PORTRAIT SESSION QUESTIONS
HOW LONG SHOULD I PLAN FOR HAIR AND MAKEUP TO TAKE?
Please allow 90 minutes if you are having hair and makeup done.
HOW ARE LIMITED EDITION SESSIONS DIFFERENT FROM REGULAR SESSIONS?
Well, in addition to the session time being shorter, Limited Edition sessions are typically based on a theme. Each type of session is customized with special props and background. For some Limited Edition sessions, special costumes are available. Limited Edition sessions are also shorter and have specific dates on which the Portrait and Ordering Sessions are held.
WHO CAN SIGN UP FOR YOUR LIMITED EDITION SESSIONS?
Typically, we open the Limited Edition session up to children, couples, singles and even pets! Sometimes, though, a Limited Edition has a theme where we’re only photographing children or just doing a specific type of image, such as business headshot portraits.
WHAT ARE THE AGE REQUIREMENTS FOR A SESSION?
We have high-end, professionally designed costumes (if the particular session calls for one) that fit girls 3 – 9. digital images to share and print are available. Contact the studio for detailed pricing.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU OFFER LIMITED EDITION SESSIONS?
We offer Limited Edition sessions throughout the year. If you subscribe to our e-newsletter or follow Ever After Portraits or mindybelcher on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you’ll be in-the-know for all our upcoming sessions.
DO I HAVE TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT - CAN'T I JUST WALK IN?
Appointments are required – we do not accept walk-ins.
DO I HAVE TO PAY IN ADVANCE TO SECURE MY SLOT?
Session fees must be paid up front to secure your session. If you “no show,” you will have to pay another session fee to reschedule.
HOW LONG DOES A PORTRAIT SESSION TAKE?
A complete session takes about 30 minutes. If you have multiple children being photographed, they can share the same 30 minute session time for an additional $50 fee. If you want individual images of each, we require a back to back session for each, but will overlap the time so we can photograph some of the images of them together.
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN ATTEND THE SESSION?
We ask that no more than two adults attend the session.
WHEN SHOULD I PLAN TO ARRIVE?
For sessions which involve costumes or clothing changes, please plan to arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled time to allow for clothing/costume changes, checking hair, etc. For sessions which do not involve costumes or clothing changes, please plan to arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled time to allow for checking hair, etc.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM LATE?
All sessions begin at the scheduled time — we respect the next client’s time so we are are unable to accommodate late arrivals
CAN MY CHILD BE PHOTOGRAPHED IN MORE THAN ONE OUTFIT DURING THE SAME SESSION?
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT CLOTHING? No. The session time allows for your choice of one costume/outfit. If you’d like your child to be photographed in more than one costume/outfit, we invite you to purchase an additional session slot.
CAN I BOOK TWO SLOTS IN A ROW?
We edit all photos within one week, so that they are available the following week to order. I would actually recommend booking two different Limited Edition sessions if you have twins or multiples.
CAN I HAVE MORE THAN ONE CHILD IN A PORTRAIT?
Of course! Additional children are $50 and will share the 30-minute time slot.
HOW MANY POSES WILL I GET TO CHOOSE FROM?
Typically, you will have no less than 20 poses to choose from when it comes to prints and products!
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD DOES NOT COOPERATE?
Unfortunately there are NO retakes if your child does not cooperate, so do make sure they have had a nap and are well fed before the session time arrives. If you feel that it’s possible that your child may not cooperate, please come prepared with a “clean” snack, especially for those who might appreciate a little positive reinforcement (aka bribery)! Look for snacks that don’t melt, aren’t sticky and won’t leave messy crumbs.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD IS SICK THE DAY OF THE SESSION?
If you or your child is not feeling well (even the slightest bit under the weather), please reschedule. We want to keep the studio as germ free as possible. We will allow you to choose a session from a different Limited Edition date.
DURING THE SESSION, CAN I TAKE PHOTOS WITH MY IPHONE TO SHARE WITH MY FRIENDS?
Please do not. No cameras, including cell phone cameras, are allowed in the studio.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE WEATHER IS POOR?
In case of inclement weather, we will contact you and reschedule the sessions.
CAN I VIEW THE IMAGES ONLINE TO ORDER?
No. Your images are only available to view on our 72-inch screen for the highest quality. We don’t do online viewing.
HOW SOON WILL I BE ABLE TO ORDER IMAGES?
