Welcome and thank you for considering J&R Ogden Photography! We’ve compiled a list of questions, helpful tips and what to expect. If we haven't answered your questions, please send us an email.
If you are thinking about booking with us or have booked with us we will need to talk about what you are looking for. What we need from you is the following:
Please feel free to relax, it can be a little nerve-racking to stand in-front of a lens for someone that you don't know, but we are easy going people that would be feeling anxious as well if we were in your place.
For pricing on our different session types, please see the Pricing options under the menu at the top of this page. Each page will cover information about those types offerings along with the prices. We will cover the basics here.
* We ask that you fill out our insurance waiver form; you can download it here or we can provide a printed copy for you to sign upon your arrival.
If we are shooting outside, it is extremely important that you arrive on time or early. We schedule the time of the shoot around the ascent or descent of the sun when it's at its best (Golden Hour) and that window is very small.
Please make sure that you are well rested and fed; standing outside for a period of time can be tiring.
Please, leave the “cheese” at home. Cheese is for crackers. So many times we have found parents who stand behind the photographer and scream, “Say cheese to the lady, kids!” Yelling and demanding young children to look at the camera to smile will only stress your children out (not to mention the photographer) and will result in strained, unnatural and often unflattering photographs. Step back, and allow the photographer to naturally interact and talk with your children. This will result in natural, gorgeous smiles.
Generally we recommend avoiding patterns and many colors. Bring good walking shoes (just for the walking) if your shoot is going to be outside just in-case the terrain is rough. For maternity sessions, please see the pricing section for specific information on clothing.
Coordinate without matching- Have your clothing chosen way in advance and make sure that your outfit choices are comfortable and attractive. Chose neutral colors with soft, flowing fabrics…. think creams, very soft pastels, oatmeal, light browns, tans, grays, and slate blues. Adding fun accessories like scarves, headbands, hats, etc. can add a modern twist and sassy flair to your images.
The most pleasing photos is to have everyone in the same color scheme, but without exactly matching. Try picking four or five colors that you want everyone to wear that go well together like brown, navy, cream and mustard. The mustard makes for a nice “pop” color too! Another combo that works would be grey, red, teal and pale green. If you need help finding palette inspiration check out design-seeds.com.
Keep pattern and contrast in mind- Pair light and dark tones for solid colors. If choosing a bright color, make sure to get neutral tones in with the others in the shoot. If you choose patterns, make sure to use one pattern and then other clothing should be a solid.
Please let us know if you are looking for a causal or dressed up look or both.
Our studio is large enough to fit both James & Robin (the photographers) and a small family of 3 - 4. We normally turn the heat up a bit for newborns and babies to keep them comfortable. There's seating as well for the adults.
We have many different types of props, clothing, blankets, etc for the newborn photo sessions and as mentioned before, please feel free to bring along items that are important to you and that you'd like incorporated- we just ask that you let us know that you will be and what it is so that we can prepare a head of time.
The least amount of people, the better, as extra people can be distracting.
It takes us usually a week to edit your photographs. Once complete, we will upload them to your personal online gallery for you to view, share and order your prints through our professional lab.
We do offer a DVD of your photographs, however, we do require that you purchase prints through our labs first as we take great lengths to capture the best photographs that we can and have seen the poor print quality from local big box stores. Since our name is behind the work, we prefer that your prints look just as good as they do on your screen.
DISCLAIMER: We reserve the right to offer or to decline to offer our services at our discretion. Photography packages are subject to change at any time. If we agree to offer our services and you are in agreement, we will ask for a contract to be signed prior to shooting.