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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I plan our portrait session?

Designing your portrait session can be an exciting, intimate and exhilarating experience for the entire family. And when the finished portrait is on display in your home or office, you will find that the carefully planned session will be reflected in a tasteful work of art that is individualized in both style and design. Portrait images will carry a dimension of how we feel about ourselves and our family members. Your decorative portraiture will become a personal expressive statement of family, children, pets, or events. Most of all, a well planned session will communicate a dimension of expression on how we feel about ourselves and our family. If this is your first time in our studio it's probably best to consider a consultation with one of our representatives. You may phone us at (562) 698-4011 or contact us to set up a free studio consultation. 

 

Do you have sessions for expectant mothers or new born babies?

Yes, this special time in your life can be best captured with a professional portrait. Newborn sessions are done free of charge when you register with the studio. Please click here for more information. 

 

Can you tell me the "best way" to plan for a family portrait session?

Yes, contact us via email or telephone for more information. We're here to help make your session a pleasurable and memorable experience. 

 

Do you have gift certificates available?

Yes, we do have gift certificates that you can purchase. Contact the studio directly at 562 698-4011.

 

Do you have props available?

Yes, we do have some props available and Rebecca can help determine at the time of your session what props might be appropriate. We do encourage you to bring your own props and keepsakes as they reflect your lifestyle and individuality.

 

Can I bring a change of clothes?

Yes. We encourage one change of clothing that would reflect your personal style. But more than one change tends to make the session longer and will require an additional fee. In addition, a drawn-out photo session can make you or your child's day long and cumbersome instead of enjoyable.

 

Do you have clothes available?

Yes, most of the "high key" (White) clothing you see in my portraits belong to the studio. Please contact us for more details.

 

Do you ever have specials?

Yes, we occasionally run specials for our patrons. If you would like to be notified via email please contact us with your information and email address.

 

So do we plan for our home or office decor? 

Yes, please "click here" for decor ideas!

 

How do we determine the best size portrait for a particular location?

It is best to choose settings in your home or office best suited to enhancement by portrait photography. A well planned survey of your wall space will help us explore your ideas and plan a creative portrait session. Appropriately sized portraits will dominate the space on the wall in which they are hung. It is best to pre-determine whether you want a horizontal or vertical portrait. Remember your portrait will become the room's focal point and all elements of design, color, style, composition and size must work together to complete the decorative statement. Once you have found the perfect spot for a portrait you should measure the area for optimum viewing throughout the room. Our hanging portrait sizes are: 11x14 - 16x20 - 20x24 - 24x30 - 30x40 - 40x60.

 

How do you finish our portraits ?

Each of Rebecca's portraits is completed to Rebecca Merlino Photography's high standards. Contemporary portrait sizes eleven by fourteen and above are color enhanced, retouched, laminated , textured and mounted. Gallery Portraits are photographic images placed on stretched canvas. They receive the complete array of detailed additions including; retouching, color enhancement, lamination and photographic gallery development. All of Rebecca Merlino's images are printed by contracted custom color labs who meet our studio's qualifications.

 

Do you have "packages" available?

No. All portraits are sold individually.   Please use our Products and Pricing link for more information.

 

How do we choose our prints?

To help you make that special selection, the poses you will see will be presented in a series of slide transparencies. This will aid you in narrowing down your selections and projecting enables you to see what you finished portraits will look like in their actual size. Additionally, it is important that all people responsible for the decision making be present at your portrait presentation. Please allow one uninterrupted hour for the viewing and no children please. Sorry we do not provide proofing images; however, we do have virtual image previews available. These previews are for our "out of the area clients" and can be accessed via our website on the internet. 

 

What about finished images?

All images are the property of Rebecca Merlino Photography. They do not leave the studio. All images created by Rebecca Merlino Photography are copyrighted and covered by the copyright laws of the United States. Any reproduction in printed or digital media and/ or distribution of any image, for public or private use, is strictly forbidden without the express written consent of Rebecca Merlino.

 

How do we book a portrait session?

You are welcomed to book your portrait session online or by phoning the studio directly at 562 698-4011. We do recommend that you meet with a studio representative for a pre-session consultation before your portrait session so we can plan and prepare to meet your every need. We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by appointment only. We do book evening sessions by mutual agreement.

 

How much is a photography session?

A session fee of $95.00 is required for a standard photo session with Rebecca. Sessions on location start at $200.00. Please phone for prices on Commercial and/or Corporate Photography. Please use our Products and Pricing link for more information.

 

How much is required to start my order?

A 50% deposit is required at the time you place your order. It generally takes up to six weeks to complete custom portraits and your balance will be due at this time.

 

Where are you located?

Our studio is located at 6729 Washington Ave. in Whittier, California. Click here for directions to the studio