Frequently Asked Questions
Ohio known for its crazy, unpredictable weather. My shoots are natural daylight shoots, so if precipitation is in the forecast or winter driving conditions are dangerous, I will gladly reschedule your shoot.
Absolutely. At the very least, foundation is a must. Cameras highlight everything. For a polished look, I recommend having your hair and makeup done by a professional, especially if you aren’t makeup savvy. If you plan to do your own makeup, do a trial run some time before your shoot date so you know how the makeup will look and if it has any issues such as exaggerating pores, oxidizing, or creasing.
I do digital retouching within reason to all delivered photos, but if excessive retouching is needed because the client didn’t prepare themselves or their horse(s), there will be an extra hourly fee for the time it takes to retouch (or it will be left untouched if you prefer to not pay the fee). With proper preparation, this situation is avoidable; Make sure to iron/steam clothing, and wear makeup as well as bring it with you for touch-ups. As for your horse, bathe, brush, and clip him prior to the shoot and have rags handy during the shoot. If he has white marks, use brightening shampoo when bathing him. Clean any tack that the horse will wear. Act as though you are entering a high end competition! Band or braid his mane if you wish, or if it has cowlicks.
Yes, as long a they do not cause safety issues to anyone. If you have props you’d like to use, such as a fancy chair, umbrella, or a blanket, let me know prior to the shoot so we can discuss how to implement them.
No worries! All delivered photos are retouched within reason. DO try to cover it with concealer to your best ability.
Within a week after the shoot I will post a couple of teaser photos on my Facebook and Instagram pages. 3 weeks later, I will write a blog post of your shoot and include some images. I’ll notify you when it’s posted. A few days later, I will send you a link via email for your private online gallery where you have access to download your full-resolution images. A week later, I’ll ship out anything else that was part of your purchase such as USB with digitals, 4×6 proof box, prints or canvases. Rush delivery is available for an extra fee.
Any digitals you pay for are yours to do what you want with. You own the rights. When you order an all-inclusive package, you receive a print discount to order from your private online gallery. You can also go elsewhere if you choose, but I do not recommend it because my computer is calibrated to my print lab. Color reproduction may look ‘off’ if you get prints made elsewhere. Stay far away from 1-hour photo kind of places. In short, the quality and color accuracy is no good. If you order through your online gallery, you’ll be getting high-end products from one of the best professional labs in the nation.
A retainer fee is due with your signed contract in order to reserve your session date. The balance is due the day of the shoot.
Because I’m a natural light photographer and my shoots usually take place outdoors where there’s sometimes a lot of natural details in the background (leaves and grasses for example), keeping your look simple is best to ensure you stand out from the background. Do you want to dress casual or dressy or bring both types of attire? If you’re an equestrian, will you also bring your show attire? Bring a backup outfit in case you change your mind at the shoot or something gets wrinkled or stained. Consider how your outfit will look with your fiancé, the setting, or your horse’s coloring. Black shirts and nice, dark wash jeans always look slick if you want to keep it basic. If it’s a concern of yours, wear long sleeves to make arms look slimmer. Likewise, wear long pants or a long skirt to make legs looks slimmer. Just keep in mind, flesh tones stand out in photos, so the viewer’s eyes will always focus on that part of the body. Stay away from clothing with heavy patterns or striping. Opt for solid colors if you’re not sure. Muted colors work best, whereas bright colors stick out and can make one look larger. If that feels too bland for your personal tastes, trying layering or using textures and/or wearing accent jewelry or a cute hat.
Head-to-toe outfits (the quantity depends on the package you pick), a helpful friend or family member to help you during the shoot so you stay clean, and makeup for touch-ups. For your horse, have a couple rags, wrapped candies like peppermints, and optionally, baby oil or shine spray on hand.
Bathe, brush, and clip your horse(s) prior to the shoot and have rags handy during the shoot. Lunge him if he is energetic and then re-brush him. Feed him!! If he has white marks, use brightening shampoo when bathing him. Clean any tack that the horse will wear. Act as though you are entering a high end competition! Band or braid his mane if you wish, or if it has cowlicks.
I do digital retouching within reason to all delivered photos, but if excessive retouching is needed because the client didn’t prepare themselves or their horse(s), there will be an extra hourly fee for the time it takes to retouch (or it will be left untouched if you prefer to not pay the fee).
For more info on prepping your horse, see Planning Your Session.
You can if you’d like to, but go very easy with it because in some poses you’ll be hugging and touching your horse’s head. I recommend a clear polish like baby oil.
Absolutely spend some time getting any extra energy out prior to the shoot. Horses can sometimes get restless during the standing still portions of a shoot. Just make sure to re-brush your horse afterwards.
If there are any props you would like to bring (a fancy chair, a blanket, or fancy umbrella for example), please let me know so we can discuss how to implement the props. Other than that, bring makeup for touch-ups. If you have young children, a few things are highly recommended to bring along: a couple small toys that could be used as props in the shot if they must be. I have a bubble gun and toy windmills that I bring with me. Also bring non-messy snacks for them. Lastly, put a few of their favorite songs on your smart phone that can played during the session.