You can choose most any location. If you’d like an outdoor setting, which I do recommend, please remember that we ARE in Michigan and the weather has a mind of it’s own. If it is just too hot, too rainy, or too cold, we may need to reschedule. The last thing you want for your portraits is a sweaty face or red, frozen nose. As well, the wind plays a big part in hair issues. We need to choose locations that give us the option to be shielded from the wind and in some cases a little shade is nice too. Barns, fields, beaches, and beach grass are very nice backdrops for the country setting. If you like a little more city, there are many great structures in most any town in the area. Please choose no more than two different locations.
As for clothes, you should put some time into thinking about your outfits. There is no need for more than 3 clothing changes. Stick with things that you are comfortable wearing and fit you well. Don’t forget the details. Dress shoes (or Chuck Taylors) with dress pants, nice shoes (or boots) with dresses and skirts. Be mindful of where undergarments show through and out of your clothes choices, AND the length of a skirt if you plan on sitting down. If Grandma would look at you sideways for wearing it, it will not be appropriate for the official school photo. Long sleeves and solid colors do read best for portraits. Neon colors, I have noticed, have come back from their burial in the early 1990’s – – I do strongly suggest choosing colors other than super-brights and neons, as they reflect their color onto your skin. If you have any questions or want help on making choices, just ask.
Make sure you provide me with any requirements, deadlines, and information that you may have received from your school. Most schools have very precise specifications for how your photos should look as well as how they are to be turned in to the school.
Standard packages include about an hour at your environmental location of choice and/or a half hour in the studio. Your family, small or large, can order their own prints or book through the online proofing system. Creative treatments, black and white, or selective color options are available for all images.
Basic editing for color, contrast, and overall content, is done for all images in your proof set. Extensive editing for braces removal or heavy skin editing will be an additionally quoted cost.
All sittings will require a signed contract and non-refundable $100 retainer fee to secure the requested date and time. This fee will be subtracted from your total at the time of final payment. Sitting dates and fee may be transferred for inclement weather. No-shows will forfeit retainer fee. Parties later than 15 minutes to the set sitting time will forfeit retainer fee and may be forced to reschedule.