Please find some of the most common questions my clients ask. If you don’t see an answer to your question here, please email or call me at (480) 648-7514
This is the most asked question! I know it’s a tough one, especially for groups. I love to encourage you to show off your personal style during your portrait session. If you are a family, we generally tell people to pick one printed item: ie: dress, shirt and pick coordinating colors from that garment. Most everyone else can wear a solid or a basic pattern that doesn’t clash with the printed garment. Please pick something that is flattering on you (and everyone else)! Do not choose something because it’s fashionable but looks awful on your body type. Choose clothing that you’ve worn before that gets you a lot of compliments! It’s true, that the camera can add weight and believe me, there are some things PhotoShop just can’t do. BUT…. If I’m doing my job correct, choice of camera lens, angle and posing is what makes you look amazing and slim. (wink wink)
Style your hair and take extra time on your makeup and accessories but stay true to your personal style. If you don’t wear a lot of makeup, that’s okay, but you can still get a natural look with some makeup. If you need help with this, we have resources! Please ask. I do request that you avoid “matching” outfits even though it seems easy to put everyone in jeans and black t-shirts, it’s really best to reflect a wardrobe you would normally wear. My portrait sessions are all about capturing your true family and honest emotion. When everyone is dressed up too much people don’t feel normal and as a result they don’t look natural. Please do not wear bright white and black together– it’s too much contrast. Mid-tones are better ie: gray, blue, green, jeans, khaki, etc. You CAN wear black and we know it’s flattering (especially on new mama’s). We LOVE to chat about outfits, so give us a call and we’ll help you figure it out.
The summer before senior year. Many parents don’t realize that senior yearbook photos are due to the yearbook staff in mid October. They are strict about this deadline. Some charter schools have an additional month. This means your senior should be photographed either the summer prior to their senior year or in early September. Your senior will have tons of after school activities once school starts and we typically do not shoot on weekends. Additionally, it takes us 2 weeks to process a session and another week to order prints. You can imagine all the 17 year olds that call us October 1st for an October 31st deadline. It’s too late! We book up fast for these, so call ahead and get your preferred date on the calendar.
Deposits are non-refundable in order to secure your date. Once the is date booked on the calendar we forgo other potential events/clients. Cancellations made within 24 hours of booking would be eligible for a full refund of the deposit only.
You can book via email or by calling us. If the event is more than 12 weeks away we require 33% deposit to secure the date with the contract and the remaining balance is due 30 days prior to your event. If your event is within the next 12 weeks, we require full payment with the contract. We will send you a custom booking link and you can either remit payment online with a credit card (VISA, MC or AMEX) or bank wire transfer. You may also drop a check in the mail.
If the event is less than five hours, we do not require a meal. For any wedding over five hours, we do need to eat! If this is not possible, just let us know in advance and we will make other arrangements.
Yes and No. If the event is less than 5 hours, we do not require a meal. For any wedding over 5 hours, we do need to eat! If this is not possible, just let us know in advance and we will make other arrangements.
Generally speaking, the more photos of your wedding day the merrier. At intimate weddings, it’s best if the family and friends are really present to your ceremony. I ask you to consider that your parents and the groom’s parents should simply enjoy the ceremony and let us do the “heavy lifting.” We don’t mind if your guests snap photos; however, remember the more guests with cameras or mobile devices in their hand, the more photos of guests with cameras in their hand! Occasionally we have had an Uncle or Aunt step right in front of us during the recessional or at a critical moment in the first dance, so we ask our clients to discuss the photography priorities with known family “photographers.” I do request that during the intimate portraits of just the bride and groom, we have you to ourselves. Frankly, it’s just awkward to have a friend or parent along for the romantic shots and they can detract from the natural moments.
We will design a first round draft of your album based on our favorite images. After we present the album to you online for review, you may make changes to the design and the images based on your preferences. We find that our clients are not photo editors and we feel like part of our job is to remove the stress of selecting images for your wedding album. Our clients love this process and we feel that the storytelling images do not get overlooked. Most of the time, 90% of the final album remains how we initially designed it and the rest we customize based on our client’s preferences.
It’s important for us to return your wedding pictures to you in a timely fashion. Your online proof gallery will be available within 2-4 weeks of your event. If you purchased the digital files, you will be able to download immediately from your gallery. Your album first draft will be available 2-4 weeks after your proof gallery is live. Most of our clients have their album in hand within 4-6 months. The time frame largely depends on the client’s ability to make comments and approve the album for printing. Once we have the approved album, the company requires about 4 weeks to print and ship it to us.
Jamelle has been making a full-time living as a photographer since 2007 but has been photographing weddings since 2001. Jamelle also has her MFA in photography and has been trained by many working professionals throughout her career. When you choose to work with Jamelle Kelly you are working with a true professional. You can view many of the weddings and events here.
