I have experienced first hand that picture day can be stressful. Most of the stress can be alleviated with knowledge. I have compiled a list of most commonly asked questions to make your experience a pleasant one.
When Should I Book My Session?
There is a saying "Fix cart in winter and your sled in summer". Busy seasons for a photographer are summer/fall (weddings), spring-(senior photos) and Christmas - (family photos). Consider this and try to plan your session in the "off season". Ideally I would take your Christmas card photo in October and plan your wedding a year ahead. I would prefer if you book your session at least two weeks ahead of time, but I will take on a short notice assignment if that does not conflict with my prior engagements. One hundred dollar charge will apply to rushed orders (when images are needed in less that two weeks).
How Do I Book My Session?
Please, fill out my " Book Your Session" page and I will respond to you as soon as possible.
Where Do We Take Our Pictures?
There will be NO charge for traveling within a twenty-mile area outside of LInden, California. Additional charge may apply for traveling outside the 95236 zip code. I specialize in lifestyle photography. All sessions are held outside. I will provide you with some suggestions once we discuss the location, however, I would love to hear your recommendations.
How Long Is My Session?
Your photo session will last anywhere from one to three hours. The length of a session is individual. For example, I realize that young children loose interest quickly, their session would probably not last as long as a senior photo session. Newborn photography may take longer, since they require the most time and attention.
When Is the Best Time to Take Pictures?
The best light for photography is either early in the morning or before sunset.
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When is My Session Fee Due?
You will be quoted with a price during our consultation and that is the price you will be responsible to pay at the time of your session. Wedding dates are reserved for a customer only after a wedding contract is signed and the photographer has received a 25% retainer of the total fee.
Do You Offer Hairdresser/Make-up Artist Services For Your Sessions?
I am collaborating with a hairdresser and a make-up artist upon your request. Please, see "Senior Photo Packages" under "Your Investment" for details. Please, contact me for more detailed information.
What Are General Guidelines For a Hairdresser/Make-up Artist?
A hairdresser /Make-up artist is an independent contractor. I provide you with he general idea of the price for their her services, however the price may wary depending on the service. (For example - washing and styling your hair versus washing, cutting and styling your hair). A travel fee may apply. You are responsible to negotiate the final price for the service. Tips are greatly appreciated. Payment is due before the service is rendered.
Please allow extra 40 -60 minutes for each service.
Which Colors/Outfits Should I Wear?
There is no limit to the number of wardrobe changes You will look most natural when you are comfortable. Here are some general clothing/make-up suggestions:
1) Extra mascara/eye shadow helps to bring out the eyes.
2) I retouch minor blemishes for no extra charge.
3) Wear warm colors( red, brown, orange, gold, dark green) in fall and cool colors in spring/summer (beige, pink, light blue, pale green etc.) . Avoid white if possible.
4) Don't try new hairstyles right before your photo session.
5) You may want to avoid very short skirts, as they will restrict your movements.
6) Baggy clothing may make you appear larger than you are.
7) Avoid clothes with words, except school logo. Be mindful of clothing with print, it may shift focus off your face.
8) It is best to wear long sleeves. They eye is drawn to skin. The focus of the picture should be your face.
9) tan lines are seen on pictures.
10 ) Manicure and pedicure are suggested.
Bring clothes in different styles; ones that are well suited for your parent's purpose - sharing pictures with family and your purpose - giving photographs to friends. Don't be afraid to be adventurous, bring a prom dress, hats, headpieces, jackets and fun accessories.
What Is a Gallery Download?
With a purchase of $500 I release images to your via download. This gives you an opportunity to order additional prints from a different photo lab. This service replaces "photo disk".
When Will I Receive My Gallery Download?
I will notify you when your Gallery Download is available (usually 2-4 weeks after the day of your session). Once you have been notifies, you will have 24 hours to download the gallery in allotted time, please contact me for further assistance. Previews are put online shorty after the session for you to get a glance .
Where is My Gallery Download?
In your Gallery find "Buy" button, proceed to " Download Album". Pick "Original" for size if you intend to make prints. Follow the directions on the screen and check out. If you need further assistance, please contact me and I will be glad to help.
Where Should I Make My Prints?
While you may use the printer company of your choice, please understand the quality of your prints depends on the quality of the printer. To help ensure you receive prints that retain proper detail and color, I am providing you with the printer service through my website.
Will My Prints Have Your Watermark?
My watermark is placed on small resolution images meant for the internet to prevent illegal copying. It will not appear on your final prints.
My Computer Crashed And I No Longer Have My Images. Can I get another download?
After I release the download to you, you are responsible for it and will not get a new one. However, you may order prints off my website as long as they are in the client's galleries. (About six months after the photo shoot).