Do I need to give you a deposit?
A session fee of $125 (plus Virginia state sales tax) is due at the time of booking to secure your session date and time.
What type of payments do you accept?
I accept cash, check, or payment through PayPal, which accepts credit cards.
Where will the session take place?
Your session can take place either at your home or another location. While it is true that homes with a lot of natural light work best for home shoots, we can make lovely images in almost any setting. Some families like the comfort of having the shoot in their own home because they prefer not to have to travel, worry about weather, or little ones losing interest. In-home sessions can be more documentary in nature, although they do not have to be. Others prefer a neutral outdoor spot with natural surroundings as a backdrop. It really comes down to personal preference, and if you have a favorite place in mind, I will do my best to accommodate that. We will discuss location options when you book your session. Please note that some venues charge entrance and/or photography fees, and these are not included in my session fee. In addition, travel more than 25 miles from zip code 20136 will incur an additional travel charge.
What if I need to reschedule?
I totally understand that situations can arise that require you to reschedule your session. If rain is in the forecast, we can monitor the situation together and determine whether rescheduling would be in our best interest. Please notify me as soon as possible if someone is sick so that we can make other arrangements.
What should I wear?
Wear something that makes you feel great! For a family session, I usually recommend that Mom chooses her outfit first – something that she loves and that makes her feel beautiful. The rest of the family can then wear clothes that complement her choice. I generally recommend staying away from writing on clothing. I can offer more ideas about coordinating a family look in our pre-session consultation.
Do I need to bring anything to my on-location session?
The most important thing to bring is a sense of relaxation and fun! Trust me, I know it is easy to feel stressed when preparing for a photo session, but the best thing you can do is just take a deep breath and let me do all the work. You may want to bring a snack or drink for little ones, a favorite toy (especially if not having it will be an issue!), and if desired, any special blanket or item that you are hoping to work into your photos. If yours is a session in a wooded area or field, you may wish to bring bug spray. I come prepared though, so you do not need to bring anything but yourselves!
How should I prepare for a session at my home?
It is helpful for you to remove all clutter from surfaces and floors (in the rooms where we will be), and open all draperies and blinds to let in as much light as possible. Think in terms of background: if there is something out that you would not want in the background of your photos, then put it away if you can. You can shove all the clutter in your closets and drawers, and I promise I will not look there!!!
How will I receive my images?
Within two weeks of your session, I will send you a password to access a private online gallery of your retouched digital proofs. You will be able to access this gallery and share it with family and friends for two weeks. During this time, you may select and purchase professional-quality prints, custom-framed prints, gallery-wrapped canvases, digital files, or an expertly-crafted, custom-designed session album. I am available to answer any questions you might have about any of the products either via email, on the phone, or in person. If you decide to purchase digital files, once payment is received, these will be available to you through an online download. I will also share with you my favorite lab for ordering prints at consumer prices. If you are interested in creating a wall-display of framed and/or canvas pieces, I am available to assist you in designing, measuring for, and selecting your products. Due to the custom nature of photography, all sales are final.
What is print permission?
All images taken at your session will be copyrighted by Molly Lynch Photography. For purchased digital files, you will receive print permission up to 8 x 10. This means that I give you permission to use the images I give you for personal use in sizes up through 8 x 10. Although you may not alter nor edit the photos, you may make copies for yourself, your family, and your friends. I will still retain the copyright and ownership of the images.
Why should I order products from you when I can get them cheaper online or at my local store?
I make sure that each client order has the appropriate color-calibration and cropping to meet my artistic standards. In addition, I use only professional labs and companies whose products are produced for professional photographers. Prints are printed on Kodak Professional Supra Endura with a lustre coating, offering a slightly matte finish that provides protection from fingerprints and slight scratches. Prints 11x14 and larger are mounted on long-lasting 1/8 inch Masonite.
What do you mean when you say your style is natural and casual?
I have a strong preference for storytelling, interactive photography as opposed to composed themes and elaborate posed prop setups. My photo editing is clean and minimalist. I focus on cleaning up the technical aspects of the image and will lessen blemishes, but I do not do extensive editing that will dramatically alter appearances.
Just so you know...I am not about capturing perfection. I love the little imperfections, preserving a memory of the way the kids are at this point in time. When my oldest daughter was two, we had the opportunity of being photographed by one of my very favorite photographers, Me Ra Koh. During the photo shoot I was frustrated because my daughter kept insisting on having her pacifier, and she started crying in the middle of the session, which was not the look I was going for! What came out of it, however, were these super sweet images of me holding my daughter, comforting her and wiping the tears from her face. I would never walk into a session hoping that the kids do not cooperate, but I love being surprised at the authentic moments I can capture. I treasure the storytelling, imperfect images over the posed, cheesy smiles every time.