Thank you for your interest in Sarah Johnson Photography! I know planning photos, whether it is for a family photo shoot, getting that perfect picture of your pets or combining the two, it can be confusing and downright stressful. Perhaps you are arranging a special function or event and would like to have a photographer attend to capture the moments. The following blog outlines what you can expect from your photo shoot, from the first contact, to handing over your beautiful images so hopefully ease some of those fears will be eased below.
BOOKING A SESSION:
As soon as you are interested in booking a session, email, instant message me or give me a call. We will discuss all the specifics of what you are looking for with your photo session. Some things we will solidify are what type of photos you’d like ( family, pet, event etc), what location you are interested in, when is the best time for your photos, and which pricing package you would like. I’ll compile all this information in an email and send it your way. The email will also include information such as the details of the session, how to pay, help on what to wear, and a few other bits of information. All payment is due at the time of booking. This is non refundable but can be transferred to the next available date should you need). Once the session fee is paid, your session is booked. I book 4-6 weeks in advance, and I am booking as far out as needed. Autumn and spring weekend sessions go very quickly, and are often booked several months in advance, so it is never to early to get your session date reserved. Several packages are available that include digital files and prints so there is a package for all budgets. I also understand that some requirements are bespoke so some packages may not be suitable for you and a bespoke package will be put together for you. Edited photos are available within 2 weeks of your session to view on your own online gallery. Once you are happy with the edited pictures, you can order prints, single digital files, USBs, and many other items.
YOUR PHOTO SESSION:
Photo session length is determined by the package you choose. We will meet at the selected location at the scheduled time, go over any special photo requests or needs you have, and then get I will get photographing! We will do lots of different poses, using as many backgrounds, and walk around our location to get new perspectives. I try to keep things relaxed, talk about you and your family, and try not to make it all about posing or stiff smiles. I like to capture the candid moments just as much as the smiling-at-the-camera moments. I’m happy to accommodate any fun posing ideas you have, or any props you’d like to incorporate. At the end of the session, I’ll answer any last questions and then we’re all finished!
The following are a couple of added bits of information that can make your photo experience more enjoyable:
If you have young children, feel free to bring anything that will keep them happy (e.g. snacks, juice, favorite toy, etc.).
If you have booked a pet photo shoots, please bring with you your pets favourite toys and treats to help us to keep their attention.
Please remember the weather. If it is hot, you may want to bring water with you; cold, maybe a jacket between shots. If the weather is forecast a complete washout, I am happy to rearrange to my next available slot.
Please feel free to bring any props that you find fun (I’ve had people bring sunglasses, hats, bicycles, signs, dogs, and even horses!).
Your photo session is yours so make sure you get the most out of it. If you have ideas of pictures you would like to try and create, then please share these with me.
As soon as your session is over, I transfer your photos onto my computer, backup, and begin editing. It takes about two weeks to edit and prepare your gallery. At that point, I will send you an email with your gallery link along with ordering information.
My goal is to give you natural, timeless photography that captures your special moments to last a lifetime. That means that through my editing process, my goal is to make your photos look as natural as possible while still making you look your best. There are beautiful editing techniques out there, and they are changing all the time, however, I want you to look back on your photos in years to come and be just as impressed with them then as you are now.
You will of course get the traditional “everyone smiling at the camera photo,” but you will also get photos of you laughing, interacting with your loved ones, being silly, and just basically pictures of how you really are. We don’t all stand together and smile in the same direction, we smile at each other, and those images speak so beautifully about the relationships between people and families and of course their pets too.
I will try where possible to include some photographs with an alternative editing for contrast, and if you would like any other images changing to this, you will be welcome to ask me to do this at this stage.
If your photo shoot included a package of images, you will then be able to choose which you would like and the digital files and or prints will be those will be sent to you within 10 days of you finalising your image. Your gallery will be available for three weeks after posting. If you do have a specific deadline for your images to use for presents, promoting an event, please do let me know at the time of booking so that I can accommodate this.
Speciality photo albums and photo books can be ordered. Albums and books are individually designed to best reflect your photo shoot. Please contact me for more information on these items, and allow several extra weeks for speciality item processing.
So if you are ready to book your session, please contact me via telephone 07805896498, my contact page or by email firstname.lastname@example.org