How shall I arrive? Arrive with a clean face (no makeup and dry hair)
For Pin Up OR Boudoir styling arrive with dry day old hair and a clean face.
For Professional Head-Shots: arrive with your hair styled and make up on already. I want you to look like you. Unless you would like me to do your makeup. Bring pressed flattering clothing never all black! Colors, pastels or a pop of color is the best. Never sleeveless, Nothing baggy!
What do I need to Bring? Base items are required and they are,
For Boudoir shoots please bring a sexy black bra, and cheeky black undies or a black thong ( these are strictly to create a base under the wardrobe I provide here). If you have your own wardrobe and heels you'd like to wear bring them. But remember some outfits for sex do not look good in photographs this is why I offer garments here to borrow that are flattering in photos.
For Bridal boudoir and Marilyn Monroe shoots in the white bed or ballerina set bring a white bra, and white cheeky undies or a thong these will work best under The white garments provided. For Bridal boudoir bring any wedding elements garters, bouquet, bridal heels or jewelry I think its nice to make those shoots personal to you and your chosen person .
For Pin up shoots bring black, red or pink bra and undies in same colors. High waisted undies are great if you plan to be in vintage/retro lingerie, Or If you want to wear a wiggle (tight form fitting) dress pack spanks, or high waisted shape wear both are great for creating a slimmer look under wardrobe. If you want to wear a cute fit and flare pinup dress those come in styles like halter, off shoulder, or wider neckline so it's smart to pack a nude strapless bra.
For Bettie Page shoots black high waisted undies or black thong is great for under Bettie page style garments, If you have a bra that looks pointy or vintage bring that too!
For Bohemian Boudoir shoots you bring your own lingerie, or bra and panty set. I will have accessories like earrings,necklaces, a few heel options, and simple robes. These shoots are not at the studio, so the concept is more for the natural, hippy, boho chic. Less makeup and beachy waves.
For ANY shoot feel free to bring in heels, Your own lingerie, jewelry or props, hair flowers, dresses, your own thigh highs ( just no rubber stay up tops these are so unflattering and hard to use with garter belts) If you do not have these items no worries just be sure to pack your base items required!
Are there extra fees once I arrive?
If you’d like to arrive with clip in extensions in and you’d like me to curl them $25.
If you want me to put the clip in extensions you bring in for you and style them $50. Make sure they are human hair, NOT synthetic.
If you’d like faux eyelashes to enhance your look. $10 ( I will no longer apply lashes that you bring in per CDC guidelines)
If you'd like to wear thigh highs with a garter belt, thigh high rental fee is$5, if you'd like to buy a pair to keep I offer them for $15-$25.
If you forget to bring base undies/thong. I sell thongs here for $5 you keep them.
I am now offering press-on manicures that last for a week or more for $13-$20.
While shooting you decide to add another outfit, set or extra edits $129
If you decide you’d like me to make you a hardcover book or calendar of your favorite photos, prices range between $199-$275. Those can be paid for upon pick up.
if you want to bring your pet to be in a photoshoot. You must discuss that with me ahead of time to get approval the pet fee is $50 limited to ONE.
if you come to my studio for a "quick special" and want to build your own themed shoot that is an upgrade of $299 to its price. Building your own theme starts at $599. A theme ( I don't have already) would include anything intricate that I'd have to set up, paint , build or buy costumes or props to create.
Who does the hair and makeup? I do! I have been doing hair and makeup for photoshoots on ALL SKIN COLORS /HAIR TYPES forover 20 years. I studied makeup in Los Angeles 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. I have perfected makeup for camera that is specifically designed to work with the lighting techniques I use here. I enjoy the process its 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 makeup 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 a few additional edits instead.
Do you run Specials? Yes I do! I run them on my @sweetheartpinup 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 SETSon "special" to be used. There are 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 minutes of shooting time". So when people come to me with wanting a more relaxed experience I have to direct them to my regular priced menu.
What's the difference between a special and a regular priced shoot? For my regular priced packages you get a-lot more time and direction, you receive more set options, I will allow more time for personalizing. I spend more time on hair and makeup, 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.
