Q & A


What is a session/creation fee, and what is included in that fee?

The Session/creation fee is the cost to create an artist portrait. It is based on a photographers artistic vision or style, their reputation, and photographers expertise. ( for example skilled photographers have expertise on posing, lighting and photo retouching and enhancing an image.) It is also based on the usual costs of running a legitimate business and equipment costs. The session/creation fee includes a planning meeting in studio or by phone ,the photographic session( in studio or on location)and an ordering/viewing session. In some instances it will also include an assistant for the photographer to help family sessions run smoothly. The session/creation fee does not include any prints/products.


What is the viewing/ordering appointment

2-3 weeks after your portraits have been taken a viewing/ordering appointment will be made to come into the studio.(If you are here in town for a limited time we can do a next day or with in 7 days viewing session) This is the time where your images will be displayed on a big screen to view and order images. This session typically can take from 1-2 hours It is best to prepare for this session. If you know that you would like to have a wall portrait, go through your house and try and figure out where you would like to have it displayed and what size would fit on the wall. It is also good to think through what smaller sizes you would like to have on display in your house or would like to give away to family as gifts. All parties responsible for the decision making regarding your session order, need to be present during the view/ordering appointment. We also encourage you to email us a photo of the walls ( with a 81/2 x11 piece of paper on it) you would like to have a wall portrait on and we can use this during your ordering session to find out what image and size would like great. Please Note: If you do need to come back for a second viewing/ordering session there is a $150 fee.


What do I wear for my portrait session?

Typically it is better to avoid stripes and patterns and stick with solid colors. Try and choose colors that will harmonize with each other. Colors that are of a similar hew. 3/4 length sleeves for women are often more flattering the short sleeve. Why choose custom photography? Clients who enjoy taking a more active role in the creation of their families? memories have the desire to have portrait art that is truly personalized. These more discerning clients have been known to budget and allot time for a custom photography session. Many clients opt for it to be a once a year special experience, some opt to have custom photography sessions done to record their child?s stages in life. Having said this, it is clear that custom photography is not in everyone?s budget, it is something that most families save for to splurge on from time to time to memorialize their children as they really are (not posed and primped in the cookie cutter studio setting). There is a great deal of time involved in creating high end custom photography sessions for a client. The luxury of great service, better choices and a superb end product. The result of all this are heirloom quality images. The time invested at the session is only a small portion of time involved in this process. (quoted from www.professionalchildphotographer.com)


Why does custom photography cost so much?

The digital revolution has brought amazing flexibility and ability to control various factors during the image taking and making process. Photographers, the hobbyist, the professional, the amateur all benefit from this ability to manipulate pixels. However, with flexibility comes a price. Digital camera equipment is still considerably more expensive when you factor in its? lifespan, the education and need for additional resources for processing those images, the time it takes to get a usable image and the effort that goes into creating a work of photographic art.(quoted from www.professionalchildphotographer.com) That said, the many classes, seminars and years of education to gain the expertise to produce what you see on this website all add up to having the professional skills to produce a high quality professional images you can treasure for a lifetime. That said I am a? Master Photographer (deemed by the Professional photographers of America) and a Certified Professional Photographer. (I have tested and submitted images to be judged at a professional level- there are currently only 3 photographers in Santa Cruz that are certified. (CPP) Please note that all images printed as 4×6 and larger are all photo retouched and enhanced to bring out the colors, backgrounds are manipulated when needed and skin is softened, eyes brighten and etc. to get the bast possible image.


Does Annie K. Rowland Offer images on DVD and are those images photo retouched?

Please note that digital files on DVD are one of our high end products that we do sell. We do offer them for both wedding and portrait clients but only once you have made a minimum purchase. We firmly believe as a professional studio we would rather be able to control to the end the quality of the product we produce for the prints we produce are archival and printed to last a lifetime. (where as wallmart or costco are not.) One thing to think about is that technology changes overtime, in 20 years jpg files may not be able to open, but all the printed archival products from our studio will be around for a life time. That said it is your choice.