The Portrait Experience
Be prepared for a memorable experience. My couples sessions are romantic and filled with lots of love and warmth. Maternity sessions are often filled with emotion, and my family sessions are usually filled with smiles, giggles, and belly laughs.
I want you to feel comfortable, happy, and full of joy during your session and when you see your gallery for the first time.
- Send me a message and or schedule a call.
- Let's talk about your vision, and make plans to make it all come to life.
- Confirm a date, time, and location.
- You will receive a link to your contract, invoice, questionnaire, and styling guide based on our conversation.
- You are all set, and I'm already so excited for our session.
- We will meet at the location.
- Let's play! It takes a few for us both to warm up, but don't worry, these photos are fun too.
- If you scheduled a session with multiple outfit changes, don't worry, I got you covered (literally...pun intended).
- I will typically share a few highlights with you & on social media.
- A gallery link with highlights will be ready for you with in 5 days of your session and a complete gallery when all your images are ready within 30 days.
- Download your gallery, order prints, cards, and other gallery options. I love to offer clients a promo code for prints & cards. I am happy to help you choose prints & design holiday or milestone cards.
**Your date is 100% secured when you have signed your contract, and have paid your date reservation fee.
Raquel & Edgar
Victoria was so sweet, professional and patient. She made my family feel so comfortable. She was able to capture our personalities through the photos. What I loved the most was she was able to give us direction throughout the whole shoot (for us non models) Picture quality was amazing and now hang on my living room wall. Would recommend 10/10!!!!
Portrait Session FAQs
We booked...what next?
After booking, the first step will be to plan your session. I will suggest locations and help you style wardrobe options. I love a local destination session and it is a great way to make your engagement photos special and unique.
What should we wear for our portrait session?
This is the of one of the most important questions, you will want the memories your hang on your wall to look their best. What you wear for your session is so important and I can not stress that enough. It sets the tone for your session. Contact me so we can talk more about what you envision, and I can make some specific recommendations for you.
When will my photos be ready?
I know how exciting it is to get a glimpse of those photos, which is why I love to provide highlights within 3-4 days post session. All photos are delivered via an online gallery with high resolution images for proofing. Your gallery will be ready for you within 30 days of your portrait session. Turnaround time may differ by up to 2 weeks during peak seasons (graduation, wedding, holidays, etc.)
How many photos will we receive?
For a portrait session, you will receive 60-100 edited images based on the package you have chosen. I always choose quality rather than quantity. I will choose the best and most significant photos to curate your gallery and tell your story.
How do you edit your photographs?
I do edit my photographs. My style is not "light & airy" nor "dark and moody". I would describe my style as natural, timeless, and my photographs "look how the day felt". My intention is to capture your emotion, sentiment, and passion without altering or distorting your essence, or the essence of our surrounding on the day of our session. I do enhance light, shadow, color, and will occasionally “Photoshop” the distracting stand of hair etc. I do not alter physical features but do correct blemishes and whiten teeth if needed.
Do you take indoor photographs?
I primarily shoot outdoor for portrait sessions. If you prefer indoors, and have a place that provides great natural light, or if you would like to pay extra for a studio session, I would be happy to accommodate that request.
What if we need to reschedule our session?
If it is raining, too cold, or too windy, we would need to reschedule. However don’t be afraid of on overcast day, the light is actually nice! We could brave through the elements but it is a bit of a challenge to have photos that appear relaxed and natural when the outdoor conditions aren’t suitable. If you need to reschedule our session, I will be happy to do so with at least 7 days notice.
Do you require a deposit and a contract?
A $275 non-refundable date reservation fee is required when booking portrait session. A contract is also required, and a model release is requested. Final payment is due 7 days prior to our scheduled session. Keep in mind when we sign a contract, the time of day expressed in the contract is tentative. We will schedule the exact time of the session a few days before so we have a somewhat accurate forecast for outdoor sessions.
What kind of equipment do you use?
I shoot with a Canon R6, prime and zoom lenses. I always have a backup. I will use a flash and artificial light when needed for night shots and indoor weddings. I also LOVE to bring my film camera with me for those unique moments.
Do you charge sales tax?
By law, I am required to charge sales tax on tangible items.
California State. 6%
Monterey County Local Tax SI 1%.
Monterey County District Tax 0.5%
**Full pricing information is sent after our initial consultation.
Getting to Know Eachother
BEFORE YOUR PORTRAIT SESSION
It's important that we connect on a personal level. I want you to feel confident, comfortable, and taken care during your portrait session. It is not easy for everyone to be in front of the camera. I prepare you for your session with helping you plan your wardrobe, and location. I will send you a questionnaire that helps me get to know you.
The Smith Family
Victoria was amazing! She took family photos at Carmel beach during sunset. She and I spoke before the photo session to go over what my family wanted and any concerns that we had. The entire experience felt like I was at the beach with my family and a good friend, so we were all relaxed and having a good time. I would recommend Victoria as a photographer!
Kiana & Franz
Kiana & Franz
Victoria was awesome! She really captured what we were looking for. We knew we wanted a natural look and nothing too forced and she made that happen. I am so glad Victoria captured a special time in our lives! A very good friend recommended Victoria and I trust his judgment. After seeing his photos I was sold! Victoria has great vision and passion for what she does and it shows in our photos.
VICTORIA L. DELGADO | DELGADO PHOTO CO | EST. 2020
Wedding, engagement, and lifestyle photographer based in the Salinas Valley.
Serving Monterey, Carmel, Pebble Beach, Big Sur and beyond.
LBGTQ+ Friendly 🏳️🌈 | All Love is Welcome Here