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Frequently Asked Questions
Will you bring a 2nd photographer to my wedding?
This depends on your wedding. For large weddings, I will bring another photographer with me to help document. For smaller affairs, I feel that a 2nd photographer is overkill, as well as a potential distraction. Additionally, a 2nd photographer produces double the images, which requires double the time to deliver the final product.
How long until I can see my photos?
This depends on the season. For portraits, the average turn around is 2 weeks. For weddings, 2-6 weeks. For example, October is a very busy month where I am shooting nearly every single day. If I am out taking photos, I am not at my computer. Average turn around for October weddings is 6 weeks, while March weddings are 2 weeks or less.
Who will photograph my session/wedding?
Me. Always me, Tara Kneiser. I do not have any associate photographers employed with me. All photographs on this website were taken by me, Tara Kneiser. However, if I need help, I'll bring one of the best local photographers from Knoxville with me, who have surpassed my high standards of quality image making.
What is a reproduction release? Why don't I get the copyright?
All clients will receive a reproduction release with their high resolution image files. A reproduction release is a legal form authorized by me, the legal copyright holder, that grants you permission to reproduce your images. You may make your own prints and share your images to social media with a visible photo credit given to Tara Kneiser. The copyright always remains with me per US copyright law.
Can I share my images on social media?
Yes! In fact, it's encouraged! However, it breaks my heart when I see my photos shared in poor quality. This is often the result of screen shots or removing thumbnail photos from the client gallery, rather than accessing photos from the USB drive or the download function from the client gallery. PLEASE, share your images with pride! I will happily provide more instructions on how to better share your images once they are delivered to you.
How can I book you?
Click on the contact button and send me an email! To book a wedding, please be sure to include your date so I can verify my availability. For portraits, please include a desired time frame (i.e. first week of certain month, etc.). To book a wedding, a signed contract with a $1500 retainer is required. For a portrait session, 50% of the session fee is required. Please inquire for more info.
When are payments due? Do you take credit cards?
Can I have a custom package for my wedding?
Of course, as long as it is a reasonable request. Note that the custom package will not be a discounted or lower rate than the current packages listed.
What about mini-sessions for portraits? When do you do those?
I do not offer mini sessions. Only full portrait sessions are available. There are plenty of other photographers who offer mini sessions, and my feelings won't be hurt if you book them. I prefer full portrait sessions as they allow you to become comfortable with me and show your true self, which often can't be captured in just a few minutes.
You're out of my budget, but I really want to hire you. Can I have a discount?
The only people who I feel are entitled to a discounted rate are the people who selflessly protect me and my family. All former and current military personnel will receive a 10% discount for both session fees and products, for both portraits and weddings.
Do you shoot elopements?
[ih-lohp-muh nt] noun
an act or instance of running off secretly, as to be married.
(Just in case there is any confusion between an elopement and a small wedding.)
Elopements are subject to a custom package beginning at $2500. Elopements may not be booked more than 3 months in advance of the wedding date.
How soon do we need to book you?
For weddings, as soon as you get engaged! For portrait sessions, give yourself at least 4-6 weeks before your desired date. Don't even think about trying to book a session for the Fall once you notice the leaves are pretty, as you'll be too late and I won't be able to get you scheduled.
What if it rains?
You'll get wet.
Just kidding! If it rains on your wedding day, please do not freak out. It happens a lot in East Tennessee, and it's actually raining in a lot of the photos you just viewed. I'll make it look good. Promise.
For portrait sessions, we'll simply reschedule to our mutual next available date.