frequently asked questions

have a question? don't see the answer? call or text// 408.710.7953

how long do sessions typically last?
depending on which session you purchase, sessions generally last between 1-2 hours. that includes any outfit changes.

what should we wear?
simple clothes and solid colors work best for photographs. I encourage complimentary colors among your family but recommend not going the matching route. See the gallery images for more clothing ideas.

what locations are available for sessions?
I love to utilize natural light as much as possible. this allows me to be able to provide unique and custom images for every client. whether it be in your home, a country setting or an urban one, I will always be sure that the surroundings enhance the beauty of the images. choice of location will be discussed in the phone/in-person initial consultation to ensure that your location will suit your desires for your finished portraits. also, because I am a location photographer, I strive to look for the most unique uninhabited locations. I feel that since you are coming to me, you are wanting something a little more unique – even down to the location. in order to somewhat protect what you’re purchasing as far as location, I don’t overly share my locations with non-clients.

what time of day do you prefer to shoot?
I love to photograph my outdoor sessions 1-2 hours before sunset. I usually schedule newborns and babies around their nap/feeding schedule.

how long will it take to receive my images?
your images will be available for viewing on your private web gallery within 5-6 weeks. rush editing is available and can be discussed at your initial meeting if you are in need of this. weddings typically take seven to eight weeks until you can expect to receive your digital negative package.

how will I receive my images?
you will receive 5 sample photos from the session with 36 hours of the sessions end. these images will be delivered to you via a link to a facebook album on the toryjacob photography facebook page. once all the images are complete you will receive a link to an online gallery where you can view the images and a USB flash drive containing the images will be mailed to you.  

why do you only show us the edited images when you take so many pictures at our session?
I choose the very best images from your session to process and share with you. only images that meet my exacting quality standards make the final cut. your time as well as mine is valuable so I don’t have a viewing option and simply offer you your images on a dvd versus an additional meeting where you purchase prints. rest assured that I will show you the very best from your session! proof books of the entire session are available for purchase.

will I see color and black and white versions of all of my photos?
no, not necessarily. I use my artistic judgement about which photos look best in color and/or black and white. additional edits are available for a fee should you choose to want the color altered. I do not do selective coloring on any photographs.

what form of payment do you accept?
check or any major credit cards. payment is due at scheduling to secure your session date and time. 

when is payment due?
non-refundable deposits are due at the time you secure your session date. payment is required in full by the time of the beginning of your portrait session. wedding packages require a deposit and are required to be paid in full thirty days before your actual wedding date.

can I scan and/or make copies of my portraits myself?
only the images which you purchase and that are included with your print release are yours to make copies of. printing, copying, downloading or scanning images without written consent is strictly prohibited as the images are protected by federal copyright laws.