DAILY SCHEDULE

SOMETHING NEW EVERYDAY

7:45 AM    Rise and Shine

8:00 AM    Morning Club

8:20 AM    Flag Raising

8:30 AM    Breakfast

9:15 AM    Cabin Clean-Up

9:45 AM    Morning Reflection

10:00 AM  CCAT

12:15 PM  Flagpole

12:30 PM  Lunch

1:30 PM    Siesta (aka Rest Hour)

2:30 PM    FCAT 1 & Camp Store

4:00 PM    FCAT 2 & Camp Store

5:30 PM    Flag Lowering

5:45 PM    Dinner

6:30 PM    QUEST

7:00 PM    Evening Program

8:15 PM    Slow Songs and Daily Reflection

8:30 PM    Showers and Prepare for Bed

10:15 PM  Lights Out

* The schedule at Camp Benson varies slightly based on a camper's age and the program he or she is registered for. For our youngest campers, the evening schedule is modified to get them to bed sooner.

General Questions

Do you deliver every image you shoot?


No, we do not. We eliminate duplicate images, test shots, missed focused shots, shots with bad expressions and other images that may dilute the overall product delivery. For example, because we shoot with low apertures, sometimes we take a few extra shots to make sure we have the perfect focus. We don’t expect you to have the expertise or the time to zoom into each image to select the one with the sharpest focus, so we spend hours doing that on our end. In another example, candid laughs and emotional tears are some of the best images from the day. Unfortunately, they can also yield some unflattering facial expressions. We might snap a few extras of any of these moments to make sure we have a great shot with the ideal expression for the moment. With our expertise of processing millions of images each year, we may eliminate ones that we feel are duplicates and only deliver the best one.




Can I hire you to shoot my destination wedding?


We absolutely love destinations, so the answer to your question is a resounding, "Yes!" We have a separate contract for destination weddings, which details accommodations and travel expenditures.




Do you provide customized packages?


Not all weddings are the same -- we get it! For that reason, we may provide a customized wedding package to suit your needs. These customized packages are for weddings that are far outside the norm (for example, a very short, intimate wedding between only parents and the bride/groom). Talk to us and we'll make it work!




Does your studio do headshots, individual portraits, family portraits, newborn shoots, commercial photography, or other types of photography?


Yes, we have experience in many fields of photography. Feel free to contact us.




Do you have insurance?


Oh you-betcha! And plenty of it. Many venues will refuse to allow me (or any wedding photographer) in the door without liability insurance. And most of them aren’t going to believe I’m your cousin/aunt/sister-with-a-camera either.




Why do I have to provide meals for my vendors?


Basically, myself and my staff are able to work on a higher level for longer if we've been fed! We require meals to be provided for any coverage over five hours. If you choose not to provide a meal for us, we will take a one hour break at some point during your reception to have a meal.





Post Production Questions

Do you touch up all the images in our image download?


Yes we do. Every image we deliver is post produced with our unique signature style of post-production. This involves color correction, exposure adjustment, selective black and white processing, clarity adjustments, tone-mapping, and other corrections. Many photographers will not post produce any images, or will only post produce “select” images from your wedding. This means that you may have pictures that are too dark, have strange skin tones or other common photography flaws.




What do you mean by “touching up” the photos?


“Touching up” in our studio is the same as our signature (standard) post-production. See the question below for clarification.




What is the difference between advanced and custom; and why are there additional costs for a custom retouch?


Advanced post-production includes touch-ups such as removal of blemishes, removal of bags under eyes, removal of fly-away hairs, etc. On the other hand, custom post production is anything that requires extensive, custom work in Photoshop such as removing entire objects from the scene, changing the size and shape of body parts or other objects in the scene, adding objects to a scene and other custom work. We charge hourly for the custom post-production as the time required ranges depending on the complexity of the project. Please contact our studio manager for a quote for custom post-production.




Do you shoot in JPEG or RAW


We shoot in RAW becasue it gives more control when editing.





Wedding Day Questions

How many hours do you suggest we set aside for wedding day photo?


Take a look at our Ideal Wedding Photography Timeline to see a detailed breakdown of how much time you would need to have set aside for your wedding photos.




I have downtime between events on my wedding day. Will I be charged for that downtime?


For a variety of reasons, we have to charge for the time in between events. The fact is, we’re never truly resting during the day, whether we’re backing up images, setting up for the second venue, traveling to the second location, taking venue shots, or making up for lost photo time because of unforeseen wedding day delays. In many cases, we use that “downtime” to take you and your significant other out for a photo session or more family portraits.




What happens if we go over the contracted amount of time?


We understand that not everything goes as planned during a wedding. We never pack up before the documenting all your wedding details, and moreover, we’re not leaving on the dot when the contracted time is up. Instead, we will ask you at the end of your contracted time whether or not you would like to extend. If you would like us to stay, we will charge the rates specified in your contract rounded to the closest 30-minute increment.




Why do we need to charge for additional coverage?


We’ve dedicated the entire day to your wedding, so we won’t be racing off to catch other plans that evening. However, we need to charge for additional coverage primarily because there are costs of having the team stay for additional hours. The shooters and lighting assistants all require additional compensation. Furthermore, the additional photos taken will need to be post-produced which adds to our overall costs.




Can I hire an additional photographer to shoot our wedding?


