F.A.Q.

Have a question about shooting with me? Don't see it in the list below? Please feel free to reach out and ask! 

 

General Questions

Do you have a makeup artist or hair stylist?

While I do not retain a makeup artist or hair stylist on staff, I do have trusted professionals I can reach out to when the need arises. You can find some of these individuals under my Affiliates page.

What’s your turn around time/when can I see my images?

Since each session differs and is customized to your needs, it depends on the type of session you have booked and the length of the shoot. For the standard sessions: Personal Branding, Portrait Sessions, Head Shots, Artists, Sunset, Best Friend, Pet and Cosplay- you will receive completed images in three to four weeks. For Boudoir, Pinup, Newborn, School Dance Portraits, Maternity and Family, Engagement and Trash the Dress sessions- you will receive completed images in four to five weeks’ time. (Please note, the timing quoted is from the point you make your final decisions on edits if you chose or were presented that option. This is discussed when booking.) For event photography, please give six to eight weeks for completed images. Rush editing may be available, for an additional processing fee.

How will I receive my images?

You will receive your images via a Dropbox or Google Drive link for proofs and edits. If the option is chosen, you will also receive the completed images on a DVD-R disc upon editing completion.

Can I share my images on Facebook?

Of course! You will receive a set of photos sized appropriately for social media use.  Giving credit is awesome- please don’t forget to tag Kat Lucille Photography.

Are you available to travel?

For the right projects and clients, I am available to travel the tri-state area. For any kind of destination events, please feel free to contact and discuss.

What forms of payment do you accept?

 Kat Lucille Photography accepts cash, Paypal, Venmo, personal check and most major credit cards via Square. (Please be aware, any credit card payments will be charged state tax.) 

Do you offer payment plans?

I do! Please reach out to discuss. To see my guidelines regarding most standard sessions, please click here.

Do you require a contract?

Yes, for every shoot I require a signed contract, regardless if we have worked together several times or this is our first. I review the contract with each client so everyone understands and is clear on what the contract states and contains.

Do you require a deposit?

To secure your shoot time, I require a 50% non-refundable retainer on all standard sessions and $100.00 retainer on all event sessions.  This ensures that your date and time will be held and no one else may schedule that time frame.

What if I need to reschedule?

I completely understand that life takes precedence and things happen! If you have to reschedule, please reach out as soon as you are aware, preferably at least 48 hours prior to the shoot. With enough notice, your retainer and monies paid will be applied to your rescheduled date.

For weddings, if I am able to re-book the original wedding date, you will receive credit for all monies already paid with exception of the retainer. A new contract may be required. The new package price will reflect pricing in effect when the date change occurs. In the event that you reschedule the wedding and I am not able to re-book the original wedding date, you forfeit the retainer but will receive a credit for all other monies paid. Credit may be applied to wedding coverage within one year of original date provided I am available.

Please understand, rescheduling is not something that can go on forever. I work on a three-strike basis. After the third attempt to reschedule, unless there have been very significant reasons, I will not continue to reschedule and you will forfeit the retainer. My time is as precious as yours!

For cancellations:

If you have booked a standard session and must cancel the session, you forfeit the retainer.  For all other monies paid, if canceled more than a week (7 days) prior the shoot, you will receive a refund. If cancelled within the week (7 days) prior, 50% of the remaining balance is due. If cancelled within 3 days of the scheduled shoot, the remaining balance is due in full. 

In the event you must cancel the contracted services for wedding photography more than 90 days prior to the ceremony, I will to refund all money paid, excluding the Retainer of $100.00. If you must cancel the contracted services for wedding photograph within 90 days prior to the ceremony, the amount due must be paid in full.  I will provide receipts to you for all money paid.

How long does a session take?

Each session is special and customized to the client, so it does vary. However, primarily, sessions usually fall into an hour and half to two hours with the exception of event photography.

Can I bring someone with me?

