Q: Do I have to pay tax?
A: Unfortunately, I do collect sales tax. It is added to your collection or session fee, your total will be on your contract and you will know the total when you sign. My studio is in Hamburg NY and the sales tax here is 8.75%.
Q: What do I receive when you take my family's portraits?
A: I will give you a client id. You can then go to my website to view your digital images. You receive a certain number of digital images depending on your session. After viewing your images you can decide which images I will release to you for digital download.
Q: Who do you use for printing albums or prints? Who do you recommend for printing albums or prints?
A: You can order prints directly from my website. I have my computer calibrated with MPIX/Millers Lab so what is printed, matches how I edit your portraits. If you would like to upload and order the prints yourself I recommend going to www.mpix.com. If you are going to receive a wedding album, the wedding album is a Millers Signature Album, custom designed as a story book by me.
Q: Do I get the copyright to my portraits?
A: You receive printing rights to a certain number of images depending on the session you choose. Jessica S Cunningham Photography retains the copyright. This means that you can reproduce the images and give them to any of your friends and family, but you cannot sell the images or alter the images in any way. The details are listed on your portrait contract.
Q: What equipment do you use?
A: I use a canon 5d mark3 full frame dslr,, canon lenses, and canon flash (when necessary). As backup I use a canon 7d. I use professional compact flash memory cards. I always carry multiple cards with me.
Q: Do you have a studio?
A:I have a small in home studio for professional head shot portraits, and single to small group portraiture. I also shoot on location at parks, city locations, and other such public spaces. I also do lifestyle sessions in your home.
Q: I have a family session scheduled, what should we wear?
A: There are two camps for this answer. One says all matching in some way- ie: khaki pants and black shirts, or jeans and white shirts. Now there is a new movement that believes that if there is some sort of coordination that is fine- ie: everyone wearing different colors that are in the same family of colors. Or a thread of the same color connects everyone's different clothing. The only rule is no big patterns or emblems- they are too distracting and take the viewers eye away from the subject of the portrait.
Q: How long until my images are on your website?
A: For portrait sessions your digital images will be on the website in about 2 weeks. I will notify you if I am running behind.
Q: Do you charge travel fees?
A: For portrait sessions, I do not charge a travel fee for any location within 25 miles of Hamburg NY. If your portrait session is beyond the 25 miles, we will discuss a travel fee to compensate me for the amount of travel time and possible need for lodging.
Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: I accept cash, check, and I now accept credit card via Square (visa, mastercard, american express, and discover)
Q: Can you describe your photography experience?
A: I have been interested in photography since I was little, I know that sounds cliche, but I really have! My father was into photography when he was younger and even had a dismantled darkroom in our basement. Anyway, in college I took a black and white photography course with a former photojournalist. We explored the world around us, and I got so many amazing tips from a photographer who had traveled the world with his camera. The course also involved darkroom developing and printing. It certainly makes me appreciate photoshop and understand photoshop that much more! After I received my BA (in history, not photography), I got a job as a photographer at a small digital portrait studio in Buffalo. I learned a lot about studio portraiture, from lighting to posing, and I started using photoshop. I became a manager of one of their studios and truly enjoyed my time photographing families and babies and seniors, etc. I then got married and went back to school for my MA (again history, not photography). I photographed a couple friends weddings and kept thinking about starting my own business. My husband and I then moved from Buffalo to Corning and I became the director of a small historical society. After the birth of my first child I decided to stay home and start my own business. I started small and have been growing ever since and enjoying every minute!