Do you have an office?

We do have an office in the heart of Downtown Palm Beach. It is centrally located on the iconic street of Clematis, with easy access to waterfront, plenty of nearby parking, and even the entertainment options offered by Clematis by Night and Cityplace. Our office hours are by APPOINTMENT ONLY for Client Consultations and Meetings. We welcome all new clients to get a chance to meet us, speak with us, and see our work beautifully displayed at our office in the historic building of the Comeau. This way we get away from the noisy, chaotic, crowded, with limited hours, local coffee shops. Instead, we meet in a quiet, elegant office with our work displayed proudly on our walls with numerous albums and hundreds of prints to view in person. 

ADDRESS: 319 Clematis Street, Suite 210, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

 
 

What is your shooting style?

We focus on a photojournalistic & lifestyle type of photography, which is meant to capture exactly who you are. It’s relaxed and not meant to be posed (but we still do pose you at times and when needed, to make sure we get some amazing shots for your album). The idea is to be YOURSELF. We want the most real, passionate, emotions from you: your laughter, your smiles, your giggles, your tears, your surprise. It’s done in a way that brings out natural personality of the subject through natural expressions and movements... "natural moments". We photograph you talking to each other, tickling, snuggling, laughing, maybe even crying. What if you feel like you don't know how to pose yourself ? ? ? No worries -- we are always here with a ton of suggestions to truly capture you beautifully. :-) We help you throughout the entire process. And on the subject of how we shoot- we LOVE details!! We absolutely love capturing what's going on from a distance, closing in tight on a moment, grabbing some amazing macro shots of decor, and truly displaying your moments for everything they are. 

How long have you been photographing?

SMP hasbeen in business since 2010. And we wouldn't be doing anything else than this passion. We love it! 

how many weddings have you done & how many portraits?

SMP has captured over 600+ weddings and almost ALL are PUBLISHED!!!!! We have also captured over 1600+ portrait sessions in our career. Yes, we are very experienced, as this is something we do day in & day out. 

WHEN DO I BOOK MY WEDDING -OR- FORMAL EVENT ON YOUR CALENDAR?

AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!! We have won awards & been internationally published -- We book fast! Even years ahead of time. If you love our work and our pricing, contact us, so that we can meet you.  We ask that all clients inquiring meet with us as soon as possible to discuss their Wedding with our team members.  

DO YOU PROVIDE VIDEOGRAPHY SERVICES?

No, we have an amazing passion for photography, and our company is focused on delivering to you stunning images capturing your moments through still-frame photography. We absolutely love still shots. It's what we are at heart. In our opinion and professional experience, Videography and Photography are much like trying to master TWO very different languages. Both video and photography require effort, countless hours of practice and patience to be proficient & comfortable with both. Be careful when hiring the SAME company for both aspects. There is NO guarantee that they will focus fully on the same task, making both items equally excellent. We know that your photographs and video/film are the two ways to truly enjoy your wedding memories forever.  No other wedding purchases will give you joy long after your big day.  We always suggest getting separate professionals to each do one task well. For all our clients, we do have a list of recommended Videographers to chose from for some ideas, if you desire.

DO I RECEIVE HIGH-RESOLUTION IMAGES?

Yes!! All of our clients receive a Flashdrive for their completed product. The completed photographs will be post-processed and re-touched through our editing and will receive a Final Review with an additional photographer/editor before shipment to our clients. Yes, the Flash-drive does include non-watermarked images for your personal printing at any retailer of your choice. All product(s) will be mailed in protective packaging via USPS FIRST CLASS with Tracking Confirmation services. The photographs you will receive will be High-Resolution, Retouched & Edited, RAW converted to JPEG Digital Image files. We also provide a beautiful Online Gallery with all the completed images you will receive. The Online Gallery will always be password-protected for your privacy, and it is a great way to share all the photographs from anywhere to family, friends, and all your guests.

