frequently asked questions
what should i wear?
I ask that everyone bring at least 10 different outfit options clothing wise. I like to decide what you will wear from a range of clothing. Rule #1: You have to love it! I don't want to shoot anything that you don't feel comfortable wearing. If you don’t feel good in it, you won’t shoot well while wearing it. Remember, be yourself because this is where you can get some of your own personal style into the shoot.
People always ask me what colors are best and I really don't have an answer for that. For me, it's better for me to get a visual of something, so I suggest bringing a wide variety of colors. Don't be seasonal; everything from t-shirts, tank tops to sweaters and light jackets can work. I love textures and layers, but would generally stay away from crazy patterns, however, if it's not in the studio we can't shoot it, so if you find yourself questioning whether or not something will work just bring it along. I also suggest having some fun with this, if you feel your wardrobe is missing a beat then go shopping and we'll keep the tags on, so you can return the items you don't want to keep after the shoot.
For more ideas on what to wear check out my Client Guide HERE
how long until i can view my images?
For proofs I usually have a turn around time of 24 to 48 hours. I shoot tethered to a computer so that my clients can see the photos before the session is complete that way the session becomes participatory and you don't have to go home wondering.
do you offer to reshoot?
If you end up choosing me as your photographer then you are in agreement that it's your responsibility to convey to me anything that you feel needs improvement over the course of the session. I want nothing more than having you totally satisfied with the outcome and things are fairly easy to adjust during the session. However, once the session is over then it's your responsibility to work with the images that we decided to keep. I'm a big deleter and want your shoot saturated with amazing shots, so I have no problem deleting shots during the editing process in order to only keep the best of the best.
I do feel that I have an incredible eye, however, I have no control of how others (agent, publicist, spouse, friends, etc.) will react to your session after you leave my studio. If, for any reason, something causes you to doubt the marketability of any part of your session and you would like to add another look or two, I charge a $300 fee for another hour of shooting. Anything that you feel could be improved upon should've been discussed during your session in order to avoid having to come back for the additional hour, so I need to charge for my time for this service. This offer is only available for 30 days from your original session and after that you are free to update at any time by doing my discounted returning client session!
Do I need professional hair and makeup?
Professional hair and makeup isn't required but I do highly suggest you use the opportunity! My artist specifically applies for the lighting I use and makes you look your absolute best very naturally. If you decide to forego my artist take a look at this article to get an idea on how you should apply makeup and style your hair.
I don’t usually like men to wear makeup in headshots. If you are a man that happens to wear a little concealer on a daily basis that is fine. I do recommend men to wear a facial moisturizer of some kind so we don't have any dry skin issues.
Also, for the guys who grow decent scruff or feel you can market yourself in that direction, you can come in with a some growth and we'll shoot until we feel we've gotten it covered and then you can shave, so bring your razor, etc.
How Do I Pay you?
A non-refundable deposit equal to half of the session fee is required to book a session. It is due at your convenience after you've chosen a shoot date and gotten it booked on my schedule. However, if it is not received at least one week prior to your scheduled session, the session will be granted to someone on my waiting list, so get your deposits to us as soon as you can.
I accept cash as well as Visa, Mastercard and American Express. The remaining balance including hair and makeup fee is due the day of the session.
What happens after the shoot?
After you leave the studio the approved shots will be made available on your own password protected proofing website on www.pixieset.com. You will be able to give the pass-code to friends, family, agents or anyone else who might help you choose the shots you decide to use. You can also share the images through social media via the links you’ll see next to each image in your gallery. The site is a perfect tool for choosing your shots and remains online for a minimum of 2 weeks from your shoot date. If you are using the site and would like it to remain online longer then just ask and we’d be happy to keep it active for you.
Extra retouched images in addition to the retouched images included with the session are $45 a piece.
For quality control purposes I prefer all of my work to be handled by my retouch-er and I don't release unedited high resolution images directly to my clients unless you elect to purchase a full buyout of your entire session for $400. Should you choose this option, you would still be able to work with my retoucher if you like or you are free to take the images to a lab of your choice.
Do you shoot on-location?
Of course! If you'd like me to come to you and shoot at a location of your choice I charge a $300 location fee.
How far out do i need to book?
I shoot up to three sessions per day Monday through Friday and we generally begin the sessions around 10am. I do tweak the times depending upon the schedule each particular day, so I do ask people to be a bit flexible. When I'm shooting women, be aware that the sessions do overlap to allow for makeup. Women are in makeup for an hour or so. I'm usually just finishing my first session while my makeup artist is doing makeup for our next client. Make sure you don't have anything else scheduled close to the end of your session in case I feel we need more time with you.
In order to get the session you prefer I suggest you book at least 2 weeks in advance. If you need to get in ASAP then just contact me about the schedule. I do try to accommodate everyone and you can always be put on our waiting list. As openings arise we contact people in the order they were placed on that list.
If for any reason you need to change a scheduled session, I require 72 hours notice, otherwise you forfeit your deposit. However, if we are able to fill your slot with another client within the 72 hour period then we would credit your deposit towards your rescheduled session.
Do you ever offer discounts?
Once you've shot with me you become eligible to take advantage of my discount offer for my returning clients. The returning client discount is $100 off any session except the One Look Session, This applies to anyone that has ever shot with me in the past including those who weren't aware that I had this package available at the time of their previous session.