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Your Questions, Answered.
These are the questions we’re frequently asked about Exulting Images, dance, photography, our process, and how to prepare for a dance shoot. Have others not addressed here? Get in touch – we are here to support you.
Where is Exulting Images?
The Exulting Images Photography Studio is located at 1663 Katy Lane Fort Mill, SC 29708. Please park in front of Exulting Images Parking signs only. If none are available, please come in for a parking pass.
Is dance photography for me?
Yes – we believe dance photography is for everyone! If you enjoy the freedom and empowerment that comes with moving your body, seeing that energy reflected back at you can be transformative. And if you’re a student of a singular type of dance – or engage in several types – an ei session is most definitely for you! Don’t wait to “get to the next level” to celebrate the strength, grit, determination and discipline you’ve already invested in your craft. View our different dance photography services here.
I need a headshot but I’m not a dancer - can I book a Headshot session?
Absolutely! Our Headshot Sessions are available to everyone, not just dancers. We take headshots for professionals across Corporate America – most frequently realtors!
How long are studio sessions?
Creative, Themed and Outdoor sessions are two hours. Headshot sessions are 15 to 30 minutes. Learn more about What to Expect.
What is the difference between a Creative and Themed session?
Simply stated, our Creative sessions are dancer-driven and our Themed sessions are set-driven. Creative sessions primarily use lighting and colored elements to accentuate the dancer. Themed sessions include our mega-dramatic Rain and Snow sessions.
Can I choose the location for my Outdoor session?
Yes! You pick the location if you have one in mind, or select from our list of scouted spots. We’ll go wherever inspiration leads you, whether that’s in the Carolinas or across the country! Learn more about our Outdoor dance photography sessions.
Do you offer hair and makeup services?
We do not offer hair and makeup services – please have both session-ready when you arrive for your session. Plan on wearing a little more makeup than you would day-to-day. We have a lit vanity counter in the studio if you need to touch up.
Is wardrobe provided?
No, we do not provide costumes, leotards, or outfits for dance photoshoots. We’ll consult on which 5 to 7 pieces you should bring with you ahead of your session. We recommend that you choose wardrobe pieces that vary in color and style, and that you’re confident in, showcase your personality, and align with your theme. Your confidence will shine through your photos!
Note: All wardrobe choices must be parent-approved for dancers under age 18.
Are props provided?
We have a variety of props and dramatic elements in-studio, including colored fabric, petals, and umbrellas. If you have other props or accessories that you would like to incorporate into your session, just let us know.
Which dance poses are best for my photoshoot?
No one knows their strong suit like you! We’ll consult on which 8 to 10 poses you’ll want to capture ahead of your session. If you don’t know the dance terms for the poses you have in mind, describe them to us and we’ll figure it out together!
Note: All poses must be parent-approved for dancers under age 18.
How many times can I attempt a pose before moving on to the next?
We abide by a dancer-first philosophy. Your health, safety and well being are our top priority. We want to take enough shots to achieve your best, but not so many that you get fatigued.
Typically we start with headshots and then move on to poses – first two feet on the floor, then one foot, and finally no feet. Each pose will be shot 3 to 10 times, depending on dancer skill and maturity. The session only wraps when both dancer and photographer are thrilled.
When do you offer Snow sessions?
Snow sessions are annually offered between November 1 and January 31. Availability is limited and slots sell out very quickly. Be sure to book early!
When do you offer Rain sessions?
Rain sessions are annually offered between June 1 and August 31. Availability is limited and slots sell out very quickly. Book in advance!
What other creative effects do you offer?
We offer a diverse array of colored lights, fabric and silks, petals, and backdrops. Fog sessions are available upon request and with advanced notice. Contact us to learn more.
How do I book a studio session?
You can easily and securely book your ei session through our website. Choose a slot that is convenient for you, submit your $99 session fee, and mark your calendar! The $99 session fee includes your two-hour studio session, custom lighting per pose, and one print license upgrade ($35 value; $50 value for Rain session).
