General F.A.Q - Aaron Meyers Photography









General Information and Portraits




1. What is the process to begin working with you?
2. What is discussed within your free consultation?
3. When should I schedule?
4. What is your general style of photography?
5. Can you provide references?
6. Do you have a studio?
7. Where will my session take place?
8. Do you charge extra for outfit changes?
9. Do you provide hair and makeup for my session?
10. How much editing will you do?
11. My son/daughter has trouble holding still and I am worried about how the photos will come out. Is there something I can do?
12. I would like to schedule a family shoot, but my place is small and dark, can we still have my session here?
13. Would you let me take photos with my pet/animals?
14. Can I bring props?
15. Do you travel and is there a fee?
16. What if it rains?
17. Do you require a deposit?
18. How much do you charge?
19. When is payment due and what forms of payment do you accept?
20. Would you allow me to make payments for the photos?
21. Does your prices include prints?
22. When will I receive the images?
23. Will I receive every image you take?
24. Can I get the raw images? I am a photographer?
25. Can you leave your watermark off if I choose?
26. My family is / I am looking for a specific shot you might have captured, but I do not see it in my image gallery. Can I request it?
27. Do you have a referral program?
28. What type of gear do you use?





1. 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 event 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.


2. What is discussed within your free consultation?


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. If your venue or environment is important to the style of the session, i.e. for a wedding, it is preferred to meet on location, as I feel it is just as important to learn about the venue as it is to learn about you and your specific session needs. Please visit the Wedding FAQ page for more information.


3. When should I schedule?


A. The simplest and most honest answer is, as soon as possible! If you need your session to happen on or by a specific date and time because it is for an important event or special occasion, the only way to guarantee that I will be available is to contact me as early as possible. If you need the photographs returned by a specific date and time, you should book your session with enough time for processing and return. My availability can change daily.
-Maternity and newborn sessions have special scheduling needs. Please read over the Maternity FAQ for more direct tips.

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4. What is your general style of photography?


A. Natural and candid. I am able to work in a variety of locations, but within that, I hope to capture you, your family, your band, or your event in the moment and as they are. I feel that the more genuine the moment, the better your pictures will be and the more you will treasure the memories in years to come. When it is possible, I prefer to work with natural lighting because it brings a beauty to the moment that a light bulb just can't replicate. Regardless of my preferences, I am here to serve you and your photography needs and am able to accommodate and adapt to many scenarios and scenes. Just let me know the look and feel you are aiming for while we are booking your session and I will make it happen.


5. Can you provide references?


A. Yes! Most definitively. I maintain a client list with testimonials and when we meet to discuss your event or individual session I can provide the testimonials portfolio if you would like to review it or you can review my online testimonials from a wide range of clients.


6. Do you have a studio?


A. No. A private / personally owned studio is not available at this time. If one is needed to ensure studio lighting, background, or weather variables are all optimal, we can rent one at a very reasonable rate in a variety of locations, styles, and environments.


7. Where will my session take place?


A. 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.

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8. Do you charge extra for outfit changes?


A. 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.



9. Do you provide hair and makeup for my session?


A. Not as of yet. I do not have an 'in-house stylist' in reserve. But, if you would like, I can provide you with a list of recommended stylists that you can schedule appointments with, prior to the photo shoot.



10. How much editing will you do?


A. All images will get color corrections and some light touch ups if needed. If you need more drastic de-aging touchups there will be an additional fee per image.




11. My son/daughter has trouble holding still and I am worried about how the photos will come out. Is there something I can do?


A. Unlike conservative, in-and-out photography studios, I firmly believe in capturing the real moment, and within that moment letting you and your child be yourselves. Adapting to your child's needs and personality is what allows me to truly capture the memories that you will treasure the most. Let's leave the fake poses and false smiles for their school photographers - what I want to provide for you are images that truly express your child in his or her element. If, however, you are still worried that nothing from your session will turn out as you would hope, please voice your concern as we schedule your session. A second photographer who has a long history of working with children of all ages, can be made available, free of charge.