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A lot of photography companies say they give the DISC/FLASH-DRIVE of images, but that can be deceiving as some companies only give a 4×6 resolution w/ watermark (low-resolution, that when enlarged to 8x10 will be blurry/pixelated). So if you ever want an 8×10 print or canvas print, you have to spend hundreds of dollars with that company for the rest of your life for Printing or Enlarging Services. We’ve even heard some studios making photos into squares & only providing photographs with a watermark on them. That way prints and frames can ONLY be ordered by that company and nowhere else. SMP believes in not taking part in these practices... we prefer to give the completed high-resolution photographs and a finished product to our clients, plus the Online Gallery, which makes sharing with guests super easy!!

 
 

PINTEREST  VS  ART

Use Pinterest to GUIDE you in finding the right photographer: Collect images you like, look at the overall STYLE of the photographs you have pinned, and then find yourself a photographer that displays that type of work. Hire that photographer. Now, rest. At this point, you have hired a photographer you trust and adore. You shouldn't try to have a photographer you have hired attempt to photograph like another photographer. Pinterest can discourage the creative process overall. As photographers, the images we create are like one-of-a-kind art. There are so many aspects that go into composing a photograph, most importantly the lighting, environment and the subjects. Sometimes, the most amazing photographs happen by chance and can’t be re-created. Unpredictability is one of the things we find most inspiring and exciting about photography. We love when we are able to blow our couples away, and give them images that are better than anything they could have ever dreamed up or expected. We are able to create these images when we are given time, complete trust and artistic freedom. It may appear simple, but there are a lot of things that make up a good photograph. As photographers, we see photos in a very unique way. We notice the lighting, coloring, the location, time of day, the body forms, the props, the clothing, the natural elements (wind, sun flare, fog), the posing, the height of the couple, ect. We know from experience that ALL of these aspects are what create the mood & feel of that particular photo. When our focus is on re-creating, we aren’t able to truly create. Knowing how important all of the elements are that go into a photograph are what make us feel discouraged when presented with a Pinterest board of inspiration. We jump into problem solving mode…how are we going to create that wind swept beach photo in a hotel garden setting? How are we going to shoot that epic bridal portrait in a messy and chaotic bridal suite? How are we going to serve our clients, but still do our best work? Re-creating someone else’s photo takes a lot of time to stage correctly - Actually, it takes up more time, much more time to recreate poses from a list then to shoot the way the photographer intends to. Best piece of advice we can offer - Let us be inspired by simply bringing yourselves to the present moment. 

ALBUMS, CANVAS, AND PRINTS... DO YOU OFFER THEM?

Absolutely!! Each Online Gallery that my clients receive is set-up with a direct printing service feature.  AND - Remember, you (the client) receives the PERSONAL PRINT RELEASE for personal printing of your gorgeous images.

WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?

We accept electronic forms of payment through the technology of SQUARE CARD SERVICES. We do this because it's very secure and will always provide you a receipt. We also accept Cash, Checks, and Cashier's checks. The electronic forms we accept are all major credit cards and Apple Pay. We can also invoice you via your email address from SQUARE CARDS SERVICES, if you request. All these forms include Receipt of payment. 

 
 

ARE ALL THE PHOTOGRAPHS ON THIS WEBSITE'S PORTFOLIO YOURS?

Yes, all the photographs on this website's portfolio and slideshows are the complete and full Copyright of Scribbled Moments Photography, Inc 2010 to PRESENT. All Rights Reserved.

What are your engagement session guidelines?

I prefer to shoot two hours prior to sunset or mid-morning. Morning light (before 8:30am) is  very magical, soft and glowy (this is when I shoot my boudoir sessions) and evening light is very buttery, golden and sun-kissed. Sunset is actually what I truly prefer to shoot during - really makes the photographs pop! I love shooting in new places, however anything outside of Palm Beach County will involve a travel fee. Engagement sessions are 1 hour at the most, and I recommend 2 outfits (a casual one and a dressy one). I will send you outfit recommendations but you should always keep in mind the location in which we are shooting, for instance don’t wear heels to the beach and try to coordinate your outfits with each other while complimenting the location (for example, if you want to do a session in a field, bring a flower crown, or if you want to shoot at a garden wear pastel or spring colors.) I will say, darker colors tend to not photography as well as lighter + brighter colors. Lastly, engagement sessions will take place in one yet beautiful location.

