How far do you travel?
I am currently based in Durango, Colorado. Travel cost up to 30 miles is included in all my session fees. Further distances possible at an extra cost depending on the travel times. All destinations considered. Please contact me for details.
Where does the session take place?
Wherever you feel at home, wherever you are at home, pretty much anywhere you want but bear in mind that the more familiar the place for your family, the more comfortable and more meaningful the outcome.
Which package shall I pick?
The longer time I get to spend with your family, the more opportunities, stories and emotions I get to capture. Also the younger members of your family will act more natural and be themselves more with the longer sessions.
Portraits & group pictures?
I understand that group photos are still important for many families and catching a decent candid group shot is a matter of very, very good luck. If you book a full or partial (4 hour) Day in Life session, we can reserve a little bit of time for an organized group photo that will be taken in a relaxed and not strictly posed way. During the full Day in the Life session we can devote up to one hour for family group photo and individual portraits and a brief window of time during the 4 hour session, approximately 15 minutes, for a group photo.
I always try to get good candid portraits of all individual family members regardless and I will always try to catch you all together as you gather naturally during your day. Nobody says you can’t have a Christmas card with more of a story should that be your primary focus.
We have pets, are you allergic?
Nope, no pet allergies. And I love all pets.
Why should I pick you as a photographer?
Not everyone can do what I do. Not every one is willing to do what I do. This is VERY hard to do at home yourself, even if you are good at taking photos. I am passionate about family photography, crazy about documenting and mad about little details. On top of that I’ve worked with kids of all ages for years and they seem to really like me for some reason. And I can stand up really tall and curl up really small. Oh and I am not afraid of pets and dirt. Hmm, what else, I have sense of humor in multiple languages. Aaand I’m kind-hearted, easy going, open minded, opposite of uptight, sarcastic non-smoker. If none of that scares you, you’ve got the right gal.
Will my shy kids be a problem?
Nope. The funny thing is that both animals and kids are strangely attracted to me. Pets are always friendly and the shy kids always come out of their shell when I’m around.
When do I get my pictures?
I try to work on the session as quickly as possible. The processing of your session will take no more than 10 days. Any additional products such as photo books or large prints (on request with extra charge) will take longer.
How do I book?
Call me or email me and let me know which kind of family fun are you interested in capturing.
What happens after I book a session?
After a successful booking (choosing date, time and paying the deposit) I will send you all necessary information and guidance prior to the booking date and answer any questions you may have. We will discuss any concerns you may have over the phone or via email, depending on your preferred way of communication.
How do you pronounce your name?
Don’t worry, you’re not the first person to ask me that. It’s a traditional Czech name that means “Saint”. Essentially, you can pronounce it very simply if you think of it this way: say “vodka” and put an “S” in front of it.
Can I upload my pictures to Facebook or other social media?
Of course! You can share any material I send your way. I only ask that you tag Foteem Photography in your posts.
Do I have to order prints from you?
No, you can get your images printed wherever you want as long as you purchase the digital prints package. Either way you still have the option of ordering through Foteem and have high quality prints shipped directly from the printer to you.
I don’t like posing for pictures, do I have to do this?
That is precisely why I do this style of photography. I will not tell you what to do and put you in awkward poses. In fact I won’t direct you at all. And if you don’t want to include the optional family photo during the Day in the Life session, even better.
What to wear?
Wear whatever you want to wear, your regular wear and what you are comfortably in will work just fine. I will provide more guidance in the post booking information pack.
What to do during the session?
The more routine your day is while I take pictures, the better. There’s no need to plan unusual activities or get stressed with Pinterest ideas on how to present the perfect family. Being yourselves is the best you can do. I will provide guidance and suggestions on the details prior to the session.
I like my privacy, do you have a non-disclosure agreement?
Yes, a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is available. The additional fee for providing NDA is 3 times the regular price of a service/booking.
What is a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA)?
Celebrities, other high-profile or privacy-conscious clients or individuals in undercover law enforcement often wish to ensure their images and photographs are kept completely confidential, and to ensure they maintain complete control of how those images are published (or essentially not published). In those instances we sign appropriate non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). Foteem will then not display the photos, disclose any names or other information related to the photographed event. Confidentiality completely intact.
Do I need to pay in advance?
I ask for a 25% down payment on your session fee. The deposit will need to be paid when the contract is signed and guarantees your session date. The remaining 75% of the cost is due on the day of the session. Any further charges do not need to be covered in advance. You can decide about the package you will or will not purchase after the session and pay when you order.
I don’t have a family, do you do couples too?
I do! While my focus is primarily families, the style of photography I do is great for capturing real and initmate moments between couples as well. I’ve done documentary photography for date nights, special events, and even weddings. You would be surprised how genuine those pictures can be.
How many images will I get?
The amount of images varies greatly on the material you provide me with but I pick the very best of what I have. Please see the session details to see what the minimal amount of final HD images is. The more time I have with your family means greater chances for better quality moments.
Do you take photos of weddings?
Anything is possible. However, I tend to shy away from the traditional form of wedding photos. Instead you might get some real smiles based on genuine events. The tears from a happy mother, the smiles from the groomsmen and bridesmaids, even the funny uncle doing the chicken dance. Nothing can be more special than your wedding, and the moments you remember are always these things, not the 2 hours of posing in traditional wedding photography.
Can I print my images?
Yes, after you purchase the digital files, I will issue a print release (license to print) form where I sign a permission for you to print all provided images for personal use without any restriction on size or the printing company.
Will you be using the photographs from our session?
The photographer retains the copyright of the images taken, those may be used for commercial purposes. There is a model release in every contract.
Can we just get the RAW photos and edit them ourselves?
No. This is not an option under any circumstances. A big part of my work as a photographer is in the editing and processing of the photos. In a way it’s my signature.
Payment methods/How do I pay?
All major credit cards accepted, plus cash or checks.
Where are you from?
I was born in a small town in the Czech Republic. Growing up my family owned a pottery factory and I remember taking pictures of everything I could find!
Can I use the images commercially?
You cannot sell or use the images for commercial purposes as Foteem retains the copyright.
What about food? Do I need to feed you?
If I am a part of your family for a Day in the Life Session, I will need to be included in your family meals, restaurant meals, etc. I will share the day with you as and how it comes and of course I cannot run out ‘on a break’ to grab a Subway or a take out. The good news is that I do not require any special diet.
Do you have any kids?
I do! At the moment I have three little boys who keep me busy. Plus a husband, so I guess you could say I have four kids!
My kid asks a lot of questions, is that a problem?
Not at all! Did you know that 4 year olds ask an average of 437 questions a day? And I don’t mind any of them.
I would love to meet you but I don’t live in Colorado. What can we do?
That’s not a problem. I’m used to talking with people and potenntial clients from further distances. And when we are considering a session I’m well practiced at using tools like Skype in order to communicate ‘face-to-face’. Or we can just chat on the phone if you prefer.
Do you like to travel?
I love to travel! I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to 20 countries so far. My passport is always ready to go.