Questions & Answers
Answers to our most common questions.
Q: Why should I hire you?
A: I have a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Austin Peay State University, Concentration Photography and Painting including 16 years of photography experience. I currently teach Digital Photography community courses in for the Center of Excellence in Creative Arts (CECA) at Austin Peay University. I have been hired and trusted to document organizations like USA Boxing, USO Italy and Fort Campbell, famous artists and athletes like, Megan Glecker, John Powers, Sonia Clark, Joyce J. Scott, Author Heidi Murkoff, Illustration Artist Billy Renkl, Blogger Shalae Morgan, Former Heavy Weight Champion Shannon Briggs, World Champion and Promoter Floyd Mayweather, and IBF Super Middleweight Title Holder from 2019-2021, Caleb Plant.
Q: Why is it so expensive? I can get this other photographer for way less!
A: You are hiring a professional! There is a lot of work behind what the client sees. Clients usually see, a person looking through a viewfinder, clicking away and think, "that's all I'm paying you for." There is a lot more to the process of capturing your image than just clicking away. Prices include the creative work in photographing, plus the time it takes to edit your images; which can take several hours to days depending on the amount of images you are requiring. I make sure every image selected meets my creative standard, which is pretty high in my eyes. Not only will you be getting quality work, but you are also receiving work from a person who has been professionally educated and trained in this line of work.
Another factor customers need to understand, photographers have equipment they use that needs to be maintained. Just like driving a car accumulates mileage, wears down tires, and requires gas, oil changes, and maintenance, a camera and the equipment I use requires the same.
Q: What would you call your photography style?
A: I'm a mixture of what the photography world considers a Dramatic, Lifestyle and Documentary photographer.
What does this mean?
Dramatic photographers take the artistic liberty of using light (whether artificial or natural light) to capture dramatic, emotional and artistic photographs. I love working with light and using it to bring out the subject's emotion and character.
Lifestyle photographers capture real life events in an artistic manner.
Documentary Photographers, capture straight forward records of events; in the moment shots. Most of these images are used to document events as they happen without posing.
I want my photographs to tell stories of that moment, something my customers can look back at and recall every word, and feeling they had that day. I can't say I have a specific style, because every person is different. Every customer is unique in their own way. I try to capture their character and your shoot will be created to fit your style, not mine. This is about you as the subject, and my job is to capture your character.
Q: Are there any hidden fees; like sitting fees?
A: No. Every package is detailed with the products and services you will be receiving. You will receive a detailed invoice with your total amount, taxes included. If paying with a credit card, a 2.9% processing fee is added. You do have the option of making a cash payment to avoid the processing fee charge. If there is something extra that I can offer, I will send you itemized estimate options and you have the option to select what option works best for your needs. There isn't any "catch" pricing, where you think your are getting a deal and then get hit with an outrageous cost in order to receive your images.
Q: Do you do destination weddings?
A: Yes! We do destinations weddings. We have covered weddings in Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas, and Indiana. Costs for travel will be included in your quote.
Q: Why do packages with download options or downloads per image cost so much?
A: Ask yourself this... Would you do work for free? Photographers who include digital download options to a package or individually through your album, are literally losing income in doing so; therefor they need to offset the loss in their prices. This is why releasing images to a client to take somewhere else, costs more than simply purchasing prints through the photographer. Keep in mind that when you purchase downloads, you are purchasing limitless possibilities of duplicating, printing, and sharing with others.
Q: What are your print options and will they cost me a lot of money?
A: Everything you get from KO Photography is top quality. It's easy and cheap to go to Walmart or Walgreens and get prints, but the quality in color and the paper used is basic. KO Photography gives customers several print package options, ranging from $35 - $200. You also have the option of shopping as you go. This means your images will be available for 1 year. You can revisit the print store as many times as you want to purchase your images. You also have the option of purchasing only the prints you want or need. The prints orders are directly placed by you to the Professional lab we use. You get to select the finish you desire, Matte, Lustre, or Metallic. You also have the option of purchasing other products for example; mugs, ornaments, canvases, magnets etc.
Q: What is the difference between Sessions and Package options?
A: Session Only: If you select session only, your payment will only cover the session photography and post edits of "mentioned" amount of images. You will be sent a link to your personal online gallery, where you can purchase prints, print products (gifts), and downloads of your choice.
Package Options: Include everything listed under it. Your payment for Package options includes Session, Post Edits, mentioned amount of images, + either prints, downloads, or both, if mentioned under that package. Your images will also be available on the online gallery / store where you can share the link with family or friends that might be interested in purchasing their own images.
Q: How long are my images available on the online gallery?
A: At KO Photography, we understand that many families are on a budget; so we want our customers to be able to purchase their prints when they are ready and able to. This is why we make sure your images are uploaded and saved for up to one year.