Of course! I do understand how it can be nerve-wracking stepping in front of the camera, especially if you’ve never done it before. I simply ask that you let me know beforehand and that you choose someone who will not disrupt the shoot. For boudoir shoots, I ask that you bring a female companion to the set as I’ve noticed over the years male companions (no matter how laid back) make the ladies tense in front of the camera.

You take a lot of pictures! Do I get them all?

While you may hear my camera click often, that doesn’t mean every shot is a keeper. Like that infamous picture of Beyonce that has been floating around now for some time- you don’t want to see every picture! Trust me to choose which ones to send you- they’ll be the best of the shoot only!

What if I don’t want my pictures online?

Since online marketing (website, Facebook and other social media, blogging) are a crucial part of a photographer’s business, to ensure that we continue to grow, photographers price their images accordingly to allow for use of the images online. If you would like your images to not appear on social media or in a blog, please feel free to discuss it with me. I completely understand not wanting images online, as some sessions are private or very personal. I do ask that you select a number of pre-approved images to allow for physical portfolio and website galleries, but they will not appear on Facebook or in a blog. There may be an added fee for this.

Do you edit your images?

All finalized images all edited, yes.  I do say up front, on all web outlets I have, that I am a photographer, not a Photoshop artist. I gladly remove anything like dark bags under the eyes, pimples and skin marks; adjust levels and saturation of the photo, etc. But I will not make you thinner, taller, or in any way change who you are as a person. I do not do Vogue photo shoots- and feel people should be empowered by who they are, as well as realize most of the time, the models in magazines are highly Photoshopped and do not look how the magazine makes them appear. I believe everyone is beautiful in their own right and should be proud of it. You shouldn't make your photo-self into something you are not. 

Do you offer prints, albums?

I do offer some limited prints- in sizes 4x6, 5x7 and 8x10. I do offer albums, which I have produced through time-trusted third-party vendors. Separate fees apply if not included in your package.

Who chooses the images in the album?

You do! While I may have photographed your event, only you truly know what images out of what you receive that you would like to see in an album format. I am happy to offer my input and suggestions if desired.

What kind of equipment do you use?

I work with Nikon brand camera body, lens and select equipment. I work with a variety of other well-known and trusted brands for lighting, bounces, backdrops, etc. On a normal shoot, you will see me work with my camera, a variety of lenses depending upon the shoot, a bounce and, depending upon a location, lights.

Why should I hire a professional photographer? So-and-so has a camera.

Most of the moments people wish to have photographed are once-in-a-lifetime moments that can never be replicated: Weddings, baby’s firsts, engagements, pets… While time changes, and you may have another child or pet, it will never be the same. Each is special in its own way. You want a professional photographer to ensure the moments are captured the first time around- as you won’t get a chance to have a do-over.

In this growing age of digital means, anyone can snap an okay picture with their point-and-shoot, DSLR or cellphone. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good picture. Professional photographers are the ones who have taken the time to learn their equipment, their styles, the proper ways to frame an image, color balance and a multitude of other nuances that many do not realize. Professional Photographers do not shoot on “Auto.” They manually set their cameras for proper exposure, adjusting as they go along. They spend hours correcting and polishing the photo in post process, bringing out colors, smoothing wrinkles, removing unwanted objects from the photos- just to name a few common examples. They understand lighting and posing. They take the time to get to know their clients- what you’re looking for, who you are, your personalities- because all of that information gets molded into what becomes a shoot specialized for you, to bring you as a person out. Professional photographers also have an eye for what makes a photo “pop” and become that magic moment. They spend hours upon hours learning and honing their craft- and they don’t stop learning and honing. The best photographers are the ones who are also lucky to be blessed with a naturally creative eye.

Where are you based?

I am based in Toms River, NJ, about fifteen minutes away from Seaside Heights.

What is your photography style?

