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Questions?

 

Studio Operations

+ What are your hours?**

Our office is open–by appointment only–between 10am and 5pm Tuesday through Saturday. We are closed Sundays and Mondays.

We schedule photo sessions on Friday, and Saturday. Session times are 10 am, 11:30 am and 1:30pm. We schedule outside of these times on a case-by-case basis based on our staff's availability.

+ Can folks without an appointment just stop by and get photographed?

Unfortunately no, we have created an environment that allows us to give each client our full attention. If you wish to speak with us about our products and services, please contact us to make an appointment.

+ Do you do weddings?

We don’t photograph on location for weddings, but occasionally clients wish to be photographed at our studio in full wedding attire. Or if they are having a small local ceremony without a photographer they have been known to schedule a photo session the day of their wedding to capture some sweet moments.

We are happy to recommend talented wedding photographers in the Portland area. If you are looking just contact us to find out whose wedding photography we are in love with.

+ Can we bring our pet to our photo session?

You bet. We just appreciate knowing ahead of time so we can fill the water bowl and dig out our lint rollers. Kindly consult your photographer about the timing of introducing your furry friend into the family photography and see more examples on our family page.

Planning for Your Session

+ What’s the first step?

Well, if you’ve already seen our portfolio, the only thing left to do is contact us and set up a complimentary Portrait Planning Session.

+ What is a Portrait Planning Session?

With each new client, we are building a relationship. It is important to us that our photography studio is a perfect match for your aesthetic style and personality. By meeting, we are better able to tailor your session to your wishes, and exceed your expectations. At this appointment, you’ll learn about all the unique services we offer and see a slide presentation geared towards photography that interests you. Portrait planning appointments are complimentary to schedule on either give us a call (503)736-3040 or drop us a note online at the bottom of this page.

+ How do I schedule a session?

Sessions are scheduled during or after your portrait planning appointment. To start the process go to our 'Book a Session' page.

We offer a limited number of photo sessions each week; your sitting fee reserves your session. This sitting fee is non-refundable, but should you be unable to attend your session and provide 72 hours notice, we will issue a transferable gift certificate for you or a friend.

The Investment

+ How much does your professional photography cost?

From the calls we receive at the studio we know that price is one of the top considerations folks have when choosing a photographer but not usually the only one. We believe that choosing a portrait photographer solely based on the cost may lead to disappointment.

Our prices are based on a number of set factors like providing a gorgeous brick and mortar location that people can feel great walking into, highly qualified & friendly staff and a one-of-a-kind experience. Campbell Salgado photographers have over 22 years of photography under the belts, over 5000 photo sessions, 1,000,000+ frames taken and over 3,500 happy clients.

Our sitting fees range from $200 to $300 in the studio and $400 to $500 on location (the sitting is a service fee and does not include any prints or digital files). Our retouched 8x10s photographs are $100 each and packages that include print and digital files start at $500 for Original Portraits™ and Vignettes™ experiences and $1200 for El Corazon™. We've detailed pricing more completely on each of our unique photo style's pages.

Come in for a complimentary planning session and we'll take that opportunity to show you how a professional photography studio can knock it out of the park.

+ Is your pricing online?

To give you the most accurate pricing we need to find out what you are looking for first.—whether it's wall portraits, books or digital files—so we can estimate what you may want to budget for. We've included a price estimator on each 'Photo Style' and 'Who We Photograph' page.

Contact us at the bottom of this page and we’ll happily share an additional price estimate based on your needs, and more details about our session choices. Schedule a complimentary portrait planning session and you'll receive a folder with a complete price and product list.

+ Do you have payment plans?

We do! When you place your order, you have the option to set up payment terms, in up to three installments. We will secure your order by credit card, and you may pick up your order after the final payment has been received.

+ Do you offer photography gift certificates?

We certainly do. They make exceptional gifts for new parents, house closings, birthday gifts and more. You can choose between purchasing a session with a certain number of photographs or for a written dollar amount.

+ How are the session styles different?

The Original Portraits™ sessions happen in our Sellwood studio; indoors and outdoors in our gorgeous portrait garden. Multiple backgrounds and outfit changes make this our deluxe session option—60-80 luxurious minutes of Kim's photographic attention.

The Vignettes™ photo style brings Kim Campbell on location to your home or favorite place in the Portland area. She'll spend two hours documenting your family in an expressive and candid style.

The niche line of artistic children's portraits - El Corazón™ bundles a consultation and a two hour photography session with Kim Campbell. Creating a piece of fine art worthy of a gallery wall is the goal.

Our latest line Foto Playground™ turns our studio into a huge photo booth for small parties, date nights and family fun. You rent the studio for a set amount of time. Kim provides the tools to make your occasion suitably festive and fun.

+ What makes professional portrait photography 'expensive'?

We think it's such a great question that it's deserving of an answer. From the first call you place to our photo studio we are committed to giving you an unparalleled chunk of our time. Planning for the session, preparing, photographing, editing, posting, reviewing, showing, ordering and framing add up to a significant amount of people hours. Having great folks by our side and a beautiful location in an urban setting are our two largest expenses. Our satisfied clientele know how much of a difference it makes having good people show you a good time.

+ What sorts of discounts and specials do you offer?

We recommend following us on Facebook or signing up for our periodic newsletter (approx. 6x/year), where you just might discover special offers and exclusive happenings around the studio. .

Planning for Your Photography Session

+ What’s the first step?

