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FAQs

How much does Portrait Photography cost?

A standard portrait session is $250 for 60-minutes.  A newborn portrait session is $300 because of the extended 2-3 hours sessions typically needed. Dual maternity and newborn session options are also available. Contact me to get the full details on all of my portrait sessions and photography products.

 

How many images will I get?

You can expect to see a minimum of 30 images from a standard portrait session. However, if there are more images that meet my standards of quality, then I will add them into your final collection for viewing.

 

When will I see my images?

Your images will be available to view approximately 2 weeks after your portrait session when they have been edited.  We will schedule a time for us to view your images together.  Any product orders will be done at this time as well.  Images can be posted online after our viewing session for a limited time.  Any product orders placed after the viewing session will be subject to increased prices.

 

What products are available?

I offer a variety of options, from traditional to ultra modern.  Some of my product selections include:

  • Holiday cards
  • Birth announcements
  • Traditional albums
  • Box albums
  • Mini albums
  • Accordion books
  • Storyboards
  • Standouts
  • Canvas wraps
  • Prints
  • Digital picture frames loaded with images
  • Image skins to wrap your cell phone
  • CDs of images for online and social media use
  • DVDs of high resolution images
  • You Tube videos

 

What is the best location for my portrait session?

Any location that best represents who you are!  We can set your portrait session at your home, an idyllic park, somewhere more urban, or anywhere else that has special meaning to you.  Don’t be afraid to think outside the box!  Consider, though, the time of year.  What will the temperature be?  Will flowers be in bloom? Questions like this matter to some, not so much to others.  No matter what the season, there’s a location to be found any time of year.

 

What should I wear?

When deciding what to wear for your portrait session, the best advice I can give is wear something that is comfortable and makes you feel like yourself, but I know that some people will want more specific guidelines, such as these Do’s and Don’ts:

  • DO select neutral colors will unify you and your family members in the images. Neutral colors include ivory, black, grey, navy, olive, beige, and even a muted pink. Stay away from black and grey for children, however. Bright colors are more youthful and playful, just like they are!
  • DON’T wear strong patterns, especially stripes, which can draw attention to themselves and away from the person wearing them. Solid colors work well, but feel free to mix it up a bit with some texture or pattern in small doses. Your image may look flat and plain if everyone is something solid.
  • DON’T choose clothes that are overly trendy at the moment. Fashion changes quickly and your trend could be replaced by something new, which will make your images look dated more quickly.
  • DON’T wear clothes that have large logos or brand names displayed on them. Like trends, what is popular changes quickly and your images could become dated when your favorite brand of today falls out of favor tomorrow.
  • DON’T feel the need match everyone together. No one wears the same outfit as the rest of their family, so why force something unnatural for your portraits? Your images will be more natural and representative of your lives together when each person can express their individuality. Coordinating your outfits through similar shades, complementary colors, or harmonizing styles so that they will blend and go with one another is a much better approach.
  • DO choose clothes that are more fitted. Baggy or oversized clothing will make you look bigger than you are in the images.
  • DO have some fun with a signature or funky accessory such as jewelry, hats, scarves, etc.
  • DO bring clothing options. Whether you change your mind or just want to create images that involve a different look, having a change of clothes for everyone is always a good option. Something casual and something dressy is one suggestion.
  • DO be aware of your location and dress appropriately. Will you be sitting in the grass, will it be really hot or cold outside, will you be somewhere urban and sophisticated or somewhere artistic and whimsical?
  • DON’T try out a new hairstyle just before your portrait session.  Also, don’t get your haircut within the two weeks before your session.  Having just a bit of time to grow in looks most natural.
  • DO be aware of your tan lines.  Be cautious of any tanning you do before your portrait session if it will be noticed with what you wear.
  • For women, DO wear makeup. If you wear it normally, I recommend wearing it a bit heavier. If you rarely wear makeup, I recommend using just a little so your face will be more dimensional in the images. A nice manicure just before the portrait session is also recommended.

Remember that these are just guidelines and being yourself is the best way to create images that reflect who you are!

 

Where do you work?

I work throughout the Counties of Fairfax, Frederick, Loudoun, Montgomery, Prince George, and Prince William.  More specifically, I work in Aldie, Alexandria, Annandale, Arlington, Ashburn, Bethesda, Bluemont, Brambleton, Broadlands, Burke, Centreville, Chantilly, Chevy Chase, Clifton, Countryside, Culpeper, Falls Church, Fairfax, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Hamilton, Herndon, Lansdowne, Leesburg, Lovettsville, Lowes Island, Manassas, McLean, Middleburg, Potomac, Potomac Falls, Purcellville, Reston, Rockville, Round Hill, Silver Spring, South Riding, Springfield, Sterling, Tysons Corner, Vienna, Waterford, and of course Washington DC. I am also available for photography outside the region or other destinations.

 

Anything else?

Contact me at kelly@kellyewellphotography.com and I’m happy to answer any other questions you have.