WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR PORTRAIT SESSION WITH ALLISON
BEFORE THE SESSION
My goal is to create customized artwork for you and your family. If you are just looking for a couple of 4x6 prints or only want to post a few photos on social media, I may not be the photographer for you.
Prior to the session we will either meet in person or spend a little time chatting on the phone so I can get a better idea of what you are looking for and how I can help you. We will discuss locations, outfits, specific ideas you might have, and go over some ideas to make your experience a success.
DURING THE SESSION
Most sessions last about 45 minutes to an hour, but I'm more than happy to spend a little extra time or take breaks if needed. With small children we may spend a lot of our time "playing" with some posing mixed in which makes for a great variety of images for the final gallery. I always have some ideas to get natural smiles and interaction (even from the adults!) and will work hard to make it a fun and relaxing experience for everyone.
AFTER THE SESSION
A few weeks after the session, clients get to review all their session photos—purchasing decisions don’t need to be made until after you see all your images.
There are three post-session “collections” available. Each collection includes a set number of high-resolution digital files available for download and complimentary print credits to purchase products from your private gallery shop. I offer beautiful canvas gallery wraps, framed and mounted prints, smaller gift prints, and handmade albums. I have a large collection of samples in the studio to give you a better idea of what I offer.
Your final order will be finished approximately four weeks from the date the order is placed. For local clients, I am happy to deliver the order to your door. Having the chance to share the final product is one of the best parts of my job!
WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?
My best advice is to pick something for one person and let that "inspire" the selections for everyone else. The key is not to match but to coordinate. I would recommend picking a color scheme with four or five colors that are related (like pastels, bold rich colors, or various shades of blues and purples). There are so many great options and I'm more than happy to help you with specific ideas. You might also look through my family gallery for inspiration. The one rule I do stress is to avoid neon colors. Not only does it put all the focus on the outfit rather than the person, but it can also make skin tones look a little crazy!
WHAT IF THE WEATHER IS BAD? OR SOMEONE IS SICK?
Weather conditions can play a big role in the session and I most definitely don't want anyone to be uncomfortable. If it's extremely hot, cold, windy or raining we can always reschedule. Even an overcast day can be less than ideal if you are looking for gorgeous backlit images. I want the best photos possible and if the weather is going to be a big factor in the success of the day I will often recommend moving the session to another date.
In the case of illness or injury, I will always recommend rescheduling. We want everyone to be at their best for the appointment.
WILL YOU TRAVEL?
Yes, I am more than happy to travel for sessions. While I am based in Seward, a large portion of my sessions are on location in the Lincoln area and I always love the opportunity to shoot in new areas around the state. There are no travel fees for locations in a 30 mile radius of Seward. Beyond that, my travel fee is $.65/mile.
HOW DO I BOOK?
To officially reserve a session date I require a signed contract and payment for the session fee which can be done entirely online. Once it gets a little closer to your appointment we will start to finalize details and come up with a plan for the session. Contact me to reserve your date now!