11-2-2012- I am taking a hiatus from photography until October of 2013. I am currently scheduled through April of 2013 and will finish out these sessions, but we not be scheduling an additional sessions. I will be scheduling again and responding to post once I resume - thank you so much for your understanding!
**I DO NOT PRINT PHOTOS - HOWEVER YOU MAY ORDER PROFESSIONAL PRINTS FROM THIS WEBSITE**
First and Foremost I only do this PART-TIME! and I do truly appreciate your considering me :)
**I give you the "release to print" on your edited images and if you need them re-sized or re-edited to print at a non-professional printing (which is not color calibrated to my monitor/devices) I can help adjust the colors for the best printing possible at a run of the mill printer (please note examples below). However I do suggest a professional printing company. You should receive the same clarity of image as what you view on the disk. I cannot control what the printer prints - unless it's from a pro lab. THANKS!
Suggested Labs: you can order prints here online also, however the following are suggested. If you print from walmart (horrid) - walgreens (dark and contrasty) etc.
http://www.iprintfromhome.com - decent
http://www.mpix.com - good
http://www.smugmug.com - acceptable
http://www.simplycolorlab.com - by far the best printing
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The answer is, if you want the digital files from your session, and it’s something your photographer offers, then purchase them. But know this:
1 – They will not be cheap. It is not about ‘the cost of the CD’ any more than buying a print is about ‘the cost of the paper.’ When you purchase that CD on print, the photographer knows that you won’t need to buy any prints from him. Since the photographer must make a profit to stay in business and feed his kids, and since the only ‘product’ you are buying from him is the digital files, they will be priced so that the session is profitable for him. Commercial photography has been run this way for years – and commercial rates are HIGH for this exact reason.2 – They will need care. Not as much care as a kid, or even as much care as a low-maintenance houseplant. But you do need to make sure you a) make at least one copy right away to store in a separate location, to protect against loss by fire, etc, b) make high-quality prints of all of the images on the CD right away, if copies were not provided by your photographer, c) store the CD safely, out of extremes in heat and cold, d) make copies of the CD periodically (I recommend once per year) to prevent against degradation of the media, and e) be sure to upgrade to new media when the CD goes the way of the cassette tape.
3 – They might not serve all your portrait needs. Many photographers, myself included, provide high resolution files that are designed to make prints up to about 11×14 in size. Small prints are what most people plan to produce with their digital files anyway, but more importantly larger prints require more attention and care, and are best printed by a pro through a professional lab. Yes, the consumer can find a lab that will print a large canvas for them – but please trust me, you don’t want to do this. After 9 years in business, I honestly still agonize over every large wall print. I go over the file with a fine tooth comb. I spend extra time making sure everything is perfect, and I know what things won’t show up on an 8×10 but will be obvious on a large wall portrait and require extra attention. The difference between an excellent quality large print or canvas and a crappy quality one is very, very obvious. You really want to have those big wall prints made by your photographer, and use the digital files to make small prints to your heart’s content.
Examples of Walmart/Target printing vs Pro Prints
I am excited that you are interested in Custom Photography! Please understand that it is a commitment and an investment, which is why we take extra steps to insure (from start to finish) that your session is what you want it to be and more! If your still deciding whether custom photography is the right decision for you, we encourage you read these articles from The Professional Photographer: the consumer guide to custom photography.
Within three to four weeks you will receive a message from me with instructions on how to view your online gallery. Your gallery will remain active for 14 days. You will also receive your CD by this time. If you wish to order prints you can order them from your gallery or you are free to use your disk which includes edited images ONLY :)
Also you may wish to read-
Why Choose Custom Photography
Why Does Custom Photography Cost More?
Sessions: A $50 deposit fee is required to hold the date and time of your session, and is applied toward your total session fee. The deposit is non-refundable if a scheduled session is canceled and/or not re-scheduled* or a complete no-show. *only 3 reschedules allowed and then the retainer is forfeited.
The session fee covers the time, travel and talent of the photographer and 10-20 images in a personal online proofing gallery, each edited image will be placed on a disk with printing rights to your photos. All other images may be viewed but only edited versions will be inclusive to your disk. Out of town sessions require an extra travel fee; please inquire.
Prices subject to change at any time with exception of orders that are in progress.
Portrait -Single and/or Family Session $250
(up to 4 people, $10 for each additional person)
Lasting 1-2 hours.
When you think of the perfect portrait that would capture your family or child, what does it look like? Are they serious and serene, or happy and colorful? Let me know and we'll make it happen. Being a custom photographer and working at home or on location, we can do just about anything. We can come to your home or meet you somewhere near and dear to your family. Or we can come up with something totally unique together. The schedule is typically booked 3-6 weeks in advance so contact me with days that work best and we'll find a spot for you!
Newborn: $175 (up to 2wks of age)
I am ONE: $175 (cake bash sessions)
Lasting 2-3 hours
Your baby's first photo-shoot in the privacy of your own home or mine. Capture all those precious details of your baby's face, fingers, and toes.
If you'd like maternity photos before your little one arrives, we're thrilled to offer the maternity session. This session can be done on-location, or in the privacy of your home. Maternity sessions typically last about 1 hour and allow for a clothing change or two. Dad and siblings are welcome to join in as well.
(Lasting 3-4 hours/ up to 4 locations and
Up to 5 changes of clothing.) This will include editing our blemishes, enhanced photographs etc.)
I DO NOT DO WEDDINGS - Sorry!!!
Bridals only: $200
Engagements only: $200
(if you'd like to see a gallery of sample shots, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org) thanks!