I don’t particularly care for labels, as I feel that limits you. However, I suppose if my style must be categorized, I shoot a mix of candid and photo-journalistic imagery.

I don’t know anything about posing and I’m really nervous- can you help me?

Of course! I have experience being on the other side of the lens myself and understand how nerve-wracking it can be. I am more than happy to assist you in posing. I also have the tendency to play music during shoots- so if you have a preference of genre, please let me know! I do my best to help keep you comfortable and in the zone.

Do you photograph pets?

Yes, I do! Please feel free to reach out to inquire.

Do you offer gift certificates?

Yes, I do! Please feel free to reach out to discuss. Gift Certificates are available in any amount of your choice, starting at $25.

Do you have a studio?

Yes, I have an in-home studio- an entire room dedicated to being my studio. Please note, however, that I do have cats and like any pet owner may know, it is near impossible to remove all animal fur from an area.

Do we own the rights to our photos?

Unless your contract specifically includes the purchase of copyright, I, and in turn, any photographer you work with, retain all rights to the images. 

Why does it take so long to get proofs and edits back?

The reason it takes so long to get proofs and edits back is because it’s a process! I do not want to have any clients received poorly done images. Before you even seen your proofs, I have done a three-count sweep of the images- deleting any blinks, double chins, blurs, or any unflattering images, followed by a light touch up- straightening any crooked images, slight brightening and color adjustments. After you choose your edits, each image in itself can take anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour to edit depending upon the image.

What happens if weather ruins our session?

If we are planning an outdoor session, while in discussion, we will discuss alternate options in case of a weather complication. However, if no other option presents itself, we will reschedule your session for the next soonest available date. No one can control Mother Nature, after all!

Do you offer props/wardrobe?

Depending upon the nature of the shoot and theme, I do offer a limited number of props and wardrobe for an additional fee.

Can I send you my Pinterest board?

You are more than welcome to send me your Pinterest board, but please bear in mind that any images sent are just inspiration images as each artist works differently, and no two images are the same.

I don’t see ______ listed, do you offer these services?

I shoot a wide variety of subjects and genres. If you don’t see something listed on my website, please feel free to reach out and ask! 

 

Weddings

How many photographers do we get?

How many photographers you get depends upon what package you book with me. I highly prefer to shoot with one other trusted colleague, to ensure that you receive as much coverage as possible for your event. Typically, it is 1-2 photographers for an event.

How many images do we get?

This is a hard question, as it varies per client! Typically, you will receive anywhere from 150 images and up, pending on how long the event is and/or how long you have me attending for.

Do you hold wedding dates?

Due to the nature of weddings, I am unable to hold a date without a contract and retainer.

Do you charge a travel fee?

Travel fees for up to the first 25 miles are already included in your total contract price. Anything over 25 miles will be added on.

How much do you charge for additional coverage beyond the contract?

Due to the nature of event shooting, I charge an additional $100 per hour that goes beyond contract. If I have a second shooter with me, it is $150 per hour.

How far in advance should we book our wedding with you?

To be able to ensure that you are able to book your date, I recommend discussing and booking your wedding at least 6 to 8 months prior to though at least a year is preferable.

Can I customize my package?

Of course! I have generalized packages to make it easy for clients or to use as a basis, but each package can be customized to your specific needs. Please reach out and discuss with me so we may create your perfect package!

How much time should we schedule for the formal portraits?

For the formal portraits, I recommend putting aside 45 minutes to an hour or up to an hour and a half if you have a very large family. This way, all images may be taken without being rushed.

Is it okay to ask for photos of family/friends throughout the day?

Of course! Please feel free to mention it to myself or my second shooter during the day.

So-and-so is a photographer, do you mind if they take pictures, too?