What sizes in wardrobe do you have? I have modern and vintage lingerie and retro dresses in XS-3/4XL. So anything from a size 2 to a size 22. Retro means they look like vintage but have been recreated in a more stretchy fabric. I have some authentic vintage lingerie and dresses but sizes are limited to size 0-8. In heels I have sizes 5.5-11, and I have an abundance of jewelry. In the About section of my website 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 if you need to bring in specific items. Base Items mentioned in the what do i bring section are required by everyone.
I have surgery scars can you hide them? Yes! I have had so many ladies here with different things they don't like from a bad tattoo, scars, stretch marks, cellulite, you name it I see it daily. I am super sensitive to women's worries because I am a woman who has had surgeries, who has a belly, big thighs and arms and extra chins. LOL I get it. You want to feel good and look great. That is what I do here. It's my speciality
What Payment do you accept? I accept cash, 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 ahead of time just ask. Contact me if you want to pay for a shoot upfront or would like to purchase a gift certificate 716 803-5993.
Can I bring someone with me to the shoot? NO. I really prefer to work with people one on one, people think having someone there will help relax them but its usually the opposite, I notice my clients feel more self conscious, and more distracted. I do not like when friends come and start directing my shoot, that's not cool. Just because they did "one" shoot before does not mean they will know better than someone who has been shooting daily for over 20 years. Trust and respect are the secrets to success. 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. If you are interested in doing a shoot with a friend I do offer pinup/boudoir parties look at my price menu.
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 onlineshopping 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.
What am I going to get by coming to you instead of my friend's cousin who owns a camera? 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. 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 regular 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 camera",that is one LEARNED over 20 years in the photo shoot industry. This is the real deal. This place has a fun vibe with spa like feeling and is a sanctuary of safety.
How long does a boudoir or pinup photo shoot last? Depends on the shoot, if its a quickie special I’d say 1-2 hours at the most. If it’s a shoot where we have 2 or more wardrobe changes I’d say 3-4 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 97% 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 13 years in Los Angeles dressing celebrities for photo shoots and events, I did makeup and hair and model coached for several photographers. When you come to me you are getting like 5 people in one.
Why does seeing my edited photos take 2-3 weeks or longer? My editing process begins when I have an editing day which is 1-2 a month. Covid 19 has changed everything and now that I am working alone you have to be patient, remember YOU are not my only client. ( if you have a deadline please make me aware of itupon scheduling).I shoot almost everyday, and that means a-lot of set up, tear down, hair and makeup, consulting, emails, and also lots of cleaning and disinfecting. Not to mention scheduling my shoots and giving all of my customers my time. I usually have thousands of pictures to sort through and I work on everyone's photos in order as shot. The sorting process takes several hours, then the editing process can be 20 mins- 1 hour per photo. All of your photos have to be safely imported, backed up, edited and then exported and saved properly then transferred onto your private protected online gallery. All important steps that can not be rushed through. People must remember this is a professional studio ( this is not a cellphone app). I do everything here and I do things with the precision of a surgeon. Be patient it's worth the wait. If you do not want to wait you can pay a rush fee of $150 and I can get them to you sooner.
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 beforehand 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 it's because there was discussing and planning with those clients ahead of time. I am offering a "build your own theme"photo session these will be starting at $599.
What precautions are you taking since the Covid 19 pandemic? I am only offering two shoot times daily to be able disinfect furniture and door handles etc. Any wardrobe that is used by a client is removed from my collection for 2 weeks and properly laundered and disinfected. We have always taken the proper sanitizing measures for hair and makeup. We ask clients to do their part by washing their hands, using hand sanitizers that here for your use. Proper PPE will be worn during hair and makeup process, and social distancing during a shoot is easy and how it's always been here. All hand towels, face towels are changed out, and laundered between clients. We have the same CDC recommendations as a spa would and are taking them seriously to ensure a worry free fun time. Any other concerns please feel free to ask. Because of the wait between shooting and receiving photos its been easy for us to do contract tracing and to date we have had zero covid cases connected to this studio! I am very proud of that.
NOTE FROM THE OWNER Please come to my studio with an open heart and mind. We do not tolerate any discrimination or racist remarks. We embrace and love everyone who comes here and want everyone to feel safe and respected in our environment. Arrive with positivity toward yourself and your experience because this is celebration of self love. If you do not respect our boundaries you will be asked to leave.
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 the world! I am very flattered by that. 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.