What should I/we wear?

It is best to keep your clothing simple, avoiding any logos or busy patterns. I always suggest layers/textures so that we can change the look as we move through your portrait session. In group photos, color coordinating is more pleasing to the eye. Wear clothes that represent you and who you are. Feel free to bring a change of clothing and make sure you are comfortable. I am happy to help you plan outfits/colors, and can provide you with examples of colors and color schemes that have worked well in the past.

What is the best way to prepare my child for a portrait?

My goal is to create a light hearted and happy environment for your child so that we will get their genuine expressions and sweet faces. I want to capture your child playing and having fun! I will make sure to spend some time getting to know your child so that they feel comfortable with me. I would encourage you to tell them that we are going to spend time playing or having fun rather than photos, as kids aren’t always as excited about them as we are.

When and where will our session be?

It is up to you! I photograph at many different locations. Let’s chat about what your vision is for this shoot and make it happen. I love being outside in the woods. I can always travel to your home and photograph inside or outside if you do not want to travel. For newborn sessions, I have a studio in my home with reliable light. Please keep in mind that newborn sessions are best 3-7 days after birth. This allows us to capture your little one’s first days and the details that change so quickly. They are also likely to sleep most of the time, giving you those sleepy photos you often see. After 10 days, your baby will be more active and alert through the day.

How long will my session last?

The duration of the session will depend on various factors. Typically, you can plan to spend an hour to two hours with me to complete your session. If there are unexpected issues, such as weather or kiddos that are just not having it, session times may last a little bit longer. On the other hand, if we get right down to business and everything goes as planned, it may actually take less time. Putting a time frame on portraits is a tricky thing to do, so just come and plan to have fun with me for a couple of hours!

What time of day is best for a portrait session?

Early morning and late evening are the best two times to photograph because the light is best. These times of day will help us get that nice golden glow that makes the natural colors pop and skin tones shine! I will photograph any time of day, but know that squinting, flat shadows, washed out colors, and sharp shadows may happen if we shoot mid-day. We can always photograph in the shade if the sun is too bright, so there are options to help us get around the time of day if absolutely necessary.

Can we copy poses and photos I saw on Pinterest?

I want you to have creative and original photos! I enjoy and honor your input, but please keep in mind that the photos you see on my website or Facebook are a representation of my particular style, and most of your session will tend to reflect that look. For newborn sessions, I will be happy to incorporate any props you bring, but ask that you keep them to a minimum, and limit them to sentimental items. Please be aware that there are some poses I do not feel are safe for your baby, and those poses I will not do. Your baby’s safety and comfort are my number one priority.

Do you charge travel fees?

All shoot expenses, travel expenses, and post-production expenses are included at no extra charge for sessions within 40 miles of Rutherford County. Beyond that, I charge on a case-by-case basis depending on travel expenses.

Would you meet us to photograph our family reunion/birthday/anniversary somewhere else in the world?

Absolutely! I live for traveling and am regularly on the go. Contact me with the specifics of your occasion, and I’ll give you a quote.

Do you give me a copy of every image you shoot?

No. I eliminate duplicate images, test shots, missed focused shots, shots with bad expressions and other images that may compromise the overall delivery of your photos. For example, because I sometimes shoot with low apertures, sometimes I take a few extra shots to make sure we have the perfect focus. I don’t expect you to have the expertise or the time to zoom into each image to select the one with the sharpest focus, so I spend time doing that for you during the editing process.

How long after the session can I expect to receive my photos?

Delivery times can vary depending on the time of year, but 14-21 days is my standard turnaround time.

Who maintains the rights to the images?

You have the rights to the images for personal use and Kelsey Crowe Photography will maintain the rights to use the images for business and promotional purposes. I will have you sign a model release that includes this information at each shoot. I do ask that any time you share your photos on social media (facebook, instagram, blogs, etc.) that you tag/credit Kelsey Crowe Photography.

How many photos will I receive?

That will depend on the session that you book with me. A full session typically ends up being a total of 20 to 30 edited images, but other shoots will warrant more or less depending on the style. We will chat about this before booking, and it will be part of your contract!

How do we go about securing our session?

To secure your session, you must first contact me and voice your interest, the style of shoot, and the potential date. If the date is available, you will be required to pay a non-refundable retainer to hold your spot on the calendar. This will prevent me from booking any other shoots that day and can either be paid with cash, check or credit/debit card. After that, you will receive my contract in your email. Feel free to contact me with any questions!