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What the FAQ?!
Frequently asked questions to photographers

What the FAQ?!

Frequently asked questions to photographers

In today’s By-The-Way Thursday, we will cover some frequently asked questions to photographers that may cross your mind before or after a photo session! This post is dedicated to the question: 

What do I do with my hands?

what do i do with my hands frequently asked questions to photographers FAQ


1. What should I wear?

This is a great questions and it all depends on what’s going on in the session! First ask yourself, “What am going for?” If you’re wanting the flowing, etherial, pregnancy portraits, you wouldn’t want to wear heavy boots and multiple layers, simply because that wouldn’t fit your vision as well as a loose dress. Although, don’t be afraid to try different layers and textures! Bring jewelry and hats! Pinterest is great inspiration for outfits, and when in doubt, stick with solid colored clothes in which you feel comfortable. At the end of the day, we photographers would rather have a comfortable subject than someone fidgeting and worrying about their clothes the entire session!

2. What can I expect during the session?

Each session is unique, just as every photographer is unique. You never know what can happen during a session, like rain! From myself, here’s a glimpse into a session: We’ll meet at our agreed upon location and have a little time before we begin to just chat and say hello! Once we get to spot #1, I’ll give you a starting pose to settle into, snap a few shots, & adjust my camera settings a bit. I’ll tweak your pose, then start clicking away, getting various angles. I like to walk my clients through what I’m doing throughout the session, (“I’m getting a close up now” or “I’m just adjusting my settings”) so that the whole event doesn’t feel so foreign. Once we’re both happy with at least 3 shots in that series, we move on to another idea or spot! When my clients and I collaborate during the session, it makes the experience more personal for everyone. So, if you have an idea, we’ll try it!

3. What do I do with my hands?

This question comes up in almost every single session! I love it! No one is more aware of their hands than a person in front of a camera. We suddenly realize how awkward are our arms, hands, and fingers. The reason we feel so uncomfortable in front of a camera is because we feel like we have to do something. The easiest solution to that? Hold something! If you have an object in your hands or are interacting with the scenery, it give you something to do and creates a natural movement. Other solutions? Touch your clothing, touch the back of your neck, put your hands in your pocket, or when in doubt, overlap your arms.

Spotlight: EZbackgrounds.com has THIS great post on hand posing!

4. Why do photographers usually shoot in the early morning or late evenings?

The answer to this question is: Magic. Seriously, though, we love shooting at these times (particularly in the evening) because it’s what is known as Magic Hour. During this time, the Sun graciously provides us with some of the best natural light. Which in turn, makes our client, you, look amazing!

5. Do you use Photoshop?

Yes? My concern with this question is knowing exactly what you mean by ‘using Photoshop’. If you’re asking do I process my photos and correct exposure errors and lighting errors, then the answer is yes, of course. Sometimes when I am shooting, the clouds will go by, or my finger will hit a button which makes the image too bright. Adjusting those elements via Photoshop or some other system is called processing or image correction. If you’re asking will I be taking away all your wrinkles and making you thinner, the answer is, I could, but no. This process is called retouching, and I generally stick to the retouching rule that if something is a part of you for more than 2-4 weeks, then it should probably stay there in photos.

6. Why does it take so long to get my photos back?

This is another question that depends on the session & photographer, but generally turn arounds work like so:

  • Simple Portraits– 1 week
  • Couples Sessions– 2-4 Weeks
  • Creative Portraits– 3 to 5 weeks
  • Weddings & Large Events– 4 to 8 weeks


These time frames are determined by the number of photos taken at each session, the number of photos you will receive, and the amount of post processing that needs to be done for each. Ex.- Weddings take so long for the sheer fact that we can take upwards of 2000 photos throughout the night. We then sort through those, re-sort, then process anywhere from 350-500 photos.

7. Can I have the rest of the photos/the unedited photos?

In short, we’d rather you not.

It’s not you, it’s us. Truly. The reason we didn’t give you those files in the first place is because, well, they’re just not the best representation of our work. Your eyes are half closed, it’s out of focus, or someone is in the background ruining the shot. It happens and we don’t want you to see it because we like being magicians who surprise you with gorgeous, butterflies-in-your-stomach moments. We only want to give you the best because we’re grateful for you and feel you deserve the best!


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