Andrea Laurita Photography | Frequently Asked Questions

What’s in your bag?
Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 24-70mm 2.8, Canon 70-200mm 2.8, Canon macro 100mm 2.8, Canon 85mm 1.2, Canon 50mm 1.2, Sigma Art 35mm 1.4, Canon 600 EX- RT (X2)

Do you have photography insurance?
Yes!  My insurance is PPA.

Do you travel outside of the Pacific Northwest?
Sure do.  I enjoy travel and have done photography work for individuals, organizations, agencies, and magazines across the United States and in more than 65 countries.  In 2016, I traveled to photograph clients in Barbados, Colorado, Florida, Atlanta, and Texas.

What should I look for in a photographer?
There are many things to look for when selecting a photographer.  Here are some of the main things to be aware of…

Style – Do you like the look of the photos he/she takes.  Every photographer has a different eye and a different preference for editing.

Personality – Do you enjoy his/her company?  It’s important that you work with someone who can draw you out.  If you’re uncomfortable or shut down, this will translate in the images you get.  Find someone who puts you at ease.  This is especially true for weddings!  You spend your entire wedding day with your photographer nearby.  For any session, you are inviting your photographer to see you and to reflect your story back to you.  In many ways these images will be your legacy, so find someone who truly believes in what he/she does and will value you!

Obviously Budget – With photography, often you get what you pay for.  You’re not only paying for that hour photoshoot (for example), you’re paying for years of experience, expensive gear, hours spent editing, editing gear, education, self-employment taxes, etc.  If a photographer is significantly underpriced ask him/her the reason.  There may be one.  But, generally you want to find a photographer who fits in your allocated budget.

What’s the turnaround time on my photos?
For weddings, the contract states two months.  Depending on the season, my turnaround time ranges from three weeks to eight weeks.  For all other sessions you will have your photo reveal roughly two weeks after the photo session.

Do I get the digital files?
You are welcome to purchase the digital files that you order for your wall prints and/or album, yes.  You will also get a small file size copy (slightly larger than low-res) of each image you purchase, as well.

I see you’re not greatly concerned about getting people’s smiling faces in the photo, what if I want traditional pictures?
Of course!  I have a few of those traditional photos framed in my house.  It’s a staple.  We can cover both.  For weddings there is certainly a mixture of the traditional along with more artistic photographs, group photos especially.  For  lifestyle and studio photos, we will collaborate and I’ll work hard to get you exactly what you’re hoping for.  Almost all of my sessions are a mixture of smiling faces aimed at the camera and images that capture more.  If, however, you're itching for a dedicated series of forward facing, cheesing, Christmas card photos, I may not be the right photographer for you.

What clothes should I wear for my photo session?
This depends on the session, but general rules are to wear something you feel attractive in, be comfortable, avoid busy patterns and brand names on display.  Coordinating colors are better than completely matching outfits.  Solid Black or white can be tricky to photograph.  Accessorizing usually adds a fun touch and allows you to easily change things up.