Laika Studio Photography | Portrait FAQ

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WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR PORTRAIT SESSIONS? 

All portrait sessions include: 90 minutes of shooting on location within 50 miles of Truckee, CA. Pick a spot that might be special for you. If you need some ideas on locations, don't worry I have plenty of suggestions! Each portrait package includes some credit for prints, wall art and/or retouched images download. 

 


WHAT IS REQUIRED TO BOOK MY DATE ?

I require 50% down along with a signed agreement to book your date. The final 50% is due on the day of your session.

 


WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR TO THE PHOTO SESSION?

I like to keep the focus on the subject; therefore, simple clothing choices are best for creating timeless portraits. Jeans, sun/slip dresses; khakis are classics and photograph well and can be a perfect start. Boys in jeans and plains tees, and girls in simple sundresses; weather permitting of course, those looks are always lovely. Feel free to bring a change of clothes if you're up for it.

In general, for the family session I suggest clothing for each family member that has the same tone, but don't wear

all the same primary colors. Mix it up if you'd like to incorporate one color: have a color that everyone wears as an accent: red boots for mom, red buttons on dad's shirt, red vest for a baby. Add scarfs, hats, jewelry, and shoes to share that color accent with the whole family group. Please be wary of stripes, plaid, words and logos on your family’s clothing. These things can be a distraction from your beautiful family. Choose a formal or casual style of clothing: mixing styles does not work well (i.e. dad in a suit and son in a t-shirt and jeans). Being comfortable and being yourself is the most important thing. Here are some color-coordinating ideas on Pinterest.

 


HEADSHOT QUICK TIPS:

  • Dress in classic, timeless clothing that makes you look and feel great;
  • Avoid busy patterns and large lines/stripes;
  • Bring a few different jackets, shirt, blouses  for a change of looks;
  • Avoid makeup with shimmer or products with lots of sparkle or shine;
  • Bring lip balm, hair brush, makeup and hair products you prefer;
  • Please arrive with hair styled and makeup already applied.
 

WHAT IF IT IS RAINING ON THE DAY OF MY PHOTO SESSION?

Generally, if it is just a light mist, we will proceed with the session. Bring along an umbrella just in case! Typically, I take couples inside local coffee shops, under awnings etc. until the rain passes. However, in the case of families with small kids and heavy downpours, we will re-schedule the session for another time. Despite what some people may think, cloudy days are fantastic for photos!

 


HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECEIVE MY PHOTOS?

Your online gallery with a selection of best images will be posted in about two weeks after your photo session. The online gallery is where you can get prints, digital downloads and preview your album layout. I process orders on a first-come, first-serve basis. In busy season you should allow 4-5 weeks for delivery of wedding images and 2-3 weeks for portrait sessions. Printed albums take 2 weeks after you make a selection of images for the album and an additional 1-2 weeks to print & ship after you approve the layout. 

 


WHAT KIND OF CAMERAS DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH WITH?

I use Canon professional gear and continually invest in new and innovative equipment to provide my clients with the best image quality possible. I always have a backup equipment at each shooting. My favorite is a full frame Canon 5D Mark IV camera and prime Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 II USM Lens.

 


 MY AFFILIATIONS:

Professional Photographers of America (ppa.com)

Wedding & Portrait Photographers of America (wppionline.com)

International Center of Photography (www.icp.org)

Freelancers Union (http://freelancersunion.org/)