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, debit and credit cards, and Zelle.
Do you offer payment plans?
If finances are a barrier, please let us know. We consider financial circumstances on a case-by-case basis and, if necessary, can split final packages into a few interest-fee, fee-free payments.
What is your cancellation policy?
You must cancel your photo session a minimum of one week prior to the date of your scheduled session in order to receive a full session fee refund ($99). You have three days prior to your session to reschedule without penalty. Please provide as much notice as possible if you need to cancel or reschedule your session.
If you do not cancel at least one week prior to your session or fail to reschedule your session within three days of your session, you will forfeit your session fee.
If you do not show up for your photo session, you will forfeit your session fee.
When will I see my studio session proofs?
Before you leave the studio on the day of your session, we’ll schedule either an in-person or virtual gallery viewing experience within one week. During this time, we’ll review your highlight reel, spend time with each of your photos, and custom create your personal portfolio.
Viewing consultations are available each weekday. Morning appointments: 9:30, 10 and 11:45 am; afternoon appointments: 12:45, 2:30 and 4 pm.
I’ve booked only a Headshot session - when will I get my proofs?
Headshot proofs are delivered within 24 hours of the Headshot session. Final photos are delivered within 48 hours of selection.
How much are photo packages?
We have digital and print packages to meet any budget from $165 to $1,999, and all include digital images. Our menu of printed pieces also includes stunning wall art options (wrapped canvas, boutique black boxes, metal prints). All packages are completely customizable.
Choosing which of your many gorgeous pieces you can’t live without is hard – be sure to bring those involved in the decision making process in your gallery review!
When will I receive my digital files, printed pieces and wall art?
Just two weeks from selecting your digital package and/or print bundle, your final photos will be ready! You’re welcome to pick them up from our studio, or we can mail them to you – and we’ll text and email to let you know when they’re in transit.
How will I receive my digital files?
Those who order digital packages will receive a flash drive with two folders: Web Use and Print License. The Web Use images are 96dpi – perfect for anything screen related, such as social media, websites, and digital picture frames. The Print License folder houses the 300dpi images for which you have full printing license. You can print any size you want, as many times as you want!
What if I want to order more?
We keep your images on file – order additional pictures anytime!
What edits are made to my photos?
All images are cropped and color corrected. In addition, our all-female editing team will brighten eyes, whiten teeth, minimize lines, remove shadows, and fix any out-of-place wardrobe. If you love a photo but would love it even more if a particular edit was made, bring it up – we can fix it!
Do you have an ambassador program?
Yes – we launched the inaugural Exulting Images Ambassador Program in 2021! Our 2022 Ambassadors have been selected, but there’s always next year! Applications are annually due in October, with ei Ambassadors announced in November and a mandatory in-person meeting in November or December. Learn more about the ei Ambassador Program.
Do you offer event photography?
Yes! We travel across the Eastern Seaboard taking posed portraits and live event shots for dance studios of all sizes. Learn more about our Event Services.
Do you do commercial costume shoots?
Yes! We offer commercial costume photography on location. With shoots typically lasting a week, please book in advance. Contact us for more information.
What are your COVID protocols?
The health, safety and well being of every ei team member, dancer and guest is our top priority. If you are not feeling well leading up to or on the day of your session, please let us know as soon as possible.
Everyone’s temperature is taken upon arrival at the studio. Our studio is 1,500 square feet and our sprung floor is 20 by 24 feet – the ei team, dancers and their guests are never in close proximity for any length of time during the session. The photographer is always farther than 6 feet from the dancer. We do not require masks to be worn inside our studio, unless it is your personal preference to do so.
Hand sanitizer is readily available and our restroom is cleaned and sanitized frequently across the studio work day.
How can I spread the word about my amazing ei experience?
We are thrilled you loved your ei experience, and we so appreciate your willingness to support us! The best way to tell people about our new, state-of-the-art photography studio is to leave a Google review with your feedback about our team, our studio and your session. Thank you so much for taking the time to spread the love!