Questions answered by Joni

Q: What exactly am I paying for?
A: You are paying for the time and talent of the photographer. My job isn't done when the photo shoot ends. I then dedicate time to each photo that you will receive making sure it will be a photo that you will love.

Q: Why should I invest in photography for my special occasion?
A: Aaron Siskind once said, "Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever... it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything."
You invest so much into the special occasions that happen in your lifetime. You buy the cake for your wedding, you pay a band to play music for your reception. Before you know it, here comes baby! You buy diapers, and lotion, and baby food.
However, the day after your wedding, your cake will be no more (unless you freeze it for a year). The band will go home. One day, the onesies that you put your baby in will no longer fit.
When you invest in photography, you invest in memories that you can see, and remember, and that will last for 100 years or more. The photo's you take today will be seen by your kids, your grandkids, and your great-grandkids.
As the caption on my home page says, "Capturing those special moments.", my goal as a photographer is to capture memories for you that can never be forgotten for as long as the photograph exists.
I can promise you, photography is an investment that you will never regret!

Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: I accept cash, checks, paypal and any major CC. Checks should be made out to Joni Bain.

Q: Do you offer anything for referrals?
A: I'm so glad you asked!  1 referral, you get 25% off of your next photo shoot. 2 referral's, you will get 50% off. 3 referrals will be 75% off. And if I get 4 referral's from you, you will get a free, standard photo shoot after your first initial session! Isn't that cool?! So go tell your friends! If you would like some business cards mailed to you, just let me know.

Q: Do you have your own props?
A: I do! My collection is still growing but I have steadily been adding to it and am quite pleased with what I have. However, if you have something that you want to bring, you are more than welcome to! If your child has a favorite "lovey", a favorite toy, or something that totally defines their personality, bring it! I want the photos to scream YOU!

Q: Can I bring a change of clothing?
A: Absolutely! Unless otherwise specified (b/c of timing issues), you can change as often as you'd like.

Q: What should I wear?
A: I personally am a huge advocate for coordinating outfits (if there is more than one person in the photo). Unless it is just totally you, stay away from busy patterns or clothing with big logos b/c that distracts from the focus of the picture - YOU. For families, choose a couple of colors and then build your wardrobe around that.  For more details on this, I am more than happy to discuss it in person. 
For adults, it's always best to cover up your arms. Bare arms are a distraction. For children, short sleeves/sleeveless is fine.
For children, dress them in outfits that show their personality.
For babies, their birthday suit will be the best. ;o) But bring along a favorite outfit or two (or three or four), a favorite blanket, etc.

Q: When is the best time to photograph newborns?
A: The BEST time to photograph your newborn is within the first week if possible, or at least by the age of 10 days. After that they wake up easier, and they get the baby acne that takes more time to edit out.  If at all possible, schedule the shoot for the day you come home from the hospital.  Mama, you can rest and I'll take care of that precious bundle while capturing some great shots!  You won't regret it, I promise!
Before you arrive, please make sure that your baby is well fed. If you are nursing, please try not eat anything within 48 hrs. of the shoot that will upset your babies tummy. Chocolate; spices (cinnamon, garlic, curry, chili pepper); citrus fruits and their juices, like oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit; strawberries; kiwifruit; pineapple; the gassy veggies (onion, cabbage, garlic, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, and peppers); and fruits with a laxative effect, such as cherries and prunes often upset a newborn's tummy easily. That will make them very cranky for the photo shoot.

Q: How long does a session take?
A: With young kids, it should take no longer than an hour b/c they tend to get fidgity and cranky if it drags on too long. However, if it takes a little while for them to warm up to having their picture taken, I am willing to take a few extra minutes to make sure we get some good pictures. Success for me is when the client is happy. There is nothing worse than spending all that time getting ready for a shoot, the photographer only spends 30 minutes or so taking pictures and you end up with only pouty faces and blank stares. I will do whatever it takes to get shots that will make you happy!
Maternity, Engagements, and Family pictures generally take about 1 hr. to 1.5 hrs.

Newborns can take anywhere from 1 hr. to 3 hrs. They are very unpredictable. Some sleep like a rock the whole time, while others want to be fed and changed every 1/2 hr. Thats totally okay. I'm here for you and I am here to get good pictures. If it takes 3 hrs for a newborn shoot....thats more than ok with me, and you will not be charged for the extra time that it may take.

Q: What if for some reason, I am not please with how the pictures turn out?
A: Please do the courteous thing and let me know. We can arrange for a reshoot at no extra cost. That being said, you must let me know before I release the pictures to you. Once you are in posession of the pictures, a reshoot (for free) will not be available.

Q: How long will it take for me to get my pictures?
A: It usually takes me about 1-3 weeks to have your pictures ready to view. It just depends on what type of shoot or session it was. Products (albums, gallery wraps, etc.) will take an additional 3-4 weeks to get to you. You will be contacted when your photos are ready. For weddings, it will take about 6-12 weeks, depending on the amount of images.

Q: Can I reschedule without a penalty if the weather is bad?
A: Most definitley! But if you're worried about me (if I'm coming to you), call me first b/c I may not mind the drive.

Q: What if I get sick?
A: Please let me know and we can reschedule your appointment.

Q: When is the best time for outdoor pictures?
A: During the summer months, the best time is early in the morning, around 8:00 AM or at sunset at 6:30-ish PM. During the winter months, 9:00 AM or 3:30-4:00 PM is the best time. Other than that, the light is too harsh on your face and causes you to squint too much.

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