FAQ

Valley View High School Senior Portrait

 

FAQ

 

{when should i book my session}
… to provide my clients with the very best customer service and personal attention, I accept a limited number of sessions per month. consider contacting me at least one-two weeks ahead of your anticipated session. earlier reservations are strongly recommended during holiday seasons. for newborn sessions, the best time to photograph newborns is within the first fourteen days. i always have time for newborn sessions! weddings should ideally be booked at least eight months ahead of time but availability varies so please don’t hesitate to contact me if you are in need of a last minute photographer.

 

{how do i book my session}
text, or e-mail me to chat details.  we’ll find a date, time, and location that work for us all & get the ball rolling. your session fee is due at the time of booking. i will send your session fee invoice via paypal or you can mail a check to the studio made out to “lynsey noel photography”.   for weddings: all I need from you is a signed contract, which i send and you sign electronically or you can meet me in person for a full consultation, and a 20% retainer to hold your date.

 

{what should we wear}
coordinate.  no need to break-out a family uniform of white shirts and jeans.  time to be unique, showcase who you are individually as well as a family.  lots of layers, textures, fun patterns and accessories make outfits more fun.  leave the large logos and lettering at home, as they are distracting.  stick with colors that will grab your attention.  if you go with lighter, more neutral colors, please add some bright color to make your photos really pop!

 

{do we need to bring anything}
you can bring anything you’d like to incorporate into your photo session. i like to keep each session uniquely you so feel free to bring any props that coordinate with your photo session. for outdoor sessions: it’s encouraged you bring a blanket so we can try some fun poses that require us to get down on the ground.

 

{how much does it cost}
family session fees start at $100. wedding packages begin at $1,800. you may purchase as few or as many prints as you wish, but most clients find that budgeting two times their session fee is a helpful figure. please look at the “investment” tab for detailed session information. payment of session fee, or deposits for weddings, is required to reserve your session date and time.  cash, check, and paypal is accepted for your convenience.

 

{where do we go}
i love shooting on-location. we can shoot in your backyard, at your favorite park, or any other unique place you have in mind.  traveling is complimentary within the scranton area. i can suggest some wonderful locations if you do not have a place in mind. we can also shoot inside at my studio in blakely, pa. {see the “directions” tab under the “contact me” menu}  if you’d like me to shoot inside your home, i can bring my equipment to you! for specific prices and additional traveling fees, please use the “contact me” menu to request a custom price.

 

{but it’s not sunny enough..}
oh yes it is! :)  overcast days provide beautifully soft, even lighting. clouds act as a natural diffuser of the sunlight, limiting harsh shadows.  overcast days are my absolute favorite day to shoot outdoors. let’s take advantage of this ideal situation!

 

{oh no! the forecast is calling for rain}
no worries. we’ll simply reschedule for an upcoming date. but i’m always up for a challenge if you’d like to seize the day and toss on some rain boots on and grab an umbrella!

 

{what if someone gets sick}
if your child becomes ill, please call and reschedule at least 12 hours in advance. if you cancel or do not show, your session fee will be forfeited.

 

{may i purchase a gift certificate for a friend}
you sure can! i offer gift certificates in any amount.  message me if you are interested.

 

{what happens next}
after your photo session has ended, i will spend many hours in my digital darkroom perfecting your images after your session, you will receive your password via email to access your private online gallery, which you may share with friends and family. i will notify you via text once your gallery is waiting for you in your email. after that, you can order conveniently from your home. your gallery will stay active for 30 days. after 30 days, your gallery will expire.  if you’d like to view/order your images in the same day, a $30 rush fee will apply.

 

{my arm looks big, i have some stray hairs, my eyes brows need plucking.  can you fix this}
the answer depends. i am able to do all sorts of tricks in photoshop.  i will happily alter your photos extensively if you desire, but i’d rather not. only because you are perfect the way you are. if you have a bump/bruise/blemish/or scar, i have no problem fixing this.  some stray hairs, however, are hard to edit especially if you want me to edit hundreds of hairs. if you have an additional editing request, please contact me prior to placing your order. once your images are corrected to your liking, i will re-upload them to your private gallery.  additional editing pricing may apply as per request.

 

{whats the difference between ordering prints through you or printing them on my own using the disc i purchased}
all of my prints are retouched as well as corrected for color, saturation, density and they are printed on professional paper which will remain vibrant 100 years in direct sunlight or 200 years in a drawer. i cannot guarantee the quality of prints that you receive if they have not been printed through us, as some photo labs have automatic color correction.

 

{will you post my images on facebook}
with each session, you’ll receive one complimentary watermarked image of your choice via email. if you desire, i will post this image online.  if you’d like to receive more than one image to share with friends, you are welcome to buy the disc with a photo release which will allow you to post them online, print on your own, use to create photo albums, and anything else you’d like!

 

{i’m using this session as a gift. will anyone else see it}
no.  i am a hands on photographer. i am the only one will ever take your photos and also the only one who will edit your photos. i only post images online with permission from my clients. second photographers will only be present if hired to work with me as a second photographer at a wedding or an event.

 

{i want to share my finished gallery with friends and family, is this possible}
yes. you will receive a link and a password to view your private gallery. if you’d like to share your gallery with friends and family, simply forward your link and password.

 

{do you create custom photo albums}
yes. i create photo albums, wedding albums, and portfolio albums for aspiring models.  the images are printed directly on the paper. no inserts! i will email the finished album upon completion for you to review. any additional changes will be applied upon request. albums start at $500

 

{do you make invitations and other greeting cards}
yes. i make custom invitations and greeting cards starting at $3 each – with a minimum of 30 cards. if you’d like to create your own, you can do so by purchasing the disc.