by Ian A Scott

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What should I/we wear for my/our portrait?

A. Clothing choices should be simple, solid colored cloths. Avoid bold and bright colors and clothing with patterns. Young girls photograph especially well in simple off white or cream colored dresses. For teens and adults, simple blue jeans and a tan or light colored shirt or blouse will often produced the most pleasing casual portraits. For more formal portraits, follow the same rules on colors, but in this case dark colors would be appropriate, but try to keep them solid. For family portraits, have everybody dress in similar tones. They don't have to be the exact same color, but they should have the same tonal value - same brightness and contrast. Try not to have some in dark colors and others in light colors. This will take away from the effectiveness of the image. This is supposed to be a family portrait, not a picture of your clothes.

Q. Is there something I can do to help the shoot run smoothly?

A. As hard as it is, the parent should be prepared to step back from the shoot and let the photographer and the child interact. If the photographer needs or wants the parents assistance, they will ask. Often a child is more likely to be compliant to wishes of the photographer than the parent. This is not always the case, but is something to keep in mind

Q. Are you available for...?

A. While portrait photography with a personal touch is the main focus of my business, I am available for other types of photography. Events, (e.g. anniversaries, parties, bar/bat mitzvahs etc) commercial, architectural, landscape and others; please call to discuss your artistic needs.

Q. Do I get proofs of the session?

A. In most cases, I will display a small sample of the proofs of the session on this website. These proofs will be stored so only you, your family and other people you want to see the images, will be able to view them online. I can also arrange a personal slideshow of the entire shoot that can be viewed at my location, where we can discuss your print options.

Q. Can you frame my prints?

A. The prints I provide do not include any custom framing. I can arrange for custom framing of your chosen prints at an additional cost.

Q. Do you do custom sizes of prints?

A. In addition to the standard sized prints, I can also provide custom sizes. Please contact me to discuss your custom print size needs.

Q. Why are you more expensive than...?

A. It all comes down to quality. Everywhere in life, you get what you pay for. There are many "outlet" type studios that offer freebies and gimmicks to attract your business. In order for them to be able to do that, they usually have to cut corners elsewhere. Many times it is in the quality or variety of prints, or in the personal service that they offer. When you engage me to shoot your portrait session, you get my utmost attention from the moment of first contact, through to your ultimate satisfaction at the time of delivery of your prints. You get the highest quality work I can produce, your images get the closest attention to detail, all of which results in a print of a quality that you will never receive from the "chain-store" studios.