Why is good photography so expensive?

Working as a professional photographer is an expensive endeavor. Current camera bodies and lenses cost several thousand dollars and this equipment has to be replaced every one to two years. Website and gallery services include monthly and/or yearly fees. Insurance is expensive!

Professional editing programs are costly, and an average of 5 to 10 hours is spent during the edit and post processing of images. An average of 15 to 20 hours per week is spent handling inquiries, client questions, and marketing. Additionally, as self-employed professionals, photographers pay an average of 40% of their income in taxes plus annual business fees.

Finally, it’s important to remember you are hiring a photographer for their talent, as an artist. Photography lasts a lifetime and you get what you pay for. In 30 years, the professional portraits of your children will probably be one of your most valuable possessions because we forget the little details that’s captured by a good photographer. If that’s not worth more than $250.00, what is?

Do you have a studio?

Yes and it is not in my garage or in a room inside my home/apartment. Your studio photos will be taken at my detached home unit, where you will have a private large, heated bathroom with changing table and a full shower unit. New moms will have a comfortable place to breastfeed during the sessions and stay at arms-reach with your little one during sessions.

Booking Process

Do you require a deposit/booking fee to book my session?

Yes! A non-refundable booking fee is required to book any photo session.

Client understands that by booking a session, Photographer is foregoing other photographic jobs. Therefore, Booking Fees are never refundable nor transferable, unless due to extraordinary circumstances, exclusively at the discretion of the Photographer.

Contract Signature: Can I send you the Contract / Photo Consent / Model Release document later, after the photo session?

NO. Sessions are not booked until both a signed contract and a non-refundable booking fee are received. The contract must be signed within 48 hours upon the booking fee payment. If the contract is not signed within the 48 hours time frame, a $25.00 daily late charge will be applied to the final invoice. After 2 days of delay, the session is automatically canceled and the booking fee forfeited. If the original date and time are still available, the client will need to re-initiate the booking process including the payment of a new booking fee. No Exceptions!

Photo Delivery, Rights and Terms & Conditions

How long does it take for me to get my photos? Can I purchase additional images?

Approximately 2-4 weeks after your photo session you will be provided with a link to a private online gallery to select your favorite photos. Additional images can be purchased separately.

Please note that such time frame may be longer for event sessions.

Rush Deliver of Images: You can add on a rush fee of $65.00 to your package to have your proof gallery delivered to you in 3 business days after your session. Rush fee does not apply for large event photo sessions.

I got my proof gallery, can you convert the Black & White images into color? Can I get both versions as one photo?

No. Photos provided in the proof gallery as Black and White will be delivered as black and white. Furthermore, these photos will not be converted into color so you can view them in color.

In the event that a colored and black and white version is provided in the proof gallery they are counted as separate images and not as one.

Will I see every image you took at my session?

No. Without fail, there will be duplicates and/or less than flattering images taken at your session. These are immediately deleted. I choose the best images from your session and hand edit each one, with great care and attention to detail. You are presented with an online gallery of these final images.

How will I get my final images?

Your final selection will be delivered electronically through a digital download link.

In your folder, you will receive two versions of your final selection: High-Resolution which can be used for printing and Web-Version for online postings.

Will I get all the images from my session? Will I get all the proofs from my gallery?

No, I do not deliver every image taken at the session. Furthermore, I do not share unedited images with clients. This can be compared to sharing unfinished artwork.

Furthermore, it is illegal and a Copyright Violation of the U.S Code Title 17, to save or screenshot any image from the proof gallery. I take this policy extremely seriously for my business. It is illegal and unlawful to scan, copy or reproduce Aline Designs’ work in any manner or medium and is punishable by law with fines starting at $150,000 per violation.

Can I print the final images delivered to me?

Yes. You can print the High-Resolution images for PERSONAL USE ONLY.

When your final images are delivered, you will also get a Print Release document which states that you have the right to print the photos for personal use only.

To get the true quality of your images, I recommend using my printing services. I have had a number of clients who decided to print at local stores or non-professional printing sites and came back in the end to print with me. Ask me about my A La Carte Printing Options.

Am I allowed to post any of the images online on Social Media sites?

Yes. I will provide you with a lower-resolution web version with my logo on the corner.

Terms & Conditions

Aline Designs Photography reserves the right to use any photograph in any form such as, but not limited to, the use in advertising, reproduction, and copyright. All images are copyrighted by Aline Designs Photography, even those you purchase. Copying, scanning or reproducing images is strictly prohibited. Print-screening images from this website is also against the law. All offenders will be prosecuted accordingly. Prices are subject to change without notice and are non-negotiable. Prices are guaranteed for 30 days after your session. Due to the custom nature of photographic products, no refunds will be issued. By hiring Aline Designs Photography, you agree to these terms.

When to Book...

When should I book my session?

To ensure my clients receive the personal attention they deserve, I only accept a limited number of sessions each month.

It is advisable to book your session several months in advance. It is not uncommon for me to be booked out for several months.

For Maternity, moms usually book me when they find out that they are pregnant so we can do Baby Announcement, Gender Announcement, Maternity and Newborn. However, you should definitely book when you are about 6 months pregnant so we have time to plan your day and photograph when you are about 8 months (see more details below).

Cake Smashes must be booked with at least 15 days in advance, but all of my sessions are now booking at about 4 months in advance. My calendar fills up really quickly for those, so don’t wait until the last minute.

When should I take my maternity photos?

Maternity pictures should be taken during the 3rd trimester when the belly is big and round.

Note: If you are interested in newborn photos, it is important to book your session while you are pregnant. Please don’t wait until the baby is born to schedule your session. My schedule fills up quickly.

When should I take my newborn photos? Do you provide any props?

Newborn photos should be taken in the 3-7 day mark when the baby is fairly “moldable” and no later than 2.5 weeks. Once newborns are 10 days or older they sleep less and can become fussy when placed on their tummies or other poses.

I provide all the props, backdrops and blankets needed for newborn shoots. These photos are taken in my heated studio. You are also welcome and encouraged to bring any items that you may want to have included in the photos.

When should I book my child’s Cake Smash Session?

It is best to book Cake Smash sessions when your child is around 6 months because I get booked several months in advance. Cake Smash sessions are photographed when your child is 11 months old. This will give us enough time to plan a theme, photograph and deliver the photos to you before his/her birthday party.

Wardrobe / What to wear

What should I/we wear during a photo session?

I will be happy to provide some wardrobe guidance to you when you book your session.

Maternity:  When you book your session you will receive a complete guide with tips on what to wear and the type of dress to purchase for the maternity style that you have in mind. In this guide, I will also provide you with a list of my preferred vendors for wardrobe and make-up artists. Please note, as explained in my package, I do require professional make-up for all of my maternity sessions and that’s not included in your package price. The client is responsible for booking her own make-up appointment.

Cake Smash: When you book your session you will receive a complete guide on how to prepare for the session and also a list of what you need to bring on the day of your session. In this guide, you will also find a list of my preferred vendors in case you decide to order your child’s outfit from them. Once the cake smash theme is selected, we will work together to make sure that the outfit and decoration are well coordenated.

Other

Do you offer holiday cards or birth announcements?

Yes!  I work with vendors to create cards and announcements for session clients.

Why do you charge for an additional person or pet fee for some packages?

The additional family member or pet fee is charged to allow for additional time during the shooting that is required to position everyone and also the extra time added during processing.

Do you have a referral program for existing clients?

Yes! You can find all the details here: https://www.aline-designs.com/referral-program/ 

Please let me know if I have not addressed any of your questions/concerns and I will be happy to clarify and assist you in any way I can.