FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION: PORTRAIT
Q: What is considered Portrait Photography?
A: Portrait photography is an image of a person or persons capturing their expression, mood and personality. It is a very specific moment in time captured forever. The following are all classified as portrait photography: Family, Maternity, Birth, Newborn, Baby, Kids, Couples, Pets, Glamour, Boudoir, Fine Art or Classic Contemporary Portraits.
Q: Where will the photos be taken? Do you have a studio?
A: Earthbound Studio is located in the Southern foothills of Adelaide, in Flagstaff Hill. We are happy to travel to location, additional costs may apply for areas out of the metro area, or if you require us to hire a specific location.
Q: How much time should we allow for our photo shoot?
A: This will depend on what type of portrait photography you are booking. Generally, for traditional portraits one hour will be sufficient, unless additional services such as hair and makeup is requested. Sessions with newborns, babies, kids and pets can be very unpredictable and additional time should be allowed for these sessions to ensure we get the shot. Glamour and Boudoir photography are usually longer sessions that include hair and makeup, and multiple wardrobe changes/looks.
Q: Can you hold our date while we decide?
A: Our service work on a first in, first serve basis and bookings are often made well in advance. You will be required to pay your session fee to secure the date.
Q: Do we have to meet in person to plan my photo shoot (pre-shoot consultation)?
A: For general portrait photography a telephone consultation will be sufficient. For photo shoots where a makeup artist will be commissioned and multiple wardrobe options will be considered an in-person consultation or at least a Skype conversation will need to be held prior to the shoot date.
Q: What should I wear for my photo shoot? How should I dress my family for the shoot?
A: it is best to avoid logos and busy patterns, rather choose textures. In group photos, colour coordinationg is key. We have put together a pin board on Pinterest for you to get some ideas of colour combinations that work together. Have a look here
http://www.pinterest.com/NadiaMarlow/photography-what-to-wear/ and also
http://www.pinterest.com/NadiaMarlow/photography-style-guide-wardrobe/ for guidance.
Try to stay away from clothing that is too tight fitting or too baggy. Your clothing should fit your body type, and complement it.
Q: What should I bring with for my family shoot?
A: For family and/or children photography bring a change of outfit, a drink and a healthy snack – and don’t forget their favourite cuddle toy if they are still young. Please make sure your little ones have been fed and had a nap before the session, be relaxed and allow your photographer to build rapport with them.
Q:What is Glamour photography?
A: Glamour photography is a luxury service coupled with a complete makeover (hair and makeup), wardrobe style consultation, and presented in equally luxurious products. This is very popular amongst women of all ages, shapes and sizes who want to celebrate everything from reaching a goal weight, concurring a particularly difficult time in their life, or simply want to celebrate the special relationships in her life with a mother, daughter, sister or a best friend.
Q: What is Boudoir photography?
A: Boudoir photography is not for the faint hearted and you will be required to leave your inhibitions at the front door. The urban dictionary defines it as “An intimate photo of a man or women, suggestively covered but not fully nude, meant to tease the senses.”
Q: How many photographs do you take?
A: This depend entirely on what type of shoot you have booked. The main focus is to provide you with a variety of quality images – not quantity. We would have covered your desired outcomes of the shoot prior to your session which will give us a rough guide as to the types/combinations of images and product we are shooting for. There is no set limit.
Q: Do we get every photo that you take on the day?
A: Images that are not included are those intended for testing the exposure and when a person has clearly blinked. We also try to narrow down your choices where a multitude of images were taken of the same pose/backdrop, and this is up to the desecration of the photographer.
Q: We’ve done our shoot, what happens next?
A: We set up a date for your in-person sales viewing. All decision makers need to be present. The first viewing is complementary, however if you need to book a second viewing, this will be charged per hour.
Q: What is a sales viewing and where is this held?
A: Your sales viewing is where you view your selection of images, you narrow them down to your favourites and we discuss the final cost of your product purchase. Sales viewing sessions are held at the studio, alternatively we can meet at a mutually convenient location.
Q: How long after our sales viewing do we get our photos?
A: Unless special arrangements are made the turnaround time is two weeks after full product payment (folio boxes and custom framing excluded)
Q: How long does it take to get our folio box set or custom framed art?
A: It take around four weeks after full payment.
Q: How long do you keep my photographs?
A: Photographs are kept on my working hard drive until your order has been completed and delivered. It is then moved to an Archive Drive where it will stay for three-five years depending on volume/space. All my drives are backed up to two additional hard drives. An admin fee is charged to access archive drives.
Q: Do you Photoshop my photos?
A: All our photos are put through a post production process where basic colour corrections are made and attention is given to those images that will be presented to you so that it reflects our style and professional standard. Images selected for enlargements and wall art are given the special attention they deserve. Digital manipulation is an additional per hour charge.
Q: What is a model release for?
A: A model release is a legal document between you and the photographer and is standard industry practice. It is a written form of permission allowing the photographer to photograph you and/a minor, allowing the photographer to publish your image on their website, blog, marketing material and for business promotions. It is a form of protection of your image and the work of the photographer.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONs: Bridal Weddings
Q: What is considered Bridal / Wedding Photography?
