How far in advance should I schedule my session?
The earlier the better! I often book out weeks and even months in advance and I only accept 45 Senior sessions per year. Juniors book Senior pictures the end of their junior year. It leaves enough time for any senior Yearbook ads. All session fees are paid at the time of the booking. You can book your session in early Spring and schedule your shoot day anytime after that. Spring and Fall sessions go first always so make sure to get your spot.
Where do I change my clothes?
For in studio sessions we have a private changing area. On location be prepared to turn your car into a dressing room! That's what a lot of the Seniors do. However, we also bring along an adorable pop up changing room. When you're on the Beach you definitely don't want to walk back to the car. You can also feel free to bring a towel or blanket to cover up with between changes. There may be some walking so bring a pair of flip-flops for in-between scene changes.
When do I view my pictures?
About 3 weeks following your session we will schedule your premier viewing and ordering session where we will present all of your proofs to you, and walk you through all of the collections and a la carte options to find out what best suits your needs. There will also be samples of the beautiful heirloom products that are available for you so you can pick out what you love!
Will you assist me in posing?
Absolutely! In fact, that’s what I'm known for! I will give you tons of ideas and directions throughout your session to help you feel at ease. I find the best photos to be the candid photos because that is when you are at your most relaxed state. I will coach you along and make you feel like the beauty queen you are, but don’t be surprised if I ask you to walk towards us like you are on a catwalk or give me your ‘smize’ aka - a smile with your eyes! (I warned you!;))
What if there is bad weather during my shoot?
Don’t worry, I always leave 2 days open during the week for reschedules. I will notify you asap if I do have to reschedule, however I usually only reschedule if there is either a 50% or higher chance of rain. If it’s overcast don’t worry your pictures will still look amazing! Our worst fear on the beach is high winds so if we have to reschedule it's worth it to get the best shots possible or consider the studio for a back up plan.
What if I want to use My own Professional Hair and Make up person?
You can absolutely do this but we offer those services right here at the studio. We use only professionals (lots of local talent) who know how to apply techniques for the camera. You will need to bring your own lip color or gloss to have on hand to refresh as the lipstick fades.
What should I bring to the photo session?
At least 2-3 outfits. One should be dressy, One casual an any outfit that displays your personality. You can bring accessories and jewelry. We love hats!! If you love flowers be sure to bring a bouquet of your favorites. I will be sure to incorporate them into your session. Bring any hats (I mentioned that already) , scarves and shoes to coordinate with your outfits. And you may bring a parent or a friend to help and bring you comfort. We also send out a very informative brochure that will help you understand the timeline of your session and there is a bunch of style pointers included as well. Once you book your session and leave your deposit I send along a style guide to give you pointers on what to wear and how to prepare for your portrait session.
Does my session have to be either studio or location or can I have both?
Yes, you can have both.We can do both on the same day when you choose that package. If the sessions need to be photographed on separate days there will be and additional $150 session fee for hair and make up.
Can I just have the digitals?
I know we live in a digital era and we want you to share your beautiful pictures online as much you do! YES, I will provide you with web-ready digital copies of any print or product that you purchase. These images have been fully retouched (blemish removal, skin smoothing, color enhanced etc.) and ready for the world to see. I only release fully edited images. Not only to protect my brand, but to also ensure you are receiving a fully-finished portrait. After all that is what brought you to us in the first place. We have digital only packages but I make my print/digital packages so amazing for you to have both.
Can I have a pet, friend or family member in my some of my pictures?
Yes you can.This is YOUR session so it really is all about YOU. That being said, your family is welcome to hop in a picture at the end. If you want to do a bestie session with a friend there is an additional fee and you will both be photographed throughout the session and at times together.
I love your creative portraits but not very creative myself, can I still have a creative session?
YES YES YES! We love getting creative and bringing your vision to life. You just have to let us know and we will take it from there! When you fill out the questionnaire it helps us to figure out the best ways to showcase you based on what you are drawn too and we have LOTs of ideas. We are sure to come with something that works for you!
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