FAQ - Taylor Elizabeth Photography
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How would you describe your style?

My friend and wedding planner Rachel with Wed and Prosper uses the words "emotionally provoking" to describe my photographic style, and as soon as I heard those words, I knew that they were perfect.  My style is a mix of lifestyle and documentary photography with a pinch of traditional thrown in. What this means is that I like to have more of a hands-off documentarian style for the most part where I capture true moments as they happen, while stepping in to give a little guidance when necessary, and for the icing on the cake I like to have some traditional (and nontraditional)  portraiture time as well. This creates a well-rounded and balanced collection that tells your story.


You offer military, veteran, and first responder discounts. How do I know if I qualify for this discount?

I offer a 15% discount for our active duty military, our honorably discharged veterans, as well as our first responders. I defer to the Wikipedia definition of a "first responder" when determining who is qualified for the first responder discount, "A first responder is an employee of an emergency service who is likely to be among the first people to arrive at and assist at the scene of an emergency such as an accident, natural disaster, or terrorist attack. First responders typically include police officers, deputy sheriffs, firefighters, paramedics, and rescuers." Discounts apply exclusively to the client(s), and does not extend to family members or friends of our military/first responders.


Do you retouch or photoshop your images?

With the exception of minor blemishes, for the most part I do not retouch, airbrush, or photoshop images. My passion with photography is rooted in capturing important moments and memories in your life as they truly are. I believe in minimal editing so that your images look authentic and timeless. I don't like to falsify my images and I believe that people are beautiful just the way they are, and that is how I like to capture them.


How would you describe yourself as a wedding photographer?

I truly love to document my couples' weddings. No matter how many weddings I attend, I find myself tearing up behind my camera while capturing such meaningful moments. I am the photographer who will be laughing, crying, and dancing right along side you on your special day.


What is the best time of day for outdoor photos?

The best time for taking outdoor photos is with in The Golden Hour, which is one hour after sunrise or one hour before sunset. Please visit this link to get a good idea of when the sun rises/sets in your area on the day of your desired session. Even though it's called the "Golden Hour", the light is usually fine with a couple hours before or after sunset. 


The only time that works for me is in the middle of the day. Will this mean that the lighting will be terrible for my outdoor photos?

No, as I said before, the best time of day for outdoor photos is during the Golden Hours. However, if the middle of the day when the Sun is at its brightest and highest is the only time that works for you, we can and will make it work. We will find a location that offers ample shade to work with the most flattering light available to us. So if you had your heart set on an open space or a location with minimal shade, I would suggest waiting until you have a day where we could shoot during one of the Golden Hours.


What if it rains when we're supposed to have our outdoor session?

We have  three options here:

1. We can make lemonade out of lemons and have fun with it. Let's play in the rain!

2. We can try to find an alternate location where we won't get wet. 

3. We can reschedule, which may incur a rescheduling fee.


What photos do you deliver?

After the your wedding/session I carefully go through all of the images from the day and select the best images for me to deliver to you; removing the unflattering, blinking, blurry images that you won't have any desire to see or have printed. On average, I deliver between 400-1000 images  for weddings. There is no cap for how many images I will deliver, and have delivered over 1000 images on occasion. It simply depends on how long I'm hired for and how much goes on throughout the day.


Do you ever deliver RAW images?

No, I never deliver any RAW or unedited images. For me to deliver RAW files would be akin to a master chef serving raw chicken in his restaurant...it's not a finished product. One of the reasons that you're hiring me is because you like my editing style and you trust me to edit your photos.


How long will it take for you to edit and deliver my images?

On average, standard portrait sessions usually between one and two weeks to deliver. Weddings and births can take up to three months. I take my time in editing every image that I deliver and I will not compromise the quality of those edits by rushing the editing for your photos. I truly care about the product that I deliver to my clients and I do everything I can to ensure it's of the highest quality possible. 


Do you meet with your clients before booking?

For weddings and birth photography, I always love to meet with my clients beforehand. I value having a connection with my clients. Meeting with my clients before booking helps me establish that connection and helps everyone figure out if we're all a good fit for one another. I understand that sometimes this just isn't possible, for instance when the clients live outside the Houston area. In these instances I usually meet with my clients via Skype/FaceTime or a phone call. 


How do I book you as my photographer?

After meeting with one another if we find that we're compatible (AKA we get along well and you really like my photos), I'll send out a contract and an invoice for the nonrefundable 25% retainer. I operate on a first come, first served basis.


Anything I should know for our session?

During the shoot, try to relax and have a good time! Don’t be afraid to ask for a break if you need one. Let me know if anything at all makes you feel uncomfortable right away!

Is there anything we should bring for our outdoor session?

Insect repellant! Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it!


Do you travel? And do you charge a travel fee?

Yes, I love to travel! My love of travel rivals my love for photography and to me they're the ultimate combination! I'm even an instrument-rated private pilot.

I have factored the cost of travel into my pricing, however some destinations may require additional travel fees. Feel free to ask if any additional travel fees would apply in your case.All travel and lodging will need to be approved by me.


Should I do anything differently with my makeup?

Moisturize the night before and the morning of your shoot. No glitter/shimmer, please. Try not to do radically different make-up or hair than what you would normally wear on a daily basis. A little extra eyeliner, mascara, blush, or lipstick is fine. We just don’t want to end up with that “caked-on” look. I can fix a blemish in post-processing lickity-split, but the caked-on makeup is difficult to correct.


Do you have any advice for what to wear for my photos?

I absolutely adore flowy dresses, soft fabrics, flannel shirts, and solid colors or understated prints.

I offer a client closet of outfits you're welcome to borrow for sessions.

Try to avoid wearing any neon-bright colors, as the colors can reflect onto the skin.

If wearing a dress, try to wear leggings, stockings, or shorts underneath to prevent accidental indecent exposure in certain poses.

Avoid clothing with distracting logos or text.If you are doing an outdoor shoot, try to wear practical shoes and dress accordingly.

Try to dress for the weather. If it's warm, try to wear something that breathes well in the heat. If it's cold, then bundle up! Winter clothes look great in pictures! If it has been raining and might be muddy, then bring rain boots if you have them and possibly an umbrella.

Bottom line, you want to feel comfortable in what you're wearing.


Who are your ideal clients?

Couples who are profoundly in love with one another are my absolute favorite clients. As long as there is a strong foundation of love between the two of you, then location, decor, and other wedding day aesthetics are all just the proverbial icing on the cake (speaking of which, my favorite clients also feed me cake!).  I love when my clients' weddings are a reflection of them as a couple; when they put just as much effort into their relationship as they do picking out their florals and other details.  

My clients truly value the the subtle nuances in the documentation of their wedding day: your flower girl spinning round and round as she dances to the beat of her own drum; your mom holding you close as she sees you in the mirror all dressed up for the first time; sharing a pre-ceremony drink with your crew; wiping a tear from your partner's eye as you look at each other for the first time on your wedding day; holding each other close amongst a sea of your closest friends and family out on the dance floor. These moments are so fleeting and they deserve to be documented with the utmost care and passion; I want for my couples to be as passionate about their wedding photography as I am.

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