DO YOU BRING BACK-UP CAMERAS & GEAR WITH YOU TO AN EVENT?

You can never be too careful with your photos! We even bring the back-up gear necessary for portrait sessions, as well. We can never be too careful. Instead of asking the photographer how many megapixels their DSLR camera has, ask them if they actually have backup equipment equal to the equipment they are actively using. What happens if the camera over-heats, falls & breaks, or just simply doesn't want to snap a photograph?!?!  It’s really important on the day of the wedding for the photography crew to have at least two camera bodies each on them just in case. That's why all our photographers will arrive to your session and event with ample lens, at least three (3) DSLR camera bodies per every one photographer, and extra SD cards, Ext Flash-heads, etc. We come fully prepared so you can relax and enjoy those moments we will be capturing.

What gear do we bring to weddings?

This is a list compiled of the Gear that is standard for us to have on a typical Wedding Day. And yes, some of this gear is purely for BACK-UP purposes, we want to be 100% prepared to always provide continuous and uninterrupted coverage of your gorgeous day. 

CANON 5D MARK III CAMERA BODIES  (3 OF THESE)
CANON 6D  CAMERA BODIES (3 OF THESE - BACK-UP PURPOSES)
BATTERY GRIPS ON EACH CAMERA BODY
CANON 70-200MM F/2.8 L IS USM TELEPHOTO LENS
CANON EF 24-70MM F/2.8L USM STANDARD ZOOM LENS
CANON 50MM F/1.2 USM
CANON EF 15MM F/2.8 FISHEYE LENS
CANON EF 24MM F/1.4 L USM II WIDE ANGLE LENS
SIGMA 35MM F/1.4 DG HSM ART LENS
CANON EF 100MM F/2.8L IS USM MACRO LENS
SIGMA 85MM F/1.4 EX DG HSM LENS
HOYA MACRO FILTERS
EXPO DISC
CANON WIRELESS SHUTTER TRIGGER
(6 OF THESE) CANON SPEEDLITE 600EX-RT EXTERNAL FLASH ES
(6 OF THESE) YONGUNO SPEEDLITE 560YN-IV EXTERNAL FLASHES
(4 OF THESE) POCKETWIZARD TRANSCEIVERS
PELICAN 1510 CASE
THINKTANK ROLLING CASE - THE 'LOGISTICS' MANAGER
CIRCULAR POLARIZER FILTERS TIFFEN 58MM NEUTRAL DENSITY 0.9 FILTER
50IN. SILVER WHITE REFLECTOR
(8 OF THESE) OCF LIGHTSTANDS - UP TO 15 FT TALL EACH
TONS OF “AA” BATTERIES FOR ALL OCF EXTERNAL UNITS
TONS OF CAMERA BODY BATTERIES - FULLY CHARGED
(30 OF THESE) 8GB, 16GB, AND 32GB LEXAR PROFESSIONAL 300/MBS MEMORY CARDS
...AND VARIOUS OTHER ACCESSORIES PACKED INTO MULTIPLE POCKETS. 

 

DO YOU BRING YOUR OWN LIGHTING GEAR & STANDS?

Yes! Of course we do! While we are natural light photographers, we do use top-of-the-line Canon External Flash heads mounted on our cameras, and we combine that equipment with soft boxes and light stands. It all depends on our session or event, but our photographers take the time to prepare for your session and event in the best ways possible. We know we can't depend simply on Mother Earth and her Sunlight, or on a hotel room to light a beautiful Bride properly as she's preparing for her BIG DAY.

Assistants... are they necessary?

