Band FAQ - Aaron Meyers Photography

FAQ - Concert and Promo (Non-Performance shots)


Q. What is the process to begin working with you?
Q. What is discussed within your free consultation?
Q. Where will my session take place?
Q. This is our first promo band session, can you offer us any advice to prepare?
Q. What should we wear for our promo shoot?
Q. Do you charge extra for outfit changes?
Q. What if it rains on the day I scheduled for our promo session?
Q. If I would like concert photography at a venue you do not usually hit, can I still schedule you?
Q. *****What should we wear on stage for our live shots?
Q. Why do you only offer a few shots of the entire band together?
Q. You took photos of my band from The Live Room a few months ago, do you still have the images? Can we still purchase them?
Q. How much do you charge?
Q. Would you allow me to make payments for the photos?
Q. What is your turn over time for the processed images?
Q. Why do all my images carry your watermark in the corner?
Q. Can you leave your watermark off if I choose?




Q. What is the process to begin working with you?
A. Generally, the first step I ask is that you review my galleries/website to ensure that my style, technique, and package pricing are what your occasion requires. If this step has been considered, then either via website or contacting me directly, please contact me as soon as possible to ensure that the date you need is available. At which point, we can also schedule a free consultation to discuss your session requirements.


Q. What is the process to begin working with you?
A. The free consultation can either be via phone, email/online chat, or in person. Depending on the session package you are requesting, it can last a few minutes to one hour. We will confirm scheduling, venue location, clothing options, props and accessory ideas, etc.


Q. Where will my session take place?
Promo pack shots (non-performance shots) can be taken nearly anywhere, but concert photography is done live and on stage the majority of the time.
We are fortunate to live in an area that offers us a wide variety of places and options: from your home to a local park; or scenic overlooks, beaches, and shorelines; to tourist locations and historical landmarks; old building exteriors or inside a luxurious suite, if you can picture it - I can capture it. If you have setting ideas in mind, please let me know as we are booking your session. If you are looking for ideas to hold your session, I would be happy to share a list of frequently requested locations. Even though I am always on the look out for new and interesting places to be session backdrops, I am just as happy to revisit a location I am well acquainted with. However, please be aware that outdoor sessions / in natural light are subject to availability and are weather permitting. For the best lighting, it is recommended that they be scheduled in the mornings or afternoon hours. If a night or sunset shoot is needed or preferred, please specify this while we are scheduling your session.


This is our first promo band session, can you offer us any advice to prepare?
Promo shots are just a specialized type of group portraits. If you are truly concerned about getting the most out of your session, you can review my General Information and Portrait Shots FAQ. There you will find more information and tips about locations, props, clothing, etc. But, I guess the most direct advice I can give to anyone, no matter what their session type, is just to stay relaxed and have fun with it, it actually goes more smoothly if everyone is having fun with it and I feel the shots come out better in the end, too!

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What should we wear for our promo shoot?
Overall, you should wear whatever you would like and what makes you feel comfortable. After all, this is your session and your moment we are capturing. If, however, you are looking for helpful hints and suggestions to get the most out of your shoot, then here are some general tips to keep in mind. First, decide on the style and location you want to capture - clean and classic, fun and modern, casual or formal, hard and grungy. Is there a theme, era, feel or vibe are you trying to capture? You should pick garments that represent your personality, interests, or band style. This may mean wearing bright, vivid clothing or soft pastels. Regardless of your style choices, I also recommend mostly solid colors that do not blend in with your background too easily. Depending on your setting, it might be wise to avoid plaids, bold stripes, or large logos as they can be distracting and may make your photos appear "too busy." (The exception to this, of course, is if you would like to include uniforms or organizational affiliated attire.) If you want a more formal session, then you might try dressier attire and that coordinates and compliments with each other and the location choice.


Do you charge extra for outfit changes?
No, I do not. But please keep in mind that if we are under a time restriction to acquire the shots, you should pick clothing that is easy to change into.


What if it rains on the day I scheduled for our promo session?
We have two options if you were scheduled for an outdoor session and conditions are less than desirable. First, you can change the shoot to an indoor location. Great indoor options are your most common venue, your rehearsal location, a nearby museum, college campuses, and even your home. Please have a back up location considered while we are scheduling your out door session. Please check ahead of time that the indoor location allows photographers and the possible use of flash. The second option you have is that we can reschedule your session for a new date. It is usually possible to reschedule to a time within two weeks of the original date. If you would like to cancel the session entirely, and you have paid a deposit, it must be canceled no later than 14 days in advance to avoid a charge.


