What to expect – A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating YOUR Perfect Portrait

Clients come to BEL Portraits for custom portrait art of loved ones & of priceless memories – top quality portrait art that they can’t get from any ordinary photography studio. Our clients are interested in investing in artwork to be admired by all and cherished forever. Our lives are forever changing and portraits are the gateway to our memories. Don’t settle for ordinary.

What to Expect

The Consultation:

During your initial consultation we will do four main things:

  1. Discuss what type of portraiture you are looking for. We will work with you to create the perfect portrait session – portrait style, clothing, props, location, time of day.
  2. Schedule your portrait session.
  3. Schedule your view & order session.
  4. Confirm your sessions with a $200 reservation retainer. This retainer holds your date and time for both sessions, and the entire amount will be applied to your order. Please see our FAQ page for additional information on the reservation retainer.

In studio consultations are also arranged so that you can see our many product offerings and begin to visualize how you want to display your portrait art.

The Portrait Session:

The day before your portrait session, we’ll give you a call to confirm our plans and discuss weather options (in case of an impending inclement forecast). Don’t forget to wear the appropriate clothing that we discussed in your initial consultation. Your clothing plays a large role in setting the tone for your entire portrait session. Please arrive on time & and allow ample time for your session so that you can be relaxed and enjoy your portrait experience.

Ordering Session Preparation:

To simplify the ordering process please do the following:

  1. Email us snapshots of any walls on which you may want to display your portraits. Just let us know the measurement of any item in the snapshot. During your ordering session, we will be able to use your snapshots to show you exactly what different sized wall portraits would look like in your home.
  2. Make a list of friends & family that you want to give portraits to

The Viewing and Ordering Session:

Approximately 1 week after your portrait session you will get to view your images for the first time via an awesome slideshow that is projected onto a large screen. Since you will most likely be placing your order at this time, please be sure that anyone who needs to be involved in the decision making attends this session. Anyone else, such as parents and grandparents, who want to be part of the viewing and ordering process are more than welcome to join us. Please allow ample time for this session as we do not want your decisions to be rushed.

We will guide you through the process of selecting your favorite portraits, and will be there to answer any questions along the way. Our ordering software makes this process easy and fun and it also us to show you different options such as actual size, cropping and color.

Once your favorite portraits have been selected, we will use those portraits to fulfill your wants & needs – whether it be gift portraits for friends & family, framed wall portraits, canvas gallery wraps, or custom designed albums to name a few!

A down payment is required to finalize your portrait order. If you’d like, you can set up a no-interest custom payment plan. You do no have to finalize your order at this time, however nearly all clients choose to so that they can receive great bonuses & discounts. Additional view & order sessions are available if necessary for an additional fee. Two days after your order is placed, your images will be placed into production, after which no changes may be made to your order.

ONLINE VIEWING: After all ordered portraits have been retouched, they can be uploaded to an online gallery so that you can share them with your friends and family. Online viewing is complimentary with a portrait collection or is available as an add-on to ala-carte orders for an additional fee. Password protection on galleries is available. Galleries remain online for 1 month and there is an archive fee if you need to extend your viewing period.

PORTRAIT DELIVERY: We use the best printing labs to create the highest quality portraits possible. Depending upon the products ordered, your portraits will be ready to pick up approximately 3-4 weeks after your order is finalized. Rush fees are available. We will contact you as soon as your portraits are ready so that we can schedule a time for you to pick them up. When you pick up your portraits we will go over your order with you to ensure everything is to your satisfaction. Portrait orders can be shipped upon request for an additional fee.

PAYMENT: Payment options include cash, check, debit, Visa/MC/Discover

Client Testimonials

"Thank you Bernie for helping make our day so special! You captured every moment perfectly. The day would not have been the same without you!"

Amanda Harvey Turcotte

"BEL Portraits is, in my opinion, the ONLY photography studio to choose when planning a wedding. I can't imagine using any other portrait artist."

Patricia W, Bangor Maine

"Bernie was amazing!!!!! He was one of the most incredible parts of our day!!! He was completely seamless and professional and has captured the most incredible memories through this lens, I could not be happier with the photographs and he is one of the main reasons I want to do it all again!!!!"

Jessica & Chris L. UK

"Bernie was the best. Our engagement and wedding portraits were great! He is very understanding and I felt I could go to him with anything I needed or wanted."

Ying-Tang C.

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