We edit all photos within one week, so that they are available the following week to order. Because these events are special, and the themes and slots are so much in demand, we are sensitive to timing. Because of that, we set aside specific days during the week during which all orders must be placed. Please see above under “WHEN” for the available date/time slots for the ordering sessions for this Limited Edition Portrait Session.
WHEN CAN I PLACE MY ORDER?
Because our schedule is generally filled six weeks in advance, we have set aside specific dates for ordering, so that you can place your order in a timely fashion. If you are not able to order on the dates we have set aside for ordering session, most likely you will have to schedule 6 – 8 weeks in the future to find an open date. The time set aside for the Ordering Session is the only time to place your order.
WHO SHOULD COME TO THE ORDERING SESSION?
All the decision makers! Your very own personal ordering session is included so that you may order the products. We will help you compare all of your favorite images.
WHEN IS PAYMENT DUE?
Payment is due the day of your Ordering Session appointment when your order is placed.
HOW LONG WILL IT BE BEFORE I RECEIVE MY ORDER?
Once your order is placed, allow 2 weeks for your images to retouched and sent to you for your approval. Once you approve your order and make final payment, allow 3 – 6 weeks for delivery.
WILL THE ORDER HAVE TO BE PAID IN FULL BEFORE IT IS DELIVERED?
Yes. Orders will not be delivered until the order is paid in full.
CAN I PICK UP MY ORDER?
Absolutely! Order pick ups are scheduled each Friday by appointment, or we can ship your order to your home.
DO YOU OFFER A PAYMENT PLAN?
With 25% down, a no-interest layaway payment plan option is available.
HOW MUCH DOES THE SESSION COST?
Each 30-minute Limited Edition session costs $99. Regular sessions are $250, so that’s a savings of 60% from a standard session! The $99 fee secures your reservation for the scheduled themed session, and allows us to provide the highest quality costumes, props, and our undivided attention to make your child’s fantasy a reality!
WHAT KINDS OF PRODUCTS DO YOU OFFER?
We edit all photos within one week, so that they are available the following week to order. After a package is purchased, products can be added on such as mounted wall or gift prints, wall art in a canvas finish, albums, portrait boxes, desk images, notecards. . . the list goes on! Check out www.EverAfterPortraits.com for all the goods!
WHAT DO THE PRODUCTS COST?
Special products and package pricing will be available with the Limited Edition Sessions, including beautiful Wall Art that would be perfect for your child’s or the parents’ room! Sessions are $99 with a $99 product credit. Each session is no more than 30 minutes, 1 outfit with at least 20 images to choose from. We take great pride in our products and it’s our pleasure to create beautifully and professionally printed artwork for you to enjoy for generations to come. In addition, your print is not just a flimsy piece of paper; it is mounted and coated for durability and protection from fingerprints and the elements. Yes, digital images to share and print are available. Contact the studio for detailed pricing.
WHAT ARE THE MOST POPULAR PRODUCTS TO PURCHASE?
* For this event, Gallery Wraps are the Wall Art product we encourage. The image is printed directly onto high-quality canvas material with the finest ink to ensure that the image looks its best. The canvas is then stretched around a solid frame. Then a UV coating is applied to resist fading and enhance the longevity and rich appearance. Hanging is a breeze and wall bumpers are included to protect surfaces from marks and scratches. These features allow you to have your gallery wraps on display in a matter of moments. * Our unique albums are an heirloom keepsake for decades to come. An album is perfect for preserving the story of your session and will allow you to relive the moments time and again. While this album does have a minimum of 10 pages, more can be added.
CAN YOU GIVE ME SOME TIPS THAT WILL HELP ME BE PREPARED?
* If your little one chooses to wear nail and/or toe polish, be sure that it’s not chipped or peeling off the day of your session. * Check arms and hands for temporary tattoos! (You’d be surprised how many times this comes up.) They should come off easily with a little baby oil. * Style hair down in a natural style that lends itself to wearing our floral wreath “crowns.” *Avoid pony tails and or pig tails because they tend to look bumpy in most situations. * Pack a comb or brush for a quick touch-up once you arrive. * If your little one has dry skin, apply a little lotion to smooth it out. * Bring along chap stick or clear lip gloss to apply at the studio. Dry, chapped lips are not easy to fix post production, but a light application of chap stick or gloss before the session works wonders! * Blue dresses bring out blue eyes * Olive skin tones look best in jewel tones * Dark colors will overwhelm fair-haired lasses