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Q: What should I wear to my portrait session?
A: First of all, wear something you feel pretty in. You need to be confident about yourself when you get your picture taken. Aside from that, avoid large bright patterns and shorts. Other than that, try to wear classic clothes – anything too trendy will look silly in a few years (remember those pictures you took in the 80s?).
If you’re participating in a family session, try to coordinate with the other individuals in the photo so that you’re not clashing (but you don’t have to be all matchy-matchy). Also really important – styles of clothing should match across the board! Once we decide what location we’re going to shoot at, I always try to make a few suggestions as to style of clothing, or colors, but as long as you follow the general guidelines above, you should be on the right track.
Q: Can we do more than one location/one outfit at a portrait shoot?
The short answer is yes. When you book me, you basically have me for the time allotted in the package, and we can go wherever you want to go. If you’re interested in shooting in a few different locations, please make sure to discuss this at a consult.
I generally encourage my clients to bring a change of clothes so that they can get pictures with a few different looks.
Q: What do we do if it rains?
With portrait sessions, if possible, I generally like to reschedule if it rains, or if there is other inclement weather. I often like to work with natural light, and I rarely like the light dreary skies provide. However, if it is impossible to reschedule, I will do my absolute best to work with you to find an indoor location.
Q: Where and when do I see my pictures after the session?
Generally, portrait photos are available 4-6 weeks after the session. As soon as I edit all the photos, I will post them on my proofing site and will email you to let you know they’re ready. From there, you can pass the link around to your family and friends, order prints, and just gaze at the multitude of photos. If you purchased the images on DVD, or it came with your package, then I will also be providing the images to you on DVD.
Q: Can I share my photos on Facebook?
Definitely! I would love if you share your photos of Facebook or other social media sites. The only thing I ask is that you do not post high-resolution images to the web, instead, I provide web-resolution images on your disc just for this purpose.
Q: What kind of products do you offer?
I highly recommend getting your photos printed in some form, because that’s how they’re meant to be viewed. Don’t confine your photos to your computer screen! For that reason, I offer everything from prints, to canvases, to albums. If there is a product or print size that you are specifically interested in, please let me know. I work with several professional labs and print companies; I can probably get it for you!
Q: What’s the difference between owning copyright and being given a license?
Copyright is a term that relates to who owns the rights to distribute, publish, and sell photos (or other creations). Copyright is automatically given to the photographer when he/she takes a photo, as it is his/her original work. Photographers very rarely wish to give up their copyright, as it basically means other individuals decide what gets to be done with their photos.
Licensing is generally what photographers (myself included) provide to their clients. Licensing can take many forms, and should be spelled out on a contract. In my case, when clients purchase DVDs with hi-res images on them, I also provide the client with a personal printing license. This allows my clients to print the photos on the DVD however many times or at whatever size they want. The photos can only be printed for their own personal use, and the digital images may not be distributed to anyone (that includes other family members, vendors, or websites!).