- What to Expect During Your Session
- Portrait Investment
- Wedding Investment
- What People are Saying
What to Expect in a Session
To begin with, we need to set a date. Once that is set, I will email you and ask a few questions about what you are looking for in your photographs. Such questions might include: Do you want a natural feel, like in a meadow for a location? Do you want a more urban feel, (as urban as you can get in Redding) like downtown Redding? Do you want family portraits and if so how many children do you have and ages? Just the basics so that I can start to plan and give you what you want in your portraits.
Then after we have decided on a location, I will scout it out and decided which lighting is best. Usually the best lighting will be an hour or so before sunset. So, I then will let you know the exact time and place of the shoot via email, as long as the time works for you.
The day of the shoot, you will be all gorgeous and I will be excitedly waiting for you. We will take a walk and start our photo shoot. My goal is to catch you interacting with your family in as natural of a way as possible. I might even ask you to do some pretty silly stuff just to get real expressions. :)
After our shoot I begin the editing of your photographs. After I have the pictures edited, I will send you an email with a password asking you to visit the Client Proofing on my site. From there you have 7 days to select which images you would like as digital images, albums, prints, and/or gallery wraps. I will supply you with an order form if you would like more than digital negatives. If you only want digital negatives I will have you select your images via the Client Proofing Slide show by clicking the “favorites” key. Then all you have to do is click the little email prompt and email me the favorites list.
What happens if it rains?
This unfortunately is something that I can not control. The first thing we can do is reschedule the session for the next date that works for both you and me. The other small possibility is to go ahead with the scheduled session and change location to the Monolith near Turtle Bay Museum. We could try to take pictures in there, since it is sheltered. Then if by any miracle it stops raining we can run out to the fields behind the Sundial Bridge. There are a few other places too that we can try if you would like a different look.
What to Wear to a Photo Session?
To begin, the most import thing to talk about would be NOT what to wear. Lots of black, white, crazy busy patterns, shirts with big logo’s or print on them. You will want to coordinate with your family, but not be too matchy matchy.
Things that work great for a photo session would be solid complimentary colors that work nicely together and layer your clothes for added interest. I have found this great site here that can be of great assistance when trying to find a color theme that will express the look you are wanting in your photos. This also can give you an idea of what colors work well with each other, you might be surprised by some of the combinations.
Also, layer your clothes, this can add a lot of depth to your photographs. Here is a great source I found that might help give you a idea for an outfit. On the left side of this site there are “explore different looks” to choose from. Then if you know you want to wear jeans and a scarf you can look at the “explore tags” on the left side of the site as well. The “explore tags” gives you looks that specifically have scarfs in them,or jeans, or whatever you want. I think this site is pretty cool, wish I would of found it years ago!
Adding things like scarfs, vests, jackets, jewelry (multiple necklaces are good too) bracelets, cute shoes, hats, sunglasses, flower head bands, hair accessories, anything that you like can add a lot of fun to your photograph. It never hurts to bring it and you can always take off the extra accessories if it feels like to much. Even if you want to bring a neat umbrella, balloons (solid ones that go with your outfit), instrument, purses, suit cases, pretty much anything you want.
The picture above is a picture from a session where their clothing really stood out and helped make the picture more interesting. They have boots, dresses that were similar, but not the same in complimentary colors. They wore lots of jewelry which added a lot of interest.
Hopefully this helps a little with your decision on what to wear and expect, and of course do what you want, this is your photo shoot. Please email me if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your interest in my site and photography.
Take a moment to remember a certain time in your life. Do you remember it in perfect detail? From the expression of a loved one as you reached over and embraced them, or your child's eyes looking up at you full of innocence and love, or how about how stinking good you looked? These are just a few of the reasons why it is so important to document your moments together. Even if you just grab your camera and blow off the dust, darn smart phones! Lol! I really do encourage you to do it, grab that camera and snap off a few shots of whatever, whoever is most important to you...then PRINT your images. The power of a printed image is insane! I can not tell you how often I stop and stare at the portraits of my girls, my incredibly sexy husband, and the few images I have of myself...before I got old! Ha! You can't go back and capture those moments, so please take the time right now to do it.
Okay, off my soapbox! Phew! Back to Portrait Sessions and the investment for those same moments you will treasure for years to come. My Portrait Sessions begin at $100* per hour (credit cards accepted) within a 10 mile radius of Redding, CA. Each Portrait Session will require a deposit to save your date with me, which is due before your session along with a signed Portrait Contract. After your session has been completed, I will post your images in an online gallery for viewing for up to 3 days. During this time you can decide what you would like to purchase, from digital images, gallery wraps, albums, and prints. Please take the time to fill out the Contact Form on my site if you would like more information on pricing or anything for that matter. To learn more about what to expect during your portrait session please visit “What to Expect” in my FAQ tab.
*an additional charge of $0.60 per mile will be charged outside the 10 mile radius of Redding, CA as a travel expense.
When selecting your photographer remember that a wedding photographer is more than someone who simply snaps pictures. Once the vows are exchanged and the guest are gone, all you have are your pictures. You are investing in the documentation of your day and the photographic art that will be hung on your walls for many years to come.
Now for the investment part...du dun dunnn(a scary voice). In trying to make my Collections the most simple for my busy bride and groom, I created a flat rate for wedding day coverage. Your wedding investment will be $1650* (credit cards accepted), this includes your days coverage up to 8 hours. This gives me time to capture all the important details which will tell your story exactly as it happens. Details like getting ready with your closest friends and family until your exit as husband and wife.
