Do I have to pay anything up front ?
- A 50% deposit is due at the time of booking to guarantee your session date and time. Your remaining balance will be due prior to the date of your session. The 50% deposit is non-refundable, however, in the event that you must cancel your session you are encouraged to reschedule for another date and time. No session dates will be held without payment. If for any reason (other than weather) Sara Richardson Photography must cancel your session you will receive the choice of another date or a refund of your initial payment.
It costs more then I thought it would. Where is my money going?
- Many people don’t understand the costs that are involved with professional photography or the amount of time that is spent on each session. When you choose me as your professional photographer I invest a great deal of time into you as my client and your photo session. The time spent scheduling the initial session, the pre-session consultation, the time prepping / cleaning equipment and preparing for the session, time spent traveling to and from the session, the session itself and then post processing. The photographs from each session have to be culled through to pick out the best ones, then each photo that is chosen needs to be edited (between culling and editing this can take several hours). I also have to take into account the cost of editing programs, the cost of the accounting / business management programs and the cost of the program I use to deliver the client gallery. There is also the cost of my business website, the cost of marketing and the cost of good photography equipment.
What should I/we wear?
Most importantly you should feel comfortable in what you are wearing and the way that it fits you. You should pick clothing that compliments you and who you are. If you have a certain color that you really love to wear …. Wear it! If you love dresses …. Wear one! Find something that makes you feel good! If you are comfortable in what you are wearing, it will show in your photos.
For group photos there is an old fashioned idea floating around that everyone in the picture needs to have on matching clothing. This is not true! Think “coordinating” not “matching”. You can add interest to your photos by incorporating colors and/or simple patterns. If you're overwhelmed with where to begin, you can always start with a simple print that you love, and pull in some coordinating colors with other pieces.
If your personality is suited to a more subtle look, neutrals photograph beautifully as well. You can easily keep your colors neutral and add in smaller amounts of other colors for variety.
If you’re having a hard time deciding on colors, let the colors of your home guide you! Your home is where your images will most likely be displayed, so think about the colors that will coordinate well in your home.
You can also finish off your look with accessories. Consider adding a statement necklace or scarf. Also consider accessories such as a belt, jacket, hat, suspenders, headband, etc. Accessories are the perfect way to give that finishing touch, and they can really set your photos apart.
There are a few things that I do recommend avoiding. Colors that are not very flattering for photos that I usually recommend my clients avoid are neon colors, and wearing all white. White generally washes out most people's skin tones and isn’t very flattering. This doesn't mean you can't have any white on, but it probably isn’t the best choice for the main color of your photo session. Neon colors cast bright colors onto your skin in photos, and this can make it difficult to capture your natural skin tones. Also, clothing with a large logo or words that are easy to read can draw people’s attention away from the subjects in the photo. One final suggestion that is simple but sometimes people don’t think of …. when wearing dark bottoms please stay away from light colored socks.Remember the most important thing is for you to be your wonderful self and for you to be comfortable in what you are wearing and the way it fits you. Take some time to think through your outfit choice / choices, get plenty of rest the night before your session and give yourself enough time to get ready on the day of your session.
What do you edit in the photos? What if I have blemishes? What if I have stretch marks?
- I love photographing people because each one is unique. I truly love my job and I have never photographed anyone that I didn’t think was beautiful just the way they are. That being said, I do have two different editing programs that I use to edit my photos. When I edit photos my goal is to enhance the photo and make it look as amazing as possible. I want to ensure however that it is not overly edited and that you still look like your wonderful self. If you have blemishes, no problem. I can soften skin and remove the blemishes. If you have stretch marks, (I feel you... I have them too) no problem. I can soften skin and make them much less noticeable. If there is something else that you are concerned about or would like to ask about (wrinkles, moles, birthmarks) please do so. I can do a lot of things with editing and I am open to any questions that you may have. Just please keep in mind I want my photos to remain natural looking (not overly edited).
Is there anything I should bring to the photo session?
- If you are going to be wearing high heels you may want to consider bringing some comfy shoes for walking between spots. Snacks for the kids (that won’t stain) and a bottle of water (I keep a few extra in my camera bag in case you forget) are a good idea. You can always bring makeup for touch-ups (especially in warm weather) and if you have little ones don’t forget the extra diapers and wipes. If you would like, you also can bring along something meaningful to you and / or your family (for example a child’s favorite toy that you may want to photograph, flowers to hold, baby blanket, favorite quilt etc.) If you have any ideas of something that you want to bring please just ask! This is your photo session and I want to make sure to get the photos that are important to you!
How do I prepare my kids (I am worried about them cooperating)?
- I recommend always making sure that your kids are rested and fed before the photo session. It is always best to schedule the photography session around nap times and bed times so we will discuss this beforehand. It’s also a good idea to tell them what we will be doing, and make it sound fun and exciting! To help make this exciting for them consider a reward or something fun afterwards. Even if your kids end up not acting as wonderfully as you hoped during your photo session please don’t get stressed or upset. I have four kids of my own. I have been in your shoes and I completely understand that kids have a mind of their own and can have their own agenda. I Always try to remember to let them be little …. give them grace to be little, and know I will capture their personalities.