Trevor Allen Photography | Halifax Wedding, Family & Destination Photographer
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Frequently Asked Questions


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Where will my photo session take place?
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I have a 700 sq ft photography studio with many backdrops, lights and a very large cove wall - so I’m able to do many styles of photos there.  ‘On Location’ sessions take place at the location of your choice.  Location possibilities are endless in HRM and its beautiful surrounding areas.  We’ll brainstorm together and come up with some ideas depending on what best suits your personality and taste. 

Looking to have relaxed natural outdoor portraits?  There are many picturesque parks and areas to choose from.  We can even have outdoor sessions in your own backyard or while on a walk.  Perhaps you prefer an urban setting?  The Halifax region and Nova Scotia as a whole has some fun locations to accommodate your style! 

Many folks choose to have their photojournalistic lifestyle sessions at their home where their true personalities can shine through in a comfortable and relaxed environment.  I can also capture your child’s room or nursery - or another area where your child spends time playing.  Please note that I may (likely) move around a couple pieces of furniture in order to achieve the best light possible for your custom photography session.

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What should we wear?
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It is best to wear simple clothes and solid colors that don’t distract from people in the photograph.  But don’t be afraid to have kids wear fun, bright colours but patterns that don’t clash.  You are also welcomed to have a couple of clothing changes for you and your little ones.

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Can you retouch skin imperfections such as acne, scars and wrinkles?
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Absolutely!  I provide this service to my clients with every print ordered. However, keep in mind that I won’t retouch these things unless I am asked to do so as it is important to me that I don’t inadvertently offend anyone.

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When will my photos be ready?
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Typically, your wedding images will be available with a month or two.  But, for weddings, I’ll fire off some teasers the next to whet your appetite and so you have something to pop on Facebook.  If prints are ordered, I usually have them done in a week or two after I receive your selections.  The Italian Coffee Table books aren/‘t even started until January.  I always try to have them done sooner but being so busy in the summer and fall, and the deadline to have them into Italy being the first week of November, I just run out of time.

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Do you back-up your files?
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Yup.  I backup every image as soon as it lands on my computer on a special backup system that is nearly fail-proof as it saves all my backups over 4 drives (it’s called a Drobo).  If one drive does fail, I have three others that would still be running.  However, if something catastrophic happens, such as a fire, I could lose everything.  This is why I give the disc of all the high res images.  This way, if anything does happen, I can be comforted in knowing the client will always have a copy as well.  In giving the disc to you, I am absolving myself of any responsibility for lost files so it would be in your best interest when you receive the disc to pop it on your computer and also make a backup disk. However, I haven’t erased a file in 3 years and now have 12 terabytes of space including the backup drives.

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How do I get a disc of all my high resolution originals?
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I provide a handsomely printed disc with all the high resolution images for every job I do.  It’s part of the package.

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How far in advance should I book?
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I highly recommend you schedule your photo session a minimum of a week or two in advance, although at peek times, it’s best to schedule at least a month prior to your preferred date.

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Do you suggest locations for portraits?
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While I don’t keep a published list on this website — there are some spots I just love.  I’m also now compiling a list of specific locations, walls, nooks and crannies throughout Halifax & Dartmouth that I’ve either shot against or am looking forward to shooting at.

However, if you have a specific idea in mind of the specific look and feel you are looking for, it would be great if you scoped out a few locations yourself.

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What’s the difference between high-resolution images and low-resolution ones?
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Low-resolution images are the ones I send out in my teasers.  The colours are a little weaker and the quality is much lower.  They are no good for printing but beauties for e-mailing and Facebook.

High resolution images are sharp, full of detail and colour and will easily will print up to 11x14 images without any upscaling.

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If I decide to do my own printing, do you recommend any printers?
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I sure do.  The printers I recommend are the ones I use for my personal images. I primarily use Carsand Mosher but have also used Atlantic Photo Supply with fantastic Results.  These are professional printers whose primary goal is to provide both professional photographers and hobbyists/individuals who highly value the art of photography with quality prints.

No, they may not be not the cheapest option and they are not local, but they are reasonable priced when you consider they constantly calibrate their printers so you receive prints at the ultimate print quality. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen images in the past that are faded or distorted in color quality and found out they were printed at the big discount box store or at the local drug store. You get what you pa for – cheap prints sometimes means cheap quality! You’ve splurged for the photo session and the digital collection of images — please don’t skimp on the prints!

Also, some mass retailers (think the store that sells everything) will refuse to give you your prints if they even begin to look ‘professional.’ Even though I don’t put may name on the discs for this reason some won’t print them for you if you don’t have a print release in hand (if you want one, I will give one to you).

If you have a color photo printer — the newer your ink cartridges are, as well as running a calibration test prior to printing should suffice for personal prints if you already own one. In the long run, I still find it more economical to stick to professional printers; you’ll save in time and money overall.

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Who owns the rights to the pictures?
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Technically, I do.  The Copyright Act protects photographers by giving the author (me) of the photograph the exclusive right to copy, edit, and distribute image by sale or transfer.

These exclusive rights make it illegal to copy, scan, edit, or share photographic prints and digital media without the photographer’s permission.

I am, however, giving you permission. 

But just keep in mind, that they are still my property and if I choose to show them on my website or print in a brochure, etc. I can.  If I’m unsure if you’ll be cool with a photo being used, I’ll ask to see if it’s OK as it is never my intention to upset anyone.  I just think it’s important for me to retain the rights to the image.

I’m not giving you permission to submit one of my images to a contest or sell the image and call it your own work.

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Can I put my photos on Facebook?
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Yes please.  However, please be sure to note in the gallery description or photo album title that they are photos from Trevor Allen Photography.  When you pop my name up there, I get all kinds of referral work.

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I hate being in pictures.  Will this affect the pictures?
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Yes.

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Do you charge travel fees?
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I do charge for travel if heading outside the HRM.  I charge $0.50 plus tax per km traveled.  If you are getting married in Mahone Bay, your travel fee will be $100.00 (100km there and 100km back). 

Concerning lodging, if your event is late or far away, I’ll need to be put up for the night.  Now, I’m the coolest guy you know; I don’t need to stay in a hotel - it can be at your mom’s house (I’m 6’8” so no couches please).  What it comes down to is common sense.  If your event is 3 hours away and my services are scheduled to end at 10:00, I’ll want to say over.  If it ends at 6:00, I’ll head home.  I’ll be beat after 7 hours of shooting in the sun and a long, late drive simply isn’t safe.

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How many hours would the shoot take?
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Usually an hour is good although they usually go a bit longer.

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Do you bring a backup camera to the shoot?
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Actually, I do and will be shooting with both cameras.  One is a Canon 5D Mk III and the other is a Canon 1Ds Mk III.  I also carry two flashes and 5 lenses to every shoot.

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What forms of payment do you accept?
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I accept cheque, cash or bank draft.  Lately, many have been paying via e-mail interact through your banks website.  It’s quick and easy.  At this time, I do not accept credit card or debit card.

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