A little peek from the wonderful Maria and Kevin’s wedding I was so privileged to be able to capture today!!!!
No better way to use my last roll of Kodak 220 than to capture some back to school images of my son doing one of his favorite activities…Reading!!
Have you heard of Dogfish Head Beer?
If not you better go get some!! There beer is da boom!!!
They’re main brewery is in Milford, De. It’s only about 30min from Rehoboth Beach, where we vacation. I’m so glad we went and took the tour!!!! Make sure if you go, you get there early to make sure there is room on the tour!
Each year we go to the place where I vacationed as a child and where we were married.
This little town is one of the best mid east coast beaches! Fabulous shopping, nice people, and wonderful white sand.
Just a little peek of the fun we had!!!
To say this family is one of my favorites is a understatement. I have been lucky enough to capture them for the past 2 yrs!
Seriously couldn’t love these images more!!
1) Don’t wait for weeks, months or years to order your keepsakes. A lot of times these have a shelf life on your photographers ordering site and hard drive and will be deleted after a certain amount of time.
Do order within the timeline laid out in your session agreement. Make sure you know how long your online gallery will be up for, or if your photographer does in-person sales, How will the ordering process work? Will you have to order that day? Will there be a gallery up for a few days? What will you need to bring with you to the ordering session?
2) Don’t ask for just one 8×10. Honestly it is not worth your time or the photographers to order so little. You’ve paid anywhere from 200 to 700 for the time and talent of the artist and photographer you hired. My clients invest between 800 and 2000 dollars on prints, canvas’, albums and digital files.
Do have a idea of where in your home you would like images displayed. They can show you different wall galleries, layouts and styles of products that will work best in the space you are looking to hang them in.
3) Don’t forget the gift prints. 8×10 and smaller.
Do remember that grandparents and extended family will want images too. If you are not buying them as gifts, make sure to send them the gallery link and let them know the deadline for ordering.
This crew is like family to me!!! I absolutely adore the time I get to spend with them when I visit San Antonio.
Haley is a amazing photographer and one of my best and dearest friends!!! I am so grateful that I am asked to capture them each year!!!
When hiring a professional photographer here are a few thoughts to help you know what to expect:
1) Read and look through their website. The “About” page, the “Investment” page, the “What to Expect” page before contacting them, so that you have a idea of how they work, their pricing and their policies.
Do they work out of a studio? Are they a natural light photographer? For weddings, do they do on camera or off camera flash for ceremonies (where allowed) and receptions?
If you are hiring them for a editorial shoot expect there to be a fee if they have to search and rent a location for your shoot.
2) Referrals!!!! Referrals!!!! Referrals!!!! 75% of my clients have been referred to me by word of mouth. You want to know that others have enjoyed their experience with the artist you are hiring.
3) Expect to sign a agreement. Any photographer running a real business should have you sign a agreement along with pay a commission fee for their time and talent. The agreement will outline everything from the date and time of the session, who is being photographed, who can attend the session (I keep mine to only those who are being photographed), a model release, ordering timeline and guidelines to what would happen in a emergency.
4) Expect your online proofs (basic color correction) to take about 2 weeks to be ready for viewing during the busy season (April-November). Full edits with the ordering of prints, canvas’ and other wall art can take upwards of another 2 weeks. If you are ordering a heirloom album, this can take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks to arrive. If a photographer is taking longer than this, it is time to start asking questions.
For weddings, expect your images to be back between 6 to 8 weeks after your event. For your album design, this can take upwards of 2 weeks and with revisions, cover choice and then ordering, this can take upwards of 6 weeks.
Ask to see print and album samples in person, so that you can see the quality of what you are investing in for both weddings and portrait sessions.
5) When booking a session and or wedding, make sure to give the photographer enough time to properly take care of your needs and meet your expectations. If you need things rushed do expect to pay a fee.
6) Trust them to help you pick a location and outfits that coordinate with the look you are going for. I always asked questions about personal style, home decor and the feeling they want their images to convey. This helps everyone involved love the final project.
If you want a specific location, there may be a travel fee or a permit fee involved depending on the location.
7) Expect to pay tax on your order. I am based out of PA and there is 6%. If your photographer lives in a state where there is sales tax expect to pay it. If the artist you hire is running a real business, they will have a business license stating they must collect sales tax unless they are in one of the few states that do not.
I hope this helps you have a better understanding of “What To Expect When Hiring a Photographer”!!!
So the story goes, I was at my favorite vintage clothing shop last year and fell in love with this gown. Fast forward to this spring when I show they gown to my friend Lindsay from Sew Much Cooler and she says “I know someone who can turn that into the skirt you want”.
And Tada!!! The seamstress even made it with a draw string so women of different sizes will be able to wear it!!!
Thank you Priscilla for being such a wonderful model and coming along on this shoots adventure with me!!!