Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question that isn't covered here, please email me at amanda@alarmsphotography.com

Why choose ALArms Photography?

When choosing a photographer for you and your family, it can be difficult, as there are many different photographers with as many different styles. Most photographers have a certain style and approach to their art. It's important for you to make sure that I have a style as well as prices that fit what you are looking for. Please take a look through my galleries to get a feel for the kind of images you can expect from ALArms Photography. I strive to offer my clients an enjoyable, relaxed and most importantly, fun session that focuses on you and your family. I only schedule one to three sessions per week, to ensure you get the best possible attention to detail. The result will be memories and portraits that you will cherish for a lifetime because they are true to you.


Where are you located OR Where do you shoot?

I do not currently have a studio and I like natural light photography so the simple answer is outside, which creates lots of possibilities so think of your favorite spot where the sun is shining, where you can find comfort under a nice shade tree, this could be in a park or even in your backyard; as long as natural lighting is accessible.

Included: all of Jefferson County, Bullitt County & Southern Clark County (Indiana)

Some suggested spots are:
Mallard Crossing Apartments
Downtown/Waterfront
Iroquois Park/Amphitheatre
Joe Creason Park
McNeely Lake
Bernheim Forest ($5 entrance fee to the park)
Blackacre Nature Preserve

NEWBORNS are my ONLY exception to outside photography, for a newborn I will come to your home or whatever indoor place you would like, still using natural lighting which may be obtained by large windows, sliding glass doors, skylights etc. I may ask you to move some furniture for best set up and lighting.


Do you photograph weddings?

Currently I do not photograph weddings. I have a “Small Event” plan but it requires an outside event of 50 guests or less. If you like my style and are interested in more information in this area, please contact me so we can discuss more details.


My child won’t sit still and I’m concerned with how s/he will do during the session.

Children are so much fun to shoot – (I love the play on words) ha

Smaller children, especially those that have just learned to walk are especially fun during photo sessions… if you think posed sessions will work with these kids, think again! This is ultimately the reason I specialize in children sessions because they have the freedom to run around and play outside, I am catching them in their element not trying to stop them from curiosity and MAKE them smile about it. A child should be a child at all times taking them outside and expecting that they will stay still for my camera is not reality, chasing them and playing peek a boo is! And parents, PLEASE don’t try to get the child to do something they don’t want to do, this only aggravates them and further makes my job more difficult. It’s best to ask them to do something and see if they agree, if not we will take another approach, maybe a tiny little bribe will work but please don’t hold it over their heads the whole time trying to get them to do what you want. It will all work out in the end, even if said child and I have to take a little walk by ourselves to get there! :o)


What is the best way to book a session with you?

Simply go to the "contact me" section of this site or send me an email at amanda@alarmsphotography.com and provide as much information as you can, including what type of session you would like (newborn, family, etc.), and the dates you are interested in. I will be in contact within 24 hours with some detailed session information. Once a date is confirmed, we’ll start planning your portrait session!


What form of payments do you accept?

I currently accept cash, check or credit cards as well as paypal. You may make checks payable to Amanda Arms.
CHECKS:

A personal check is acceptable form of payment; however there are a few guidelines when paying with a personal check or electronic check through paypal.

FOR CHECK PAYMENT OF SESSION FEE the transaction will have to be completed BEFORE the session date, this usually takes 3-4 days to fully post to the account so you should keep this in mind when paying with checks for session date.

FOR CHECK PAYMENT OF PACKAGE OPTIONS the transaction will have to be completed BEFORE the order to the professional printing lab is made, this usually takes 3-4 days to fully post to the account so you should keep this in mind and understand the delay when paying with a check for print packages.

RETURNED CHECKS there will be a fee for return checks of $35.00 in addition to any OTHER banking fees that may be incurred.



Can I pay you during the session?

ALL sessions shall be paid in full before the session date; payments made the day of session are acceptable as well and should be considered a non-refundable appointment fee. For larger session amounts, smaller increment payment plans will be considered upon request but still must be paid in full before the session date or delivery of product. If you would like to request a payment arrangement please contact me amanda@alarmsphotography.com.


When is the best time for my maternity pictures?

This is certainly a personal choice, as to how and when you feel comfortable. Women tend to "show" at varying times, but to really capture that expanding belly, I prefer to provide maternity sessions between the 35th and 37th week of pregnancy.


I am about to have a baby. When is the best time to schedule a newborn session?

To ensure you get your choice of dates, please contact me in your last trimester, to schedule your newborn session. The best time frame to capture the "newness" of your little one is within the first 10 days.


After the newborn session, when is the next stage that I should schedule to have you photograph my baby?

(The “it’s your birthday” plan consists of newborn, 3, 6, 9 and 12 month age sessions)

If you already had a newborn session with ALArms Photography, you may schedule for an additional fee, your baby's milestones with the "It’s Your Birthday" baby plan. This next session would be some time around your child's 3 month birthday.


What can I expect from the baby plan sessions?

Newborn sessions are best with a sleepy baby so we can get some cute cuddly & snuggly squishy baby shots, details will be the focus of this session.

During your baby's 3 month session, we focus on the "baby parts" if you had not previously had a Newborn session. We also focus on the baby "lifting" their head and all of those adorable smiles!

Capturing you’re newly sitting baby (between 6-7 months), they're happy and expressive, and even proud of their newfound ability to sit on their own or assisted. At this time they will also love to lie on their bellies and, and may even love to roll on their back while sucking their little toes! These are such important milestones and a super cute stage to capture!

