FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS  
     
     
     
     
     
  I'M JUST STARTING OUT.  ARE THE RESOURCE KIT AND PROGRAM FOR ME?  
     
  Yes.   Both the kit and the mentorship program are designed to help you whether you're start out or starting over.   I have worked with hundreds of photographers over the past six years with a wide range of expertise, years of experience, creative perspectives, goals, and success.   I most enjoy working with new photographers who seek to start off on the right foot and set themselves apart from the pack.  Many photographers come to me during a transitional or "exploratory" phase as a means of deciding whether or not to pursue their businesses further.  Others have been in business and need a fresh new perspective and approach.  As long as you have the necessary equipment (see below) and the desire to succeed, I'm here to help.   
     
     
  I SHOOT WEDDINGS / PETS / SPORTS.   WILL THE KIT OR THE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM HELP ME?  
     
  While the program is helpful to all photographers, I will share specific information how to grow a home-based business specializing in children's portraiture (versus newborn, family, wedding, or commercial photography) with a low-volume, high-margin business model (versus a Kiddy Kandids volume-based model).  
     
     
  HOW MUCH PHOTOSHOP DO I NEED TO KNOW?  
     
  The Kit assumes you have a basic working knowledge of Photoshop. While it does not attempt to a be "Photoshop guide" (there are far better resources than this), I spend time walking through image editing.  I also share other creative techniques I use most often, including layer adjustments, masks, repair techniques, high / low passes, sharpening techniques, color effects, brightening eyes, dodging and burning, black and white conversions, pre-press preparation, and product production.  
     
     
  HOW MUCH BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION / ACCOUNTING DO I NEED TO KNOW?  
     
  Other than common sense and the ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide, you need not have any specialized knowledge such as law or accounting.  The greater part of the Kit will focus on business, however, much of it will be "common sense knowledge" and based on intuition.  
     
     
  WHAT EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE DO I NEED TO USE THE KIT?  
     
  The Kit requires that you have Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word and Excel 2004 or later, Adobe Photoshop CS or later, and a DSLR camera with interchangeable lenses.  It also assumes you're working with a workflow program such as Adobe Bridge, Adobe Lightroom, or Apple Aperture, though the specific program is not important.  
     
     
  HELP!  I'M HAVING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES DOWNLOADING OR OPENING THE FILES!  
     
  If you're having trouble downloading, be sure your Internet connection has not lapsed and that your computer is not set to "sleep."  Depending on your connection, it may take up to 30 minutes to download the kit.  Be sure you're working with the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader and Microsoft Office 2004 or later.   If you're still experiencing problems, PLEASE E-MAIL ME (do not call) outlining your issue.   I will respond to all technical inquiries within 24 hours M-F 10-5 EST.  
     
     
  CAN I PREVIEW THE KIT BEFORE I BUY IT?  
     
  Regretfully, no. The first time I published the Kit, in 2010, a photographer plagiarized and sold her own "Kit" (a compilation of my work and the work of several other photographers).  You can read more about this at stopstealingphotos.com/sara-anne-photography.  Once you purchase and read my Kit, you'll recognize the portions that were plagiarized.  Unfortunatly, the act of one bad apple has spoiled it for the bunch.  I do invite you to read the entire Table of Contents (see below) and view the sample page images with blurred content before purchasing the Kit.  
     
 
CAN I PRINT THE KIT?
 
  Yes. The resolution of the main PDF is 96ppi, so the text will be crystal clear and the images may only be a bit soft (both will look great online).  The Word and Excel documents are at full resolution.   Feel free to print and bind the entire kit for personal use, but I ask that you don't duplicate or share the kit with others.  
     
     
  CAN I CONTACT YOU WITH A QUICK QUESTION OR TWO?  
     
  I genuinely want to be available to everyone, however it's difficult to answer a specific question without an understanding of your personal circumstance and background.  I must limit my time to working with paying clients who enroll in the One-On-One Mentorship program and to running my retail portrait studio.  For this reason, I regret I cannot respond to "quick questions" or consultation requests outside of the formal mentor relationship.

I do provide access to a "secret" members-only Facebook page for those who purchase the full kit. While I moderate the page and chime in frequently, please understand that I must budget the time I'm able to spend in the group.
 
     
     
     
  READ THE ENTIRE TABLE OF CONTENTS  
     
     
     
 
 
 
 
 

   
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