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Questions to ask your Family Photographer
Welcome to this page where I have collected the Most Frequent Questions I receive from you. In addition, there are other very useful questions that you don’t normally ask me, but important and to be taken into consideration. I am sure you will find this guidelines very helpful. If you may have other questions please feel free to contact me, I will be happy to answer you.
Are you a Professional?
Where do you live? Where do you work?
- Tuscany, exactly in Montemurlo, a town close to Florence. This is also the business registered office.
- Campagnano di Roma, a little town close to Rome.
Between Tuscany and Rome I travel regularly every week or two. In Berlin (have you read that I'm half German?), whenever I get the chance.
I work mainly in Tuscany and all over Italy. And clearly abroad.
Are you available to work abroad?
Are there any particular places or conditions in which you would not want to photograph us?
Do you charge travel expenses?
How would you describe your style and approach for a couple photo sessions? What photos should we expect from a couple photo shoot?
I like to establish a friendly dialogue with you during the photo session and the photos will be spontaneous.
My goal is to create an emotionful photo shoot, combining creative portraiture to documentary style. If I prefigure an interesting photo, I will give you some suggestions and guidance, but you will always decide. I won't have you do anything that doesn't feel natural to you. Nothing must be forced. I'm looking for real moments and not sterile and awkward poses.
We will be careful to the needs of children. If we have to stop for a snack or another reason, well, we will definitely do it. It could also be an interesting opportunity to photograph.
We feel uncomfortable in front of the camera. What can we do?
How does a family photo session work and how is it organized? Location? Time?
1) Choose a location. Wherever it is, at your home, during your holidays or a family reunion, immersed in the beautiful Italian countryside among olive groves and vineyards or in a romantic medieval city. Possibilities are innumerable, the only limit is imagination! If you have a location in mind that is important to you, I'd love to hear about it! If you're not sure where you'd like to shoot, I will be happy to give you some suggestions.
2) Set a time for the shoot. To have the best possible natural lighting – soft and warm – the last hours before sunset are the best. I don't recommend the central hours of the day.
3) Meet on the chosen day/time and get started!
What should we wear? What to avoid?
First of all, think about yourself and wear clothes that show your personality. Trust me, if you wear something that clashes with your way of being, you will notice it in your expressions, gestures and consequently in the photos.
Second, you must feel comfortable and free to move. With this I don't mean that you have to use the tracksuit you wear after dinner when you're lying on your couch (if however you want it, you are free to do so!).
The choice of shoes is also very important., pick the most beautiful and suitable for the type of location that we will choose. Logos/drawings/words with large fonts on clothes are not advisable as they often distract, unless it is specifically chosen for the session. Try to coordinate the colors but don’t get too matchy. Please consider also the time of year and its temperatures. Think about the type of background we will have and its colors. Don't dress colors that can be confused with the background but that matches good together. Eg. Countryside, late afternoon before sunset, background scenery colors made of green and yellow/orange: clothes with pastel colors like violet, blues, cyans are the opposite to yellow and orange tones, gives a nice contrast and brings out the color of the skin on your faces. Hats are fine if they don't cover the face. Accessories such as rings or necklaces are also fine.
My advices must be understood as suggestions, so it's up to you to make the decision.
Any other advice?
How long does a photo shoot last? What are your packages?
The first includes coverage up to 2 hours, which is ideal for most situations.
The second package has up to 4/5 hours coverage and is ideal if you wish to have a shooting in different places that needs displacements.
The third is the full day option, it cover a full day with your, from morning to evening. It is a very interesting option that allows you to tell the story of a family's life during the whole day. Of course, in this case we need to organize an interesting program, so that you can do more activities and consequently have a varied photographs.
If you will need a different hourly coverage, I'm happy to further customize service and quote based on your requests.
How many photos do you take? Will you professionally edit all the photos?
From all the photo that I will take, you don’t need duplicate photos, test shots, out of focused images, one eye opened and one half closed, tongue out while moistening the lips and so on. I strongly believe in giving you the best of the best without boring you with these mentioned photos.
How long must we wait? How will they be delivered?
I'll create a private password-protected gallery in my client area where you can download them all. You will get Jpg files, one full-resolution copy for printing and one low-resolution copy for web sharing. Files are not watermarked and you can print wherever you want.
Do you provide color and/or black and white photos?
Do we have rights to our photo? Can we print them?
What about the model release? What is that exactly?
Do you deliver also RAW files?
My answer is...nope. Sorry. It is the simplest and most honest answer. I can't give away an unfinished picture, without having acquired the "character" that I thought at the time of shooting. Making an analogy, the raw file as an unripe fruit and the edited photo is a fruit that, pampered by the sun, is now ripe, fragrant, tasty. Which one would you like? 😉
Can you retouch me?
We have some ideas, can you make it happen?
What happens if it rains?
If it starts raining while we have already started, don't worry and trust me! Even rain can be very interesting, I find that it has a very intimate and romantic side, which can be used for very beautiful and creative photos.
What gear do you use? What happens if your gear has a problem?
That said, I use professional Nikon equipment and always have spare cameras/lenses with me. The same for your files, I've several redundant backups to avoid any files loss.