What to Expect at a KBP Photo Session

 

The answer to this varies depending on the type of photo session, of course, but we can give you some general suggestions that will help make the best of your time in the studio or at the photo shoot!

*You should be told of the general time requirements for your session ahead of time, but just in case it was missed: a mini-session or headshot session takes 30-45 minutes, a regular session (infant, child, family, etc) takes 1-2 hours, a senior shoot or engagement shoot takes up to 4 hours, and a wedding, of course, is however long the photographer is contracted for.

*Because of the different time requirements, you can expect different things at each session (which is why we wrote this!):

- Mini-session/headshoot: Bring a dark and a light outfit and expect several poses with 1-2 background changes either in studio or on location but generally not both. Depending on the deal, with a mini-session you usually will receive a limited set of finished photographs on disk (5 or so) with no photo gallery on our site. Which means that we choose the best photos and deliver them to you. A head shoot or professional picture session will have the same type of shoot (2 outfits, limited background changes, in studio or on location but not both, etc) but you end up with about 10 finished photos in a private gallery so you have control over which image/images you choose. You can then order additional prints or a disk of your finished images if you wish to keep control of them.

-Infant/Child Shoot: Bring several outfits, as well as favorite toys or keepsakes you want immortalized in your photos. We have LOTS of props, hats, even some seasonal outfits, so talk with us to see if you have a specific look in mind. Plan on feeding your child before arriving. A fed kid is usually a happy kid, we've found... and the best portraits come from those happy moments. For newborns, we will plan for mostly sleeping photos... but as the kids grow, whatever happens, we are ready for them. Talk with Kelley if you want specific images (awake, asleep, etc). We usually suggest to plan your photo session at a time of the day that your child is usually happiest, as well. We have lots of backgrounds and are also always willing to meet you at outdoor or indoor locations of your choice (possible $25 travel fee in and around Durango). Our location at the Smiley Building also allows for great outdoor shots around the neighborhood, at Rotary Park or along the river or bike trail. Within a week after your session, you will be directed to a private, password-protected gallery on our site to see the finished photos from your shoot. You should have between 10 and 40 photos to choose from. You will get a free print (up to an 11x14) from your shoot, and you can order additional prints as well as order a disk of your finished images if you wish to keep those precious photos forever. We also suggest that you invite friends and family to see the gallery as well- and we reward you with rebates should anyone else purchase your photos.

-Family Shoot: If you have a small family (5 or under), a studio shoot with the above suggestions is completely doable. Bring several outfits, usually trying for similar dark outfits for one set of shots, and light colored outfits for another... you can also bring bright colors for everyone to add a festive mood to your photo shoot. We will happily take individual shots during the overall shoot, too, so you can catch some photos of your children or specific family members. You can also plan on an outdoor shoot at a location favorable to you and your family; be it a family reunion, a grandparent's home, a beautiful park, etc. With a larger group that is ideal. There are several great locations around town for a formal portrait in almost any season! If you are planning an event and want candid moments photographed and preserved, speak with us about our event pricing, as well. Within a week after your session, you will be directed to a private, password-protected gallery on our site to see the finished photos from your shoot. You should have between 10 and 40 photos to choose from. You will get a free print (up to an 11x14) from your shoot, and you can order additional prints as well as order a disk of your finished images if you wish to keep control of those precious photos. We also suggest that you invite friends and family to see the gallery as well- and we reward you with rebates should anyone else purchase your photos.

-Senior Shoot: What an amazing chance to record who you are and what you enjoy in your life, creating lasting memories and photos for your friends and family in the process! We want to celebrate this triumphant experience with you and we go to all lengths to make sure you get the best images possible. We suggest that you bring many outfits: a few casual, 1-2 formal, your sport uniforms if you are on a team or want to preserve a specific memory, and any significant looks that you wish to immortalize. Bring shoes, jewelry, makeup, etc that works with each outfit as well. You may wish to have a family member along to help with suggestions or outfits, or to come alone, your choice. We try for a mix of candid and posed images to catch images of you representing all the facets of your being. We will take photos in studio and in several locations (to be decided based on who you are and where you wish to be photographed), so you should have transportation as well. Plan on 3-4 hours of shooting and travel. Within two weeks after your session, you will be directed to a private, password-protected gallery on our site to see the finished photos from your shoot. You should have between 10 and 60 photos to choose from. We also suggest that you invite friends and family to see the gallery as well- and we reward you with rebates should anyone else purchase your photos. Speak with us about discounts for being photo ambassadors for our studio, and rebates available should you refer other students to us!

-Engagement Shoot: Congratulations! We know you want to shout your joy to the world and broadcast your love from the rooftops- here is your chance to announce your engagement to friends and family with unforgettable images. We want to celebrate this triumphant experience with you and we go to all lengths to make sure you get the best images possible. We suggest you bring several different outfits, and go for several themes (not matching outfits unless you want that, but similar in tone, color and type) of darks, lights, formal, and casual. Remember extras that work with each outfit: shoes, jewelry, etc. We try for a mix of candid and posed images in studio and on location, and will look for several memorable sites with you to record your love in a unique way. You should have transportation to allow for these ideal locations. Plan on 3-4 hours of shooting and travel. Within two weeks after your session, you will be directed to a private, password-protected gallery on our site to see the finished photos from your shoot. You should have between 10 and 60 photos to choose from. You will get a free print (up to an 11x14) from your shoot, and you can order additional prints as well as order a disk of your finished images if you wish to keep a copy of your precious photos forever. We also suggest that you invite friends and family to see the gallery as well- and we reward you with rebates should anyone else purchase your photos. 

-Wedding/Event: This is one of the most special days in your lives, and we are honored to be able to be there to record those unforgettable moments! We want to celebrate this triumphant experience with you and we go to all lengths to make sure you get the best images possible. We are yours- for whatever time amount we are contracted for, for whatever you want us to catch and immortalize. With a wedding, we plan on two meetings with the couple before the event itself; a general question session and a specific planning session closer to the day, where we plan out (in general) when and where we will capture specific types of photos as well as what types and specific images you want taken on your day. The day of, usually, we arrive with an assistant for the preparation of the site and the dressing/preparing of the bride and groom. We will mix formal images with candid shots to cover as much as possible from this perfect day of yours. Depending on the time of the event and the weather and location, we then take our couple photos, ceremony photos, and reception images. The timing of such has usually been worked out beforehand with you, so that we fit seamlessly into your event. After the event, we choose and finish the best formal images, as well as many of the candid moments caught on camera, and present them to you within a month in a private, password protected gallery. You can expect between 50 and 200 photos here. You will also get a gallery for candid and crowd shot images. Most of these will be unfinished so that you can choose which images you want preserved in print or in an album. You may expect up to 500 photos in this gallery. You will get a free print (size specified in your contract) from your shoot, and you can order additional prints, albums, modern photo books as well as order a disk of your finished images if you wish to keep a copy of those once-in-a-lifetime photos. We also encourage that you invite friends and family to see the gallery as well- and we reward you with rebates should anyone else purchase your photos. 

Thanks for reading this over, and we hope that it helps you get the most out of your photo session. We want every photo session to be an amazing experience for all involved!
 
*Let us know if we have missed any valuable experience or ideas that we can pass on to our clients!