Frequently Asked Questions
What is your philosophy regarding photography?
Photography is about visual storytelling for me. I always try to capture the real you and the emotions of the day. I believe the little moments between the posed smiles, the ones that capture who you are and what you are feeling, are by far the most important.
What is your photography style?
Mix of documentary, traditional and artistic. LOVE black and white images!! Variety is good!
What equipment do you use?
I shoot with a Nikon D750 and switch between several lenses depending on the circumstances. My favorites lenses are my Nikon 85, 50, 24-70 2.8, Nikon 70-200mm 2.8.
What location should we choose for our portrait session? Will you help us decide?
Yes I will! Depending on where you live I can provide suggestions that are urban, forest, mountain or beach for you to choose from. From there it just depends on your style and the purpose of the photos.
How will I receive my images?
I will send you a link where you can view, share or download your images. Basic professional printing options are also available at a low price. You will also get your very own customized page on www.NWLifeShots.com. This will allow you to access your photos anywhere, anytime.
How many images do you typically deliver from a session?
I deliver 15-20 from a Traditional 1 hour session. For events more than an hour you can expect approximately 50 per hour of coverage.
What rights do I have to the digital prints?
You can share, post or print your photos as you wish but please don't alter, crop or add a filter to the images. This jeopardizes the integrity of the photo and makes Robin sad.
Do you deliver every image you shoot?
No, I select the images that are most flattering and tell the story of your session. I shoot several photos in each pose specifically so I can pick through and find just the right one!
What if I lose my images?
Return to your personal client gallery page and download or share them again! You gallery will be available for 1 years on this link!
What To Wear To A Photoshoot?
The selection of proper clothing for your portrait is a critical factor in the preparation for a successful portrait. If the clothing is noticeable or overbearing in a portrait, it could easily become a distraction. Clothing that does not attract attention to itself is the ultimate goal. It could be the difference between a very successful portrait and just another picture. You may be asked to change your clothing selection before I take your portraits if you do not follow these basic guidelines.
Do you charge a travel fee?
A small travel fee is charged for event locations outside of a 20 mile radius of Seattle, WA.
How do I set up an appointment to meet you in person and see some of your work?
Click HERE to message me and let's pick a date!
Do you shoot in JPEG, Small Raw, or Large Raw? Can I get them?
RAW! It allows for the most creative editing.
I dont give Raw Images, as that would be giving you only half of an unfinished work of art. Editing process is a big part of creating the final product & includes my personal style. Many of the images are filtered and processed based on technical (over/under exposed) and artistic point of view. So giving/showing will be of no use and not good for my Brand
Can we get our images in B+W and color?
I edit each photo to fit the moment. Color is fun and lively and nothing lets the emotion of the moment shine through like B+W! If you have specific requests please let me know before your session.
If we cancel the session will we receive our deposit back?
Unfortunately, no. When you book your date and pay your retainer, that money holds that date specifically for you and no other events can be booked. If you need to book a different date a new retainer will be required to hold that date.
What happens if we go over the contracted amount of time?
I have an hourly rate ($200/hr) which you will be invoiced for after the event. Adding extra time to your day means more photos to edit and more time away from my family. I am more than happy to stay longer to capture your special moments but my family misses me too!
I have downtime between events on my session period. Will I be charged for that downtime?
You will be charged for overall time, not by individual events or how busy we are. During the time frame we have established I will be on site to help you as needed, no strings attached.
Are our digital images watermarked?
No, the images I provide you will not be watermarked. If you prefer to have watermarked images for social media sharing please let me know (you'll get a high five from me too!)
If we change our event to a different date will we be able to use our deposit towards a future date?
Typically no, but I evaluate on a case by case basis. The reason for canceling and our availability is also a part of the decision. Please note that if rates change from your original date to your new date, the new rates will apply.
Do i share images in Social Media (Facebook, Instagram)
Not all the time. But sometime i do share 1-2 best images of the session on our social media/website to display our new work. If you dont want us to share any images, please let me know i am cool with it ;)