Frequently asked questions

General Photography Questions

What photography services do you offer?


Marissa Hoard Photography offers her clients high school senior photography, child and family photography, business photography, couple and engagement photography, wedding photography, events such as charities, parties, concerts and more!




What is your photography style?


Marissa Hoard Photography is natural, vibrant, and professional. I combine fine art photography with a journalistic style to give you a lifestyle photo shoot that captures genuine personality and emotion. My editing style also reflects this as I keep it natural, and true to color, giving each image love rather than slapping on a few presets. This is reality. Not instagram




When is the best time to photograph?


Late afternoon has the best lighting. 2:30- sunset will be our prime photographing hours, but can certainly accommodate if schedules do not allow.




What do you photograph with?


Nikon D800E 85mm 1.8f 50mm 1.2f Neo 2 Off Camera Flash the SUN! I love photographing with natural light, and primarily do. However will use what is needed, when the time calls. I always photograph in RAW. More details, more pixels to play with!




Where do you travel to?


Marissa Hoard Photography is based out of Howell, Michigan but often travels to West Michigan, Northern Michigan, Mid Michigan, and the Metro-Detroit area. There is no travel fee for locations within Livingston County. Depending on distance, a travel fee may be added. I travel wherever, whenever Let's go somewhere great.




How long have you been photographing?


I first began photographing in 2006 at the age of 13. I didn't quite know the ins and outs of the camera at the time, but it certainly never left my hand. Starting off small I did photoshoots for friends and family and when this small hobby began to grow, I decided it was time to go to school. 2012 I attended Lansing Community College and received an AAS in photographic imaging technology. Not long after, turning around and diving into making photography my full time job and lifelong passion..




Do you deliver every image you take?


While you will get the majority of the images I do not deliver each image taken. I filter through duplicates and out of focus images. Many of my photos have laughter, talking and motion in them so I typically take a lot of images in order to get the best one. Since there are so many, I am highly trained at being able to pick out the most natural, and flattering facial expressions of you and your family. If you are interested in receiving every single raw image an additional $350 will be added to your photo session price.




How long will it take for us to receive our images?


Depending on photoshoot length and subjects being photographed, turn around time typically takes 2 weeks. Weddings and large event turn around times typically take 2-3 months.




Do you have liability insurance?


Yes!




What should I wear?


-Most important rule. Wear what you are most confident and comfortable in. This can change a photoshoot completely. If you are uncomfortable it will show -Layer up and bring your accessories! Jackets, hats, bags, glasses, jewelery, sweaters or props! The more you layer with the more opportunity for posing -Short skirts, shorts and dresses will really limit opportunity for poses. Fingertip length or longer is suggested -Graphic tops- Use at your discretion, a graphic tee underneath a cardigan or a jacket can really add to your look, but some graphic designs can distract the viewer's eye to what's most important in the photo (you!) -Trying to coordinate colors with your family? Not everyone needs to wear the same color, so long as they are complementary. Click the link below for a few complementary color ideas.




What if I don't feel not comfortable in front of the camera?


Don't worry, I'm not very comfortable in front of the camera either. I know how it feels like to not know what my smile looks like, how my hair is laying or if I should have my hand up here, or down *here*. That is why I will give you prompts, sayings, interactions or games in order to get you moving and feeling at ease in front of the camera. The magic is all in the details, so don't worry about a thing, I will fix your hair, let you know if your shirt isn't laying right. I treat my clients as if they were my best friends, I take pride in helping you look your best.




Payments accepted?


Check, Cash & Venmo




How long will our photo session last?


It will generally take us 30- 40 min per outfit for an individual’s photo session I suggest blocking out about an hour of time for family and couples photo sessions Up to two hours for large extended family photo sessions





Wedding Photography Questions

How many weddings have you photographed?


Marissa Hoard Photography has photographed 13 Weddings




Are you comforatble photographing in a dark venue?


I have photographed by candle light, and extremely low light situations before. I have lighting equipment on hand for any situation, and a camera with 36.3 mpx that is built for low light situations




How do I reserve a date?


In order to reserve a date a down payment must be made in the amount of 30% of your photoshoot total. Cancelations result in a loss of your down payment, but rescheduling will carry over any payments made. The remainder of your payment must be made the day of your wedding. No images will be shown or given until the payment is made in full.




How many times will we get to meet?


We will have our initial meeting to go over your wedding day, get to know one another, and answer any questions either of us may have. I will give a phone call up to 2 weeks before the big day to go over your schedule, and any questions either may have. The week of your wedding I will text you just to double check that there haven't been any last minute changes, but I encourage couples to get a hold of me at any time they have questions.




What if I don't feel not comfortable in front of the camera?


Don't worry, I'm not very comfortable in front of the camera either. I know how it feels like to not know what my smile looks like, how my hair is laying or if I should have my hand up here, or down *here*. That is why I will give you prompts, sayings, interactions or games in order to get you moving and feeling at ease in front of the camera. The magic is all in the details, so don't worry about a thing, I will fix your hair, let you know if your shirt isn't laying right. I treat my clients as if they were my best friends, I take pride in helping you look your best.




Payments accepted


Cash, Check & Venmo




How long will it take for us to receive our images?


Depending on photoshoot length and subjects being photographed, turn around time typically takes 2 weeks. Weddings and large event turn around times typically take 2-3 months.




Do you have liability insurance?


Yes!




The 'Ideal' Wedding Schedule


We will go over this in detail the day we meet, and go over each item and find what might work best for you. Getting ready 30 min- Detail shots 1hr- Bride getting ready 1hr- Groom getting ready 30 min- Bride portraits - Best Done Early Afternoon 30 min- Groom portraits - Best Done Early Afternoon 30-40 min Bridesmaids and family photos 30-40 min groomsmen and family photos Ceremony After Ceremony 30 min- Bridal Party 30 min- Family Portraits 1hr- Bride & Groom - Best done late afternoon Reception 20 min - Sneak away dusk photos




What is your photography style?


Marissa Hoard Photography is natural, vibrant, and professional. I combine fine art photography with a journalistic style to give you a lifestyle photo shoot that captures genuine personality and emotion. The day of your wedding I try to blend in as much as possible, I am like a shadow on the wall, so to speak, I will adjust and instruct you as needed, but otherwise will capture your day as it unfolds and all of the little moments in between,My editing style also reflects my photographing style as I prefer to keep it natural, and true to color, giving each image love rather than slapping on a few presets. This is reality, not Instagram.





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Doing things differently since 1992.

MARISSA HOARD PHOTOGRAPHY

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Marissa Hoard is a lifestyle, candid

& unposed photographer in Howell, Michigan 

High school seniors, weddings, family sessions, couples, business, events & more!

Natural photography with a touch of whimsy

& a whole lot of happiness.