Frequently Asked Questions
What should I wear? Wear an outfit that flatters you, and is clean and pressed. Make sure you take the time to remove any "fuzzies" or animal hair. Bring all your clothing choices on a hanger so that they stay neat. The more neat and tidy your clothing looks, the more polished you will look! Avoid stripes and plaids, especially near the face. Wearing busy patterns only takes away from you! Keep jewelry simple and complimentary to your outfit. For high school seniors, in addition to your sports uniform and casual wear, men may want to bring a suit or sport coat with jeans; women may wish to bring a beautiful formal dress. An A-line dress that is cinched at the waist goes with any body type and is very flattering in photographs. Additionally, a long flowing floor length dress can be quite dramatic in contrast to an informal setting. Remember to bring coordinating shoes for each outfit.
What about the details? I am so glad you asked! Be sure to moisturize your face, hands and lips well in advance of your session. Chapped lips and flaking skin are difficult to edit away. And don't forget the nails. Both men and women's hands look best when nails are neat and trimmed or filed. Women may wish to use a simple neutral or clear polish.
What should I bring to the session? For women-Bring a hairbrush, hand mirror, lipstick and powder for touch up. For men and women: Bring any clothing changes you need. For Senior Sessions-bring any props that help to show who you are and what you enjoy. You may wish to bring sports equipment and uniforms, musical instruments, ballet shoes, art you have created, etc...
Should I get make up done professionally? I would highly recommend getting your make up done professionally. However, if you want to do it yourself, there are a number of things to consider: Avoid clumping mascara and spiking your lashes. Stay away from shimmery eye shadows and blushes. Matte, neutral shades work best. Avoid lining the inner rim of your eyes as that makes your eyes look smaller. When lining the eye, line just under the lash line and use a soft pencil. Line three quarters of the way, smudging the line for a natural look. Talk to me if you have questions. I was a makeup artist for several years and can give you some helpful hints.
When do I get to see my photos? Ahhh...the exciting part! Your on-line gallery is ready to view within 7-10 days.
Would you explain your editing process? As part of your sitting fee, I look through each and every one of your photos. Depending on the session you chose, the number of images may range from 50-500. I cull out photos where your eyes are blinked or perhaps something landed in the image that didn't belong. For example: the wind blew a grocery bag in the frame, or a pedestrian walked behind you as you were posing! After I cull the images, (which can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple of hours), I apply very basic edits to every image involving light, color balance, and cropping. Then I turn the gallery over to you. You then mark your favorites (up to 15) and I then I edit those for blemishes, acne, I also even out and balance skin tone, remove flyaway hairs, etc... If you would like to ask for additional or more complex edits, I charge a flat rate of $25.00 per image.
Do you require payment in advance? Yes, all sitting fees can be conveniently paid online or by mail with a check.