FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS // PORTRAITS
Q: “I love the style of photography that you capture - is there a name for that?”
A: Portrait photography is itself a class of photography - or more so, a blending of styles that vary from moment to moment. Folk & Lore certainly has its own unique style that blends elements of candid, lifestyle, environmental and vintage photography. You may often hear the combination of these styles referred to as photojournalistic or documentary. When shooting, our goal is to tell a story, an honest one. The story of you, not as an orchestrated and posed event. So you’ll see lots of images of folks acting natural and being themselves. Our portraits are simpler and void of heavy posing and props. Each photo should remind you of what happened in that moment, evoke a feeling or even reveal something you missed at first glance.
Q: "What is a typical portrait session like? What can I expect?"
A: We keep our portrait sessions laid back and as simple as possible. Approximately one hour before the session, Zackariah will arrive on location to do a technical scout of the location. This includes assessment of the grounds, where he'll have good light, an interesting setting, easy access and creative angles.
Once you arrive, he likes to take a few minutes to chat and answer any questions that may have popped up.
Zackariah keeps posing very simple and typically does not ask you to smile. We aim for genuine and authentic expression. No need to worry about how to act or where to place your hands. Just be yourself.
Q: “I am extremely uncomfortable in front of the camera. Can you help?”
A: We completely appreciate being uncomfortable in front of the camera. Catering to this personality trait happens to be our forte. Zackariah is a grade "A" introvert with a keen sense of personal space and comfort zones. Zackariah has years of experience working with those who do not necessarily love the limelight. He is a quiet person with wallflower tendencies, but is very capable of finding beautiful, emotional, and authentic moments despite the uncertainty of the camera shy. You're in good hands.
Q: "Can I change my outfit during the session?"
A: Certainly. You may change as many times as you'd like. Please just plan ahead for a space to change and be mindful of your session time. Outfit changes break up the flow and cut into your limelight time, so consider keeping things simple like swapping accessories and tops or introducing a jacket.
Q: "Considering the sunlight, what time of day do you recommend that I have my photo taken?"
A: We can shoot at any time, so long as the sun is still above the horizon. The time of day that we would recommend for shooting a portrait widely depends on what type of photo we're taking, and what the desired look and feel is.
During sunrise and sunset, the light is generally warmer and more diffuse. This works well for outdoor photos and can create a very soft and emotional look. Ideal sunrise/sunset light is not when the sun is on the horizon, but 1 - 2 hours beforehand. (check times here) This allows for a build up of warmer colored light and gives some wiggle room in case of weather and clouds.
During midday, the light is generally cooler and hard-edged (contrasty). This works great for shooting indoors or in urban settings where the light can bounce off of buildings or the landscape to fill a room with light.
Typically, shoot time is determined by your schedule. And so it's often times best to choose a time of day first, and a location second. We're more than happy to help you with this.
Q: "In what location do you recommend that I have my portrait taken?"
A: Some folks have specific locations in mind, which is great, however, certain locales may offer more unique lighting, angles, or opportunities for creativity and so it is for this reason that we always recommend allowing for us to help you in choosing the best location. Public outdoor spaces work great, however another unique option is to shoot in your home or work space. In this instance, we would plan for a time to photograph you doing what you do best - being you and doing the kind of things you enjoy doing. This could mean anything from making breakfast, to building a couch-fort, to simply lounging on the porch. Either way, I keep it simple and aim for authentic and real imagery. So long as there is a good natural light source (windows) we can make it happen.
Q: "Can we shoot in more than one location?"
A: I aim to keep portrait sessions as low-key and comfortable as possible. In this way, our time spent together can be as enjoyable as a walk in the park — sometimes, quite literally. To do this, I strongly recommend narrowing our options down to one, maybe two locations. Allow me to explain.
I’ve photographed near three hundred portrait sessions in my time as a photographer, and I’ve seen some things stand out that work really well, and some things that, well, don’t. A single shoot location is one of those things that really helps a shoot go more smoothly. It creates a more relaxed and natural shooting experience by not breaking the momentum to relocate, find parking, work around people and events in public space or creating a strict schedule. This also allows me to use pre-shoot scout time most efficiently for a seamless shoot.
If you've absolutely got your heart set on multiple locations, I’m happy to accommodate or can help you narrow your options down by providing some feedback on where we might get the best results. If you’d be open to it, let me know which locations you’re thinking about and I’d be happy to let you know which ones I think would work best.
Q: “It looks like it’s going to rain/snow/hail/flying-pigs during my portrait shoot. Should we reschedule my outdoor shoot?
