Q-What does LMTPhotography stand for?
LMTP are my initials. I kept my maiden name (which explains the extra letter in my initials), and the lowercase initials with the Christian fish underneath them are my signature for all my art work. And photography is art, right?! So it just seemed fitting. My original logo design stuck on the “hotography” after my initials LMTP, but that was a little confusing for some people, so my new logo separates them out, but they’re still sharing the P in my website name.

Q – How long will my session take?
It really depends on who I am shooting and what mood everyone is in!

For family sessions, depending on how many kids are involved, most shoots take between 1 and 2 hours. Naturally, the more kids or the younger the kids, the longer it might take. It might also take longer if the kids have to warm up to the idea of having their pictures taken. We want them to be relaxed so their true personalities show up in the photographs, and that’s one of the reasons I really encourage my clients to allow me to meet the kiddos at the consultation before I’m ever in front of them, camera in hand, for the first time. For best results, bring small children who have had a relaxed day so far, who have had a nap or two, and who have recently eaten (this isn’t a bad idea for adults and older children either!). I also highly encourage you not to schedule anything else the day of your session, so can relax and just enjoy your time with me.

For senior sessions, it takes about 1-1.5 hours. Longer sessions are available for an additional fee, which is usually necessary if there are several locations involved in the session. Ladies, there are no limits on how many outfits you can bring, but just remember that the more time you’re spending getting dressed, the less time I have to take your pictures. Most of my senior girls have between 3-5 outfits.

For newborn sessions, it really depends on the baby and how often they need to eat or cuddle with their Mom and Dad. For best results, have a well-fed, well-napped baby and a very warm house (80 degrees). We will do whatever we need to do to get your newborn comfortable. Mom and Dad, don’t worry about the time. Patience is important to get the best shots! A typical newborn session lasts about 2 hours, but some have gone as long as 4. Momma, it’s important for you to stay calm and relaxed because if you’re stressed about the time or how your baby is acting, your husband and baby are going to pick up on your stress. I’m a mom of three, so I know how it goes. Kids, especially newborns, are unpredictable. Have no fear. We’ll make it work, and I promise, you’re going to love your pictures!

Q – What should we wear?

This is a crazy important question because it’s the details like these that help make a picture great! When I come over for your consultation, I’m going to walk you through this process, either to guide you as you get ready to buy new outfits for your family, or to help you work with what you have. There are a lot of things to consider when picking out your outfits–what is going to be in the background of the pictures, where the final pictures are going to be hung, what look you’re going for…We’ll dig through your closets to find a great selection for you that will help add texture and layers to your photograph without distracting from the most important thing–you! I’ll walk you through how to put an outfit together with accessories, and you better believe I’m not going to give you fluff. I’m a truth-teller, so if I think your outfit needs something to help make it POP! or if you need to switch colors because you’d blend in with the background, I’m going to give it to you straight! My clients have been so thankful for this part of the consultation because it really relieves a lot of anxiety!

For wardrobe inspiration, click here.

Q – Where will my session be?
This is something else we’ll talk about during your consultation. I love to help my clients select locations for their pictures that either have significance to them or that are going to give them the look they’re going for. Many of my clients choose parks, farms, and even their own homes.

Please note, I do NOT have a studio or backdrops to use for your session.

Q – What if my kids just don’t cooperate and we don’t get any pictures?
I am a Mom. I have three kids, and I know there are days when they just aren’t interested in having their pictures taken. It is important to me that you are happy with your pictures and your experience with me is worth your investment. Please know that sometimes it just takes kids a while to warm up to a new person (me) and my big black camera, even after meeting me during the consultation. I have my own little bag of tricks to help your kiddos warm up to me faster, and I’m a very patient person! So don’t fret if the kids aren’t cooperative right away. The important thing to remember if your kids are not cooperating is just to chill out. If you stress and worry, they’ll just pick up on that and get worse. I promise, I’ll work with you to get you pictures that you love!

Q – Can we bring our dog/pet along to the session?
Absolutely! If this is something you’re interested in, we’ll talk about it at your consultation so you can be prepared for the special requirements of bringing a pet along to a session. You’ll want to plan to bring along bags and other necessary things to clean up messes, treats, a comb, a lint roller (if your dog sheds), a leash (for between shots) and a favorite toy (or three) 🙂 to help your dog focus and reward him/her for doing a good job. Please also be prepared to bring along a family member or a friend who is familiar with the dog and who can help keep the dog’s attention while I’m taking pictures. One of the ways I keep my costs lower for you is not hiring an assistant, so please bring your own! We will most likely take pictures with pets first thing during the session. I have done sessions with other animals like horses and snakes too, so whatever your pet is, we can make it happen.

Q – How will I order my prints?

After your images are edited, I will contact you to set up a date for an in-person proofing and ordering session, which will is usually 1-2 weeks from the date of your session date. This is your opportunity to see your pictures and products in the sizes and colors you want on my color-calibrated monitor.

