Behind the Scenes at a Portrait Session

So what's a photo shoot with me really like?  I'm solving the mystery for you!  Here's a little tour of my studio space and the 411 on how a session runs from start to finish.  

When you arrive at my studio and we get all your wardrobe inside, you can sit back and relax with a glass of champagne and hors d'oeuvres.  The best things really do come in small packages.  The space where the photography and hair and makeup occurs is actually one room.  This room houses my backdrops, apple boxes, ottoman, and any furniture I use to create portraits.  

While I have studio lighting, I love to use natural light.  My space has one very large double window.  I diffuse the light with white sheers.  99% of my portraits occur in this room with the light from this window.  

A highly skilled and completely hilarious hair & makeup artist will be waiting when you arrive.  I love working with all my hair & makeup artists.  From minimalist looks to cat eyes and false lashes, these stylists are incredibly adept at working within any style preference.  

While you're in hair & makeup, I sit down with a clipboard and create a plan for your session, matching outfits to backdrop colors to props and poses, and talking with you about it as I go.

When you're looking and feeling glamorous and it's time for the photo shoot to begin, I'll roll the wardrobe rack into my changing room.  I bought this bed specifically for photography.  It photographs beautifully, and works well as a prop if you're interested in sexy images.  It also works for just throwing clothes on it in between wardrobe changes.  Either way, it's one of my favorite parts of my studio, so I had to feature it here.

The photography portion of your session usually lasts about 90 minutes and we'll run through 4 to 6 outfits, changing hair and makeup looks whenever you like.  I will pose you and coach you through facial expressions to capture you at your best.  We will also laugh.  A lot.  It happens.  In the shot below you can see the poly boards and reflectors I use to create beautiful back lit images or use backgrounds that coordinate with your wardrobe or skin tone.

Once we've finished shooting, you're free to go.  Most people go and do something special since they are looking amazingly hot.  We'll schedule a reveal appointment when you can return to the studio to view your portraits and purchase what you love.  Once you're on your way to a beautiful night out, I choose the most outstanding images from your shoot, usually 25 images, and give them a signature retouch.  

So there you have it.  That's my process and a quick tour of my space.  Portrait sessions are such a fun way to celebrate yourself, or to enjoy time with someone you love.  You'll be pampered.  You'll look and feel amazing.  You'll laugh.  You'll have fun.  And most importantly, you'll exist in beautiful portraits that will be cherished for all time.