Congratulations! You have either booked or are thinking of booking your portrait session! So now what? Don’t worry, I am here to guide you through the entire process from booking to ordering.

Before your shoot we will have an in person or phone consultation to work out all the details and to make sure that all your questions have been answered. 
I will then meet you at your location and from there the fun will begin! 


In the mean time, here is a compilation of some questions I get asked the most frequently. 


What should I wear to my session? Should I bring anything?
This is an important consideration! First, you must stay true to who you are. I want to capture you as who you are, so be comfortable. Then…kick it up just a tiny notch! The days of “matchy twins” are long gone. I encourage my clients to pick a color palette and then coordinate from there. Think textures, layers, hats and jewelry! Search Pinterest for ideas of clothing options. You can get a feel for what colors work well together. I even offer professional hair and makeup services for an additional fee.
Be creative. Be comfortable. Most importantly, BE YOURSELF <3
 
What if it rains? Can you tell it to go away?
I can try, yet usually it does not listen very well. If it does happen to rain or snow heavily on the day of your session, we can reschedule-no worries! Or you may very well want to chance it, in which case I have had some stunning results. Provided the weather is not too severe, I will hold your appointment.
 
Do we have to be outside? Do you have a studio?
I have a studio for headshots, products and children under 1 year old. I believe in being free and comfortable. To me, studios have a tendency to convey the opposite, and you end up with photos that may look like someone else's. I want your session and your photos to be as unique and special as you are, and there is nothing more unique or as special as the great outdoors! We are blessed in East Tennessee to have a wealth of beautiful locations, and I will be available to assist you in choosing the perfect place. I can even come to your house! 

Please remember there is a travel fee for locations outside of Hamblen County.
 
What is the best time of day to take photos?
Ahh..the illustrious 'magic hour', as us photographers call it! The 1-2 hours before the sun sets is prime time for beautiful photos. The shots will have a nice even warm glow about them, and are guaranteed to make you smile! I am capable of photographing you and your family or event during any time of day and still providing wonderful images; but I will aways suggest the hour before sunset first!
 
What if I need to reschedule?
I totally understand that life happens! No worries about re-scheduling, just please let me know within 24 hours ahead of our session. We will be happy to find a new date for you!
 
Can you make me look younger, thinner, richer, and blonder?
Oh, Photoshop, how we love you! I will do minor retouches to cover blemishes or scars, but I am a firm believer that everyone is beautiful, so I like to keep my images as natural as possible. So, yes I do have the ability to make you look like Selena Gomez or Brad Pitt-however, I much prefer you bring your beautiful self!
 
Do I need to sign a contract?
Yes, I do request that all clients sign a contract with Ashley Lodge Photography.
 
Do I need to pay a deposit? Why?

Yes. My policy is 50% down and the balance due the day of (or before) the session. The reason for this is even before your session I get to work on tailoring it to you. All of my sessions are custom and unique and this takes a lot of work to accomplish! The deposit will also hold your date, I book fast, and I like to give all my clients a fair chance to have a session. I will hold your date without a deposit, but know that it is not a guarantee someone else won't put a deposit down on your desired shooting date. This works on a first come, first serve basis to keep it fair for everyone. 

What comes with my session fee?
The session fee covers my time, talent, and travel as a photographic artist. It also covers my assistant's fee (if applicable) 
 
How long will it take before I can see my images?
My turnaround time is famous for being fast! Galleries will be ready for viewing at our custom boutique ordering session within 1 week for portrait sessions and 2 weeks for weddings. Guaranteed. During this time you will view a slideshow as well as your online, watermarked gallery. 
 
Can I bring my friend along? How about my pet?
Sure! Especially if you are on a senior portrait or family session. I encourage doing anything that helps to make you feel more comfortable and relaxed during our session. The more the merrier! 
 
What types of payments do you accept?
Currently I accept cash, checks,  and paypal. I process most invoices through my square account. 
 
Have a different question? Call me at 239-691-6688
or, drop me an email at AshleyLodgePhotography@gmail.com