Yes! Yes! and YES!!!! Assistants actually come out of the overall business budget - not priced in our Collections, so if I chose to bring one, two, or three helpers for the BIG DAY, no worries, assistants do not add to the pricing at all. They are the essential persons that make transitions in lighting, gear, and setting-up perfect on the BIG DAY. They carry everything for my team. They hand me lens, set-up lighting, and clean gear, and maintain the security of the gear at all times - they will always be there to aid the Lead Photographer. 

HOW WILL YOU KNOW MY WEDDING TIMELINE, DETAILS, & SCHEDULE?

Once you become a SMP Bride, we will send you a questionnaire to fill out with all your fun details! Once we receive this back we can set up a call or meeting to finalize your photography timeline. Once you book us, we are always here along the way and love to be apart of your planning process prior to the final timeline being put into place. We will always want to provide our Brides and Grooms their own personalized photography timeline. It allows everyone to know how the photography will be captured. 

HOW LONG DO MOST TYPICAL WEDDING ELEMENTS TAKE?

{ANY TRAVEL TIME FROM LOCATION TO LOCATION ON THE DAY OF }  -   Usually clients overlook that if their Ceremony is at a different location than the reception, or the Prep Suites/getting-ready locations are away from the Ceremony, the actual time it takes for your photography team to travel back and forth. Google distances and timeframes, and add an extra 10 minutes in case of traffic to make sure everything keeps running on time for your BIG DAY.

{BRIDAL PREP}  -   At least ONE (1) HOUR minimum. Most Brides book SMP for 2 TO 3 HOURS with them for Bridal Prep time.This is the MOST important portion of the album: It sets the mood for the album and tone for your gorgeous day, it is the first thing your guests will see when viewing an album. You want to make sure it is documented well: the dress, the rings, the veil, the accessories, the candids, the posed shots, the celebration among your closest family & friends that surround you as you get ready, the invitations with the rings, you getting dressed, the hair styling, the make-up application, etc... 

{GROOM PREP}  -   At least  20 to 30 MINUTES in the Groom Prep suite; if you chose to "stage" only 10-15 minutes before Ceremony.

{REVEALS & FIRST LOOKS}  -   At least 15 MINUTES for each reveal  or First Look (Groom, Bride, Father, Mother, etc)

{CEREMONY}  -   On average, usually 20 to 35 MINUTES long. Some ceremonies can take up to TWO (2) HOURS. 

{FORMAL PORTRAITS}  -   At least ONE (1) HOUR, to possibly 1.5 HOURS depending on how large family & Bridal/Groom parties are.

{COCKTAIL HOUR}  -   Usually ONE (1) HOUR during the time Formal Portraits are being taken.

{RECEPTION}  -   Usually reception can be anywhere from THREE (3) to SIX (6) HOURS.

 

HOW LONG DO "FAMILY FORMALS' ON THE WEDDING DAY TAKE?

Wedding portraits normally take approximately 1- 1.5 hours on the wedding day depending upon the number of must-have family formals, persons in the photographs, and location of your formals. We usually allow about 15 minutes for family formals, 15 minutes for wedding party and 30 min for your bride & groom images. The best time to do these is 1-2 hours prior to sunset but it also depends on if you are doing a first look or if you are having a traditional ceremony. We would love to speak with you about the perfect timeline for your unique day, so contact us today!

WHAT IS A "FIRST LOOK" / 'FIRST GLANCE" ? 

A first look is when the bride & groom see each other for the first time prior to the ceremony.  This is a private and intimate moment between the bride & groom. This decision is entirely up to the couple, however many couples now are opting for a first look to get pictures done early and focus more on spending time with their guests after the ceremony and enjoying their cocktail hour and the reception. We can also do "Father & Daughter" reveals, "Son & Mother" reveals, etc.

WHY DO YOU RECOMMEND A  "FIRST LOOK"?

A "first look" is important if you are planning on having a sunset ceremony and leaving little to no daylight for pictures after. We encourage our couples to do a "first look" so that pictures can be done outdoors in natural light prior to the ceremony, then after the ceremony a few more romantic sunset shots and then you are free to enjoy your cocktail reception. Benefits of a "first look" include time alone together, emotional reactions, opportunity for more images, you will be refreshed and all your nerves will be gone, and your big day will last longer with more memories to make!

