About Beth Dukes Photography

We call home the glorious skies of West Texas…specifically, Abilene, and raise our little family here. However, we should advertise for Delta because “we love to fly & it shows!” My husband and I have lived in the Panhandle of Lubbock, the Mid-Cities of DFW, down the street from the Capitol in Washington, DC and the suburbs of Fairfax, VA.  I have both a permanent & a mobile business.  If you want to book a session or schedule an event, I’d love to talk about traveling for you!

I’ve been “text-friendly” before texting was even mentioned. As a deaf professional, I rely on texts, emails, and the written word for clear communication…plus, it’s super fast, easy to refer to, you don’t have to listen to my babies in the background, and I have a slight addiction to emoticons.

In a nutshell, minimal and intimate, relaxed and artistic, with a sprinkle of traditional (for those darling grandparents of yours).

I was a DSLR hobbyist for six years, and after investing in small business education, studying with some of Dallas’s best wedding photographers, attending photography workshops and numerous conferences…I reached for my dream and became “Beth Dukes Photography” and a part of the Professional Photographer’s Association (PPA). I then made it official and registered my photography business in January of 2013!

Common Wedding Questions

We call home the glorious skies of West Texas…specifically, Abilene, and raise our little family here. However, we should advertise for Delta because “we love to fly & it shows!” My husband and I have lived in the Panhandle of Lubbock, the Mid-Cities of DFW, down the street from the Capitol in Washington, DC and the suburbs of Fairfax, VA.  I have both a permanent & a mobile business.  If you want to book a session or schedule an event, I’d love to talk about traveling for you!

I’ve been “text-friendly” before texting was even mentioned. As a deaf professional, I rely on texts, emails, and the written word for clear communication…plus, it’s super fast, easy to refer to, you don’t have to listen to my babies in the background, and I have a slight addiction to emoticons.

In a nutshell, minimal and intimate, relaxed and artistic, with a sprinkle of traditional (for those darling grandparents of yours).

I was a DSLR hobbyist for six years, and after investing in small business education, studying with some of Dallas’s best wedding photographers, attending photography workshops and numerous conferences…I reached for my dream and became “Beth Dukes Photography” and a part of the Professional Photographer’s Association (PPA). I then made it official and registered my photography business in January of 2013!

First, choose the session package that you would like (The Sweet and Simple $300, The Posh $450 or the Luxurious $875) then browse the calendar for open dates. Once you have a date or two that will work for you, text me from my contact page on the website and I will respond within a day. If you don’t hear back from me within 2 days, please try again! Rambunctious toddlers in my home are known to perform accidental deletions.

I require a signed contract & a $100 non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot for a standard session. Incase you must cancel, it can be applied to a future session within 3 months.

Please contact me with more information about your wedding day! Once you have looked at my calendar, the next step is a non-refundable $500 retainer to reserve your spot. That amount will be deducted from your final bill. I will then email you the contract, wedding plan, and questionnaire to fill out for me to file away.

Nope, because you are worth it. Your wedding day and schedule are incredibly important to me. I’m guilty of valuing your images sometimes more than bride and grooms do. Having a second shooter allows me to direct another photographer to the areas that YOU won’t see as you’re getting ready. I know the skills of all my second-shooters and what they bring to the table. My basic package provides for an excellent second-shooter looking to build a specific wedding portfolio, while my middle and upper packages allow for a highly skilled, reputable, and creative second shooter. You get what you pay for, and I make darn sure that you get MORE than you even dream of.

The best-looking shoots have been when one person (or a couple people) in the family wears a patterned outfit. The others should use colors from that to pull from. I am more than happy to help you decide what to wear. The easiest way for me to do this is to text me several different photos of your options. I can help you choose that way. Unless we’ve talked first, please…stay away from those solid white shirts.

WhatToWear

After reviewing your questionnaire, I’ll shoot you an email to ask more questions about what ideas you have for your session and then we will come up with a plan from there. I love to explore new locations and often find them freestyle while driving around looking at the lighting during the session. Short & Sweet sessions must be done within the Abilene city limits…The Posh and Luxurious sessions can be held outside the city limits (I have access to some of the very best private locations!).

I’m a baby whisperer…. seriously. I am very good with your children. I respect them, bring them into the curiosity of the environment, play games, sing songs and am known to some as the “crazy picture lady who chases squirrels.” Children are normally tired and “done” 45 minutes into the session, but I will shoot, engage and play with them until I feel confident that I’ve produced amazing work for you. Moms are always wowed at the images after they see them when they remember how they thought their children were acting. It’s totally normal!

For engagement, family, newborn, and senior portrait sessions, it normally takes me one week to have your session online. For weddings, your digital downloads are available in 4 weeks and your DVD is mailed to you at 6 weeks.

Digital downloads are just like receiving your images on a DVD to print from, except you get them through an online gallery. If you have 50 images to choose from, you may want to download five specific ones and make any interesting thing that you wish from your session. They can be printed up to 11x14s. Larger prints, canvases, and other items can be purchased at an affordable rate from the proofing galleries. The Luxurious session comes with a beautiful archival DVD backup for your convenience. Please be sure to backup all of the digital images that you download as I may not keep them forever after you have them.

Common Portrait Questions

First, choose the session package that you would like (The Sweet and Simple $300, The Posh $450 or the Luxurious $875) then browse the calendar for open dates. Once you have a date or two that will work for you, text me from my contact page on the website and I will respond within a day. If you don’t hear back from me within 2 days, please try again! Rambunctious toddlers in my home are known to perform accidental deletions.

I require a signed contract & a $100 non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot for a standard session. Incase you must cancel, it can be applied to a future session within 3 months.

The best-looking shoots have been when one person (or a couple people) in the family wears a patterned outfit. The others should use colors from that to pull from. I am more than happy to help you decide what to wear. The easiest way for me to do this is to text me several different photos of your options. I can help you choose that way. Unless we’ve talked first, please…stay away from those solid white shirts.

WhatToWear

After reviewing your questionnaire, I’ll shoot you an email to ask more questions about what ideas you have for your session and then we will come up with a plan from there. I love to explore new locations and often find them freestyle while driving around looking at the lighting during the session. Short & Sweet sessions must be done within the Abilene city limits…The Posh and Luxurious sessions can be held outside the city limits (I have access to some of the very best private locations!).

I’m a baby whisperer…. seriously. I am very good with your children. I respect them, bring them into the curiosity of the environment, play games, sing songs and am known to some as the “crazy picture lady who chases squirrels.” Children are normally tired and “done” 45 minutes into the session, but I will shoot, engage and play with them until I feel confident that I’ve produced amazing work for you. Moms are always wowed at the images after they see them when they remember how they thought their children were acting. It’s totally normal!

After Your Session or Event

For engagement, family, newborn, and senior portrait sessions, it normally takes me one week to have your session online. For weddings, your digital downloads are available in 4 weeks and your DVD is mailed to you at 6 weeks.

Digital downloads are just like receiving your images on a DVD to print from, except you get them through an online gallery. If you have 50 images to choose from, you may want to download five specific ones and make any interesting thing that you wish from your session. They can be printed up to 11x14s. Larger prints, canvases, and other items can be purchased at an affordable rate from the proofing galleries. The Luxurious session comes with a beautiful archival DVD backup for your convenience. Please be sure to backup all of the digital images that you download as I may not keep them forever after you have them.

 
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