FAQ - Erica Bickel Photography | Erie, Pennsylvania Photographer


What style of photographer are you?

Over the years I've tried a few different methods, not only in shooting but in editing. Recently, I've discovered my best (and favorite!) photos are typically the simplest. I'd say the best way to describe it now is lifestyle, although I will still use props and poses for certain situations. As far as my editing style, I tend to edit for the shoot. I avoid current trends (selective coloring, crushed blacks, photo frames in front of your family) but some photos are meant to be dramatic, others light and airy. It's more important to me that your photos reflect you than a singular style. 

Where do you shoot?

I am currently located in West Erie County, PA and cover all of Erie County, the northern edge of Crawford and the eastern edge of Ashtabula County, OH. 

Did you go to school for photography?

I did, I attended Nossi College of Art in Goodlettsville, TN.


How do I book you for a shoot?

It’s easy! Just send me an email at erica@ericabickel.com, send me a message through the contact page or request a specific date via the booking calendar. I check my messages frequently and should be able to get back to you quickly.

How do you handle fees and deposits?

For weddings a non-refundable 50% deposit is required at the booking, and the remainder before I begin shooting the wedding. For portraits the entire fee is due at the time of the portrait session.

What payment methods do you accept?
I accept only check or  money order. I prefer to keep a money trail for tax purposes. 

What if I need to cancel?

Just let me know as soon as possible. I am extremely flexible when it comes to portrait sessions, life happens and sometimes things need to be rescheduled or even canceled.


Do you shoot in a studio or on location?

I'm an on-location photographer at this time, although if we ever settle somewhere for more than a few years, I'd love to open a studio!

Do you do mini-sessions?

No, I prefer to keep my sessions open ended to allow more flexibility. Photo shoots are not one size fits all, and it's important to me that the families who hire me get not only a quality product, but a happy experience. 

When is the best time to do newborn photos?

In the first 7 days after birth.

What happens if my newborn isn’t cooperating?

We wait. Babies are brand new little people, and we just can’t expect them to conform to our schedules. If we’re in the middle of a session and they need fed, we make sure they are fed. The baby’s needs always come first. 

What happens if my child isn’t cooperating?

I am a mom, so I am pretty patient, don’t worry. We can give them some time to run and play, get some great candid shots while they burn off energy, and try the formal posed shots again a little while later.

How long after my portrait shoot will I receive my photos?

I typically have proofs done within a week, and a link will be provided to a password protected gallery where you are able to download all of your files, ready for printing. 


Do you shoot births?

I have not yet, but really want to. Please contact me if you’re interested, I’m willing to offer the first few birth sessions at a steeply discounted (or possibly free) rate to get experience.


Do I need to sign a contract?

Yes, this protects both you and myself.

How many hours of wedding coverage can we expect?

This depends on how long your wedding is. I prefer to meet the bride wherever it is that she’s doing hair and makeup, and stay until the reception is essentially over.

How many photos can we expect from our wedding?

Again, this depends on the size and length of your wedding. A small and short wedding with minimal details will likely yield less photos than an all day affair with a large bridal party and a lot of little details.

How long after my wedding will I receive my photos?

I typically finish editing about 6-8 weeks after the event.

Proofing & Printing

Do you provide physical printed proofs, or are they digital?

All of my proofs are provided digitally.

Will I receive all of the photos you took?

No, I carefully cull the photos and only provide you with the best. The photos you don’t receive are usually duplicates or photos where people have their eyes closed. I can assure you that nothing important is left out.

How do I get my photos printed?

Once I have finished editing your photos, you will receive a link to download all of your photos, as well as a print release form. 

Due to catastrophic circumstances, we no longer have our photos, can you help? Yes! I keep all original and edited files indefinitely in two different locations.

Social Media & Blogging

Do you use my photos for promotional purposes?

Currently the only method of advertising I have is this website and a Facebook page. If I ever pursue advertising in print or by buying ad space online, you will be contacted if your photo is chosen to represent my photography.

Will my photos be on your blog or on Facebook?

My contracts do have a clause that allow all photos taken to be used in social media to continue promoting the business, so I do frequently post client photos on social media. If you’d prefer that your family is not included, please let me know.


Do you work with live animals?

Pets? Yes! Photos of you with your pets or livestock? Yes! Photos taken with fragile baby chickens, ducks, or rabbits around Easter? No. Not only do I not carry a USDA license for that sort of animal handling, it's important that both my clients, and all baby animals, remain safe. Also, my husband would kill me if I brought home any more pets!

Can I have my photos taken on railroad tracks?

I can't lie, despite it being trendy, I do love the look of railroad tracks in photographs, and trains are absolutely amazing. However, safety and legalities keep me and my clients off the tracks. Maybe someday I will find a DIY on Pinterest about building your own fake tracks in your own back yard, and I can safely (and legally) provide those types of shots. 

Do you shoot same sex weddings?

Sure do! I shot my first in 2014, and can't wait to shoot more!

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