Frequently Asked Questions

What if it rains?
A few sprinkles or “blessings” as we call them in Hawaii won’t hurt, if there is a major winter storm we will do our best to reschedule. We do not reschedule for wind or clouds, which are a part of almost ever session (note: be prepared for wind!) You can view more on the topic here.

What if my eyes are very sensitive to light?
If you or anyone in your group is highly sensitive to bright sunshine then please choose your start time wisely. The 9am Mini Session is very convenient, but it can be very bright on the beach on a sunny day. I will always work with you to minimize squinting and for most people simply facing away from the sun will do the trick. But if you are someone who has trouble when not wearing sunglasses on the beach then you should consider booking a Standard Portrait Session and scheduling an early morning or sunset shoot when the light is not quite so bright.

What should we wear?
Read my article on what to wear for your Hawaii photo session and take a look at my What to Wear Pinterest board for ideas.

Can we wear more then one outfit?
For a mini session we only have time for one outfit. If you would like to wear multiple outfits then you will want to book a standard session. I recommend sticking to 2 outfits for families and couples and no more then 4 for maternity and senior portraits.

What is included in the portrait package?
Check out my price page for detailed information 🙂

How long will the session last?
A mini session is 40-60 minutes long, a standard session is 60-90 minutes long.

When should I book my session?
I recommend booking 1-2 months in advance, around 3 months ahead if your schedule is not flexible. I generally do not take bookings that are more then 6 months out.

What is required to book a photo session?
Once we settle on a date, time and location I will send you my online booking form. Fill that out and submit along with a non-refundable payment ($100 for portraits, up to 50% for weddings). You will receive a booking confirmation.

How many photos will I get?
Portrait packages (and wedding minis) include 10 digital photos, delivered via download. Your gallery will contain 40+ individual photos. Images are edited at the photographers discretion and raw photos will not be released.

Are the photos retouched?
All photos are retouched for color and sharpness. Some distracting elements in the foreground or background may be removed as needed. Minor skin retouching and other minor corrections are at the photographers discretion. I do not currently offer extensive retouching.

Can you make me look skinny?
Reducing body size in Photoshop falls into the category of extensive retouching and is not currently a service that I offer. I prefer to shoot carefully, keeping angles and light in mind while showing the beauty of my subjects as they are. I also ask that my clients choose their clothing carefully for the most flattering silhouettes. I may do a little bit of minor trimming at my discretion and I am open to hearing any concerns my clients have.

Can I make my own prints of the photos? Can I make large prints/canvases/etc?
You may print any digital photos that you download (the 10 included, or any more that you purchase). The digital downloads are compressed high resolution jpegs available and may be printed to any size that you like. I recommend choosing a quality printer or ordering directly from your online gallery. A cheap printer, or printing from your own home printer is going to produce inferior results.

Will the photos I download be watermarked?
No, your gallery is watermarked to protect the photos from copyright infringement. All files that you download or have made into prints will be watermark free.

Can I post the photos on social media?
Please do! The 10 photos that are included in your package plus any that you purchase are yours to display as you like. I would LOVE it if you tagged @michellescottiphoto and linked back to my websiteInstagram or Facebook page! Any photos in your gallery that you do not purchase are not yours to display. It would be unethical and would be considered copyright infringement to copy paste them without written permission.

How long will it take to see my images after my session?
Turn around time is approximately 4 weeks. You will receive an email notification when your photos are available for download

Can I get more then 10 photos?
Yes! I hope you love each and every photo in your gallery! You have the option to buy the complete collection and receive all of your digital photos. There are detailed directions on how to do so in the email you receive with the link to your gallery. You may also purchase additional digital photos ala carte for $15 each. Please note that the 10 digital photos included with packages are not transferable and may not be applied in any way to the purchase of the complete collection.

How long will my gallery be available online?
Your photos are guaranteed to be in your online gallery for 3 months after you have been notified. Please back up files safely.