Portrait Session FAQ
Where do you take photos?
We can take photos at a variety of locations within Kitsap County & beyond. Generally, city and county parks, around town, waterfronts and beaches, nature preserves, marinas and more. I'll ask you what, if anything particular, you envision being your 'backdrop', whether that's beachy, forested, in town, etc. to help determine a location that will best represent you. I have a list I can send you with lots of ideas & descriptions of what the locations are like.
What is your photography style?
I like to refer to my style as naturally-posed with a sprinkle of candids; Colorful, light-hearted and timeless. I always include a few poses that will be look-at-the-camera-and-smile shots, but encourage interaction for genuine moments with couples/families, and do my best to make individuals feel relaxed and create natural reactions and smiles. I'll find great backdrops to place you against, coach you as much as feels necessary on placement and posing and shoot! You will probably be a little bit nervous at first and maybe even feel silly, but trust me when I say you'll find yourself having fun.
What are your travel terms?
I primarily work in Kitsap County, but travel between Port Townsend, to Tacoma, and Olympia (generally up to 1 hour from Bremerton or 50 miles cap). If using multiple locations for your session, remember to account for the traveling time between the locations. Basic Portrait Sessions and Business Portrait Sessions are only eligible for Kitsap County locations.
What do I/we wear?
Coordinate your colors and styles without matching exactly, but rather complimenting each other with colors, patterns, and accessories. Stay away from neon colored clothing (highlighter yellow, florescent pink etc), as these often will create a color cast on your skin. I have a pinterest board here that I save outfit ideas and tips for every shoot from couples to families, and even elopements. See my Pinterest link near the bottom of this page!
Can I/we bring pets?
I absolutely love animals and always welcome it! All I ask is that you have someone accompany you to your shoot to hold off your pet(s) when we are not including them in photos. And that I can pet them. (Just kidding... unless you allow it, then I would love to.)
What's your turnaround time?
You will receive your final gallery within 14 days of your session. You will then receive and email with your gallery link and password code to be able to download all your images and print release file from your gallery.
What rights do I get for my photos?
All of my packages include a personal print release for your gallery; this is standard among photographers who provide digital images. You are absolutely welcome to print, share online and post, even give files or prints to friends and family. Any use deemed personal is okay; meaning you are free to display in your home, use your photos for gifts, cards, make books, and so forth. Selling or entering the images in photography contests, or commercial or business use are examples of uses that would not be allowed. If this is what you need, however, I offer business photography too! A common misconception is that "copyright" literally means having the right to copy/print - it actually refers to the author of the photograph. I need the retention of the copyright to be able to continue to promote my business and share with my audience of potential clients and followers what I am producing. Please note that editing and altering is prohibited, as part of retaining copyright involves protecting the integrity of my art and advertised style. I happily welcome any questions regarding this as I completely understand it can be confusing!
What do we even do with all these photos?!
Your print release gives you a huge range of opportunities to use your photos and get them on the walls and in your hands! Many products are available for purchase right in your gallery print shop for the easiest experience, or you can use the high resolution image files to get products made somewhere of your choosing. Galleries are linked to a professional print lab with experienced photo lab technicians I have worked closely with for years - you can be confident I'll get you the best color. Because I personally approve orders made through my galleries, all orders are reviewed for crop settings and color prior to placement. You can find standard print sizes here from 4x6 up to large sizes like 24x36, as well as framing options to get a completely finished product, canvas prints & metal prints and more. Keep in mind I also sell professional albums from a pocket-sized 4"x4" to an impressive 12"x12". You are also more than welcome to share your images online on social media. All I ask is that you do not edit the images except for if cropping is needed!
How do I get my photos?
I automatically give every client a password protected online gallery to download their full resolution, edited digital images from. You can utilize the gallery on the web, and in a convenient mobile app. If you would prefer a USB mailed to you, you may purchase one for a portrait session for an additional $30, and I will ship it to you.