Below is a list of frequently asked questions and detailed information on what to expect when you book a senior portrait session with John Morris Photography.
So, how does this work?
We like to keep things simple. To book a session, you’ll first need to select a date and contact us through our online form or by phone to confirm our availability. Once a date is set, we’ll send you a contract that must be signed by a parent/guardian and returned along with a $75 retainer fee within one week in order to hold your date. Of course the retainer fee applies towards your package. The remainder is due the day of your session. After we have received your contract, we’ll set up a phone consultation.
What's the consultation all about?
Phone consultations are the best and most efficient way to get to know each other and hash out the details of your shoot. During the consultation we will discuss clothing, hair / makeup, location options, designate a specific meeting location, and answer any questions you might have. If it’s important to you or your parents to meet us in person, we’ll gladly arrange for an in-person consultation at one of our favorite local coffee houses.
What should I wear/bring?
Your portrait sessions are all about you, so bring 3-4 different outfits that show off your personality and style. Solid colors and longer sleeves will help emphasize the face and are less distracting in photos. It’s also important that you are comfortable in your clothes. If you are not comfortable, it will show in your pictures. Girls - feel free to wear heels, but make sure you also bring a pair of comfortable walking shoes. Also bring any pets / props / instruments that are important to you.
Do you offer hair and makeup?
We do not offer hair or makeup, but we recommend clean makeup application with added emphasis on lips and eyelashes.
What can I expect during the photo session?
On the day of your session, we will meet you at a designated location which will be discussed during the consultation. If necessary, we can help you decide which outfits work best with the surroundings.
Generally, a portrait session will last anywhere between 1-2 hours. We shoot in a deliberate, fast-paced but very relaxed style. We want to make sure you are always comfortable and looking your best. Our sessions are highly interactive and a lot of fun. Great photos do require a bit of work but you’ll have such a blast you won’t know where the time went!
Should I bring my mom or dad to my session?
Yes, we strongly recommend you bring at least one parent with you. A parent is always a valuable assistant during the shoot and can help with clothes, hair, props, etc.
Can I bring a friend to my session?
Definitely. In fact we have special deals if your friend wants pictures too! Ask us for details. Friends can often bring out the best smiles.
Do you offer group / friends sessions?
Yes! Group / friends sessions can be a lot of fun and provide you with invaluable memories. These are separate from personal portrait sessions. Please contact us for details.
Will you reschedule for bad weather?
Do you offer in-studio portraits?
Absolutely! We love to shoot outdoors, but can offer in-studio sessions for an additional fee.
Proofing & ordering. How does it work?
After your photo shoot, the photos will be posted online to a password protected website for viewing and ordering approximately two weeks later. You can then email us which poses you want for your prints, enlargements and / or composite. Additional prints can be ordered directly online. Once you have made your selection, please allow an additional two weeks for the photos to be shipped directly to you.
Can I use the photos on Facebook or Myspace?
Yes. For each photo / pose ordered, you will receive a complimentary web-ready digital file.
Can I make my own reprints?
You may make your own reprints if you purchase the digital negatives; otherwise reproduction of any image is a violation of Federal Copyright Law. Reprints are always available through John Morris Photography.
Is there a minimum for re-orders?
Yes, there is a $25 minimum plus shipping for all re-orders.
Do you offer retouching?
Yes. Minor retouching is included with every photo ordered, including the photos you select for your package. Special effects and cosmetic retouching is available at an additional cost.
How do I get started?
It’s easy! Just pick a desired date for your session and send us a message through our online form.