What's my focus?

My main focus this week was to finish editing all open photo shoots and wrap up my prints for some very special clients. Having a busy editing schedule is rewarding yet stressful at time when I don't feel like I am making progress. But overall the last few sessions looked beautiful and I love sharing them on social media.

Let's get down to the main subject now!

5 questions you should ask your photographer

What is your primary style?

The main reason you need to know your photographer's style is to make sure you are in love with their photographs. If you don't like their photos, then they may not be the photographer for you.

My primary style is true color and lifestyle. I love giving my clients prompts to interact with each other and get genuine smiles and emotions from them. This helps capture real life rather than stiff staged photos. I also love to keep the true color of the photographs by enhancing them and bringing those colors to life.

How long will the session be?

This is a good question to ask because every photographer bases their packages differently. If you are having a equine session and you know your horse can't tolerate being handled for a long length of time, you will want to make sure you discuss that with the photographer. You will also want to be sure you make time in your schedule for getting ready, the session, and getting back into your normal clothes.

My sessions tend to stay between 45 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on what type of session you book.

How do you handle payment?

Almost every place you go to will accept credit or debit cards, but photographers are small business and may not be able to accept them. Always ask what forms of payment they accept so you are prepared. As far as handling payment, lots of photographers will require a non-refundable retainer fee before your session then the rest of the session fee either the day before the session or after.

Do you offer retouching?

Retouching in today's society may seem fake to some, but to the wonderfully ordinary person, they want to look beautiful and just like themselves. You want to make sure that your photographer is not going to erase scars, birth marks, freckles or any other beauty marks, unless you specifically ask them to. Photographers are not always going to retouch your photos, but most will enhance the photos and make you the focus.

How long after the event will the proofs, album, etc., be ready?

If you are crunched on time and need these photos before you through your son's graduation party because you are surprising him with embarrassing naked baby photos and you want to end with portraits of him today, then you'll need to know the turnaround time to be expected. Some photographers will charge a fee for faster turnaround, and some won't expedite them at all.

I love to please my clients, so if you need your pictures done immediately, then I try my hardest to accommodate. My normal turnaround time in my contract states you will get your photos back in 21 days. Unless you have hired me for a wedding or big event, I like to get your photos back to you within a week's time.

Those are just five questions you should be asking your photographer. There are so many other questions out that but these were my favorite. Don't be shy when booking a small business. They are usually so friendly and love to please their customers so that those customers will spread words of love about them and their business.

If there are any other questions you think needs to be on this list, be sure to leave a comment!