Well, check out our website, we've got tons of useful information and visual samples of our work. If you think we are the right fit then the next thing to do is contact us and set up a complimentary Portrait Planning Session..

+ What is a Portrait Planning Session?

With each new client, we are building a relationship. It is important to us that our photography studio is a perfect match for your aesthetic style and personality. By meeting, we are better able to tailor your session to your wishes, and exceed your expectations. At this appointment, you’ll learn about all the unique services we offer and see a slide presentation geared towards photography that interests you. Portrait planning appointments are complimentary.

+ How do I schedule a session?

Sessions are scheduled during or after your portrait planning appointment. We offer a limited number of photo sessions each week; your sitting fee reserves your session. This sitting fee is non-refundable, but should you be unable to attend your session and provide 72 hours notice, we will issue a transferable gift certificate for you or a friend.

+ How long does the photo session last?

Original Portraits™ sessions typically last between an hour to 90 minutes. If you are late, please know that it will shorten your session time accordingly. Vignettes™ and El Corazon™ sessions typically take 2 hours.

+ How do I prepare my child for the session?

Make sure your child is fed, well rested and ready to have a good time. It’s a good idea to tell small children they are going to “play” at the studio. We want them to feel comfortable and at ease in the space and with the folks behind the camera.

+ What do our photographers expect from the parents during the session?

We prefer to work as a team. You know your child better than we do. As you prepare for your portrait photography session, notice what you do or say that garners great reactions. Hug and kiss your kids, laugh out loud, and strike a festive mood. We’ll ask you to look at the camera when the timing is right, but for the most part ignore the camera.

Scheduling and Miscellaneous

+ We have some ideas of our own. Can we try them?

You bet! Come prepared with any props your idea may require, and let us know what you’re thinking. We are always up for trying new things. Think of your kids favorite toys, special books, or bring fresh flowers for your photo studio session. These could be valuable in making children feel comfortable, and the photography experience personal.

+ Who is welcome at the sessions?

Many families prefer the sessions to focus on immediate family. But aunts, uncles, and grandparents can be a wonderful addition to your family’s photography appointment, and make great helpers for small children during the session. If there will be six or more in attendance, please let us know beforehand so that we can accommodate everyone.

+ Do you ever schedule evening order appointments?

Yes we do! On Wednesdays and Fridays or by appointment. However, we do encourage you to please factor in traffic and travel time. If you are running 10-15 minutes late, please call to let us know. If you will be later than that we may need to reschedule.

+ We need to reschedule, what’s your policy?

If for any reason you are unable to make your scheduled appointments please call us at 503.736.3040 to reschedule with 72 hours advance notice to avoid a $50 rescheduling fee.

Clothing Recommendations

+ How should we dress for our family portrait?

Visit our gallery of great clothing tips for photography here. With family photography we recommend that you choose simple, textured apparel that reflect your personality. For example: jeans, layered hand knits, corduroy, and wraps with a loose weave. Choose clothes that are flattering to your figure. Avoid clothes with strong patterns, logos or high-contrast stripes. We love a bit of pattern sprinkled in among your family's clothes. See specific clothing tips just for families here.

Most importantly make sure you choose three to four colors and have everyone stick to those shades so that the family's clothes coordinate together.

+ Can we change clothes during the photo session?

Yes, Original Portraits™ sessions include the option of several clothing changes. Generally, most Vignettes™ on location shoots don't have a change of clothing, thought if a family wanted to we wouldn't be opposed.

Visit our backgrounds and notice what colors others have worn in front of each of our 25+ different backgrounds.

Hair, Makeup, Glasses

+ Do you have hair suggestions?

Schedule haircuts and salon visits up to three weeks before your photo session. You want to be comfortable with your style. We’ve found hair worn down will be more flattering than hair worn up. But if you love your hair up, bring what you need to style it at your session and inform your photographer. Some women choose to go get a blow out and hair style before arriving at the studio.

+ I wear glasses, do I need to remove them for photos?

We are most successful minimizing eye glass glare for sessions that take place inside our photo studio. Avoid wearing TRANSITION lenses to your photo shoot. The lighting will turn them into sunglasses. If you wear glasses outdoors, there is often reflections which require complex retouch charges to fix. If you are very partial to your glasses, you may want to consider having your optician remove the lenses before your session or lend you a pair of frames without lenses in them.

+ How should I do my make-up?

As a general rule, monochromatic (sepia-tone, black and white) photography is different than color. With color photography, wear natural day makeup. For black and white or brown tone/sepia photography, everything will be in shades of gray or brown, so plan as if you were going out for the evening: a little heavier than your normal day makeup. Even for those who don’t wear makeup, we recommend lipstick or mascara for definition. Wear bare or light colored nail polish; in black & white photography red nails will look black.

+ Should I go to a stylist?

You are welcome to see a professional stylist before the session, but please be assured you are comfortable with the results. We will not do retakes for bad hair days.

Philanthropy - Our community giving philosophy.

+ How can we benefit from photography for our non-profit organization?

We support a number of worthy causes in our community. If you visit our 'Community Giving' page you'll find out more about our efforts. Generous gift certificates are one way we can help. Framed gallery portraits must be put on display next to the item and they are available to pick up with the gift certificate.

Each year Kim and Francisco select a couple worthy projects for which they donate time and professional photography. Examples include the Children’s Heart Foundation and Street Yoga. To discuss your idea get in touch.

Visit our 'Community Giving' page and submit your request online.