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Melissa Erin Chesney Photography

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About Melissa Erin Chesney Photography

We shoot:

- Portraits
- Sports
- Modeling
- Fine art
- Promotional
- Bands
- Concerts/theaters
- Special events (dances, weddings, etc.)

We offer prints, discs and editing services as well.

Prices can be discussed more thoroughly depending on individual needs and wants.


19 Dana Court
Delmar, NY 12054

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Question and answer

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. -Work at Sears Portrait Studios
-Had a solo exhibition at Main Studios on Main St in December 2011. Fine art photographs displaying the female human form in beautiful display

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. Cheaper is not always better. Sometimes you GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. Shop around for a photographer you feel understands and can deliver what YOU want. Each photographer has something different that they do, or different style or technique. The more informative you are as the customer, the better I, the photographer can deliver you the images you'll love and have for a lifetime, and the smoother a session will go. Pre-planning is important. MUST sign a form of contract not via email or text. It saves you and the photographer should there be any problems. No Contract- Pretty risky.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. (I want this kind of service) What are my pricing options?
I want to spend ___ to___. What can you offer
I want more traditional/artistic/contemporary/ect kind of photographs- are you able to do so?

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. It's Creative, Fun, Flexible and more specifically geared towards the subject and his/her personality

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. Everything- from meeting a new client/subject/model and even regrouping with ones I've had prior, to the photo session, the editing and printing process, and hearing amazing feedback. I also really enjoy constructive criticism and learning new things as I grow further in photography

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. About my prices. Typically I charge according to 1) Type of photographic session 2) Amount of Labor, and time 3) What kind of package is wanted or needed.
Examples of photographic pricing:

Portraiture (family, senior, children)
Deposit: $50 (of the 75- non-refundable, so reschedule if you cannot keep original appointment)
$75- Sitting fee
Disc of Images from session giving customer full copyrights: 120
Wallets:(1) 8x10 or (2) 5x7 or (3) 3x5- $20
Edited- 30 per photo

Package Deal:
standard: CD, (6) any size combo of wallets, (3) 3 edited images (3/6 wallets), no session fee: 100.00

fam+friends: CD, (8) any combo wallets (6) edited images edited, no session fee: 180.00

specialty: CD, (16) wallets (10) edited, (2) 10x20 wall portraits (1) wood block photo, no session fee: 450.00

discuss other options and if it's something other than traditional portraits as well it will vary

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. I went to Pratt for a year for fine art/photography before transferring to University at Buffalo for photography. I transferred, because of the cost. As of 2014, I am now a graduate from University at Buffalo's BA photography program.

Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?

A. I would highly suggest starting with a manual 35mm film camera. I believe that as a photographer every photographer should understand the technical side of photography. This includes lighting (especially lighting), shutter speed, ISO, focusing, composing.

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