Over the years I have been asked a few questions that I have found nearly everyone has when preparing for a session with me. I thought I would share the most popular frequently asked questions along with my answers below. After you read the three most popular questions my clients have had I am sure you may still have a few more of your own. I find the best way to answer those is in person, over a cup of coffee. I welcome the opportunity to meet with you to talk, plan and create the most perfect experience for you! Do not hesitate to give me a call (716-393-9ELM) or send me an email (elizabeth@elmimages.com) and we can take it from there.


Q: What should we wear for our photo session?

A: Well, when selecting your session day outfits, think about what your style sense is and what you envision for the shoot. I highly recommend flipping through fashion magazines, perusing Pinterest inspiration. And don't forget: from head to toe, details matter! Thoughtfully select the perfect shoes, accessories, jewelry and even layering details when putting together your outfits.

Once you have your ensembles selected, take some quick snapshots of yourself and ask others for their thoughts and opinions. From there, you can make any adjustments or narrow down your selections.

Oh, and as your photographer, I want to see pictures of your outfits, too! Not just because I'm dying to see your fabulous fashion sense ASAP, but because knowing what you'll wear helps me choose session locations as well as other session details and ideas. This is all about you and we're going to make you look, and feel, amazing!


Q:  What is included in the session fee?

A:  A typical session for up to an hour begins at $225. Included is my time and attention to detail as well as communication with you, as needed, in order to create a customized experience for you.

Then there’s the actual on-location session time, where I put to work my refined skills and expertise using my top of the line gear and tools, as well as my artistic point of view and knowledge in capturing the best of you, allowing me to bring out your most beautiful and authentic self.

After the session, about 2 weeks later, we will meet in-person where I will have up to 25 proofs for you to review from your session. You will be selecting one 8x10 and two 5x7 complimentary fine art gift prints. Other prints and products will also be available for purchase at that time. Together I will help you identify what you love and want to preserve in heirloom quality products like wall art, photo books or albums.


Q:  Do you only sell prints and products or can I also purchase digital images?

 A:  Though the end result is the most important to me, and the quality of the fine art print hanging on your walls matters I do understand that this day in age families also like to preserve their images digitally. I do encourage families to invest in and order fine art prints from me to display in their homes because, let’s be honest, life is busy. If you were to receive only a USB of images how likely would you be to actually get them printed, framed and hung on your walls in a timely manner, or ever? Images sitting on a USB or your computer hard drive will not show the value in the time you took and invested in a session with a professional photographer, but gorgeous fine art canvases, framed prints or a custom designed photo book resting on your coffee table will.

If you are going to spend the time selecting a professional photographer to document your family or important life moments, working with your photographer to identify the location and style for your session, and lastly creating gorgeous moments in front of the camera that your photographer will capture that you will be sure to cherish, why wouldn’t you also take it a step further to ensure you have the finest of wall art in color, exposure and overall quality on display in your home or give to your family?

So, to answer your question, yes I do have digital packages available. But I much rather deliver you a fine art print that is heirloom quality for you to look at, enjoy and share everyday.


Q:  How long will it take for my prints and products to be delivered.

A:  The timeline from ordering to delivery does depend on the time of year, as well as what you order. If your session is scheduled in May 1-November 1 my delivery for prints and other wall art is typically 3-4 weeks from the order date. If you are ordering a custom designed photo book or album the delivery time is typically 4-6 weeks from the order date, taking into consideration the added time needed to design the layout of your book or album. Off-season orders can expect to be a little quicker. When an order is placed, no mater the time of year, you will always be given a definite time frame for delivery.  Special arrangements can be made for a faster delivery when needed.