FAQ

The Session

What is the best time of day to photograph?

The best light happens just after sunrise and in the last two hours before sunset. For family portraits I would suggest a late afternoon/early evening session when the light is soft.

How long will our session last?

My sessions are laid back, free flowing and on average last for around one hour.

Can you suggest places for us to take our portraits?

Of course! There are so many wonderful options here in Paris. When you book, I'll send over my location guide that lists my favourite places as well as some example images to give you an idea of your options. Your personal preferences in addition to the time of day/year, the weather and even clothing choices all play a part in deciding the location for your session. 

How many locations can we choose?

In one hour we can usually do one to two locations depending how spread out they are.

Does travel in between locations count against our session time?

Yes, and this is why I recommend that you keep locations to a minimum or pick two locations that are in walking distance to each other. 

Can we add on time?

I charge €300 per hour for additional coverage beyond what our agreement includes.

We're bad in front of the camera! Will you help direct us?

Of course. Don't fret - I'm a talker and have lots to say and plenty of ideas. I take an active approach to subtly directing you into the most natural and flattering poses. I like to keep everything as organic and as natural as possible. I'll make it painless and fun! It won't be nearly as bad as you think, I promise!

What if it rains?

This is not uncommon in Paris. We can certainly still work with light rain however in the event that the forecast is for heavy rain or a storm, rescheduling may be necessary and we’ll do our best to find another time during your stay that works for us both. If rescheduling isn't an option we'll bust out the cute umbrellas (I can bring some for you to use on request), photograph in adorable passages and embrace the Parisian café scene.

What if we need to reschedule?

I try to be as flexible as possible with scheduling and do not charge any fees to reschedule. I just ask that you let me know as soon as possible (at least 12 hours prior) if you need to change our session time or date. 

What should we wear?

Your outfits should be a reflection of you! Neutral tones are ideal and light coloured clothing will help to reflect light (examples are white, blush, nude, yellow, gold and pastels). A touch of colour and some gorgeous accessories can really help brighten up your photos if Paris delivers an overcast day. Wear something comfortable that you can easily move in, that suits your individuality and makes you feel amazing! Ironing your chosen outfits the night before is highly recommended to avoid any necessary stress on the morning of our session. 

Can we bring multiple outfits?

This is not recommended for a one hour session as we will lose time trying to find a place to change (never an easy feat in Paris!). Please avoid bringing large bags as when we stop for photos we'll need to put them down and leave them unattended.

What should we bring along to the session?

During the session, plan on only carrying the bare minimum and leave large bags and valuables at your accommodation (I’ll have a small bag to carry your essentials). A warm jacket and scarf on chilly mornings are a must! If you are planning on wearing heels, don't forget to pack a pair of comfortable flat shoes (which are easy to change into) as we often walk a lot as we move between locations.

Should I consider getting hair and make up done?

Yes! I work with some very talented hair and make up artists here in Paris who I will happily put you in touch with once you've booked your session date. A hair and make up team can come to your accommodation and will ensure that you arrive at our meeting point feeling totally gorgeous and ready to begin our session together.

Where should we send our shot requests?

I unfortunately do not accept shot requests, as it prevents me from creating the beautiful images that you see showcased on my website and blog. My photographs are custom tailored to each family based on their personalities, outfit selections, the weather and the location. I love creating new and unique photographs for every family that I work with!

The Images

How will you edit our images?

My editing style is minimal because my goal is always to capture natural beauty in the best light possible. My stance on Photoshop is that less is more and the photos that you’ll receive will have been hand edited by yours truly. 

Can we choose which photos you will edit?

I don't offer you the opportunity to choose the final images that I will edit for your gallery. Rest assured that you will receive the crème de la crème of what we take on the day!

When and how will we receive our images?

Your best 25 images will be delivered digitally within 30 days of your session. I will email you a link to your personal and password protected online viewing gallery to download the high-resolution files and share them with your family and friends (and on social media) if you so wish.

How long will the images be available in the online gallery? 

I can guarantee that the images are available in the online gallery for three months following the date of delivery.

Can some of our photos be edited in both black and white and in colour?

The images that I edit and deliver in black and white are only available in black and white. If you have preferences for more/less black and white images in your final gallery, just let me know and I’ll do my best to accommodate your wishes.

Can we have the original files of all of the unedited JPEGS?

The original photo files (what's referred to as the RAW images) are for studio use only. My process is to only select and edit the very best photos so that you don't have to! The images in your gallery will allow you to print canvases, large prints and a host of other items. 

Can we see the outtakes (the images that didn't make the final cut?)

I will edit the images with the ideal compositions, facial expressions, lighting, backgrounds and focus and deliver in a way that reflects my style. The images you didn’t receive won’t be archived and therefore won’t be available to you after your portrait session.

Can we share our images on Facebook/Instagram?

Of course! I would love if you share your favourite images from your portrait session on Social Media. I kindly ask that you include a shout out to your photographer in the caption (Photography by Katie Mitchell).

Booking & Payment

How do we book?

Once I’ve confirmed my availability and answered any lingering questions you may have, let’s get your date in the diary! Simply request my client agreement, fill it out online and the time and date of your session is secured.

How far in advance should we book?

I recommend up to three months in advance.

What dates are you currently booked?

Please contact me at mail@katiemitchellphotography.com for my availability.

How do we pay?

Please bring payment in cash in an envelope on the day of our session. Thank you!

Contact me here or via email at mail@katiemitchellphotography.com to book!

Pricing effective as of January 1, 2016