What time should we get married?

Should we be asking you? YES! Good lighting is super important and you should definitely be aware of it especially when it comes to planning your ceremony time (and if you choose not to do a first look). I am a natural light photographer, meaning I prefer to utilize natural lighting (aka the sun), and yes, we can always light your photographs artificially - with external lighting units, but the truth is - Sunsets are much more gorgeous. Make sure my style fits your wedding!

HOW WILL YOU WORK WITH US THROUGHOUT THE WEDDING DAY TO MAKE SURE WE GET THE "SHOTS, BUT CAN STILL ENJOY OURSELVES AT OUR OWN WEDDING?

On your Wedding day, we are there to make things as smooth and seamless as possible. All of the information that we have gone over from our phone calls and meetings has been noted and now it is your day.  We know your must have photographs, and we also know that time with your guests and being able to truly enjoy your wedding day is PRICELESS.

How long do you host the online galleries?

The Online Galleries are hosted for each client for one (1) month guaranteed. This is a very amazing way to easily share your photographs with family & friends. Simply provide them the link & password. We do try to keep the Galleries hosted longer than a month, but due to the max storage being 200GB for all our Client Galleries, we do have to delete the Gallery from the server at some point. This is usually after a few months, allowing you to enjoy the gallery with all your guests, but sometimes can be after one(1) month due to storage restrictions that are out of our control.


WHAT IS AN "UN-PLUGGED" WEDDING?

DO YOU SUGGEST IT?

An un-plugged wedding or ceremony is when you ask your guests to put away their cell phones during the ceremony. Yes, I would absolutely suggest an un-plugged ceremony because I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve had someone hang their arm out in the middle of the aisle directly in front of me (or better yet - actually STAND right in front of the camera with no care for the Professional hired) and ruin my shot. You paid good money to have a professional capture these moments, and that’s my job, but in actuality they are ruining your photos, not mine.

In addition, during the ceremony people are too busy on their cell phones playing photographer that they miss the ceremony because they’re not paying attention. I have your best interest in mind. The ceremony is very important -- Let's work together to make sure you get the best of photography during this intimate and important moment.

WHAT SHOULD MY OFFICIANT SAY TO HAVE MY GUESTS ENJOY AND BE PRESENT DURING MY CEREMONY?

THE OFFICIANT WALKS UP THE FRONT OF THE CEREMONY AND READS.... 

OPTION 1\\\ "LADIES & GENTLEMAN, THE BRIDE & GROOM WANT YOU TO BE ABLE TO TRULY ENJOY THEIR WEDDING CEREMONY WITH THEM, FEELING PRESENT AND IN THE MOMENT WITH THEM. THEY'VE HIRED A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER AND THE PHOTOGRAPHS WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THEM FOR EASY SHARING - WE ARE INVITING EACH OF YOU TO SIT BACK, RELAX, AND ENJOY THIS BEAUTIFUL MOMENT. THEY ARE RESPECTIVELY ASKING THAT NO ONE HOLD CELL PHONES UP OR CAMERAS DURING THIS INTIMATE CEREMONY. OF COURSE, THEY WILL BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO SHARE THESE MEMORIES WITH EVERYONE ONCE THE PHOTOS ARE RECEIVED. THANK YOU!"

OPTION 2\\\ "HELLO, IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME YOU TO THE WEDDING OF ____________ & ___________. PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO SILENCE ANY CELL PHONES, AND PLACE THEM AWAY, UNSEEN, AS THE BEAUTIFUL BRIDE WALKS DOWN THIS AISLE TO THIS HANDSOME GROOM. THEY HAVE REQUESTED TO PLEASE SILENCE ANY NOISY ELECTRONICS. AND THEY HAVE REQUESTED THAT NO PHOTOS BE TAKEN DURING THIS TIME OR POSTED TO SOCIAL MEDIA UNTIL THE COUPLE THEMSELVES MAKE THE OFFICIAL ANNOUNEMENT. THE BRIDE & GROOM WANT YOU TO ENJOY THIS JOYOUS OCCASION IN CELEBRATION OF THEIR LOVE. THANK YOU!"


