frequently asked questions
A full service photographer provides just that: full service from start to finish. This means that I tailor my sessions to every individual client and family, and I am with you during every step of the process.
I meet with or Facetime/Skype with every client for a pre-session planning appointment, during which we discuss location, attire, what to expect and how to prepare. We will also talk about what you plan to do with the prints from your session - where you will display those in your home, the color scheme of the rooms where you will hang prints, whether you are gifting prints to family members, and even the sizes of the walls you plan to fill. I provide wardrobe guidance and will even provide links to outfits for you to purchase for your session if you so desire.
During the session, I provide detailed instruction and position my clients in the most flattering poses for their body type, then provide detailed direction and pull back to document the resulting emotion and interactions. There will never be any wondering about what to do or where to put your hands, etc., because I will always tell you exactly what to do.
After your session, we will meet for your In Person Reveal Appointment. During this appointment, all decision-makers should be present as this is when you will choose your favorite images and decide which Print Packages you wish to purchase. Once you have chosen your images and selected and paid for your Print Package, your prints will be ordered. *Payment plans are available upon request. If a payment plan is arranged, prints will be ordered upon final payment.
When your prints and products are finished, I will hand-deliver them to you at your home (within Greater Kansas City.)
what does “full service photographer” mean?
Session fees cover my time and talent in preparing for, taking and editing your images, as well as equipment costs, insurance, studio costs, payment for my assistant, your Pre-session Planning Meeting and your In Person Reveal Appointment.
what is included in my session fee?
Your session fee does not include any digital images or print products. In most cases, your session fee DOES include a print credit to be used toward your purchase of a print package.
Your session fee also includes your In Person Reveal Appointment. During your Reveal Appointment, we will review your final images together and discuss Print Packages in detail over wine and light hors d’oeuvres. It is at this point that you will select your favorite images and order your Print Packages and Products. Most of my clients invest between $900-$2000 total, including session fee and prints or products.
what is not included in my session fee?
where will my photo session take place?
Photo sessions can be booked for in home, at an outdoor location we choose together, or in my studio in Kansas City. They could take place on your high school football field, at a creek, in a field with rolling hills, or even down in Kansas City's happening Crossroads District. The possibilities are endless!
how do I book my session?
You can view my availability calendar and book your session by clicking here. First, choose what type of session you want, then view available appointment times on my calendar. Enter your name, email address and phone number, then click to submit.
Upon receipt of your request, i will send you an email with your contract and invoice. Upon receipt of your signed contract and retainer fee payment, your session will be booked!
what happens next?
Once you have booked your session, we will connect over coffee, Facetime or the phone to discuss your upcoming session. Together, we will plan outfits and activities, and choose the perfect location for your session. We will talk about where you plan to display your images, the color scheme in your home, and many other important factors.
Following our discussion, you will receive my custom session guide for your family, which will include color palette suggestions, links to inspiration boards, attire guide, advice for hair and makeup and preparing your loved ones for your photo session, and so much more.
When do I pay for my photo session?
A retainer fee of 50% is due at the time of booking your session, in order to reserve your date. Because other paying work is turned down in order to hold your spot, retainer fees are non-refundable. In the event that a session must be rescheduled, photo session retainer fees may be transferred to a new appointment within three months.
When do i pay for my wedding?
A retainer fee of 50% is due to book your wedding. Because other paying work is turned down in order to hold your date, retainer fees are non-refundable. Final payment is due two weeks before your Kansas City area wedding.
For weddings outside the greater Kansas City area, please inquire.
what should i wear for my photo session?
I'm so glad you asked. Check out my WHAT TO WEAR Pinterest Boards for Couples, Families, Expecting Mamas and High School Seniors, and follow me while you're over there. Know that I am here to help you every step of the way. Comfort and personality are key to a great photo session, so for starters - DON'T choose to wear something you don't genuinely like. Your discomfort will transfer to your photos, and I promise that nobody wants that. I am happy to weigh in on outfit selection, color schemes, etc.!