Included in my photoshoot packages are:
1-1,5 hours of shooting
40 photos edited on contrast color and exposure
an online gallery with the selection of your photos
Travel costs to Amsterdam and 21% VAT
What's also included in the shoot (but never gets mentioned)
+- 20 minutes of reading through, writing, re-writing and sending emails
+- 10 minutes of preparing for the shoot
+- 60 minutes (minimum) travelling time from my town Purmerend to anywhere
+- 45 minutes of selecting the best photos
+- 60 minutes of editing the selected photos
+- 20 minutes of uploading and checking the gallery
+- 15 minutes (intermitted) of checking my inbox, hoping to get an email of how much clients love their photos.
Groups larger than 8 people
Groups larger than 8 people are sometimes a bit harder to reign in, especially when there are kids involved. I like to take my time and capture the group as best I can. For this reason, I do ask a fee of eur 10 per extra person.
I have never booked a photographer! How does it all work?
Well, let me just say that I am thrilled to be your first!
So, without taking up too much space, this is how it works in steps:
1: You see my work, love the feel of my photos
2: You email me! Or when you're 100% sure, you INSTANTLY book your shoot
3: I respond to your query / booking (sometimes with a tad too much enthusiasm)
4: I send you the final invoice to secure your booking on your preferred date.
Side note: If the weather turns out to be horrible on your shoot date, never fear, I am flexible enough to move it to another date which accommodates us both.
5: We do the shoot!
6: After 2-4 weeks, you will get an email with the link to your personal photo gallery
How do I know my booking is secure?
The only way your booking is secure, is if the photoshoot invoice has been paid in full, preferably two weeks before the date of the shoot.
We are not photogenic. No seriously, camera's are not our friend
I love when people tell me this. No really, challenge accepted! It's only normal to hate photos of yourself after the thousandth bad group picture where you either have your eyes closed, a double chin, RBF (resting bitch face) or all of the above!
The thing is: I know stuff. Stuff that I have learnt over the pastfive years by ONLY photographing people like you. I know how to make you look and feel good during the shoot, and best of all, how to take a damn good photo of you.
Please don't tell me I have to start practising Kim Kardashian poses?
Nope, absolutely not necessary. My skills set involves getting you in position (aka, setting up the perfect shot) and then getting you to a point that you're comfortable enough to relax and let the laughter flow. The ONLY way to ensure fun, spontaneous and emotional photos is to LET GO during the shoot. I know it can be hard at first, but if you carry your insecurities along with you, it will show up in the images.
How will we decide on a location for the shoot?
I like to do shoots in interesting and unique locations. The best way to find an ideal location that will fit perfectly, is to plan a video call! I can show you ideal (and hidden) spots, advise on the best area of Amsterdam to go and we can even set a meeting place, right then and there. Remember, there's no such thing as a place being un-photogenic so please feel free to share any thoughts you have.
If you don't have anywhere specific in mind, and would rather not determine the location via a consultation call, I will always come up with a few interesting suggestions :)
So, pajama bottoms and bunny slippers are NOT photoshoot outfits?
Hmm, I would say no. So what CAN you wear to a shoot?
- Avoid too much black
- Don't go overboard with the matchiness.
- Light and grey are my favorites.
- BE COMFORTABLE!
For more tips, you can always get a What to wear Guide! It's chock-full of tips and outfit idea! So don't worry, I got your back.
We don't like posey photos with fake smiles, or looking like we need to poop.
And I don't like any of those things either!
My style is fun, spontaneous and full of laughter. I like setting you up for the perfect shot and directing you on where and how to stand, with light and composition in mind. This is great news for you, since it takes away the stress of not knowing how or where to stand. When you are all set up, I will either ask you questions or give you fun little assignments to do.
Once again, the maximum result can only be achieved if you give into the madness and do absolutely everything I say :) I will make sure that only the photos where you look your best end up in the selection!
How long will the shoot last?
The shoot lasts between 1 - 1,5 hours.
There is always the possibility that the shoot might take longer than 1,5 hours. This might be because we have a long way to walk, delays in starting, kiddies not having their best day or me being trying to catch a specific light or moment. If the shoot takes longer than expected, I will let you know about eventual extra costs and give you the choice of stopping, or going on and getting the shots you want.
For extra hours (or part of) I charge EUR 175,00 per hour
What time should we start?
Best time for:
kids 0 - 5 years: between 8:00 and 11:00.
kids 5 and older: between 12:00 and 16:00.
Sunset shoot in the summer: 20:30 or 21:00
Sunset shoot in the winter: 10:00 - 11:00 or 14:00 or 15:00
Cloudy weather: between 11:00 and 12:00
How long do we have to wait until we receive our photos?
For standard shoots I handle a delivery time of 2-4 weeks.
When it's a busy period (for example in June, July and August during wedding season), I will let you know in advance if the photos might take a bit longer.
Are there any hidden costs?
So what do I end up with after the shoot?
You end up with the selection of the very best 40 photos from your shoot. Please note that you will be receiving the edited j-peg versions and not the original RAW files. It is my policy and stated in my T's & C's that I do not deliver any RAW files to clients.
The photos will be delivered to you through a very swanky online gallery in high resolution. This means that you can print and enlarge the photos yourself, and not feel pressured to order professional enlargements through me. You can access this gallery any time online, by going through the link provided via your email.
RAW photos: The original uncompressed image that comes out of my camera. Great for editing and preserving detail. Not so great for space on a hard drive. These babies are HUGE.
JPEG photos: The compressed and edited version of your photo. Almost all the images you view on your computer are j-pegs. They are also much easier on your hard drive space.
High resolution image: Image resolution is the detail an image holds. The term applies to raster digital images, film images, and other types of images. Higher resolution means more image detail.
dpi: In printing, dots per inch (dpi) is the usual measure of printed image quality on the paper. The average personal computer printer today provides 300 dpi or 600 dpi.
Online gallery: The gallery you will be receiving your digital photos in. This gallery is always accessible and password protected. It is valid for one year.
Edited images: The final product of your shoot. Every photographer edits their images differently and can either make or break the photo with too little, or??too much editing. I personally like a semi-natural edit with high contrast and a hint of warmth.