The contract you sign states that Essence Latifah Photography, photographers are the only professional photographers allowed to shoot on your wedding day. This helps promote our creativeness and ensures you get the best photos. We do offer additional shooters depending on the photo package you choose. As long as guests do not infringe upon our space, they can take pictures with their cameras/phones.





Engagement Session Questions

When can we expect to see our photos from our engagement session?


Post-production for engagement sessions are completed 6-8 weeks after the date of the shoot. If you require the images to be completed prior to 6-8 weeks after the date of the shoot, a rush process fee will be charged.




When should we do our engagement session?


We encourage you to do your engagement session as soon as possible. The latest we suggest is at least 10-12 weeks prior to the wedding date due to the time necessary to post produce each image and complete your product order(s). See the engagement session post-production delivery time and engagement session product delivery time FAQ’s for more details.




Can we schedule our engagement session for the weekend?


Because most weddings occur on weekends, we typically do not shoot engagement sessions on weekends. If you can only do your engagement session on a weekend, we can tentatively schedule your engagement session on a weekend, however, if a wedding is scheduled for that weekend, later on, we will have to reschedule your engagement session. We also like to shoot on weekdays because locations are typically less crowded.




How many images do you typically deliver from an engagement session? From a wedding


We typically deliver anywhere from75-150 images per engagement shoot and for a wedding, we typically deliver 60-80 images per hour. Keep in mind these numbers may increase or decrease depending on the flow of the day and the number of events/activities needing to be captured.




When and where can we view our engagement pictures?


Your engagement session images will be completed no more than 4 weeks after the date of the shoot. If you require the images to be completed prior to 4 weeks after the date of your shoot, a rush edit fee of $250.00 will be charged.





Image Download Questions and Legal Questions

What size can we print our photos up to with our full resolution image download?


In most cases, you can print your photos up to 16×20 without any quality loss. If you’d like to print larger than 16×20, additional post-production will be required.




What rights do I have to the digital prints?


You have the right to reprint images whenever you want. However, you may not sell your images for profit or publish your images without the written consent of Essence Latifah Photography.




Do you provide the RAW files from my engagement session and/or wedding day?


Each of our packages comes with digital photos. However, we typically do not provide RAW (unprocessed) files from our shoots because we believe in delivering a finished product. In fact, we’re often shooting with the end (post-produced) product in mind.




What if I lose my images?


There is a $100 replacement charge for additional downloads after the event has been archived. We strongly suggest you make at least one copy of the download when you receive it from us.





Albums, Prints, Framing, Sign-In Books, and Slideshow Questions

How long does it take to get my prints?


Product creation times vary, however, print orders will generally be completed within 4 weeks after the product order is submitted. Similar to the post-production process, if you require rush processing, a fee of $250.00 will be charged. Additional fees for rush shipping may also apply.




How long does it take to get my album?


As with our other products, production times vary. However, you can typically expect to receive your album 6 -8 weeks after approving the final album. The process prior to placing the order varies in duration depending on how quickly you respond to the instructions for the album design as well as the number of changes you request after the initial designs. Some brides complete this within a month or two; others take over a year. Similar to the post-production process, if you require rush processing, a fee of $250.00 will be charged. Additional fees for rush shipping may also apply.




How long does it take to get my sign-in book?


The sign-in book takes around 6 weeks to print after the order is submitted. As with the album, the time it takes to get the order ready for print depends on how quickly you respond to our instructions and how many changes you request.




How many pages and images do we get in our wedding day album?


Our signature albums contain 30 pages and 80+/- images. If you’d like to add more pages and images, each additional page can be added at additional cost and includes the design time/revisions.




Can I add more pages and images to my album?


Each additional page can be added for additional cost and includes the design time/revisions.









Payment and Tax Questions

Do you take payment installments?


Yes, of course. We can work out a payment schedule to make sure you're able to pay for the photos. All we ask is that you pay 25% up front to lock in your date and have the remaining amount to us 2 weeks before your wedding.




If we cancel the wedding, will we receive our retainer fee back?


Unfortunately no. Retainer fees are used to reserve your date. Once we’ve reserved your date, we do not accept new clients for your date.




If we change our wedding to a different date, will we be able to use our retainer fee towards a future date?


Generally no, but this is taken on a case by case basis. The reason for canceling and our availability is taken into account. Also, if rates change from your original date to your new date, the new rates will apply.




Do you offer any discounts on weekday weddings, Sunday weddings, or weddings during the off-season?


We do not offer discounts on Sunday weddings and off-season weddings. Weddings happen all year round. Because of that, we are shooting throughout the year. We also cannot offer discounts on weekday weddings as all of the costs (second shooter rates, etc.) associated with the wedding remain the same.




If I pay for my package in cash will we be able to avoid paying sales tax or receive a discount?


Unfortunately, collecting in cash does not exempt a photography studio from paying California sales tax on the amount of the package price when a physical product is delivered, whether that product be an album or any other physical product. However, we do offer tax-free services and packages that fall within California State Law if you would like a service only packages.





“This time in my child's life will be remembered for her entire life as one of the most positive week of her childhood.  She was positively gushing with excitement and stories of the week.”- Camper Parent

YMCA Camp Benson

16355 Scenic Palisades Rd.

Mount Carroll, Illinois

Have Questions?

Please contact Gwyn “Mama G” Bemis”

Camp Director

E: gwyn@ymcacampbenson.org

Madison “Pawz” Vandersee

Assistant Camp Director

E: madison@ymcacampbenson.org

YMCA Camp Benson