These FAQ's are here for you to better understand your questions you have regarding shoots! Please feel free to email me with ANY other questions or if I need to elaborate: firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I book with you?
You can book with me in several ways. Email (email@example.com), Facebook on my personal or business page!
Where are you located?
I call Louisburg, Kansas home. However, I travel all over the United States. 85% of my shoots are 2+ hours from me! Travel fees apply to locations outside of my 50mi range from home.
How long do shoots normally last?
Shoots last 1-2 hrs. Rarely more than that. I do not often put time limits on my shoots because I like to dedicate my time to your shoot without worrying about checking my phone for the time.
How many horses per shoot?
I normally ask that we keep 2 horses PER shoot. Us photographers put a lot of time into shooting AND editing your images. I try to keep it fair for everyone across the board. $200.00 PER horse added.
How far in advance are you booking?
I find myself booking a year out or sometimes more. Normal time is about 6 months in advance. I am almost booked up for 2020 and currently booking for 2021 now. I always try to keep some openings for local shoots around me open.
Where do shoots take place?
Most equine sessions take place where the horse is located or boarded at. Horses are most comfortable where they live at. IF you would like to haul your horse to a different location, I do not mind traveling to this location. Please ensure that the area is Horse SAFE...especially if your shoot includes your horse being turned out for some liberty shots in a pasture/paddock/arena.
Weather isn't looking great, now what?
I always keep an eye on the weather! IF you happen to be part of my large trip I'm making...we will work together to discuss the weather. Refunds will be given if weather just cannot cooperate OR you can have a credit for a photo-shoot in the future. This also includes horse sickness or death or human sickness.
How should I get my horse ready for you?
Typically for equine shoots I ask that the horse is stalled the day before or night before the shoot. Horses should be “show ready” as I say. Horses should be washed, dry, clipped, groomed like you were going to a show. TACK is optional – mostly owners put on a black rope halter and I edit out the halter and lead rope in photoshop. You can't go wrong with a gorgeous show halter or bridle !!
At the time of booking you can either pay 50% or you can pay full. I will send an invoice to you. I also will send you a copy of my contract for you sign as well...everyone does. ALL forms of payment are accepted...cash and tips are always appreciated !! (Checks only with approval!)
Black background sessions? What editing comes with? What comes with ??
ALL sessions come with basic editing. (Halters, lead ropes, files, manes, head/ear swaps, & minor background clean up.) You can expect a couple black background images in your shoot – since that's what a lot of my shoots will entail before we turn the horse out for liberty shots.
Do you have an assistant?
Unfortunately I do not ALWAYS have an assistant handy. I do recommend that you have a friend or someone your horse knows to lend a hand the day of the shoot. The person that will be helping us will need to sign a “helper liability” form. This protects US BOTH if your helper gets bit, falls, gets trampled, or any of the unfortunate things that CAN happen while helping, handling horses.
During the busy season my turn around time is upwards of 4-6 weeks. This always depends on the amount of horses at shoots and the amount of shoots. In my off season turn around time is as little as 2 weeks. I value the quality of your photos over the speed of them being done. I do offer 48 hour expedited editing - $200 on shoots and $100 for show images.
Do you have an online gallery?
YES. All clients get to view the RAW images of their horses in a password protected gallery on my website. I love working with people when it comes to their horses. Not all photographers do this and that's okay. It works for me because my clients are very particular about their horses. (I don't blame them.) I want them to feel like they are a part of my work and their horses photos. (Often times the owners are NOT there during the shoots!)
Can I share these images on Social Media?
PLEASE DO! Please do not post un-watermarked images to social media. Also please refrain from using any filters on my images – it creates unwanted colors on my images. You don't have to tag me....but of course brownie points if you do !!
Full Shoots vs Trainer Discounts?
I have a list of Trainers who have large (15+) barns full of horses. They get shoot discounts for having 15 or more horses. are discounted they do not receive a custom USB for images, your images will be emailed to you. (See below for purchasing USB or DISC)
Trainer shoot discounted shoots can expect 15 edited high res images. are those who are paying the full payment will be receiving a custom USB for their images.
Full shoots can expect 20-25 edited high res images on a USB. You are always welcome to purchase a custom USB for your images for $40.00. You can also purchase a DISC for $25.00 (shipping included).
Show images are not uploaded edited but are edited upon ordering.
High Res Digital Show Images are $25 PER IMAGE for the 2020 show season.
These images are high resolution which will allow you to use them how you see fit and print what you want.
Paper Prints are ordered off my website. Sizes and prices vary. These will be edited and then USPS mailed to your door !!
(Photographers are not paid to sit or stand all day for several days at shows. They make their money by what they sell from the show! Support your SHOW photographers !!!)