Rose Lee Photography » Central Missouri Photographer specializing in Boudoir, Birth, Maternity, and Family!

Frequent Additonally Asked Questions

Do you travel?
Yes, I do! Locations further than 30 miles from the 65337 area code will require an additional fee of $1 per additional mile (there and back) and will be added on to your final session price. Please be sure to double check if you are unsure if the town you live in will require the travel fee or just contact me.


Where do you take your photos at?
I am an on-location photographer, so I can take your photos anywhere that your heart desires, within a moderation of course! However, I do have a quaint and small studio set-up at my home with some backdrops. You must mention at the time of booking, if you would like a studio session.


Can we take the photos at more than one location?
By all means, Yes! A second location will be an additional $30.00 charge that will be added to the price of your final session. Plus travel, if applicable.


How far in advance should I schedule a session?
Depending on the season, I typically book close to two months out. I suggest planning ahead! Occasionally I will have an opening or a canceled session, contact me as soon as possible to inquire, to confirm, or ask about a specific date you have in mind!


How do I schedule a session?
You can begin your scheduling process by contacting me. Please fill out the contact form completely and I will respond back within a timely manner.


Is there anything I should know before scheduling a session?
Before scheduling your session it is important that you have taken time to look through my website. By looking through my recent sessions on my blog or Facebook, you can get a feel for my photography style. My style consists of natural, casual moments, captured in a bright and playful way! It’s also important to have an understanding of my session pricing.


What kind of equipment do you shoot with?
I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II body, off camera flash and the following canon lens:
50mm f1.4
40mm f2.8
85mm f1.8
70-200mm f1.4


Do you have backup equipment?
Yes!


Can you hold my date without a retainer fee?
Unfortunately, no. I require a non-refundable retainer fee to reserve your date. If your retainer fee is not paid within 48 hours of booking your session, I will cancel the electronic invoice and the date we discussed will no longer be available to you.


When is the remaining amount for my session due?
I do have a few options for this. The remaining about can be due one week before your session via an electronic invoice. If paying by check, the check must be mailed to me and cleared the bank one week before your session. If you check does not clear I require a $30 ‘bad check fee’ and your session must be paid via an electronic invoice or cash 48 hours before your session and finally you can pay with cash the day of your session. Your session must be paid for before any picture taking will begin.


Will we own the copyrights to the images from our session?
No. I retain the copyright to all images that I take however, you will receive a personal print release to use the images for personal printing, social media, blogs, etc.


What should I expect during my session?
At the start of your session I will take a moment to get to know everyone. With young children we may begin with our best dance moves or a quick game of Simon Says. I will give direction during your time, but mostly I want you to interact with each other just as you would if I were not 20 feet away from you. Those are the moments you’ll remember most years from now!


When is the best time to have a session photographed?
I usually ask parents to pick a time where their children are relaxed but energetic, working around their feeding and nap times is best. Available studio times may differ, please contact me to see if the time you’d like is available. When shooting outdoors, the most beautiful light for portraits is usually captured early in the morning or right before sunset. Parks and urban locations provide shaded areas that let me get the best of your pictures. Getting to the location before the actual time of the session is always a great idea, especially when there are kids involved. The extra time lets them adapt and don’t feel pressured. One of the benefits of shooting outdoors is that you get a different background just by moving a few feet. It gives kids more space to run and feel free. Most times they don’t even notice we are actually doing a photography session. That environment lets me capture the best of what my style of photography is all about.


Where will my session be?
That my friend, is up to you. Word from the wise… Choose wisely; Parks, Beaches (if they were local), and Urban settings provide amazing backgrounds. When picking a location, make sure it’s a place that reflects your personalities or has a special meaning. My job as photographer is to help you choose the best place. My style of photography allows me to incorporate your favorite location into your images.


What if the weather is horrible?
If the weather takes a turn for the worst (rain, wind, snow) then we will reschedule on the next available date. If the rain is light and bearable and your family doesn’t mind getting a tiny bit wet, then we can plan for a fun raincoat & boots session! I’m open to ideas!


How long will the session last?
I find that my clients (and myself!) loosen up and relax right around 20-30 minutes in. A portrait session for 1-2 individuals lasts approximately 45 minutes to an hour. A Family Session for 3-5 individuals lasts approximately 1.5-2 hours. I work according to how everyone else is feeling. I do my best to keep everyone comfortable and happy as well as fun, but sometimes we may end things on a shorter note. Especially when children cannot bear even one more second in front of the camera.


