I've shot over 3,000 sessions since starting my career as a photographer. I've shot everything from cookies to weddings. Each one starts with a plan. The "Planning Consultation" is the most important meeting we'll have as photographer & client. When I first started I didn't set up these meetings - that was a mistake. I quickly learned that a road map for the entire experience is an absolute must. I need to know what your goals are for the sessions and you need to know if what you want is something I can do to the top standard expected of me.
Your Planning Consultation is our chance to get to know each other. It's broken into a few steps: Session type, Session goals, Heirloom Options/Goals, What to Wear, Questions and Answers, and Setting a Date/paying the sitting fee to save it.
Choosing In-Studio or On Location is the first step. By now you've looked through out website to see our options and have an idea of what you would like to do. If you choose an in studio session the portraits will most likely they'll be my signature style of Black and White, though I do shoot in color in studio as well - the two styles are not mixed. We'll discuss if you want a theme or simply styled portraits. Our On Location sessions are in full color - they are our most popular option for HS Seniors. We'll be selective about choosing a location. We discuss what fits your personality, your current home décor, and what will remain timeless as your home changes. There is a price difference - $125 In Studio and $250 On Location, your heirlooms are separate. On Location sessions include brining our variety of lighting of lighting styles, not just your average "natural light". You'll receive a stunning mixture of available + studio light for rich skin tones and the "pop" we're known for.
An important part of this meeting is discussing session goals. What are you expecting from your session? Are you wanting portraits that are fun and seasonal? Are you marking a milestone or an accomplishment? Are you updating a family portrait? Why have you decided now to book a session? These points of interest help me build an idea of what I need to shoot during the session so nothing is missed.
Heirloom Options and goals:
Your session needs a plan for the end. How are you wanting to display your portraits? I have a ton of samples to look though, tough, feel, fall in love with. Together we'll start building a plan as to what I need to shoot for. Are you a lover of big wall art for a statement piece, needing small prints for Grandma, craving a beautiful Album for your coffee table? I have access to the heirlooms of your dreams. I do keep my catalog simple, but it's not limited to just what I list in the folio:
If you've seen ideas online that you think you'll want bring the ideas in and I'll research it for you! I am not a pusher of "sell everything as big as possible". As a professional, I have access to unique software that allows us to view your portraits on your walls to figure out what the *size appropriate* options are for your spaces. I strongly encourage you do a little homework between the planning consultation and your ordering appointment to make a list of heirlooms you WANT for YOU - Your home is most important, take care of it first. Then add on to the bottom of that list of people you NEED to buy for.
Setting your Date:
Before you leave the Planning Appointment we'll schedule your date. In order to hold your session date the sitting fee is required to be paid in full. It is non-refundable, but can be credited toward one rescheduled date if needed. If a second rescheduled date is needed, another sitting fee payment in full is required. Your Heirlooms are paid for at the time of ordering, a payment plan is available and can be discussed in detail.