Many new clients are new to the custom photography experience. Here I will outline how a typical portrait session with me usually goes, from start to finish!
1) Initial Contact – Upon receiving a session booking request, I will reply
asking what type of session you would like to have, your vision for the session and any special requests. Also discussed will be availability and the desired time for the session. (All of this either done via email or telephone)
2) Session Booking – Once a session date is chosen, a deposit for the session will be required to finalize your booking, along with a signed Session Agreement. This will outline what the session includes, terms and conditions, etc. The deposit is $50 for portrait sessions or 50% for weddings, and will be applied to your session total cost. The deposit can be paid by Credit Card, Cheque, PayPal or eTransfer.
3) Session Day! – Meeting at the desired location, I will organize the session in the best way for the particular session, whether its an engagement shoot, family pictures or a newborn session. I will work to make you feel comfortable and will direct you in a way that will capture your ideas, without seeming forced or fake. I will give directives to start, but often times I will step back and let the session go where it takes us! A typical family session lasts 60-90 minutes, whereas newborn sessions can be 2 hours or more.
4) Post-Processing – Post-processing (editing) takes about 2 weeks, but I will usually post a sneak peek on Facebook or Instagram a couple of days after the session. Once the editing is done, it will be uploaded into your own private gallery via my website. The online gallery will be up for 2 weeks, and if your package includes prints, you will be able to pick and your choose your selections online within that time frame.
5) Lead Time – CDs of images will be ready within 3 weeks of the session. Print orders vary on turn around time, depending on the sizes ordered and the quantity. All print orders must be paid in full before order processing.
6) Blog! – I like to try and do a blog post on most, if not all of the sessions that I do. Please feel free to share your blogged session to your friends and family!