Photo Shoot FAQs


WHAT IS THE FIRST STEP? Contact me via email ( or phone at 218-831-4614. We will discuss your photo session needs, wants and timing. 

PLANNING SESSION: Based on your photo session needs and answers on your questionnaire, we can have a planning session via the phone, email, or meet in person. I will help you with ideas, props and finding the best location. Also, keep in mind – sessions do not need to be completely planned. Some of the best shots are unexpected!

HOW LONG IS A SESSION?  A standard session is 90 minutes.

WHAT DOES MY SESSION PACKAGE INCLUDE? Each session includes the photographer’s time, a private online gallery to view photos and approximately 40 edited digital photos with all rights to them. 

WHERE IS MY PHOTO SESSION? Sessions can be on location or at the studio. There is an extra charge for locations further than 30 miles outside of Minneapolis.

WHEN DO YOU REQUIRE PAYMENT? Payment is due at the time of the session. Cash, credit or personal checks are accepted.

HOW WILL I RECEIVE MY PHOTOS? Digital photos will be provided via Dropbox. CD’s are available for an additional $5.

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY PHOTOS? 2-3 weeks on a standard session.

WHAT PHOTO EDITING SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE? Basic edits and retouches are included in the rate. (Smoothing face/hair, teeth whitening) Extra editing and retouches are charged at an hourly fee of $45 an hour. 

WHAT EXTRA FEES DO YOU CHARGE? Location rental fees, if applicable, will be added to the session fee. Sessions include the photographer, Tracy Blowers. A second photographer can be provided at an extra fee. Assistants for the session, hair, makeup, and stylist can be provided at an extra fee.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT? Expect to have fun! I know many people are uncomfortable being photographed, so I make the experience as relaxed as possible. We will work as a team and find your best angles, expressions, and smiles. Don’t worry about striking a pose…I will tell you when to look at the camera and when to pose. I truly like to capture those natural moments so will be shooting at unexpected times. If I am not telling you to be in a certain pose, you look great as you are!

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT OF ME DURING THE SHOOT? Just to be yourself and as natural as possible. I understand it can be unnerving and talk you through each step of the way. Please feel comfortable to tell me during a session if you have an idea or want to try a pose. I love trying new things, am open to new ideas and will tell you if it looks good and works. We are a team!

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? Be yourself! These photos are a moment of YOU. Make sure you are confident and happy with your choice. I do recommend staying away from loud patterns because it takes away from you. For family shots, below are some color scheme ideas. Also, remember to wear varying shades of each so that each person stands out. You can check out my Pinterest Board“Family Photos – Color Schemes” for visual ideas as well.

*Black or Blues, Tans & Whites

*Blue, Oranges or Yellows & White

*Black, Grays, Plums

*Teal and shades of Purple

*Grays and Yellows

DO I NEED TO REMOVE MY GLASSES FOR PHOTOS?  I can control glare for photos at the studio. Outdoor photos shoots are harder to control the reflections in the lens. Based on the importance of the shoot, you might want to have your optician remove the lens of the glasses before the shoot.

WHEN WILL I SEE THE PROOFS?  You will see proofs via an online gallery (I will email you the link) within two weeks for a standard session. For events or larger shoots, it could be up to four weeks.

CAN I PUT THE PHOTOS ON FACEBOOK OR MY BLOG? Yes! I truly appreciate referrals and if you tag me or @whatstirsyoursoul in the photos. 

WHAT KIND OF EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?  I am a Canon lover with Tamron lenses. At the studio, I use various types of lighting equipment. For outdoor shoots, I use all natural light. 


WHAT IF OUR SESSION IS RAINED OUT?  If our session is rained out, we will reschedule

WHAT IF I HAVE TO CANCEL?  If you have to cancel, please notify me as soon as possible. There will be no cancellation fee as long as the session is rescheduled. If not rescheduled, a $50 cancellation fee will be charged.

WHAT IF YOU HAVE TO CANCEL?  If I have to cancel, we will reschedule. If the session is not able to be rescheduled due to timing then I will do my best to find another photographer to cover the shoot.

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