FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED & DO YOU TRAVEL?
Rowan Tree Photography is based out of Dell Rapids, South Dakota, which is about 25 minutes north of Sioux Falls. I am an on-location and outdoor photographer. I do not have an indoor studio location.
I often travel to photograph clients at their home, farm/ranch or businesses. Travel within 80 miles round-trip from Dell Rapids is included in sessions and wedding pricing, and I am also happy to travel beyond this distance. Please email me at email@example.com with your location for a mileage quote.
DOES YOUR PRICING INCLUDE THE IMAGES?
Packages are set up to be all-inclusive. This means that the pricing includes the session itself as well as the digital images. The number of images varies depends on the package and session type selected. You will receive the high-resolution digital files (jpegs) via online download (or on a flash drive for weddings).
A print release is included with the package. This allows you to print the images in any size and quantity you would like. You do not hold the copyright to the images (the photographer retains the copyright).
CAN I ORDER PROFESSIONAL PRINTS & WALL ART THROUGH YOU?
Yes, professional prints, photo cards, albums and wall art may be purchased through the photographer. These are of the highest quality and printed with color accuracy. Purchasing prints, etc. it is not required, however. I have options for nearly any photo size and item you can think of! Please contact me for a full print pricing list.
HOW DO I GO ABOUT BOOKING A SESSION? DO I NEED TO PAY AT THE TIME OF BOOKING?
Payment for sessions and weddings are split into two separate payments. The first payment is the retainer payment, and is anywhere from $100-250+tax for families, kids and seniors to $500+tax for weddings. This payment is due at the time of booking and reserves your time.
For most sessions, you do not need to know the exact date of your session at the time of booking – we can determine this later. It is helpful if you can tell me the month you would like or an estimate of your desired date so that I can let you know what my availability is around that time.
The retainer payment is non-refundable. Should we have inclement weather or illness on your session date, every effort will be made to reschedule. If you are unable to reschedule, your retainer will be good for one-year on a session.
In order to BOOK A SESSION, please fill out the Contact form (see “CONTACT” tab at top of site) to send me a message with what type of photography and session date you are seeking. You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 605-370-4793.
For Full Family Sessions and Senior Portrait Sessions there is an option to book online by clicking on the “BOOK NOW” tab . This will take you to the booking page, where you will have options to choose from in order to reserve your session. You will be required to pay the retainer on this site (credit card or check/ACH debit accepted).
I can also accept checks, and in this case, just send me and email so that I may send you an invoice with the address you can send the retainer payment to. The retainer payment is non-refundable and may have a time-requirement to complete the session. Once the retainer is paid, you are guaranteed a session, and we will take the next steps to determine the exact date and time.
The second payment of the remaining balance is due at the time of your session (wedding payments are due four weeks prior to the wedding date). These may also be paid by credit card, check/ACH, check or cash at the session.
South Dakota sales tax will be added to the cost of each sale.
WHAT IF I HAVE MORE THAN SIX PEOPLE IN MY IMMEDIATE FAMILY?
Full Family Session pricing is based on six people max and only immediate family members. You can add immediate family members if you have more than six for $30/person additional. Mini Family Sessions are based on six people (does not need to be immediate), and you can add additional people up to ten total for $30/person extra. If you have more than ten people, I ask that you purchase two back-to-back mini session times.
I also offer Extended Family Sessions. These are multi-generational sessions with grandparents, adult children and their families. I really do not have a limit on the number of people in the session, but note that these will be priced based on the total number of people. Many times, families will split the cost amongst all the families involved, making the price more affordable than each purchasing an individual family session. These sessions have a base price plus charge for each additional person over six – please send me an email with details about your family so that I can provide you with a customized quote.
DO YOU TAKE NEWBORN PHOTOS?
Yes, I photograph newborns! However, I do not have an indoor studio location, so my newborn photography is not the posed-with-backdrop type. For newborn sessions, I will come to the client’s home and photograph baby (and family) in a more natural setting. This means images might include baby in his/her nursery, family snuggling on the bed, baby with siblings on the bed, Mom holding baby by a window, Dad with baby in rocker. These are more real and intimate images than a studio shoot. Newborn sessions are priced the same as Full Family Sessions ($425+tax).
DO YOU TAKE MATERNITY PHOTOS?
Yes, I take maternity photos! Maternity sessions are around 45-60 minutes long, priced at $350+tax and include at least 25 edited images. The majority of the session will be focused on mom-to-be, but other family members of the family may be added to a few of the photos. Sessions can be outdoors, at a client’s home (natural, unposed), or a combination of both. A retainer of $100+tax is due at booking and the remaining $250+tax is due at the session. Around 32-35 weeks pregnant is usually a good time to have your maternity photo session scheduled for.
OUR PET IS A BIG PART OF OUR FAMILY. CAN THEY BE IN OUR PHOTOS?
I do welcome well-behaved pets to sessions! A maximum of two pets may be a part of the session. More than two will be charged at an additional $30/pet. Please let me know if you’d like to have a pet in your photos when booking. Some locations do not allow pets, and I will need to take this into account when choosing a spot.
I have also done many sessions with horses and 4-H livestock – I grew up on a farm and am accustomed to being around these types of animals. Just send me a message if you are interested in incorporating livestock or horses in your session, and we can go through the specifics. Please note that if your pet/animal is uncooperative during the session, I cannot guarantee that I will be able to get the exact shot you are looking for, but I will do my best!
DO YOU EVER DO DISCOUNTS?
Discounted session offers are very rare. I may offer pre-booking specials around the New Year for those who know that they want to do a session in the coming year. These are usually paid with a larger retainer amount or in-full in order to receive the discounted price.
ARE YOU A REGISTERED BUSINESS AND ARE YOU INSURED?
Rowan Tree Photography is a registered and licensed business with the State of South Dakota. All businesses are required to charge South Dakota Sales tax, and sales tax will be applied to every sale though Rowan Tree Photography. In addition, Rowan Tree Photography is covered by business insurance. This insurance is there to protect you and the business in an unlikely accident or injury at any session, wedding, or at my home, as well as any damage that may occur on my equipment.
DO YOU TEACH PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES OR MENTOR PHOTOGRAPHERS?
I do occasionally offer a Photography Basics Workshop for amateurs only. These are two hours long and held at my home near Dell Rapids. This class is for moms, dads, grandparents, students, etc who want to learn photography fundamentals and the basics of how their camera works. Dates are announced in the spring.
I currently do not offer mentoring for professionals or aspiring-pros, though I may consider it for those who are further than a 2 hour radius from Sioux Falls. I am not offering editing classes at this time.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY IMAGES?
My usual turn-around time is 2-3 weeks. For some Fall Mini Sessions, the time may be quicker, as people need the images for Christmas cards. Wedding images are delivered within 8 weeks.