Do you offer reshoots?
Yes and No. If a child is particularly fussy, gets sick during the session, or is having an off day, I will let you know if we should just call it a day and try again later. Normally, we can judge this within the first 10-15 minutes of the session.


Who should I bring?
Please bring only the person(s) who will be photographed in your session. Extra people are distractions, especially for little ones. With children I prefer to work one-on-one. I will often ask that the parents sit back and relax so I can have your child’s full attention. It’s much easier for them to give me their best natural smile when I’m being silly than when mom and dad are begging (or sometimes threatening!) at the same time behind me. I’m a pretty goofy person so with a little bit of humiliating myself, those adorable giggles tend to come out!


What do we wear?
I suggest fun colors that are true to your personality! Casual Sunday is a great expression for style. Nice enough for church, but not so dressy that you wouldn’t go to a picnic at the park. While it’s important to match, it doesn’t mean that everyone should wear the same color. Instead, I suggest coordinating colors and adding layers and accessories to make it more fun! Something to keep in mind while planning your attire is what you’ll be doing with the images from your session! Are they going in an album? Maybe you’re getting a Canvas wall display? You may choose to coordinate your clothing and accessories to match the style of your home & décor! My home has lots of neutral/natural colors, so I tend to stick with neutral outfits accessorized with fun pops of color! Are you still stuck? Click HERE to check out my what to wear guides!


How long after our session until we can see the images?
Your images will be available in an online gallery within 2-8 weeks from the date your session. Your online gallery will be live for 30 days with an option to upgrade.


Why does it take so long?
After your session, I am busy “developing” your photographs as well as being a mommy to an eight year old, a very demanding four year old with learning disabilities, and a very eager to learn energetic driven one year old. I touch {edit} every image that will be placed in your online gallery and that my friend, takes time!


Will my images be posted on social networking sites?
Yes, some of the images or sneak peeks will be posted on Facebook, my blog, etc.


How long will it take to receive my order?
If you purchased prints and/or products, you can expect delivery approximately 7-14 days after an order is placed and payment is received.


Do you offer a CD in any of your sessions?
Yes, I still do. However, CD’s are slowly becoming a thing of the past! Before we know it, they’ll be collecting dust with the VHS, Floppy Discs, and Cassette tapes we all used to love.


How long do you keep my images on file?
Your files are kept for 30 days, after that period all final images will be stored externally for up to one year. Within that year, if you would like to place another order, this includes replacing a lost or stolen CD, a $50 minimum order applies. Beyond that year, files may be permanently deleted.


What if I don’t like the prints or something is wrong with my order?
Quality is of utmost importance to me! I want you to be proud to display your custom portraits in your home. When you pick up your order, I will look through it with you to make sure everything is correct. Due to the nature of custom photography, there are no refunds on prints and products. However, I want you to love your custom products and if you are not completely satisfied I will work with you to find a solution.

Don’t see your questions here? No problem, be sure to get in touch with me and I will try to answer them in a timely manner!

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Five Simple Tips & Tricks

TIP #1: BOOKING
It’s that time of year! Time for the onslaught of family sessions! Everyone is in a rush to get them done in time for the holidays because pictures make for the best holiday gifts, don’t they? Yes, holiday photos can be taken in the spring/summer time, the sooner the better! However, if you want to wait closer to the holidays you must… Schedule your session NOW!

It sounds simple enough, right? I always get families in mid to late November that email begging me to fit them in. This time of year I book 2 months in advance so contact your photographer and book now! In the end it will cause less stress for both you and your photographer!

TIP #2: OUTFITS
Here is where most of you struggle with for your family session – what the heck are you supposed to wear?!? Here are some tips that will help you decide!

1) Be unique, but be you! I am begging (I’m on my knees pleading with you!) you to NOT wear jeans and white shirts OR black with khaki. That is so 1998, people. Let’s get a little creative here. I tell my clients that they should all compliment each other, but not be too matchy, matchy. I tell them to avoid big logos on t-shirts, but to not be afraid of colors or patterns.
2) If in doubt, email your photographer. Ask them if they have any suggestions for what to wear. I promise you that you will love the results from not being too matchy, matchy!
3) If you’re having a hard time, start with the kids outfits first and then find your outfits. I find that sometimes the kids outfits are the hardest and once you get those picked out you can easily pick out the parents outfits.

