I’ve had SO many new clients lately – it’s been so much fun meeting and getting to know everyone! Of course, I do provide information packets to my clients and my website is always at your fingertips, but I thought I’d take a moment to highlight the section titled, “About Your Portrait Session“. This section answers many of the most frequently asked questions about booking with Cristen Farrell Photography and the entire portrait process.
SCHEDULING Please schedule your session as far in advance as possible. For maternity sessions, the late 2nd trimester and early third trimester are ideal. For newborn sessions, the first 1 - 2 weeks of life are ideal (to ensure availability, please schedule prior to the baby's birth). Please note that sessions may need to be rescheduled due to lighting or weather issues. LOCATION All photography sessions are on-location using natural light. Sessions generally take place in the Santa Clarita Valley, however I travel anywhere within Los Angeles County (locations requiring travel beyond 15 miles from my home zip code of 91354 will require an additional $30 per 15 mile increment). I am happy to provide a list of great locations, however I am open to client suggestions, whether it be a park, urban area, or even the client's home. TIME Sessions last between 1 - 2 hours and are generally scheduled in the morning or early evening hours. WHAT TO WEAR Clothing should be geared toward drawing attention to the face, not away from it, although a splash of color or pattern on an accessory hat, scarf, etc.) will help to show personaility and add interest, but not in an overpowering way. It is best to avoid logos, decals, and stripes. For families, clothing should be complimentary, but MATCHING is not recommended. Try choosing one pattern or color and mixing it in to everyone's wardrobe in a different and muted way. Feel free to bring up to two additional changes of clothes, especially for children, for a variety of fun shots. For adults, please note that I cannot guarantee a changing facility, so please plan accordingly. WHAT ELSE TO BRING I do bring several small props and toys to each session, however your props are often the best to show your personality or your child's personality. AFTER THE SESSION Each photograph, both in proof and final form, will be hand-edited / retouched. I have a professional background in graphic design, affording me the ability to use advanced methods to retouch your photos. Scratches, rashes, blemishes, and uneven skin are easily fixed. Minor adjustments can also be made at the client's request (i.e. black and white, sepia, etc.). Within 2 - 3 weeks following your session, you will receive a password to access your sharable online proof gallery via the Client Proofing section of this website. Your online proof gallery will contain 15 - 20 retouched images, as well as both a la carte and package purchasing options for. Your online proof gallery will be accessible for 2 weeks from the date your receive your password. Please note that I retain the copyright to each image. Print and/or web publishing rights are granted when you purchase your images on a CD.