Frequently Asked Questions for Portrait Photography

Q: What is considered Portrait Photography?
A: Portrait photography is an image of a person or persons capturing their expression, mood and personality. It is a very specific moment in time captured forever. The following are all classified as portrait photography: Family, Maternity, Birth, Newborn, Baby, Kids, Couples, Pets, Glamour, Boudoir.

Q: Where will the photos be taken? Do you have a studio?
A: Earthbound Studio is located in the southern foothills of Adelaide, in Flagstaff hill. We are happy to travel to location, additional costs may apply for areas out of the metro area, or if you require us to hire a specific location.

Q: How much time should we allow for our photo shoot?
A: This will depend on what type of portrait photography you are booking. Generally, for traditional portraits one hour will be sufficient, unless additional services such as hair and makeup are requested. Sessions with newborns, babies, kids and pets can be very unpredictable and additional time should be allowed for these sessions to ensure we get the shot. Glamour and Boudoir photography are usually longer sessions that include hair and makeup, and multiple wardrobe changes/looks.

Q: Can you hold our date while we decide?
A: Our service work on a first in, first serve basis and bookings are often made well in advance. You will be required to pay a non-refundable holding deposit of $65 to secure your date. This will be deducted from your total invoice which is payable in full on the day of your photoshoot.

Q: Do we have to meet in person to plan my photo shoot (pre-shoot consultation)?
A: For general portrait photography a telephone consultation will be sufficient. For photo shoots where a makeup artist will be commissioned and multiple wardrobe options will be considered an in-person consultation or at least a Skype conversation will need to be held prior to the shoot date.

Q: What should I wear for my photo shoot? How should I dress my family for the shoot?
A: it is best to avoid logos and busy patterns, rather choose textures. In group photos, colour coordinationg is key. We have put together a pin board on Pinterest for you to get some ideas of colour combinations that work together. Have a look here and also for guidance.
Try to stay away from clothing that is too tight fitting or too baggy. Your clothing should fit your body type, and complement it.

Q: What should I bring with for my family shoot?
A: For family and/or children photography bring a change of outfit, a drink and a healthy snack – and don’t forget their favourite cuddle toy if they are still young. Please make sure your little ones have been fed and had a nap before the session, be relaxed and allow your photographer to build rapport with them.

Q:What is Glamour photography?
A: Glamour photography is a luxury service coupled with a complete makeover (hair and makeup), wardrobe style consultation, and presented in equally luxurious products. This is very popular amongst women of all ages, shapes and sizes who want to celebrate everything from reaching a goal weight, concurring a particularly difficult time in their life, or simply want to celebrate the special relationships in her life with a mother, daughter, sister or a best friend.

Q: What is Boudoir photography?
A: Boudoir photography is not for the faint hearted and you will be required to leave your inhibitions at the front door. The urban dictionary defines it as “An intimate photo of a man or women, suggestively covered but not fully nude, meant to tease the senses.”

Q: How many photographs do you take?
A: This depend entirely on what type of shoot you have booked. The main focus is to provide you with a variety of quality images – not quantity. We would have covered your desired outcomes of the shoot prior to your session which will give us a rough guide as to the types/combinations of images and product we are shooting for. There is no set limit.

Q: Do we get every photo that you take on the day?
A: Images that are not included are those intended for testing the exposure and when a person has clearly blinked. We also try to narrow down your choices where a multitude of images were taken of the same pose/backdrop, and this is up to the desecration of the photographer.

Q: Do you include the high resolution digital files?
A: For every print you purchase you receive the high resolution digital copy, and a low resolution copy to share on social media.

Q: We’ve done our shoot, what happens next?
A: We set up a date for your in-person sales viewing. All decision makers need to be present. The first viewing is complementary, however if you need to book a second viewing, this will be charged per hour.

Q: What is a sales viewing and where is this held?
A: Your sales viewing is where you view your selection of images, you narrow them down to your favourites and we discuss the final cost of your product purchase. Sales viewing sessions are held at the studio, alternatively we can meet at a mutually convenient location.

Q: How long after our sales viewing do we get our photos?
A: Unless special arrangements are made the turnaround time is two weeks after full product payment (folio boxes and custom framing excluded)

Q: How long does it take to get our folio box set or custom framed art?
A: It take around three to four weeks after full payment.

Q: How long do you keep my photographs?
A: Photographs are kept on my working hard drive until your order has been processed. It is then moved to an Archive Drive where it will stay for five years. All my drives are backed up to two additional hard drives. An admin fee is charged to access archive drives.

Q: Do you Photoshop my photos?
A: All our photos are put through a post production process where basic colour corrections are made and attention is given to those images that will be presented to you so that it reflects our style and professional standard. Images selected for enlargements and wall art are given the special attention they deserve. Digital manipulation is an additional per hour charge.

Q: What is a model release for?
A: A model release is a legal document between you and the photographer and is standard industry practice. It is a written form of permission allowing the photographer to photograph you and/a minor, allowing the photographer to publish your image on their website, blog, marketing material and for business promotions. It is a form of protection of your image and the work of the photographer.

Q: Are you at all affiliated with the AIPP?
A: Yes, Nadia Marlow is a Full member of the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photographers) and ACMP (Australian Commercial Media Photographers). Look for the logo when you book your photographer

We have tried to answer the more common questions here, however if you have a query with regards to something not covered here please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.