We have included some information to help answer many common questions about our sessions. Please feel free to give us a call or send us an email at Chanel@yourreflectionmystyle.com if your question is not answered below and we will be more than happy to help you.
WHAT IS YOUR STYLE OF PHOTOGRAPHY?
Chanel loves to capture natural and creative images which will be cherished pieces in your family for years to come. Simplicity, expression, emotion, relationships and love are all conveyed in her images. Chanel offers many different kinds of sessions and it is highly recommended for new clients to meet with Chanel prior to the session so we can really customize the session for you and your child/family.
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK A SESSION WITH YOU?
YRMS is a small specialized boutique studio and take a very limited number of sessions each month. Because of this, I suggest you call as soon as you know you would like to book a session with us as our schedule can fill up quickly. Sessions are available Tuesday, Friday and some Saturdays, although other days and times maybe be available upon request.
Chanel will try to accommodate everyone but during our busy season of fall your best bet it to call as early in advance as possible. For maternity clients, the best time to book is around 30-36 weeks to allow for a good sized belly but before you get really uncomfortable. For newborn clients, the ideal time is to book 5-10 days after your due date or scheduled C-section. If you deliver late or early, we will move your appointment time if necessary. For all other ages, there isn’t a specific ‘date’ and it just depends on your goals and schedule.
WHAT AGES SHOULD WE GET PROFESSIONAL PORTRAITS DONE?
Many new parents ask this question and Chanel’s answer is to focus on the stages rather than the actual ages. After many years of working with children, I have found the following ages to be a perfect time for professional portraits: 5-10 days for a newborn as this is when they are the sleepiest and I am are able mold and fold them into all those adorable positions. Seven to Eight months for the sitting up stage where they can sit solidly on their own and they are all about personality and expression. For the standing/walking stage and for the 1 year portrait, I recommend coming around 11-13 months. If your child is walking and it is summer or fall when we can be outside, an outdoor session is highly recommended. After they turn one, you will find the rate at which they look different (a good indicator of when it is time to come in) slows down dramatically. After their 1st birthday, many of my clients come once to twice a year and time it around the spring, birthdays and/or the holiday season (Aug-Dec). These are all just suggestions and I happily work with all ages and stages. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask and I will help you come up with a perfect plan for your family.
DO YOU SHOOT IN THE STUDIO OR OUTDOORS?
Chanel shoots both outdoors and in the studio. As a guideline, typically shoots with newborns and babies under 1 year are best in the studio although newborn sessions can be done in your home as well. Sessions in doors provides a safe and comfortable environment for your baby. All other shoots can be done either outdoors or in the studio.
HOW DO I GET TO YOUR STUDIO?
Your Reflection My Style is located at 2905 Gill Street, Suite C in Bloomington. The studio is located just one block south of G.E Road off of Airport Road. The 2nd to last building on the left hand side of the street.
WHAT IF IT RAINS ON THE DAY OF MY SESSION?
I don’t cancel a shoot unless it is actually raining during your session time. Often times, the lighting during weather that isn’t perfect is better for photography. A cloudy day is actually a good thing for a lot of the work we do. So unless it is really bad, plan on still having your shoot. I will be watching the weather and will call you as soon as I know if we are going to have to cancel. Do not worry… I will take care of you and find a new session time for you if this happens. Mother Nature sometimes has a mind of her own!
WHAT IF I NEED TO RESCHEDULE MY SESSION?
I understand that unexpected items come up especially when you have children. If you need to reschedule, please call us as soon as possible (at least 24-48 hours in advance). If your child is unusually cranky or sick, it is better to go ahead and reschedule your session. If your child has a bump, scratch or bruise, I can easily remove them at no additional charge. If your child has a black eye or anything else that changes their actual appearance, it is best to reschedule until after they have healed. The sitting fee is good as long as you rebook within 6 months from your original appointment time.
HOW LONG WILL MY SESSION TAKE?
Outdoor portrait sessions last approximately 45 min to an hour. Studio sessions last approximately an hour except newborn session which sometimes can last up to one-three hours. These times vary depending on how many people are included in the photographs and the age of your children. However, if needed, we will take extra time as your happiness is our ultimate goal.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Unless there is anything specific that is significant to you, do not feel as though you need to bring anything to the shoot. The majority of your shoot will focus on capturing the personality of your child and family however, I welcome any personal additions that you may want to bring. Some favorites are a sentimental blanket for a newborn shoot, a favorite toy for a toddler, or hats, scarves and accessories for any age.
HOW SHOULD I DISPLAY MY PORTRAITS?
It is a true honor for you to display my artwork of your family in your home and I find many clients love my help when choosing where their images should be displayed in their home. I offer free home consultations when you are choosing wall art to display in your home. I come to your home and take measurements and often bring sample sizes and frames so we can choose what will best work in your home. I will also take pictures of your walls so I can show you almost exactly what the finished product will look like. Sometimes it is single framed portraits or wraps and sometimes it is Wall Collections. The Wall Collections are one of my absolute favorites! They are collections of images that are hung together to make a unique statement. Many clients consider this one of my specialties and are so popular because they help turn a house into a home…with personal artful portraits. I offer a variety of collections some of which are displayed throughout the studio. I will make collection suggestions to help tell your own personal story based on your home and the priorities of your shoot.
DO YOU OFFER CUSTOM FRAMING?
Yes!!! I offer quality custom framing at competitive prices to help our families have an all-inclusive experience. This not only will save you time and research, but will also provide you with my assistance and knowledge of what works best with our photography. I have a large variety of beautiful frames that allow you to pick up your images ready to be hung in your home or wrapped for a perfect gift for a loved one. I work with each client to ensure you choose a frame perfect for your image and the style of your home. I often have clients that bring images from other photographers or bring other art to be framed.
DO YOU SELL DIGITAL FILES?
I do not sell a disk of images or high resolution digital files from your session but I do offer low res files perfect for sharing on Facebook, Twitter and the other social media sites or even just to have on your screen saver at home. Most people I work with come to me for our artistic creativity, professionalism, expertise, service, and the overall experience. They are not wanting full sized files, but more something that they can share with their friends and family. The low res are the perfect solution for this and the best part is that I don’t even charge you for them! Please note these files are only available for purchased images. So for example, if you order an album, you will get a low res file for each of the images included in the album. Currently I have most all the files of all the sessions that I have done, although since 2009 we have worked to make sure they are archived and I am working to get them placed in an area off site as well.
WHAT PAYMENT METHODS DO YOU ACCEPT?
Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard and AMEX. We also happily will set up a payment plan for you if desired.
More info to come.