Frequently asked questions about lifestyle and day in life family photo sessions by Brooklyn based Photographer, Shannon Roddy.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
+ Where are you located?
I am a Brooklyn based photographer. While I call New York City my home,I grew up in Massachusetts and frequently travel to Cape Cod and other surrounding areas for both work and play. Feel free to contact me regarding my travel schedule to see if I am headed to your area.
+ What if my child is sick or it rains?
If you or a family member become ill or we planned an outdoor family session and it rains, we will reschedule. No problem. I just ask for earliest notice as possible if you think someone is going to be sick so I can try to fill the spot. (especially for weekends) Mini Sessions can not be rescheduled but, you may gift your session to another family if you need to cancel.
+ I'm really uncomfortable being photographed! Can you help?
Don't stress. MOST clients feel that way and it is my job is to make your comfortable and to capture you at your best. I will guide you! All you need to do is be totally present, enjoy your time together and love on your family. That is the best recipe for the most amazing family photographs.
+ Are digital files included?
Yes! All packages include a number of digitals included in your session fee. For each image in your order you will receive a custom black and white converted file as well. If you desire additional images, you have the option to purchase files indivually or as a complete gallery for a discounted fee.
+ How would you describe your style?
My photography style is a blend of storytelling with capturing connection and your love with an editorial approach to portraiture. I look for beautiful backgrounds and give light direction to my subjects. I prefer to capture authentic interaction rather than pose my clients. I do offer photojournalism exclusive family sessions as well! I LOVE LOVE Day in Life sessions!
+ I'd love to book a session! What’s the next step?
Prior to booking a session, we will schedule a phone consult. This is step one of learing how to make your session unique and relevant to your family. This our chance for me to learn about your family, special requests, go over my process and select a date and time. When you fill out the contact I will send you a link to schedule our session consult. I can't wait to hear from you!
+ What payments to you accept?
I accept all major credit card, checks and cash.
PLANNING FOR OUR SESSION
+ How much time should we plan for a Family Session?
Lifestyle Family Sessions on average last about 1.5 hour, but each shoot has a number of variables that can make it go shorter or longer. (We may need a few minutes to work out the logistics/warm up…or we might be slowed down by changing weather, traffic, light, baby meltdowns,…you know, real life stuff?) Have no fear I will hang tight if we need extra time. I usually tell clients to plan on 1 hour and 30 minutes just in case we go a little longer. For newborns and little ones, I try to pick a time that is accommodating to feeding/napping schedules. Newborn Sessions are 2.5 hours with plenty of time for feeding and naps. Day In Life Sessions are four hours (half day) an eight hours (full day).
+ Do you have any wardrobe suggestions?
There are no rules for wardrobe. I recommend wearing something that you feel great and confident wearing (for me that means something with great movement and colorful, but for others it can be something totally different). If you are uncomfortable, it will show in your photographs so be sure to choose outfits that you feel comfortable wearing. Your photo session should represent you at this time in your lives, so please don’t feel like you need to be formal unless that represents you as a couple or family. For outside locations, we will be doing a bit of walking so just be sure to keep that in mind. I’d also suggest packing a pair of flats for walking around if you’d like to wear heels. What to consider when thinking about your wardrobe is how your outfits look together as a family. You should choose colors and/or pattern/textures that compliment each other. You don’t need to be dressed the same but choose colors that go together. Green with blue. Blue with yellow. Violet with Red. If someone wants to wear a print, consider that one of you should go with a solid color. It can be playful. You can also use monochromatic colors. Lighter and darker shades of a color mixed with some patterns is a way to mix it up but keeping it feeling connected. Most importantly, just make sure you are all within the same realm of how dressy or casual you are. (i.e. a cocktail dress and heels & t-shirt/gym shorts is an extreme example of what not to mix). Make sure your clothes are wrinkle-free; avoid distracting graphics and outfits that are all one white or black. Lastly, you can always send me some pictures of outfits put together for some feedback! Check out my Pinterest Boards for color combinations charts and paired looks.
AFTER OUR SESSION
+ When can we expect to see our photographs?
You can expect to review your images online within 2 weeks following your session. The editing process takes the most amount of time, and it is of the utmost importance to me that your images look amazing. All photographs are color, corrected and lightly retouched before they are uploaded to the Internet for proofing. Once you submit your order, your will receive a link for your digital downloads two weeks later. Your final order will recieve a round of final retouching before I send you a download link. Four weeks total, two weeks for proofing and two weeks for retouching.
+ What kind of retouching is included?
I lighten tired eyes,cleanup rouge hairs and remove bumps and bruises!
+ We didn't order an album when we booked. Can we still purchase an album?
Yes. Many of my clients choose to create their own albums or simply desire the high-resolution files—but I do offer custom album design as an add on service.
+ Can we purchase the entire digital collection?
Yes. You will have the option to upgrade your package when your gallery is ready. For a limited time, you will have the opportunity to purchase the entire collection (in addition to your images included in your session) for a flat fee at a discounted rate. You may also buy files individually.