- What does the portrait session fee cover?
- How do we view our edited images?
- Do you include the digital images?
- I just want to print my own images, why do I need to spend a specific amount of money on prints?
- We are ready to have our portraits taken, now what?
- Session is booked what do we do to prepare for it?
- Do you include retouch?
- Deposits and re-scheduling appointments...
What does the portrait session fee cover?
Our session fees are set-up to cover just the expenses of photographing our clients. Most sessions run about 2 hours. Newborn sessions for instance are higher priced because they can run up to 3-4 hours depending on how well the baby is doing because we include time for nursing breaks, diaper changes, etc. This price also covers our travel to and from a location within a 50 mile radius of Denver and all of the editing of the images after the session.
How do we view our edited images?
We will schedule a date for an in home consultation on the day of your portrait session for a week following the session. At the consultation we will go through your photos with you and help you make decisions on what to order for the walls of your home or to go in an album. After the initial print order we can also display your images online to share with friends and family should you like us to display an online photo gallery for you.
Do you include the digital images?
Yes, we include the digital images from every session if our client spends $500 or more in a print order. Or you may purchase specific digital images individually and the price varies depending on how large of an image you would like to purchase.
I just want to print my own images, why do I need to spend a specific amount of money on prints?
One thing I constantly heard from clients was how they had spent so much time and money on getting their family's professional images taken, but then the images just sit on a CD or on their computer for years or at worse they lose the disk before they ever do anything with them. I've been working hard over the past little while to really take the services I provide my clients to a new level and part of doing that now is providing prints for my clients to put on their walls. You will still get the digital images if you spend $500 or more with us, but now you will also get beautiful high end art prints that will really showcase your images in the most beautiful way. I've been working with one of the best labs in the country for years to provide you with the best product that I can at a reasonable price. Every print sized 11x14 or larger will come mounted, so you won't have any bending or creasing. And printed on the highest quality photographic paper with vivid, bright, high quality colors.
We are ready to have our portraits taken, now what?
After you have decided that we are the right studio to take your portrait either give us a call or an email to set a time and place. Consider if you want more of a formal studio session or a relaxed outdoor session. Where are you thinking about hanging your wall prints? We'll discuss different location options for you and what would work best for displaying images in your home. If you have young children you will want to schedule the session around the time that they are the most rested, fed and likely to be the most cooperative. If you are doing outdoor portraits you may want to consider the best time of day for lighting which is usually early morning or late afternoon right before sunset. If those options do not work for you we'll discuss places with good open shade to make sure you are not squinting in your photos or have dark shadows on your faces. If you prefer to go the studio route we either bring the studio to you or we have you meet us at one of the studio locations that we rent out per a job basis.
Session is booked what do we do to prepare for it?
In the days leading up to your session this is a great time to get ready for it. Email me for my free pamphlet on what to wear and other tips for preparing for your session.
Do you include retouch?
Retouching is included on all of the final prints that are ordered through our company. I'm not a huge fan of the overly retouched look that makes a person look plastic, so with that being said I include light retouch that would remove blemishes on the face, dark circles under the eyes and slight fading of lines and wrinkles. We will remove items out of the background if they were missed during the photography session and they are distracting on the final image. Retouching that we do not include is body manipulation (making someone skinny), photo-shopping a person into the photo who missed the session, etc. Those types of image manipulation are very time consuming and often times the photo looks weird and out of place when it has been altered in that fashion. So please consider that if Uncle "Bob" isn't going to be able to make the scheduled session.
Deposits and re-scheduling appointments...
Depending on what type of photo session you schedule and whether or not we schedule your session on a weekend or not we may need to take a deposit for your session fee over the phone. Unfortunately, there are only so many weekends in a month and with most weddings taking place on weekends and families sometimes only having weekends available to schedule their sessions we may have to take a deposit to make sure everyone who wants to be photographed can get in. If we do take a deposit for your session it is only refundable if you cancel at least 2 weeks out from your session. We ask if you have to reschedule you do so at least one week out from your appointment or at the very least notify us at least 48 hours from your scheduled time. If we can re-book your appointment with someone else we will refund your deposit, otherwise it becomes payment for reserving your date. A deposit would be 50% of the session fee.