Please refer to the following FAQs, and as always, feel free to reach out if you have any other questions!
How long will the session last?
Sessions generally last 45-60 minutes, which includes time for both posed and candid photos as well as changes in lighting, backgrounds and scenery. Feel free to bring snacks (non-messy preferred!) and toys if you think it will help your child stay engaged.
Where will our session take place?
Our session can take place at your home or at an outdoor location of your choice – such as a park or even an urban setting! I also LOVE farms and orchards, and other rustic settings. I like to use natural light when possible so I will always opt for an outdoor session, and just before sunset is amazing. If weather causes a problem for an outdoor shoot, we can either move indoors or try to reschedule for another date. Please note that there is an additional fee for travel more than 20 mins from Auburn, NH area.
What should we wear? Should we bring anything?
Anything goes! There are limitless possibilities for portrait attire. Fun hats, bright colors, textured prints and accessories are great on children and add flair and uniqueness to the final images. For family portraits, keep everyone’s outfits in the same ‘color family’ – choose a few main colors and and stick with it, but don’t be afraid to accessorize with accent colors!
Maternity portraits have numerous possibilities. Some prefer soft, light-colored, flowing clothes while some want a pair of skinny jeans and their best leopard print high heels! Whatever the look you’re after, I will do my best to capture it.
When will we see our final images?
Please allow approximately 2-4 weeks for your final images to be proofed and edited; though quite often, they are done sooner than this. Once all image processing is done, we will schedule an in-person reveal and ordering session at your home to review all of your final images. I will bring several product samples with me and we can discuss the items you like best. While this will be the time for ordering, it is a promise that there will be no high-pressure selling or tactics. It is simply a time to review all that I have to offer and gush over your final images. It is best to have all decision-makers present at this meeting as this is when your final print and product order will be placed.
A blog post of your session will be done AFTER the in-person reveal and ordering session. One ‘sneak peek’ photo may be previewed on my Facebook page within a week of our session. You may ‘tag’ yourself or family members but do not crop out my logo and please provide a link or reference to Rebecca Cote Photography if you use them on your Facebook wall.
Why are there fewer final images than we saw you take?
To ensure you receive the ‘best of the best’, I will remove any photos where someone may have their eyes closed or is looking in the wrong direction, repeats of the same pose, or if it simply isn’t the image that I was trying to capture or doesn’t appropriately represent the style of Rebecca Cote Photography. My intent is to provide you with quality artistic images and capture everyone at their best. Most sessions will receive at least 20-25 final images, and often times more than that. The number of images can also vary depending on the number of subjects being photographed.
And probably the most popular question this year, why are your prints so expensive when I can print at a drug store for so little cost?
First, I use specific labs for different products because I have researched and sought out the best products that accurately reflect my work. The quality of professional print labs simply do not compare to any drug store or online photo ordering sites. Second, like a baker does not charge only for the cost of ingredients but for their expertise in making a finished, beautiful, delicious dessert or cake, I also do not charge for only ‘the ingredients’. Your final images should be treated like artwork, a unique piece created by me for you. My work and therefore my prices are a reflection of years of practice, expensive equipment, artistic vision and all costs associated with running a legitimate business (obtaining insurance, paying taxes, carrying back-up equipment, etc.). I take pride in and value my work, your final images are far greater in value than the piece of paper they are printed on.