FAQS: FAMILY

Where will the shoot take place?

Typically we shoot in your home or at an agreed upon location. This might be at a local park, cottage setting, the beach or favourite spot. We are always open to new ideas, so be sure to make any suggestions.

What if my family is very big? How many people does the shoot include?

Our session fee includes up to five members. Beyond that, there is a charge of $25 per additional person. 

How long is a family lifestyle session?

Most shoots last for 1.5-2 hours.

What kind of clothing should we wear?

Choosing a palette of 2-3 colours always adds an appealing and cohesive look. Mix and match, layer, and avoid anything with wording. Imagine a Ralph Lauren family shoot as an example for coordinating colours. Fresh hair-cuts, ironed shirts and getting your make-up done are all great ideas. For more examples please request via email.

What happens if my one of my children are not cooperating during the shoot?

No problem, we’ve buffered some extra ‘wait’ time into your 1.5 hour session. It’s always a good idea to bring snacks and treats to lure your kids 😉 Try not to put too much pressure on your kids. Make sure to give the photographer room and space to connect and work with your child. If your child is really having a bad day, we can definitely reschedule, but a charge of $200 will be applied. Be assured, this very RARELY happens.

How far in advance should I book?

We suggest calling at least 3 weeks in advance. About 95% of our newborn sessions take place on weekdays. These weekday bookings are extremely limited on short notice and usually need to be booked far in advance. There is always the chance that someone has cancelled but that is the exception rather than the norm. We charge an extra $100 for a Saturday booking. During busy seasons bookings are often made 2-3 months in advance.

Do you charge for travel?

The cost for travel within a 60-mile radius of the studio is allotted within the packages. A minimal charge is applied for further distances.

How long after the shoot will I get my photos?

Your images will be available for viewing within 15 business days (unless otherwise discussed) from the date of your session. Proof prints are ready for pick-up within 2 – 3 weeks. Once an enlargement order is placed, it’ll take from 3 to 6 weeks for your order to be ready for pick up. Holidays may require longer periods. On average, you can expect your portraits in about 7 weeks. 

When do I pay?

A $200 deposit is required to book a photo session. The remaining balance will be due once you’ve received your proof prints.

What method of payment do you take?

We accept cash, cheque, Visa, Mastercard and email transfers. – We love email transfers and offer incentive. Ask us about it. Please make cheques payable to Crimson Photos Inc.

Do you shoot in black and white?

All the images are shot in a high-resolution colour format. Images are then selected and converted to black and white based on the artistic intent of the photographer or on special requests by the client.

Will my images be used for anything else?

Our contract states that images can be used for Crimson Photos’ portfolio, on-line presence, website, samples, entry in photographic contests or art exhibitions, editorial use, or for display within retail stores or at the photographer’s studio. We’ll happily chat with you about this. What we’re really saying is that if we just love one of the photos of your baby, we’re sure he or she will do more for our marketing than any clever words or graphics can!

What other finishes and products do you offer?

We are pleased to be offering our new coffee table albums, custom designed by our in-house graphic designers. We also have the very popular mini brag books, canvas gallery wrapped prints and custom framing, announcement cards, DVD slideshows, high resolution digital imaging for print and birth announcements. You can view samples of all these on our website or if you like you can see all of them at our studio.

Do you do Photoshop enhancements/retouching?

Enhancements can be done to remove blemishes, scars, stretch marks, wrinkles or general unwanted lines seen around the eyes, mouth, neck, etc. Minimal retouching is made on the proofs. Rates are based on the specific requirements. For minor touch-ups, they will be included, at the photographer’s discretion. For more extensive re-touching, we charge $40 per hour.

How long do you keep the images for?

All images are archived and kept for approximately 6 months.