Don’t know where to begin? Don’t know how the process works? That’s ok, I’m here to help. Here I have compiled some of the more frequently asked questions people have before booking a shoot. However, if you have any questions at all that aren’t covered here, feel free to contact me.
Of course! My goal is to make everyone look their best, whether they are a model or not. If you just want these images for yourself, that’s great! If you are using these images for an online dating profile, or for updated social-media profile photos, or anything at all, I shoot people from all walks of life. My goal is to provide a fun and relaxed atmosphere while shooting. Let’s have fun and shoot!
The key is to bring lots of clothing options. Lots. I have never told a client “You brought too many clothes.” 🙂 For headshots, these are typically tops that have more solid colors and neutral tones (beiges, light blue, burgundy, purple, violet, gray, dark gray, white, etc.) However, variety is the key. It’s much better to bring far more outfits than you think even if you’re only booking a session for one look. Sometimes a particular top can really work better than others based on the background color, shooting location, and so on. Even for a standard single headshot shoot, I would suggest bringing a minimum of 3-5 different tops. Because after all, rules are meant to be broken. If your favorite top has a wild pattern and vivid/bright colors, feel free to bring it along with some other options.
All of my headshot and portrait packages include a license included with your images. This means that you have full permission to use these headshots/portraits that you’ve purchased for your personal promotional needs. If you selected a corporate headshot, you have permission to print these images on marketing material, signs, etc. Your license allows you the rights to print these images or post them online as needed. However, you are not allowed to sell these images to any other person or business entity. Product photography, and other non-headshot/modeling photography projects will have separate licensing agreements outlined in each project proposal or contract.
All proofs are sent to you via a downloadable link after the photo shoot. This is where you can select your favorite images you would like to have professionally edited based on your package. If there are additional images you would like to receive, just email me the additional number of images you would like to have edited. You will then be sent a link via email to an invoice you can pay online via a secure web site with any major credit or debit card.
To confirm your shoot date, you must first put down a deposit for the photoshoot to lock in a shooting date. The deposit is typically $100, or up to 50% of the project if your project involves a makeup artist, hairstylist, additional models, etc. This deposit is non-refundable. However, if you have to cancel, and do so with at least 48 hours notice, your deposit can be applied to another shoot date we can reschedule within thirty (30) days. The remaining balance is due at the conclusion of the photoshoot. Any late cancellations within 48 hours of the shoot will result in a forfeit of your deposit.
Proofs are low-resolution images of the photos taken during our photoshoot. The images contain a light watermark to indicate that they are the unfinished product and not final. Proofs do not have any editing or touch-ups, and should be considered a “draft version” of the photo. They are submitted to you where you can review the images you would like to select for final editing.
Proofs are sent to you via a Dropbox link in an email where you can download all proofs to review. You do not need a Dropbox account to download/view these proofs. You can also download all proofs to your computer with one click via the instructions in the email you will receive. If you do not have a computer, and only have a smartphone or tablet, these images can be viewed individually on these devices as well.
After downloading all proofs via the instructions outlined in the email you will receive, you simply email me the exact filenames of the images you would like to receive for final editing. (File names will start with “MMP” i.e. “MMP_1234.jpg”, “MMP_1235.jpg”, etc.) If you have any notes or special instructions to give me related to the editing process, simply let me know via email. I will confirm this via email, and begin editing.
After editing, all files will be emailed to you in the maximum resolution possible, without any watermarks. These images will be professionally retouched, color-corrected, and finalized. They will be emailed to you via another Dropbox download link since these maximum resolution files are typically too large for email. These files will be removed from my Dropbox server after downloading.
My policy is to keep all proofs from our shoot in storage for a period of 90 days. Due to the number of shoots I do, and the amount of shots per shoot, I eventually need to purge proofs. However, baring a catastrophic hard drive failure or some other terrible event, I intend to keep all final edited images on-file indefinitely, just in case.
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