Portrait session Frequently Asked Questions
How do I book a session with you?
Totally easy, you just fill out my contact form, and I'll be emailing with you right away! Once you've decided I'm the right photographer for you, we'll pick a date for your photos and I'll get you a booking form to fill out and pay for your session fee online. The session fee does not include prints or digital images, you'll purchase what you want an an ordering appointment with me later.
Where should we go for our pictures?
Anywhere you want! I have a page of the 10 best locations locally, but if what you're thinking of isn't on that list, let's make it happen!
OMG I'm so bad at wardrobe! What do we wear?
Don't freak out! Just pick two to three colors, and dress everyone in layers and shades of those colors.It's way easier to do in the fall than it is the summer because you have more layers to work with. See my what to wear page for more help, or just ask me to plan your wardrobe for you.
What happens on or session day?
I usually show up about 15 minutes early if I've been there before, and earlier if I have never used the location. I will begin the session with asking your kids' names, then I will call them the wrong name... on purpose. :) It gets the kids laughing before we even start. Expect your session to have lots of laughs and silly questions. I always ask who the stinkiest person in the family is.. dads be prepared to be thrown under the bus! I play stupid games to get real smiles, and there are only tears if someone trips and falls.
What if it rains, or my child falls down and we're in the hospital instead?
Not an issue. If it rains, we'll reschedule. Chances are that I've already been watching the weather a week in advance and I've already notified you that it might be raining. If it's anything over 50% chance of rain, we just pick another day. No biggie. If your child is sick or injured or you've had another family emergency, it's fine. We'll just pick another day! I once had a two year old in a new pair of shoes land on her face about 15 minutes into the shoot. She was a wreck, so we stopped and sent everyone home. It's all fine.
What happens after our session?
I will be editing your photos! I sit down and look at each and every one of the ones I've taken. I cull out the not so great ones. I remove bruises and boogers, fix stray things in the shots, and generally pick the pest to show you. I always provide a sneak peek of your photos within a week of your photo session. Around the end of that week, you'll be called back into my studio for your ordering appointment.
How many images will we see?
You can expect to be shown 30-60 images. I show a few portraits in black and white as an artistic choice. You'll also see a pre-design of an album so that you don't have to guess at what your album would look like with your images. The images that I don't show you are pretty much cut for a reason, they're just not the best!
What happens at our ordering appointment?
You'll come in to the studio and be shown your finished images along with an album preview, since so many of my clients love my handmade albums as much as I do. When you order, you'll order a set of digital images as well as add print products, that way you have your images for posterity and reprinting, but you'll also have print items custom made for you. See the Product Page to watch videos and see pictures of the amazing albums or prints you'll get.
Why do we have to order print products too? Why don't you just include the files for us?
I have been in business for the last 15 years, and I've learned that while most people want to have the digital images, not many people actually do anything with them once they have them. I have clients from years ago that never printed their photos. I get it, people are busy and it just gets put off. Why have them made at all if you're not going to enjoy them? Your kids and family deserve to live on your walls, not tucked away in your desk drawer under some old papers. Me making them for you makes sure that you have them to hang.
What happens after our ordering appointment?
I will be making your order with my lab and album provider. It takes about 2 weeks for prints to come in, and about 4 weeks for albums to come back. I'll let you now when everything is ready to be picked up, or I'll be mailing it to you if you're super far out of town.
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