What to Expect
Thank you for your interest in Runyon Stuido! I know planning photos, whether it is for a family Christmas card, your wedding day, or anything in between, can be confusing and downright stressful. The following outlines what you can expect from your photo shoot, from the first contact, to the last print, which will hopefully ease some of those fears about planning photos.
As a reminder, you can always email contact@RunyonStudio.com or call 636-265-1350 if you have any questions. I’m happy to help!
Booking a session
As soon as you are interested in booking a session, shoot me an email or give me a call. We will discuss all the specifics of what you are looking for with your photo session. Some things we will solidify are which type of photos you want (senior, family, etc.), what location you are interested in, when is the best time for your photos, and which pricing session you would like. I will then compile this information in a contract & invoice and send it your way. You are welcome to pay with cash or check (a non-refundable deposit of $50 is required; and balance is due at the time of the session). Once the deposit is paid, your session is booked. I book 4-6 weeks in advance, and I am booking as far out as needed. (especially for weddings or maternity). Fall and spring weekend sessions go very quickly, and are often booked several months in advance, so it is never too early to get your session booked.
Your Photo Session
Photo sessions are about 1-1.5 hours. We will meet at the selected location at the scheduled time, go over any special photo requests or needs you have, and then get shooting! We will do lots of different poses, backgrounds, and walk around our location to get new perspectives. I try to keep things relaxed, talk about you and your family, and try not to make it all about posing or stiff smiles. I like to capture the candid moments just as much as the smiling-at-the-camera moments. I'm happy to accommodate any fun posing ideas you have, or any props you'd like to incorporate. At the end of the session, I'll answer any last questions and then we're all finished! The following are a couple tidbits of information that can make your photo experience more enjoyable:
• If you have young children, feel free to bring anything that will keep them happy (e.g.snacks, juice, favorite toy, etc.).
• Please remember the weather. If it is hot, you may want to bring a water bottle; cold, maybe a jacket between shots.
• Please feel free to bring any props that you find fun (I've had people bring sunglasses, hats, bicycles, signs, dogs, furniture or cars!).
• If you are planning a clothing change, remember that it may need to be done in the car as many location are remote.
After your session
A soon as your session is over, I transfer your photos onto my computer with double backup, and begin editing. It takes about one week to edit and prepare your gallery. At that point, I will send you an email with your gallery link and password as well as ordering information. If you pre-ordered a CD or Pin drive, those will ship within a week of your photos posting. Ordering is easy through your gallery, and you can order prints, canvas, and CD of your session. You can also order single digital files. Your gallery will be available for 14 days after posting (3 months for weddings). You can also order specialty items directly from us such as Folio Boxes, Portrait Folios, Wall Portraits, Christmas Cards, Thank You cards, etc. All these are individually designed to best reflect your photo shoot. Please contact us for more information on these items. Please allow several extra weeks for specialty item processing.
My goal is to give you natural, timeless photography that captures your unique personality. That means through my editing process, my goal is to make your photos look as natural as possible while still making you look 110% your best. Just like fashion, editing styles become dated. But I feel that photos with natural colors, simple editing, and using light and color to capture beautiful photos, instead of heavy post-processing, will give you a priceless gift that will last generations. Through all that, I want to capture your real personality and relationships through the images. You will of course get the traditional "Everyone smiling at the camera photo," but you will also get photos of you laughing, interacting with your loved ones, being silly, and just basically pictures of how you really are. We don't all stand together and smile in the same direction, we smile at each other, and those images speak so beautifully about the relationships between people and families.
I strive to make your experience with Runyon Studio as easy as possible, and if you have any question, comments, or concerns, don't hesitate to call 636-265-1350 or email contact @RunyonStudio.com. I am happy to help!