While I understand guests’ desires to take images as well, I ask that no one other than myself and my second shooter take images during the pre-wedding, formal sessions and ceremony- not even cell phone images. This ensures that you receive the best possible images as guests often do not realize and can step into a frame. I also understand and realize that it is not something someone can fully stop from happened, therefore, in the Wedding Contract, it states

            “Unless agreed upon in advance, Kat Lucille Photography shall be the exclusive photographer retained for the event. It is understood that no other photographer, amateur or professional, shall be appointed to photograph at the wedding while the Photographer is working [….]Photographer is not responsible for compromised coverage due to causes beyond her control such as other people's camera or flash….”

Please feel free to speak with me for more details.

Do you shoot gay or lesbian weddings?

Of course I do! I do not discriminate. I would be honored to shoot your wedding. Please do not hesitate to reach out.

Can I send you shot requests?

While yes, I do allow shot requests to be sent to me, please understand that with the exception of family formal photos, I use them as a guideline more so than a direct order- otherwise I would not be able to capture the flow of your wedding and special moments with my creative flair. 

 

Boudoir

What do I wear/bring?

A boudoir shoot is about what makes you feel empowered and sexy, so what you choose to wear and bring should reflect that. You and I will sit down and discuss out all outfit options and possibilities before the shoot to determine what is best, but I strongly suggest finding what makes you feel your best- and this varies for everyone. It could be a sexy two piece lingerie set. It could be a pair of panties and a tank top, or a little black dress and some pearls. If you’re doing your boudoir set for someone in particular- your spouse or partner- bring things that may mean something special to you both; for example, your wedding rings, a piece of jewelry they gave you, something of theirs to wear, etc. 

Does booking a boudoir session mean I have to wear lingerie or be nude?

Absolutely not! Boudoir is about feeling sexy and empowered. Boudoir is about what makes you feel sexy and confident! It doesn't have to be lingerie if you don’t want it to be and it certainly does not have to involve nudity! It can be a classic little black dress, your partner’s shirt and a pair of panties or even a pair of yoga pants!

I need some liquid courage- do you allow drinking or smoking during shoots?

I do not promote alcohol or recreational drug usage nor allow it on my sets or property. Liquid courage or getting high may sound like a great idea, but in reality they are not. Things like being buzzed or high show in your posing, body language and expression. It is also a health risk- I do not need nor want anyone tripping or falling, hurting themselves, or driving impaired. Anyone found to have consumed alcohol or having taken part in recreational drugs, whether right before the shoot or during, will be asked to leave. Payments will not be refunded.

 If you smoke regular tobacco cigarettes, there is a designated space outside of my home for you to take a smoke break. 

Engagements

How far in advance should we book our session?

Since many couples like to use their engagement session photos to create “Save the Date” cards or Thank You cards, I recommend booking your shoot 6 months to a year before your wedding date.

What’s the best time of day to schedule our shoot?

The time of day depends upon where you would like your shoot to take place! For indoor/in-studio shoots, time of day is flexible. However, for outdoor locations, I recommend early morning (9am at least) or early evening hours (3-4pm). That is to help avoid the harsh sunlight of high noon.

Can you help us pick a place?

I am more than happy to help you decide on where you would like to shoot! When we have our consultation, we will discuss options and places that appeal to you. Remember, an engagement shoot is about you two as a couple- you want to find some thing or someplace to show who you are as a couple!

Should I get my hair and makeup done? Do you have someone to do it for me?

As with any shoot, I recommend having any maintenance to your hair and nails done prior to the shoot- touch ups, high lights, dye jobs, etc. Having your hair styled or makeup application is completely up to you. Many women (and men) trust themselves to do their own hair and makeup while others would prefer a professional to do so. This is something we can discuss during your consultation. While I do not retain a hair stylist or makeup artist on staff, I work with several trusted professionals who would be happy to help for an additional, separate fee.

How many images do we get?

It is always hard to pin point how many images a client will receive with any shoot, as each shoot is so unique. As a rule with engagement shoots, I aim to give 30-50 images per session so clients are able to create their Save the Dates and/or Thank You cards as well as a small album.