how far in advance should i book my session?

As soon as possible! Dates are not guaranteed and once I am booked solid for the year that’s it! Spring, Summer, and Fall dates go the fastest, so I always recommend booking as soon as you know you want to be a Brooke Michelle Senior!

can i schedule my session for a weekend date?

Unfortunately, no. I keep my Saturday’s reserved for wedding clients and Sunday’s are for spending time with family and friends! Like most other jobs I do most of my work during weekdays and have sessions in the evening! 

do you travel for senior sessions?

HAPPILY! Nothing makes me happier than photographing pretty places with even prettier faces! 

do you offer cap and gown photos?

No! I am strictly a lifestyle senior photographer and love to capture you or your seniors personality! Cap and gown photos are best done through your school!

can I use my pictures in my school’s yearbook or for other print materials?

Absolutely, I love seeing the way my seniors use their images! 

what would happen in the case of rain?

If it is starting to look like the forecast is not in our favor then I usually suggest rescheduling. I prefer to wait until the day before so we can watch the weather and be sure we need to reschedule, but if so then we find the soonest possible date that works for all parties involved! If you cannot reschedule and must shoot on that date, then we can look into indoor alternative locations. We could also shoot outside with cute umbrellas, rain boots and other fun dreary weather day looks! It’s been done before!

can i bring someone to my senior session to hop in a few shots?

Absolutely! I love including friends, family or a significant other in your photos with you! All I ask is that they meet us at our final location during the last 30 minutes so that we can be sure to get as many photos of you solo first!

can i get a few pictures with my dog?

UM, DUH! Dogs are the cutest and adorable humans with dogs are even better! I love including furry friends into the senior portrait experience! I just advise that you bring a family member or friend to look after the pet once we are done taking pictures with him or her! 

do you pick the location or do I?

Either or! I send all of my seniors a questionnaire after booking to learn more about you and establish a vision for your session. In this questionnaire I ask what your preference on location type is (such as tall grass, cityscape, etc.) and then I give suggestions based off of past experiences. I always love shooting somewhere I’ve never shot before so if any specific places hold a special meaning to you, or have always caught your eye let me know!

how many oufits do I get to wear/should I wear?

I have had seniors wear one outfit the entire session and then I have had sessions with four outfits total. My recommendation is somewhere in the two to three outfits range, although most seniors tend to love having three outfits for variety! Any more than that and we spend more time changing then shooting and that’s just not as fun ;). 

what does styling by The Boutique at Body Wellness mean/include?

As soon as a senior reserves their session I immediately send out a questionnaire to get to know the senior and their style better! Taylor, the boutique’s owner then takes your answers into account and styles 4-5 perfectly curated outfits to match your vision and personality! I bring the outfit choices directly to you before the session where you will try them on and choose your three favorites to have for your session! 

since I am being styled by The Boutique at Body Wellness do I need to bring anything?

Yes! I ask that all of my seniors bring bra and shoes options to each session as The Boutique will not provide these! Please also wear nude undergarments to be sure there are no clothing conflicts!

how many images can i expect?

Brooke Michelle Seniors can usually expect an average final count of about 40 images in their final online gallery!

can i order prints through you?

Yes! Your online gallery has a print shop option! Just select your images and add them to the cart in whatever size you desire and as many times as you desire! I am a big believer in printing memories so I encourage it!

how will i know if we are a good fit?

I highly encourage chatting on the phone or video chatting with couples before booking, to go over some key elements and questions that determine if we are a good fit! I ask couples opinions on specific things I find important, as well as what you vision is and if we are laughing the whole time then thats a sure tell sign that we are the perfect blend! 

when is the best time to book you for our wedding?

As soon as possible! Dates are never guaranteed unless a signed contract and retainer have been completed. So if you know you want me to definitely be part of your day then I would advise chatting with me to get everything set up and let’s make things official ;).

how would you describe your photography style?

Ahhh this is one of my favorite questions to answer! I would describe my photography style as bright, bold, and bringing out the real in people! I aspire to show everyone’s personalities through my photos and direct clients in a way that feels genuine and organic. My warm tones come from my love of warm days which are usually the happiest ones. I reflect that into my work to make everyday feel like the best day full of sunshine and warmth!

do you edit all of your own images?

