FAQ

1. General

> If my best friend isn’t human, can I get a session?

I own three cats and I am a huge animal lover. I love doing pet portraits!

> Do you ever shoot for bands?

Bring it on, brotha! As a professional musician myself, I am passionate about my music photography. Whether you need some action shots from a live performance or your next album cover, I would love to hear your ideas and work within your budget to make it happen.

> Do you ever do any commercial work?

Of course! When I started in the photography business, I did many product shots for a national gardening supply company. Since then, I’ve done many commercial projects, from employee head-shots to product photos for estate sales.

I love working with new commercial clients, no matter the size or industry. Whether your business is just starting out or has been around for years, I would love to work with you to capture some great images of your people and products without breaking the bank.

See some examples of my commercial photography >>>

2. Pricing & Packages

> How much does a typical session cost? Do you have any packages available?

My experience is that clients and portrait sessions are as unique as fingerprints or snowflakes. Rather than force you into a cookie cutter package where you may end up with hundreds of wallet prints you’ll never need, I prefer to work with you to build a package of services and products based upon your needs and your budget.

Learn more about pricing and packages >>>

> When do I pay for my portrait session?

A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the agreed upon cost is due at the time of booking. The rest is due on the day of your session.

> What methods of payment do you accept?

Cash, check, and all major credit/debit cards.

> What if I refer a friend to you?

Most of my business is word-of-mouth and I can’t thank my friends and clients enough for passing the word along about what I do.

To show my appreciation, I offer a FREE one-hour portrait mini-session to anyone who makes a referral that leads to a new client booking.

Just make sure that the new client mentions your name during their consultation and I’ll take care of the rest!

3. About Your Session

> When should I schedule my portrait session?

The ideal time to meet and book your session is about six to eight weeks before your deadline. This ensures that I am able to accommodate your schedule and return the final images to you on time.

Need something a little sooner? Contact me with the details and I’ll see what I can do!

> How many outfits/locations am I allowed during a session?

An average two-hour portrait session takes place at one site with one to two outfits, but it all depends on the type of shoot you are wanting to do, how much time we have, and the budget you are looking at.

This is something we discuss during the pre-shoot consultation.

 

> How long does the session take?

I always plan on two hours for a typical portrait session. Mini-sessions are an hour or less.

> Will I have to sign anything?

Most professional photographers, myself included, use some simple documents to help protect our clients and ourselves as artists. During the pre-shoot consultation, we will go over the forms and answer any questions you might have about them.

Here’s a quick rundown of the basic forms that I use:

  • Service Agreement – Also known as a contract; outlines the details of your photo session.
  • Model Release – grants me permission to take photographs of you and outlines how I may use those images to promote my business.
  • Copyright Release – needed for CD’s only; grants you permission to use the images for non-commercial purposes including getting prints made.

> What if I have to cancel or the weather is bad?

If you have to cancel, please give 24 hours notice when possible. We will reschedule at no extra cost.

The same holds true if the weather is bad.

> Do you offer makeup or hair styling for portrait sessions?

Working with a professional makeup artist and hair stylist goes a long way toward making your final images as beautiful as you are. As part of your portrait session, a makeup artist/stylist will be on hand on the day of the shoot.

4. After the Session

> Do you do any retouching?

Yes – I am an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop and am well-versed in the art of digital portrait retouching. Have no fear… I promise that all retouching will be subtle and help to create a final image that you will be very happy with.

If you have a particular scar, mole, birth mark, tattoo or anything else you would like me to specifically remove or leave untouched in the final images, please let me know.

> How many finals will I receive and when can I expect them?

Most portrait sessions yield anywhere from 10 to 25 final images.

Some times of the year are busier than others and this impacts how fast I can edit the images and get them back to you. With that in mind, you should allow two to four weeks for final editing.

If you have a specific deadline to meet, please let me know during our consultation and we will work to make it happen.

> How will I receive my images?

I put all final images into a password-protected gallery on my website and I will email the password to you. No one will be able to see your photos but you and whoever you choose to pass along the password to.

> Can I get my photos via email or download?

I do not offer any images by email or download from my website.

Before you receive any final images, you will have to sign a copyright release. I also like to be present when you get your images in case you have any questions.

> Do you offer print packages?

No. You can order prints à la carte through my website or through me directly.

> How do I order prints?

When you log in to your private gallery, you can add prints to your shopping cart.

If you have any issues with ordering, please email me at vujiphotos@gmail.com.

> Can I get my images on a CD?

There is a fee of $20.00 for each print-ready image and $10.00 for each web-ready image. Complete session discs are available at discounted rate of $100.

If you are interested in having your final images on a CD, you will need to sign a copyright release.

> Can I get a photo book or album made?

Of course! If you are interested in any specialty items including photo albums, books, or calendars, please let me know during our pre-shoot consultation.

There will be an extra fee for the layout, design, and printing of specialty items.

> I want to do something really special with my photos. Got any ideas?

You bet! I love showing off all the cool new things you can do with photographs. I have a number of options that we can explore during your pre-shoot consultation, but here are just a few of my favorite unique items.

  • Canvas – Always a classic! Gallery canvas prints are an affordable way to show off your favorite photos and turn your home into a miniature art gallery at the same time.
  • Aluminum – Simply stunning! Your photos are printed on sheets of aluminum using a special process that really brings colors and textures to life.
  • Acrylic – The latest and greatest! Shine a light from behind or at the wall near these bad boys and give your photos a unique “glow” that will blow away any who see them.