I sure am! Any professional photographer should be fully insured.
How long have you been doing this?
I started young, but 2006 would be my official starting year. 🙂
What forms of payment do you accept?
I accept cash, check and credit card. What works best for you, works for me.
Are your packages taxed?
Maine State Sales Tax will be charged for all clients who will accept delivery (even digitally) to a Maine location.
How can I book with you?
Easy! If I have already sent a quote to you, you can book directly through that link. Select your package, fill out the questionnaire, e-sign the contract and then it will take you to the screen to pay the deposit. For family sessions, if you aren't sure which package to go with, I generally suggest going with the Lifestyle I package and then you can upgrade later once you have seen the images. 🙂
Do I own the copyrights to my photos if I have purchased the digital files?
The short answer: No. Copyright always stays with the photographer that captured your image. That being said, if you purchased the digital files, what you are purchasing is actually the personal printing rights so that you can make prints as many times until your heart's content and you may share the images for your personal use on social media/email/etc with proper copyright credit: (c) Sarah Jane Photography.
Do you deliver RAW files?
No. I compare this to walking into a bakery and asking the baker for all the ingredients to make a cake that they sell so you can then go bake it yourself.
Can I put my photos online?
You sure can! Using social media-sized watermarked images and/or providing proper credit is totally cool! (@sarahjanephotog is my handle across most of social media)
Am I allowed to print photos that you deliver digitally?
Yes. If you have purchased family portrait digital images or you have received your wedding images, you may print these images as many times for personal use until your heart's content. <3
How long will it take to get my photos?
Family portraits average about 3 weeks. Weddings are averaging between 3-4 weeks. My contract states I have up to 90 days to deliver, but this is to cover any unforeseen / unfortunate events that prevent me from finishing your images in the normal timeframe. If this should occur, I would be in touch with you to make you aware.
What happens if you are sick or injured and can't photograph me?
I have a fabulous network of photographers around me that have stepped up in multiple other situations to help another photographer when an emergency has arisen. I have the ability to reach out to these professionals and see who can cover for me if I become so ill or injured that I cannot perform my obligations. The people closest to me know who to reach out to help facilitate / coordinate coverage if I am incapacitated and cannot do this myself.
How many photos will I get?
Family Sessions: average 50-100 images. Weddings: average 100 images/hour.
How are your photos delivered?
All images are delivered via a password protected web-gallery. If you have purchased personal printing rights to images, you will be able to download these directly from the web-gallery and you should be sure to make a backup of your files in a separate location.
Do you deliver B+W images?
Yes. Sometimes an image will be more impactful in black and white and I will use my artistic judgment when an image is best suited to be presented in B+W. Not all image will be in B+W.
FAMILY: What happens if it rains / there is bad weather?
Where the majority of my family clients are from out of state, it is my policy to select a main session date and a rain / backup date.
What if I need to cancel?
Canceling your wedding or session will result in the forfeiture of your deposit. I would recommend calling or emailing me ASAP if you need to cancel to discuss.
Do you instruct for posing? I'm kind of awkward/unphotogenic.
Absolutely. Even with lifestyle sessions, there is some direction. The more formal poses require more direction, but otherwise, I let my clients interact with one another with a few gentle directions or suggestions to help put people at ease. As far as weddings go, most of what I photograph is done as it happens and requires less direction, with the exception of formal portraits.
WEDDING: Do you work with a second shooter?
Not always and depends solely on your wedding package. Sometimes I will work with an assistant but that is not a camera shooting role.
WEDDING: I'm not sure I want an engagement session.
Understandable, if you hate being in front of the camera and feel awkward. That being said, I am a full proponent of shooting an engagement session. MOST of my clients that I photograph state that they feel awkward in front of the camera. By having an engagement session it does several things: (1) You can see my work and feel confident that I will do a good job before your wedding day; (2) Seeing your images will put you at ease after having been photographed once before your actual day arrives; (3) It's a fun experience that celebrates the two of you together! Having photographs to remember this stage in your life is important.
WEDDING: Do you shoot elopements or only full weddings?
Yes! Elopements are just as worthy of photographing as your full day wedding extravaganzas!
WEDDING: Can we go to multiple locations on my wedding day?
Sure! Just be mindful of your timeline and the hours of coverage that you have booked.
WEDDING: Can I split the number of coverage hours up throughout the day to capture more of my day?
No. All hours in your wedding package are strictly consecutive hours of coverage.
WEDDING: Can I give you a shot list?
You sure can. I don't need the shot list that you can get from The Knot. I cover all the usual/basics. 🙂
If you have any unusual events happening at your ceremony or reception, a special object that you would like to have photographed (example: a necklace that was given to you by your grandmother), or a special group of people (godparents, college friends, cousins) then please provide that as part of your list and I will be sure to capture it!
WEDDING: Can you help with my wedding timeline? I'm lost!
As I have photographed hundreds of weddings, I have a pretty good handle on timelines and would be more than happy to assist you with your timeline and what will make sense. If you don't have a planner but would still like to have someone coordinate your wedding day to keep it on task, you can always hire a wedding day-of coordinator to help, too!
WEDDING: What do you wear to a wedding?
Good question. It varies. Generally, it is something black. A jumper, pants and a blouse, a dress, etc. Depends entirely on the weather (I might wear capris or a dress if it's going to be HOT, pants and a sweater if it's going to be COLD). Just know that I won't show up to your wedding in ripped jeans and a stained t-shirt. 🙂
How much are prints?
Print prices begin at $25 (or $40 if it includes the digital file of each print ordered.) https://www.sarahjanephotog.com/print-pricing/
How many people can I have in my session?
There is no limit on the number of people that can participate in the session (and I don't charge by the number of people in the session), and there is no limit on the number of poses. I will happily photograph every subset / "micro family" groupings that everyone wants within the 1-2 hours allotted.
Do we come to you or do you come to us?
I go where you want to have your photograph captured. If your favorite place is your home, the beach, or anywhere in between, chances are, I will go there.
When is the best time to be photographed?
It's all about that golden light! I generally like to photograph around 1-2 hours before sunset - or starting 20 minutes BEFORE sunrise - HOWEVER - I will work around you and your family's schedule. I understand that sometimes naptimes are non-negotiable and/or family members might be limited to certain dates due to travel. I get it. Just know that the sun isn't always so kind - there is a lot of squinting, shadows, etc. Again, this is entirely dependant on what you are envisioning for your end result. Photoshop is cool but it can only do so much. Anything photoshop-related will result in further charges beyond the light editing (for color correction, exposure) included in your session.