Family, Pet, & Portrait FAQ

WHAT TYPES OF PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY DO YOU DO?
In addition to my wedding coverage and equine photography, I photograph many families, couples, graduations, pets, and boudoir sessions.  I work with all ages and walks of life, and enjoy the variety!

I love all creatures big and small, so have photographed a variety of dogs, cats, and other animals throughout the years.  Pet portraits are often done in combination with family portraits.

Engagement photos with dogs

WHERE CAN I HAVE MY PHOTOS TAKEN?
All sessions are on-location.  I will come to you, or we will meet in a location that suits your needs.  I photograph throughout the Kamloops area, as well as travelling province-wide, to Alberta, and even internationally on request.  Travel within 30km Kamloops is complimentary; mileage beyond this is compensated at a rate of $0.50/kilometer.  Travel fees may be lowered if multiple sessions are booked in an out-of-town locale, and flat rates are available for many areas within two hours of Kamloops.

HOW MUCH IS A SESSION?
Please view the pricing pages for style and investment information.

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN A SESSION?
Most sessions range from 60-90 minutes and produce between 40 and 60 final high-quality images for you to order from. Your session will be tailor-made for you, customized from the experience that comes from countless hours behind the camera. We will often explore several different locations within the shoot, taking advantage of a variety of environmental backdrops.

WHERE DO I LOOK? WHAT DO I DO WITH MY HANDS?
Most people feel this way at the beginning of a session. Because we will be shooting in a relaxed outdoor space instead of a static studio, you should immediately feel more at ease. You likely won’t spend much time looking straight at the camera. I will direct you as to where to look and what to do with your hands and body, and you will soon feel more comfortable. I provide open-ended posing guidance: I will give you an idea of what to do, but exactly how it’s done is up to you. This results in natural, candid photos. If you’ve ever thought you weren’t photogenic, I will change your mind with my fun, spontaneous sessions! 

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR FOR MY SESSION?

Wear what you feel confident in! Do you have a favourite outfit? Some people prefer to dress up, and some like to go casual. Contrast is key, so try a neutral tone accented with a dark or bright colour, and 1-2 accessories that match. As always, dark colours are slimming. Simple, large patterns are fine, but avoid horizontal stripes, big logos on clothing, and ball caps (they shade the face). If you will be the only person in the photos, you can wear almost anything you like. If there are going to be multiple people in your photos, take some time to coordinate your outfits within a colour family, or choose complimentary or primary colours. This doesn’t mean you have to dress alike (unless you would like a “unity” theme)… try having one person wearing a large, simple pattern and choose the colours for the rest of the group from within the pattern. Then, choose a bright feature colour for 2-3 of the total accessories worn in the group (jewellery, shoes, hat, vest, belt, folded handkerchief etc) to add a pop. Eyeglasses can be worn, though non-reflective lenses are preferred. Women, it’s a good idea to wear make-up, even if you don’t usually – it accentuates your features in photographs. A bit of blush, mascara, and lip-gloss makes your cheekbones, eyes, and lips stand out, which are your most noticeable features. Both men and women should ensure their nails are clean and trimmed.

WHAT IF MY KIDS OR PET WON’T SIT STILL FOR PHOTOS?
This is a common question.  Family sessions with young children often end up capturing play time with posed arrangements in between as attention allows.  Older kids can walk to different locations and enjoy more one-on-one posing and different combinations with siblings and parents.

For pets, lots of location changes, some treats, and noisemakers are guaranteed to get their attention.   It’s best if they are trained to sit and stay if possible, but I am adaptable and will work with whatever they offer us.  I won’t finish shooting until I am happy with what I have captured, so trust me to take care of the details.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A SESSION?
After your session, I will download and select the best of your photos, which usually ranges from 40-60 images. I will then do some basic editing to bring out the best colour and contrast in your photos. We’ll then set up a guided virtual ordering session, in which we will review your images and you can purchase products with your favourites.  Your photos will typically be ready to view 1-2 weeks after they are taken, and your ordering session will be arranged at a mutually convenient time.  Please arrange to have all decision makers present when you are making your choices.

HOW MUCH ARE PRINTS AND PRODUCTS?
Before your session, I will send you a full price list of all the custom designed products available.  Here are some starting prices:

Professional print packages: $100+

Gallery wrapped canvas: $180+

Dye sublimation metal prints: $180+

Custom-designed hardcover album: $400+

Multi-image collages, cards, and photo gifts: $75+

Digital images: $50+

Photography products

HOW AND WHEN DO I PAY FOR A PORTRAIT SESSION?
The session fee is due at the time of booking.  I prefer email money transfers via online banking.  When you place your product order after your session, you can complete your payment via e-transfer, cash, or cheque.  A 50% deposit on your order is required to start the design process, and products will be ordered and delivered once your order is fully paid for.