Thank you for your interest in Anila Sheikh Photography.  The frequently asked questions are listed below:


Portraits Of "Family, Children, Couples, Engagement & Bridal" FAQ'S


How do I book my portrait session?

It is very easy all you have to do is call 703-598-4292 or email me at to let me know that you are interested in booking a portrait session with me.  A $100 retainer/booking fee is due at time of booking to reserve your time and date.  Sessions are by appointment only.  


Do I need to sign a contract?

Yes indeed.  A contract would need to be signed and a $100 retainer/booking fee is required to reserve the day and time of your portrait session.


How do I make a payment?

Payments are accepted by all forms of credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover & American Express), cash or money order. Please make money order out to "Anila Sheikh".  No personal checks are accepted.


Are you licensed?

Yes.  I am licensed by the state of Virginia.


What kind of photos will I expect from you?

As you can see from my website I do a lot of candid and posed shots. I love to give a variety of photos to my clients so you will receive both styles of photography.  


How long will it take to get my images/photos?

I will try my best to have all of your images edited and available in about 2 weeks.


How many hours is my portrait session?  

It depends on the Collection that you select.  Collections start from up to an hour.  


Do you travel for portrait sessions?  If so do you charge for travel?  

Yes and Yes.  If I have to travel 25 miles beyond my zip code 20120 then I will collect travel fees.


Where will the session take place?

The session may take place at any location that you prefer and if there are any fees associated with using that location then that is the client's responsibility to take care of it.  


How many people can be included in the family or children's session?

Up to 5 people.  If you add additional people then there will be an extra fee in the amount of $25 per person. 


If we are late to a session would we still have an hour of a session?

I am sorry but I have other clients or commitments that I need to get to so cannot do that.  For example; If you are late 15 minutes then the session will last only 45 minutes. I am not able to make up the time that you have missed.


What days are you available for portrait sessions?

I am available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 5:30pm-9:00 pm.  Saturdays and Sundays anytime between 10am-8pm. Sessions are by appointment only.


When should I book my session?

Please book as soon as possible since I have limited time on the weekdays.  Weekends tend to fill up very fast.


What happens after the session?

After the shoot, clients will get their images in an online gallery to view and choose which images and products they will purchase.  I am able to help and guide you through the ordering and selection process.  The most time-consuming process is narrowing down your favorite and best images.


Do you do Retouching?  

Yes, of course.


Will all of my images be retouched?

All of the images will be color corrected.  I retouch images that will be used in your portrait album and prints that are 8x10 or larger.


What do you do to retouch images?

With no additional charge, I will do basic retouching such as correct saturation, exposure, clarity, color balance, contrast, sharpening and remove any distortion from all of the images.  I will do advanced touch up of removing minor blemishes, teeth whitening, removing minor wrinkles, bruises, acne or any moles for an additional cost of $15 per image.  


Do you reserve the right to publish the images?

Yes, I do.  Every client signs a release form that is included in the contract.  Any image that you see on my website is a past client of Anila Sheikh Photography and has signed a release form included in the contract or by itself granting me permission to use their images.


What kind of equipment do you shoot with?

I love Nikon anything, Nikon.  I am a Nikon girl!  All of my lenses and camera bodies are Nikon.


Are you shooting in digital or film format?

Digital all the time.


Do you offer black and white photos?  If so how much would it cost?

Yes, I do and it is totally free with portrait coverage.  I select the photos that I feel that will look great in black and white for example; when there is a lot of emotion in a photo, to make people look more serious and to take away any distractions from the photos.


Do you collect sales tax?

I certainly do.  I will collect 6% Virginia state sales tax on all orders and on the full transaction "the total amount of the sale".


Will a fee be charged for paying with a credit card?

Yes.  A 3.5% credit card surcharge will be added to a payment made with a credit card.