Ashley DuChene Photography ~ San Diego Photographer » San Diego Photography: Portrait and Commercial

FAQ

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  • Where are you located?   Ashley DuChene Photography is based in San Diego, CA area.  Ashley often travels to the following locations for photo sessions: Northern California, Oregon, Colorado, and Washington.
  • Who is Ashley DuChene Photography?  The team consists of Ashley and Jessie.  Ashley is the photographer and owner with over a decade of professional education and experience with both photography and children  (more info about Ashley here).  Jessie is our production manager. She’s an expert at working with images before they go to print by color-adjusting, retouching, and making you look like a million bucks. Ashley and Jessie have been collaborating their talents since 2005.
  • What types of Photography is Available?  Ashley’s main focus is family.  This also includes maternity, couples, pets, high school/college seniors, and professional headshots. She is available for special events, birthday parties, family reunions, and surprise proposals.  Ashley also specializes in commercial photography focused on children, animals, health and fitness.
  • There are hundreds of photographers in San Diego, what’s so special about this studio? Ashley’s extensive experience and education in both photography and child psychology makes for high-quality photography and enjoyable photography sessions. We believe that it’s important to look at things through our clients eyes, how would we want a photographer to treat us?  Would they return our phone calls and emails right away?  How would they charm our kids at the photo session? Would they act frustrated if our child acts up or would they gracefully turn it into a great photo op?  Her goal is Win-Win.  Visit this link to read some what our repeat clients have told us and find out why they come back year after year: Here.  Jessie, our production manager, has over a decade of experience with studio management, graphic design and specialty retouching.
  • We don’t live in San Diego but we plan to visit, can we still book your photography services?  Yes!  We love working with families who are visiting San Diego for family vacations because we just love showing off our hometown. Plus, vacationers tend to be relaxed and happy during the session.  Ashley will find out where you are staying and fill you in on her favorite nearby photography locations. We do online ordering so once the session is over, the rest can be handled via phone and email.
  • Do you offer prints and wall art?  Yes!  We offer prints and canvases delivered to your door and we can send then to someone on your behalf as a gift.  You’ll order these via your online gallery.
  • Can we have a digital file of all the images?  We offer sets of high-resolution digital images that you may use as you wish!   Most clients opt for our “All-Digital” package which includes the photography session and all 60+ images delivered via online download.  This package includes a list of recommended photo labs and a print permission release as well as an online gallery for highly-discounted print/canvas ordering.
  • When should I book a photo session?  Typically photo sessions are booked 2-6 weeks in advance or two months in advance during the busy holiday season. Sometimes we have schedule changes and can accommodate last minute inquiries so be sure to get in touch now to discuss your options.  
  • What about holiday photos?  In anticipation of holiday cards and gifts, September through December are very busy times for us.  If you are interested in a photo session for holiday photos please contact us today to call dibs on a spot.
  • When should I schedule my maternity photo session?  Since maternity photo sessions typically take place during the 28th and 34th weeks of the pregnancy it’s best to contact us to book the session during the second trimester.  
  • How soon will I see proofs from my session?  An online proof gallery of the images will be sent within two weeks of your photo session and you’ll place your order within the seven days that your ordering gallery is live. Your final completed orders will be sent to you within two weeks.  Rush ordering is available at an additional fee.
  • What is retouching or airbrushing?   When you receive your final selected images you will be happy to see that our talented retouch artist, Jessie, has improved many details like minor skin flaws, lessen under-eye circles, wispy fly-away hair, litter on the ground, etc.  Visit this page for more info: http://ashleyduchene.com/retouching/
  • How long is a typical portrait session?  Most sessions are outdoors in the late afternoon when the lighting is warm.  This helps reduce squinting. While no stringent rules apply about length of the session, we do keep mindful of a few things when it comes to time.  These are – what type of photo session is booked, what we’ve accomplished, the moods of your children, and the setting of the sun.  Keeping all of these things in mind we assure our clients that we will get the best photos possible before we wrap things up.
  • What should I wear to my session?  We will send you our in-depth “Pre-Shoot Guide” and a link to our Pinterest Inspiration Boards which will help you select clothing that photographs well.
  • Do you offer gift certificates?  Yes, we offer gift certificates in any amount. Please inquire via email at ashley.duchene@yahoo.com or call 619.246.4212 for more information.
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