Frequently Asked Questions
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For New Customers
When should I book my wedding photographer?
While I always try to accommodate last minute requests for wedding photography, it is better to book your wedding photographer at least 12-6 months in advance. This will ensure that you have the photographer of your choice at the wedding and throughout the wedding planning process. As a wedding photographer, I like to meet with my clients ahead of time to get to know them so I can better meet or exceed their wedding photography expectations.
Do you shoot in a studio or outdoors?
I currently don't offer studio portraits and all of my sessions are outdoors. Some of my favorite aspects of outdoor photography are being able to choose interesting and beautiful locations and playing with natural light to make your portraits really stand out.
What are the benefits of an engagement photography session?
An engagement photography session is a low-cost and comprehensive way to get to know potential wedding photographers for your big day. If you already have a photographer in mind for your wedding day, an engagement session will help form a connection between you (the couple) and the photographer. Understanding the couple’s chemistry and style is important and the best way to achieve this is through an engagement photography session.
Why should I hire a professional photographer for my event?
If you’re planning an event and want to have high quality pictures taken, a professional photographer is the best way to achieve that. While you get to enjoy the event, your photographer will make sure to capture all the key moments and you can rest assured that the pictures will turn out great. Photographers understand challenging lighting conditions, movement and timing. With a professional photographer you’ll guarantee quality images of the most memorable moments during your event without having to worry about taking them yourself.
What should I expect from a professional photography session?
All photography sessions are different. But the expectations for your professional photography session are set by you. As a photographer, I like to listen to my clients and understand what they want to get out of this session. From the planning stages to the delivery, the photographer you hire will guide you through the various stages to give you a good understanding on what to expect.
Will I need to provide a security deposit?
Most sessions require a security deposit. This is necessary for the photographer to reserve your day and time of choice and make the contract official. It typically runs from 20-40% of the total cost of the session.
Who will own the rights to my pictures?
You will own rights to the pictures taken during your photography session. However, the photographer is still allowed to use some of the images for business promotional purposes (social media, portfolio, etc.) but not allowed to sell them to any third-parties.
Will I need to sign a contract?
Yes. Contracts are important for you as well as for the photographer. The contract outlines the scope of work that is required from your photographer and it can be as detailed as it needs to be. It sets the expectation for both parties upon signing.
What types of payments do you accept?
While cash is preferred, sessions can be paid with checks or PayPal. If you don’t see your preferred method listed, contact me to see if I can accommodate your payment method.
Do you charge travel fees?
Not for the Triad and Triangle areas of North Carolina. If there is an out-of-state photography session, travel fees will be charged to the client.
What is the best way to get in touch?
You can fill out my contact form, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 919-809-4039.
Preparing For Your Photography Session
What should I wear?
Comfort should always be a priority. After that, it all depends on the look and feel of your photography session. If it’s an outdoor session, I recommend bringing comfortable shoes and an outfit that you feel good in, looks good and doesn’t restrict your ability to move.
How do I pick a location?
Choose a location that works for the type of session you’re wanting. If you have a theme for your photography session, you should select a setting that is consistent with that. I try to steer clear of busy or crowded areas to avoid other people in the background or any other elements that can take away from you (the subject/s). Check out some places around your area and think of things such as how much walking you’d like to do, is the place well-kept and maintained, will it help frame you, your family or your significant other. I can certainly help you during this step.
What happens when the forecast is calling for inclement weather on the day of my photography session?
If your photo day is ruined by rain, snow, ice, or storms, I will work with you to reschedule your session for a later day.
How early should I plan to arrive to my session?
You should aim to arrive at least 15 minutes ahead of time. All photography sessions start at the scheduled time so being late won’t allow you to make the most out of your appointment.
How many outfit changes can I accommodate into my session?
This really depends on how quickly you can change into new outfits. It is always good to allow for 30 minutes per outfit, so if you’re booking a 1-hr session, this timeframe should accommodate at least 2 different outfits.
What should I bring with me?
If you have any props you’d like to incorporate into your shoot, I may be able to provide some. Please ask beforehand. Other than that, I always encourage my customers to bring water if their session is longer or if it’s being scheduled for a hot day.
What is the best time of the day to schedule my session?
Early mornings and late afternoons are the best times for photography. With the sun being low in the sky, you shouldn’t have to squint your eyes and the pictures will have a soft warm tone that you’ll find truly magical. Right before sunset is what they refer to as magic hour.
After Your Photography Session
When can I see my pictures?
Most sessions will be handed over in 2-3 weeks from being shot. I can accommodate faster turnarounds as well upon request. The expected time will be explained in your contract as a guarantee of when you’ll receive your pictures.
Can you help me with printing and placing orders of the pictures?
Absolutely. I have helped many clients place print orders from their images or design personalized merchandise so they can better showcase their pictures.
Will you share my pictures on social media?
I share most of my sessions on social media, unless I’m specifically asked not to.
Will I get all the pictures you take?
You will most likely not get all the pictures taken during the session. I typically get more material than needed so you can then have a wider selection during the proofing stages (upon request). Each session will have specific deliverables, and I will write a minimum amount of pictures that you will receive. All the pictures provided will have been carefully selected and edited.
Can you design a photo book with pictures from my session?
Yes, I love designing photo books for my clients. Ask for more information!