How shall I arrive? I prefer people to arrive with a clean face ( just moisturizer, no make up or very little makeup)
For Pin Up styling: please wash your hair 1-2 days before your shoot.
For Boudoir styling: please arrive with dry hair. I will not blow dry it, I will not style wet hair. It’s best if you wash your hair the night before.
For Head-Shots: arrive with your hair styled and make up on already. I want you to look like you. If you’d like me to do your hair or make up that will be an extra fee. So please arrive with dry hair and clean face.
Are there extra fees once I arrive?
If you’d like to arrive with clip in extensions in and you’d like me to style them into your hairstyle that will be an extra fee of $25. If you want me to put them in for you and style them that will be $50 extra. If you want them curled please make sure they are human hair, synthetic hair can not be curled as effectively.
If you’d like faux eyelashes to enhance your look. I prefer to use the ones I trust will last. I supply them, size them to your eye shape, apply them and you get to keep them that is a $10 extra fee. ( I will no longer apply lashes people bring for a variety of reasons)
Any other extra fees would be if while shooting you decide to add another outfit, scene or extra edits. Or you decide you’d like me to make you a hardcover book those prices can be seen on my menu under prices.
Who does the hair and makeup? I do. I have been doing hair and makeup for shoots and special events for over 20 years. I studied make up and have always been a duplicator. If I see a picture of something I can just do it. I offer these services along with my shoots as part of the overall artistry it is what makes my photography unique. I also enjoy the process as a way to put you at ease and we can get to know each other- it creates a trust and I think is partly why I have such a high success rate bringing the best out of people. Note: If you are a hair stylist or make up artist yourself and would prefer to do your own I can absolutely respect that. It will not change the prices of my shoots (because that’s part of artistry included). I will usually give you an extra outfit change or additional edits instead.
Do you run Specials? Yes I do. I run them on my Sweet Heart Pin Up facebook and instagram pages. The big difference between my regular priced packages and my specials is time and tailoring. For my “specials” you will only get around 10 minutes of shooting time and I will only allow the sets on "special" to be used. There are just many limits to them because they are so cheap. Specials are a quickie version of what I do – quick hair, quick makeup, limited set options, only 10 mins of shooting time. Very quick editing and you usually only get around 5 photos tops. So when people come to me with wanting a more relaxed experience I have to direct them to my regular priced menu. For my regular priced packages you get a lot more time and direction, you receive more set options, I will allow more time for creativity and personalizing. If someone wanted to bring their pet, or has an idea for their shoot they want my help with I’m very open to that. I spend more time on hair and make up, I really coach people during the shooting session and there’s zero rush. I usually edit 10-30 pictures (depending on the package) for them to choose from and they receive their own online private password protected viewing and shopping gallery. Their gallery will have anything they’d like to buy- prints, digitals, canvas wall art, coffee cups etc. Also their gallery is an online backup of their photographs. They say you get what you pay for and that is very true – if you want the best shoot possible choose a package from my regular menu. I work really hard and for me to stay in business I must be paid my regular prices. What I offer is worth that and much more.
Why are your prices so reasonable? When I started my business I really wanted to be affordable because I believe everyone deserves to feel pretty and glamorous. Over the years I’ve put my foot down so people do not take advantage of my kind mindset. So if people want extra things I will let you know there will be an extra fee. When you first arrive at the studio the day of your shoot, We have a consultation, I ask you questions and take notes and that’s usually when we figure out exactly what we will be doing that will fall into the perimeters of your chosen package and if and what may be an extra fee. I am a very upfront person I am not a scam artist and I do not take advantage of people in any way. All I ask is please don’t take advantage of me in return.
What sizes in wardrobe do you have? I have XS-5XL. So anything from a size 1 to a size 28 or 30. In the How to book a shoot section – there is a contact form so please fill that out and send to me. It makes everything easier once I know your sizes and I can respond and let you know what you should bring that I might not have. I think the most common thing people need to bring is a good fitting bra ( black or strapless nude) and underwear ( black or nude, thong if you are coming in for boudoir) and sexy shoes (we have a lot here but a photoshoot is a great time to play with those sexy shoes you don't get to wear). Usually with wardrobe if you bring some of your things we can mix and match with what I have here and that seems to work the best.
What do I need to Bring? Bring your own:
Shoes ( high heels preferably)
I also ask people to bring bra's, undies or a thong (read above) This is just for if you use my costumes to wear underneath even though my costumes are washed between uses just gives my clients peace of mind.
