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FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASK QUESTIONS

ABOUT OUR SESSIONS

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Q: How far in advance should I schedule my photo shoot?

A: If you have a deadline, it’s recommended that you schedule your session 2-3 months prior to your deadline.

 

Q: “Do you shoot weddings?”

A: As much as BQS loves weddings, no Bethany does not. Bethany would much rather be a guest than a photographer at a wedding. But, you should check out our friends Ivan and Louise.

Q: “What exactly is it that you do?”

A: BQS is a boutique b+w boudoir + maternity photography studio located in Indianapolis, Indiana. BQS creates hair and makeup “model for a day” experiences. (We go on location for equine portrait sessions.)

Q: “All of your clients look like models, how much editing do you do?”

A: Why, thank you so much! Bethany does very little to no editing. BQS wants you to look like yourself, not some made up version of who you think you should be.

 

Q: “Am I too old to do this?”

A: I want you to say this out loud, “I AM NEVER TOO OLD TO DO ANYTHING….ANYTHING!” Rinse and repeat.

 

Q: “I want to have this experience so bad, but I’m not photogenic/ hate to be in front of the camera.”

A: Honey, you are BQS perfect client! Bethany will guide you through natural poses from your head to your toes.

 

Q: I’m pretty shy, how many people are on your team?

A: A typical shoot consists of Bethany and/or a hair/makeup artist, if you’re so inclined to add one on to your session. The hair and makeup artists leave once they've completed your look.

 

Q: Who will be present during my boudoir session?

A: Bethany for boudoir and maternity. An assistant may be present for equine portraits. 

 

Q: What will you do with the images I don't choose?

A: The images you discard are deleted immediately. We take privacy very seriously.

Q: What happens if there is bad weather?

A: Boudoir and maternity sessions are conducted in a studio setting. If for some reason there’s inclement weather, you can reschedule outside of the 48 hour window. 

For Equine sessions: Sessions will be conducted on a case by case basis. 

 

Q: What happens if I need to reschedule?

A: Be sure to do so 48 hours prior to the photo shoot experience. Rescheduling is an additional fee.

BOOKING QUESTIONS

Q: “How do I book with BQS?”

A: You can go here to book! Fill out the contact form and we'll be in touch!

Q: "What is your cancellation policy?"

A: The retainer fee is non-refundable, but if you need to reschedule your shoot for another time, we are happy to do so for an additional fee. If there are no appointment slots left, you will be the first in line to have access to our books when they are open again.

QUESTIONS ABOUT PREPARING FOR YOUR SHOOT

Q: “How many outfits can I bring?”

A: For Maternity and Boudoir: Three to five outfits. Let us know if you want to bring more! We've had people bring half their closet. Granted, we won't shoot every single outfit. We love variety! For Equine: Due to this being a location shoot, we request you plan for 1-3 outfits, if you want to be photographed with your horse. 

 

Q: “Can I bring a friend or my partner?”

A: For Boudoir: This is a session for ladies only. At BQS we ask that your partner stays home. We wouldn't want to ruin the surprise of sharing your images with your partner. It's more like a day out with your besties and if you need their opinion for outfits or some hype women, BQS absolutely welcomes them. Bethany does not photograph couple’s boudoir.

For Maternity: Only if they’re in the photos, we’ll photograph the ones with them first. Once they’re done, they can get a coffee or ice cream. 

For Equine: Yes, as this is on your property or boarding facility. 

Why are we so picky about this? Truth be told, additional people during a session can change the focus and mood of a session quickly. In order to get the images of your dreams, Bethany needs your full attention as she’s dedicating her time for you. 

Q: How long will my shoot be?

A: For Boudoir + Maternity sessions: The entirety of the session is about 2 1/2 hours, no we’re not shooting the entire time. Hair and makeup is 1 hour and the session is 1.5 hours. 

For Equine Sessions: It depends on the horse and how prepared you are. Bethany will send you tips on how to prepare for your equine session for the best outcome and safety. This could be anywhere from 2-3 hours. 

 

Q: Who will be doing my hair and makeup?

A: If hair and makeup comes with your session, you’ll meet Nikki, Jessica, or Lorena. 

BOUDOIR SESSION SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

Q: "You only shoot in black + white?"

A: Yes! But only for boudoir. Bethany thinks everything looks best in black and white. Fine Art Maternity + Equine Portrait is photographed in color + black and white.

 

Q: What do I wear to my session?

A: We can help with that! Bring as many outfits that you are for sure wanting to be photographed in and some that you're not as sure. We can go through the looks together and make selections. Also, have you seen the blog? There's a lot of info on wardrobe.

MATERNITY SESSION SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

Q: What do I wear to my session?

A: We can help with that! Bring as many outfits that you are for sure wanting to be photographed in and some that you're not as sure. We can go through the looks together and make selections. Also, have you seen the blog? There's a lot of info on wardrobe.

 

Q: How far along do I need to be at the date of my session?

A: 28-34 weeks

EQUINE SESSION SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

Q: What do I wear to my session?

A: We can help with that! Bethany has prepared a prep guide for you that you’ll receive via email. 

THE VIEWING + ORDERING APPOINTMENT

Q: When do I get to see my photos from the shoot?

A: Before you leave the studio, we'll schedule your ordering appointment 2-3 weeks after your session. we'll prepare your images for you to see and make orders based on only what you love. All the images you see will not be retouched, until you make your final selections.

Q: When can I expect my order to come in?

A: Allow 6-8 weeks for us to prepare, order, and ship. We'll keep you posted along the way. We can also drop ship your order if you prefer.

Q: Can I order prints at a later date?

A: All purchasing decisions are made the day of the ordering appointment, however if you wish to add on to an already existing order, please notify us. 

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Q: “Do I get digital files?”

A: Every print product you purchase comes with it's matching digital file.

 

Q: “What print products do you have?”

A: At the moment BQS has portfolio collections, album collections, and wall art.

Q: What are the most popular print items?

A: Good question! It’s between The Onyx Booking Collection, The Real 12 Collection, and 30x40 metal wall art.

Q: What is the turnaround time on printed products?

A: Once the photo session is paid in full. You’ll receive your retouched images 2-3 weeks after your session and print material will arrive 6-12 weeks. (It’s coming from Italy, where their culture is leisurely, but they produce very high quality gorgeous custom work! And the wait is so worth it!) It will come to the studio for quality control and you will be notified when it comes in to pick it up. Payment plans: This timeline applies once the final payment is received.

Q: Can my products be shipped to me?

A: Yes, please request this at the ordering appointment.

Q: What is your retouching philosophy?

A: We do a light skin retouching, getting rid of anything that’s not permanent.

Q: Can I request certain editing techniques?

A: It depends on the technique. 90% of the time the editing team can do just about anything. But this must be decided during the ordering appointment.

Q: Can I print my photos myself?

A: Yes, but I would err on the side of caution, clients who have done this in the past have had issues with a printer keeping images for themselves and also producing lower quality printing. Print at your own risk.

Q: Can I post my photos on social media?

A: Absolutely and tag us! @BethanyQuinnStudios

Q: Will you be publishing my photos online?

A: Only if you give permission. 

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