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Portrait Sessions

General Details

• $50 non-refundable deposit to reserve your date and price
• A new deposit is required if changing the date
• Pricing is valid for 30 days after quotation without a deposit
• Calendar reservations are on a deposit first-paid/first-reserved basis
• Remaining balance is due 1-day prior to session date
• Transportation may be provided upon request at an additional fee
• We no longer offer solo newborn or baby sessions
• We do; however, offer family sessions with newborns and babies

Sessions

• Multiple outfit changes possible with our portable pop-up changing tent
• Feel free to send us a Pinterest board or screen shots of poses you'd like to capture
• We assist with posing when needed
• We often use lighting to capture a wider dynamic range and control the scene
• Lighting helps us prevent blowing out the sky and retaining its color in most cases
• Lighting also helps in low light scenes to avoid noise and grain and retain quality

Locations

• Shoot within 35 miles of the California state capitol building without a travel fee
• Any distance outside of that range does incur a modest travel fee
• Transportation can be provided for long-distance travel
• We have two very comfortable captains chairs in our second row
• Each passenger has their own optional heated seat and climate controls
• Connect to Bluetooth and put on your favorite music there and back
• A location list is provided to clients to assist with finding the perfect settings
• Clients are not obligated to use the locations listed. They're there for inspiration.
• Most locations are free. However, clients are required to cover permits if required.
• National, state, and even some city parks require permits as well as some others
• Some locations require requests to be submitted months in advance
• Permit requests are not always approved
• Clients are required to cover any entrance or large parking fees

Editing 

• We filter down the session to the best images, ensuring a variety
• In some cases, multiple photos may be combined to take the best elements from each
• We don't batch edit images using presets (pre-arranged settings - similar to filters)
• Each advanced edited image is edited individually in Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop
• Each edit takes an average of 30 minutes to 2 hours to complete
• We start with adjusting the exposure, highlights, shadows, colors, etc.
• Frequency separation is used to retouch skin without losing texture
• We remove distractions such as fly-away hairs, background people and objects
• We use dodging and burning techniques to bring out highlights and contouring
• We use various hand-blended curve adjustment layers to provide depth
• Complimentary colors are subtly applied and blended to enhance skin tones
• We apply sharpening over eyes, jewelry, and other features to bring extra attention
• We may use the liquifying tool to help posture
• We do not make any body modifications unless requested
• Our watermark is small, translucent, and tucked away in a corner to not be distracting

Delivery

• The turnaround time is usually 30 days but may vary based on workload
• All images are uploaded to your online gallery
• You can download, share, and even purchase prints from your digital album
• Prints come from Bay Photo, one of the highest-rated printing labs in the US
• All images are high resolution. We do not downsize your images.
• High resolution images ensure you are able to print high quality prints, even in large sizes
• A print release is provided, allowing you to print the images anywhere

Pricing

Because each of our services can be custom tailored, please message us for pricing.

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