May 21, 2008

Gallery R FAQs

Hello! I am so excited about the response to Gallery R. I've had a few phone calls and emails with questions so I thought I would blog some of the Frequently Asked Questions.

Q. Are the Gallery R Sessions indoors or outside?
A. That depends on the month! Each month there will be a specified setting. For example, May is Modern Studio. That is inside with a clean, simple background.

June is The Boulevard. This is an outdoor setting along the boulevard of my subdivision that provides a backdrop of tall grasses and willow trees.

July is Urban. Those sessions will take place downtown Lake Orion among the brick, fading paint and doorways. I'll be posting samples soon. Other Gallery R settings are Relationships - indoors with black on black, Fall Color - outdoor to emphasize the changing leaves, Holiday Joy - indoors with a silvery backdrop of ornaments. As each monthly session is planned, samples will be posted.

Q. Are the portraits back and white or color?
A. Portraits will be shown in either black and white or color, as I determine the best presentation of the portrait. So, in most cases, there will be a combination of both. Portraits are available as I have presented them. So, if a proof is in black and white, any enlargements ordered would be black and white, as well.

Q. Is 20 minutes enough time?
A. Yes.

Q. What's included with the session fee?
A. Gallery R Sessions are $165 and include a custom framed 8 x 10 portrait. I have established a relationship with a Lake Orion framer and you will have your choice of four frames. All the frames are simple in design to showcase your portrait. Frame choices are silver, black, white or rustic wood. All images are matted to an 11 x 14 size and the mat is signed by me. A true piece of art. (

Q. How many people can be in a Gallery R Session?
A. Due to the limited session time and number of proofs shown, Gallery R Sessions will focus on an individual or the family and are limited to 1 to 2 individuals or the family. This is not the session to have portraits of mom and dad together, mom with the children, dad with the children, each child individually and together and just one with the dog. Keep it simple.

Q. Are you really going to answer if 20 minutes is enough time?
A. Yes.

Q. How do I view my proofs and place my order?
A. About two weeks after your session, I will email you your password to view your private gallery on my site. Online galleries will be hosted for 3 days. You can call or email me with your order. Prints are generally ready three weeks after I receive payment.

Q. What can I order from a Gallery R Session?
A. To keep things simple, three collections are offered starting at $120. You may also order additional prints 11 x 14 and smaller. There is a small boutique of add on items including cards, easel prints, panel bracelet and digital files.

Q. Seriously. 20 minutes?
A. Ha. Ha. So you want an explanation? Gallery R Sessions are designed to involve a limited time and financial investment for my clients. These sessions provide just a quick peek into the individual at this moment in time, presenting 8 proofs to order from. If you'd like a longer session and more proofs, then you might consider my Signature Black and White Sessions, starting at $1,100.

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