FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I’m ready to book! What do I do first??
Scroll around my website, see my style of work and what I can offer you! If you like what you see or have any questions please feel free to contact me in whichever way is most convenient to you. I would be happy to help!
What forms of payment do you accept?
Debit/credit cards, checks, and cash can all be accepted. Online invoices can be emailed so you never have to pay in person as well.
I’m not sure what package I would like to go with, do I have to decide right away?
Of course not! A retainer fee is due simply to hold your date, but other than that you can decide sometime before your session which package you would like to go with. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about my packages!
Do you have a studio to shoot indoor portraits?
I consider myself a natural light photographer. I use what comes naturally to make the best portraits for you that I can. Of course when necessary, additional lighting may be used. I do not have a permanent studio at the moment. I work out of my home office. I love shooting outdoors! If absolutely necessary, I’m sure we could arrange something.
How long will it take to get my images?
Generally portrait sessions will take 2-4 weeks to be fully completed. Please allow 4 - 8 weeks for total wedding coverage to be completed. Sometimes my schedule is more lax and your gallery may be ready sooner, but sometimes my life gets really busy! Please me patient with me! I am trying to make your images the best that they can be!
Do you like stylized shoots?
I LOVE stylized shoots. As a Theatre major in college, dressing up and creating new worlds and places is second nature to me. If you have a crazy idea that you want for a portrait shoot, I would absolutely love to try to make it a reality. I even have a ton of ideas that I would eventually like to try for myself, so look out for model calls! I will be looking for someone who is willing to push the limits with me!
Are you willing to travel?
I am based out of the New Orleans and St. Charles Parish areas and am willing to go most locations in the parish and as well as Metairie, Gretna, New Orleans, and the immediate surrounding areas. If you would like a location outside of this area, a travel fee can be quoted.
How long have you been doing this?
I first picked up a camera with the intention to do a photo shoot in my Sophomore year of high school in 2008. Through the following years I fell in love with photography more all the time and then continued it throughout college where my love for it slowly started to bloom into more of a possible career choice. I worked under the name Splash Studios Photography for nearly 6 years before deciding I needed a new start. The idea to change to Chelcie Marie Photography came around towards the end of my last year of college and the long process began. Now, as a fresh college graduate, I am ready to take this to the next level.
Do you accept “shot” lists?
I love when clients get creative and think of things that want to incorporate in their sessions! However, I am an artist and I cannot guarantee I will get all the ones you want, but I am willing to try. Lots of things go into each photo and sometimes circumstances just do not work out. If you are a Pinterest person in particular, feel free to browse and get some ideas but please keep in mind I do have my own personal style.
What is your take on “unplugged” events?
I am ALL FOR IT! “Unplugged” usually applies to Weddings, but other events can be given advantage with this. Unplugged means that smart phones, point and shoots, and anyone who is not a hired photographer please refrain from interfering with moments throughout the event that the professionals should be taking care of. I have worked weddings where guest have ruined crucial moments in the ceremony by not being mindful of the photographers, like the first kiss and first dance. These moments do not get second chances, let the pros handle it. If your guest want to take group pictures and such at your event, please remind them to keep it to a minimum, and not try to take over our jobs.
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