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. If you're an early riser, I would strongly suggest an early morning session when the light is soft and there are fewer crowds (depending on the season and weather permitting). Sunset is also a beautiful time and then you'll be all dressed for dinner afterwards (but be prepared for more people in the background of your photos).

Can you suggest places for us to take our portraits?

Of course! There are so many wonderful options here in Paris. My aim is always to create something unique and beautiful for each and every couple that I photograph. 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, the weather and even clothing choices all play a part in deciding the locations for your session. 

How will we move between locations?

During a two hour session we will usually take an Uber between locations, or walk if your chosen locations are close to one another. One Uber ride between locations is included in the session fee, however additional travel and your travel to and from the session is not.

Does travel in between locations count against our session time?

No. I always allow a little extra time for travel so that we can maximize our shooting time together.

Can we add on time?

I charge €400 per hour for additional coverage beyond what our agreement includes and you can choose to add on an extra hour as needed.

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 48 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 that you are comfortable and can 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. 

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 stylist (or styling team) can come to your accommodation in the early morning and will ensure that you arrive at our meeting point feeling totally gorgeous and ready to begin our session together.

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 during the session!

When and how will we receive our images?

Your best 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. The images will be available for three months following the date of delivery.

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.

Booking & Payment

How do we book?

1 Hour Portrait Sessions: To get your session in the diary I require a signed agreement. Simply request my client agreement, fill it out online and the time and date of your session is secured. Payment is due in full in cash on the day when we meet.

2 Hour Portrait Sessions: To get your session in the diary I require a signed agreement and a €500 reservation retainer. The remaining payment is due in cash on the day when we meet. If preferred, payment may be made in full in cash on the day - please request this at the time of booking.

Can you hold our session date?

Unfortunately, I cannot hold your session date without a signed agreement and reservation retainer. Electronic agreements expire in one week for this reason. I recommend booking up to three months in advance and do work on a “first-sign-first-serve” basis.

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Please contact me so that we can talk more!

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

January 2019. Pricing subject to change without notice.