The following information has been designed to answer some of the frequently asked questions at Beyond the Box Photography, from wardrobe selection, to picking up your final products. If you have any questions that are not answered below, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I am more than happy to speak with you on an individual basis.

Where do the portrait sessions occur?

Hawaii offers numerous options for locations.  Sometimes this seems to be the hardest part of the session – deciding on what gorgeous location to use.  There is everything from lava fields, sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, waterfalls, jungles and even some occasional snow.   Outside of Hawaii?   The possibilities are endless and I will enthusiastically travel ANYWHERE in the world.   If you have an idea or vision for your location, please let me know.   I will see if I can find the perfect location for you.

How many people can be in the portrait?

For mini sessions – up to four (4) people.   Full sessions – up to six (6).   There is an additional charge of $25 per person for groups larger than 6 (six) people for full sessions or 4(four) people for mini sessions.

What should I wear?

This is a very common question.  The short answer is bring clothes that make you feel beautiful.  In the creative consultation, we will go over this in greater detail.  For ideas, please check out my pinterest board {http://www.pinterest.com/dbuck1113/what-to-wear/).  In general, think coordinating, not matching.  Comfort is also very important.  If you are uncomfortable in your clothes, it will show in the photos.

Do you do touch ups or airbrushing?

Yes. Every single photo that you order or that is in your product (album, wall art, etc.) will be hand retouched and edited. No one is perfect. No one has perfect skin and we all need a little help. The faces on the covers of magazines and in the media, ALL have been retouched. However, it’s important to me that my clients never look plastic. So while I do soften skin, remove blemishes (and scars) and bags under the eyes, (and whiten teeth if necessary), I try to still leave a very natural feel to the image. I also never alter someone’s body unless there is an odd bulge because of a particular position they are in or something like that. Then I will shape the skin in that particular area to make it look more natural.  

Can you make me look younger/ thinner?

I could, but it would take me ages (yes, that pun was intentional). The amount of time it would take to make those changes would incur extra charges too.

Do you need a deposit to reserve my photo shoot?

Yes, I need a non-refundable retainer of 50% and a signed agreement to reserve your photo shoot.  The balance is due on the day of the session prior to the beginning of photographing.

How far in advance should I plan if I want to give the photos as a gift?

I recommend doing your photo shoot 3-4 weeks before you plan on giving it as a gift as a minimum. It takes about 2 weeks to process all your images (in the busy season, this may be longer).  After you choose the photos you want in your album and any other prints or products, it will take about 10-12 days  (sometimes a little more depending on the product) to receive them from the lab.  While we can also rush an order if needed, it is always best to give an extra bit of time to keep the process as stress free as possible.

How do I book my photo shoot?

When you are ready to book your session, contact me and we’ll begin with a creative consultation.  There is no cost or obligation for this consultation, just a chance for us to sit down and chat about you, your style, and your ideas.  This consultation can be by phone, Skype or in person.  We will discuss how I will use my creative vision to help you to achieve truly magical results.  If you decide that you feel comfortable with me and think that my creative vision and approach is right for your portraits, then we will pick a date, finalize location, ideas, concepts, wardrobe recommendations, and every last detail before your session.  This is also when the 50% retainer and session agreement are signed.

Can we print our own Images?

In general – this is not a good idea.

Beyond the Box Photography offers a wide range of products and services for our clients. Many hours of work go into each individual finished image; and we control the production process end-to-end to ensure quality. Unfortunately, some people believe the companies offering print-only services produce identical quality. They do not. Also the prices they charge are for mass-produced, machine made, produced to the lowest-common-denominator product. That is the exact opposite of what we create here. Beyond the Box Photography only uses high quality professional photo labs to produce your products.  These labs use paper and ink of the highest quality which are meant to last for generations.  Cheap ink and paper fade quickly.

Still, there are some who want to print for themselves, and while we do not encourage it; we can supply high resolution images suitable for this.

Do you give the client the printing rights to the pictures?

Yes! I give my clients permission to print their photos. Also, my high resolution files are always free of any watermark or logo.

How can I view my pictures after the photo shoot?

About two weeks after your session, I will send you a link for your online gallery present your finished photographs and you can ooh and ahh over all your awesome portraits.  During this time you will also see your photographs in an awe-inspiring slideshow.  

Do you have online galleries?

Yes.   Since a majority of my clients live in other states, I include an online gallery and mobile app for all my sessions.

Can you send me all the unedited photos?

 No.   I never give out unedited photos.   An unedited photo is like an unfinished product, and who wants to pay for one of those?  You wouldn’t go to a restaurant and ask for the ingredients.   Same thing.  As the photographer only a small portion of my job is taking the photos. A majority of my time is spent in post processing the photo (editing, retouching, etc.) so it looks professional and reflects my style as an artist.

 Do you take credit cards?

Yes! I can accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover and PayPal. I do NOT however, accept checks.

Will my images be shown on your website or in your studio?

The images shown on my website, blog and in-studio displays and marketing materials are shown with the client’s permission only.  You can decide to share approved images or to keep all of your images private. If you choose to keep your images private then your images will not be seen by anyone other than employees of Beyond the Box Photography. I fully understand and respect the privacy of my clients.  Some clients give us free reign to use whatever images we’d like, while others would prefer not to allow the use of their images. Whatever you prefer is fine by us, and we assure you that your choice will be respected.

How many images will I have to choose from?

Many images are captured during your session. Afterward, each image is put through a careful selection process. You will see only the images that meet the standards of Beyond the Box Photography. Images that do not meet these standards are deleted permanently during the selection process. As a general rule you will see 40-50 finished images in the gallery.

I’d love to give a session as a gift. Can I do that?

Certainly! Gift Certificates are available for session fees and/or products.

Do you sell products or do I have to get them printed myself?

Beyond the Box Photography is a full service studio.  We offer the highest-quality products to help you carry your boudoir experience with you long after your session is over. Our product line includes fine art albums, exquisite folio boxes, nightstand portraits, wrapped canvas prints, metal prints, and more.

How much will I spend on my photos?

At Beyond the Box Photography we occasionally hear “How much is an 8 x 10?”. In reality, what you’re probably wondering is “How much am I going to spend on my pictures?” How much you spend will vary dramatically depending on your wants and needs. Our clients tend to average around $500-$1500 on their Portraits. Does everyone spend that much? No. Some spend less, some spend more.

The amount of your investment depends on what you are looking for:

  • Metal prints & canvas wraps
  • Albums or Folio Boxes
  • Prints for your home & office
  • Gift portraits for Family & Friends

If you share your needs with us we can best guide you in the direction to stay within your budget.

Visa, Mastercard and Paypal are all accepted and we are happy to extend interest-free payment plans to our clients as well.