ELT FAQ

STANDARD SESSION

What’s the general process?
We meet two hours before sunset at your chosen location. Favorites include Old Town Occoquan, Huntley Meadows Park, and Old Town Alexandria. Expect a session to take anywhere from seventy five to ninety minutes, including any outfit changes. Our sessions are laid back, yet professional.

Within five days, you’ll receive roughly 85 digital images; of those, we print three 8×10 matted images of your choosing – which look lovely by themselves or in an 11×14 frame. Additionally, we offer up to 13×19 prints and 48×32 wrapped canvasses. Beautiful photos really come to life when printed and we love seeing the looks on our client’s faces when they see them.

What style of photos will be included in my digital photo bundle?
We shoot up to 1300 photos during a session, combining poses and natural reactions with a variety of lenses.  Once processed, you’ll photo bundle includes the following types of photos: (see examples below)
~35 in the moment
~30 poses/head shots
~15 stylistic
~5 black and white

We always allow for spontaneity – every session, something unexpected happens, and that moment is captured forever.  We offer up to three re-edits to match a specific look or feel.  

Will you use my photos in your portfolio?
We take our clients’ privacy seriously and only post images we have permission to use. Additionally, your digital photo bundle is 100% yours to do with as you please, whether that means overlays on social media, creating your own prints, or anything else —  we ask that you credit us when appropriate, but it’s not necessary or expected.

What equipment and processing do you use and why?
Both of us shoot Canon full-frame with L series lenses – this ensures that even in low light situations, or if our camera settings aren’t perfectly optimized, we’re still left with timeless, properly exposed images once they’re processed in Lightroom and Photoshop. Daryl’s go-to lens is the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II while sprinkling in some wide angle with the Canon 16-35mm f/4.0L IS, while Erin prefers her Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS. For reference, the human eye’s range is calculated to be at ~35mm. While we process our images using powerful Adobe software to adjust shadows, highlights, and other standard photo processing methods, we will not fundamentally change a photo – including, but not limited to: face/body reshaping, sky/background replacement, the addition or removal of any element that deceives the viewer of what is being captured or perceived in an image.

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