Frequently Asked Questions - F.A.Q.
Do you have a studio?
Yes! I have a 1100 square foot studio 11740 Jollyville in
Northwest Austin, plus I also can do most any type of photography on
location as well! Here are directions to my studio.
Why should I choose Kevin
Great question! There are so many reasons, I devoted a
whole web page to that answer! See: Why
What should I wear for my photo
Dress according to the type of photograph you are wanting to
achieve. Generally if you are wearing clothing that is
flattering and you look your best, you will also feel more confident
in front of a camera. Make sure your clothing has been neatly ironed or pressed and isn't wrinkled. Choose matching solids.
Avoid patterns. If you're doing professional headshots, avoid
shirts with logos (unless it is YOUR company's logo). Medium toned to darker colors work well if we are doing a
photo shoot in front of dark backgrounds or in darker settings.
Lighter colors work well for outdoor settings. Long sleeves
work well because bare arms can distract from the face. Of course it
depends on time of year, if we are doing an outdoor shoot.
Choose comfortable clothing that allows for ease of movement and
natural positioning. For clothing changes, we have a changing
room in the studio. If we are doing a longer photo shoot
multiple changes of clothing, we will plan on a location where you
may change clothes easily.
Should I do my own makeup?
You certainly may, if you know what you're doing. A professional
makeup artist is knowledgeable about special needs regarding
photography and the reflective properties of certain makeup
products. I work with several very talented makeup artists who
great work. If you wish to have them do your makeup or hair, just let
me know. There is an extra charge for this, of course.
The makeup artist must be requested at the time of the booking
(since I have to make arrangements with their schedules).
Are there any special
instructions I need to follow for the makeup artist to do my makeup?
Come clean-faced with dry hair. If you use a moisturizer,
try to put it on at least an hour ahead of time.
What are your rates?
I have a web page that explains everything about my rates! Click Here
May I pay with a credit card?
Sure! You may pay with cash, check, or credit card.
What kind of equipment do you use?
I use Canon photographic equipment including a Canon EOS 6D, Canon EOS 5D
Mark II, and have a backup Canon EOS 40D. My lenses are of the very
finest quality such as the Canon 17-40mm f/4 L Series, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L Series,
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L Series, Canon EF
70-200mm f/2.8 L Series IS, Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L Series, Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di
1:1 Macro lens, and a few others.
I use Photogenic monolights for
my studio lighting.
May I bring a friend with me to the
Do you do weddings?
No, sorry, at this time I do not do weddings. I do bridal
and engagement photos though.
What if I don't like the photos
you took of me?
My objective is to create images that you will love. We
can schedule a reshoot! Here's more info about scheduling a reshoot.
Can I just purchase a CD with
all of the images from a portrait or headshot session, unretouched?
I try to maintain a a high standard of quality for all images
released as a "photograph by Kevin Gourley." That standard of quality is important to me, and in order to
maintain that standard of quality, while also trying to keep prices
reasonable, I prefer to offer a means of licensing the images you
like the most and then retouching and perfecting them to make them
the best images possible. Therefore I do not sell CD's with unretouched images
from a session.
I noticed that you charge a
"Image Preparation Fee" for every portrait image I select, whether
it is a print or if I am just purchasing a digital image. I
don't see other photographers doing that. What is it?
I believe it is important that I provide the best possible
photography to my clients, and thus I make sure the image is
"perfected" in various ways and a moderate amount of retouching is included when you buy an image from me. Many
photographers tack on these costs onto the price of the print, so
for example a portion of the 8x10 you purchase from them is actually
covering the retouching. But guess what? If you buy a 5x7 and 11x14
as well, you end up paying for the retouching multiple times, since
it is included in the price of the print. So what I do
is break out that Image Preparation Fee as separate, so that you
only pay it ONCE and not for every print! To me, that
just seems like a more fair way to price my services while ensuring
that I provide you my very best quality work!
For commercial photography, will
you work in a "work for hire" arrangement where my business can hire
you and my business directly owns the copyrights to all images that
No, sorry, I do not generally accept "work for hire"
arrangements. My work is all done as an "Independent
Contractor" and I retain all copyrights to images taken, but I do
offer means of easily licensing usage rights for all types of photography.
My reasons for not accepting "work for hire" arrangements are in
accordance with the Professional Photographer's Association position statement on Work
for Hire. If you absolutely MUST own the copyrights to the images, we could consider it, but the pricing would be substantially higher.
In order for you to come onto my
company's premises for a photo shoot, they require that you carry
professional liability insurance. Are you insured?