We will go through all of the final edited pictures from your session, marking your favorite ones and discussing your options. I’ll already have a good idea of what you need from the consultation, so that helps make the ordering session customized to your needs.

If you need more time to order additional photos beyond your order minimum or to give extended family a chance to order, a logoed, online viewing gallery will be made available to you for 48 hours. I encourage you to finish working on your order right away so you don’t lose time. If you would like the gallery to be extended beyond the 48 hours, it will cost $25 per 24 hours. Payment is required at the time of ordering. Payment plans are available, just ask!

Q – How do I pay for my pictures and session fee?
Session fees and prints can be paid for with cash, check made out to Lani Palmer, or a debit/credit card. Session fees are required to hold your spot, and are non-refundable. At least half of the print order is due at the time of the ordering session, and the remainder is due at the time of pick-up. Additional payment plans are available upon request.

Q –  Why does the ordering session have to be in person?

I want to ensure that you get what you want with your order. Having the ordering session at my office allows you to see your images as they should appear on my color-calibrated monitor, it allows me to make any final edits that you can approve on the spot, it helps you see what your pictures will look like in different sizes (other than the 4×6 that you already see in your proof book), and it ensures that I understand what you want to order as I match pictures (not just the numbers) with the sizes and quantities you desire.

Q – Do you sell digital files?
Normally, I do not make my digital files available for purchase because over time I have found that is more of a disservice to my clients for several reasons. First and foremost, most of my clients who were purchasing digital images were never printing them for display. What’s the point of getting your picture taken if you’re not going to put the pictures on display either in a frame or in an album so you can share them with your family for years to come? Secondly, digital images are today’s technology, but who knows what the future holds? As much as my parents love their 8-tracks and records, I don’t own anything to play them to enjoy the music of their youth. In the same way, I want to make sure your pictures–your memories–are around in a format that your children and grandchildren can enjoy in the future.

There are specific circumstances where I will sell high resolution digital files, like for businesses, and low resolution files, like for seniors who need an image for a yearbook. Please inquire for further information.

When it comes down to it, most people want digital images to be able to share them with friends and family online, such as on Facebook. That’s why for every image that you purchase from me, you will receive a low-resolution, logged image that can be used online.

Q – What are the terms of your reproduction release?
Terms of this Reproduction Release:

With this disc, you may manage and use the image files to produce prints up to ____ for your family and friends, for personal use only. You do not have permission to make copies for sale or for the purpose of circumventing the sales of the images by the photographer, nor will you authorize any reproductions (print or digital) of the images for commercial use. I am not responsible for printing errors or for quality of prints/products not ordered directly by me.

You may not post or display non-logo images on the web without my permission.*Within your CD, there are files with the lmtphotography logo that are specifically for internet use, such as a profile picture or for posting on a blog or website.

You may not make digital copies of the images on this CD outside of a back-up copy on your personal computer or hard drive for your personal use.

*Permission is granted if the sessions are set up specifically for photographs designed for web use, such as for professional websites.

Q – How much should I expect to spend?
This depends on what type and size of prints you order, but there is a minimum $300 order for prints (not including digital files or other products). With the session fees and prints, my clients usually spend somewhere between $500-$800.

Q – Can I copy pictures you have posted online to use them as profile pictures?
I love that you want to use my pictures for your profile pictures! That’s why for every picture that you purchase, you will receive a logged, low-resolution copy specifically designed for internet use. These will be posted to an album in the LMTPhotography Facebook page. After you “like” LMTPhotography on Facebook, you can tag yourself in them and use them as profile pictures.

If you can’t wait to share your pictures with your friends and family, please send them a link to the post on my website from your session!

As a reminder, part of the contract that you sign with me states:

Please do not copy images you have not purchased. Copying or scanning images from your gallery, my website, the blog, or from other printed materials (such as the proof book) is considered stealing, regardless of the intent for use.”

Q – Why do the free, low-resolution pictures that come with the session have to have the logo on them?
Unfortunately, piracy is a big problem with the internet today. Without a logo, it is easier for my pictures to be stolen and sold on stock-photography sites (like istockphoto.com). That’s not fair to the subjects in my photo who are having their images sold for commercial use without their permission, and it’s not fair to me as a photographer that someone else would get paid for my work.

Another reason is credit. It gives credit to me as a photographer (rather than someone thinking you or one of your family/friends took the picture) and gives me a little free advertising. Not gonna lie. 🙂 And why wouldn’t it look cool to let your friends know that you had professional pictures taken?!

The other reason is money, unfortunately. The selling of prints is one of the ways that I make money. If my photographs for the internet didn’t have my logo on them, it would be a major temptation for someone get them printed on their own (like at Walgreens or Snapfish or Costco) instead of purchasing professional prints from me. That’s stealing, plain and simple.

I will add more FAQ’s as I think of them, but I hope this information is helpful to you!