WHERE AND WHEN IS THE SESSION DONE?
All sessions are done on location either in your home, one of your favorite places, or a location we select together. I do not provide props but you are welcome to use sentimental items in your session, this adds a unique feel to your images. I have a few simple backdrops as needed.
I like to use natural light whenever possible, and prefer to schedule the session for a time when the light will be best. This is usually in the mornings within 2 hours of sunrise or in the evenings about 2-3 hours before sunset, depending on the time of year.
I will travel within my area of Alexandria, VA and within 15 miles at no extra charge. Anything outside that area will be charged a small travel fee. Please contact me for more information.
HOW DO I SCHEDULE A SESSION
The best way to schedule a session is to call me. Because dates go quickly I cannot guarantee dates through email. I can be reached at 703.943.9067. You can also use the 'contact' link on this site to send me a message. A $50 Deposit will be required before your session date is secured on the calendar.
WHAT DO I WEAR FOR THE SESSION?
The best advice I give on what to wear is keep it simple! Clothing should reflect your personality but not be what the photo is about. Think layers and bring a couple of options.
Generally, people in group photos should not be wearing outfits that match perfectly. Instead, aim for a coordinated but not identical look, with clothing in complimentary tones rather than colors. A good rule is to choose outfits for the entire family as if you were creating one outfit - where you could swap shirts or scarves with someone and it would still match the rest of their outfit.
If you are interested in black and white images it's best to dress in solid colors (not stripes, patterns, or logos). Medium to light tones are usually best, and long sleeves are prefered. Babies often look their cutest either without clothes or with just a diaper or diaper cover.
WHAT DOES A SESSION COST?
Sessions are $200 for groups of no more than 5 people. Please see the Pricing Section for more information. Please email me for wedding session prices.
CAN I HAVE ACCESS TO MY DIGITAL FILES?
Yes, each print purchase allows you to download the images you purchased as prints. Digital files are also sold in bundles starting at $25 for up to 25 files and $50 for all files. I know how important it is to share your images online with family as well as on blogs and other social media sites. I want you to share them! But I also want you to have quality prints to display in your home.
DO I NEED TO MAKE A DEPOSIT TO RETAIN MY SESSION DATE?
Sessions do require a $50 non-refundable deposit in order to secure your session date and time. If a session needs to be rescheduled for any reason, the deposit may be applied toward another session within 3 months of the original session without any loss of the deposit. If no session is scheduled within that time, the deposit will be forfeited to MP Photography.
HOW DO I PAY FOR A SESSION?
A $50 non-refundable deposit is required for all sessions. Unless other arrangements are made, please pay the deposit via PayPal from my blog's home page. For the remaining balance you can pay by check or cash on the day of the session or you can pre-pay with a credit or debit card via PayPal through my blog's home page.
Prices are subject to change at any time. See the Pricing Section for more information.
WHAT DOES "MP" STAND FOR?
Nothing! MP is the way my last name is pronounced (as in the two letters M and P...Empey!)