Frequently Asked Questions:  Planning your photo session


Where can I see samples of your portrait photography work?

Click here to go to my Portrait Photography Preview page

When can we schedule a date and time?

Weekends are best. On occasion I might have availability during the week. Some weekday evening sessions are available only in the spring/summer. Early morning or later part of the evening, usually 1-2 hours before sunset are best times for sun and lighting for outdoor sessions. Photo session time availability are generally pretty flexible.  Let me know what time works best for you. We will also set a rain date in case of undesirable photography weather or if photographer or client has to reschedule due to unforeseen circumstances.

Choosing location:

I offer indoor, studio style, photography also.  I have a choice of several backgrounds.  Black, white, blue and others available at special request. Outdoor photography sessions have been the most requested types of sessions over the past several years.  I have a selection of outdoor locations that I can suggest. I am always open to suggestions or client preferences. Photo locations are generally limited to Central Massachusetts and Northern Rhode Island locations.  If you request a photo location 25 miles beyond zip code 01588, a charge of $2.00 per mile beyond 25 miles will be added to cost.

Who will be photographed?

When scheduling your photo session, let me know how many people will be photographed during this session. Will everyone be getting an individual photo taken? Or is this just a group photo.  It is good for us to know how many people will be photographed, as a group or individuals, so that we can plan for time.  It is imperative that everyone in your session be there at the time of the photo session. It is recommended that everyone in your party be arrive at least 10-15 minutes before the session. I will not "photo shop" someone into a photograph who may be late or missing.

Family photo sessions are just that. I will not combine any outside family or friends other than the immediate family being photographed. For example, a senior photo session cannot be thrown into a family photo session. Photo sessions are limited to five people, and additional people will be subject to additional fee per person.

Can I bring my pets?

You are welcome to bring your pet to the shoot to be included if you desire. Keep in mind that pets can be easily distracted and can also distract the humans in the session.  This will eat up the allotted time of the photo session.

What should I wear?

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How long will a photo session last?  

Generally an hour or ½ hour session is selected. Most portrait sessions generally take about one hour. If there are multiple locations, or many people to be photographed, it might take an over one hour. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time and have everyone who will be photographed arrive on time also.

What to expect after photo shoot?

After careful review of the photographs taken during the session, the Photographer will edit and present to Client only those photographs that, in Photographer's sole judgment, best represent Photographer's work. Photographs from the session will be digitally processed and edited. Selected Photographs from the photo session made available for review online in a private viewing gallery. You will be able to view your photos, share with friends and family, and where you will be able to purchase your products. Photographs in the viewing gallery will contain a watermark on the image. Digital products and prints will not contain a watermark.

How long will it take before I can view my photos in the online preview gallery?

Selection, editing and processing of photos may take between 2-4 weeks. Sometimes sooner depending on the current workload. You will receive an email from the photographer, with a link for your gallery when it is complete.  You may share the link with whoever you choose.  

Now that I’ve got my link to my gallery, what do I do now?

Enjoy your photos. Go through your photos and select which ones you like the most. It is recommended that you register yourself for a free account on the webpage, where you will be able to add your Favorite photos to a “Favorites” online file. This will help you to choose and narrow down the photos you like the most, for future ordering.  Be sure to “Save” your favorites selections when you are done with each online session. You should select your favorite photos and note what size you would like for each photo for the photo package you have selected.

Click here to watch this short video on how you will view, create favorites gallery and purchase prints from your viewing gallery.

How long will my photos be available for online viewing?

Your photos will remain in your private online viewing for up to one year from the date of the photo session.  After 180 days with no purchase activity, the gallery may be removed from the photographer’s webpage.  If the Client requests to reopen the online proofing gallery after the 180 days or the 12 months, or requests the Photographer retrieve photographs from another method of digital storage, if available; a $25 un-archival fee shall apply.

How much will this cost?

Please review the pricing page for session fees and product (print / download) pricing. Prints, digital downloads and other products are not included in the session fee. Session fee is for the time and talents of the photographer. Including editing and processing of photos from your session.

Additional prints and products purchased outside of your package will be purchased online through the viewing gallery by the client. Massachusetts residents will be subject to MA State Sales tax of 6.25%. Online orders will also included shipping costs, which are paid for by the client.  Tax and shipping will be calculated at checkout. From time to time we offer photo specials or coupon codes.  If you have a coupon code you, must enter your code at checkout to receive the discount of offer.   

Click here to view the product/price list.

Photo return policy.

There are no refunds or returns on photo prints or other products. 

Payments:

All session fees must be made in full prior to the start of the photo session. An initial payment may be required at the time of booking to reserve the date and time. The client must sign the Photography Contract/Agreement prior to the photo session. electronic invoice with the amount due will be sent to you. You can choose to pay it online with credit card, or in person with cash or check. When the deposit is received, we will reserve your session date/time.

Cancellations:

Upon scheduling the initial session, a second rain date will also be scheduled. In the event that you or the photographer has to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances, we can reschedule for the rain date. This is also the case in case of foul weather 

Referrals & Discounts:

Return Client Discount:  Book another session within 12 months and receive 20% off your session fee and 15% off your print orders.

Referrals: When you refer a friend you will receive a $20.00 gift certificate towards purchase of any item from your viewing gallery.  The referral must have paid a session fee and purchased products over $50 from their gallery in order for you to receive the referral gift certificate.

Use the CONTACT form to schedule your session or if you have any additional questions.