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. 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 or calendar those prices can be seen on my menu under prices. Or if you want to bring your pet. You must discuss that with me ahead of time and the pet fee is $50.
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 have perfected makeup for camera that is specifically designed to work with the lighting techniques I use here. So I know a lot of gals like to do their own but they will not know how to do it for my camera lighting and I will say it does make a difference. 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 sets, 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 2 to a size 28. In the About section, there is a how to book a shoot 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 laundered between uses just gives my clients peace of mind.
Bring something you might want to wear – could be a dress, 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 options.
Jewelry, If you have some fun bling or vintage pieces you are dying to wear bring them.
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, checks, credit cards, paypal and venmo. If you want to work out a payment plan before your shoot, you can contact me. The goal is always to have it paid in full by your shoot date. All packages are listed under prices and can be easily purchased by pay pal/venmo you can also contact me if you want to pay for a shoot upfront or would like to purchase a gift certificate at 716 803-5993 or email@example.com.
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 they can watch us do makeup and hair, 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, Atomic barbershop, Hello sweets, Vapee's and over on Webster street 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 or digitals 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 or digital downloads separately. This 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 your package could be 10 could be 30, then I put them on your own private password protected online shopping gallery. 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. All client galleries stay up for 6 months. That is giving you ample time to make purchases. If you need more time please contact me, I will make exceptions in some cases.
What am I going to get by paying you instead of having my cousin who owns a camera do a shoot for free? Well I love to cook and I own an oven but that doesn't make me a chef. There are a ton of self proclaimed "photographers" out there offering shoots for free or cheap. I have heard nothing but horror stories from clients about bad experiences. From never getting their photos to being put in uncomfortable situations Or just hating every single picture! That will not happen here. The reality is you get what you pay for. Having a professional studio takes many years of knowledge and experience. You have to be licensed and insured, you have to have top of the line equipment and consistently create a quality product. Our studio is so much more than even a normal studio because we provide beautiful wardrobe from all over the world, we have vintage and modern sets, we have shoes in all sizes, jewelry, and props. We provide professional makeup for camera and hairstyling. We also pride ourselves in being able to put all different personality types at ease and find a way to direct them and pose them to get those amazing shots.That is not a skill that comes along buying a cheap camera, that is one learned over 20 years in the photo shoot industry. This is the real deal. This isn't someone shooting out of their garage or in a motel room. This place has a fun vibe with spa like feeling and is a sanctuary of safety. If you want cheap and crappy shoot with your cousin if you want magazine quality come here.
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 ask questions, take notes and start to get inspirations for your shoot and how we can make it personal to you. 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 1 1/2 hours. If it’s a shoot where I do your hair and make up and you have 3 wardrobe changes I’d say 3 1/2 hours. I’m not located at the mall so I don’t have a timer on the table and end your shooting session after 5 minutes. 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. Not to sound braggy but I could take any random person off the street, make them over and take their picture and make them feel like a star!I do it every single day and many of them ( who want to) get published in magazines, sometimes even on the cover! You just have to trust me.
What is the best diet to try before my photo shoot so there is less bloat? I am not a fan of crash diets.I think the wardrobe styling, prop placement and angles I capture you from can easily shed 20 lbs. If you really want to help that along you could cut out alcohol, sodas and sugary stuff or carbs after 5pm that can help with face puffiness. Drink lots of water, eat lean proteins like chicken or fish and vegetables ( not broccoli that causes bloat). I hear eating small palm of your hand sized meals 5-6 times a day speeds up the metabolism. Now I just need to follow that regimen myself! I think people put way to much pressure on themselves "thinking they have to lose weight" for a shoot, You don't. But if you want to feel better try the things I mentioned above.
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, PA, Ohio, 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!