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How much does it cost to work with Seattle Photographer Lara Grauer?

The price for photos at Lara Grauer Photography varies widely based on your level of service, the type of products you select, and how many photos you purchase. Clients spend anywhere from $500 to $10,000 or more. You’re in control – you get to buy what you love.

How far in advance should I call to book a photoshoot? 

We do our best to make room for as many photoshoots as possible. It’s best to plan 6-8 weeks before your photo shoot unless needing sooner. If you need something sooner, definitely give us a call. Sometimes we have cancellations, and there are slow times of the year when we’re not booked out as far. To allow enough time for a custom session, you’ll need to book at least two weeks in advance.

Does  Lara Grauer Photography offer payment plans? 

You can pay for your portraits in advance if you’d like to! Let’s discuss what products you want and make an advance payment plan. That way, you’ll have credit in your account to buy your favorite artwork or put it towards other services offered by Lara Grauer Photography, like headshots, as soon as your photo shoot is completed. Otherwise, we do accept all credit cards so that you have another option to pay them afterward. Session reservation fees are due upon booking, and product payments are due in full when placing your order.

Does Lara Grauer Photography offer Hair & Makeup Styling? 

Yes, we do! We aim to offer a complete array of services, so you don’t have to worry about the little things. Hair and makeup styling can be added to any session. Call us to discuss what you’re looking for, and we’ll point you in the right direction.

Does it cost extra to add people to a photoshoot?

Probably not! As long as we can all fit in the space, you’re welcome to bring in the whole family for your session at no extra charge. If you’d like to add hair & makeup styling for your added people, there will be an added fee.

What happens if I need to reschedule?

We ask that you do everything possible to keep your appointment since we are often booked weeks in advance. Of course, we understand that things happen, and sometimes a reschedule is the only option. It’s ok! We will always work with you to find a solution.

I work during the week. Can I get a photoshoot on the weekend?

Yes, we are available for Saturday sessions once per month. Saturday photoshoots have the same reservation fee as weekday sessions, but they do not include credit toward your product purchase.

Do you offer photoshoots outside of your studio?  

Yes, we do! The studio is great for our signature look, and it offers dependable weather conditions plus access to all of our photography tools. But, if your project needs the special touch of a particular location, then we’ll be glad to travel for your shoot.

Can I get digital photos from my photoshoot? 

Of course! Every photo you order to be printed comes with a matching digital version so you can share your photos with friends and family. If you simply don’t want any prints, that’s fine too. Digital-only photos are priced the same as our desktop gift prints.

How soon will I get the pictures? 

After your photo session is complete, your digital copies will be delivered within 1-2 weeks. Printed products can take 2-16 weeks, depending on what you order.

Do I get the copyright to the photos?

Copyright is a tricky subject. You will receive a license that provides you with unlimited rights to use the digital photos you purchased for your own business or personal purposes. You will also have the option to provide – or withhold – permission for Lara Grauer Photography to show your photos to other people in our portfolio and marketing. That means we won’t use your photos in our materials if you ask us not to. However, the copyright of the images will always remain with Lara Grauer Photography, which means you will not be permitted to sell the photos to others, claim credit or ownership, or grant permission for their use in any projects other than the ones you hired Lara Grauer Photography to do. Give us a call with any questions – we’ll be happy to discuss it!

Do you have insurance? 

Yes, we do! We like to sleep at night, so we have all the recommended insurance coverage for photography studios, and then some more!

What should I wear for my photoshoot? 

This is a big question with lots of possible answers! If you’re booking a custom portrait session, we’ll cover clothing choices in detail during your consultation. If you’re doing a headshot mini or team photos for your company, we have some basic suggestions that work well. First, solid colors are a great choice for portraits. Textures are fun and photograph well. You will look slimmer if you wear form-fitting clothes, so I always recommend avoiding flowy fabric or bulky pieces when that is your concern. But really, above all, you should wear something you feel good in. If you’re feeling comfortable and confident, you’re going to look your best – so go ahead and break the “rules!”

How much time does a photoshoot take? 

It depends! What kind of shoot are you doing? Our headshot mini-sessions last about an hour, our custom sessions last 1-3 hours, and our team headshots go quickly – typically somewhere between 5-20 minutes per person.

What happens if I don’t like my portraits? 

It’s my job to make sure you look great in your photos, and I take that assignment seriously! We will put all of our tools to work in order to make sure you look your best in your portraits. I offer a satisfaction guarantee, so if you put your trust in me, I promise to give you photos you can feel proud of. If we’ve tried and tried again, and after all of that effort, you’re still not happy with your photos, I will give you a full refund.

Can you edit my pictures to make me look awesome? 

Yes! My goal is to make you look like the best version of you. Overall editing and retouching comes standard with every photo. For wall print orders, I provide master art retouching that ensures every square inch of your artwork will be flawless. No matter what, the editing isn’t done until you’re happy. Print orders are only processed after you’ve given final approval on the retouching.

Let’s Talk

As a leading professional Seattle photographer, I can promise that each photo shoot receives my very best. I’m available for regular bookings at my Lara Grauer portrait & pro headshot photography studio located on Seattle’s northside. Use the form below to email me with any questions you might have about your portrait and headshot photography session. I look forward to hearing from you!