I LOVE helping clients find the perfect vendor team for their wedding. For larger events, I think it’s important to work with a wedding planner. I can definitely recommend some of the best wedding planners around. However, for intimate weddings and elopements, I’m often the one driving the timeline and making lots of recommendations to help the day run smoothly. When requested, I may be able to help my clients find officiants, makeup artists, floral artists, video and aweome new locations.
All intimate weddings (35 guests or less) are photographed with one photographer. For our Arizona weddings, we hire an assistant or second photographer based on the event needs. If you have a large wedding or your timeline requires an additional photographer, there may be an additional photographer charge. It’s always best to discuss the details with us and we can make sure we get the right amount of help we may need on your special day.
My philosophy on pricing is simple—You get what you pay for. You are paying for piece of mind and experience and for intimate weddings you are receiving our services at quite a discount compared to our larger luxury weddings. It has taken us a decade to hone our craft, and become the photographers we are today. I have shot over 250 weddings and can manage any client situation or any emergency. Not only do I know photography but I also know our products, software, equipment and how to handle all of the stresses of album design, production, delivery and running a full time business. You may find some alternative options out there that seem appealing and less expensive; however I promise their customer service cannot compare. Our best advice continues to be: stay true to your heart. If you LOVE our work, find a way to get it into your budget. If you splurge on one service at your wedding, let it be the photography… you can never go back and re-photograph a live event.
Yes! Since the majority of our clientele live outside of Arizona, we often schedule a Skype or FaceTime video chat which helps immensely in getting to know you. If you prefer a good old fashion phone call, that works too. We have even had clients book us completely over email!
Yes, once we have a signed contract and invoice retainer your date is on the calendar. Without these two pieces, we cannot hold your date. If you would like to reserve our services, please do. We accept contracts on a first come first served basis. If we have sent you a contract we gladly give you a 24 hour grace period to sign the contract prior to communicating with another client who has inquired about your date.
We book intimate weddings 6-12 weeks in advance, depending on the season. We book larger events 6-18 months in advance. The most popular dates in Phoenix and Sedona are March, April, May, September, October and November. In Flagstaff: June, July, August and September. May & October are our busiest months! If you have a weekday elopement, we typically have availability 2-4 weeks out. For portraits we book 1-6 months in advance. High School Senior portraits are usually photographed the summer before their senior year. Most schools have fall yearbook deadlines in early October.
If it’s in Arizona, the answer is most likely! However, we love new locations! It’s a bonus if we have NOT shot at your venue before. We are inspired by new architecture, lighting and weather including rain.
No, we do not require an album purchase and many intimate clients opt to wait on the album. However, we STRONGLY recommend you get an album. As a heirloom piece— a wedding photography album will be precious to your family for generations. If you could look through your grandmothers wedding album and glance into her personality how much would that be worth to you? When you are celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary do you think you will pull out the USB drive and plug it into your laptop or will you open your wedding album and pour through it remembering your wedding day?
I am a preferred partner Horseshoe Bend Slot Canyon Tours, a private tour company who has access to host private events at Horseshoe Bend Overlook away from all the crowds. I manages the booking of the wedding tours and helps arrange the logistics for weddings of 24 people or less. Larger events will require that you hire an additional professional wedding planner. I do not shoot at the public side of Horseshoe Bend. I can not guarantee photos with the current crowds at this location. The private side of the bend is amazing and always worth the extra cost.
Northern Arizona and Sedona is a destination wedding market, therefore there are a lot of elopements, off-season events and weekday events. Elopements and intimate weddings are priced the same. These events are usually planned within 8-12 weeks of the event date but sometimes further out. We consider an “intimate” wedding to be 30 guests or less including the bride and groom and bridal party. Please inquire about intimate wedding packages rates here.
Northern Arizona and Sedona is a destination wedding market, therefore there are a lot of elopements, off-season events and weekday events. Elopements and intimate weddings are priced the same. These events are usually planned within 8-12 weeks of the event date but sometimes further out. We consider an “intimate” wedding to be 30 guests or less including the bride and groom and bridal party. Please inquire about intimate wedding packages rate sheet. http://www.cameronkellyarizona.com/intimate/
Yes, the digital negatives (digital files) are included with all our local weddings, intimate weddings and portraits. Digital files are defined as high-resolution jpg images from the photographer’s first round edit. These are usually the same files that you see in your online proofing gallery. If purchased, the jpeg files can be downloaded from the online gallery. We also sell custom USB drives with all of the files. We do not provide the unedited RAW files to clients. I also encourage our clients to order professional prints with us. I personally adjust our studio prints individually, each receives additional retouching as necessary for highest quality control. There is a reason you are drawn to all our imagery. Believe us, it’s the post-production– all digital images need a little bit of Photoshop “love” to meet our standard of excellence.