad, or someone gets sick?
As I wrote that question, the outdoorsy side of me said, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear.” Yea, well….while, that’s true, a monsoon isn’t really conducive to seeing your faces underneath your raincoat. We’ll reschedule. The same goes for illness – you can’t help when you’ve gotten sick, and neither can I. If for some unforeseen reason we are unable to do your shoot on the planned day, we’ll find another day that works.
How soon will we get our pictures back?
I’d love to say you’ll get them back tomorrow, but that’s just not feasible. As I work with many clients and am usually working on several other projects as well, I do my best to post your images to your online gallery no later than 5-weeks after a lifestyle session, and 6-weeks after a wedding. Post-processing is just as important as the actual session, and I take my responsibility to deliver you the best possible collection of images very seriously. Don’t worry, you’ll get plenty of sneak peeks!
Do we need to credit you when we use the pictures you take – i.e. on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or any social media?
The short answer? YES.
I absolutely understand you want to share the photos from your session with friends and family via social media, and I want you to! When clients, friends or companies share my work, I am immensely grateful, flattered, and yea, I get a little [read: very] excited. It’s a virtual high-five, “You’re awesome! I love this, and I want all of my family and friends to know!”
Occasionally, however, I’ll see my images appear in my feed, and realize I’m not tagged, mentioned, etc. Does that sound petty? It shouldn’t. Referrals are a huge source of business for any creative entrepreneur, so getting credit for our work is not only gratifying but a boost to our businesses.
Okay, I need to credit you when I post your images. How do I do that?
Check out this blog post for step-by-step instructions.
Can we just have the RAW files and edit them ourselves?
Nope. Not a thing. While it may appear all I do is press a button and Tada! you have your images, that’s just not the case. A good chunk of my work goes into your actual session, but the part you don’t see is the culling, cropping, editing and selecting only the very best images for your final gallery. The images you don’t see, and the ones I don’t keep are a mixture of unsuitable blur, unpleasant facial expressions, blinking, etc. – images that you wouldn’t want to display. So, no, no RAW files or unedited images will be provided for any reason. Read more about that here.
What is print permission?
If you opt to print your images, most printers will require proof that you are legally allowed to print the images before they’ll move forward with creating any products for you. When this occurs, let me know, and I will happily send you a print release.
Still have questions?
It’s okay. I ask a lot of questions too, so if your question wasn’t covered here, please get in touch with me via this form. I’m happy to help and get on the road to crafting the perfect session for you.