How much does it cost?
Consider your portraits and investment in the legacy of your story. That said, most people think we are super expensive and find out that when you add up all the fees and charges you will incur elsewhere that we include, it is really worth it, but see for yourself with our pricing menu.
Do you photo on-location?
Yes! We love to shoot on the ISU campus, and other special locations that have meaning to you and help tell your story. There is a $50 location fee for the Ames area and we will custom quote the location fee outside of Ames. Keep in mind that most of our images you may have seen are taken at our studio's outdoor locations. We have a ton of choices like ponds, gravel roads, fences, prairie, woods with a creek, and more on the property that we can help you pick from that will give you variety and great lighting.
How Many Outfits?
This will depend on the session type and what type of finished product you would like to create. For seniors, we recommend bringing around 5 outfits (and maybe a few optional layering peices we can interchange) as this give a great variety to capture plenty of variety to create a great story book. For families, 1-2 is enough as we will focus our variety on the relationships and too many outfits will take away from really getting to know and tell your story. For Grow With Me sessions, we will usually photo 2-3 outfits though one of those is typically naked or just a diaper or tutu that we have at the studio (we love when you bring a few and let us help you decide). For Boudoir we will photo 1-4 outfits/sets but it really depends on the finished product here so we will walk through that in your Welcome Packet.
When Do I order?
For Boutique Sessions, it works best to order at the end of the allotted session appointment. After many years in the portrait business and trying many different ways, it is not only easier for you to order at the session, it is quicker for us to get you your finished images. We promise, this is not a trick or sales tactic. First, we hate being on your to-do list. It seems to be really easy for really great people to have very valid reasons to reschedule ordering appointments. Then the reality is we end up nagging you forever to find a time to order and end up feeling like you really don't want to order, when it is unlikely that you would have gone to the effort of having a session without wanting anything from it. Second, it is so much better for us to help you order. We have no intentions of pressuring you to get something you don't want or spend more than your are comfortable. Our help will get you the best products for your budget, make sure the right image is in the right product, give you ideas for creating custom pieces you might not have thought of, and ensure finished products are what you have in mind like the filter you wanted or the cropping works. We want you to LOVE your finished artwork and being able to order in person with open communication makes delivering that so much smoother. However, if you still wish to have a separate order time, there is an optional add on order appointment on the menu. If that is the route you are considering please inquire before your session appointment.
For GWM sessions, you will select at the end of each session. If you are planning to do a book, we will select the images at each session so you can have the digital files as you go then we will design the book at the end.
For Legacy & Master sessions, there is a seperate appointment and ordering will be discussed during the consultation.
Do I get to see all the images you capture?
For your benefit we will do a rough edit of the images before you see the ones to select from. We will eliminate any closed eyes etc. We will also edit down a little to what we intended to capture, sometimes we shoot a few frames to get the exact lighting or angle for composition we were going for and it is more efficient if we just shoot it then delete it before we show you.
Can I have all my Images?
The Book is a great product to tell the complete story from a session. We have found 20-25 images of a Boutique session ends up being "having it all" without redundancy, then you get those digital files as well.