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Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a studio?
We have an in-home studio with backdrop, lighting and a few props. Look through our portfolio to see samples of what is possible! We can send you behind the scenes photos if you want to get a feel for the actual setup.
Do you offer hair or make-up services?
Not at this time. We generally try to do our shoots on weekends, but we can work around schedules as needed if you want to work with a third-party hair or make-up service before our session.
What do we wear to the session?
The easiest things is to look at our or other photographer portfolios and see what catches your eye in other photos as either good or bad. You can also search the Internet for more detailed tips. A few useful hints from us:
How many photos will we get?
We don't use specific quotas in what we do. We'll shoot for the duration allotted, being flexible where needed to get as many looks captured as possible. You'll have access to an online gallery to download digital images or purchace physical prints of all the photos we determine to meet our quality standards. You get a lot of photos with basic edits done one them, and the option to purchase advanced editing for a set number that you might want to print or showcase.
Can we bring additional people to the shoot?
Of course. For example if we are doing an engagement session, family session, or senior shoot - it is fine to do a few photos with an additional person (a child, a parent, a friend, even a pet). As far as we see it, you are hiring our talent for a time slot and you can use us how you want. Just work with us to balance the time to be sure we capture our primary focus.
Can we take photos during the shoot?
This is a touchy subject for a lot of photographers. We are working together to create art, so this like asking a sandwich artist at Subway if you can help put the toppings on your own sandwich. What we don't want is someone trying to capture a 'knock-off' image that isn't of the same quality we are striving to produce or missing a great moment due to distraction. This is particularly true when working with photographers like us who are not placing a limit on the digital downloads in your gallery.
What is a model release / print release / session contract?
Photography produces both a service (the experience of a photography session) and goods (digital or printed products). As such, a set of agreements must be formed between the client and the photographer to establish ground rules for these items. Here is a brief rundown of this paperwork that will be signed or provided to you.
What is your pricing?
See our Pricing page for the current price list (including specials!). Like most photographers, there are two components to consider.
How much experience do you have?
Tom has been doing photography for about 10 years. Most of that was spent doing event photography, so portraiture is a bit new to us (starting professionally in 2019). He devotes a number of hours to training each year to learn new techniques or to expand our product offerings.
What locations do you shoot at?
We actually moved to the Des Moines area in 2018, so we are still learning the community. We can do a natural or urban shoot, depending on what you are looking for. We'll consult beforehand to talk that over and often look to clients to see if they have somewhere particular in mind.
What is your style?
Every photographer has three styles - their photograph style, their shooting style, and their business style.
How do I book a session?
Use the form on the Contact page to engage with us and we'll walk you through the process, which generally involves:
What are your limits?
Some photography studios limit people, locations, outfits or photo counts. Quite often higher volume studios require this to better manage their bookings as they often do multiple shoots per day. As a smaller studio, our only limit is the total session duration in order to schedule around other life activities.
Do you do volunteer photography or donate for causes?
Yes! We got our start doing exactly that. Our specialty based on our backgrounds is performing volunteer event photography at STEM events, such as FIRST (FRC, FTC, FLL). We also enjoy donating time or resources for those with special needs. If you are in need of a volunteer photographer or a donation of services for a raffle, please reach out and contact us and we'll see what we can do.
Do you do event photography?
Yes! We started out in event photography and still enjoy doing this periodically. Contact us with details about your event and we can provide you a cost estimate!
Do you do boudoir or fine art shoots?
Yes! We love these kinds of intimate sessions and we can do them in our studio or at your location. We have an example gallery we can send, just use our contact form to discuss proposed details of a shoot in order to access those images.
Do you do model portfolio building?
We have special rates for models in the Iowa area who wish to collaborate on specialty projects with us. Or, if you are new to modeling, we love doing portfolio building shoots and provide some training/ideas on outfits and posing. We also love doing studio headshots for those!