This information should answer a lot of your questions. PLEASE feel free to contact me anytime, whether it's to run something by me, and share your ideas, a question that wasn't answered here, to find out our available dates, to find out more information about being one of our senior models for her year, etc..
First let me start out by saying this is a very special time in your/your child's life, even though not a perse' "child", this milestone is the end of your "childhood" After high school you'll be off doing, learning, experiencing many new things. The last time you had professional portraits done, you were probably a little baby or little kid (some have never been to a professional studio) AND the next time you get some pro shots done, it'll probably be a wedding (Yikes...don't think too much ) but it won't be just you, it'll be you and someone else in the photos. So you can see there are very few times in your life you go for a professional photo shoot. Senior portraits are the perfect time to document this time in your life, who you are right now. years down the road you'll appreciate your senior portraits more than you know and share them with your own children.
WHERE DO I START? HOW DOES IT ALL WORK?
Contact us here, or call 770-252-5236 or direct Email: email@example.com and we'll go over EVERYTHING. such as possible dates/times, what your child's interest are, what to wear and prep, studio policies, yearbook requirements. We'll discuss your session in detail (great if mom & student is present and I'm on speaker phone) this phone consultation will make things very clear to you and we can start.
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY APPOINTMENT?
TODAY! But seriously, look at your calendars for both student & parent and go ahead and schedule it. Our calendar fills up quickly. Try not to wait until school starts back up in August. You'll be so busy with school, sports, activities, work, parents schedule etc... It's harder to get appointment in premium times because everyone wants those time once school starts (after school and weekends) Earlier in summer is sooo much better, before you get started with your summer plans, before it gets toooo hot.
WHAT ARE YOUR SESSION CHOICES?
Pls see "Investment" for prices & details. Our sessions are time based. It's the only way for us to schedule appts. and keep them organized and on track. Once you book your appt, we reserve that date/time for you. For this reason please be on-time. Your appt starts at the time it's scheduled for, please arrive 5-10 min. early to fill out the client info form. TIP: Arrive to the studio wearing your first outfit. You gotta wear clothes so it might as well be one of your outfits, preferably not your favorite outfit tho...want you to get used to camera first. Your hair and make up should already be done at home. Why use up session time on things you can do at home at your leisure. The faster you change your outfits the more outfits and variety we can do.
WHEN DO I PAY FOR MY SESSION?
When you schedule your appointment is when fee is paid using a credit card. Visa, MasterCard or Drop by the studio with cash or check. We'll create a folder for you and you're all set to come in.
WHERE DO YOU TAKE THE PHOTOS?
Most of our sessions are done right here on our property. We are on 13 acres. Our country studio has many outdoor options ( old truck, tractor, swings, arbors, flowers, grunge, little bridge, grass, outdoor sets) AND we also have a full indoor studio where we can create many many looks as well. Tux and drape for the yearbook are done indoors. Occasionally we go on-location, you would just get the larger session and we decide were to go.
DO YOU SUPPLY THE TUXEDO AN DRAPE?
YES! We have all sizes of Tuxedo's and we have the drape with pearls. No need to scramble trying to find what the school needs or renting a Tux.
CAN I BRING ANY OF MY OWN PROPS/ITEMS TO MY SESSION?
YES! and I would love that! The session is about you, and who you are at this point in your life, what your interests are, some ideas are: Car, Truck, motorcycle, 4 wheeler, musical instrument, sport you're involved in, riffle, bow, things you collect, special outfits (costume) you name it!
WHAT IS THE $150 DUE DAY OF SESSION?
This amount is paid on the day of the photo shoot. It is essentially a down payment on the product part of the entire process. So, the session fee you pay when you Book your appt. for the shoot itself, On the day of your appt you pay $150 and that amount goes towards your product order. What ever your total for your order is we subtract $150. This applies to all of our sessions. Families, children etc..
WHEN DO WE SEE OUR IMAGES?
While you are at the studio we make a secondary appt, usually 1-2 weeks after the shoot, at this view/order appointment we look at all the images shot as a slideshow first then we carefully critique each image until we have all of your favorites. We choose what to do with the favorites. Some Options are packages, Albums, Wall portraits, Social media images, Collection of Files on a disc, At this time you choose the images for the yearbook for us to submit for you. Orders take appx 3 to 5 weeks, depending on what is created for you in your collection.
WHAT PAYMENT METHODS DO YOU ACCEPT?
Of course Cash is best and appreciated, but we also take checks, Visa, MC
Once your order is complete we subtract the $150 and the remaining balance is divided by 2...half that day when you place the order and the other half when you pick up your order 3 to 5 weeks later. Easy example: Oder $1000. Subtract 150= $850.. Decided by 2= $425 when you place your order and $425 when you pick up your order.
DO YOU OFFER CUSTOM FRAMING?
Yes we do, we have many styles to choose from, and we have some in stock as well. In stock we carry square frames for "something different" 8x8, 10x10, 12x12s. All of our collages come with frames.
HOW LONG DO YOU KEEP MY FILES?
We only keep the files that you order and we keep those at least until the end of the school year.
WHAT IF WE NEED TO RESCHEDULE MY APPOINTMENT?
We understand that unexpected situations arise. After all the planning and prepping on both our sides, hopefully you won't get sick, but if you do, please let us know right away at least 24 hours in advance. Our session fees are non-refundable, but you may use it for a one time reschedule for within 2 weeks. Please call at least 24 to 48 in advance, even more time if you know ahead of time you need to change your date/time. It's no problem, just the more time we have the better due to the nature of these sessions.
WHAT IF I WANT TO MAKE A COPY OF MY IMAGE?
All images remain the property of Ana Lombardi Photography and are protected by Federal copyright law. Duplication in part of fully by scanning or reprinting is strictly prohibited. This includes social media images, we will gladly provide you with images for you to post and share. Just use as is.
CAN WE ORDER GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM YOU?
YES! We custom design Grad cards using your favorite images from your session. They are very nice, they come with envelopes, are designed on the front and back, they are 5x7 in size. Much better looking and better price than ordering them from the school. We really are your one stop shop to provide all you need!
I WANT TO ORDER A LARGE PACKAGE, DO YOU OFFER A PAYMENT PLAN?
We try to make it easy for our clients to be able to purchase what you really want and deserve. We offer free payment plans, Depending on the amount, we can do up to 5 payments , of course depending on the Grand total.
WHY DOES MY SCHOOL TELL ME I HAVE TO USE THE "BIG BOX' COMPANY FOR MY SENIOR PORTRAITS?
Schools want consistency of the formal pose in their yearbook layouts, I understand that, Ours are very consistent, the same background for everyone using a nice Gray background, not a tacky (middle school) blue, lol. When students use those companies, the school gets a kick back from their sales, essentially a fundraiser...so naturally they want you to use them. Unfortunately price and quality of the photography or customer service isn't the deciding factor on who gets the contract- it's the lowest bidder or who gives the highest kick-back. So you'd think your package prices would be low too, right? They are not, the money to the school has to come from somewhere...YOU. If you attend a school in which you have to go to the contract photography company for your formal (Tux/Drape), rest assured, you can certainly go wherever you wish for your fun casual creative portraits. In any county. We can even shoot your formal so you can have it be part of your package with us and not have to buy 2 packages ( theirs and ours). They would submit the formal they took for the yearbook only about 2x3 inches anyway. and you can have our formal as a wall portrait in your living room.