Photo Session Info

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So you’re considering hiring me as your photographer but before you do so I’m sure you have a ton of questions you’d like answered and if this is the case, you’re at the right place! I’ll cover a few basic questions that most of my clients ask but feel free to contact me using the “contact” button above if you have any other questions.

  1. “Do you get to pick the location for your shoot or do I do that?”  You choose your location or we can work together to decide on just the right location/locations for your shoot! The backdrop can add a lot of meaning and fun to your photos. While the images are focused on you, the backdrop of your location can add tons of texture, light, color & meaning to the pictures. I do not have an indoor studio so all of my sessions are done primarily outdoors utilizing natural light and settings as your backdrop. Normally my sessions are done in either an urban or natural location. NATURAL SPOTS are normally open fields, parks or treed areas where the focus is more on the subjects. The best time of day to shoot in fields is just before sunset so we can capture that lovely golden light. URBAN SPOTS are cool alleys, building and walls that can help add color, texture and variety to the images. Urban shoots can pretty much be done anytime of day as there are usually walls providing lots of shade on sunny days. For mini shoots, one location is allowed within the Schertz, Cibolo, Garden Ridge, Bracken or New Braunfels area but for full photo shoots, we can certainly change locations during your shoot and normally 3 different locations is the maximum we can do within the 2 hours of shooting time and keep in mind, the more time traveling to locations means less time taking pictures.
  2. “How do I choose what we wear? Are there no-no’s when it comes to choosing clothing for a photo shoot?”  There really aren’t many rules when it comes to clothing for your photo shoot in my book. The important thing is that you’re comfortable and if there are several of you in the shoot, that what everyone is wearing is cohesive and no one stands out more than anyone else or clashes with others but let’s also be clear that doesn’t mean that everyone should match exactly! I normally recommend that you choose one or two colors that look nice on everyone, choose an outfit for one family member (maybe the one who has the fewest clothes) and then coordinate everyone else’s outfits around that one. I don’t recommend too much plaid or patterns although a bit of interest can be nice. Accessories can add a lot of interest to pictures as well such as scarves, hats, cute headbands, necklaces, etc. Pinterest is a great resource for gathering inspiration and ideas for your shoot when it comes to clothing ideas and poses. For my mini session, one outfit is allowed but for a full photo shoot, clients can change clothing 2-4 times but again, keep in mind, the more time spent changing means less time taking pictures.
  3. “Do I get to bring any props or do you provide all of that?”  I have a nice collection of chairs, quilts, chalkboards, banners, accessories, etc. that clients are more than welcome to use but if you have things that coordinate nicely with the colors you’ll be wearing then by all means, bring them along! I love for my seniors to bring things that have meaning to them such as letterman jackets, class rings, musical instruments, favorite books or records, sports equipment or uniforms, etc.
  4. “What about kids” Any advice to help prepare them for the shoot?”  If a newborn will be in the shoot, I recommend feeding them just prior to the session so they’re nice and satisfied and hopefully sleepy or “milk drunk” as I like to call it for the shoot and try to keep their routine as normal as possible that day. For instance, I don’t recommend scheduling their photo session on a day when they also had a Dr. appointment earlier that day. For toddlers or children, bring along snacks, a drink and an extra outfit if we’ll be somewhere they could possibly get dirty during your session just in case. You might bring along an incentive for them as well as a reward for their good behavior. Sometimes it’s nice to bring along an extra person to help carry things and to get the kids attention while taking pictures so everyone is looking in the same direction.
  5. “I’m not sure if a mini session or full photo session is right for me, what do you think?”  I don’t recommend scheduling a mini session for a newborn or senior session. These are ones that typically take and require more time to get the shots needed but if you just need a few family shots, some new head shots for work, pictures for your college, sorority or work applications, pictures to announce a pregnancy or upcoming event or something of this nature, then a mini session might work out great for you. You can see my session pricing info in the menu bar above under “PRICING”. If you’d like more time spent on your session, you’d like to change outfits or locations, have more images to choose from, want to choose sessions outside of the local Schertz area and really want the full photo shoot experience, then the full photo session is right for you.
  6. “Ok Jana, so the date is set for my shoot with you and I’ve chosen my location, what I’m wearing and what type of session I’m needing to have done. Now what??”  I’ll touch base w/you a day or two prior to your photo shoot just to make sure everything is still looking good for your shoot and to confirm our start time and location then we’ll meet up that day/time and start your shoot. We’ll explore the area you chose and find the spots with the best light and interest for pictures and we’ll keep shooting until we feel we’ve gotten enough shots to choose from and work with. Some full sessions are finished within an hour, others take the full two hours depending on whether outfits and locations were changed. Normally I’ll take around 150 shots at your session then go through them, edit the best of the best and then present them to you in an online gallery normally within a week to two weeks after shooting your session. Once your proofing gallery has been presented, I ask that all purchases be made within one week and you are more than welcome to share your proofing gallery with family who might also like to see your images and possibly purchase some prints of their own. There is a shopping cart attached to your proofing gallery which makes purchasing prints and digital images very easy and simple and out of town family or clients can have their print orders mailed directly to them. I accept cash, personal checks or debit/credit cards via PayPal.
  7. “It’s been a while and my proofing gallery has expired, can I still purchase prints from you?” YES! I keep all client images on file for two years.
  8. “I would like to shoot my photo session outside of the San Antonio area, do you travel to do photo shoots?” YES! I charge the basic IRS rate of .51 cents/mile for travel outside of the general San Antonio area and if a meal or overnight stay is required then those costs are charged to the client as well.
  9. “Do you offer a military or other type of discount?” No, I don’t as I feel my rates are already very reasonable for the quality of work I produce and experience you will have working with me.
  10. “How soon do you recommend I schedule my session with you?”  I recommend getting you on my calendar as soon as you have a good idea of when you want to shoot your photo session. My weekends book up first and Feb-June and Sept-Dec. are very busy times of the year for me.
  11. “What happens if we have bad weather on the day my shoot is scheduled?”  I will begin watching the weather forecast several days prior to your session and alert you ASAP if I think there might be a need to reschedule your shoot. At that point we can either wait until the day of your shoot to make the decision on whether or not to proceed or whether it’s best to reschedule. I will do everything I can to reschedule you on a day and time that works out great for you. Sometimes a cloudy overcast day provides lovely light for photo sessions so I normally don’t cancel shoots in those conditions however high winds and precipitation falling normally aren’t good conditions for a photo shoot.
  12. “Can I bring along my parents or additional people to be in the photo shoot?”  When you pay my sitting fee, that is for up to 5 people in the shoot and I charge $25 extra per person above that number and I appreciate being notified prior to your session if extra people will be in or at your shoot so I can prepare.
  13. “What types of photo sessions do you offer?”  Although I specialize in high school seniors and wedding photography, I do offer maternity, newborn and family photography as well as event photography such as family reunions or anniversary parties and outdoor head shots for professionals or models. I am also available for freelance work and have provided photography for many local businesses for use on their websites and promo materials and have also done work for Schertz Magazine as well as Where Women Create and Where Women Create Business magazines. I welcome all types of session inquiries to see if we’re a good fit. You can contact me using the contact button in the menu above or you can also email me directly at browneyedgirlphotography@yahoo.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

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