FAQ - Images by Courtney

 What is candid style shooting?

My preferred photography style is candid, especially with kids. Getting the children focused on an activity that they enjoy and taking a few steps back provides some great moments for candid photography. This works best for toddlers of all personalities but is a charm for those who aren't really excited about getting their photo taken. Then I ask them to peek  at me and 9/10 times I get a genuine smile, not the CHEEEEEEEESE smile.  This style photography is also sweet for the entire family. 

What is included with my sitting fee?

The Sitting fee includes my creative advise, our one hour on location shooting and the print release for 10 images.  These 10 images will be in your final shopping gallery with all of the images from your session.  

What is a digital proof?

These are low resolution, it wouldn't work to print these out in any size, the image would be blurry.  Instead they are for you to view on your mobile device in order to more easily share with friends and family. This is what you would use to collect an order so that when you return to your online gallery you would have an exact idea of what to order.  I will send you these via Dropbox.

When can I expect a peek?

Within 24-48 hours, I will send along 10-20 images hardly edited for you to peek at and share. These will have my watermark on them and are what I call "Show + Share" images. This means that they are perfect for sharing on social media and email.  Show + Share images aren't big enough to print at high quality. I will send you a link to a dropbox folder that I have created for us.   

What is a gift print?

So named because these sizes are typically given as gifts to friends and family, 5x7 and 8x10 are lumped together as gift prints that sell for $14 a piece. I also offer 4x6 at this price, but I discourage from ordering that size as it doesn't do the work any justice to display a print of that small size. 

How do I download my images?

Once your shopping gallery is posted, you can browse there to choose 10 of your favorite images.  Just email me with your file numbers and I will send you a download link for those 10 favorites, it will come to you in your email inbox from me as a Dropbox link.

When can I expect my final shopping gallery?

Within2  weeks of our shoot, I will have posted your final high resolution jpegs, fully edited in a personalized shopping gallery on this website.  I guarantee 40 images and sometimes produce more. This is where you can choose your 10 images that you paid for with your sitting fee and make further purchases if you like what you see. 

What is a low resolution file?

My low resolution files are 1M pixel.  They are wonderful for sharing on social media and printing clearly up to 2x3 which is a bit smaller then a wallet.  Wallet size prints are 2.5 x 3.5

What is a high resolution file?

My high resolution files are 4M pixels, they are large enough so that you can print any size up to 8x10.  If you tried printing larger then that from my high resolution files, your picture would turn out grainy.  

So then how can you make me a print larger then 8x10?

I keep the original files which are HUGE (about 57M pixels!) so that I can make you more products.  When I make prints for you, I sharpen them so that they look beautiful on your wall.  The larger the print that is made from a digital file, the more chances of distorting the pixels that are in the original file.  I do not sell the original files. 

How do I order products from my shopping gallery?

 To order any of these images as prints from the gallery, click the pink BUY button, select either “Photos From This Gallery”. Be sure you have selected the size and image you would like and add to cart. Once your cart is full, you can pay with PayPal or credit card. Your print order will ship directly from the lab, White House Custom Color. The digital images are available as well by selecting “Buy Gallery Download”. You can choose either low res or high res. The low resolution digital photos will not print clearly over wallet size and are perfect for social media sharing. The high resolution gallery will print for you up to 11x14 and can also be shared digitally. After purchasing you can download your digital images right to the flash drive I gave you. Note: my watermark will not show up on your digital downloads or your prints.

How do I get my digital gallery from my SmugMug gallery?

After checking out, your customers can retrieve their downloads by clicking the links we send them.  We will send them an email with the download link.  If your gallery has a lot of photos, your download will be split into several .zip files to help speed up downloading. Just click each link that appears to ensure you grab every .zip file.  Your watermarks will not appear on the images your customers purchase.

What should I wear?

 I would suggest outfits that you feel most comfortable in because this will allow you to be yourself in front of the camera. You will be happiest with your images if you choose 3-4 outfits with accessories that you can mix and match while keeping color palette in mind.

What location should we choose?

To customize your  session even more, you get to decide where we shoot!  A place that had some meaning to you, your family, your future endeavors or your hobbies. If you have trouble choosing a place, I have many ideas just ask!

Finally, please read this article by Amy Tripple photography.  10 Things Your Photographer Wishes You Knew......  It contains information that may help to ease your worries, fears and 'what if's' about the day of the session.  

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