General

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

I understand that we are in COVID times and sickness happens. I usually check in within 24 hours of your session date to make sure everyone is healthy. If not, we will reschedule for the next available date. If for any other reason you absolutely cannot make your session, give me at least 24 hours notice and you will receive a credit towards a future session.

WHAT ABOUT THE WEATHER?

Virginia weather can be unpredictable, so we can reschedule your session. If for some reason you cannot make the rain date and you give me 24 hours notice you can use the credit towards a future session.

Do you accept payment plans?

Absolutely! I understand that family photography is an investment and believe that every family deserves heirloom quality wall art hanging in their home. If you’d like to split your payments up over 3/6 months or even a year we can work together on a plan that allows you to enjoy art in your home while making payments that fit within your monthly budget.

What is a print release?

When you purchase digital files, you will receive a limited print release that will give you permission to use the images for non-commercial purposes. This includes the permission to print an unlimited number of copies of the images in any size and share the watermarked version on the web. However, copyright and artistic ownership remains with me.

What if we prefer to keep our images private?

For sessions, the model release adheres to a normal industry standard, which allows me to use the images for any reasonable purpose for my portfolio and marketing. That being said, if you give permission to use these images, but do not wish to have your real names used in connection with them,  I will respect that request to retain your family’s privacy.

CAN I GIVE THESE SESSIONS AS A GIFT?

Absolutely! If you have a friend or family member that values making memories and spending time with family, one of these sessions would make the perfect gift. Just shoot me an dreama@dreamaspence.com with the subject: Gift card.

Before the session

What does documentary mean? Do we have to pose? How do we act?

My documentary-style approach of capturing your family means no posing is necessary and no props will be used. I do my best not to alter the environment in any way. All you have to do is be yourself and carry on as you typically would with your family. My job is to make the experience feel like we are hanging out together and that the camera is almost an afterthought. Sometimes I will quietly observe, other times I will join in on the fun!

What kind of locations do you recommend?

I shoot both in-home and on-location, but regardless of the “where”, the more important question is – will this place be meaningful to your family? Think of places that your family visits as part of your normal routine. The connection between people is important, but if the environment can add to the story, it will be even more meaningful!

What should we wear?

Dress with comfortable clothing you already own, something you feel great wearing and that your kids can play in. It would not really reflect everyday life if you are dressed in well coordinated clothing, would it?

Do we have to clean our house?

Not at all! But if you really must, think of it as friends are visiting – tidy up like you would for them. Please don’t stress about cleaning every baseboard and chair rail, or stage it like it one of your Pinterest boards. Sometimes a little mess tells a good story too! To me, it means a room well lived in and a home well loved.

After the Session

Would it be possible to customize my own product collection?

Yes, if you wish to order more products than the ones offered in the collections, be my guest! I can walk you through anything you may need, individual fine-art prints, grandparent albums, canvases, wall art collage, or otherwise.

CAN I PURCHASE MORE IMAGES THAN COMES WITH THE SESSION?

Yes, you may purchase additional images for $50 each.

How long will it take until I see my photos?

I promise your images within 3 weeks.

How long do I have to order?

1 week. Trust me, the best time to order is while your images are fresh in your mind.