DO YOU NEED A "RESERVATION FEE" FOR BOOKING?

Yes, to book any portrait, wedding, and/or event on our calendar we do need a small non-refundable Reservation Fee. And yes, the non-refundable Reservation Fee does go towards your overall total of your photography costs.

FOR WEDDINGS & EVENTS OUTSIDE OF THE SOUTH FLORIDA AREA, IS THERE A TRAVEL FEE?

Yes, SMP does travel to other areas outside of the South Florida area for our clients. We are able to go worldwide to capture your amazing moments. We do love coming to you for your Special Day, so don't hesitate about inquiring about our travel fees.

IS THIS COMPANY LICENSED & INSURED?

Yes, SMP is a licensed State of Florida professional photography company with licensed photographer(s), professionally educated editor(s), and assistant(s). SMP is also fully insured for the highest general liabilities that even the largest of Five-Star Venues require. If your venue requires a Certificate of Insurance, please have them email us directly. 

DOES THE COMPANY HAVE GENERAL LIABILITY INSURANCE FOR MY VENUE?

Yes, SMP does carry general liability insurance all year round. 

WHEN DOES THE SESSION/EVENT APPOINTMENT START?

SMP Staff Members value your time and we always make sure to be on time or earlier, preferably, to each Event/Session to make sure we start at the agreed time. As part of our policy, the session time starts when we arrive and are completed in setting up our gear. If our client(s) are fifteen, twenty, thirty, forty, or even an hour late to the session/event, our company is still owed for our time to service you at the time you requested for your session. So, for example, if the session starts at 10:00am, with SMP on time to the Event/Session site, and the client is fifteen minutes late or more to the session, we now only have forty-five minutes or less to work with for posing & capturing (unless you would like to purchase more time for your portrait) and full payment for our time is still due. Please also be aware that while we book only one EVENT/WEDDING per calendar day; but for portraits date(s), we might schedule more than one session in a calendar date since most sessions only take one to two hours at the most. This is standard policy to prevent client(s) from arriving or being ready 30 minutes to even hours late to a Event/Session at a time they specifically requested us to book for them.

DO YOU USE A "SHOOT LIST" FOR WEDDINGS?

SMP always refers to a shoot list to be able to add that essential tool to capturing the moments at your Wedding. Also, please keep in mind that every Wedding is unique, and there will be some elements like other Weddings, and some different, unique elements making up your Wedding Day. Some clients hire us for Ceremony, some for Prep, Ceremony, and Reception, and some for 12 to 14 hours of coverage. Each Wedding is unique, and we do use a Shoot List to make sure we capture your Wedding the best.

TATTOO REMOVAL ? 

This is truly a common question, and it’s easy to answer: SMP does LIGHT RETOUCHING and this not include tattoo removal. Some people love their tattoos, some of them would prefer to hide them. IF you want to hide them, please ensure your clothing will fully cover the area, or hire a airbrush artist to do so for you. The editing for tattoo removal is intense and takes a much longer time of editing and post-processing to do so. If you have a tattoo is 1000x easier to have a make-up artist airbrush the tattoo(s) to ensure that no matter the pose, the tattoos are not visible, if you are trying to hide them from photographs.

DO YOU RETOUCH MY PHOTOGRAPHS?

This is truly a common question, and it’s easy to answer: SMP does LIGHT RETOUCHING.

IMPORTANT: In terms of editing, we do not make you look like a different person, and we do not perform cosmetic surgery.

We are simply here to enhance your session and event for what it truly was: your unique story. We have gotten requests from giving  a Groom a "digital haircut" and brides wanting removal of the Groom's beard (Gents, please remember to get a hair-cut and shave on your big day)... all the way to "I took a photograph of my aunt last week at our garden, can you photoshop her into our sunny beach photograph?" Those requests are extensive editing and post-processing requests that might include the need to outsource the retouching, if it is at all even possible. And in terms of editing & retouching, we will always want you to look your best, being exactly who you are.... YOU! We will enhance you slightly and make sure that the beauty of your day shines through.