Bring something you might want to wear – could be a dress, a slip, a corset, bra & panties set etc. I just like seeing what people’s style is; most of the time what happens is we will use some of what you bring and some of what I have. Plus it’s great to have backup in case for whatever reason things I have here do not fit you.
It’s good to discuss with me your sizes before coming – sometimes people have unusual sizes like crazy bra sizes I’ve never heard of – so it’s always smart to come here prepared, the more knowledge you give to me the better I can do my job making you look amazing!
Payment I accept cash, check, credit cards and paypal. All packages are listed under prices and can be easily purchased by pay pal just text me if you need help or would like to purchase a gift certificate. 716 803-5993.
Can I bring someone with me to the shoot? I really prefer to work with people one on one, I think people think having someone there will help relax them but its usually the opposite, I notice my clients feel more self conscious. I also do not like when friends come and start directing my shoot, that's not cool. Trust and respect are the secrets to success. I don’t mind if you bring ONE friend but during the actual photo shoot I will ask them to leave the shooting area. I have a nice waiting room with magazines, or they can check out the other great stores on Main street like Cats' Like Us, or Hello sweets, Vapee's and over on Webster Pulp 716. I think a certain magic takes place between artist and muse when we work alone, I consider myself an artist and I take what I do very seriously. I have 100% success rate if people respect my process and trust that I will do a great job making them look their best.
Are prints included in my photo shoot? NO, my photo shoots are very reasonably priced, to keep my prices this way I have my clients purchase prints & digital downloads separately that way they get exactly what they want and spend what they want to spend. After your photo shoot I edit the best photos depending on the package you choose could be 10 could be 30, then I put them on your own personal online gallery that is password protected. I send you an email with a link to it, then you view your photos and purchase the ones you like. Your gallery will have a ton of ordering options any size print, merchandise, digital downloads even photo packages that are all very modestly priced. You choose what’s best for your needs then you order the pictures that YOU like and they get shipped or emailed to YOU directly.
What happens when I first arrive at the studio? The first thing I do is have you fill out a client card this will ask for your email and phone number, then I show you how your online gallery works and how to make purchases that way its easier to navigate for you later on. Then we head over to the make up and costume area and we get started on your make over! Together we assess any clothing you may have brought and what I have and I usually have you try some things on, at that time I leave the room which is curtained off so you have total PRIVACY. I leave the room to work on lighting and backdrop set ups at that time. when you call me back in and we both approve of the outfit you have tried on we start shooting!
How long does a photo shoot last? Depends on the shoot if its a quickie special I’d say an hour. If it’s a shoot where I do your hair and make up and you have 3 wardrobe changes I’d say 3 hours. I’m not located at the mall so I don’t have a timer on the table and kick you out after 15 minutes. Why I believe I am successful at getting women to love their photos is because I allow time for them to get comfortable and relax.
I have never done a photo shoot before and I'm nervous, what if I mess up and look bad? I think 90% of my clients are first timers and you can’t mess up, all you have to do is show up. I do it all. I worked for 12 years in Los Angeles dressing celebrities for photo shoots and events, I did make up and hair and model coached for several photographers. When you come to me you are getting like 5 people in one. I do your hair and makeup, I help pick out your wardrobe by seeing whats most flattering to you, then I take your pictures, while doing that I coach you and help pose you so you get the best result possible.
What if I want to do something unique for my photo shoot? I absolutely love accommodating my clients ideas for a shoot, the trick is to please call and speak to me before hand so we can figure out how to achieve what you want and what I need to do on my end to make it happen. I have created some amazing sets for shoots in the past but its because there was discussing and planning with those clients ahead of time.
Where is your studio located? My studio is located at 59 Main street in the City of Tonawanda NY 14150, the closest cross street is Broad street. Located right next to Atomic Barbershop & Salon. You’ll see the Sweet Heart Pin Up sign out front and pictures hanging in the window.
It is so important that if you GPS to my location be sure its to the 14150 zip code in the city of Tonawanda. If you go to the exact same address but in North Tonawanda you will end up at a church.
Please call me if you get lost, but entering the correct zip will bring you directly to me. I have clients come from all over Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, NYC, Pittsburgh PA, Cleveland Ohio, even Florida, Texas and the Bahamas! I am very flattered that they do so but I believe they appreciate that I am a female photographer and I do everything in an artistic tasteful way. Looking forward to meeting you soon!
Please call me if you have more questions at (716) 803-5993 I’ll be happy to hear from you and discuss making your photo dreams come true!