Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT HAPPENS AT a PRE-SESSION CONSULTATION?
This is when the fun begins! We will get to know each other a little, relax and talk about creating the ideal session for you. When you book a Signature session there is even more that we can incorporate into your portraits. It would be fun to talk about clothes, interests, reasons and goals for this session. When your session day arrives, we’ll have a plan so everything goes smoothly–which means LESS stress for you.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN Sessions?
The sessions offer different options depending on what your budget is and how customized you want your session to be. Please see our “Sessions” tab for more detailed pricing information.
A SIGNATURE SESSION is a fully customized session with intricate attention to detail regarding the design and planning of your session. This session is all about pampering you! Signature sessions are full sessions and include professional hair and makeup, done in studio. Multiple wardrobe changes are encouraged. And a wardrobe stylist may be requested when discussed in the pre-session consultation.
These sessions can be for just you or celebrating relationships with a mother, daughter, sister, bff, husband, son, boyfriend, or anyone you want to share the experience with. It is also a wonderful family opportunity to have very styled photo session with the whole family looking amazing. This session also produces the most finished images for you to review and purchase from.
A STANDARD SESSION is between 30 minutes to an hour. This is a session in studio or on-location for or one to six people. In includes an option for wardrobe changes. For groups of more than 6 people a small additional fee, and a little more time may be necessary. This session produces a good number of images for your to review and purchase from. Hair and makeup services may added at an additional fee.
Make it Special: is a little longer than a standard session, but not quite as long as the signature session. This is a session in studio or on-location for or one to six people. It includes planning and putting together a theme and custom props, some of which may need to be purchased in advance, to create a specific idea and/or mood. It includes an option for wardrobe changes. This session produces a good number of images for your to review and purchase from. Hair and makeup services may or may not be included depending on the theme.
With a Theme: is a standard session with a special theme. This session is a little more customized than a regular session and works well for special occaisions such as Newborn, First Birthday, Engagement, Romantic couples, etc. Selecting this session allows us to prepare for a theme with simple props, backdrops, and/or locations.
Sports Portraits and Montage: This session typically includes simple backdrops to capture single subject portraits as well as composite artistic montages to create a most unique art display in your home.
SOCIAL MEDIA / HEAD SHOT SESSION comes in 3 styles to allow you to select just what you need. These sessions are in studio only, but can be indoors, outdoors, or both.
Basic Head Shot is a quick, get-it-done, all-inclusive headshot session for business, online services, and more. Simple head & shoulders images. Session is typically 5-10 minutes in duration, your experience is quick, professional and fits your busy schedule. Headshots will include two resolutions so you won't need to worry about resizing for the use in digital and/or print media.
Standard Head Shot is an all-inclusive head shot session for executives and business professionals, and more. A mix of basic head & shoulders to 3/4 body length images. The Session is typically 15-20 minutes in duration. Headshots will include two resolutions so you won't need to worry about resizing for the use in digital and/ or print media.
Branding Portrait Head Shot This all-inclusive headshot session is great for anyone, including executives and business professionals, entrepreneurs, and is meant to show more of who you are. This session is typically 45-60 minutes in duration, depending on the goals of the session. And to ensure the most relaxed experience, complimentary extra time is allowed so if more time needed get the perfect looks, it is available.
How will I know that I look my best?
One of the reasons to choose a professional photographer is so that you have assurance that you will look good in your photos. A professional knows how to pose you so that you look natural and at angles that flatter. I will be guiding you and interacting during the session so you will feel at ease.
I don’t want to look overly posed. Can you do less posed shots?
Some of the best posed positions look completely natural and spur of the moment in the photograph. I will be talking with you and interacting the whole time. The experience should be fun and interactive. You may not even notice you are posing! And I when children are involved they will have the freedom to be the children that they are with lots of patience and understanding.
WHEN DO I GET TO SEE THE IMAGES?
You will get to see your images during your Viewing & Ordering Appointment approximately 2 weeks after your session. With any session, we will help you with all of your final decisions on images and products that we have custom designed just for you. Feel free to bring as many people as you would like, but do be sure that everyone with purchase decision authority is there. And if your family lives out of town, a gallery of your purchased images can be posted online for them to view following the ordering appointment.
WHAT IF I ONLY WANT A FEW SMALL PRINTS?
What we are is a full service, high quality studio. Kathleen spends an unlimited amount of time on your session from photography to post processing, and then provides you with the highest quality images to choose from. If you want gift prints only, we recommend you book the Standard session and let us know in advance that you are planning a smaller purchase, and invest in smaller digital files or standard size prints. We also offer a Head Shot packages which includes the session fee and digital images, or the Create Your Collection option is often the best value to get digital images and a small number of prints. And we can always work with you to create the perfect package for your needs.
WHEN DO I GET TO BRING EVERYTHING HOME?
Quality takes time, so please allow 2-4 weeks from your order date for completion of your order. Custom designed art, special artisan products and orders with framing may take longer.