The $60 booking fee includes your session time and three high-resolution image downloads with a personal usage license.
Can we have photos of our children together?
The base package ($60) is for one student only. If you would like to add on photos of your children together, this can be booked as well. You will need to book a base package for each student, and then add on a "School Photos Together" option, at a rate of $30 per student/child. You will receive an additional three downloads for the group photos.
Where will our session be held?
The location will be confirmed with you the week of your session. It will be in Salmon Arm, and easily accessible. If you have any mobility concerns, please let me know in advance.
Can you help us with clothing ideas?
For school photos, I highly recommend that your student chooses their favourite clothing and accessories. These aren't formal family portraits where everyone needs to be coordinating and sleek; this is a quick glimpse of your student's unique personality. That video game t-shirt or ruffled blouse likely says a lot about their personality at this point in their life, and will be something that triggers memories years down the road. On top of showing their personal style, they are likely to be more relaxed if they are wearing something that they love.
That being said, here are a few things to consider. - Clean and unwrinkled clothes do look best. - Neon clothing tends to reflect colour on to the skin which is never a good look. - Bright green clothing can also transfer colour and make the face look sickly. - Clothing that is too small is probably best saved for lounging around the house. - If you have pets, or enjoy powdered donuts, a touch up with a lint roller just before photos is advisable. - If you have a hat as an accessory, save it for last so it doesn't mess your hair.
What does editing involve?
Editing on these images is very minimal. Your proofing gallery will show you the images with very quick colour and contrast adjustments. After you make your selections, the final images will be edited a bit further to enhance colours, contrast, sharpening, etc. Temporary blemishes such as bug bites and pimples will be removed if they are distracting from the image. Scars can be removed on request. Freckles and birth marks are left as-is.
Some things to think about before photos:
- Brushed and flossed teeth look best. - If you have temporary blemishes such as pimples or bug bites, I can edit these for you. Don't go overboard trying to cover them. - If you wear make-up, light and natural photographs well. If you are using a base foundation, make sure that it is blended along your jaw line. - If you wear transitions glasses, please touch base with me about this ahead of time. - Check your clothing for lint, pet hair, etc. - Check for eye and nose crusties. - Chapped lips love lip balm. - Take the time before and during photos to fix hair fly-aways or cowlicks that you don't want to have in photos.
If you are adding on Photos Together, please add 5 minutes to this time. This is a generous amount of time, and you will likely be on your way with time to spare.
If you know in advance that you are going to require more time, please call me to discuss details.
What happens if we are late?
Your booking has a set amount of time reserved in my calendar. (See "How much time..." in the FAQs.) If you are late, but within your scheduled time, we will need to move faster and may not end up with the same variety of images as you would normally receive to choose from. If you miss your booking time completely, you can wait and I will try to fit you between other clients. If this is not an option, you will need to book a new time on a later date and pay an additional booking fee of $50 per family.
What happens if it rains?
If we are experiencing light showers or intermittent rain, we will move ahead as planned.
If we are hit with severe storms, or localized lightning, sessions will be postponed and you will be notified by email and phone to ensure that we have made contact.
What if my child is sick?
Will you be wearing a mask?
I have not been wearing a mask when working with clients, as it is easier to communicate with them when they can see my full face. I will be maintaining a minimum of 10 feet distance at all times though, and ask my clients to provide me with the same space. If you would like me to wear a mask or face shield, please just ask and I will be happy to oblige.
Do we get to choose our background in the proofing gallery?
No. These are not green screen images. The background of the images will be what was actually behind your student when we captured the images. My shooting style tends to have the background more out of focus, so it will look blurry compared to what you see in real life, with your student in focus at the front of the image.
When will we receive our images?
You will receive your proofing gallery within 48 hours of your session. Please make your selections within one week. Your selected digital downloads will have a 48 hour time delay for additional edits and then will be available to you. Prints will be available within a month. (Rush orders are available if needed.)
How can we pay for our session?
You can pay by credit card, through a secure online payment gateway called Stripe, or you can pay by e-transfer to email@example.com
My child is really nervous. What can I do?
The biggest thing is to not make this a big deal. Don't tell them that they have to smile. Don't bribe them with treats only if they do well. Some humans, young and old, just don't like to smile for the camera. And that's okay. Serious, shy, contemplative expressions are beautiful too!
Some things that might help:
- Let them choose their own outfit. Tell them how excellent they look! - Let them bring a favourite toy, stuffy, game, rock, jar of bugs. Whatever works! - Make sure they know that this will be quick; relate the amount of time to something they know, staying age-appropriate. If they are young, "It's quicker than walking to school!" - Offer a reward or treat after photos. This reward can not be conditional on good behaviour; they get the treat whether they smile, frown, dance, cry, or stomp. This takes the pressure off of them having to perform, and it takes the pressure off of you to stick to rules about whether or not it was earned. - Get silly. If you know that your child reacts well to you making fart sounds, make the fart sounds. If you know that sometimes you curse and it gets the best face from them, break out the sailor language. I will leave it to you to set the tone for what is appropriate for your family. - Remember that them being shy or anxious is not an issue for me. I am not bothered by this. I am there to document this moment in your child's life, and if that means a serious look, I am happy to capture that.
Who do I contact if I have more questions?
Please email Selina at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (250) 804-8778.