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My goal is to make photo shoots enjoyable, I like to think of them as less of a chore and more of a delightful experience. I strive to streamline the flow that takes place necessary to completing the gallery without friction.
I believe that a key component to a lasting relationship of any kind is communication. Please be sure to discuss a potential photo shoot and your budget with your partner or anyone else that may be affected by your decision to invest in photos, make sure they are picture ready too. Discuss possible dates for your session and be ready to send a portion of your session fee to hold the date for your shoot, and I will send an invoice with my response to your initial inquiry.
I ask that a portion of the session fee be paid up front, at booking and dates are not held unless the retainer fee has been paid. All retainer fees are due via square invoice. I do not accept cash for these payments (full balance may be made in cash at the time of your shoot)
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the questions that others ask at booking;
What is owed at the time of booking?
A retainer fee will be collected at the time of booking. I ask that a portion of your session fee be paid at this time so that you and I both can commit to a session date on the calendar. This amount is paid via an invoice and is non-refundable.
What types of payments are accepted?
I will send an invoice to you for the entire balance, you may pay either just the retainer fee or all up front. Cash is accepted at the time of your session for the remaining balance after your session fee is paid.
Of course, Bitcoin is always accepted!
What is your turnaround time?
I typically edit and email gallery links within 2 weeks of the session taking place. During the busy months (May – November) if I am behind, I will send an email letting you know. I also offer a 48 hour rush fee for those who are in need of their images sooner than the 2 week timeframe.
When is the full balance of my session due?
The full balance is due at the time of your shoot. To keep the shoot moving swiftly without taking away from camera time, I ask that the session fee is submitted before the session begins.
If you are unable to bring cash with you, please be advised that there are additional fees associated with paying your session fee via an invoice.
Is tipping required?
Gratuity is a form of letting someone know that they went above and beyond to exceed your expectations. I personally tip where the person has performed a service that exceeded my expectations.
Tips are not required, but if you plan on asking for additional images, time, editing or fast turnaround tips are usually offered in those situations.
What should bring with me to my session?
I encourage families to bring a blanket to their shoot if they would like to sit down for pictures, blanket suggestions would be something like a patchwork quilt or other material that is flat and won’t hold onto dirt or leaves.
If I have props, can I bring them?
I typically like to focus on the natural beauty of the people in the photos, but I understand in some situations, props are what we rely on to convey a message. If you have props, please send me a picture of them prior to your shoot so that I can include that into the planning.
Do you like animals?
Yes! I love animals and if you want to incorporate yours into your photo session, please let me know so that we can put that into the plans too!
How about travel fees?
I service all of Maine for photography sessions, travel fees become a factor when the shoot takes place 40+ miles from zip code 04750. Travel fees are calculated at $0.50 per mile. For events, if the event is earlier than noon or more than 150 miles away, hotel accommodations will need to be arranged and factored into pricing.
Bespoke Photographer, Ally is available to many cities including; Houlton, Madawaska, Caribou, Fort Fairfield, Presque Isle and more.