What is custom photography?
Custom Photography is different from what you would receive by going to a chain such as JC Penny, The Picture People, Target, Sears or Olan Mills. How, you say? Well, it starts from the very first interaction. If you call me and inquire about a session I want to get to know you. When you decide to book, I gather as much information from you as possible such as likes, dislikes, what you’re striving for from the session, favorite colors, how you and your family interact with one another (if doing a family session). I want to know it all so that I can make your session as “you” as I possibly can. I talk with you about possible themes or feel for the session. We talk about possible outfits and accessories and coordinating clothing options with family members.
We then go on location to do your session…at the location of your choice. We go through posed and candid shots and I make sure to capture all the little details in between too!
Afterward, I spend hours sorting through your images, narrowing them down to only the very best and processing them to perfection.
Once I’ve finished processing the images we meet for an ordering session where I show you your images for the very first time. I help you choose the best ones and I even will help you choose the best size wall art piece for your home!
Then I hand deliver.
THAT IS CUSTOM PHOTOGRAPHY (I don’t know any chain stores that will do all of that for you!)
Why the price?
Custom photography is generally more expensive than if you were to get photos done at your local Wal-Mart. I spend many more hours on your session than just the 2 hours it took me to capture your images (see above). From spending time planning out your session, helping you choose the best options for you, going to your session and photographing you, sorting through and editing your images and then presenting them to you, to the very end when I hand deliver your final product to you I’ve typically invested 8-10 hours of work just on you!
What are the best times to have a session?
Typically about 2 hours after sunrise and 2 hours before sunset offer the best, most flattering light. I try to avoid 12 noon unless it’s cloudy or we have a shady location because the light is so harsh and will cause shadows on your face and even make you squint!
Do you have a studio too?
I have a studio space in my home specifically for newborns only, although I prefer to come to your home (unless you live in a dark dungeon).
What should I wear?
I have Pinterest inspiration boards to help you decide on clothing choices! Click here!
As far as what to avoid, try not to wear shorts, nothing with huge loud prints that will distract from you, coordinate but do not match exactly with other family members. I’ll send you all the information you’ll need and we will discuss everything prior to your session! No worries.
What type of release do you give with digital images?
I provide a print release with all DVD’s purchased. A print release allows you to take your DVD and print the images for personal use only. What it does NOT allow is any editing, altering, or sales of the images. I retain full copyright of all my images, always. We discuss this at the signing of your contract as well so you can have any questions answered at that time.
I bought a DVD. Where should I print my images?
I prefer that all images be printed through me so that I know you are getting the best quality available. If you choose to print elsewhere, I suggest www.mpix.com. Please note that I cannot guarantee the quality of your photos if you do not print through me. The many different labs have many different calibrations for their machines that can cause your images to be discolored and poor quality printers can lead to grainy and poor quality prints even though the image on your disc is high quality.
What do you shoot with?