Frequently Asked Questions
1. What should I wear?
I always suggest solid colors. Busy patterns can be distracting. If you're in a group such as family pictures, then complimentary colors always turn out really nice. I heard another photographer give the advice to a client to go to Home Depot and pick up a paint card with a handful of colors on it, and dress the group accordingly. Sounds like a lot of hassle, but you get the idea. :)
In terms of the types of clothes, it really depends on what type of photo you are aiming for. For this, I recommend Pinterest. (I know, I know.) If you can figure out what overall theme you're going for, the rest falls into line.
2. Should I send you example pictures?
Yes! I love to get a feel for the types of shots that speak to you, and what you are picturing. That being said, I will not completely copy another picture. Imitations just never turn out like the original. Instead I think it works best to take inspiration from certain images and apply it to our session!
3. I'm nervous! What should I expect?
Well, after introductions, there will be a period of me bossing you around. I'm not kidding. It helps break the ice and get you comfortable in front of the camera. I tell you how to stand, where to look, how to behave. It helps take the pressure off of you so nobody feels awkward! Very quickly you'll become comfortable and begin improvising some. (I promise. This happens.) This is when the best shots come to life. You know best what you are picturing and going for, so you do you, and I capture it.
The biggest tip that I say at least 1000 times when photographing couples and families is "don't talk!" There are two reasons for this. First of all, talking in pictures contorts faces, which isn't a cute look. Second of all, the challenge of communicating with your family members or fiance without words adds to the fun! It leads to making faces and expressions, laughing, and stronger body language communication, which all comes out beautifully on camera.
4. How many outfits can I fit into my session?
It is your hour, you are free to fit as much into your session as you please. Under the "investment" tab you will see that I list a suggested amount of outfits/looks. It is wholly up to you how to spend your hour, however from my experience the best results come from 1-2 outfits per hour. When we try to squeeze too much into the time, the shots can be rushed and we may end up missing a particular photo we were aiming for. Not to mention the actual time spent changing will of course eat up some of your session time.
5. Do you have any ideas or suggestions?
Always! Just ask.
6. Is there a payment structure?
Yes, payment is due 50% at the time of booking and 50% on the day of the shoot. The one exception to this is weddings, in which case the last 50% is due 30 days before the event.
7. Do you take film photography?
Yes, for my personal use, but I have never shot with film professionally. Frankly, it makes me nervous! Its hard to see what you are capturing in real time, which could potentially result in missing certain shots. However, if you are set on having film, it is something I would be open to discussing.
8. What if our shoot runs over?
Sometimes we get to having fun, or the dog just won't cooperate. I get it! I try to stick to the schedule, but if we lose track of time, you won't be billed for the extra. So relax, have fun!
9. What if I'm running late?
Please keep me updated if you are running late. Best case scenario neither party has plans following the shoot, so we can just have the shoot run a little later than planned. Worst case scenario your session will end up being a bit shorter than planned, however in cases where you are running late there is no refund or prorated refund.
10. Can I reschedule or cancel?
If something comes up where the date will no longer work for you, please give me as much notice as possible so that we can reschedule at no cost. Please note that if you must cancel the session all together, any funds already paid will not be refunded, however funds which had not yet become due will not be owed. In sum this means you must let me know of the cancellation at least 30 days in advance for a wedding, and at least 24 hours in advance for any other session.
11. How long is needed for group shots?
My recommendation is two hours, but it depends what you are going for. If (for example) your extended family would like a family portrait together, this can be accomplished in an hour time slot. However, getting that great picture where everybody is looking and nobody is blinking can easily take up the entire hour, especially if we have tired children or hungry babies! From my experience, most families show up to group sessions also hoping to get some pictures of just their nuclear family as well. It is your time to do as you please, however my suggestion is to book a second hour for those nuclear family photos, so that nothing ends up rushed! If a nuclear families also wants shots of each child, the parents, the family together, (et cetera,) this all adds to the time that will be required to get that ideal shot, and therefore it may make more sense for that family to book a separate shoot. At the end of the day, its your time to do as you please, but those are some things to keep in mind when deciding how much time will be needed!
12. Will you edit my photos with a certain color aesthetic?
Lots of photographers have "a look" - that is, a very specific set of colors to which their photos are edited. Think of Instagram and VSCO pages in which all of the photos match. Pretty, huh? Typically you see weddings done in bright whites, nostalgic film feeling grain, and pastel colors. Outdoor photographers from the Pacific North West on the other hand, tend to go for the opposite end of the spectrum with dark lighting, moody hues, and high contrast. If you find yourself drawn to a certain look, whether a certain influencer's Instagram page, or a trend you've noticed in all of the Pinterest shots that catch your eye, please share! The post-shot editing done to pictures can make a huge difference in the final product, so knowing what it is you like and are drawn to can be a huge win/win. I myself do not have one particular editing style, as you may notice in my gallery or Instagram page. Certain seasons, times of day, types of shots (think newborn shoots versus professional headshots), and even style choices call for different photo editing vibes! For that reason I don't want to stick myself with any particular M.O. As said, if you feel drawn to a certain look, just let me know and I will make it happen! Otherwise, I will use my best discretion to edit your photos in the manner I feel best honors the feel we were going for during your session.