When he/she is standing up (around 9-10 months) before he/she begins to walk would be the next best stage. At this age, they are either photographed standing on their own, or assisted by mom/dad or a prop!

At twelve months we can do anything you want, including a "birthday" or cake smash session. We'll talk in detail before this session.

If a session is skipped or does not happen for any reason you can do a different month instead of the ones listed above – but no credit or money will be refunded.


What should I wear?

You should wear something that is comfortable and if there are going to be more people in the session the other people should coordinate with you, NOT MATCH, but be in the same color family. Try to stay away from busy printed tees and shiny or light catching material, as this might hinder the photos exposure. Solids are always a great choice. Feel free to bring a change of clothes with you if you're unsure what would be best. You are welcome to check out my Pinterest board “Inspire my client’s style”


Can I bring my ________ to the session? I would love to have a picture with it.

This could be a blanket, stuff animal, umbrella, pet, or whatever. Generally I do not provide props, but the session is yours. If you have a particular vision that involves props and different settings then BRING IT ON! I am more than happy to incorporate your props in your session to try and create the vision you have.


What happens if it rains/snows on our shoot?

Because most of my sessions are done on location using natural light, sessions may have to be rescheduled if the weather is questionable. Should this happen, I will contact you right away, and will work with you to either go ahead and “try” the session or find another time to reschedule. Snow is not a problem unless the roads are icy or covered and are slick. Snow sessions ARE available however if other businesses are closed or canceling then we will make a decision based on what all parties are comfortable with. There are no additional fees for re-schedules that are due to weather or reasons beyond our control. I am always in touch with you a few days before your session date to confirm details and location so if you have concerns just let me know at that time.


My child has a scratch on his face. Should l reschedule?

(Minor) Retouching of scratches, blemishes, red blotches, etc. is included in your portrait session fee. However, if your child has a serious cut or bruise, we may need to reschedule; should this happen, please contact me as soon as possible.


What should I expect at the proofing session?

Expect to meet with me at an agreed upon location for about an hour or an hour and a half. During this time I will discuss with you combination package options as well as print package options and discounts that apply, all of this information is available on my website so you should already have an idea before the session of what your budget will allow. I will answer any product questions you may have and of course show you your edited photos of your session. You may compile your order at this time or you are welcome to utilize the 2 weeks given to share your gallery with friends and family and make an order at a later date to receive the most a la carte discount options.


How will I view my gallery?

Your password protected gallery is available on my website at alarmsphotography.com at the bottom of the home page is a link that says “Client Log In” click this link and it will prompt you for your password, I will give you this information at our proof session and you may share your password with whomever you’d like, these images will be available in the online gallery for 2 weeks.


I would like to see the other photos that were taken at my session.

I am sorry, I don't offer this option.

During a typical session, I take over 100 photos. Out of the 100, I choose the very best poses with the best lighting, the best smiles, and the best sparkling eyes. For a FULL session it is usually somewhere between 10 to 30 photos depending on how many different poses there were. Generally I try to take 3 to 5 clicks of each pose, to make sure I get a great one. Sometimes, there was movement or someone had their eyes closed or my exposure or focus was off, maybe the lighting wasn't as great as I thought it was or maybe it just looked awkward after getting it on my computer; so if you remember a pose that we did and you didn't see it in your proof session, more than likely it was because of one of the aforementioned reasons.

Trust my judgment and the fact that you have hired me to capture you or your family and understand that I am not going to put anything but my BEST for public viewing.


What if we would like to order more images at a later time?

All images from your session will be kept on file for one year from the time of your session. So you can contact me if you need to order more prints of your photos. Re-orders are not subject to discounted print pricing.


What is a digital image?

This is an electronic copy of your photo in which you receive the hi- resolution or original sized image either by email or on a flash drive.


Do you offer a CD of my photos?

CD’s are no longer offered at ALArms Photography, however when you order your digital images you will either receive them by email or by thumb or flash drive. All the edited images from your session are available on flash drive with a print release for $200.00. Individual images are available for $35. Remember with the purchase of a print package, all a la carte items are 50% off the regular price. View pricing here or contact me for more details.


Can I scan the prints after I order them?

Absolutely not; ALArms Photography retains copyright of all the images taken at your session. Scanning or printing images from your session are a violation of federal copyright law (even after you have purchased them). Scanning is not only illegal, but screen-printed and scanned images distort and devalue my work. Please respect my work and do not reproduce any of the images from your session.


Can I post images from my session on facebook?

Of course you can! If you have purchased the digital files they are yours to post in your online galleries. I only ask that you give me credit for the images and post "ALArms photography” alongside your uploaded images or album. Generally I will post 1 – 5 “sneak” images to facebook and tag you so that they will appear on your wall. If you would like to use this image from the sneak peek as your profile photo, please be sure to give credit and do not alter the image or crop the watermark (logo or web address).These images are watermarked and not suitable for printing.


Do you offer Gift Certificates?

Absolutely! Photography is a wonderful gift to give anyone. Great ideas for photography as a gift would be at a baby shower gift for the mom and dad to be, an engagement gift for the newly engaged couple to capture some great moments before the big day or maybe even a graduating gift for a high school or college graduate, photography is about memories and marking milestones, I am confident that the gift of memories will make a wonderful personalized gift for this amazing time in your loved ones life!
You can purchase a sitting fee, baby plan, print package or even just a dollar amount starting at $25.
Please contact me to order yours today!


What do you shoot with?

Nikon D7000
18 - 105 mm zoom lens
50mm 1.8 portrait lens