I have compiled a list of the most common Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ’s ) for photo sessions. Can’t find what you are looking for or you need more information, just let me know!
How do I prepare for my photo shoot?
1) Get excited! Start thinking about clothing and locations… scan pinterest and if there is something specific you want, share your ideas with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) Read & Review the Terms and Conditions prior to scheduling your photo shoot.
3) Book your session! Visit my online calendar to select your dates. If you don’t see what you are looking for, please let me know and we will try to find you an appointment that works for both our schedules!
4) Please complete the New Client Questionnaire that you will receive once your book your session. This will help me plan your shoot so that it is perfect for you! Your shoot is not considered confirmed until we have received your paperwork.
Terms & Conditions
Boring but necessary…. all the details that no one wants to read but really should. Terms & Conditions
New Client Questionnaire
You are required to complete a New Client Questionnaire and sign a portrait contract. This questionnaire allows met to “meet” your family before our photo shoot! This is also a contract includes a model release which will allow me to use photos from our session on my website, social media and other promotional materials. You do not need to sign this model release but if an electronic signature or confirmation is not obtained , there is an additional $100 charge for your session.
When should I book my session?
Book your session as soon as possible. I am a wife, a mother to two beautiful girls and a full time photographer so life gets very busy! If you would like a specific time of year or a specific date, please book as early as possible since I only accept a limited number of sessions per month.
For newborns, please schedule your newborn session during your pregnancy. We will tentatively book you around your due date and once the baby arrives, we will set a firm date within 14 days of letting me know about the arrival of your child.
What is included in my session fee?
Your session fee includes ALL the digital images, the Photographer’s creative time and talent as well as resources including props, lighting, equipment and more. You will also receive an personal online gallery to share with friends and family plus edited images and a print release. Depending upon your session, you will receive High Resolution Images at no charge via digital download, we transfer or dropbox. USB is an extra $30.
Location: Where do the sessions take place?
I love to be outside and I have a list of places we can go….Parks, urban areas, historic locations, river banks…the options are endless! If you have a place in mind or somewhere that is important to you, I would love to meet you there (additional travel charges apply for over 10 miles from my home studio) or I can offer you a wide variety of suggestions.
We will talk and based on your New Client Questionnaire, we will decide what is best for your family and the various ages of the participants. The goal is to incorporate your family’s personality and make it a FUN experience!
Family Session Where do you want to do these? I have great parks and fun locations but we can also go wherever you want to go! I will even travel (for a fee!) 🙂
Mini Sessions: Designated locations and designated dates through out the year. Like my facebook page or my instagram to stay up to date on these very popular photo opportunities.
Senior Sessions: We will talk about you, your hobbies, interests and what makes you uniquely you! Do you play a sport or a musical instrument? Do you love art or the movies? We will try to come up with some fun and unique places that reflect your personality and make your images and your experience uniquely you.
Newborn & Maternity (10 days old to 3 months old) sessions generally take place in my home studio with appropriate lighting and backdrops. If the weather cooperates, we can do a few shots outside as well. You can choose to have the newborn session in your home. This gives it a very personal
Cake Smash & Milestone (First Birthday). – These typically take place in my home studio since that is where all the gear is!
Winter Sessions: Typically, I host children and newborn sessions in my home studio during the cold winter months. These are smaller family sessions (up to 3 or 4) as space is limited. We can do winter sessions in your home as well. I promise you won’t be able to see any clutter! 🙂
Clothing: What do you wear?
You have booked your shoot but now have to get everyone dressed… check out this post for some great ideas on what to wear and some important tips for you and your family. I also suggest visiting my Pinterest board or creating one of your own for inspiration. or my pinterest page for suggestions on what to wear.
Payment & Guarantee
Payment is due in full the day of your photo session. However, I have a 3R guarantee. If you are not absolutely thrilled with the images I create, you get all of your money back. No hassles . . . no hard feelings. I want you to be completely, absolutely, 100% satisfied with the results from your creation session.
How long after my session can I expect to receive my images.
This depends a lot upon the season you and your family were photographed as well as the type of session that you had. The Fall and Spring are busy months and you can typically expect your fully edited images back within three weeks of the date of your final shoot. Your sneak peaks up on my Blog and / or Social Media should be expected within a week and your final images within three weeks.
For more information on my editing workflow, please check out this blog:
You are required to sign a portrait contract. This contract includes a model release which will allow me to use photos from our session on my website, social media and other promotional materials. You do not need to sign this model release but if an electronic signature or confirmation is not obtained , there is an additional $100 charge for your session.