Images from your Wedding Day and Engagement Session may be purchased for an additional fee. There will be a 7 day online, password protected gallery for your images to be shared with your family, friends, and placing your order available to you. I love creating custom-designed albums for my couple which include the most understated details that you will never want to forget. And don't forget the impact a huge canvas or print can have on friends and family each time they come visit the newly married couple. Each and everyday I walk past my portraits displayed around the house and stop to stare at them, do you? Think of the importance of these images, in todays digital age we just store everything in our hard drive for safe keeping, but how often do we scroll through those images? Is it daily, like when you stop and look at a photograph of somebody you love? I encourage you to contact me for a complete price list of all the products that I offer to help your remember the most important day of your life.
*each hour of coverage after the 8 hours of wedding coverage will be charged an additional fee.
*an additional charge of $0.60 per mile will be charged outside the 10 mile radius of Redding, CA as a travel expense.
What exactly are we talking about here? Well, basically if you would like to get some stunning images of yourself for yourself (maybe a special somebody else too!) this is for you! I book these sessions just like a normal portrait sessions, but instead of meeting in a field or something...I meet you at the studio. Another thing to consider is to be sure to get all made up and put those false eyelashes on!
"Oh my gosh! I looove them! Thank you so much(:" -Caitlyn
"Jamie, thank you so very much for taking our family pictures. You have such a gift with your talent to capture and create beautiful memories for people. I look at your photos and I see my Khloe's spirit and personality and how happy we are to have her in our life. Thank you for that! You work is truly unique and amazing. We love our photos you have created." -CJ, Kelly, & Chloe
"Jamie, you are so good girl friend!!! This wedding has been a ton of work for you! We appreciate it sooo much and couldn't imagine using any other person! You are the best photographer in Redding, and probably all of northern cal." -Melissa
"Jamie! Thank you so much for yesterday, my family loved you and we were all so impressed with your interaction with each person and your ability to keep their attention...we felt so lucky that my dad lasted as long as he did! haha" -The Busby Family
Thanks again for making the long haul, I know my family will love the pictures! "And thanks again, Jamie, I know you put your heart & soul (& countless hours) into making the pics as awesome as you possibly can. I really do appreciate all that you have done. I'm sure we will be in touch again!" -Gail
"OMG. So amazing! We love all of them." -Elizabeth
"I've been waiting for a quiet moment to look at Kodi's portraits. We finally got some time together last night. We were so pleased with them all! I couldn't stop gushing over them- I thought I was going to drive him crazy. Thanks again for making it such a great experience for him. The portraits are stunning! We'll be in touch with you again soon!" -Tami
"Thank you so much for meeting with us and getting those up so quickly! You are amazing! It was GREAT to meet you and your hubby last night! I am so glad you will be our photographer on our special day! I can't wait!!!" -Kimberly
"I just looked at the rest of the pictures! You did an amazing job, I LOVE them! I can't wait to get my hands on them :) I'm totally impressed you were able to make such beautiful pictures with such crummy lighting!" -Carmen
"We love the pictures you took! Thank you!" -Mimi
"Dear Jamie & Jesse, Thank you so much for running such a fun and fab photo booth at our wedding. Our friends and family sure enjoyed it, and we are grateful to you both for making it happen." -Shakey & Melissa
"Wow!! We love them so much! They are amazing. Nick's mom cried after seeing the one from yesterday, I can't imagine what she will do after seeing the rest! Lol This is going to be a toughie deciding which one to use for the invitations, they are all perfect! I really can't thank you enough for doing that for us. We are so happy with them." -Nick and Jessica
"Jamie! Thank you so much for switching up plans and coming out to our home for the engagement pics...it means so much to us! You are such a pleasure to work with, I'm thrilled you'll be our photographer on our BIG day! Thank you again!" -Tyler & Vera
"I cannot believe these pictures are me, Jamie. I had to pull the car over because I started to cry." -Andie
"we LOVE the pics! I’ve been singing you praises, all of my family and friends think you are amazing! You have such a great eye, and you made us look great! Thank you so much again! I’m ecstatic that I have you to capture our big day! Thank you again!" -Vera
"Oh Jamie I love it!!! U have such a gift with your talent. Thank u, I love that moment!!! I see my daughters essence and its beautiful!" -Kelly
"I don't even have words to describe how happy I am with the photos and your amazing talent. I seriously am holding back tears while looking at these at work...haha. I cannot thank you enough. So THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!" -Amanda
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do you travel to weddings and portrait sessions? A: Oh yes, I do. I love to travel! I'll travel pretty much anywhere your willing to send me. Contact me the location and date. If I'm not booked, I so would love to!
Q: How long does it take to receive my order? A: Your order will arrive 7 to 14 business days from the day you placed it.
Q: Can we make our own prints with the disc we get from you? A: Absolutely! I’ll will even give you my Printing Guide to get the best images possible along with a Copyright Release for no problem printing.
Q: I love your style, but do you ever take more traditional images? Do you take those basic traditional shots at my wedding? A: Yes, I do. I just don't promote my traditional work on my site.
Q: Can we put pictures on Facebook? A: Yes, I include a set of low-resolution watermarked files that are perfect for email and Facebook. My only rule is you can‘t crop out my logo when you upload the images. Also, please do not take pictures with your phone and post to Fcebook, etc from the Client Proofing Gallery of your images. Thanks. :)
Q: Do we have to order an album now or can we do it later? A: Now is good, later is also good!
Q: Do you accept debit and credit cards? A: Yes, I can mail you a PayPal Invoice.
Q: Let’s do this! We would love to hire you...what do I do next? A: Please fill out this Contact Form.
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