General FAQ

What should we wear?

This is probably the question I get asked the most! Solid, neutral colors photograph the best and are very flattering in professional photos. I recommend staying away from patterns like pinstripes/small dots, or neon colors. We'll be doing some walking, sitting, standing--and probably some dancing-- so ensure your clothes fit properly and are not too tight or too loose (if wearing a dress or skirt, make sure you won't have a Marilyn Monroe moment--unless that's your thing haha)

It is best to choose something you feel confident in, and represents you and your personality. These are simply suggestions based on experience, and I want you to wear whatever you feel your best in.

What is your cancellation policy (non-wedding)?

For portrait sessions (non wedding clients) final balances are due 7 days prior to your portrait session. Clients that cancel with less than 7 days notice are still responsible for the full remaining balance for their portrait session as fair compensation for Sammy Mich Photo reserving your session date and turning down other potential clients. Clients may cancel their portrait session greater than 7 days prior to their portrait session without being responsible for fulfilling payment for the remaining balance of their session. All cancellations must sign a cancellation agreement.

When will we get our photos?

You will receive an online gallery link with your digital images within 14 days for portrait sessions, and 4 weeks for weddings & events.

How many pictures will we receive?

Portrait sessions include 30 digital images of your choice (unless otherwise stated in your package.) Your online gallery will contain proof images where you can select the digital files you would like to download in high resolution. At this time you can purchase additional images for $10 each, or $99 for the entire gallery. For weddings, see below.

What is your philosophy regarding photography?

My photography philosophy is to capture you and your loved ones in your natural, genuine state and to document moments as they are happening. My goal is to capture and document raw emotion, which is done through different prompts, lighting techniques, and being a professional fly on the wall! Wedding days are more unique, and are a fun mix of candid, intimate moments and posed family portraits.

What do you mean by "retouch"?

As a body positive activist and natural beauty lover, I strongly refrain from cosmetically retouching my photographs or subjects. I only adjust color, tones, lighting, and remove any distractions out of the background (bystanders, street signs, garbage, etc.)

Do you back up our images?

Absolutely. Since all of your images are digital, I take great pride of caring for them in the best way possible. After each wedding and portrait session I double back up your RAW files to two hard drives. I never delete your RAW files off my memory cards until your gallery is delivered.

Wedding + Engagement FAQ's

How many pictures will we receive for our wedding?

I do not limit wedding galleries to a certain amount of images, and edit all of the images that properly and professionally capture your wedding day, avoiding duplicates or out-takes. Certain wedding day events generate more photos than others like first looks, bridal party photos, and getting ready photos. No two clients have the exact same amount of images, and the amount varies by client.

When should we schedule our engagement pictures?

Most couples schedule their engagement portraits within 90 days of getting engaged, however there is no time limit or timeline you have to stick to! Traditionally, "save the date" cards are sent out about 10-12 months prior to the official wedding day, so you want to keep this in mind if you plan on using engagement photos for your "save the date" cards. You should also take into consideration seasons, weather, and locations that you and your partner would like to incorporate.

Do you travel for weddings?

Absolutely! Exploring new places is my favorite thing to do, and I am honored you are interested in bringing me along! Travel fees are based on airfare and hotel costs.

COVID-RELATED RESCHEDULING POLICY

Choosing to reschedule your wedding is a very intimate and personal decision. I am always human before I am a business owner and am handling COVID the best I can while still maintaining operations. I allow a one-time transfer of your deposit to a future date I am available if your event is affected by local, state, or federal restrictions due to the pandemic. Two or greater reschedules will need an additional $500 retainer as fair compensation for Sammy Mich Photo turning down other potential clients while reserving your original event date. Cancellations do not constitute a deposit refund and will need to sign a cancellation agreement.

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