Frequently Asked Questions

Below is some of the most commonly asked questions. Just click/tap the question to see the answer.

Shawn Alan Photography is a photography service that takes digital photos at your events. In addition to doing Portraits, I also have a Photo booth you can rent.

I can photograph all kinds of events, anniversaries, birthdays, engagements, communions, weddings, sweet 16s/quinceaneras, reunions, baby showers, bar/bat mitzvahs, proms/graduations. If your event is not posted on my site, please call me and I'll give you a quote.

All event packages include a USB Flash Drive. This means the photos will be mailed to you. Unless specified, photos can also be downloaded from my secure web server.

I do not offer printing services. However you have 100% rights to your photos and there are many companies such as or as well as many retail stores that will print your photos.

Please note:

Each photo package includes 1 USB Flash Drive. The USB flash drive will be mailed to you via USPS.

Yes. I can charge you by the hour.

Venue insurance is a insurance policy that should an accident occur due to the fault of the service person, the injured person's medical expenses will be taken care of by that service person, not the Venue. Not all Venues require this seperate policy however should you ask your Venue if the photographer you are hiring requires Venue Insurance. If so, there is an additional charge for Venue insurance. Read my blog article entitled,"Venue Insurance: A Need to Know" for more information.

I accept Cash, personal checks, and payment via paypal.

Personal checks
Should you decide to pay via personal check, there will be a $30.00 bounce fee should the check bounce.

Paypal Payments
Paypal payments can be made 2 ways, you can pay via the Online Booking System(OBS) or if you already have a paypal account you can use the Friends and Family option and send your payment to

You can use Venmo and Zelle as well.

Yes. A 50% deposit is required upfont. Your balance will be put on a payment schedule and will be outlined to you at the time of your contract. The number of payments will depend on your payment method. If you're paying check or cash, I can schedule 4 payments. If your method is Paypal or Credit card, then the schedule will be set at 2 payments. The last payment is then due 1 month before your event date. No exceptions! If you are booked throught the online booking system, you should receive emails reminding you that your payment is due.NOTE: There is a 10-day acceptance period. Should your deposit not be received within the 10 day period, I reserve the right to release your requested date to other reservations.

Yes. Once I receive your deposit and signed contract, your event date is booked. You can download my event contract here. The contract is my standard event contract for all events. If you have already registered your event with my Online Booking System (OBS) you can electronically sign and print your contract for your records.

There are a few ways for you to book your event.

  • You can call 631.466.2110
  • You can email: Email Shawn Alan Photography
  • You can book online here on my website, use the Check Availability Form where posted.
  • Yes, there are a few fees that may be associated with certain services. Below are a few of them.

    Venue Fee:

    If the venue charges a fee for parking. Client must pay for any parking fees or fees associated with the venue.

    If the venue is asking for specific insurance, event insurance can be purchased by Shawn Alan Photography. However you will be responsible for this charge as well. Be sure to check with your Venue.


    If you are requesting a USB Flash Drive (or if included in your package), there is a extra charge of $14.00 for postage.


    If you need to cancel your booking, it must be made 30 days prior to the event. Deposits are not refundable. Any other payments you may of made are also not refundable. If you paid in full and cancel, within 30 days, that amount is also not refundable.

    Yes, there will be an additional charge for any event that has been split into two time segments. For example, if you're wedding ceremony is from 10am to 11am and your reception is from 2pm to 6pm. Thats a 2 hour time gap that I cannot schedule another client. Unless you opted to have a photo session done in between, there would be a reduced hourly rate charged for that time.

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