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Explore Cary Pennington Photography's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to gain insights into our services as a trusted Carlsbad family photographer and San Diego headshots specialist. Discover details about family sessions, headshot sessions, and more. We're here to address your queries and guide you through a seamless photography experience.

  • What clothes and colors should we wear for our family photos?
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  • What happens if the weather is unfavorable on the scheduled day?
    We closely monitor weather conditions leading up to a scheduled photo shoot. In case of unfavorable weather, we will work with you to reschedule the shoot for a later date. If rescheduling is not possible, we will work with you to find an indoor location or reschedule the shoot for the next possible date with favorable weather conditions. Your satisfaction is our top priority, and we will work closely with you to ensure that you get the best possible results for your photoshoot.
  • Are digital files included, and can we print the photos ourselves?
    Yes, digital files are included in all of our packages. We provide high-resolution images that are perfect for printing, sharing, and archiving. You will receive a personal online gallery where you can download and access your photos. Additionally, we provide a print release, which grants you the right to print the photos yourself. However, we always recommend professional printing services to ensure the best quality and longevity of your prints. If you have any questions about printing or any other concerns, feel free to contact us.
  • Can we choose the location for our family photo session?
    Yes, absolutely! I love working with families to find the perfect location for their photo session. Whether it's a park, beach, or your own backyard, I want to make sure you feel comfortable and happy in the setting. If you're not sure where to go, I'm happy to suggest some options based on your preferences and the look you're going for. Let's work together to create beautiful memories in a location that's perfect for you.
  • How long is a typical family photo session?
    Normally 1 hour, but depending on how many family members there are. Certain times of the year we have 'Mini" sessions which are 30 minutes long.
  • How soon can we expect to receive the edited photos?
    After your photography session, I will carefully go through each photo and select the best ones to edit. I take pride in delivering high-quality, edited images to my clients. Depending on the size of the project and my current workload, the turnaround time for edited photos can vary. However, I strive to deliver your edited photos within two to three weeks of your session. If you require your photos sooner, please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate your request.
  • Can we request specific shots or poses for the session?
    Absolutely! we strive to make each session unique and personal for each client. Before the session, Cary will discuss with you what type of shots and poses you are looking for and any special requests you may have. During the session, feel free to communicate with Cary if you have any additional ideas or suggestions. Cary values your input and wants to make sure you are completely satisfied with the final product.
  • How far in advance should I book my photography session?
    The sooner, the better! My availability is limited to 2-3 photo sessions per week and just 2 weekend sessions per month, which means that slots tend to get booked quite rapidly.
  • What type of editing is included in the package?
    We includes basic editing in all of their packages. This includes color correction, exposure adjustments, and minor retouching to enhance the overall quality of the images. Additional editing services such as advanced retouching, object removal, and digital manipulation can be added for an additional fee. Please contact us for more information on custom editing services.
  • Can we include pets in our family photos?
    Of course! Pets are an important part of the family and I am more than happy to include them in your photo session. Please let me know ahead of time if you plan on bringing your furry friend so I can prepare accordingly. Also, make sure to bring treats and toys to help keep them comfortable and happy during the shoot.
  • How many family members can be included in the session?
    We welcome families of all sizes! Our family sessions include up to 5 family members. For larger families, we can accommodate additional members for an additional fee. We believe in capturing the love and connection between all family members, and we will work with you to create a session that meets your needs and exceeds your expectations. Contact us for more information on our family session packages.
  • Do you provide guidance on posing during the shoot?
    Yes, absolutely! As a professional photographer, I understand that not everyone is comfortable in front of the camera. That's why I offer guidance on posing to ensure that you look and feel your best during your photoshoot. I will work with you to find poses that are natural and flattering, while still capturing the essence of your personality. Whether you're looking for a traditional portrait or something more creative, I am here to help you every step of the way. So, don't worry if you've never been in front of the camera before – I've got you covered
  • Do you have a studio?
    No, not at this time. However, I love shooting on location and am willing to travel for shoots. Let's discuss your specific needs and preferences during our consultation.
  • Do you touch up the headshots?
    Certainly! Depending on the client's preferences, we have the capability to address various aspects during the editing process. This includes reducing the appearance of wrinkles, enhancing teeth whiteness, eliminating blemishes and scars, and tidying up stray hairs, among other adjustments. Our primary goal is to ensure that you still look like yourself, albeit in the most flattering light possible. We understand the desire for a youthful appearance, and we take great care in presenting you in the most attractive and natural way.
  • How long does a typical headshot session last?
    A typical headshot session lasts approximately 30 minutes, unless you've selected the 1 hour headshot session. This allows for ample time to discuss your specific needs and preferences, select wardrobe options, and capture a variety of poses and expressions to ensure the perfect headshot. We strivee to create a comfortable and relaxed environment to ensure the best possible outcome for your headshot session.
  • How many headshots photos do I get?
    In a standard 30 minute session, you'll receive two retouched images as part of the package, priced at $195, which also covers the session itself. If you require additional shots or different looks, each extra image is available for $40 per selection. During your session, we typically capture a range of 50 to 150 images to provide you with ample choices.
  • How do I choose my headshots?
    Following your session, you will receive an email that includes a link to your online proof gallery. You can then take your time to review the images with friends and family, considering which two best suit your needs.

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