WHERE DO "SESSIONS" TAKE PLACE?

Where ever you want! Our goal is to photograph you as relaxed & comfortable as possible. There are so many gorgeous locations in South Florida. What about a park your family goes to frequently? Beach? Garden? Or a family farm? Even the tall over grown field down the street can be perfect if the light is hitting it right. Let’s chat about your family’s likes and dislikes, the things you do on a regular basis, and this will lead us to the perfect location! Click above on our "PORTRAITS" tab!

DO YOU HAVE VENDOR IDEAS THAT YOU RECOMMEND WHILE I PLAN MY EVENT?

Yes! Of course we do! We are constantly out there in the event atmosphere, and we LOVE to make sure we get the names and locations of the best vendors!! So, if its Make-Up, DJ, Videographers, Hair Stylists, Priests, Photo Booths, Cigar Bars, Rabbis', Hotels, Catering Companies, Cake Bakeries, Wedding Planners, Decor, etc... Our clients know they can send us a message for ideas anytime! We love to assist our clients any way possible. 

OH NO...  WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR TO OUR PORTRAIT SESSION ? ! ? !

This may be our most asked question. I want you at your most comfortable. And if you want to dress-up, why not? But also make it a point to be comfortable, even when dressed to the Nines. No matter what you wear, the choice should be as stress free as possible, you should be as comfortable as possible, and you should feel beautiful. Do you have a “go-to” outfit or something in particular that always makes you feel beautiful? Wear that! How about letting the kiddos dress themselves? Or having one article of clothing that truly expresses who the individual is? Maybe a few shots with their favorite dress or cape or ratty shoes. You will be so thankful you did this in the years to come... The Photographs come out priceless! Eventually, that won’t be their favorite outfit. It’s all about capturing who your family truly is & about relaxing… being in the moment. Not comfortable with that for all the pictures? How about color coordinating outfits for part of the session and then the other part of the session letting all the rules go? I always suggest "light" layering. With layers, we can completely change the look of an outfit without too much hassle. Our goal should be to fuss with the kids as little as possible. Less fuss=much happier kiddos=a great session! Another tip is to look through my previous sessions. You’ll see some who have color coordinated their outfits and others who haven’t. Get a feel for what you like! If all else fails, bring your choices the day of the session and I will help make the final decisions.

HOW MANY PHOTOGRAPHS DO I RECEIVE?

As professional photographers, our team will provide you with the BEST of the BEST images from your Event/Session that are edited at the photographers' discretion. We reserve the right to edit and release only those images deemed creditable as professional in quality and within SMP's high artistic quality standards. We always provide each customer with as MANY photographs as we possibly can, meeting those quality guidelines, and all the photographs will be provided as Fully Re-touched, Edited, & Enhanced into High-Resolution RAW to JPEG Digital Image files. For each Event/Session, you can always rest-assured that SMP will always provide you with as MANY BEAUTIFUL photographs as we can that are DISPLAY-WORTHY.

AVERAGE APPROXIMATIONS:

WEDDINGS & EVENTS  //  300 TO 1000+ COMPLETED PHOTOGRAPHS (DEPENDING ON COVERAGE TIME, # OF LOCATIONS, TRAVEL TIME, # OF GUESTS, COOPERATION, TIMELINESS OF INDIVIDUALS, ETC.)

PORTRAITS  //  20 TO 80+ COMPLETED PHOTOGRAPHS (DEPENDING ON # OF PERSONS, # OF LOCATIONS, POSES, TIMEFRAME OF CAPTURE, AND COOPERATION)

Do i receive Black & White images, too?

Yes, all sessions (including weddings) will receive all their images in both color and black & white.