I do! All the edits you see posted, blogged, and spammed over social media were all taken and edited by me

can I have the RAW's?

Unfortunately no and trust me you don’t want them! As a photographer I need to ensure I protect my art by only releasing fully edited images out into the world. With RAW’s being huge in size and hard to handle if not familiar with the format, I do not release them anywhere publicly!

what's the farthest you will travel?

Can I pull out a Mean Girls quote and say “the limit does not exist!” Traveling is a huge passion of mine so feel free to take me on any world travels you have planned!

do you provide video services as well?

I do not! But if you are interested in a videographer, be sure to ask me and I’d love to point you in the direction of some of my favorites!

do you watermark any images?

I do not! Personally, I think watermarks can be distracting and as much as I love my logo, I love my clients faces more; I would never want to take away from that!

who will own the copyright?

As the lead photographer, I will retain copyright to the images taken on your special day! But as the couple you will have access to them for personal use.

do you attend rehearsals?

I usually do not attend rehearsals! I will send you and your fiancé a questionnaire a few weeks before the wedding asking all the crucial information I need to be able to capture your day!  

WE WANT YOU! what is the next step to book you as our photographer?

Well, YAY! I can not wait to make things official ;). After discovering we are the perfect fit, I will send over a contract for you and your fiancé to sign, as well as a retainer for 50% of your total package price to lock your date with me!

can we pay you a portion of the payment after the wedding or after the images have been delivered?

No. I require all payment before each wedding and portrait shoot (bridal, boudoir, engagements, etc.), but I am more than willing to work with you on a payment plan of monthly installments or whatever it takes to make you more comfortable!

can we provide you with a shot list for the wedding day?

This may surprise you but besides the family formal list, no! I prefer for all of my clients to trust me to capture their day to the best of my ability. In my opinion, if I am looking down at a shot list I will miss the real, candid moments right in front of me. Moments that are yours and not from a Pin on Pinterest :). 

how do we pick the engagement session location?

As soon as possible! Dates are never guaranteed unless a signed contract and retainer have been completed. So if you know you want me to definitely be part of your day then I would advise chatting with me to get everything set up and let’s make things official ;).

do you send proofs of all the images you have taken for us to pick our favorites or do you make the selections?

After a session I go through all the images I have taken and select and edit my favs. Also know as, ‘the best of the best’ form the session! 

how many images can I expect from the engagement session and wedding day?

For the engagement session my couples can typically expect between 45-60 images! For wedding days the final gallery usually comes to 500-800 images for an average eight hour day! 

what is the turnaround time for images?

For engagement or portrait sessions, such as boudoir or bridal portraits, my clients can expect a two week turnaround for the full high resolution online gallery. For weddings my turn around time for the full resolution online gallery is usually four to six weeks! 

do you provide a color and black and white version of every photo you deliver?

I do not! With the sometimes insane amount of images I deliver I just do not have the time. I usually only duplicate the seriously special and intimate moments and others that I personally believe look better one way or another! 

can i request edit adjusments after I see the final images delivered?

When you book with me you are acknowledging that you have seen my work and that you know my photography style! If you choose to book me, this means you LOVE my style, know what to expect, and trust me fully! Because of this, I do not take edit requests but just ask that couples are fully aware of my editing style so there are no surprises when the final gallery is delivered!

can you photoshop me skinnier or remove an unwanted tattoo?

No! I use (what I call) a three day rule in my business! This means if something is temporary such as a bruise, acne or stain then I will edit it out to the best of my ability. I will not edit out anything that makes you, well, you! However, I will pose you in the most flattering way and make you feel amazing every second you are in front of my lens! 

how does the album design process work?

Ahhh I’m so glad you asked! This is one of my favorite processes! Once you’ve received your high resolution online gallery I will ask you to go through and create a list of favorites! Once you’ve selected and named the favorites list, I send them off to my designer and we wait for the first proof, aka the best part! You are able to proof and make revisions up to three rounds and once it’s perfect we send it off to be printed! Simple as that :).

do you have insurance and can you provide proof if the venue needs it?

