Booking your session
I am flexible and am more than happy to work with you on the time and day that best suits your needs. I schedule shoots on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (typically afternoons). Please email or text me with any scheduling inquires you may have.
Upon booking I highly encourage a phone, or in person pre-session consultation. Let me buy you a cup a coffee! We can chat about your fun and relaxed shoot, plan the details, discuss clothing suggestions, location ideas, overall vision, creative planning and discuss any special situations I need to be aware of.
A little preparation and planning truly help set a session up for success.
What to expect
Allow me the task of catching the shot while you simply relax and have F U N! If we are shooting a family session I'll have you play, tickle, laugh be silly with your family and truly enjoy the moment. Whether it is a family, couple, or an individual session, I’ll be full of corny jokes and cheesy one-liners hoping to evoke some genuine smiles from even the toughest crowds ☺ I am here to set you at ease during your session. I will direct and pose you to look your absolute best! That is my job! Your session will include a combination of candid lifestyle shots and posed shots. We will shoot what makes you the most comfortable.
*Upon booking you will receive an email from me with excellent tips and helpful suggestions for your session.
For the best light outdoor sessions are scheduled for late afternoon, the time will vary depending on season and the time the sun sets. Late morning options are available for indoor shoots. If the session will be indoors we will work together to find a time that works best for both our schedules. When children are a part of the session I prefer to choose the time when your child is at his/her happiest. Sessions usually range from 45 minutes to 2 hours depending on which package you choose and number of people involved in your session.
Photo sessions are mainly held outdoor, using natural light. I’m happy to shoot at a local park, your yard or your family’s favorite spot if you have a great unique location! I can also suggest lovely locations I shoot at frequently. I am always open to discovering new locations.
During the winter, I still bundle up and shoot outdoors, scarves, hats, colorful coats and mittens can make a beautiful shot but if you prefer an indoor session we can discuss options and make that happen. I am happy to come to your home or you can visit my in home studio. My small studio is perfect for head shots, couples, siblings, or small family sessions, however, at this time, it cannot accommodate large families or groups.
To secure your session a non-refundable deposit of 25% is due within 24 hours of the time booking, whether you book by email, text or telephone. This will secure your desired date. The 25% fee will be calculated by the package you chose. The remaining balance is due before shooting begins at the time of your session. For customers shooting at a location requiring payment to use (such as Rock Castle) I ask that you bring two checks, one to pay the location directly and another to pay me for your session.
At this time I accept PayPal, check or cash. Paypal will have a 3% service fee added to your package. Please make checks payable to Amanda Martin. Cash payments will receive a free 8x10 print of your choice.
I completely understand life happens and sadly we can’t make sickness or the weather cooperate with our schedules. Excessive heat, strong wind, rain, etc. can and will affect an outdoor photo shoot. In the case of inclement weather we will reschedule your session for the next open date that works with both our schedules.
*Please note, if you are late to your session and light is lost, I will attempt to proceed as usual, but cannot guarantee you your full time scheduled, number or the quality of your photos. Reschedules due to non-emergency related lateness will result in an additional 25% non-refundable deposit fee to secure your new rescheduled date.
*For locations that are over 25 miles from my home a travel fee will be charged.
Retouching / Editing Policy
Standard retouching and enhancements such as mild blemish removal, teeth whitening, light skin softening, and basic color/exposure adjustments are included in your session.
Upon special request heavy retouching can be done. Heavy retouching involves time intensive editing and the charge is $25 per photo. Some examples of heavy retouching are body slimming, removing wrinkles from clothing, removing bra straps, tummy tucking, face trimming/contouring, major background changes and substantial skin corrections and/or smoothing.
After Your Session
After your session I carefully review and select the very best images from your shoot where eyes are open, expressions are solid, everyone is looking at the camera, etc. Once I have made the image selections I will then begin the first stage of the editing process.
During this time, I may choose a few (2-6) highlight images from your session to post on my Facebook business page for a sneak peek. This usually happens within a week (5-7 days) of your shoot. Not all sessions will have a Facebook sneak peek. If a sneak peek has been posted of your session I ask that you share the sneak peek post directly from my Facebook business page and please do not screen shot and repost the images. “Screen shotting” and reposting significantly reduces the quality and clarity of the images. Clean sharp images are a huge deal to me how I want to brand my products. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this!
When will I receive my online gallery?
You will receive an email with a link and password to your online proof gallery in within 10 days of your session. I know you are excited to see your photos and I will be working as quickly as possible to get them to you.
From your proof gallery you select which photos you would like to receive full standard retouching. The number of photos vary depending on which package you have chosen. Additional images can be added to your package for $25.00 each.
Once I receive your selections standard retouching will be done to your chosen images, watermarks removed and they will be placed in your final gallery. Your final gallery of images will contain the high resolution files you can download directly to your home computer, laptop an/or mobile phone or purchase prints from my site. Your final gallery will also include a printable authorization form, which gives you permission to print images wherever you choose and use the images for personal (non-commercial) use. I can place your final images on a flash drive for you for a cost of $25.00.
Downloading images does not transfer the copyright to you; the copyright still belongs to Amanda Martin Photography. This means your images could be featured on my website, my business social media pages for marketing and/or advertising purposes, such as flyers, pop up banners, or business cards. By hiring me you agree to these terms.
Prints ordered through my site are very reasonably priced and I guarantee excellent print quality and vibrancy in your images. Orders from the online ordering gallery typically arrive in 1 week. Your images have been edited for excellent PRINT quality. Although they look great on a computer or phone screen, please for the love of Pete, have your images printed and hang them on your wall. ☺
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me! I look very forward to capturing memories you and your family will cherish for a lifetime.