Family FAQ’s





Do you have a studio? Where should be take our pictures?
I’m not a studio photographer.  I like to think of the great outdoors as my studio! I love trying new locations around Northern Virginia, but I also have my favorites. I am available to help you decide the perfect place for your shoot. Please remember there is a travel fee for locations outside  of Northern Virginia.

What should I wear?
The dreaded question…. what to wear? This is an important consideration. First, you must stay true to who you are. Be comfortable. Then…kick it up just a tiny notch! The days of “matchy matchy” are long gone. I encourage my clients to pick a color palette and then coordinate from there. Think textures, layers, hats and jewelry! I always advise my clients to search Pinterest for ideas of clothing options or to refer to the link for more information. You can get a feel for what colors work well together.

Is there a perfect time of day for my photos?
There is indeed! We photog’s call it the magic hour. The 1-2 hours before the sun sets is the best time to shoot. You get the most amazing warm, glowing light during this time.

How long will the session take?
You can expect to be on location with me for 1-2 hours (unless of course you have booked a wedding!).

What if I need to reschedule?
No problem! I am a mother of 2 kids myself. I know that   life can get crazy and that sickness might creep up on you. Please try to contact me at least 48 hours in advance in the event that you need to reschedule. We will find a time for you!

Can you make me look younger?  (aka…do you Photoshop your images?)
Don’t you sometimes wish that you could wake up and just Photoshop your wrinkles away? HA. I will do minor retouches to cover blemishes or scars. However, I believe that we are all beautiful and like to keep my images as natural as possible. More PhotoShoping is available but may inquire additional fees. It all just depends on what needs to be done.

Do I need to sign a contract?
Yes, I do request that all clients sign a contract with Kat Willcox Photography.

Do I need to pay a deposit?
Yes please. In order to secure your session date I do require a deposit. This is a non-refundable fee.

How long will it take before I can see my images?
I know that you are anxious to see your images. Galleries will be ready for viewing within 2-4 weeks for portrait sessions and 4-6 weeks for weddings. You will get a little sneak peak (1-2 images) of your session within 2 days.

You took so many pictures! Do I get them all?
You will hear my camera clicking a lot! I take a lot of images in order to capture that perfect moment. No, you won’t get every image that I take. I will choose the best of the best and those images will be edited and delivered to you.

Can I bring my friend along?
Sure! I encourage doing anything that helps to make you feel more comfortable and relaxed during our session. During a family session it can be really helpful to have someone else there.

What should I expect?

Lots of fun! I love to laugh and I love to make people laugh. I like to talk A LOT and get to know my clients. I am very patient so if you have a husband who refuses to smile or a wild child that won’t sit still don’t worry about either, because I know I will get you great pictures no matter what. Of course if you have any concerns please feel free to let me know, I am up for any challenge.

What types of payments do you accept?

Currently I accept cash, checks and credit card.

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