Q. How do I schedule a session?
A. You can use the form on the contact page to reach out to me initially. Once we have agreed that you'd like to move forward with a session and discussed a date, you will pay your session fee and sign a service agreement to secure your appointment. Please book early to get your preferred date.
Q. When should I schedule my Maternity or Newborn session?
A. My schedule is usually booked 4-6 weeks in advance. Therefore, it is important to schedule your session as soon as you know you want to book so we can accommodate your date. We suggest scheduling maternity sessions during your second trimester. Newborn sessions should be scheduled during pregnancy and will be tentatively scheduled on your due date. Once you give birth we will then firm up an actual session date.
Q. What time do you schedule your sessions?
A. Most outdoor sessions typically take place 2 hours before sunset to take advantage of the best light of the day. Depending on the quality of light at the location, we may be able to schedule your outdoor session at an earlier time of day. Studio sessions (including newborns and babies) are best photographed early, usually around 10am.
Q. What are your accepted forms of payment?
A. I accept cash, debit and major credit cards. Payment plans are available for print/digital purchases. Session fees are paid in full at the time of booking.
Q. Do you sell digitals, prints, books, or canvas?
A. Yes, Lisa Yvette Photography is a full service studio offering not only portrait sessions, but also a heirloom quality print products. Please visit the Product Pricing page for a list of our most popular products.
Q. Instead of purchasing prints or products, can I just buy my digitals?
A. It's our goal for you to have beautiful portraits displayed in your home. However, I am well aware of the popularity of digitals. My digital products include a print release and can be purchased in lieu of or in addition to prints. Please note: I cannot guarantee the quality of prints from consumer grade print labs. Only prints through my preferred labs are guaranteed.
Q. How much can I expect to spend?
A. On average, custom portrait clients invest anywhere from $500-$2000 for the session and products.
Q. What do I wear to my session?
A. After booking a 'full session', we will have a phone or in person consultation to discuss location, props, clothing, hair, makeup and other session preparation topics. I will also provide you with a portrait session preparation guide with tips, tricks, and suggestions to ensure your session goes smooth.
Q. Where will my session take place?
A. Babies from birth to 12 months are best photographed in my studio, but we can also accommodate outdoor shooting weather permitting. I can travel to your home for a newborn lifestyle session if lighting conditions are appropriate for photography ($fee applies). Maternity, senior, and family sessions are best outdoors unless weather conditions, medical reasons, or milk bath/nudity require indoor. I shoot at a variety of locations all over Charlotte and the surrounding cities. Headshots can take place in my studio or on location.
Note: Travel fees apply for all shoot locations beyond 25 miles of our studio.
Q. I would like an outdoor photo-shoot. What happens if it rains on that day?
A. We simply reschedule for the next available date or move the session to my studio. If it's overcast, however, we will continue with the session as cloudy days present some of the 'best light' for outdoor portrait photography.
Q. What happens if I need to reschedule?
A. I understand emergencies and illnesses can and do happen. To avoid rescheduling fees, please give us 24 hours notice. I'll reschedule you to our next available date. Note: We will only reschedule once for 'personal' reasons. If a second reschedule is required, you must pay the session fee again.
Q. Do you photograph events, groups, or sports?
A. Currently, I do not photograph events such as birthday parties, baby showers, etc. I also do not photograph glamour shots, small business groups or teams such as cheerleading, dance, or pre-schools. However, I am well acquainted with many other local professional photographers who specialize in these areas and would be delighted to refer you.
Q. What is the benefit of paying a professional photographer like Lisa Yvette for custom portraits?
A. A 'expensive' camera does not make one a great photographer. Anyone can snap a picture on their mobile phone or on their 'fancy' camera and have the images from the SD card printed at a print lab of your choice for a few cents to dollars. Whether or not you are happy with the end result is a matter of taste. Also there a are a number of hobbyist photographers who take loads of photos and just burn them to a CD or USB drive for a very cheap price. To that I say you get what you pay for. "Quality and Skill will always override Quantity" for those who care to have the best.
Professional Portrait Photography requires both creative talent and technical skill as well as continuous learning as technology and trends change. Professional photographers are dedicated to the business of delivering excellence in client service and portrait products. Lisa Yvette has years of experience, skill, industry knowledge, resources, and the creative eye to deliver artistic, hand retouched portraits that your family will enjoy for generations.