About Your Custom Portrait Session With Us
TIME: We want the session to be a relaxed and fun experience for you. Allowing plenty of time to create custom photographs in a casual atmosphere is the key. The best photographs are made when everyone is comfortable and relaxed.
LOCATIONS: 98% of the portrait photographs, that you have seen on our site, were taken in and around clients' homes or favorite nearby spots. Finding great areas for portraits is our specialty.
The portraits that we create are not primarily of the background. We artistically use your environment to tell a little bit about you. While important, the background that we choose is not the focus of the photograph, you are..... and it shows!
When many clients see their photographs, they say things like: "I can't believe that you were able to get such wonderful images around my home." and "We are so glad that you included elements that have special meaning to us, in our photographs!"
CLOTHING: For most portraits, earth tones of blue, green or brown are best. When picking a color, please try to use a color that accentuates your eye, hair and skin coloring. Absolutely no large patterns or logos (except certain senior sessions). Long sleeves are preferred unless you have exceptionally thin arms or for small children. Try to match your clothing to the environment that we will be shooting in. Because we usually start in your home, clothing changes should be quick and easy. We will be glad to help with clothing choices.
GROOMING & MAKE-UP: Please be sure to comb or brush your hair and apply any make-up prior to the shoot. It sounds trivial, but please check your look in the mirror before we arrive. For pets, please choose a session time that coordinates with when they look the best to you. A week or so after a hair trim or right after a grooming may work best.
PETS: We love pets!! Thinking ahead, of some of your pet's favorite spots, toys, activities will be a great help. We encourage at least a few photographs with the other family members if possible.
SLIDE SHOWS: Slide shows with complete image selection for ordering will be posted online. Most images will be presented in the selection slide shows in color, black & white and sepia. Put simply, most images look the very best in one of these three formats. We want you to be able to see each photograph in each format, for yourself. These slide shows are available to view and order from, for 14 days. The slide shows expire after 14 days. You may purchase an unlimited version of the slide shows to enjoy from now on. Please see our price list.
PRINT SIZES: Due to artistic considerations, some "standard" print sizes may not be suitable for some of the images taken. These photographs will be sized to the closest dimensions of the print size that you have chosen. IE: A print from these images may not be suited for an exact 8"x10" print dimension. The image may need to be printed at 7"x10" to include the correct artistic composition. Some of these prints may need a "non-standard" frame size. These are available at any frame shop.
ORDERING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS: You will find the individual photograph numbers on your screen in the selection slide shows. A minimum of 50% of your order total is due at the time that you place your order. The remaining balance is due when you pickup, or we ship, your order. We accept cash, check and credit cards (through PayPal). Price lists are available for you to print here: PORTRAIT PRICE LIST
CANCELLATION/RESCHEDULE POLICY: Due to the amount of time that we reserve for your session and the probable loss of income of cancelled or rescheduled sessions, the $187.50 deposit will be forfeited unless cancellations or reschedules are called in at least 10 days prior to the scheduled session date. Special circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis.
OTHER QUESTIONS: If you have any other questions about your session, please give us a call at (828) 581-4012. We will be happy to help with any questions that you may have.
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J A Y C O B L E
P H O T O G R A P H E R
Phone: (828) 581-4012 · Asheville, NC 28803