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Tips for Success / FAQ

Hints and Tips

  • Get a good night’s rest the day before the session. This will keep your energy level up for the session and help you look your best.
  • Don’t schedule any other major events the day of your session. This will ensure that you don’t run into a scheduling conflict causing. We’re more than happy to re-schedule sessions if we need to but because we cannot guarantee another time will be available.
  • Bring a number of outfits and change up the colors, that way we have plenty of options to work. This will also add variety to your session.
  • Don’t forget uniforms, Letterman jackets, pets, cars, motorcycles, bikes, snowboard, skateboards or another prop you’d like to use in the session. Being able to use these during the session really helps to bring your personality out in the pictures.

We’ll discuss a ton more during the consultation

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s not going to take you long to discover that I do things differently than everyone else, from the consultation, to the cookies and personal attention everything is designed to give you an awesome portrait experiences.

How important is the consultation?

I think the consultations are very important for a number of reasons. First it gives us a chance to meet prior to the session, which tends to make things more relaxed once the session comes. Secondly, we get to discuss in detail outdoor locations, clothing, make-up, props and a lot of other things. We’ll also go over the price schedule in detail and I can show you some of the different things we can do with your images. It also gives me a chance to see what types of things your really into and start to design the sessions and your images around you to give you awesome images that really mean something. Lastly, I can answer any remaining questions you may have.  No other studio takes the time to conduct consultation with seniors, they don’t want to take the time.  The best images are made when you know the person your working with and can relax and bounce ideas off each other, I want you to have the most amazing images possible, and that’s why I take the time for consultations.

Do my parents need to come to the consultation?

Yes, whoever is financially responsible for the images must come to the session.

How far in advance to I need to book?

It’s hard to say and is different every year. However, I can normally get you in for a consultation with your parents within a couple of days to a week from when you call. We’ll set-up the session at the consultation and I normally have openings about a week or so out. However, if you absolutely have to have a Saturday, I sometimes book 8-10 weeks out.

Do you travel?

Of course, in fact we travel more than any other studio in the area.  Want to go to Carmel, Monterey, San Francisco, Yosemite or just about anywhere else?  No problem, we know all the best locations to make your session stand out from the crowd.

Can I have copies of my images to use on MySpace, Facebook etc?

Of course, in fact we’ll supply you with a jpeg copy of all the images taken during your session. All we ask is that you give us credit “By Edward Mendes Photography” and add us as a friend. Our Myspace is myspace.com/edwardmendesphotography

Will my images be posted on your website so my family and friends can see them?

Yep, just let me know and I’ll upload a gallery of your images to my site under the “Recent Sessions” link.

How does your blog work?

I have a ton of awesome clients, seniors, families, newlyweds etc, and I like to let people know about some of them. So they is a pretty good chance that I’ll throw a few of your images on my blog. Heck, if you’re in a band or something you want to promote let me know and I’ll throw a link up to your site.

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