GILLIAN RIESEN

PHOTOGRAPHY

THE EXPERIENCE

Continue reading for important information and FAQs regarding your portraiture experience.

PACKAGES

 Different package options are available depending on your needs and circumstances. All bookings should be made as soon as possible to ensure availability. For available location times and dates, please see tour dates below. 

STANDARD PORTRAIT

$500

1 hr session

2 outfit looks

Outdoor/Natural light

20 fully edited photos

STUDIO PORTRAIT

$800

2 hr session

2 outfit looks

Indoor studio space location 

20 fully edited photos

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COUPLES SESSION

$500

Proposal - Engagement - Anniversary etc

 

1 hr session

1 outfit looks

Outdoor/Natural light

20 fully edited photos

FAMILY SESSION

$600

Holiday - Newborn - Events - Portraits

1 hr session

1 outfit looks

Outdoor/Natural light

20 fully edited photos

WEDDINGS

starting at $1500

Proposal - Engagement - Anniversary etc

 

Hourly coverage

Candid and posed photos

Ceremony and Reception

Over 100 fully edited photos

$400 Holiday pricing

(for bookings before Jan 1, 2021)

$500 Holiday pricing

(for bookings before Jan 1, 2021)

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BOOKING YOUR SESSION

Reservation Fee -  a $100 electronic non-refundable deposit is required to secure your session date  & time. No appointmets are considered "scheduled" until the deposit has been paid, making your desired time slot available to other potential clients. The remainder of your session & any travel fee is due immediately following your shoot before we both depart the location. 

 

Cancellation -  In the case of  my absence from your scheduled shoot due to bad weather/act of God/I am ill/etc, you can put your deposit toward a re-schedule or you can have it refunded. However, if you need to cancel or don’t show up to the session, the deposit will not be refunded. If you cancel within 24 hours of the shoot or do not show, the balance of the shoot will be expected as it is reasonable that I could not schedule another client in that time and have lost the potential for income.  

RECIEVING YOUR PHOTOS

Approximately 1 week after the photo shoot, each client will receive a gallery of 60-100 RAW photos form which to pick their favorites to be edited. One photo from each location/look will be pre-edited as a sample so the client can have an idea of what the edits might look like. These pre-edits may or may not be included in the client's final selections. Approximately 2 weeks after selections have been made, the client will receive a download link to the final edits.

LOCATION

Gillian is location permanently outside of Detroit, Michigan and is always booking for that location and surrounding areas. 

Not near Detroit? Gillian schedules frequent travel dates to major cities in the U.S. including New York, Chicago and more. Please see the booking page for up-to-date travel locations. 

Once a client's shoot has been scheduled, location is chosen based on desired style and needs. Location suggestions can be provided upon request. 

Location suggestions

New York City - Lincoln Center, Central Park, High Line, West Village, Meat Packing District, Conservatory Gardens, The Met Museum, Brooklyn Bridge.

Chicago - Aon Center, Riverwalk, Millennium Park

Buffalo - Harbor Side, Allentown

Lansing - Old Towne, Michigan State University, Hawk Island Park, Downtown

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS THE LOCATION TRAVEL FEES?

Depending exactly where you want your photographs done travel fees will vary. Locations outside of the general city of shooting may result in a travel fee of up to $60. For specific information regarding your shoot, please contact me with location requests. 

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS?

If the weather is too bad to shoot/act of god/I am sick/etc, we will put your deposit toward a re-schedule. However, if you simply don’t show up to the session, the deposit will not be refunded and the remainder of the session fee WILL be requested. If you need to re-schedule your session, your deposit can be put toward a re-schedule as long as I am notified within 14 days of your session. Cancellations without re-schedule will not result  in a deposit refund. 

CAN I BRING A FRIEND TO  THE SHOOT?

Up to two other people of your choice may come along to help/cheer! Please note that these guests will be STRICTLY PROHIBITED from taking photos/videos unless given explicit permission from the photographer. 

 

HOW LONG DO YOU STORE OUR IMAGES FOR?

Client files are cleaned out every 3 months and I cannot guarantee that I will backup the images for you, so be sure to download the images and create your own backups. I do not store the raw files for more than 1 month.

WILL YOU RE-TOUCH (PHOTOSHOP) HOW I LOOK?

Yes - basic re-touching in any fully edited photos includes general skin editing, light and color balance, blemish/stain removal & removal of some small background objects/people. PLEASE NOTE - clothing wrinkles and large amounts of hair frizz will not be edited out, so please make sure clothing is wrinkle free and haird is styled. 

 

WHAT IF WE ARE NOT HAPPY WITH THE FINAL IMAGES?

While this has yet to happen, it is important to note that hiring a photographer is equivalent to hiring an artist who is given a certain amount of artistic licence. Clear communication, preparation and inspiration photos will help ensure that I deliver a package that suits your needs! I encourage feedback from clients during the shoot and during the editing process to ensure satisfaction. Unfortunately, no refunds will be given unless there is a breach of contract. 

 

WHAT IF WE DON’T WANT THE IMAGES USED ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA, WEBSITE, OR ANYWHERE ONLINE?

Please make it clear to me in your initial contact email if this is the case and kindly let me know the reason. Marketing and promotion of my business relies on being able to show recent examples of work. If this is something you require, a $200 privacy fee will be added to your package pricing. If you only need photos to remain private for a certain amount of time (until event or website launch etc), a custom privacy fee can be quoted. 

 

CAN WE PICK WHAT IMAGES GO ON YOUR WEBSITE?

No. Any of the files that are delivered to you could be shared online either on my website, Instagram, Facebook, email etc. Please rest assured that all images will be treated as promotional material only and will be presented respectfully. 

 

OTHER THINGS TO NOTE:

Client is responsible for their own metro card, uber/lyft ride, gas, parking as well as any other location permits needed for the shoot. Client is also responsible for all belongings while shooting and photographer is NOT responsible for any lost/stolen items or clothing damage during the shoot. 

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