FAQ

 

What should we wear to our photo session?

When it comes to clothing, carefully consider what you all wear. Matching isn’t the goal - coordination is! Similar styles and colors look good. For instance, if you want an overall soft and elegant look, stick with creams, soft pastels, light browns and tans, grays, and slate blues. For outdoor locations, reds and blues really stand out and look nice in rustic environments, because it will make you stand out from the background. Wearing all white or all black can cause loss of detail. Be careful with overdoing patterns - if everyone is wearing different patterns, they can conflict and contrast. Solid colors are best! Graphic T’s or shirts with characters on them are generally not a good idea. Accessories like hats, ties, scarves, belts, and necklaces add interest and textures that elevate the pictures for family sessions.

 

Can we have all of the unedited photos from our session?

It is the policy of Zoetic Photography not to distribute RAW, unedited photographs. Every photograph delivered has been treated like a work of art and received a lot of careful consideration and attention to every detail. Each image is edited, retouched, and processed to ensure the quality that meets our standards. Many people think when hiring a photographer, they are buying photographs. But what you’re actually paying for is the time, talent, equipment, skill, discerning eye, and taste of the photographer. Hiring a photographer based on a portfolio that you appreciate means you are entrusting them to provide you with a gallery of the very best photographs from your session.

 

Why is it you click so many shots, but I only get 'x' number of images after my session?  Do I get to see all of my images from my session to select which ones you retouch?

The short answer to that is no.

Your photographs are captured in a RAW format. After the shoot, we handpick the best images from the session and work with each selection to bring it to its full potential. These final images are then presented to you in a stunning personalized gallery.

When hiring a professional photographer, part of what clients are paying for is for the photographer to take the responsibility of eliminating the test shots, eye blinks, repetitions, and bad shots. Clients are presented with a complete gallery of images that are the best of the best, from both the technical aspects (lighting, focus, composition, etc.) and the aesthetic perspective (expression, emotionality, position, etc.). Remember, the photographer wants you AND the photo to look great, and they are keeping that in mind with every critical selection. Sometimes it just may take 15 clicks of the camera and adjusting between every shot to finally achieve the one photo we had in mind. All of those shots leading up to the one we choose were working out the issues in order to achieve the final shot we proudly hand over to you.

The best photographers spend a good amount of time and energy ensuring that each individual image they present reaches its full potential. It takes a lot of time to narrow down a final group of images, adjust colors, eliminate distracting elements, retouch subjects, format the files, and upload the gallery, so remember that it’s AFTER the actual photo session that the majority of work happens for the photographer. All of this is done to ensure that you are receiving the very best of the best! It’s in the photographer’s best interest to only put our name on something we think meets all of the high standards you deserve.

 

What precautions do you take?

You can rest assured that we are up to date with our immunizations. As of now, we only shoot outdoors and we are both fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and boosted. 

 

Why do my photos look blurry when I post them on social media?

We have found that clients take screen shots of their photos instead of downloading their files and then uploading them to their social media accounts the proper way. When you take a screen shot of a file, your phone will compress the image and then Facebook/Instagram will further compress it when you post it. This will degrade the quality of your images and make them blurry. PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS. If you have trouble with the process, please contact us. We can help. 

 

What options do I have for printing my photographs?

We work with the highest quality print labs to provide a variety of beautiful print products. Printing with Zoetic Photography ensures that all prints have been evaluated and prepared for any color correction, cropping, or adjustments that need to be made to the photograph in order to fit the format of the print product.

*Zoetic Photography cannot guarantee the quality of any outside lab, however, clients of course have the option to print with whomever they choose.