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Portrait Q & A

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER BOSTON , LYNNFIELD and READING MASSACHUSETTS


There are a few tips that can help make a portrait session a huge success.  

Questions to ask about Portrait photographer:
How much should I look to spend on custom portrait photography ?

Portrait photography with a private photographer can run you anywhere from $150-$500 just for the time of the photographer.    It  can seem so outrageous to spend that kind of money just to have someone show up and take a few photos, but know there is more to it then that.

Just to hire a professional photographer there is time involved in setting up the shoot, scouting the locations for the right light and right time of day and then the time to take the photos and edit them.  

When it comes to editing, Here at Cordele Photographer I don't just dump the photos right out of the camera onto a website.  I carefully go through each and every photo and select the best of the best.  From there, we improve the image for lighting, contrast and color.  Each one of my photos goes through a distinct process in the editing room.   For every hour spent shooting, I spend two hours at the computer making sure every image is perfect.  Its rare that clients need to come back to me for requests to fix an image.   

Why such the range on portrait photography prices?

Well, like anything else, there is a range of experience with photographers.  Some photographers have studio spaces and some have home work spaces.  I am fortunate enough to have a wonderful space in my house to work out of.  My shooting space has it's own private entrance and bathroom.   Having studio space that's not retail helps keep my overhead low, and keeps the studio intimate. 

What should I expect for the process of booking a portrait photographer?

From the initial email, you will receive a packet of information that tells you everything from what to wear to how to see the images.    After the shoot, I come back to the studio, maybe put a teaser image on Facebook or my blog.  Then I go back to editing, cull the images down to the best of the best.  From there, we will schedule a time to sit down and go through the images. 

Do you have any quick tips for what to wear for a portrait shoot?

Yes!  Keep outfits simple.    Go for solids.  Avoid patterns.  Keep everyone in the same color family.  If you have one person that is earth tones, put everyone in earth tones.  If you have one in  pastels, put everyone in pastels.  White shirts and jeans tend to date photos.   Part of my style is bright and bold.    I like to have colors that pop in the photo. 

Where should I or how should I find a great portrait location? 

Well that's one area that I really work at!  I have a list of places that I have collected over the years.    I actually go out on location hunts and find locations that have interesting backgrounds and architecture.  I have been known to ask friends to use their barns.  I want locations that are original.    IF you have a look or feel you want for your photo, let me know. I am sure I can find a location that is perfect for you.

What kind of style portrait photography options are there?

Well, it depends what kid of portrait photography you are doing.  If it's family and kids there are a few options: you can have standard portraits on a backdrop or you can do an outdoor portrait shoot.  With an outdoor shoot, you have the option to make it just standard portraits of looking directly into the camera (mini sessions) or you can have a more involved shoot that captures your life as a family. During those shoots you end up having more interaction, more laughing, more poses and just plain old more fun! 

How long should it take to get portrait photographs back? 

This is all dependent on a couple factors

-the time of year

-the length of shoot

-the type of shoot

-number of people in the shoot.

If its between the months of January -April our turn around time can be as quick as a few days and as long as two weeks.    During Wedding season (April to October) turn around can run up to 3 weeks.     If it's between October -December turn around can run 3-4 weeks.  Fall in New England is a huge season for fall portraits. 

When is the best time or season for portrait photography?


For outdoor photography you really have to watch the season.   While Spring is pretty you sometimes get late tree growth so everything still looks stark and bare.  During the fall, you have to watch the weather as it can turn cold fairly quickly.  You don't want to wait too long to photograph your little ones outside.  Cold kids are unhappy kids!









 












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