Q: Why are your prices so high?
A: Although your session may only last 1-2 hours I put in more than 10 hours from beginning to end. I am a legitimate business as well, which includes me paying for membership to the Professional Photographers Association, taxes, insurance, professional equipment, learning opportunities and so much more. I am not a chain store, I am a professional custom portrait photographer.
Q: Why don't you give a copyright release? I've seen other photographers give that.
A: I retain the copyright to all images produced. I do give print releases which allows you to print your images for personal use.
Q: Why can't I copy my images off of your website/blog?
A: I have disabled right-clicking on my sites because the images are protected by copyright.
The copyright act protects the photographer by giving the author (creator) of the photograph the exclusive right to copy, edit, and distribute the image by sale or transfer. These exclusive rights make it illegal to copy, scan, edit or share photographic prints and digital media without the photographer's permission. Violators of this Federal Law will be subject to its civil and criminal penalties. Be sure to discuss your copyright needs or questions with me; reasonable requests may be accommodated.
Q: I want on-location what is the best time or weather conditions?
A: The best time on a nice sunny day is 2 hours before sunset or 2 hours after sunrise. If it's a cloudy day anytime is a great time, those dreary overcast days act as a natural diffuser for a nice soft light all over.
Q: How do I load actions?
A: Check out the Texas Chicks blog | http://www.texaschicksblogsandpics.com/photography-page/installing-actions-in-photoshop-elements/
Q: I can't find __________, Will you look at my work and tell me what you think? What should I be charging?
A: Please take the time to google what you are looking for. It may save you time to e-mail me and ask but please remember that I do have clients and a family. I get 50+ emails every day, most of which can be answered by google.
Q: Where do you get your fonts?
A: I get my free fonts from http://www.dafont.com/ and http://www.fontsquirrel.com/
Q: Where do you get your props from?
A: I get them from Etsy, Hobby Lobby, Educational Outfitters, other great prop vendors, and others I even make myself.
Q: Did you have a mentor/who did you learn from?
A: The internet! I googled like crazy and experimented. If I couldn't figure something out by trying it myself I would google until I found a tutorial or web video.
Q: What do you edit with?
A: I use Photoshop CS5
Q: What camera and lenses do you use?
A: Nikon D40x
Nikkor 35mm f/1.8
Q: Who is your website and blog with?
A: My website template and host are with http://www.weebly.com/ my blog is through blogger.
Q: Did someone design your blog?
A: I did using the template editor and by adjusting the html
Q: Who do you print through?
A: I use WHCC and Miller's
Q: Do you advertise?
A: No, I get clients by word of mouth or even giveaways.
If you have questions that cannot be found via web search please post it on my Facebook fan page, myself or another fan may be able to help you.
While I do enjoy helping others I do have to keep a few secrets to myself, such as locations and special things I do to help make my clients enjoy their experience. Please don't take it personally if I do not answer one or more of your questions :)
Favorite prop vendors:
Mudpies & Pigtails Boutique- http://shopmudpiesandpigtails.com/
Kristen Caldwell Photography- http://www.kristencaldwellphotography.bigcartel.com/
Favorite backdrop/floor drop vendor:
LemonDrop Stop- http://www.lemondropstop.com/
Bad Sass Backdrops- http://www.badsassbackdrops.com/
Favorite digital vendor:
Sassy Designs- http://sassy-designs.net/shop/
Favorite action vendors:
The CoffeeShop Blog- http://www.thecoffeeshopblog.com/
The Pioneer Woman- http://thepioneerwoman.com/