Remember, no question is a stupid question.
Q: What is your photographic style?
A: I shoot in a relaxed, photojournalistic/editorial style. I enjoy taking portraits that have a natural feel, rather than a posed portrait look. I usually start your shoot out with some general tips and then I give a little bit of direction along the way to help us both out. We'll do one or two formal/posed shots, but the focus of our shoot will be capturing your natural awesomeness.
Q: Do you shoot in black and white? Color? Digital? Film? Canon? Nikon?
A: Professionally, I shoot digital; I use a Canon 5D Markii and a couple of different Canon Professional Grade ("L" Series) Lenses (100mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm). I use on and off-camera flash and have a few more "toys" I'd love to talk to you about, if you're interested.
Because I shoot digitally, I can provide you with color and/or black and white photos. If you have a preference, please let me know before your shoot/event. Otherwise, I provide a nice mix after your session/event.
Q: When can we see our pictures!?!
A: You can view your photos in your online gallery, as soon as they have been edited. For portrait sessions, expect your gallery 2-4 weeks after your session. For weddings, it will be 4-8 weeks.
Q: When is the best time of day to schedule my photo shoot?
A: I always recommend the ends of the day: mornings and evenings provide the most flattering light.
Q: Do you sell GIFT CERTIFICATES?
A: I offer gift certificates for products and people who have already been clients. If you want to gift a photo session to someone who isn't familiar with Emily Hall Photography, let's chat and make a plan. I want to make sure that if you're gifting someone with a session, that it's a 100% amazing gift...and I want you in on that.
Q: What's a consultation? (And why would I want one?)
A: It's where we sit down and talk about your shoot. We'll get to know each other a little (so it's not a stranger with a camera shooting at you) and you can tell me what you're envisioning for your shoot. Trust me, I want all the details. :) Or if you don't have anything specific in mind, this is a great opportunity for me to ask you some questions so I can plan you a session that really is all about you.
Q: Where do we meet for the consultation?
A: Typically a coffee shop, the venue/location of your shoot, or even your home. Or, we can skype, chat on the phone, email, Google-Hang - I'm FLEXIBLE. I just want to get to know you a little before your shoot. It makes me better at my job.
Q: Do you offer your RAW files for sale in any packages?
A: I don't, but I do offer high-resolution .jpg files for sale. As a photographer, I like to see my images through their creative process, from beginning to end. It's all part of the fun for me.
Q: How do I order prints, albums, canvases, or digital files?
A: Products can be ordered through your online gallery, or you can schedule an in-person ordering session and spend an evening gushing over your photos with me.
QUESTIONS SPECIFICALLY ABOUT WEDDINGS
Q: If I hire Emily Hall Photography to shoot my wedding, will Emily Hall be the photographer shooting my wedding.
A: Yes. I wouldn't miss it for the world.*
Q: Do you have an assistant or second shooter for weddings?
A: Yes, these are both options we can include in your wedding package.
Q: Why do you include an engagement shoot in all of your packages?
A: It's my gift to you. I also think it's a great way for us to get to know each other (and for you to get used to me pointing my big camera at you). On your wedding, you'll know me and you'll know what to expect. One less thing for you to worry about.
Q: I want more hours than the package I want includes. Can I customize my package?
A: Yep. That's one of the things we can talk about when we meet up to talk about your wedding.
Q: For weddings, what if you get sick or something that you can't plan for?*
A: I have a backup plan: I am in a professional network of woman photographers (there are 44 of us in the area) and in case of emergency, I would work with you to find an emergency replacement. I hope that I never have this happen, but it's always good to have a backup plan.