Your Portrait Session from Start to Finish

The Pre-consultation

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Before our session, I will talk to you to find out exactly what you are looking for, what sort of images you have in  mind, is there anyone else you might want to photographed with , will you be using the images for a specific purpose such as work or for a gift. I will also ask you how you you envision seeing yourself in these photographs. Once we have discussed all of these different items we will decide together what outfits you will be wearing and what you will need to do to prepare for your portrait session.

a black woman with shoulder length hair wearing a chunky knit cream sweater

How do you dream of being photographed?

I want to know how you want to be photographed. Is this portrait session for yourself? With your daughter? Your best friend? Your family? Or a combination?

Would you like to be glamorous, with full length gowns, your red carpet moment? Would you like to be a bit more classic, on the dressy side but not black tie formal? Something professional that you could use for work? Casual, friendly and approachable? Or maybe a combination of a few different looks?

 

What will you wear?

Oh the choices you have! Depending on what style of images you are interested in doing we'll discuss your options for clothing. This can be as simple as just reaching in your closet and pulling out your favorite outfits, to borrowing from friends, renting from companies such as Rent the Runway or even using something from my studio wardrobe. Once we have selected a date for your portrait session, I'd  like to see the outfits that you plan on wearing. This can be done with selfies, on Skype or I can even visit you at home and help you go through your closet.

An Asian woman lying on white sheets
a white woman having a natural manicure

How to prepare for your portrait session

My hair and makeup artist will pamper you while you are at the studio but there will be some things that you should do ahead of time to prepare for your photo session. I will send you information covering some basic items as making sure you have had any root touch ups done in advance, hair removal and nail treatments. I want you to feel gorgeous from head to toe.

 

The Session

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You've chosen all your wonderful outfits, you've had your hair cut and colored, nails done. You're feeling pretty good about yourself and a bit nervous at the same time. Don't worry, I've got you from here. It's time for you to sit back and relax and enjoy the pampering.

a portrait of a mother and her two daughters against a black background

Hair and makeup

After we have unpacked your clothes, I will hand you over to my professional makeup artist. She will make you as natural or as glamorous as you'd like, she's not there to make you something you're not, just the best of what you are.  The hair and makeup artist will remain during the session for touch ups and style changes.

Your session includes hair and makeup for up to two people*. If there are more than two of you requiring makeup for your session, I'll have a second artist at the studio as well. If there are any family members not requiring hair and makeup, they will join you later in the session.

*conditions apply

Time for your photoshoot

I will lead you through different poses, designed to flatter your body or to hide areas you are not comfortable with. No need to be photogenic, that's my job to bring out your best expressions. Each image will be lit to enhance your facial features and to reduce the effects of time. You might feel like you've had a bit of a workout after a session, but in a good way. If you have younger children or male members of the family joining you, they will arrive part way through your session. This way we will have captured images of you on your own in a calm enviroment where the focus is on you.

portrait of a young woman with long black hair wearing a sheer dress with black applique

The Portrait Session Reveal

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A few weeks after your portrait session, you will return to the studio to view your images. This will be where you will be choosing the images that you wish to purchase. There is no hard sell, the final choice of package, images or wall art is completely up to you.

blond in a long pink dress
a family of five wearing pastel colored clothing back lit
a backlit photograph of a curly haired woman in a blue and green slip dress
smilling African American woman wearing a white halter top

The Reveal Wall

At your reveal, you will see your images that will have already been artistically edited and retouched. This includes removal of blemishes, dark circles under the eyes as well as teeth whitening. I also take it a step further in reducing any distracting bumps and bulges due to wardrobe malfunctions or maybe something that you have requested during your session. If you require something specific, please mention this during your session. Some retouching might require an additional fee.

Reveal Wall, a selection of images from a portrait session
Portfolio box and matted prints

Portfolio Boxes

Each image that you purchase comes in a printed version along with the corresponding digital file. Image prices start at $190 for a matted 7x10 print and file, collection pricing starts at $954 for 6 images. Collections of 10 or more of the 7x10 images come with a European portfolio box. You have a few beautiful options to choose from so that you can store or display your archival prints.

Enlargements and Framed Prints

During our pre-consultation and our session, we will probably have talked about different ways you might like to display your images. If you're Manhattan apartment is too small to display a large selection of images, the portfolio box or the 9-up image on the right might be perfect for you. If you have more wall space we can definitely discuss larger prints with frames or groups of images to display in your home or country house. Custom orders take about 3 weeks and will delivered to an address of your choosing.

A framed 9up image in a room setting