If I would like concert photography at a venue you do not usually hit, can I still schedule you?
Friday and Saturday nights I am the house photographer at The Live Room. If your venue and time do not conflict with this, then sure, I would be happy to discuss scheduling a session. While it is rarely an issue anymore, it is also your responsibility to find out ahead of time if the venue allows photography and the possible use of flash, and you will also need to let the establishment's management or owner know to put me on the guest list or get me a photo pass and ticket. Some venues also have a 3 song limit for photographers, please check if I will be limited or if am allowed to shoot through the entire set.

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What should we wear on stage for our live shots?
In the days of film photography the general rule of thumb was that the performers should dress not only for their style but also for their lighting. A light-skinned singer (especially redheads and blondes) wearing a black or dark outfit would come out looking much paler no matter how much correction (film push/pull) was used. Similarly, a dark performer wearing a light colored outfit could come out too dark for facial detail. And there was a general consensus that band members wearing wildly different colors and styles would come out looking chaotic and disorganized. Wearing colors within a similarly reasonable film temperature range were far more compatible for photography. I.E. The film color temperature for red and green is very close, so performers could wear similar temperatures without wearing the same exact thing. A lot of performers still carry this practice into the digital age, even though its not as necessary as it once was, it still makes it easier to do any post production editing should a similar scenario unfold.


Why do you only offer a few shots of the entire band together?
Getting a shot of the entire band is very difficult if friends, fans, or dancers hit the floor the moment the band hits the stage. If you know this will be the case and you want a clean shot of the entire band, let me know and I will try doing some of the shoot during sound check. If, on the other hand, you want the crowd included, shots can be taken from the sides or from an elevated camera position, depending on the venue and space options available.

Whole band photography is a difficult task for even the most experienced band photographer. Such variations of lighting and movement make it a challenging art to capture. It is generally easy to get good photos of an individual performer, but trying to get a good shot of an entire group can be a much more frustrating task to coordinate. Consequently, most band photographers - myself included, are happy just to get three or four good "whole band" shots out of an entire evening of shooting live music.


You took photos of my band from The Live Room a few months ago, do you still have the images? Can we still purchase them?
A. Yes! I keep all the original images just for this reason. Just let me know date of the show and I will check my archives for that night. If the shots are worthy of sharing, I can offer you a standard package price and create a viewing gallery for you.


Q. How much do you charge?
A. I currently offer several packages or you can hire me by the house. If it is a larger event I can provide a second seasoned professional photographer. I am also able to customize my packages to fit your needs.

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Q. Would you allow me to make payments for the photos?
A. Yes, payment plans are available, but if there is a deposit required for your session package, the deposit fee must be fulfilled before the day and time of your session. You must also be able to pay the difference in sum to 50% of your session cost by the time of the session. When your images are submitted to your private gallery page, my logo will be across the middle of the images. Once the balance has been paid in full, your photos will be resubmitted to your gallery page with the smaller watermark located in the corner of each photograph.


Q. What is your turn over time for the processed images?
A. You will begin to see your first proofs in your online gallery normally between 24-72 hours. However, the standard gallery processing time for your entire online gallery will be within 10 business days from the day of your session. During this time, the images from your session will be reviewed personally to ensure the best ones from the shoot are chosen for processing. Once the images have been chosen, the images will be digitally retouched and edited using a variety of techniques to achieve the look and mood that was aimed for within the shot or session. The process of batch editing will not be used on the images, as this ensures each image of your gallery has been properly Processed By Examination.

Rush processing is available for an additional fee, which will reserve my time for at least one full editing day following the session. This ensures that your images still get the quality editing and attention to detail found with the standard processing time. Details and pricing for the rush processing can be found through the "Other Services" link located on the side bar menu of my website.


Q. Why do all my images carry your watermark in the corner?
A. Part of the reason I am able to offer such affordable rates is my watermark becomes my advertisement to your friends and family. The watermark is small and will be placed in a subjectively discrete corner of your image.


Q. Can you leave your watermark off if I choose?
A. Yes, for an additional fee, the watermark can be left off. Details and pricing can be found through the "Other Services" link located on the side bar menu of my website.

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