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPANY POLICY

Our team, when hired by our clients, chose only our company for all their photography needs for the Event/Session. This means that we will be their Exclusive Photographer(s) for their Event/Session. Which entitles SMP to be the ONLY photographer(s) at the Event/Session. It is understood that no other photographer, either amateur or professional, shall be allowed to photograph at the event in a way that interferes with the photographer, and or the photographer(s) for SMP deems interfering with our team.  Please be aware that sometimes guests, families, and friends might feel the "urgent" need to capture all your beautiful moments, which might lead to them obstructing our way or ruining photographs. We kindly ask for you to remind them that you have hired a professional photography company to capture the moments, and for them to enjoy the event by dancing, drinking, talking, eating cake, and making beautiful memories with family & friends.

MINI-SESSIONS & SPECIALS

Occasionally, we will offer Mini-Sessions on a particular day in a specified location, which are typically 15-minutes long, and centered around a theme — Spring Time Fun, Beach "Bum" Cuteness, Easter, Mother’s Day, Summer Fun, Fall, Halloween, St. Patty's Day, Princess & Princes, Christmas, etc. This allows us to schedule several families back-to-back, which keeps the cost low—it’s a win-win situation for everyone! SMP does NOT guarantee that we will have ANY mini-session opportunities per any calendar year. We only offer them when the right circumstances present themselves, and you have to remember that due to our high demand in Weddings, we are usually too busy to have mini-sessions. 

DO I RECEIVE THE DIGITAL  FRAME NEGATIVES?

SMP is hired to take the time to, not only capture moments at your Event/Session, but to edit the photographs, selecting the BEST of the BEST images, and editing those digital images to our high artistic standards. We do not provide any unedited, original digital frame negatives to any clients for any price. Providing all, or some, of the original digital frame negatives is a choice of the photographer and/or photography company. SMP always retains full copyright of all the images taken on our cameras. The work we share with our clients & the public is an artistic representation of our company, photographers, and our work; which is why we want to always make sure your finished product has been through post-processing & retouching with our editors. Also, we always recommend that as soon as you receive your final product from us, to always backup your photographs to a computer, extra disc, flash-drive, cloud, external hard-drive, server, or whatever you are comfortable for saving the completed photographs to.

COPYRIGHT(S) STATEMENT

As a professional photography company, SMP does retain Full Copyrights at all times of all the images captured at any Event/Session. We will release the Print Rights to the client(s) that hire us for their individual sessions and events for the completed digital JPEG images that are retouched and provided to them.  The Print Release is only for private use, not for publishing or licensing on any website and/or publication. If publication or licensing occurs without SMP, Inc.'s knowledge and consent, complete royalties & fees are due to SMP, Inc. We kindly ask that you provide us credit on the photographs. 

DO YOU BACK-UP YOUR DIGITAL FILES OF MY SESSION/EVENT?

Yes, in three separate locations to prevent theft, misplacement, accidents, or complete loss. We go to great lengths to protect your most precious moments. 

After Delivery of the Final Product: You (the client) are fully responsible to back-up & secure your completed photographs for the future. Yes, we retain all the completed & delivered photographs for up to ONE (1) CALENDAR YEAR after the date of the session/event/wedding. We would be more than happy to advise you on many ways to protect your images for the long-run: print the images, burn a CD(s), DVD(s), and USB Flashdrives of the digital images in multiple places, place a copy of the digital files in a safety deposit box, place the digital images on multiple flash drives/external hard-drives/cloud storage, and. Make sure to always protect your images because in the course of time, there could be theft, robbery, accidents, loss of the materials. Always plan ahead and secure your memories. 

HOW LONG DO YOU KEEP ORIGINAL & COMPLETED PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE EVENT OR SESSION?

We keep all photographs of your event or session for up to one (1) calendar year. After that time, your completed product would have already been delivered to you, and it is your responsibility to make copies of it, and most importantly, safe-guard against any accidents of losing the completed material. We always recommend that as soon as you receive your final product from us, to always back-up your photographs to a computer, extra disc, flash-drive, cloud, external hard-drive, server, or whatever you are comfortable for saving the photographs to.