frequently asked questions

Are you willing to travel?

I am based in the Niagara & Ottawa/Quebec Region, with the majority of sessions taking place in St. Catharines, Grimsby, Lincoln, L'Orignal, Vankleek Hill, and Hawkesbury. Anything that is more than 30 minutes away from me will require a small $25.00 - $50.00 travel fee.

What if my partner and I are really camera shy?

Not a problem at all. It's my job to make you feel comfortable in front of the lens. I will come prepared with different posing ideas and prompts, so all you'll have to do is relax & have fun.

What if my child is not co-operating?

Oh please. I have worked with a day camp for years. I've dealt with my fair share of children who didn't want to listen. Patience is key. I never force kids to do specific poses, I leave it entirely up to them! If they don't want to co-operate, that is totally fine. Photos of silly kids are just as beautiful as those of calm ones.

What if I don't know what to wear or how to dress the kids?

No worries, I've got you covered! About a week or two before your session, I'll send you my Client Experience Guide. It's jam-packed with so many styling and wardrobe tips that will help ease in the planning process of your session. So, don't stress - we will plan outfits together. After all, your photo experience should be nothing but fun!

Could we reschedule our session if I not feeling up for it?

I usually only reschedule a session in extreme circumstances, such as inclement weather or sickness. However, if there's an emergency, by all means let's discuss it and find a solution.

Do photo sessions include hair & makeup?

Emily VanderBeek Photography does not currently provide hair & makeup services. However, I have many recommendations that I could provide and we could work together to fulfill your needs.

How/when do I receive my images?

You will receive your watermarked photos through an online gallery about 2-3 weeks after our session. From there, you can make your selections of which photos you would like to have. Once payment is confirmed, I will send out your final gallery with watermark-free images. The photos are then completely yours and can be cherished forever!

Can I receive the RAW files from our session together?

A RAW file is simply an image that is straight out of the camera that is ready to be edited. With any session, the client will receive the hand-edited, digital files only. Because I take great pride in my editing abilities and believe my editing style is unique to my work, the RAW files will never be sent out to be edited by the client.

What sets you apart from other portrait & family photographers?

Not only do I offer my photography services, I am offering an experience. My goal is to always make sure everyone at your session is having fun. I want your kids to be having the time of their lives, and your husband to actually be smiling. I want you to be able to look back on your photos and think "Oh yeah, we hired Emily to take those. That was a great day."

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