Please check to see if any of your questions are answered here. Have a question that isn’t listed? Still need some clarification? Shoot me an email here!
Do you give out CD’s with all the files?
My clients receive their final images via digital download. This comes in the form of an email with a link to a password protected private gallery and a special PIN required for download. You can share this link and password with your friends and family members if you like, and keep the PIN secret. Or, if you want others to be able to have a copy of the final images from your session (ie: a large group family session or grandparents who love to make prints)– you can share the PIN with them and they can instantly download their own copies of the images. Alternatively, you can choose to purchase a copy of the images on a USB flash drive for an additional fee of $40 (shipping included) per copy. Regardless of your choice (digital download or flash drive), you will receive the same images.
Right online! It’s so easy. Once you’re ready to book, you’ll receive an email from me with a link to sign your digital contract and an invoice to pay any immediately due balances. My payment system walks you right through all the steps and you’ll be able to pay via PayPal either with your PayPal account or with a credit card using PayPal’s safe and secure server- no PayPal account needed. If you’re purchasing a package deal or special offering, you’ll need to pay the full amount of the session at the tie of booking. If you’re booking any other kind of session, you only need to pay your session booking fee up front and the remaining balance is due on the day of your session.
Do you have a studio? Where will my session take place?
Nope! Although I was initially trained in studio photography, I don’t believe it is usually an effective space for producing authentic portraits of my subjects. I’ve found that people tend to feel more relaxed and comfortable in an environment that they are familiar with– especially kids! And a comfortable and relaxed subject makes great portraits. That being said, your session will take place pretty much anywhere you want! In your home, at a favorite park or playground, or another outdoor or indoor location of your choosing. Don’t worry – we’ll come up with a great location that fits your lifestyle! 🙂
How many images will I get?
I don’t have a set number of images for any of my sessions. The number of images you’ll receive from your session with KMP really depends on two things: (1) what kind of session you have and (2) your specific needs. Don’t need a lot of photos? No problem! Want as much variety as possible in your time slot? You’ve got it! During our consultation, we’ll discuss the specific shots you’re looking for and that’s the guide I use on the day of your session. Regardless, you will receive all of the final, professionally processed images from your session. No extra charges or in-person sales sessions, no having to choose 5 images and pay for the rest. As long as the image is presentable (ie: nobody’s blinking, sneezing, out of focus, or an otherwise unusable image)– you’ll receive it with your final images!
Will I get a print release? Can I print my photos anywhere?
Yes and yes! However, if you’re printing anything larger than a 5×7, I’d recommend choosing a professional printer. I can either order prints for you through a wonderful printing company that works exclusively with photographers *or* recommend some wonderful printing companies to suit your needs. The most important thing to me is that you are getting the best possible prints while working within your budget.
Do I need to purchase images/prints/anything through you?
Nope! Your session fee includes a digital download of all the final images from your session and a print release to have them printed wherever you like. The only reason you’d need to purchase anything else from me would be if you’d rather I ship a copy of your images on a flash drive via physical mail rather than receiving them via an emailed link to a password protected gallery where you can download your images.
Can I put my photos from your session on my blog or social media profile?
Absolutely! Don’t forget to tell everyone where you got ’em! However, I do request that my clients do not retouch or digitally alter my work.
Also, please remember that you are not licensed to use these photographs for financial gain or advertisement without written permission. Please check the copyright notice on the bottom of your print release for more information. Or just ask me. I’m pretty easy to get along with.
Can you make me look thinner? Take out my double chin? Give me a digital tummy tuck?
Oh boy. As a woman who’s always struggled with her weight and self-esteem, this is such an emotionally super charged issue for me. So please understand that if this is an issue that is really important for you, I am probably not the right photographer for you. I believe every person is beautiful in their own right. No retouching necessary. And I think by now we’ve all learned what a massive impact heavy photoshopping has had on the modern woman’s self-image, esteem, and even self-worth. I personally can’t participate in that. That being said… zits, bee stings, and mosquito bites happen. Big ones. Riiiight in the middle of your forehead. And sometimes kids wipe out on their bikes and scrape
their chins the night before family portraits. This is the kind of retouching I am HAPPY to provide. However, you should know that you are beautiful and loved just the way you are. Your loved ones don’t think you need retouching and neither do I. 🙂
What should I wear for my portraits? Should my group match?
Oh, please don’t match! The general rule I encourage my clients to follow is think coordinating, not matching. You want your clothing to complement and contrast. All my clients receive a PDF guide I’ve written that’s filled with tips and tricks to help my clients pick the perfect clothing that will not only look great on camera, but help everyone feel comfortable in their own clothes. There’s even a link to a curated Pinterest board I’ve created if you’re a more visual person!
Do you use an assistant?
Yes! That is, sometimes. Depending on your needs, the number of people in your group, the nature of the session, potential challenges, or your specifications, I may choose to use an assistant at my personal discretion. You can always request that I bring an assistant as well for an additional fee. Please ask me if you have any questions about my assistants.
I love my pet(s)! Can I include him/her/them in my session?
Yes! But let’s make a plan that will yield the best possible results from your session. Would your pet be more comfortable and undistracted in their own home or at a park? If you took them for a nice long walk prior to your session, would it leave them happy and relaxed or too energized to focus? Are you wanting a more at-play candid feel or more posed images? These are all important questions if you’re wanting to include your pet in your session. You should also be willing to either bring someone your pet is already comfortable with who can care for them when it’s not their turn in front of the camera or have a plan for what to do with them during those times. We can discuss all of this over email or the phone once we start talking about your session details. I work with all my clients to make a plan to help achieve their goals in every session– pets included!
I’m concerned about how my child is going to behave during our session. How are you going to take their photo if things get out of control?
Well, it will have to be a team effort. But let me try to set your mind at ease. I have about twelve years of experience working with children of all ages, including individuals with special needs. My goal is to help you and your child feel comfortable so we can create some beautiful portraits of your family. To do this, I’ll need you to help by informing me as best you can about the situation and doing some proactive preparation with your child at home and before our session. I promise to use every trick up my sleeve (think positive reinforcement, verbal praise, effective redirection, play breaks, very silly behavior, etc.) and request that you come prepared to do the same. This might mean promising a reward afterward for good behavior, refraining from discipline until the session is over for the sake of your poor photographer who’s working so hard to get natural smiles out of your child, or bringing a secret snack or treat along in your bag for redirection. (But please, if you do bring a treat, make sure it’s something small enough to be concealed in their hand and won’t turn their tongues or teeth different colors. Unless you’re into that, and then bring it on!)
If this is a concern, please don’t hesitate to bring it up with me before your session. We can make a game plan and work through it together!