Policies

Thank you so much for visiting my Website! I cant wait to meet you and get started on your session, here are some things you need to know before booking!

  • Payments can be made via cash, check, or paypal.
  • No refunds.
  • All Session payments are due in full to book your session, all wedding deposits are due in full to hold your wedding date. If deposit/payment is not in on time, your appointment/date may be given to another client.
  • All sessions begin at the scheduled time, please arrive ready to begin. Arriving late, will result in loss of session time, I will not wait longer than 10 minutes for you to arrive to your session. No refunds are issued for late/missed sessions. In the event that I am late you will still receive your entire session time.
  • For best results, it is recommended that your session take place during golden hour (the hour prior to sunset) or the hour during sunrise. Outdoor Mid day sessions are discouraged.
  • Be sure to read your sessions details in their entirety so you know what you are getting with your package-PRIOR to your session.
  • In the event of an approved missed session (at least 24 hrs notice) a refund will not be issued, however you will be able to reschedule your session. If you “no-show” you will not be rescheduled and your deposit/payment will not be refunded.
  • Travel Fees may apply for sessions outside of Manistee County MI. (25 cents per mile)
  • If your session comes with multiple locations, travel and outfit changes will count towards your total session time.
  • Sarah Papes Photography is not responsible for uncooperative clients, (human, or animal), or weather. A refund will not be issued due to uncooperative clients, if weather conditions are poor session will be rescheduled.
  • Bringing “spectators” is not recommended. Please bring only the subject being photographed.
  • Please be prepared for your session-physically & mentally. Dress appropriately for the session & weather.
  • Wearing clothing with words, logos, and busy patterns is not recommended.
  • Please know that each photo or pose taken will NOT be edited or made available to you. While suggestions are taken into consideration, it is ultimately the artistic choice of Sarah Papes as to which poses, locations, & edits will be carried out.
  • Sneak peeks are a bonus, I try to get them up immediately but am very busy, and cannot promise sneak peeks on a specific time line or at all.
  • Please allow 4-6 weeks editing time for mini sessions, 8-10 weeks for full sessions, and 3-5 months for weddings. These time lines are estimations and are not promised- I am a perfectionist, editing is an art, and is representative of my work & brand, I will not release images until they are ready, please do not send multiple messages-I have not forgotten about you. Editing time for sessions taking place July 1st -December 1st may take longer, due to high volume.
  • Mini sessions do not include artistic edits, black & whites, or matte filters. They are slightly retouched. If you’d like skin correction, artistic/dramatic edits etc please book a full session.
  • Mini sessions take place at my location, if youd like a mini session somewhere else a travel fee will be added.
  • Every Session is unique per family, therefor it is impossible to predict how many images will be produced per session.
  • When booking large groups (over 10) please send a list of names & poses prior to your session.
  • Client & spectator cameras are not to be brought or used during your session under any circumstances, use of camera phone is ok.
  • Galleries are great tools used for placing orders. You can view, share, and download your images from your gallery. Your gallery is not permanent, it will expire after some time, or after your order is placed. If you need your gallery re-activated it is a $10 fee. If you do not have access to a computer you will need to purchase a  USB for $10.
  • All images taken by myself-Sarah Papes, are copyright, and owned by myself under State of Michigan Law. Photos may be used publicly by myself. Clients do not legally have the rights to change photos in any way. A print release gives client permission to print images without changing. Do NOT crop, add filters/text, or change my images in any way. Please note that local print companies aside from Hokansons are NOT permitted, such as but not limited to- Meijer, Walmart, Walgreens, etc. Please use the print companies listed in your print release for great results.