Frequently Asked Questions

Below, you will find a list of answers to questions that you may find yourself asking. For any further questions, please fill out the Contact Form located on the home page or message any of our social media accounts.

Why choose Crystal Lawburgh Photography?

I truly love what I do. this business came about simply because of my love for photography.  A passion grew into something much more, and therefore I am genuinely excited about capturing your family’s precious moments through my photos.

Do you offer prints, canvases, albums or other products?

I love seeing my client’s photos hanging in their homes…photos really come to life and fulfill their purpose when they are hung in the home.  I provide you the option of ordering professional quality products through me, through the online gallery I use to share your images with you.

Do you offer digital files?

Yes, all of my packages include digital downloads. I understand that it is also important to be able to archive these memories.  I do provide you a print release, but I only guarantee quality of prints purchased through me.  Oftentimes, prints from consumer vendors simply do not meet expectations.

Do I receive the copyrights to images?

Your print release explains that copyright always remains with Crystal Lawburgh Photography. This means that images are not to be used in photo competitions, commercially, or further manipulated and edited using other camera phone filters or image processing software. This is a standard expectation when working with a professional photographer. On the other hand, your print release allows you to share your photos in a variety of ways. This includes social media profiles, email and in print. In fact, I love when you share your photos! When you love your photos, raving about them with your friends and family is the best compliment I can receive.

Do you offer maternity and newborn packages?

Yes. Your journey through your pregnancy and baby’s first year are full of special moments to document. I offer maternity, newborn, baby's first year milestones/child portraits.

Do you offer mini sessions?

Yes, I occasionally offer mini sessions throughout the year. Please contact me for information regarding upcoming mini sessions.

Should I bring props to my session?

Typically, no. Props can be a distraction in a photo session.  While certain pieces of specialty clothing items, such as a maternity gown, are perfectly acceptable, other items such as frames, mirrors, or signs are usually best left at home. I pride myself on creating beautiful images using you, rather than a physical object. If you have a prop you absolutely want to bring, contact me and we can come up with a plan!

Where will the session take place?

Together we will determine the best location for your session, choosing from multiple locations available in and around the Greensburg/Batesville area.  I am willing to travel for a small fee to other locations outside of this area.

What should we wear to the session?

I offer a Client Closet to all clients who book with me. I have purchased several clothing items that are flattering, beautiful, and photograph well. You are welcome to borrow one of these items for your session or use an online personalized styling service to find outfits to purchase for your family. I am here to help you every step of the way to make this as stress free and fun as possible!

While this will vary from session to session, there are some basic rules that can be followed. First, avoid clothing with any noticeable or large logos (tiny, less visible logos are fine). Second, avoid neon colors altogether. They can create some really funky color casts on the skin, and in extreme cases, these can be impossible to fix. Third, it’s very important to avoid wearing the same color as the other participant(s) in your session, as this can cause bodies to blend together in the images. It’s best to go with a color scheme, rather than one color. Choose outfits that compliment one another, rather than match identically. Choosing one or two items of clothing with patterns, then pulling colors from those is a great method to try.  Fourth, think layers and textures. A great pair of leggings or a fantastic scarf can really top off an outfit(s). Fifth, don’t be afraid to accessorize! A statement necklace, fun hat, or set of fabulous bangles might be just the touch your outfit(s) need. Remember, the clothing you choose will play a big role in the style and feel of the session so have fun, choose pieces you really love, and that make you feel and look fantastic!

When will I see my images?

Session galleries are available approximately 2-3 weeks following your session date via an online gallery.

Will I see every image you took at my session?

No, I do not deliver every image taken at the session. Without fail, there will be duplicates and/or less than flattering images taken at your session. These are immediately deleted. I choose the best images from your session and hand edit each one, with great care and attention to detail. You are presented with an online gallery of these final images.

Can I see unedited images from my session?

No, I do not share unedited images with clients. This can be compared to sharing unfinished artwork.

Why is good photography so expensive?

First of all, no one ever regrets getting photos taken...but people will regret NOT getting them taken.  We can never get those moments back, but photography allows us to stop time for a moment and hold onto it forever. Working as a professional photographer is an expensive endeavor. Current camera bodies and lenses cost several thousand dollars and this equipment should be replaced every two to three years. Website and gallery services include monthly and/or yearly fees. Professional editing programs are costly, and an average of 5 to 10 hours per session is spent post processing images. An average of 15 to 20 hours per week is spent handling inquiries, client questions, and marketing. Continuing education for photographers also carries a heavy price tag. Additionally, as self-employed professionals, photographers pay an average of 30% of their income in taxes. Finally, it’s important to remember you are hiring a photographer for their talent, as an artist. Photography is much like a tattoo: it lasts a lifetime and you get what you pay for. Consider this: In 30 years, the professional portraits of your children will probably be one of your most valuable possessions.