A: Bridal photography focus on a very specific time in a couples relationship and commitment to each other. The following are all classified as bridal photography: Engagement, Wedding, Vow Renewal, Commitment Ceremony and Glam the Dress. it is Inclusive of all couples, regardless of gender diversity or sexual orientation, to make a public affirmation to each other as a commitment for a future together. The ceremony is in celebration of the binding of two souls regardless of the physical form of their “vessel”.
Q: Are your packages flexible?
A: We like to tailor our packages for each client, our packages are examples of our most popular choices.
Q: Where can I find out more about your standard packages?
A: You can contact us via our link and request our package pricing, or alternatively send us an email with your requirements and budget and we will custom design something for you.
Q: Will you hold a wedding date while we decide?
A: Our service work on a first in, first serve basis and wedding bookings are often made a year or more in advance. You will be required to pay a non-refundable holding deposit of 50% of the total sum of your invoice to secure your date. Once we’ve received your signed contract and your retainer, your date is then fully reserved, and we do not accept any other clients for that date. The balance will be due 2 least a week prior to the wedding date.
Q: Do you offer “off-season” or weekday discounts for weddings?
A: Yes, we often run specials during the year and it’s best to subscribe to us via social media and keep an eye out for these.
Q: What happens after we made our booking?
A: We will book a date for your pre-wedding consultation. If included in your package, a date is arranged for your engagement session and is also an opportunity for us to get to know each other a bit better.
Q: Where and when will the engagement session photoshoot take place?
A: In Adelaide, usually, at a location that holds special meaning to you as a couple, or in the studio. These sessions are typically held during the week as weekends fill up quickly with our wedding bookings. Late afternoon sessions are very popular with our engagement couples.
Q: Do we sign a contract?
A: Yes, you are required to sign a binding contract prior to your wedding day.
Q: Can we pay installments?
A: Yes, as long as your wedding is payed for in full two weeks prior to the wedding day. Failure to do so will result in your wedding being covered for the amount of hours you have paid for.
Q: How much time should we allow for our wedding photography?
A: This will be entirely dependent on your individual needs and the budget you are working with. Our packages serve as a guide only, we are more than happy to work around your specific requirements.
Q: How much time should we allow for location photography?
A: The usual allowance is around the one hour mark, but again this will depend on your individual requirements, the location and don’t forget the travel time.
Q: How many photographs do you take?
A: This depend entirely upon the day you have planned and the hours you have booked with us. The main focus is to provide you with a variety of quality images that capture the special memories and moments that tell the story of your day – not quantity. There is no set limit.
Q: Do we get every photo that you take on the day?
A: Generally, yes. Images that are not included are those intended for testing the exposure in difficult lighting conditions and when a person has clearly blinked. We also try to narrow down your choices where a multitude of images were taken of the same pose/backdrop, and this is up to the desecration of the photographer.
Q: Do you include the high resolution digital files?
Q: Do we see the photos before the album planning session?
A: Within a week of the wedding we will put a small selection of your wedding images as a “sneak peek” on our Social Media page for you to share with family and friends. These will be watermarked and no alterations or cropping are allowed.
Q: How long after our wedding do we get our photos?
A: Unless special arrangements are made the turnaround time is four weeks (Albums excluded)
Q: How long does it take to get our album?
A: Album planning sessions are usually scheduled for when you return from your honeymoon, before you return to work (around 4-6 weeks after the wedding). These sessions are scheduled during a weekday. It is a good idea to secure this appointment prior to the wedding. Once the album design has been approved, it can take anything between 6-8 weeks for delivery. One planning session is included in the cost of your wedding, any additional time will be billed per hour.
Q: How many photographs make a great album?
A: We normally choose between 80-100 pictures for a standard 30-page album. However, if you need more, it may be advisable to increase the album page count.
Q: Should we provide you with a meal during the reception?
A: If we are covering more than an hour of your reception, and required to remain there after the meal, a meal would be appreciated.
Q: Do you photograph weddings outside of Adelaide?
A: Yes, for weddings outside the Adelaide metro area, there is a travel charge. For weddings overseas, interstate or further than 2 hours drive, there is a flat rate of $300 plus flights, car hire and accommodation – the night before and the night of the wedding.
Q: Do you supply videography services?
A: No, we specialise in photography but will be happy to share some of our contacts.
Q: How many photographers will be at my wedding?
A: Generally speaking only one photographer is required for a wedding. If you would like more than one photographer to cover your wedding, this can be supplied by us.
Q: What is “Glam the Dress”
A: It is the opposite of “trash the dress”. This is a session some brides choose to book after their wedding, and is closely related to a Glamour portrait session where we hire in the services of a hair and makeup artist and we focus on taking magazine style images of you in your wedding dress. Brides have found that this help sell their dresses afterwards for a good price, and gives them another opportunity to dress up in it and have a fashion-style photoshoot.
Q: Are you at all affiliated with the AIPP?
A: Yes, Nadia Marlow is a Full member of the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photographers) and ACMP (Australian Commercial Media Photographers). Look for the logo when you book your photographer www.aipp.com.au
We have tried to answer the more common questions here, however if you have a query with regards to something not covered here please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.