Hello friends, Hillary here!!
I have been thinking... I have found out, many people do not know how the session process goes and what to expect. No fear, I am here to walk you through the Peaceful Moments process.
It all starts with the First Contact. Many times people will message me via Facebook or email; others will call and ask about pricing. I gladly give them a session fee price; after asking a few questions that allows me to fit them with the correct session type. After quoting them a session fee I suggest a session consultation.
Session Consultations are a great way to view products and work that I have created. Seeing products in person, allows you to make a better choice on whether you would like to invest in premium photography. Product prices are also shared at the consultation, so you know the amount you could be investing in products. I am not a fan of sticker shock and I would not like my clients feeling that way!!
Session consultations are also a great way for me to get to know you. I will have a lot of questions. I love to get to know my clients!! Consultations are also a great way for you to get to know me too. Being comfortable in front of the camera is hard. It is 10x harder when you have never seen the person operating it. I highly suggest bringing the little ones to the consultation, so they can get comfortable with me too. Sessions seem to go a lot better when the child isn't freaked out by a stranger pointing stuff at them hahaha.
At the end of the consultation you can choose to book a session. However, you do not have to book at the consultation if you do not wish. If you choose to book later we can schedule a Booking Session. When booking a session, we will set a place and time for the session. A contract will then be signed by you and I, when we have all the details in place. The contract protects both parties. The session fee is also paid a the time of booking to hold your session date.
After booking we will keep in contact. We will text/call/message/email about the session details. Things like outfits and props or any other ideas that come our way, will be discussed in detail. We do not want any loose ends or miscommunication, right?
Then we get to the big day. Session day!! The session takes place at the location of your choice. Most sessions are about an hour long. The amount of images captured depends on the session type and you. Some sessions are click click click. Others take more time to pose and move to get the perfect background or position. Let's face it sometimes it takes people awhile to get comfortable and into the groove. The start of the session sometimes provides okay images but by the end you will be a pro!
After the session is when I get to work Editing and you get to relax and wait for the beauty of your session. Sneak peeks are often posted a day or two after a session. That way you know you have some great images coming your way soon. Editing a full session usually takes about a week. Some weeks my workload maybe lighter and you may get a call sooner than a week. Most of the time I call to tell you the images are ready. However, if you have a busy schedule or are just a planner, a viewing date can be scheduled at booking or at the end of your session.
Then comes the best part!! The Viewing Session. Please bring anyone to the viewing session that would like to see the images or wants to order something for themselves. Kids are always welcome. Keep in mind they are distracting. Trust me I know. My 5 year old is quite the distraction!
First, we begin with a slideshow put together just for you! Then we will view the full album. As we do, you will tag your favorites. That way it is easy to order your favorites. After viewing your images begins the Ordering Session. Don't forget about friends and family when you are ordering! Payment is collected at the ordering session. If it is needed, you can choose to pay in 3 payments. A order agreement is signed confirming your choices. A payment agreement is also signed if you go for that option.
Products are then ordered. Orders take 2 to 3 days to produce in the lab and a couple days to ship. Orders are hand delivered to you by me. If you chose the payment option, products are delivered when the products are fully paid for.
That's not the end though! You can't get rid of me that easy. Expect to hear from me every now and then. I enjoy building relationships with my clients and hope to keep growing with you!
If you still have questions please comment below. I will be going live a 3pm next Wednesday on Facebook to discuss the session process. Please take the time to tune in and ask any questions you may have!
Thank you sooo much for taking the time to read my blog!! You are amazing!!
Hello! Hillary, Peaceful Moments Photographer. here to give you insight into sessions, events and whatever else you may find interesting.