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I often get asked what makes the best photo shoot. Is it location? Is it the outfits? Is it the natural beauty of the client? What about the lighting? While all of these aspects are important, they are not all equally important. I am going to do my best to do help guide you through some important information you should consider before your shoot day

PORTRAITS:

Once a session booking has been made, we will discuss the look, feel and style that you would like to create. My goal is to capture your natural moments. I will give some direction for posing, but please allow yourself to move and pose to what feels natural.  We will shoot at different places within the location, creating different backgrounds and different lighting options.  If we are shooting a session with children, feel free to bring snacks, we can take brakes as needed.  We can incorporate any fun ideas you may have.  1 1/2 hours before sunset is recommended time to shoot. Multiple outfit changes are encouraged.

HEADSHOTS:

Once a session booking has been made, we will have a discussion about what looks your wanting to achieve. This would include different clothing options as well as different hairstyles. I understand that your images are an important part of promoting yourself.  They need to stand out, get you noticed, and correctly represent you. We will work together tell we capture your personality.  We can consider shooting at different locations, this creates a variety of background options.

PET PORTRAITS:

Once a session booking has been made, we will have a discussion about your pet or pets.  Is there anything unique your pet does that you like to capture.  A unique quality or a personality trait.  A favorite place, toy or activity your pet enjoys.  For dogs, you could consider shooting at your location.  This allows the pet to be off leash, which looks better.  30 min before the shoot please allow your dog or dogs to run around.  This will make it easier for me because the pets are more willing to stay still during the session.  1 1/2 hours before sunset is the best time to shoot.  

LOCATION:

The location of the shoot can add a lot of fun and meaning to your images. The session will be focused on you, but an exciting background adds color, texture, lines, and light.  For engagement/proposal shots, consider a location that represents something special or significant for you.  Possibly the place where you first met, or the place where he proposed.  Los Angeles has a lot to offer.  Please contact me for location ideas.

WHAT TO WEAR FOR YOUR SHOOT

FAMILY PORTRAIT OR ENGAGEMENT

Clothing is a great way to express your self.  I recommend wearing clothing that makes you feel most comfortable.  Also consider clothing that compliments your hair, eyes and skin tone.  You can have multiple clothing changes if you’d like.

Recommended:

  • Shirts can be colorful, monochrome or shades of a similar color.  Tank tops are not recommended.
  • Clothing comfortable enough to move, sit and walk around in, yet for fitting so clothes don’t look baggy. 
  • Please run a lint roller over dark-colored clothing.
  • Please make sure clothing is not wrinkled.
  • Clothing might get a little dirt on them if I ask you to sit.  Shoes comfortable enough to walk to various locations in.  Shoes may get a little wet if it is an AM shoot
  • Base foundation or concealer for ladies, it takes a long time for me to remove blemishes and soften out skin in the editing process.
  • Moisture and softened lips.  Chapped lips show up. 
  • Consider a manicure for fingernails and toenails, because they will show.
  • Men could consider touching up the grey area in the beard if they appear.

Not Recommended:

  • Clothing that contains texture such as patterns, stripes, and multiple colors.
  • Logos, brands & characters.
  • Wearing all white or all black.  Consider grey and other colors to break things up.  But stay within a monochrome theme.
  • High heels.  Consider the walk in between locations.
  • Hats (create a  shadow in the face).  Flatten your hairstyle when taken off.
  • Stiff Fabric.  Consider how much a shirt creates creases and folds. Cotton fabric sits well.

HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR PORTRAIT CLOTHING SUGGESTIONS

It’s important to bring clothing that you will feel comfortable in. I recommend bringing a variety of clothing options. Consider Jeans, blouses, dress, skirts, t-shirts, jackets, Letterman Jacket, sports uniform, slacks, dress shirts, etc. I recommend having one nice outfit, one you wear often and one that relates to your interests. Make sure your clothes are pressed and clean. Run a lint roller over darker colors. Ladies, please wear a base foundation. Chapstick is recommended to soften lips. Chapped lips show up. Consider having your nails and toes manicured. High heels are not recommended.

HEADSHOTS / MODELING CLOTHING SUGGESTIONS

It’s important to bring clothing that you will feel comfortable in. I recommend bringing a variety of clothing options, staying within what you would wear to an audition. Bring shirts with a variety of collars and necklines. Solid colors look best. Consider different textures and shades. Think of building in layers. Bring undershirts, T-shirts, collared shirts, sweaters, jackets, leather jackets, scarfs, etc. Consider layering light and dark clothes for better contrast. Consider workout clothing and a business suit. For Commercial headshots, bring casual clothes & lighter/brighter colors. Think sporty and fun. For theatrical headshots, bring dressier, upscale clothes with darker colors. Make sure your clothes are pressed and clean. Run a lint roller over darker colors. Consider having your nails and toes manicured. Use chapstick to soften lips. Choose clothes that complement your hair, skin tone, and eye color. No solid white shirts if you’re Caucasian or light-skinned.

