Frequency Asked Questions:
Detailed information about what you can expect when you come into the studio. All information is
subject to change.
Previews (Originals) are NOT
finished Portrait Prints. They are the property of Michael Bell Photography,
they are only loaned to you so you can make your pose selections.
Previews are NOT color corrected and they receive NO retouching. They are provided to
assist you in making your Portrait selection, you should look for expression, posing, and
your personality in the photograph, so you can choose your final Portraits.
Please allow 7 to 10 days for color & up to 14 days for black & white originals to be
ready, we will call you as soon as the previews are ready and to schedule a
short appointment for them to be picked up.
Deposit is required to take any original print, folio or preview book from the studio and will be applied to your
order, originals are allowed out of the studio for seven(7) days only.
The person signing and picking up
previews/originals must be over 18 and is responsible for the originals once
they leave the studio. If they are lost or damaged, there will be additional
Originals may be purchased. Some packages
include originals and the remaining previews are available for purchase.
We accept Visa & Master Card, cash and
we will accept a personal check
on first original order only.
Attention ALL Students:
Yearbooks: You are responsible
for delivering your yearbook prints to your school before their designated deadline. Allow
adequate time for ordering and our delivery to you.
What about a
If your school wants
you to go to their school photographer for your yearbook print--go for the
yearbook print only. Remember, you DO NOT have to buy any pictures! Bring in a receipt
from your school session and well take up to $15.00* off your portrait
order. And since you'll come to us for your REAL Senior Portraits, if its ok with your
school, well provide a 2x3 standard size yearbook print (with purchase). Non-Standard
Sizes- are available for a nominal fee.
Every Yearbook has a
deadline - we will try to meet it with YOUR help by ordering on time - please allow
approximately 8 weeks for your complete order!! Yearbooks that are ordered less
than 3 weeks before school deadline will require a RUSH
Children and family portraits, allow 4 ~ 6 weeks for finished orders.
High school seniors & weddings, allow 6 ~ 8 weeks for finished
orders (during the
Add 2 weeks for Digital
Imaging (scars, hair removal, clothing corrections, etc.).
All unpaid balances on final
orders must be paid with Cash, Visa & MasterCard only !!! Separated families are
responsible for their own payments, deposits and ordering their own packages. Whomever
pays for the original session, gets first choice to purchase originals.
Finance charges - All completed
orders are to be picked up within 30 days of notice of completion or charges of 1½ % per
month will be added at an annual percentage rate of 18%.
To Be Determined at the Time You
Place Your Portrait Order: Finished Portraits are retouched,
to correct blemishes and soften areas to improve the finished appearance of your portrait.
A protective lacquer spray is applied for protection from the harmful effects of humidity.
Finished Portraits can be printed darker or lighter if you wish. Eye Glass
is digital and is an additional fee (digital fees usually run $35 to
are due at the time of the session.
Advance is required to take any original previews from the studio. This deposit is applied to
your portrait order when the previews are returned. (7 days.) After 7 days, you may lose
your advance payment, plus you Will
be charged for the originals and each folio, you have out.
a 2% discount for full prepayment on the first original portrait order, when paid by cash,
certified check or money order, (WITH COUPON). When order is placed! No Exceptions!! Your
satisfaction is guaranteed on all finished orders.
balances on final orders to be picked up, MUST be paid with Cash, Certified Check, Visa,
MasterCard or Money Order ONLY! No Personal checks. No third party checks. Full Payment is required before any order
is allowed to leave the studio! NO Exceptions!! YEARBOOKS included!
You may purchase
any original previews that are not included in your package. The previews remain
the property of Michael Bell Photography, but can be purchased after you place a portrait
order, with some of our packages, all the previews are yours FREE!
you pay for my
order? Your order
must be paid in full before processing will begin. If you chose to pay a deposit of ½
your order (after deducting your advance) we will then start your order in processing. The
balance is due within 15 days of notification your order is completed. Orders not picked
up within 15 days (and having a balance due), will have a finance charge of 1½% per
month(18% APR) applied. We are not responsible for any order left in our studio after 30
you can not
decide? Can you order later? If, after 7
days you cannot decide or cannot place an order now, return your previews and folios on
time! And well keep them in your file for up to 2 months, you can order then. A
handling fee is applied to late orders , this way your advance payment will be
kept on file waiting for your order.
If it rains,
you should keep your appointment, because appointments
are hard to get, sometimes taking months of advance planning, so come in for the studio
appointment, the outdoors will be rescheduled later. (Radical & Exquisite Sessions
Do we do corrections
and enhancements? Corrections on hair
or clothing will require digital work, fees start at $35.00 and can go
quite high, but almost anything can be done today with the modern techniques.
For ladies, eye enhancements, waist line reduction, and other "figure
enhancements are available". Scar removal is also digital.
Retouching applies to minor skin blemishes,
it is NOT for scars, eye glass glare, stray hair or
tan lines. Digital enhancement is available for all other corrections.
Braces? Can be
removed by digital, that way for those seniors and anyone wearing braces, your
teeth can be perfect and nothing to impair the image
How do you find the
Studio? A map is
available here on our web site. Just print it out. Or call the studio(304) 776-4297, and we'll mail you a map and some portrait tips on what
to bring and what to wear. All of this information is available here on our web site.