Q & A
Q U E S T I O N
Where are you located?
How many images will I recieve?
Do you require a deposit?
What's your cancellation policy?
Do I have to use a hair & makeup artist?
What should I wear & bring?
What is a "look?"
Lifestyle vs. headshots...?
My studio space is currently my spacious, light-filled apartment on the Upper East Side! The closest trains are the Q, M or the F to 63rd & Lex or the 6 to 68th & Lex. From there it's a 10 min walk from the train to my apartment.
A N S W E R
You'll receive nearly all the images we take during your shoot, should you choose them all! As we shoot, I edit the images to add my style so that every photo looks amazing. If time allows, I welcome you to pick your "selects" at the end of the session. Your "selects" are basically every photo you would like to have. I then send those to you within 2-3 business days and then you let me know which images you would like retouched! I retouch (remove flyaways, blemishes, dark circles, brighten, etc.) your final selections and return those to you within 5 days.
I require a non-refundable deposit of 50% of your session to confirm your booking. Should you choose to reschedule your shoot, your deposit may be transferred once to a new shoot date up to 3 weeks from your original date and may be done so up to 3 business days prior to your shoot date. Deposits are not refunded for sessions rescheduled within 3 business days of your shoot date, as they are considered cancellations. Re-booking after cancellations require a new deposit.
Thanks for understanding all this logistical stuff. It's not my favorite, but all these things help to protect me, my clients and my budget!
It's not required, but HIGHLY recommended. I work with some incredible makeup artists who each have starting rates of $100 to join your prep team that day (those rates are INCREDIBLE for MUA by the way - and they're special deals just for working with me!) My Make Up Artists are familiar with the lighting I use & know what looks best on camera. They are there to fix flyaways, retouch and be your advocate, to keep us all focused on what we do best - me taking the pictures and you being YOU in front of the camera! Trust me, it's an investment you'll be SO glad you made.
Wear what you love and what you feel confident in! Bring at least 3 more looks than what your session allows (it's better to have more options than not enough!). For headshots, no crazy patterns or logos. Almost any color works. I like to stay away from reds just because almost everyone has some red undertones that are super accentuated in a red top. That being said, if it's your go-to color, bring it! Texture (denim, [p]leather, knitwear, etc) and layers are great. I'm all about the layers. I love to work with at least one layer and one item that makes your eyes POP. Here's Christian as an example: the first headshot is great and he looks amazing, but then we threw the blue plaid on and it's like HELLO BEAUTIFUL BLUE EYED BOY NEXT DOOR! And then the Jacket gives him a whole other rougher, more sophisticated vibe. Layers help us build upon what's already amazing.
A "look" refers to the combination of wardrobe, hair, makeup, lighting, and the background used to achieve a desired vibe or industry "type."
Shooting multiple "looks" is thought to increase audition appointments by giving you and your representation multiple versions of you to choose from when submitting your headshot and resume for a role. No one is just one thing, so having multiple looks allows you to showcase all of who you are: the silly, the sweet, the intense, the dark, the quirky, the simple - all of it!
Layers and accessories do not constitute different "looks" (as far as packages go). Adding a jacket, flannel, glasses, necklace, etc. will not disrupt the pace of our shoot like an outfit, hair or makeup change would.
I know, it can be confusing. Fear not! It's actually pretty simple.
Headshots are essentially photos of your face for the purposes of best representing who you are and what you bring into the room. They are most used by your representation and sent to casting directors to get a sense of what you look like, who you are and if you might be a right fit for what is being cast.
Lifestyle or branding portraits are a bit more fun, I think :). These photos are purely for you and for you to show the world who you are, what makes your eyes light up, what you stand for, what you're passionate about and what makes you feel the most confident in YOU! They're your perspective your way.
Lifestyle portraits can be anything from photos of you blowing bubbles in a studio to the fierce fitness shots you need for your nutrition & wellness blog to glorious shots of you dancing down the streets of Brooklyn with your beloved puppy in the rain. They can be used in your social media, on your website or as a gift to your mom for mother's day. They are extremely versitile and the most fun to shoot!