What is Involved in Booking a Session
With each session you will receive, in addition to my time and talent, a phone, email or visit consultation, use of props, 20-50 edited proofs in a password protected online gallery for two weeks unless arrangements have been made.
When your ready to commit to a date, you may pay a deposit of $50 to hold your spot. Until I get a few no-shows this is not mandatory, although I have had a few say they would like to pay it for their peace of mind and to help offset vacation cost. This deposit will be applied to your session fee. I do require one week cancellation notice so that I may have time to refill your spot. If you cancel before the week you will receive your deposit back. I do understand weather isn't always cooperative, if it rains we will do our best to reschedule. If we cannot find a new date the deposit will certainly be returned.
It is best to book your session early in your vacation so if it does happen to rain we can always move it to another evening.
Once we have scheduled you with a date I will email/mail out some information and ask you a few questions to help us plan your perfect session.We will discuss location, members involved, what props you would like to have, what time of day is best for lighting, the style you are wanting (formal, informal, funky, newborn, senior etc), what session type you are looking for and I will answer any questions you may have.
Where will the session take place?
Sessions will take place on-location. These can take place at a number of locations. I try to reflect your personality and style with the location, with choices such as the beach, a field, a flower garden, rustic bridges, city scape's, your home, etc.
Beach sessions will take place one hour before sunset or within two hours of sunrise. The exact time will of course depend on the time of the year.
Wooded areas will take place earlier in the afternoon, exact time will agian depend on location and time of the year.
You can scroll through the Gallery to get some ideas.
A full creative session can take from one to two hours and consist of up to 10 people. Any number over 10 will need a Group Session due to the longer shooting time as well as the longer editing time. You will receive no less than 30 fully edited images in your private password protected gallery online.
A mini-session will last up to 30 minutes. You will receive no less than 15 edited photographs in your private password protected online gallery.
For more information please refer to the Pricing page
What happens after the session?
I will edit the photographs and put them up in an online password protected gallery within 2-3 weeks. I will email you the link that you can then forward to any friends or family you think would like to place a print order. You can only purchase prints from the website, all other orders, such as canvas, cards, accordion minis, etc, must be placed with
When ordering you should think about where you are going to place the photograph to determine color, size and orientation.
It can take up to 2 weeks for delivery depending on the product.
What forms of payment do you accept?
~ Cash, check, Paypal and credit card
Where can I see the current price list?
~You can find a current session and print/product price list on this website
~You can find examples of the products offered HERE.
~I offer two lines of jewlery, both have photography charms that are sterling silver and virtually indestructible and waterproof. You can find more information and examples on the website here: Jewelry
Digital Images do not come free with the session. A custom photographer spends A LOT of time (and money on editing equipment) creating the picture in the same manner whether they are sold as a print or download.
Where you print them matters as well. You paid good money for these pictures, you want them looking professional. As do I, when you say you received these pictures from Susi Photography I want them looking their best! When you buy a print from me I use a professional company. When purchasing your custom CD I highly recommend printing from Mpix.com. They are as close to professional paper as you can get, and their prices are the same as Wal-Mart , CVS, etc. (Please do not go to CVS! Nothing against them, I love CVS, I just wouldn't get prints from there...ever. ) HERE is a great article explaining why and includes example pictures from different printers and their quality.
I have some ideas about what I want out of our session, what is the best way to share these with you?
I want you to get just what your looking for so please share with me any ideas you have about your session. Look on your walls, think about what style, relaxed, fun, posed, classic, etc. Then think about your rooms color scheme and pick your clothing colors and location, such as city, greenery, beach, etc. If you have a Pinterest board feel free to email me the link.
Can I bring my own props?
Yes, we will discuss any props you would like to be included in your photo when you call to make your appointment. You can scroll through location photos on the Gallery page to see some of the different styles we currently offer. Feel free to bring any props you would like to have in your photo, and if you can please let me know what you plan to bring so that I may better plan the session.
Babies and children love to bring their favorite toy or blanket, not only will it be a lasting memory of their childhood 'lovie' but will help them relax and enjoy the shoot.
