FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


WHAT'S THE PROCESS FOR A PHOTO SHOOT?

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.

Once the agreement is signed the retainer is received, we'll be all booked for your session!  

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.

We have the photo session!  

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 about 2 weeks for most shoots (weddings will be a little longer).  

When your images are ready, you'll receive an email with a link to your very own online gallery where you and your friends & family can view, share, download and purchase prints of your images.  Sample gallery here.


HOW DOES PRICING WORK AND WHAT'S INCLUDED?

2018 session fees are coming out soon and I’m really excited to be offering a few new options in the new year so please stay tuned! In the meantime, please reach out with inquiries through my contact form and I’ll work to get you numbers back after I learn a little bit more about your project.  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.


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. 


HOW DO I GET PRINTS MADE?

Option 1: Order prints straight from your gallery!

From your personalized gallery you can order standard prints directly from White House Custom Color so as you're looking through your gallery you can add prints in various sizes right into your cart.  It's easy as pie.  

Option 2: Download your digital files and get prints made by any vendor you like! This method makes the most sense if you’re interested in making cards, calendars, albums, or other photo products.  

(full transparency, I am an affiliate with these vendors so if you make a purchase through my links here, I'll receive a small commission)

Paper Culture Why do I love them? They plant a tree with EVERY order, their designs are kick ass, AND they use eco-friendly materials. I can't say enough good things.

Minted So many choices at Minted for photo gifts . Get 20% off holiday cards with my code: HOLPHOTODMOTIF through 12/31/17

Parabo Press Parabo has some fun offerings including large engineering prints which are a beautiful way to showcase something like a big landscape. And bonus, they often have free print deals!

Artifact Uprising I’ve been going to Artifact Uprising for years now for calendars and their new albums look awesome.


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!" And pro tip - neutrals make everyone look their best in any environment and they’re timeless (and yes, denim & chambray count as neutrals).


WHAT IF WE GET BAD WEATHER FOR OUR SESSION?

There’s always an element of unpredictability when it comes to weather for an outdoor session (especially in the Pacific Northwest) but depending on what it's doing, we might get even more amazing shots out of it if you're willing to have a little adventure.  I realize this isn't always possible (in particular when there are little ones involves) so  let's plan a backup indoor/covered location just in case it gets too soppy to deal with.