12. I would like to schedule a family shoot, but my place is small and dark, can we still have my session here?


A.Yes. I can usually work within whatever space you may have. If, however, there are a lot of members of your family and your end goal is to acquire group shots of everyone, an option we have is we can use your yard instead to grab some of the pictures. But, my honest advice is, if you are truly worried about the space/setting, I recommend considering having your session at a local park, or reserving a private room at a restaurant or venue hall.

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.


13. Would you let me take photos with my pet/animals?


A. It depends on the temperament and size of the pet/animal. Also, if there is somebody else who comes along that will be able to stay with your pet to supervise them while we take pictures that don’t include them. Please contact me directly to discuss available options.

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14. Can I bring props?


A. Yes, feel free to bring anything you want included in your pictures. Common items include: instruments, trophies and awards, flags and banners, crafts, hammocks or chairs, flowers, food, etc. Please mention the idea or the inclusion of a specific item while we are scheduling your session.


15. How far are you willing to travel for photos?


A. I am willing to travel to any point you need me. Anything over 25 miles in one direction is subject to an additional fee for travel. If the destination is greater than 50 miles, please contact me via the contact page or by email to discuss a customized package and pricing.


16. What if it rains?


A. 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 favorite restaurant, cafe, or ice cream shop, a nearby museum or college campus, and even your home. Please have a back up location considered while we are scheduling your outdoor session. Please check ahead of time that the indoor location allows photographers and the possible use of flash. The second option you have is 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.


17. Do you require a deposit?


A. No, but I do require a written contract to be signed before I will mark your date on my calendar.


18. How much do you charge?


A. For non-wedding events I charge $100 for the first hour and $50 each additional. For weddings the prices start at $800 and go up to $3500. Senior portaits are $200

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19. When is payment due and what forms of payment do you accept?


A. Payment is due when I arrive on location. You can pay any point prior to that. I prefer cash, but accept major credit cards.


20. Would you allow me to make payments for the photos?


A. Yes, payment plans are available but you will not receive any images until balance is paid in full.


21. Does your prices include prints?


A. No, it does not. You can purchase photo prints through my website from the gallery where your images will be located. I will provide you a disc containing your images, free of charge, which you can then take to any Walmart, Walgreen's, or similar print shop to have them processed if you prefer.


22. When will we receive my images?


A. You will begin to see your first proofs in your online gallery and box.net normally between 2-3 days 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.


23. Will I receive every image you take?

A. After shooting your wedding I sort through the images and select the images that meet my professional standard. Images that do not make this standard are deleted. These deleted images consist of images that do not show yourself, or others in best light, but not limited to: bad smiles, out of focus, closed eyes.



24. Can I get the raw images? I am a photographer.

A. Sorry but this very much like asking Vera Wang to give you her design details/specifics of your wedding dress to be recreated somewhere else. This is our work and our talent so this part is not for sale.

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25. 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.


26. My family is / I am looking for a specific shot you might have captured, but I do not see it in my image gallery. Can I request it?


A. Not all shots come out the way we hope, even with the best planning or preparation. Something odd can be in the background, or not everyone is looking the same direction, and many other variables could have prevented it from making the cut. But, there is always a chance it was just left out because another image was better suited to take its place in your gallery. If they are looking for a specific image that did not make the culling process, please contact me directly via the contact page or by email to discuss the image in question / adding it to the gallery.


27. Do you have a referral program?


A. Yes! For senior photos there is a $50 referral pay for every paid in full client you send my way.


28. What type of gear do you use?

A. Currently I use 2 cameras at the same time with a harness. I have 2 Canon 5d Mark III full frame bodies, 24-70 2.8L ii Lens, 70-200 2.8 IS L i lens and a 85mm 1.2 L i lens.

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