What to wear: Clothing is very important in a photograph. I recommend wearing layers as much as possible to add texture and interest. I also recommend hats, scarfs, ruffles, buttons, funky tights and boots. The more color the better! Try to avoid anything with large logos on them. You want to feel good in your clothes and be able to move around and have fun!!!! For family sessions, dark jeans work well. Try to pick a color scheme but don't match too much, something within the same color tonality would be great! I am here to help you if you have any questions about what to wear. I want your images to be as unique, fun and full of personality as YOU are! :) The best part of any portrait session is having fun, trying different poses, locations and absolutely nothing is OFF limits - make all the goofy faces your heart desires!! There is NO perfect way to pose, smile or stand just be YOURSELF and allow that beautiful soul to SHINE through, that's where true beauty resides!!! ~~ My goal is to capture who you are!!!
What to expect: My style is casual, fun, and laid back. Often I find that children do better if Mom and Dad are off in the distance, same with teens and tweens, so don't be surprised if I ask you to step away momentarily! I prefer to focus on the children and siblings, however I do photograph families too.
CLOTHING: Avoid stripes, plaids and very large patterns! Solids and small prints/patterns photograph much better. Make sure to bring a variety of outfits. Different colors, styles, and dress levels. Bring one or two outfits mom likes and then we can move onto the stuff you want to do! It's better to bring too many outfit choices than not enough. We can help you choose when you get here. Some ideas would be long sleeves, solid dark top, a white long sleeve shirt for white on white, a timeless outfit suitable for your grandparents, a trendy, fashionable outfit, and your favorite casual outfit that shows your unique style. Don't forget about a great coat with fur, prom dresses, hats and scarves, boots, you school or favorite college gear, bandannas, etc. Make sure your clothing choices fit well. This goes for both guys and girls. Baggy clothing will make you look larger and so will clothing that is too tight. Sleeveless styles , while popular, can make your arms look bigger so be sure to choose wisely. Cap sleeves are not advisable! Make sure to bring some longer sleeved outfits!
WHAT TO BRING: Bring all items you need for each outfit: shoes, belts, jewelry, and for the girls proper undergarments including strapless bras if necessary. Please bring your outfits ironed, on hangers. You would be what happens when things are stuffed in a bag ~ YES wrinkles do SHOW!
CHANGING: There usually isn't a place to change on location for your outdoor sessions (my preference). I do have a truck you can change in, but you girls may want to consider a tank under your clothing to help changing situations.
NAILS: Your nails show! For both guys and girls, make sure your nails are clean and manicured. This doesn't mean that you girls need to run out and spend big bucks on nails, just make sure they are filed, cuticles taken care of and neatly polished, if desired, in neutral colors. Most girls love barefoot, casual shots. Make sure your toenails are in top shape and avoid brightly colored or unusual colored nail polish.
MAKEUP: should look natural, applied as if you are going on a date! If you don't wear make-up at all, you need to consider a light coat of mascara and a little blush. I promise you will still look like yourself. Please bring something for your lips such as lipstick, lip gloss, chapstick, etc. Lip gloss with color is a perfect choice!! You also need to bring powder for those shiny spots that will pop up during your session. Please have your makeup applied before you get here and we can make any adjustments if we need too. Guys, if your lips are dry, cracked, or sunburned, you will need chapstick!
HAIR: Don't try anything new with your hair before your session. This means color or cut, and this goes for both guys and girls. Once to two weeks before, depending on how fast your hair grows, is about right. Girls, please remember to bring a comb or brush and any hair products you may need. Hair spray can be very helpful for those stray hairs that won't stay down.
SHAVING: Both guys and girls , make sure you shave the day of your session. And girls, be careful with the deodorant! We all know how it can get on our clothes and show if you raise your arms in a tank or prom dress.
TANNING and SUNBURNS: Tans photograph well, sunburns do not! Avoid too deep a tan for your skin type. Too deep a tan will actually make your face look fuller and your skin will have a flat dull appearance. If you are sunburned or peeling, you will need to reschedule your session. Please avoid trying to get some last minute sun, either naturally or in a tanning bed. You also need to be very careful with self tanners and spray on tans. Orange streaky girls cannot be retouched easily. Guys, avoid those ball cap lines on your foreheads and new haircut lines!
PROPS: I have some, but BRING THEM! Sports gear (ball, uniforms, football pads, medals, running shoes, etc.) instruments, cars, motorcycles, pets, and yes, even friends! Make sure everything is clean, including the friends! LOL If you can see it, the camera will see it too!
MUSIC: Bring your ipod loaded with your favorite tunes and we can definitely TURN IT UP during your session!
WEATHER: Mother Nature is the natural dictator of when a session can be taken. Outdoor sessions need to be earlier in the morning (on weekends) or later in the afternoon. That high, mid-day sun is a No-No! An overcast cloudy day is fine, clouds can actually be a friend! If it is raining though we will definitely re-schedule!
REVIEW: 1) Bring enough clothes 2) flawless makeup applied before you get here and bring make up bag. 3) clean nails, shoes and ironed clothing 4) Shave! 5) Brush TEETH 6) No sunburns 7) bring props as many as you like 9) Load up the Ipod and 10) arrive on time!!!! Let's have some fun!
Within three to four weeks you will receive a message from me with instructions on how to view your online gallery. Your gallery will remain active for 14 days. You will also receive your CD by this time. If you wish to order prints you can order them from your gallery or your free to use your disk which includes edited images only! :)
I reserve the right to use all images for display, publication, or other purposes.