I get asked a lot of general questions about how it “works” when you choose me as your photographer. I’m here to answer all your questions!
“How does a session with you usually go?”
After you book a date with me for a session, I block out the entire day just for your session. That way, I can be sure that your session has the best possible lighting conditions. We will shoot for about an hour (or the amount of time you’ve booked for), having tons of fun and smiles. I will walk you back to your vehicle and if you haven’t pre-paid your session fee, it will be due at this time. I will also have a model release for you to sign, which I keep in my client files.
“What happens after our session?”
After I get home, I immediately download our session onto my computer (and back it up on to two other forms of storage). I then get to work, weeding out all the “meh” shots and narrow it down to the very best images. This number can vary greatly from shoot to shoot, but generally, I am able to pull about 25-35 usable images per shooting hour. But as I said, this is a generalization. Then I edit the images; this includes minor lighting adjustments, color balancing and blemish removal.
“How long will it take for you to edit my session?”
Depending on how busy my schedule (family, business, life in general!) is, it can take anywhere from 1-3 weeks for me to get everything all wrapped up. I typically try to aim for having them done in a week, but sometimes, life happens and it’s just not possible. I will, however, keep you updated on my progress and will usually at least have a “sneak peek” for you on my Facebook page within a day or two. Make sure to friend my personal page so I can tag your images!
“What happens after you get them all edited?”
Once they’re all done, I will contact you to let you know your images are done. At that time, we will schedule your viewing/ordering appointment (at a location of your choosing). I LOVE seeing my clients’ faces when they see their images for the first time. After the viewing/ordering appointment, I will load your images into an online, password protected gallery (which will remain active for at least 14 days). With my gallery design, you (and your family & friends) will immediately be able to purchase prints, canvases and other products, along with digital downloads of any or all of your images. That being said, if you do decide to purchase digital files instead of prints, I recommend using a pro-grade print lab for printing. Locally, I trust f32 in Knoxville (support local, small businesses!), as well as mpix. Using a drugstore or supermarket service to print your images will most likely result in incorrect color rendering and lack of sharpness. If you decide to use a less than stellar print company, ROP is not responsible for flaws in printing.
“What should I wear?”
I say, whatever make you happy! I tend to lean more towards neutrals with a pop or two of color (but that’s just me). Smaller patterns and prints tend to photograph better, but if you have a bright pink polka-dot shirt that rocks your world, bring it on! Also, I recommend aiming for comfort. You are going to be outside for at least an hour, make sure you’d be comfortable in that outfit for that amount of time. If you aren’t comfortable, it will come out in photos.