In the weeks or days leading up to a session, I will have one initial consultation either in person or over the phone with my client to get to know about the life event that is inspiring their session & learn about their expectations and about who they are as a person, couple or family. I am very thorough, I ask a ton of questions and, after we have our consultation, I am in contact with a client often, bouncing back and forth ideas, creating props adjusted to their style and session, discussing wardrobe & makeup etc. I can recommend hair and makeup artists if desired. I do not take money deposits ahead of time because with the amount of communication leading up to the session, missing appointments is never a problem.
II have a whole library of locations cataloged. If you need some inspiration on what type of place you would like to take photos, please read more info. here: Locations by Claire Charling Photography.