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Grad FAQs

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"Hi, just got my photos in the mail today and they turned out great!! You guys have been really helpful and have provided great customer service, which can be a hard thing to find these days and I so just wanted to let you know that it has been very appreciated. Thanks so much for everything!!" - Chrystal


It's been many long years but finally, you are about to don the intimidating Cap and Gown and join the ranks graduating students since the invention of the pencil. And of course, you have questions. We have answers! Here's a run-down of many of the Frequently Asked Questions we get from students. Let us know if we've missed anything!

 

1. What should I wear?

Classic grad photography usually shows a bare throat and collar, so tank tops are fine for the shoot. If the classic bare neck is not for you, a button-downed shirt, well-pressed and professional, looks very good under the gown. For guys, we usually recommend a shirt and tie but if you don't have a tie, don't worry. We have ties, and we know how to use them! (Moms like that!) Do NOT wear turtlenecks or cowl-necked sweaters. They just look wierd under a grad gown.

 

2. I'm a Nursing Student. Do you supply uniforms?

Yes we do. We have white nursing tops in many sizes, as well as the nursing cap and pin to complete the look. If you were wanting scrubs and stethoscope, please bring your own.

 

3. What do I need to bring?

We have almost everything you will need here at the studio. Grad cap, gown, hoods for all LU/Con College faculties, degree/diploma (yes, the real deal, not a rolled up piece of paper) and flowers for the ladies or more adventurous guys. For Nursing students, we have the nursing cap, pin and top, but you will need to bring your own scrubs if desired.

 

4. How much is it?

The sitting fee is $20 and we take cash, debit or credit. That is due at the time of your sitting. Everything else depends on when you place your print order and whether you place it onlilne or in person. Usually visa or MC is best but totally up to you. All packages are online for you to see in the Grad Central Online Order Form.

 

5. Where are you located?

900 Central Avenue, in between Golf Links Road and Balmoral Avenue. Check it out on Google Maps if you're unsure. It's a 2-story river rock stone house with a big parking lot and lots of trees. The first door you see says 'Alan Dickson Photography' so come on in! The coffee is usually on and the odds are good that there will be at least one Golden Retriever on hand to greet you!

 

6. How long do you keep the proofs?

Forever. After a few months, we burn all grad images to a DVD and archive them. But please don't wait too long - it's a pain to have to look them up! =D

 

7. Do I have to have them mailed?

Not at all. We print all the packages right here, and if you pick them up yourselves, you save $10 - that's the price of lunch at the Foundry! I'm all in favour of food.

 

8. Why should we go with your studio and not the other studio that also shoots Elementary and Highschools?

Because we don't shoot Elementary and Highschools. We shoot lawyers and teachers and doctors and you. We give students the same professionalism and high quality images as we would any of those professions. Our studio is the best in Thunder Bay and you benefit from 32 years of really great photography. Our prices are the same, if not better, than the 'other guys', our work is stellar, our turn around time is hours, days or weeks compared to weeks and months.

We are completely local and not a branch of a vast American corporation. You are a student, not a number and here, we treat you that way. 'Nuff said.

 

9. Can I bring a friend? Can we get shots together? Can I bring my favourite stuffed animal?

Absolutely! Friends and family are most welcome. If you're on the Thunderwolves or the debate team, if you go spelunking or spend your time painting, you are free to bring something that reflects your unique lifestyle as a student. The best ones we'll share on facebook and you'll be a star, if only for a few minutes!

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10. I have no money. Can I just order 1 8x10 or do I have to order a package?

As you can see from our Online Order Form, we have no minimum order. If all you want is a sheet of wallets, that's all you need to order. And since we keep the images forever, once you do get a killer job and want to fill your wall with photos of yourself, we can help with that. We're all about the decor.


11. Can I buy a DVD of my images or do I have to buy a package first?

You can buy the DVD of full rez images for $99.


12. Can I substitute sizes in the packages?

Yes you can. An 8x10 = 2 5x7s = 4 4x5s = 8 wallets. It's a little tricky to fill that in on the Online Order Form, so just order your package and send me an email immediately following (or call 807-345-6704) and let me know of your substitution. We're good that way.

 

13. What types of payment do you accept?

Cash, interac, visa, mastercard or e-transfer.


14. What are your dogs/cats names?

Big black lab = Marley; dark golden retreiver = Charlie; blonde golden retriever = Poppy

Big orange cat = Alyx; fat tabby cat = Salt; weird gray cat = Lady Grantham GT Poufda Dustbuster

(we retouch out the pet hair for free!)