Frequently Asked Questions

What is your shooting style like?

I love what I do, and that is very obvious when I’m behind the camera! Basically, I love to have fun with my clients and make getting your picture taken an enjoyable experience. I totally understand that getting your photos done isn’t the most comfortable thing in the world for most people, so I try and keep things as relaxed as possible. I’m not about awkward prom poses or “say cheese” sessions. My goal is to capture beautiful moments as they happen naturally, so I really like to let you be yourself though I will absolutely guide you along the way!

What should I wear to photo session?

A fabulous question! The main thing is to be comfortable and confident in what you’re wearing. If you’re uncomfortable, it can translate into the photos! You shouldn’t stray too far from your personal style, but photo shoots are a great opportunity to amp it up a bit. I suggest bringing a variety of casual and formal outfits. (Casual does not mean sweat pants, and formal does not mean prom dresses!) If you’re going to be in photos with someone else, it’s important that your clothes are cohesive or at least do not clash with each other. I’ve put together some outfit ideas and inspiration boards for engagements and family sessions on my Pinterest page. If you’re still unsure, shoot me a message and I’d be happy to discuss your options with you!

Do your sessions require a deposit?

A $500 deposit is required for Weddings to officially hold your spot on my calendar. Once the deposit is received, I’m all yours for the day!

Where are you based? Do you Travel? How much are traveling fees?

I am currently based in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area, California. I love travelling and am completely willing to come wherever you may be located. I do not charge a traveling fee for anywhere within the East Bay otherwise the traveling fee will be based on distance at a reasonable rate just to cover gas;)

Do you have a second shooter for weddings?

Yes, I almost always use a second shooter when photographing weddings, the only exception being those with a very small number of guests!

What’s in your camera bag?

I’m a Canon girl.  I work mainly with my Canon 5D Mark iii, Canon EF16-35mm F2.8 USM & Canon EF 50mm F1.4 USM. I also use a Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash & sometimes I’ll whip out my Ring Flash! For portrait & engagement sessions, I also use a variety of my vintage or 35mm film cameras from time to time.

How do I order prints?

Ordering prints is easy peasy! Once you have the link to your password-protected online gallery, you can order prints directly by clicking on your images. I offer matte, lustre, & glossy prints, Canvas prints (rolled or wrapped), framed prints, ready-to-hang mounted prints & much much more!

Will all photos be edited? What if I just want the RAW files?

All photos my clients receive are carefully and individually edited by yours truly to look their best and display my signature style. As a professional photographer, not only am I able to offer photos that have been taken with a professional camera, but also have a unique artistic perspective to offer through the highly detailed editing process. For this reason, I choose not to send out any unedited, RAW files.

What is the process for booking a wedding?

It all begins with you! If you’re interested in a wedding session, please contact me with the date of your wedding and a little about yourself and I will respond quickly. I’d love to meet up with you in person to discuss details if you live in the Bay Area. From there we can move forward with a contract and officially booking your date! If you have any questions or hesitations at all, please don’t hesitate to contact me. You may also email me directly at carly@carlyjeanphoto.com!