Portrait Q+A

How much is a portrait session?

Creative Session – $150

This includes…

Crystal Jo as your primary photographer

1 ½ hour session at location of your choice

Unlimited Photography – Unlimited Locations – Unlimited Outfit Changes – Unlimited Family Members

Scheduled Video Presentation of proofs within 2 weeks of session

All final images retouched, color corrected and put online for ordering

The creative session fee is for Crystal Jo’s time and talent both during your session and editing your images afterward.  The session fee does not include your images, either digital or printed; these are purchased separately. The session fee is non-refundable.  For a detailed pricelist of prints and packages, please inquire within.

*Note that all products and services are charged a lame 6.75% sales tax.

What is included in the 1 ½ session?

The 1 ½ hour session is continuous and begins at a time set forth by both of us prior to your session. During our fabulous session, I won’t limit the number of photos I capture, I won’t charge additional fees based on the total number of wardrobe changes, the number of individuals in the photos, or even the number of times we move to various locations within the same area.   Your hour and a half is your hour and a half.  Whatever you want to do…the sky is the limit  {not really, we can do a photo shoot in the sky if you wish..tee hee}.

How do I see my images?

Within just two weeks of your session (if not sooner), I’ll review each one of the photographs and make select adjustments to the exposure, white balance, saturation, vibrancy, and crop to enhance the appearance of your images. After your awesome images are edited, I’ll contact you and we’ll schedule an appointment to come and view your images in a viewing area at my home.  You’re gonna love what you see!

What is an online gallery?

All of my sessions include an online photo gallery featuring your photographs. After your private viewing of your photographs, I upload all of the images to a special online gallery. You and your friends, and family can view or purchase these photos at any time – from any computer with internet access. This online gallery will remain available for 3 months.  Cool, huh?

Where can my session be?

Remember?  The sky isn’t really the limit.  Your shoot can be anywhere you dream.

The location for your family session can vary based on your preferences or lifestyle. You may choose to meet where you enjoy spending time together or you may want to meet somewhere like your home, a local park, your favorite restaurant, the zoo, or even Disneyland. Your choices are practically limitless and are bounded only by the restrictions of the venue. Please note that travel charges may apply for locations outside a 30 mile radius from Grove City, Ohio.  I love to schedule outdoor sessions in the early morning or late afternoon so that we can take full advantage of the best lighting – those big white fluffy clouds – they provide the most complementary light of the day.

What if it rains?

For inclement weather, we reschedule.  Easy as that.

Do we get a CD of images?

Digital Negatives can be purchased – either individually or the entire collection of images from your session.  When the digital negatives are purchased, a copyright release is included which allows you to print these images, at will, at any vendor, at your convenience.  Suh-weet!

Do you offer gift certificates?

You betcha!  I offer the ability for your friends and family to give the gift of professional photography through my gift certificates.  With my unique photography gift certificates, credits can be purchased and used in any monetary increments.  These gift certificates can be applied toward any of my services including album upgrades.  Upon your purchase, I’ll email the certificate for easy, fast printing and giving, or mail you the certificate on beautiful paper.

Do you travel?

Only if you do.  For all photo shoots within 30 miles of my studio in Grove City, Ohio, no mileage or travel charges apply. For all events outside 30 miles, clients may be billed for travel expenses. Please note that these hourly charges include fees for my time, fuel, and transportation-related expenses but exclude special charges including parking fees. Expenses related to the actual travel time may be billed based on the distance in both directions.  For Ohio destinations, travel time is computed at $20.00 per hour plus $0.55/mile for anything beyond 30 miles.  For destinations out of state and out of country, please feel welcome to inquire. I always travel as economically as possible. I am available for travel anywhere on the planet and will be happy to accommodate you and your needs.

I love Crystal Jo Foto, how can I book you?

In order to reserve a session and time, the session fee of $150 (plus $10.12 sales tax) is required .  To mail your retainer, please make your check payable to Crystal Jo Foto, 2650 Kingston Ave, Grove City, Ohio, 43123. If you’d like to pay by credit card, an online invoice can be sent.

What should we wear?

Bring at least one alternative outfit for each of you.  (keep in mind, wardrobe change may take place in your vehicle or other unusual places).  Bright clothes are fun if your location is fitting. I do encourage wearing your style! If bright colors and polka dots are fitting for YOU – by all means, wear them!  Avoid selecting wardrobe items that feature patterns, stripes, shiny silk, satin, bulky knits, busy prints, or logos. Ensure your undergarments aren’t visible through your outer layers of clothing.   Avoid wearing multiple layers of clothing which often add perceived weight in photographs. Don’t forget to bring all of your accessories like shoes, socks, belts, and jewelry.  Want props?  Ideas.. bouquet of fresh flowers, a crazy hat, jerseys/football, sunglasses or something that represents you. Leave purses, coats, cell phones in the car – give your keys to me…especially if it’s a nice car. Pay particular attention to facial hair, eyebrows and makeup.  For the ladies: use hand moisturizer immediately before so I can capture that beautiful diamond on soft manicured hands. Get a good night’s sleep before your photo session – no crazy partying the night before!

More questions?  Connect with me… crystal@crystaljofoto.com