In order to have the easiest possible session, I have a few important policies.
I require a contract for every client. The contract will also go over the studio policies, as well as payment options, and a model release. There will not be a session without a signed contract. This is protection for both you as a client, and me as a photographer.
The session fee is due at the time of the session along with the signed contract. Print or digital orders must be paid for in full at the time of ordering, unless other arrangements have been made. Payment plans are available upon request. Payment may be made by cash, check, or credit card.
Your previews will be ready with in 5 business days. Image previews are “soft edited”. Very basic retouching is done to enhance the images. Final retouching is done only on ordered images. Please contact me if you would like to see the difference between an original image, a soft edited image, and a final image.
There are two options for ordering your photos. You can choose an online, password protected gallery which will be active for 2 weeks. To reinstate the gallery after that time period, a $35 fee will be applied to your account. You may also choose to do an in-person ordering appointment, which I would recommend if you find you have questions about the packages or pricing. You may choose to do both options, which is useful for family who may live out of the area. Orders will be ready for delivery within 2-3 weeks. You can make an appointment to pick up your order at the studio, or I can ship it to you. Most shipping is $6.50 and is sent first-class USPS. Prints larger than 8×10, or albums may incur a higher shipping rate. Insurance is available upon request.
To keep the session flowing smoothly, I limit the number of people in the studio. Generally speaking, if a person is not going to be in a photograph (with the exception of a parent or guardian), they are not allowed to be in the studio. Not only is space limited, but the more people trying to “help” by getting the subject’s attention, the worse the session goes. Especially with young children who are easily confused and don’t understand why everyone is telling them to “look here” and “smile” and “say cheese”. (By the way, I hate that word… *grin*) Exceptions may be made, please ask before the day of the session.
I also require that there be no cameras other than my own present in the studio or during the session. (This includes, but is not limited to: point & shoot cameras, cellphone cameras, and video cameras.) You have chosen to have me capture this moment in time. I am able to do so as my lights and equipment are all calibrated to sync together correctly. You are not paying the session fee just to snap a poorly lit candid image in front of my backgrounds and props. If I see that someone is using a camera without direct permission from me, then the session is immediately terminated, and the session fee is forfeit without an option for a reshoot.