Q: What does my session fee pay for?
A: Your session fee pays for David’s time and talent. This includes session consultations, up to a 3 hour session, 4-6 hours post session work, photo retouching, a 1-2 hour viewing and ordering appointment, and presentation of your images in a private online gallery and slide show. Completed collection orders placed and paid for within two weeks will also receive a $100 credit.
Q: What should we wear?
A: Simple clothes and solid colors work best for portrait photographs but don’t be afraid to have kids wear fun, bright colors and experiment with silly hats and other accessories. The key with the clothing you choose is Simplicity. Please avoid bold patterns and logos. White, denim, khaki, and black are all good choices. A simple white dress for a little girl, denim overalls for a little boy. Try to keep the bottom (i.e. pants) darker than the top (i.e.shirt or blouse) top to draw the viewer’s attention to the face.
David suggests bringing a variety of clothing to the session so he can assist you in your clothing choices. And finally, David encourages you to bring clothes that closely match the subjects personality and interests, especially for toddlers and children.
Q: Who should be present during our portrait session?
A: This depends of course on the situation, type of shoot, the location, etc. It is generally best to have only the person(s) being photographed present during the actual session. Many of us already feel as if a spotlight is on us when we are being photographed and there is no benefit to increasing the feeling with knowledge that someone is “watching” you.
Q: What style of photography do you use when working with kids?
A: David’s lifestyle photography aims to capture your children just being themselves. Kids will be kids and we understand that they will have moments of imperfection (just like us) and that’s okay! David is very skilled at making the sessions fun and as comfortable as possible so he can capture their unique personality and inner beauty. David is a father, too. He is very patient and doesn’t mind waiting to get that perfect shot. Without using unnatural props or stiff formal poses, David creates a more honest means of capturing who your child really is.
Q: What is the best time to schedule my session?
A: That largely depends on what is the best time for you child. If photographing outdoors, the light is softer in the early morning and late afternoon, which usually results in better photographs. We are very flexible and will gladly work around you and your child’s schedule.
Q: What about posing and style ideas with kid sessions? Can I suggest ideas and themes?
A: Most certainly. David welcomes and encourages your unique ideas for your session. David believes there is beauty and divinity in the little messes of childhood. Dirty feet, windblown hair, crooked smiles, pouts, laughter, and tears…all are part of your world, why not memorialize some of these moments in a photograph? If your child prefers a tattered pair of jeans to those khakis that you selected, consider bringing them to your session. Forced smiles and stiff clothing aside, your little one is unique and David’s vision is to capture magic moments of your child as he or she really is, today. Sessions can be indoors in pajamas (always fun!), playing outdoors, bathtub fun… the possibilities are endless. In David’s eyes there is no right or wrong way to showcase you and your child. David will discuss all of these options with you during your pre-session consultation.
Q: When is the best time to schedule newborn photographs?
A: It is best to photograph newborn babies before they are 14 days old. You will want to book your newborn session before the baby is born. David loves to capture their newness and their unique bond with you at this time. Little ones change quickly over the course of their first year, so consider having portraits again at 6 months during the roly poly stage and again at 1 year as their true features and big personality really emerge.
Q: I am interested in booking a maternity session. What is the best time during pregnancy to have photographs taken?
A: This is completely your choice. David can create stunning images for you during any stage of your pregnancy. However if possible we recommend that moms-to-be arrange to have their session take place during weeks 30-38 of pregnancy. Moms-to-be typically aim for several different clothing options (I recommend 3), and therefore, there is a lot of changing into and out of different styles. And of course it is best to call for an appointment during the early stages of pregnancy so that you can be more assured of getting the session date that you would like.
Q: Is David available to travel out of state for photography sessions?
A: Yes. David is available for travel within the US and Caribbean and enjoys destination sessions immensely. Please inquire about out-of-state sessions.
Additionally, David will be spending a certain number of weeks each year in Florida beach towns offering unique and elite BEACH PORTRAIT SESSIONS. Please contact us at 678-656-8148 for additional information.
Q: Are the portrait images retouched?
A: Yes, when requested. And our clients love this extra service! All basic retouching is included in the session fee. This can include wrinkle softening, scars, blemishes, under eye circles, scratches, bumps, bruises, and stretch marks. For more involved retouching, please contact David for a quote.
Q: How many photos are taken? Is there a limit?
A: There is no limit to how many pictures are taken and no rush during the session. David will take as many as needed to ensure you have a variety of images to choose from.
Q: When will my photos be ready?
A: Your images will be available for viewing on your private web gallery within 2-3 weeks of your session date. Final print orders will be ready within 1-2 weeks. David Trotter Photography owns the copyright to all images, including proofs. Images may not be copied, scanned, or reproduced in any way without written permission from David Trotter Photography–Concious Portraits.