Some Important Information For You….


Simple, plain outfits photograph the best, they are classic and not distracting

Our aim is to produce a timeless, beautiful portrait of you, and the best way

to begin is in one  word SIMPLICITY! Your cloths should be simple, solid colors

work best not loud and busy, unless for a special reason.Always wear long sleeves

they take away distractions from the face in group portraits.


Make-up: eye shadow should be applied lightly and with care; the center point of interest

in a fine portrait is the eyes. Apply two coats of mascara on both the upper and lower lashes.

If you want lots of lashes, there are tiny little lashes that go all of the way to the corners that

people sometimes miss when applying mascara. Wear your other make-up as usual for an evening

event. Bring all of you make-up with you, in case any  minor modifications is required, or just for a

light touch up. V neck tops help top thin the face. Keep your jewelry to a minimum as large ear rigs

draw attention away from the eyes and face.


Be sure to shave just prior to your appointment, as there is no way to hide or retouch a five O’ clock shadow

in color photography.


When bringing children to the studio, they should be in the first out fit they will be photographed in (unless

very small and have problems with excessive drooling). Children have a short attention span and all planning

of a session should have been completed prior to their arrival. It is advised that the first stop from home should be

the photographer. All of this gives the children a sense of wonder and can improve a photography session greatly.

Children SHOULD NOT be instructed to “smile” or “do exactly what the photographer says” etc. A good photographer

has techniques that will help  the children look natural in a photograph. Instead, simply let them know how excited you

are about the photography and leave the rest up to the photographer. In the event you have  children that do not do well

with strangers, set up a time the children can meet the photographer prior to the session.


Be sure to ask at the original consultation what the studio policies are, concerning payments, cancellations, and viewing

of the images for selection.

It is not uncommon with the custom nature of photography to be asked to pre-pay to hold your session and for photographs

that you order.

Ask for an estimate of how long for delivery and tell the photographer or his consultant of any special needs as to the delivery,

such as a birthday or gift for someone. This gives them the opportunity to let you know what needs to be done for that delivery date

or if not possible other options that are available.

Many photographers charge differently for weekend appointments, such as a higher sitting / creation fee, or a larger minimum purchase

guarantee. Many photographers have already put in a full week of work and must justify the extra appointments.  A photographer can only

be creative so many hours a week. This also applies to in home portraits, do to  the amount of equipment that has to be taken to the home.

Also don’t be surprised if the photographer or studio isn’t open on weekends.

Ask about how you will view the images.

Will there be a separate viewing?

What if I need to view the images that same day because of out of town members in the portrait?

Is there a discount on images invested (purchased) the day of the original viewing?

Is there a discount for more than one copy of the same image?

Viewing images in a projected manner with the photographer or their consultant

is the best way. You can ask questions about retouching, cropping, and adequate sizing  for your wall,

and what kind of finish will be on your finished portrait. Proofing even when projected is just a base,

without cropping, and retouching. Kind of like a cake without the icing and decorations that make it a finished

work of art.

Finally there is a great deal of difference from one photographer to the next.

Quality, experience, assistance in finding, meeting, and exceeding your wants, and the questions

that need to be asked to know what you are looking for. The best way to start is to visit with the prospective

photographer and see how you relate and how much they care about creating something special for you.

This information supplied by Mike Shea Photography

for further answers or a copy of my policies please give us a call at 352-377-1822

or e-mail us at

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