BOOKING, PAYMENT, & CANCELLATION POLICY:

BOOKING: A $50.00 non refundable session retainer is required to book and hold the date for your session.  This serves as a cancelation fee. If you need to reschedule please provide a 2 week notice, for the fee to be credited towards a future session. All remaining balances are due at the time of the session.
For wedding packages; a 30% retainer is due immediately to book and hold the date of your event and also serves as a cancellation fee. The remaining balance is due two (2) weeks before the date of the wedding.  you can break this up into multiple payments however you see fit.

PAYMENT: All sessions and packages can be paid via cash, check, or PayPal.

CANCELLATION POLICY: For portrait sessions, the client forfeits their session retainer paid to book the session. As previously stated, the fee can be credited towards a future session if the client reschedules the appointment by calling 2 weeks prior to the date of the session and re-booking at an agreeable date and time.
For weddings and events, if for any reason the Client cancels before the wedding date, the Photographer will keep the event retainer fee paid to hold the wedding or event date as a cancellation fee. Cancellation must be made in sent in writing, by mail or e-mail. However, if the client requires to change the wedding date, I will do my best to accommodate the change and no fee will be charged as long as the new date is available and within five months of the original event date.  If I am not available for the new date, the original contract will be canceled and subject to the cancellation policy.

THE FINAL PROCESS:

I will return home with approximately 300 – 1000 images per hour of shooting. I will spend HOURS sorting through the images.  I will pick out the best images for the editing process. I will apply basic editing to all of the images in your gallery. This would include: Color correction, highlights, shadows, contrast, whites, dehaze, color, sharpness, vignette, etc.. All of the best photographs (anywhere from 100- 300 images, approximately) will be available for you to download and view, through a private online gallery. You can download and own all of the images in this gallery. The images will be sized perfectly for web usage. Approximately 1000 x 600 size & 72 ppi.  At that point, you can sort through and pick out your favorite images. The final images you choose, I will apply additional editing to them. Additional editing is where I hand brush in effects to enhance the image. The final selected images will be delivered in high-res and standard images size.  The editing process will last 1 – 2 weeks, approximately.
A $20 fee is applied to have all images delivered in high-res and standard image size.
A $50 rush fee is applied to have a faster editing time.

Click THIS LINK to see a befor ena dfater gallery of Lisa’s editing services.

BOOKING PAYMENT & CANCELLATION POLICY:

BOOKING: A $50.00 non refundable session retainer is required to book and hold the date for your session.  This serves as a cancelation fee. If you need to reschedule please provide a 2 week notice, for the fee to be credited towards a future session. All remaining balances are due at the time of the session.
For wedding packages; a 30% retainer is due immediately to book and hold the date of your event and also serves as a cancellation fee. The remaining balance is due two (2) weeks before the date of the wedding.  you can break this up into multiple payments however you see fit.
PAYMENT: All sessions and packages can be paid via cash, check, or PayPal.
CANCELLATION POLICY: For portrait sessions, the client forfeits their session retainer paid to book the session. As previously stated, the fee can be credited towards a future session if the client reschedules the appointment by calling 2 weeks prior to the date of the session and re-booking at an agreeable date and time.
For weddings and events, if for any reason the Client cancels before the wedding date, the Photographer will keep the event retainer fee paid to hold the wedding or event date as a cancellation fee. Cancellation must be made in sent in writing, by mail or e-mail. However, if the client requires to change the wedding date, I will do my best to accommodate the change and no fee will be charged as long as the new date is available and within five months of the original event date.  If I am not available for the new date, the original contract will be canceled and subject to the cancellation policy.

TERMS:

If Lisa Garrett Photography cannot perform this Contract due to fire or other casualties, strike, act of God, or other cause beyond the control of the parties, or due to Photographer’s illness or emergency, then the Photographer shall return the retainer fee to the Client but shall have no further liability with respect to the Contract. This limitation on liability shall also apply in the event that photographic materials are damaged in processing, lost through camera or other media malfunction, lost in the mail, or otherwise lost or damaged without fault on the part of the Photographer.
Booking rates include permission for commercial use of images, for promotional material for Lisa Garrett Photography.
Lisa Garrett Photography reserves the right to use your images for marketing purposes.

 

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