TIP #3: TREATING YOURSELF
You’ve found the right photographer. Spent a ton of time picking out the perfect outfits. You’re stressed and worried how your kids will behave, the weather will cooperate, and that your husband will not act like he’s having fun. What next? How about treating yourself! I suggest to ALL moms that they save their next haircut for the day of the shoot. That way their hair looks picture perfect.

And while they are getting their hair done, why not schedule a makeup appointment as well? Not only will that give you the confidence to know you look your best, but it will also make a huge difference in your pictures. It helps your eyes pop, your skin look smooth, and your complexion look great. I always get my makeup professionally done when we have our pictures taken. I’m totally hopeless when it comes to those things! And I absolutely love it when my clients get their makeup done. I can’t even tell you how much time it saves me retouching them and how much more natural it looks than photoshop. If you’re not used to getting your makeup professionally done it can be a little shocking. Ask the makeup artist to go a little lighter than they normally would. I would also suggest going to a professional makeup artist rather than someone in the mall. I’m not saying that the girls in the mall aren’t pros. They are and a lot of them are great. But, when you make a appointment at the counter you never know who you are going to get.

So, treat and pamper yourself on the day of your shoot! I promise you’ll love the results!

TIP #4: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
I love it when my clients pick a location that has special meaning to them. Whether it be the place you and your husband met, where you got engaged, where you like to hang out as a family, even your own home, if it has special meaning to you the pictures are going to be even better. I love hearing the family reminisce about why the spot is special to them. The more I know about a family the more I can do to make the session unique to them. Do you really want to go to the same beach and park as everyone else in your hometown? Make it fun! Make it different!

If you’re military and your special location is in a different state, that is fine too! How about a semi special or a location here that you and your family has become custom too. Like the park for example!

TIP #5: RELAX
I know that family sessions can be stressful. How do I know this? Well, I get emails from my clients telling me how stressed they are but, also I’ve been there! You put a lot of time, and not to mention money, into the perfect session only to have your 16 month old miss her nap and be a cranky, grouchy, & thumb sucking mess. It happens! I should know. It happened to us as well. But, the most important thing is to not stress and go with the flow. If you and your husband stress then that will stress your kids out.

Just have fun!
Do what makes your kids happy and don’t force it. 🙂

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1. I want to book you to take pictures for a homecoming/deployment and dates and times are always changing.  How do I book you?
This is a first-come, first-serve basis.  So, whenever you find out the date just send me a message, I will write your name down, and we will go from there.

2. They have a time of arrival, but homecomings/deployments are never on time.  What do we do about this?
By the time of booking your session, you will have all of my contact information as I will yours. I, as the photographer, like to arrive at least an hour early to the location of the arrival/departure. You’re more than welcome to contact me and we will go from there.

3. What do you take pictures of during the homecoming/deployments?
I love to take pictures of your hugs and kisses, the tears, the buses coming and leaving, etc. Also, if you would like a few posed pictures after your loved one comes home or before he/she leaves we can do that too, it is a part of the session!

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Wedding Booking, Payment, & other Information
view my Wedding Pricing by clicking here!

 

{Prints and Products}
I offer a wide range of prints and products. I offer everything from Prints to Magnets to Canvas’s and even Custom photo albums! The possibilities are endless! My prints are printed through a professional lab and come with a luster coating that protects them from everyday life such as finger prints and sun rays. These are printed from a 4×6 through 20×24.

Prints start at $10.00 and Packages start at $50.00. Want a full price list? Send me an e-mail and I will be more than happy to mail one to you!

 

{Booking}
All Weddings require a non-refundable deposit of $300.00 retainer to hold the event date for your Wedding. An invoice will be sent within 1 hour of booking your event & must be paid within 48 hours. Because I am reserving that spot for you, your retainer fee will be non-refundable. The only time a refund will be given is in the case of my own cancellation for emergency purposes. The sooner you book the better. Spots will fill up fast, especially weekends. Weddings are best booked at least six months to a year in advanced. If a payment isn’t received within 48 hours of booking your date and time, I will not secure that date and it will go to the next available. The full balance is due one month before your event. I also do meet and greets, if you’d like to sit down and have a cup of coffee a month or so before your event; we can go over what you are looking to achieve during your event and finalize the contract.

