Yes this is long, but trust me you're going to want to read it! These are my most frequently asked questions and I want to help save you some time and emailing by answering as much of them that I can here for you. If you don't see your question, throw it in the contact form and shoot me an email.
why does photography cost so much?
The question I know you want to ask but maybe don't dare. Also, the question I don't feel like a lot of photographers dare talk about with their clients, so I'll take one for the team. I literally didn't have a clue when I first started into photography what it meant to run a business. And when I looked at photography pricing a lot of times I was blown away at the cost. 11 years later, I've come to learn a lot of things about business. This may be super boring to some, but I've had a lot of people say it's super helpful. I'm just going to give a quick list of what goes into running a photography business. Here goes:
Taxes (30%), business insurance (to cover all our butts), equipment expenses (Nicer cameras run about $2,500 and above, lenses from about $500 and above. Most photographers have two camera bodies and 3+ lenses), editing software (photoshop, lightroom), business license, blog and photo storage sites (I do everything I can to protect your photos because we all know technology can fail), advertising costs, office supplies, continuing education, and being self employed doesn't come with any benefits (health insurance, retirement, bonuses, overtime).
I could go a lot more in depth on this and if you are a photographer and would like to know more I'd love to chat, just email me. Just keep in mind, after doing all the math, a photographer doing a one hour shoot for $100 is making less than minimum wage, and who wants that? I have invested in my business so that I can give the best quality that I can to my clients. And you can trust that I work my butt off to take care of you and give you something awesome :) Scroll down to see an example of a photo before and after editing so you can see a bit of what goes into getting the photo from the camera to the point that I deliver it to you.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED? DO YOU TRAVEL?
I live in the Uintah Basin which is basically small-town Utah. And heck yeah I'll travel. I love to get out and explore. And I actually enjoy hanging out in airports and going on plane rides. Not kidding. I'll chalk it up to having four kids.
DO I HAVE TO PAY YOU ALL AT ONCE?
Nope. I understand that photography is an investment and finances can be a bit tricky sometimes so I'm happy to offer payment plans. There is a $250 retainer fee for my regular sessions and $750 retainer fee for weddings to hold your date. These amounts go towards the total of your session. The rest we can talk about and set up a custom payment plan for you. Want to pay all at once? I'm cool with that.
WHAT IS YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE?
Evolving! I love for photos to feel natural. Movement is photos is one of my favorite things ever. I like to play with light and use it creatively. I go for emotion every time. And even though I don't like to be super posey, I get that there is a place for those kind of photos sometimes. I typically love photos that show details, emotion, and where people aren't actually looking at the camera, but I also believe the eyes are the window to the soul and I want to shoot that too.
WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR TO OUR SESSION?!
I would say I get this question for 99% of my sessions. I've put together several Pinterest boards to help with this which I'll link below. Here are my general recommendations. Keep in mind, if you disagree with my suggestions, let's talk. I want you to look and feel your best in your photos and these are just suggestions, not rules
Neutrals, earth tones and metallics. And when I say neutral, that does not mean everything has to be black, white and grey. Every color has a neutral. You'll see that in my Pinterest boards.
Clothing that has movement. It photographs well and is typically more comfortable and more forgiving.
Mix textures, patterns, shapes and accessories to bring interest. Avoid large, bold patterns. They can be distracting and take away from the main focal point--YOU!
Colors that are complimentary to your skin tone
Hats, scarves, necklaces, blankets etc.
For in-home sessions go for comfy/cozy
Bright colors and neons. They reflect onto the skin and make someone's skin the color of your neon green shirt. Not cute!
Avoid reds, oranges (unless you've got an olive skin tone) because of how it can affect your skin tones in your photos
Watches (can be distracting when your hand is up by someone's face)
Matching--try to complement each other so you don't blend together
Bottom line, wear something that speaks to who you are that you feel comfortable and great in. Also, feel free to text me photos of some of your outfit ideas. Once you book your session I will have a style guide that I will send over to you as well.
WHAT WILL OUR SESSION BE LIKE?
I'm pretty laid back in my approach. I might run around like a crazy person with a camera but I really just like to go with the flow. This allows me to give you my best work. Your kid's crying? A button broke off your shirt? It's ok. Not everything goes perfectly all the time (especially with kiddos) but we can adapt and still create photos you will love.
CAN I BRING MY DOG?
As long as they aren't going to bite me ;)
WILL I GET ALL MY PHOTOS?
Kind of. Trust me, you don't want every single photo I take. I tend to take a lot of photos of interactions and movement and even though they can be beautiful, sometimes there are some in there that have unflattering facial expressions, double chins, are blurry--you know, the kind of stuff you don't want to see anyway.
CAN I HAVE THE RAW FILES?
No. RAW files are HUGE and they take up way too much space on a computer and most people don't even have the software to read them. And I just don't give them out unless you want to buy the copyright to certain photos which is another investment in itself. I will deliver high-resolution JPEG photos to you. Editing is half the process/magic that go into your images and without that they're only half done. Down below is an example of a before and after. If you're worried a certain image is missing I am happy to look back through my photos for you, just ask.
HOW MANY PHOTOS DO I GET?
Typically about 50 images per hour of shooting.
DO YOU GIVE DIGITAL FILES?
Yes. However, I have gotten to the point in my photography career that I am realizing more and more the importance of prints. I mean, we all have great intentions of getting our digital files printed into albums and wall art, but how many of us procrastinate it or “never get around to it?” Getting online and looking over the million different options is overwhelming and I want to help you through that process. I want to help you get a gallery of beautiful art work of your loved ones onto your walls and create albums for you and your family to flip through. Our photos don’t do us any good sitting on a flash drive in a computer desk drawer.
WILL I BE ABLE TO PRINT ANY OF MY OWN PHOTOS?
Yes! I will include a print release with your gallery of digital files that you purchase that will allow you to print your photos whenever and wherever you want. However, I've got some killer album and print options for you. Sure you're going to want to post on instagram and I'm all for that but social media has changed so much and isn't the BEST way to enjoy your photos. I mean, when was the last time you logged into your MySpace account???
WHEN WILL WE GET OUR PHOTOS?
Turnaround time is 3-4 weeks.
WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH YOUR CONTRACT? WHY DOES IT SOUND SO INTENSE? ARE YOU THAT INTENSE?
I get it. Even I felt a little intimidated by my contract. It basically protects you and me with money, safety, worst case scenarios, etc. Legal stuff is always a bit intense but it won't stop us from having a good time and it'll be forgotten the second we start hanging out and shooting.
WHAT'S IN MY CAMERA BAG (ALL ITEMS ARE LINKED, JUST CLICK ON THEM)
Anymore questions? want to look over pricing?