Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions about Joe Jack Photography. If you have a question that isn’t answered below, please go to my Contact page and send me a message!
Q: How much time do you allow for your sessions?
A: Each of my sessions usually last about and hour and a half to two hours, although I don’t put any time restrictions on my sessions. It’s important to me for my clients not to feel rushed, and to spend as much time as necessary to capture the kind of images they are looking for.
Q: What methods of payment do you accept?
A: I accept cash, checks, and most major credit cards.
Q: Do you offer refunds?
A: I don’t offer refunds as a general rule, except in rare and unique cases.
Q: What happens if my session gets rained out, or something comes up and I have to reschedule?
A: Things happen, and sometimes they’re beyond our control…like the weather. In the event that your session needs to be rescheduled for whatever reason, we’ll get together and pick the next available date that works for both of us and try again.
Q: How far in advance do I need to book my session?
A: Typically, sessions should be booked at least two weeks in advance depending on the time of year. Spring and summer are the busiest times of the year for me, and it’s not uncommon for me to have sessions booked three to four months in advance. So’s it is recommended that you book your session as soon as possible in order to reserve your spot.
Q: How much do you charge?
A: Because most commercial and portrait photography work is unique, my pricing for each project varies depending on the size, scope, and details of the job. If you're interested in hiring me, please contact me with the details of your project and I can provide you with a quote.
Senior portrait sessions are a flat $500 per session, which is an all-inclusive price.
Professional headshots are a flat $100 per session, which includes one professionally edited image for use with print, web, and social media.
I do offer a few TFP (Trade For Print) sessions per month. Please contact me for more information.
Q: How far do you travel for sessions?
A: I am available for travel to anywhere in the world (with travel expenses paid). However, most of my work is done in Central and Northern Colorado. I charge an extra $75 for anything over 30 miles outside the Longmont/Boulder area.
Q: Why is professional photography so expensive?
A: I love this question. Unfortunately, the common misconception about professional photographers is that all we do is take the pictures, put them on our computers, send them to Walgreens to get prints made, and then charge an arm and a leg for our “services”. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. A true professional photographer does much more than that, including (but not limited to):
• Taking the time to get to know and understand their client in order to capture images that best represent them.
• Choosing the right equipment for the job. It’s often said that the best camera is the one you have with you, but as a professional photographer we should be expected to have several tools at our disposal in order to create images that are what the client wants and has envisioned for their session.
• Picking a location for the session that suits the clients needs.
• After the session, working at length in front of the computer using a myriad of software to bring out the fine details of each image and making sure that each one is special in it’s own way. It’s one thing to have Photoshop…it’s another thing entirely to actually know how to use it!
• Selecting a high quality printer to have the prints from the session made. Top quality paper and printing techniques is essential to long lasting prints, and simply having prints made at the neighborhood Walgreens is just not an option as a professional photographer.
• In addition to the things listed above, a “professional” photographer needs to be able to juggle multiple clients at once, reserve time for things like marketing and advertising, keep up with current trends and techniques in the industry, and maintain some sense of sanity at the same time.
Q: Do you have a studio?
A: I do! This last year I built a studio in my home for commercial work, studio portraits, fashion & beauty, boudoir, and more!
Q: Do you do commercial work?
A: Yes. I do all kinds of commercial photography work. Please contact me so I can get more information about your project and we can go from there.
Q: I heard that you’re the best senior portrait photographer in Colorado. What makes you so good?
A: While you’ll never hear me say that I’m “the best” senior portrait photographer in Colorado, I will admit that I’m good…really good. Why? I think it’s because I go that extra mile for all of my clients to ensure that each shoot is exactly what they’re looking for. I also work with the high school senior that I’m shooting, and make sure that the vision they have for their senior portraits is truly expressed in the final product. I’m all about creating something truly unique for each client…something that’s different than the run of the mill “senior portrait”.
Q: Do you offer a CD with all of my images on it?
A: Yes and No. I used to offer actual CD’s with my portrait sessions, but have since found that high speed USB Drives are more practical and useful to my clients. So, a USB Drive with High-Res images of your session is included with all portrait sessions. Each USB Drive includes the edited images from your session which are available in your online proofing gallery. This is a great way to share the images from your session with friends and family, and gives you the ability to print your images on your own (up to an 8×10) and post them online to sites like Facebook and Instagram.
Q: How long do I have to order my prints after the session?
A: Images from your session will be available to purchase in your online proofing gallery for 90 days from the date of your session.
Q: Do you shoot digital or film?
A: My background is in film photography, but I switched over to digital several years ago and haven’t looked back. Digital photography offers so much more in terms of flexibility and quick turn around for the client.
Q: What kind of equipment do you use?
A: I was primarily a Canon and Nikon shooter for many years, with a few years experience using professional Fuji equipment. However, I have recently switched over to all Sony professional cameras and lenses and couldn't be happier with the results.
Q: How long does it take to get my photographs back to me?
A: Normally I get all photographs back to my clients within two to three weeks, but at times it may take up to four weeks depending on the season and how busy I am.
Q: What time of the day do you schedule your sessions?
A: I like to shoot in early mornings or late evenings as a general rule. However, I’ve found that evenings are usually best not only for the amount and quality of the available light at that time of the day, but also because most people aren’t quite themselves early in the morning (especially high school seniors). There are times, though, when early mornings or late evenings don’t work for a variety of reasons. So, while those times are my preference as a photographer, I make it a point to work with my clients schedules and plan sessions accordingly. For Corporate/Commercial and Fashion/Freelance work, I work at all hours of the day depending on what the project calls for.
Q: What type of lighting do you use during your sessions?
A: In order to achieve the kind of lighting that is present in my photography, I usually use a combination of natural light and/or a portable studio light (or several). This is one of the things that separates my photography from other photographers, and gives my clients something that is truly unique.
Q: Do you offer custom framing and other printing options for my photographs?
A: All of my photographs are printed on premium lustre coated paper, and are available in a wide variety of sizes and options including gallery wrapped canvas and leather bound books and albums. I do offer custom framing options as well. Most of these options are available for ordering in each client gallery, but if you have something in mind that isn’t listed please let me know.
Q: Do you teach any workshops, or do any one-on-one photography training?
A: Over the last year or so I have been getting more and more requests to host photography workshops to teach what I know to beginning and experienced photographers alike. If you're interested in having me hold a workshop for your group, or are interested in having me teach a one-on-one class with you, please contact me and we can discuss things further.
If you have any other specific questions that aren’t covered above, please feel free to give me a call or fill out the form on the Contact page and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.