 

{Payment}
Cash, Checks and PayPal are accepted. You do not have to have a PayPal account, all you need is an email address and a debit / credit card. If paying by check, please understand that the check must clear before I photograph your event. If your check bounces, I require a $30 ‘bad check’ fee as well as the full payment in cash for your event. Payment plans are also available upon request only.

 

{Details / Editing}
All Wedding Packages will include the photographer’s editing style of beautiful real life eye catching color images, as well as soft, subtle, vintage black and whites. Every edited photo will be enhanced with features like: removal of blemishes and enhancing of your skin tones to ensure that you will always look your very best in every image.

 

{Portrait Turn Around Time}
Now that I am a mommy of three beautiful little girls, editing pictures takes a little bit longer than it used to! Please allow at least 2-4 months from the event date for me to perfect your images and your DVD. If editing takes longer than the max of three months, I will contact you personally to let you know. All events will be processed and edited in the order by date they were photographed. First photographed, first processed and edited. I do not and will NOT edit any event, before another event is finished and delivered. The amount of images may vary between each event. You will always be guaranteed the minimum amount. Depending on the event and how well it goes, you may receive more.

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Session Booking, Payment, & other important Information
view my Session Pricing by clicking here!

 

{Art and Wall Décor}
I offer a wide range of prints (art) and products (wall décor). I offer everything from Prints to Magnets to Canvas’s and even Custom photo albums! The possibilities are endless! My prints are printed through a professional lab and come with a luster coating that protects them from everyday life such as finger prints and sun damage. These are printed from a 4×6 through 20×24. Prints start at $10.00 and Collections start at $50.00. Would you like a full price list? Send me an e-mail and I will be more than happy to mail one to you!


{Booking}
An invoice will be sent within 1 hour of booking your session & it must be paid within 48 hours. Because I am reserving that spot for you, your retainer fee will be non- refundable. Your retainer fee will apply to the final investment price of your session. There will be no reschedules, unless weather related or an emergency arises. If you need to cancel, you must cancel within 48 hours of your session time or you will be charged for your session, in full. Your session is given a 30 minute leeway; if you are more than 30 minutes late you will be charged a late fee. If you are more than an hour late, your session will be canceled and you will be charged for the full session amount.  All sessions are covered for travel within a 30 mile radius of Whiteman Air Force Base; Mo. Travel outside of the 30 mile radius of Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. will have an additional charge of $1 per mile to and from the location of choice to the final total of your session.

The only time a refund will be given is in the case of my own cancellation for emergency purposes. Please understand that the sooner you reserve your spot the better because my dates do fill up fast, especially weekends. If a payment isn’t received within 48 hours of booking your date and time, I will cancel your schedule session and the date we discussed will no longer be available to you. I also do meet and greets, if you’d like to sit down and have a cup of coffee a week or so before your session; we can go over what you are looking to achieve during your session.


{Payment}
Cash, Checks and PayPal are accepted. You do not have to have a PayPal account, all you need is an email address and a debit / credit card. If paying by check, please understand that the check must clear before I will photograph your session. If your check bounces, I require a $30 ‘bad check’ fee as well as the full payment before your scheduled session in cash. Payment plans are also available upon request only.


{Portrait Turn Around Time}
Now that I expecting my third child as well as a mother of two beautiful little girls, processing pictures takes a little bit longer than it used to! Please note that it can and may range anywhere from 2-8 weeks. If the process of your session takes longer than the max of eight weeks, I will contact you personally.  If you need your portraits processed by a specific date, please be sure to book your session, accordingly to have them completed by your projected due date.  Rose Lee Photography will NOT be held responsible if your session is not completed by your projected due date, if you as the client, failed to book accordingly.  All sessions and events will be processed and completed by the date your session or event was photographed.  First photographed, first processed.  I do not and will NOT process any session or event, before another session or event is completed and delivered.  The amount of images can and will vary between each session. You will always be guaranteed the minimum amount and depending on the session and how well it goes, you may even receive more.


{Military Offer}
As a fellow military daughter and wife, I understand the hardships of the military life and finances.  I do offer a 10% discount to all active, reserve, retired, and dependents of the military service man or woman. To receive your discount, you must present ID at your meet and greet or at the beginning of your sitting and you must pay in full.  Discounts will not be given nor applied to already discounted bundles, promotions, or specials offered by the photographer.

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