A: Thanks so much for staying on top of the weather. Due to inconsistent and wildly inaccurate weather reports, we prefer to wait until the night before the shoot to make the final call on whether or not we need to reschedule. We’re rarely scared off by light rain and snow unless it's steady or heavy. Sporadically light drizzle or snow and/or overcast and dreary skies actually add a lot of character to a photo.
If, by the night before our shoot, it looks like there is a 30% or more chance of rain or heavy snow during our scheduled timeframe, then we'd like to reschedule for a dryer, more sun-shiney, day. In the instance of inclement weather, rescheduling is free of charge.
Q: “Can I bring props for my portrait session?”
A: We love that you have ideas for your shoot and do appreciate your desire for adding props. When it comes to bringing items along to an on-location photo session, we recommend keeping props to a select few that have the most meaning to you. This will ensure a nice blend of candid, natural style portraits as well as propped images.
Props that have to be carried around during a shoot can sometimes become a bit bulky and cumbersome. We recommend that if you do want to bring something, think small and portable so that it can be placed in a bag and carried with you. Accessories such as hats, scarves, and jackets do wonders.
Ultimately, we want to make sure that we get a good photo of you, just as you are, without any added prop-age. After all, you are the star of the show!
Q: “How long before I can see my photos?”
A: We schedule release of your personal online viewing gallery 6 to 8 weeks after the shoot date. Though we aim to get them to you much sooner.
Q: “Will I get digital files? How will I get them?”
A: Yes, you will. After you receive your online gallery link to view, share and print your images, a download link is generated and is emailed to you one week later. At that time, you simply click the link, and your download your file. The images are zipped up into a folder. Once unzipped, your folder will hold all of your high resolution, watermark-free, digital JPEG image files.
Q: “How many (what number of) photos do I get?”
A: That number is very unpredictable. Zackariah does not limit how many photos he takes nor does he limit how
Q: “What is the size of the digital files? How large of a picture can I print?”
A: Via our photo lab, couples can order up to a 30 x 60 inch print. The
Q: “What sort of touch-ups do you do? Tell me about your editing/color correcting/retouching process.”
A: Each and every one of your final images is processed and color corrected by hand to match our unique look and style. We believe in keeping our images as true and natural to life as possible and so we avoid doing too much retouching and
Q: “Can I purchase prints from you? Are they included? What is the quality like?”
A: Yes! You may purchase prints. We do not include prints as part of our packages as we aim to keep prints completely a la carte. Once your session is complete, we deliver your images directly to you via a digital gallery where you may view, share, and even order prints directly from within the gallery.
Q: "Am I required to print through you?"
A: Nope. You may use your in gallery service to view, share, and also print your images, however you are not limited to using our printing service. You may download your images and print them wherever you'd like.
Q: “Do you offer online proofing so that my friends and family may buy prints without going through me?”
A: Yes. We do. Once images are back from our color correction team, they are uploaded to your very own personal online gallery. We then email you your own personal link where you can view, share, mark your favorites, and even order prints directly from the website. You will also receive a guest gallery link to hand out to friends and family. They may view, share and order prints through the very same gallery. Prints may purchased via credit card and are shipped right to your door.
Q: “What is your travel policy?”
A: Zackariah loves to travel near and far. It's for this reason that we charge only the bare minimum to help us accommodate your shoot. Travel is assessed per event. If your portrait session includes travel by train, plane, ferry boat or other mode of transport (balloon, camel, donkey, etc.), then we calculate each of those instances separately and include the cost in your custom quote. To make this process easy, we simply ask that you mention each location that you’d like us to visit on your big day. We’ll do all the math and present it in your custom quote.
Q: “Do you offer a payment plan?”
A: We don’t offer a payment plan per
Q: “Do you deliver every image you shoot?”
A: No, we do not. We eliminate duplicate images, test shots, missed focused shots, shots with bad expressions and other images that may dilute the overall product delivery. For example, because we shoot with low apertures, sometimes we take a few extra shots to make sure we have the perfect focus. We don’t expect you to have the expertise or the time to zoom into each image to select the one with the sharpest focus, so we spend hours doing that on our end. In another example, candid laughs and emotional tears make for some great images. Unfortunately, they can also yield some unflattering facial expressions. We might snap a few extras of any of these moments to make sure we have a great shot with the ideal expression for the moment. With our expertise in processing millions of images, each year, we may eliminate ones that we feel are duplicates and only deliver the best one.
Q: “I need to cancel/reschedule. Is there a cancellation policy?”
A: If you should need to reschedule or cancel, 72 hours or more before the shoot, the session fee will be refunded to the Client, minus a $50 travel/processing fee. If you should reschedule or cancel within 72 hours or less of the shoot, 50% of the session fee will be refunded. If rescheduling or canceling, you must notify us in writing (via email).