WHAT TO EXPECT
The day before your session
We will text you the day before to confirm your session with us.
The text will include:
Date of session
Time of session
Location of session
Instructions on where to meet us
Options for paying your balance
The day of your session
What happens if it's calling for rain?
We will text message you around noon the day of your session "IF" it is calling for rain to start making a "Plan B" if necessary. But we will not make a decision about cancelling or rescheduling until it's about 2 hours before your session start time.
During your session
We ask that you please be at least 10 to 15 minutes early to your session. This gives us the chance to finish up payment if needed and to chat some and get to know each other a little more. Everyone will be a tad bit nervous in the beginning including us. This helps break the ice. Especially for children who tend to be on the shy side when first meeting someone or for couples who may feel slightly uncomfortable being intimate in front of the camera.
"We only have two rules when booking with us."
1. Invade each other's personal space like it's your job!
This is extremely important. Get close. Hug, kiss, tickle, climb, tackle, hold hands, make out like you're teenagers again. You have to be willing to open up and show us (and the world) who you REALLY are. This isn't easy for some and we totally get that. But if you prefer candid images over posed then this is a rule you definitely can not break. It's about making that connection and if we're lucky enough being able to capture that connection with our cameras.
2. Have fun! (or not)
It seems so easy, right? Yet, at the same time it's such an odd request.
"Have fun? Like how? It's just a photo shoot. We're only getting our photos taken. What's so fun or special about that?"
So, I can tell you right now if this is the attitude you or any member of your group has then your pictures are going to turn out just good.
"Just good? Well, what's wrong with that? Don't we want our images to be good?"
Sure, of coarse you do, but let me ask you a question. What would you prefer? Good images or AMAZING images? Let me explain. Some clients show up to their sessions and say "no" to every suggestion we make. They are not there to have fun. They are there to simply get their pictures taken and be on their way as fast as they can. And guess what? There is nothing wrong with that. But, we can tell you from experience that their final galleries are pretty plain Jane. It's one posed image after another. Everyone pretty much stands or sits in the same spots and everybody looks at the camera and smiles in the same way. The background may change a bit but their expressions or their posing never really does. So when they go on to their galleries they'll have the minimal amount of images possible and besides a slight change in background they are pretty much the same shot over and over again. Now, let me repeat what I said earlier. There is nothing wrong with this. These are your good and standard portraits.
Then there are the clients that come ready to have fun. They say "YES!" to every suggestion and are willing to try just about anything. Their galleries end up being filled to the brim with one amazing shot after the next. Each different and unique than the last. There is love, laughter, and playfulness. There is joy, happiness, and togetherness. Their images stand out, make an impression, and have others saying, "Oh, I want pictures like that!"
So? Which gallery would you prefer to have? Either is fine but it's a good idea to let us know a head of time which you'd prefer. This way we can tailor the session around what you truly want and what is important to YOU.
AFTER YOUR SESSION
Once your session is complete we will transfer the RAWs onto an external hard drive. From there we will upload your images into Lightroom. First we will go through and cull your images. Culling is simply the process of selecting the best images from a shoot to be edited and delivered to a client. Once we have narrowed down your images and have selected the very best we will begin post processing or editing your images. We will do a soft edit on your images. This means we will make sure the exposure, white balance, and color is correct. Once complete we will export than upload your images to an online proofing gallery for you to make your selections. Once you have made your final selections we will go through your images once more and make any final corrections needed. Please keep in mind that retouching is NOT included in our pricing and starts out at $10 per image. As soon as your images are complete we will upload them again along with the print release and you will be able to download them right from there. Images that you have NOT selected will be permanently deleted form our hard drive.
We ask that you allow up to 6 weeks for your galleries to be completed.
* Sneak Peeks *
We try and post a sneak peek onto our Facebook page and/or Instagram page within a day or two after your session. We do this strictly for your benefit so that you may share your images with friends and family. If we post a sneak peek and you do not interact with it (i.e tag yourselves, comment, or share them) then we most likely will not post another. Hey, if you're not going to be excited about your images than why should we be? The more you interact with your images the more sneak peeks you will see.
* Sharing/tagging ONLY. Screen shoting, downloading, or saving your images is prohibited. *