TalismanPHOTO Living
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FAQS

 


 
 

 

FAQS: SHOOT INFO

 

WHERE AND HOW CAN I USE MY PHOTOS?

Photographs can be used for any personal use! That includes but is not limited to: prints for the home and family, holiday cards, keepsakes, digital sharing with friends and family, and personal social media posts. Any commercial uses must be negotiated separately. They include but not limited to: public relations, marketing, advertising and licensing to a third party. For my commercial photography business, check out TalismanPHOTO.com.

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WHEN CAN I EXPECT MY IMAGES TO BE DELIVERED?

 

The short answer is:

  • THE EDITORIAL: 2 weeks

  • THE FEATURE: 4 weeks

  • THE COVER SHOOT: 6-8 weeks

These are estimates and are based on how quickly you make your final selections. Here's what to expect:

  1. I will deliver a private web gallery of images 1-2 weeks after our shoot.

  2. You will " ❤️ " your favorites and let me know when you've made your final selections.

  3. Then I start editing! THE EDITORIAL and THE FEATURE require Basic Photo Editing and THE COVER SHOOT requires Full Professional Retouching, so their turnaround time is a bit different. Thanks in advance for your patience!

  4. Once the images are ready, I'll email you and you will be able to download and share the images directly from the online gallery. The gallery will be available for 1 year after your shoot so you can always order more images later.

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WHAT DO NATURAL LIGHT + LIGHTING EQUIPMENT MEAN?

  • Natural Light is the available sunlight, without any artificial light sources.

  • Lighting Equipment includes: stands, strobes, bounces, soft boxes and umbrellas.

Although my style of photography always feels very natural, using lighting equipment gives me more control, which is important for my magazine-style editorial portraits.

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WHAT IS BASIC PHOTO EDITING?

Basic photo editing is color correction, exposure adjusting, cropping and minor dodging and burning (or anything that could be done in an old-fashioned darkroom) . More sophisticated changes to how you look (making arms skinnier, removing bags under the eyes, combining images, whitening teeth, etc.) are done in Adobe Photoshop and is considered Full Professional Retouching. You can order Full Professional Retouching for additional images at anytime. See pricing here.

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WHAT IS FULL PROFESSIONAL RETOUCHING?

I work with a professional retoucher for the full-on glam treatment! You get what I would do for any glossy advertising campaign or magazine portrait. I take special care to style and arrange my portraits, but having a professional retoucher makes a real difference. And don't worry, I am always careful to make sure you look completely natural and not overdone, so you can feel confident and beautiful. You as your best self! 

Here's what's included:

  1. Body Reshaping—the much easier version of a nip/tuck

  2. Beauty Management—skin, hair, teeth whitening etc.

  3. Clothing/Environment Correction—smoothing of clothing, etc.

  4. Compositing—when you combine two or more images to make a single final image

The type of editing in categories 1 - 3 (body reshaping, beauty management and environment correction) usually takes 2-3 hours per image. Category 4—compositing—is for the COVER SHOOT and takes approximately 6-8 hours for up to 5 subjects.

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WHAT IS DIGITAL TETHERING?

My camera wirelessly attaches to my iPad Pro so I can see the view from my camera in real time. I use a Cam Ranger for my fellow tech geeks out there =) This is key for the COVER SHOOT portrait. Seeing the images on a large screen means my Digital Technician/Assistant and I can catch all the styling nuances needed to create that perfect final editorial/magazine-style portrait.

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IT'S NOT EASY TO KEEP MY FAMILY FOCUSED FOR ALL THAT TIME. WHAT IF SOMEONE GETS HANGRY OR CRANKY?

We've all been there, baby or adult, so we roll with it! It’s all part of the day. That being said, this is why shooting in your home or a familiar place is so important. I find that kids last much longer when they are engaged in real life and not constantly being asked to pose. 

Also, snacks, naps, and treats! Let's make sure everyone (including you!) is relaxed, pampered and full. And, hey, maybe a napping baby ends up being our perfect shot? My point is, I'm flexible and patient, and I never judge. I say bring on the snacks, drinks and silly theme songs for ALL of us! We are in this together.

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HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I BOOK MY SHOOT?

I book up to a year in advance with a deposit. Weekends and Holidays are in high demand, so I recommend booking those shoots as far in advance as possible. If you need images for a specific deadline (like a Holiday card) please remember to take into account the turn round time when it comes to those time sensitive shoots! Click here to contact me for availability.

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WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL THE SHOOT?

I require 50% non-refundable deposit for all my shoots. NYC shoots can be cancelled up to 14 days notice for the remaining balance not to be due. Travel cancellation policy is 30 days notice.

I am always happy to apply your deposit, minus already incurred expenses, towards a future shoot. Please remember, when we book our shoot it means I am turning down other jobs, renting equipment, making travel arrangements and booking assistant to make you my priority!

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WHAT KIND OF GEAR DO YOU USE?


 

FAQS: ADD-ONS

 

CAN I GET ADDITIONAL IMAGES FROM THE SHOOT?

Absolutely! And there is no time limit. Pricing depends on how many images you would like. Bulk discounts available.

THE EDITORIAL + THE FEATURE:


COVER SHOOT: Custom pricing

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CAN I GET ADDITIONAL IMAGES PROFESSIONALLY RETOUCHED?

That’s also an affirmative. You can come back for Full Professional Retouching at any time. Please note, however, that the turnaround time depends on my retoucher’s schedule and therefore as much advance warning as possible is best for all parties involved. Full Professional Retouching ranges from $50 - $150/photo for THE EDITORIAL + THE FEATURE shoots. Pricing for the COVER SHOOT is custom depending on how many people are in the image, etc. Bulk discounts available.

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CAN YOU RECOMMEND PROFESSIONAL HAIR + MAKEUP?

I absolutely can and it's definitely recommended. Let's be honest, we all feel better after a little pampering and this is all about feeling your absolute best and most confident self! My recommendations fall mainly within NYC. List being compiled as we speak ... check back in a few.

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DO YOU TRAVEL OUTSIDE NYC?

I regularly travel for my work and I would be happy to do so for your family! Check out info about Travel Rates here.

To get notified if I’m coming to your city, click here to join my mailing list.

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