 Yes! I have liability insurance for up to one million dollars and can easily provide proof to any venue in need of that! 

do you have backup equipment in case anything were to happen to your gear?

Absolutely! I am kind of a freak when it comes to this, even my backup has a backup! It is as important to me as it is to you, to provide images that will be with you for years to come! So in order to do so with confidence, I am sure to bring replacements for pretty much anything in my bag!

how do we pick the engagement session location?

As soon as possible! Dates are never guaranteed unless a signed contract and retainer have been completed. So if you know you want me to definitely be part of your day then I would advise chatting with me to get everything set up and let’s make things official ;).

do you want the real story?

Always.

how far in advance should i book my session?

As soon as possible! Dates are not guaranteed and once I am booked solid for the year that’s it! Spring, Summer, and Fall dates go the fastest, so I always recommend booking as soon as you know you want to be a Brooke Michelle Senior!

can i schedule my session for a weekend date?

Unfortunately, no. I keep my Saturday’s reserved for wedding clients and Sunday’s are for spending time with family and friends! Like most other jobs I do most of my work during weekdays and have sessions in the evening! 

do you travel for senior sessions?

HAPPILY! Nothing makes me happier than photographing pretty places with even prettier faces! 

do you offer cap and gown photos?

No! I am strictly a lifestyle senior photographer and love to capture you or your seniors personality! Cap and gown photos are best done through your school!

can I use my pictures in my school’s yearbook or for other print materials?

Absolutely, I love seeing the way my seniors use their images! 

what would happen in the case of rain?

If it is starting to look like the forecast is not in our favor then I usually suggest rescheduling. I prefer to wait until the day before so we can watch the weather and be sure we need to reschedule, but if so then we find the soonest possible date that works for all parties involved! If you cannot reschedule and must shoot on that date, then we can look into indoor alternative locations. We could also shoot outside with cute umbrellas, rain boots and other fun dreary weather day looks! It’s been done before!

can i bring someone to my senior session to hop in a few shots?

Absolutely! I love including friends, family or a significant other in your photos with you! All I ask is that they meet us at our final location during the last 30 minutes so that we can be sure to get as many photos of you solo first!

can i get a few pictures with my dog?

UM, DUH! Dogs are the cutest and adorable humans with dogs are even better! I love including furry friends into the senior portrait experience! I just advise that you bring a family member or friend to look after the pet once we are done taking pictures with him or her! 

do you pick the location or do I?

Either or! I send all of my seniors a questionnaire after booking to learn more about you and establish a vision for your session. In this questionnaire I ask what your preference on location type is (such as tall grass, cityscape, etc.) and then I give suggestions based off of past experiences. I always love shooting somewhere I’ve never shot before so if any specific places hold a special meaning to you, or have always caught your eye let me know!

how many oufits do I get to wear/should I wear?

I have had seniors wear one outfit the entire session and then I have had sessions with four outfits total. My recommendation is somewhere in the two to three outfits range, although most seniors tend to love having three outfits for variety! Any more than that and we spend more time changing then shooting and that’s just not as fun ;). 

what does styling by The Boutique at Body Wellness mean/include?

As soon as a senior reserves their session I immediately send out a questionnaire to get to know the senior and their style better! Taylor, the boutique’s owner then takes your answers into account and styles 4-5 perfectly curated outfits to match your vision and personality! I bring the outfit choices directly to you before the session where you will try them on and choose your three favorites to have for your session! 

since I am being styled by The Boutique at Body Wellness do I need to bring anything?

Yes! I ask that all of my seniors bring bra and shoes options to each session as The Boutique will not provide these! Please also wear nude undergarments to be sure there are no clothing conflicts!

how many images can i expect?

Brooke Michelle Seniors can usually expect an average final count of about 40 images in their final online gallery!

can i order prints through you?

Yes! Your online gallery has a print shop option! Just select your images and add them to the cart in whatever size you desire and as many times as you desire! I am a big believer in printing memories so I encourage it!

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