Pets are welcomed, although please discuss with me beforehand. A pet lover myself I have no qualms whatsoever, but there are many places where pets are not allowed.
But what if I'm nervous or my child isn't in the mood?
Many clients worry about posing or their child not giving them their
best smile. First of all, I do not concentrate on posing. I will give you some direction as to where to stand but you do not have to remain stiff and say cheese.
As for kids, fun, happy, natural pictures make the best photos so please don't worry about whether they are in a cooperative mood. It can help to have your little one napped with a full belly. I have four boys myself and I know how that can be when they do not do exactly as you had planned. Know that I will never yell or order your child to do anything, nor will I ask or expect you to. I would much rather have a happy child over a perfectly posed child. If my boys have taught me anything it's patience. There are some tricks we have learned as photographers. Bribery candy works great, but will only be used with your permission. We want kids to feel like they are having fun, and their pictures will reflect that.
Tips for taking a great picture!
We all have our insecurities, but don't let it interfere with your having a
great time and creating lasting memories!
~Number one rule, back straight shoulders back! Sitting, standing, leaning, always.
~ Don't lay your arms by your side, prop them on your hips or lean against something. This will make a waist of any size appear smaller.
~Do not stand directly to the camera. You will notice actresses/models are ALWAYS at an angle, tilt one shoulder toward the camera.
~Tilt your forhead forward toward the camera just a touch, it will create a nice jaw line. It will appear more natural on the camera than it feels. Go ahead, pratice in the mirror. When laughing and smiling you naturally want to tilt your head back, try to remember to tilt forward instead.
~ Put your weight on one leg, it will make you appear more natural.
~ Stand as close to the person next you you as you can touching shoulders, or arms or overlapping.
~ When sitting do not put your legs/feet directly in front of you.
~ Men/boys put at least one of your hands or thumb in your pocket. Do not sit wide legged towards the camera.
~ My editing rule is if it will still be there in 2 weeks I leave it. For instance, acne will dissappear but birthmarks will remain unless otherwise told.
~ Clothing thinning tip is to wear quarter length sleeves, men can accomplish this as well by pushing up their long sleeves. It brings the attention to your thinnest point at your waist and covers the larger part of the arm.
~ Wear clothing to fit. Do not wear clothes too small or 'rolls' may show, do not wear clothes to large or you will appear larger than you are.
~ Even if you do not normally wear makeup, you might want to use at least lipstick, mascara and blush.
~ Don't wear heavy eyeliner on the bottom lid, try to avoid it or keep it very light.
~ Apply make up in natural light.
~Hairspray, it is the beach and while you want some wind blowing your hair to appear natural hairspray, for everyone, will help.
What do I wear?
~Do not wear stripes, heavy patterns, single color outfits, or tank tops. Do go for 3 quarter length sleeves as they are always flattering to your arms and waist, and make sure pants/jeans
fit. Layers can look awesome, just make sure they aren't bulky.
You can find more examples by clicking HERE
You can also read this article, she is a much better writer than I am and explains it so much better! HERE
Think about the location, where the picture will hang in your home, as well as your personality. Keep it simple, the focus should be on you and not your clothing. Try not to wear something with a bold pattern or logos. If you want a formal, traditional look then you may want everyone wear similar tones. White and khaki or jeans are fine when it is a very large group, it keeps it simple. I don't suggest black or very dark clothing as they tend to make the heads look like they are floating and sand will stand out when stuck to it.
If you are wanting a more fun relaxed photograph then you may choose bright funky colors, layers can look great, just make sure they fit.
Families do not need to match, but you do want to coordinate other in style and contrast.
Here are a few family of coordinating colors:
Group One: Jewel tones -ruby red, sapphire blue, emerald green
Group Two: Pastels -pastel blue like worn denim, pastel pink, pastel green, pastel yellow, peach
Group Three: Earth tones -pumpkin orange, eggplant purple, sage green, chocolate brown.
Group Four: Cool vs Warm tones Cool colors are blue and green, warm tones are reds, yellows, oranges. Sometimes colors from each of these groups compliment each other: pumpkin orange with denim blue)