Portraits Process

Common Steps for Working Together on Portraits

The following information is provided for your convenience to provide some understanding of how we’ll work together, requirements, and to answer any general questions you might have.

  • There are common sessions and rates for studio and locations portrait sessions. Custom rates are also possible. Please inquire about rates.
    • For proper planning, please inform the photographer what the photos are for (family, engagement, maternity, grad, etc.), how many people are to be photographed, and are they adults, children or both
  • Upon finishing the photo shoot, you will be provided a link to review thumbnail versions of the portraits taken (low-resolution watermarked images)
    • Depending on the chosen session, there might be from 20 to 100+ to select from
    • You will select a preset number of photos to have touched-up and finished as print-quality photo files
  • I will do touch-ups selected photos included in the set amount purchased (one revision per selected photo is included)
    • Touch-ups may include toning skin, removing eye and skin blemishes, fixing some stray hair, removing excessive lint on clothing, etc.
    • Finished photos are provided as high-resolution PNG files in common print sizes (i.e., 8×10″, 5×7″, etc.) that are print-quality and also as web-ready JPEG files (smaller files suited for posting online)
    • If prints are desired, printing is accomplished within the studio using a high-quality portrait-grade printer and premium papers
    • Prints can be mailed or picked up when ready
    • Other photos taken during the shoot will also be provided as JPEG files*
    • RAW (original source files) files are not provided unless a per-image copyright buyout is accomplished as a separate and additional agreement
  • Finished files are then provided to you via a link where you may download them
  • Turnaround time for previews is typically within 1-2 days and another 1-2 days for finished images, after your selections are received

*For all other photos from a photo shoot not selected to be touched-up, you may get a web-quality JPEG file version of most of them (up to the first 200 photos). Photos to be determined by the photographer as non-usable, may not be included (for example, if a photo was blurry, if the subject is not in an ideal position or with a good luck [closed eyes, etc.], test photos such as those to determine composition, etc.). The photographer reserves all rights to exclude any photo determined not to meet photographer’s quality standards. These extra files are generally provided only as PNG files of approximately 1,920 ppi size (long edge). Some basic post-production corrections may also be applied to these photos, such as exposure corrections, cropping, color correction, etc.

Other Requirements

  • A signed permission for photography and release from liability are required.
  • A booking fee of $25 or 20% (whichever is higher) is needed to reserve your spot and the fee is applied to your total balance due
  • Cancellations within 24 hours of a session are non-refundable but the booking fee can be applied to a re-scheduling

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How can I pay?
Accepted payments include cash, Mastercard, Visa, Discover, American Express, PayPal or Zelle. Sorry, no personal checks or crypto-currencies accepted.

Do you use studio lighting or natural light?
Either or both can be used for portraits. We can decide together on what will provide the best quality based on what you want out of your portraits.

Does your studio offer parking and Wi-Fi?
Yes. There is free parking on the studio lot. There is also abundant free street parking. Wi-Fi details are in the studio for access during your visit.

Can I bring props?
Props are okay to bring but, please clear them with the photographer before bringing them to ensure they are allowed on the premises.

Can I bring a friend or co-worker with me to the shoot?
Yes. But, again please clear it with the photographer ahead of time

Do you do location portraits?
Yes, though travel distances count toward the session time / fee due. We can meet at your home, a park, beach, etc.

Do we need permissions to do photography and who owns the photos?
Yes. It’s important to understand that by U.S. copyright law photographers own the copyright to any photo or video created, even with your likeness or property in them. But, photographers cannot sell or use your likeness in the photos without your permission. So, a permission for photography and their use is needed. We do this paperwork at the beginning of a shoot. If we are shooting at a location, there are permits required for shooting at there. If it’s your home or other property, a property release is needed. The LA area is difficult when it comes to doing photography in public places – generally permits are required and they can cost hundreds of dollars. I have permits in place to use select LA county parks and beaches for photo shoots, saving you this cost. Also, a signed liability release is also required.

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