Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a session last?
A typical session lasts about two hours (four hours for pet sessions). The length of the session depends on many factors including the number of subjects as well as the time to get acquainted with your child(ren) and/or pet(s).

Where do you photograph the sessions?
All of our portrait sessions are done on location - your home, office, park, just about anywhere you choose. We feel the best portraits are those created at a place that is meaningful to you, to truly capture your personality and spirit.

Do you photograph using color film?
We specialize in fine art black & white portraiture. Black & white portraits evoke an emotional response and visual quality not matched by conventional color film; it captures passion, personality and emotion.

How many pictures do you take?
For a typical session, we photograph at least two rolls of 35 mm film. We guarantee at least 15 images to preview, though generally you'll preview between 20 to 25 images. The number of film rolls used and previews received depend on the type of session, number of subjects and film choice. Extra rolls of film require an additional fee.

When photographing on location, are there limitations on travel?
We do not have any limitations on travel. In fact, we'd love to photograph your session at a place that's meaningful to you. Travel outside the greater Seattle metro area requires an additional travel charge.


Policies & Other Information

Scheduling a Session
Appointments should be scheduled several weeks in advance to ensure availability. A non-refundable retainer of at least 30% of the Session Creation Fee is required to hold your date. The balance of the fee, if any, is due prior to the beginning of the session.

If you are unable to keep your session appointment, we'll be happy to reschedule the appointment and apply the retainer you've already paid to the rescheduled session, provided you notify us at least 48 hours prior to your original session time. If you are unable to notify us at least 48 hours of the original session time, a new retainer may be necessary to reschedule your appointment.

Pre-Session Consultation
A one-hour consultation is included with your session. If you live or work in the Seattle area, an in-person pre-session consultation is advisable. The consultation provides us the opportunity to meet and get acquainted and you'll be able to review my work, ask questions, and discuss what to expect during the session. If you live outside the Seattle area, the pre-session consultation may be done via email or phone conversation.

Proof Previews
Proofs will be ready 2 weeks after your session. You'll have the option to view your proofs online or receive a CD-Rom. Online previewing is an excellent option as your family and friends may enjoy the opportunity to view the proofs as well. Proof images are watermarked with the BK logo. We also offer a premium option of original photographic proof prints. Please contact us regarding this option.

After you've had time to look through the proofs, we invite you to schedule an appointment to place your order. We'll be pleased to show you various print styles, cropping suggestions, and review album and framing options.

For orders under $500, full payment is due at the time of the order. For orders greater than $500, a payment of 50% of the order amount is due at the time of order; the remainder is payable on delivery or prior to shipping. If you're in the Seattle area, we'll gladly deliver your prints to you. If you're outside the Seattle area, you may arrange pick-up or shipment of your order (shipping costs are extra). Your prints will be ready 3 to 4 weeks after placing your order. Please allow additional time for shipping. Rush service is available at a 100% surcharge.

Ben Kakimoto Photography accepts cash and check. Credit card payments (Visa, MasterCard, American Express & Discover) can be accepted through the internet only. Please contact us to make arrangements. We do not accept COD.

Sales Tax
All services and sales provided and/or transacted in Washington State is subject to a sales tax of 8.8%. Services and sales provided in Hawaii is subject to an excise tax of 4%.


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