What to Expect
So you're doing it!! Congratulations! If it was a leap of faith, I am honored, and I promise you won't be disappointed -- my goal is to make sure you get the images you want and need, and have a blast doing it. And besides that, I'm really fun :)
During this bizarre time, I take great precautions to protect you, as well as myself, from any unsafe contact. I will wear a mask at all times, and follow all CDC and VDoH guidelines. I will have you sign a COVID release when you arrive, so that we all feel safe and secure. That being said, as of mid-April 2021, I have been fully vaccinated against Covid19. If you have as well, we can obviously be more free with masking etc. and we can discuss that privately. It has always been the case that all of my Hair & Makeup tools and supplies are thoroughly cleaned after each use and you can feel safe receiving these services.
Ok! On with the fun stuff:
For most portrait shoots we will have a little bit of planning to do, but we will do it together! I will get with you, typically via text, to help select your wardrobe and make decisions regarding accessories and hair and makeup. Yes, I'm going to do your hair and makeup (unless we discussed otherwise), but you will need to bring just a few items with you.
About two weeks before your appointment, I will email you a checklist. This is intended to help you prep and prepare for your shoot so that you will be your best, relaxed self when you arrive.
A full portrait shoot can take up to a total of 5 or 6 hours. Branding and headshots are typically quite a bit less.
Hair and makeup can take up to two hours, but typically about an hour. Then we get you dressed and we start shooting! That being said, as soon as you arrive, there will be lots of music, too much chatting, loads of laughs, and snacks; always snacks.... I rarely serve alcohol during a shoot as it makes most of us look different. And if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions, you will let me know that ahead of time.
After your session, it will take about 2 weeks to edit your images and deliver your personal online gallery to you via email. You will be able to download these images, but I cannot stress enough, that you should never print at home, or trust a 1-Hour mobile lab to get it right. You can purchase gorgeous professional prints directly from your gallery.