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Once I've chosen a session with you, what's the next step?
We'll get a date on the calendar, and I'll send you my contract to look over. From there, we'll discuss your vision for the shoot and decide on a location. If you're a high school senior, I'll send you a questionnaire to fill out.
Do I need to put down a deposit after booking a portrait session with you?
No, but please keep in mind that when you get a date on my calendar, I'm reserving that whole day for you (since I only do one shoot a day!). So please be courteous of my time. Please cancel far in advance if completely necessary. It takes a lot of time to email back and forth and get the shoot set up, so please remember this when booking a shoot with me. There is a $50 fee if a shoot is canceled or rescheduled less than two weeks in advance (unless the reason is bad weather or illness).
What about payment?
Please bring a check or cash for the full amount on the day of the shoot. I do not require a deposit, but there will be a fee for shoots that are canceled or rescheduled less than two weeks in advance.
Do you charge extra for shooting at a location that is a little bit farther away?
Yes, if your shoot is 30 minutes or more away, I will add a fee for gas coverage.
When do you shoot?
Most of my shoots happen on weekdays, about an hour or two before sunset (if the shoot is outdoors). Early morning can also be a great option to get beautiful, soft light. Time of day is not as important for indoor shoots, like newborn portraits in the home.
What happens if there is bad weather on the day of my shoot?
The only weather I cannot shoot in is actual rain. I don't mind getting wet, but my camera equipment does! Beautiful pictures can come from all sorts of light, including overcast, cloudy, or bright skies. I am trained to make it work in almost any lighting situation. Florida weather can change at the drop of a hat, so I don't make the call of canceling a shoot until about two hours before our scheduled time. Sometimes, I end up moving the shoot just an hour earlier to avoid a storm. I advise you to keep your afternoon free if you have a shoot planned with me (even if your shoot isn't until 7:00 PM).
What do I wear on my shoot?
I have a lot to say about this! And once you book a session with me, I'm happy to go more into detail about your wardrobe specifically; you can even send me pictures! I'm also happy to meet up with you to help you choose an outfit. I always say that your clothes need to match your surroundings, so for example, if we are shooting in a field or woods, don't wear a preppy dress and heels; instead wear something flowy and more casual. If we are shooting downtown or in a more urban area, wear something a little edgier, maybe a black dress or something with a modern pattern. If you are a couple or family, make sure to coordinate, not match, your outfits and colors. It looks great to have a mixture of texture and patterns, as well as some people in pants, others in dresses, others in shorts or a skirt. It will make the image much more dynamic and natural. Don't wear anything that isn't your style. Be yourself! If you are uncomfortable in your clothes, it will show in the pictures.
How many outfits can I wear during the shoot?
Seniors, you can wear up to three outfits - it's totally up to you! For maternity shoots, I recommend one or two outfits. Be prepared to change in the car if we are in a field or woods, or somewhere where there isn't a close bathroom! Families generally just wear one outfit for the shoot; it's just too much trouble to have everyone change, and we want to use our time wisely.
How many images will I receive from my shoot?
I can't give an exact number because every shoot is different, but trust me, you will receive plenty! Usually for seniors, I deliver about 75 images.
I just booked a senior session for my daughter/son; who should come with them on the shoot?
This is so important! And it totally depends on the senior. Some seniors are more comfortable when no one else is watching, so shooting one-on-one with them is best. Others will be much more natural when a best friend or two is present; the friends can help them laugh naturally, touch up their makeup, and make the shoot extra fun! This is my preferred method of shooting. Lastly, some seniors might prefer for their mom to come with them on the shoot. Moms, if your senior would like to have you with them for the shoot, great! But please let them choose. It's a really vulnerable feeling to get your picture taken, so we need people around them that are encouraging, helpful, and loving; only positive vibes on the shoot! Please make sure that if you do come along for the shoot, you aren't snapping pictures on your own camera the whole time. I am easily distracted!
How long does it take to receive my final images, once the shoot is over?
On my contract, I state that I have 4-6 weeks to deliver the images, but most of the time, it takes about three weeks. Please know that I spend this time making sure your images are beautifully edited; it's worth the wait.
Do you suggest getting hair and makeup done professionally?
It's not necessary, but definitely makes you feel even more special for your shoot! For seniors, I don't think it's necessary because I want you to look as youthful and natural as possible, and in my experience, you seniors are so great at doing your own hair and makeup. But for maternity, bridal, or headshots, I would think about getting hair and makeup done. I am happy to suggest some of my favorite artists and salons in the area!
What about ordering more prints after my shoot?
Ordering prints from your shoot is a very easy process. Once your images are finished, I will send you a link to an online gallery of the high-resolution images. From there, you'll be able to select the images you'd like to print and they will ship directly to you. I print through Bay Photo; all of their products are of the highest quality and absolutely beautiful. They have all sorts of products, like prints and canvases in all different sizes.
It's worth the read, I promise!