Frequently Asked Questions
What Does A Session With You Include?
All sessions last 60-90 minutes* and include shared copyright of 20-25 hi-resolution images.
Sessions also include a customized blog post and private online viewing gallery. The gallery is accessible using a password I create for you. I will also provide a pin number that can be used to enable downloading. Receiving your images couldn’t be easier! When downloading from your gallery, all files will be emailed to you in a single zip-file.
All clients will receive a copy of my terms and conditions prior to the session to review and will be expected to sign it at the time of session. A receipt will be emailed to you after payment is made. Session reminders are also included! Expect a card via snail mail to hang on your fridge, and an email reminder 2-3 days prior to your session.
While you will be provided with the opportunity to download all images for your personal use, I recommend ordering all prints through my professional lab to protect your investment. For information on ordering, please see below.
*newborn sessions can last up to 2 hours to accommodate feedings and feelings. 🙂
What Does Shared Copyright Mean? Can I Print My Photos?
Shared copyright means that I am sharing ownership of the images with you. Many photographers do not release their digital files and will force you to purchase prints if you want them. I believe you should receive a copy of these images so you have a back up copy and can keep them for a lifetime.
Even when providing shared copyright, releasing the images I create does not mean they are open to further artistic manipulation. I work hard creating the exact look that I want and do not allow any major cropping or any type of color enhancement. Many photo labs, such as Target, Wal-Mart, etc. use “auto color correction” when developing images. DANGER!! If you ever see this, do NOT use the lab, or at least un-check that box. Your photos have already been color corrected and will look way over-saturated and just plain awful if “corrected” again.
You have invested a lot of money to get perfect photos. If you choose to display them in your home, please preserve the work I have done and the money you have spent by printing them through my lab. You can see how important this is by visiting this link: http://www.arikareed.com/why-you-should-order-prints-through-a-professional-lab/. This blog post also shows some obvious differences: http://www.arikareed.com/20-thinwraps-and-print-comparison/
I keep my prints costs as low as possible to encourage your orders. You will be keeping these for a lifetime. Memories on the wall will be looked at everyday, and when you break down cost per day, we’re looking at next to free. Trade the fancy coffee drink for a print; it will last a whole lot longer and cost about the same. 🙂
If you still choose to print elsewhere (shared copyright gives you this right), I will recommend Costco. I’ve seen some of my images that clients have printed there and they turn out better than the other places (although it’s still no comparison). Just be sure to bring your receipt stating shared copyright with you. For books, the best printing I’ve found is Blurb. They won’t be nearly as nice as the ones I can create for you, but they beat Snapfish and other online venders I’ve used in the past.
How Long Does It Take To Receive My Edited Images?
Can We Have The Session Take Place Somewhere Other Than My Home?
By all means, yes! I use natural lighting as my main source of light, so I recommend keeping things outside. There are many locations that I frequent, and I am always open to new suggestions! For your convenience, I have put together a location page with ideas and tips: http://www.arikareed.com/about/locations/
Newborn sessions work a bit differently. If I am taking photos of your new arrival, I typically work in the client home provided there is ample natural lighting. Floor to ceiling windows and doors are highly recommended. At this point, I do not set up any professional external flash equipment as a studio does. If you schedule a newborn session with me, you can expect an email full of tips and suggestions prior to our session.
How Far Do You Travel?
What Types Of Payment Do You Accept?
Who Do I Make Checks Out To?
Checks may be made out to “Photography by Arika Reed.”
When Is Payment Due
Do You Require A Deposit To Hold The Date Of My Session?
What Happens If I Need to Cancel or Reschedule?
Do I Need To Bring Anything To Our Session?
Is It Possible To Purchase Additional Images?
How Do I Purchase Prints and Products?
There are several ways to order through me and receive professionally printed products!
The easiest way for you to order is to meet with me. I help facilitate the process making it fun, and ensuring you know what options are available. I will provide product samples as well so you will make an educated purchase and know exactly what to expect.
You may also email me your order. I will then create an email invoice via PayPal, and payment may be applied securely with a credit card (you do not need a PayPal account to submit payment). If you are ordering a book, or other personalized item, I will send you a preview to review prior to making payment.
Lastly, you may order directly through your online gallery. This is a great option for those who have family and friends wanting to order prints and products. However, I personally review and fulfill all these orders as well, so if it’s for you, feel free to bypass the gallery and contact me directly.
Prints will have a lustre/matte finish by default unless you specify otherwise. A standard print order should be delivered in 7-10 business days. Custom products may have a different time frame. I include a price list for my most popular products in client emails (and upon request), and the full list of options may be found here: http://www.arikareed.com/about/turn-your-images-into/
Why Don't I Get More Than 20-25 Images? Didn't You Take A Trillion At Our Session?
My sessions cost $275. This includes all taxes, travel time (usually around an hour+), the gas to get me there and back, my time at the session, followed by several hours of editing. It also includes the cost of marketing materials and the time I spend creating and maintaining files. Note that I am first and foremost, a stay at home mother, and can only take on a session or 2 per week at most.
I hope that gives a bit of insight to the cost of this job and why I charge the way I do. If you ask me why you donʼt have more prints after you receive your images… Iʼm just going to copy and paste this back to you.
Can I Have 'X' Image That's In Black & White, In Color Too? And 'Can I See That Picture You Just Took?'
Do You Shoot Weddings Or Events? How About Head Shots or Commercial Work?
What Should I Wear?
Remember your session location when choosing a color palette. If your session takes place at Spanish Village, brighter, bolder colors look better than pastels. If you have your session at Old Poway Park with a vintage feel, it’s best to wear more neutral colors that blend better with nature. Beach settings allow almost any sort of attire aside from formal. You may visit my location page to preview the backdrop to your session here: (http://www.arikareed.com/locations/).
I often ask my clients to kneel and to walk a lot. I also encourage playing with the kids, running and having fun together. It’s best to wear clothing that will let you move freely, safely, and comfortably. If your child is wearing a dress, I’d highly recommend little bloomers or shorts on underneath. If you insist on breaking out a new pair of 4 inch heels, PLEASE bring flip flops too. Your feet will thank you. 🙂
These are some things that I recommend NOT wearing: No pinstripes or narrow stripes. Digital processors on the camera (as well as sharpening in post-processing) can alter their appearance and can cause distortion. This is less visible on a print versus viewing on the computer, but it’s best to avoid it entirely. Try not to wear something with a distracting pattern or logo. Remember, we want people to be the subject of the photographs, not the clothes. Also, be cautious with white, as it reflects the colors that surround it. This is especially true if you have your session at a green park and/or if your family members wear another bright color, such as red. If you really want to wear plain white, I’d recommend having your session at the beach.
More no-no’s: No phones in men’s pockets, or wallets in the front pocket; It looks awkward. If you wear transition lenses, and have a pair of glasses that do not turn into sunglasses in the sun, please choose to wear those instead. Lipstick on the teeth and dried, crusty stuff on kid’s faces are especially hard to edit out. It’s best to bring a wipe with you if you have children prone to running noses.
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