Danielle Motif Photography
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Photo FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions


What's the process FOR A PHOTO SHOOT?

  1. When you're ready to book your shoot please reach out on the contact form!  From there we'll discuss the details of your shoot (date, time, location, type). I'll give you an estimate and work up an agreement for your review. 
  2. Once the agreement is signed the retainer is received, we'll be all booked for your session!  
  3. Next, styling!  This is one of my favorite parts! Leading up to the shoot, we can brainstorm about props and wardrobe to pull everything together. 
  4. We have the photo session!  
  5. After we're done with the shoot, I'll be finessing the images in the editing process to bring out their best. Post-Production tends to run 1-2 weeks for most shoots.  
  6. When your images are ready, you'll receive an email with a link to an online gallery where you can view, share, download and purchase prints of your images.  Sample gallery here
  7. Last but not least, enjoy your photos!

How does pricing work and what's included?

Each shoot is a little different so I've found that customization is helpful.  When you reach out, I'll be able to give you a quick estimate based on our initial conversation.  My pricing is inclusive of editorial time, travel time, our shoot and the final files.  Yes!  You'll receive digital files (both hi-res and web-friendly) of the final edited images from our session.  This way you can make photo books, get prints made, or create cards with them.  Amount of final edited images vary based on length and type of shoot. 

How do I get prints made?

You can absolutely get prints made and there are options galore!  I recently integrated standard prints from a great vendor, White House Custom Color so as you're looking through your gallery you can add prints in various sizes to your cart.  It's easy as pie.  If you decide to print yourself from your downloaded images there are a lot of other terrific options too!  Here are a few of my favorite print resources for cards, books, and standard prints: Parabo PressArtifact Uprising, Social Print Studio, Paper Culture, and Blurb.  If you create something you love please share with me or on social!  I'd love to see what you do with the images.   

What do we do if I need to cancel?

Cancellations happen, but don't worry, there are a few things we can do.  I will be as flexible as I can be in this process. By signing the agreement, we are both committing to keeping the date agreed upon, so while the retainer is non-refundable, there is the option to reschedule the shoot and still be in great shape.  If I'm unable to perform your shoot due to unforeseen reasons, I'll work to reschedule with you, if that isn't possible I'll refund your retainer and I'll work to get you referrals to other photographers in the area.  Further details on the retainer and cancellations will be in your agreement.  

What should I wear?

We'll chat about this more as we're planning the shoot but generally I work with Stacy London's style mantra: "It doesn't have to match, it just has to go!"  Depending on the time of year, type of shoot, and location we can come up with a good plan for everyone in your shoot.  I recommend using a tool like Pinterest to help pull together some thoughts.  

What if we get bad weather during our scheduled session?

Unless we're shooting in sunny SoCal, there's an element of unpredictability when it comes to weather. For an outdoor session let's plan a backup indoor/covered location just in case it gets too soppy to deal with.  If we're getting mist or light rain we can incorporate it into the shoot and have a terrifically atmospheric session!

DO YOU SHOOT WEDDINGS?

I do!  See what I did there?  :) So here's the honest to goodness truth, I love weddings but I also recognize that what people are looking for in a wedding photographer varies greatly and I want to be sure we're a good fit for your special day so let's talk about what you have in mind and go from there!   I consider myself a lifestyle photographer who occasionally shoots weddings.  My strength is storytelling and I bring that through candid and natural coverage to reflect your amazing day from the details to the ceremony.  Through this approach I can encapsulate the awesomeness of the day, the fabulous people in your life, and the environment you've chosen as your backdrop.   It's a style that lives somewhere between editorial and photojournalism.  It's an authentic reflection of your love and is always grounded in your story.   I'd love to share some wedding galleries with you if you're interested so just shoot me a note with your contact info and I'll send some along.