What you need to know
In-person consultation & planning appt
Glamourous makeover (hair/makeup) by a pro stylist
2 hour portrait session in our private studio
4 wardrobe changes
Pose & expression coaching
Access to our clothing & shoe collection
In-person image reveal & ordering session
Professional retouching of all ordered images
* Prints, digital files & products sold separately
A fine art portrait session is more than just pretty pictures, it is a luxury and an investment in YOU! But unlike a Gucci bag or a fancy pair of Louboutin's, this is something that you will have forever. A fine art portrait session will provide you with an experience that empowers you, and allows you to fall in love with yourself again. It's about being pampered, having fun, leaving your insecurities at the door and celebrating your femininity, sensuality and true beauty.
You might be asking yourself, “How do I choose a photographer?”. Choosing a photographer should never be based on price alone. Here are the critical questions you should be asking:
• Does the artwork of the photographer speak to you? Your best judge is your eyes and while not every style can be displayed, deep down you know if you like what you see.
• Do the pictures look fun and comfortable? For a successful outcome in style of portraiture you should feel reassured and comfortable with your photographer.
• Do you feel like you would have trust and confidence? Establishing a trusted bond and having confidence in the photographer’s ability will provide you with beautiful, timeless mementos of your experience.
This day is all about you and I take great pride in offering all of the above to my clients. Together, we focus on the experience and providing you with the best quality. YOU are the focus of our day together.
We start with an in-person consultation at the studio to get to know each other and establish that initial bond. Together we discuss ideas and thoughts about what you want to achieve with your personalized session.
Consultations and sessions are by appointment only. Studio hours are Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm; however, I am willing to accommodate evening appointments for consultations and viewings.
Your day begins with you being a star! Have you ever wondered what it must feel like to be a model in a major photo shoot? Once you arrive you will be whisked away to prepare. After slipping on a satin robe and given a light refreshment of your choice we will meet to go over the plan. Together we will go through the wardrobe you brought, choose your best looks, and discuss the specifics of your session with a visual storyboard created especially for you.
For boudoir and glamour clients, Ariana (our amazing contemporary makeup/hair artist) will pamper you in-studio with the most glamourous makeover (complete with lashes). For our retro pinup clients, Alison (our retro hair/makeup artist extraordinaire) will transform you into a bombshell vixen at her nearby salon.
Once the makeovers are complete, the magic begins! We’ll begin to channel the energy in the room into something positively amazing and wonderful. My role in this production is to make you feel comfortable and guide you every step of the way. I am here to assist with direction and posing as well as evoking those feelings and expressions that transform your session into something truly unique and special. Don’t be fooled by the fresh smiling faces, modeling can be hard work, and this makes the right photographer HUGE for you.
On your reveal day (generally about a week after your session) you will come back to the studio to review your proofs. To continue your “star” status and get an initial perspective you will be shown an incredible music video slideshow before we move to the individual review process. Proofs are lightly retouched, but all ordered images will be fully retouched (including, when applicable, removal of blemishes/scars/bruises/stretch marks; softening of skin/wrinkles/dark circles and smoothing body lines).
The experience is not complete without one of our luxurious products to commemorate your time with us. Whether it's a fine art book or a framed print for your wall. Our product lines include high quality prints, wall portraits, gallery art canvas, and fine art books. I offer easy payment plans that make this experience accessible to anyone who truly wants the experience.
Q: I don’t know how to model. I am a regular size gal with curves and all…. is this really for me?
A: Of course you can! It’s not about size, it’s about confidence & attitude. We’ll glam you up with hair & makeup, you’ll throw on an outfit to strut in & bring out your inner goddess!
Q: Will my images be retouched?
A: All images that are ordered are fully retouched. This includes removing any blemishes/scars, softening wrinkles, whitening teeth and giving you glowing skin! Whatever you desire, your images will be polished to help you look your very best!
Q: Can I drop in anytime to check out your studio?
A: Consultations and photo sessions are by appointment only. Please email us at email@example.com for your initial consultation (it’s FREE!) or use the form on the contact page. The studio is open Monday to Friday only.
Q: What days of the week can I book my photo session?
A: Photo Sessions are available Monday through Friday. We are closed on weekends and holidays. The typical start time is between 10-11am for hair & makeup (which lasts around 1-2 hours) and then the photo session will take place immediately after your makeover and will last around 2 hours.
Q: I want to do this as a surprise gift for my special someone. How far in advance should I book?
A: Photo Sessions are normally booked at least 2 months in advance, especially if the finished product is for a Christmas, Valentine’s or birthday gift. Bookings for Christmas should be made in October and for Valentine’s Day in December or early January.
Q: I don’t have any “retro” clothing for a pinup session? Will you provide all the wardrobe and props?
A: We do have some clothing options available from retro dresses, to corsets, to girdles, to shoes — but you have to appreciate the fact that we couldn’t possibly carry every size imaginable. At the consultation, you will have an opportunity to see what is available and try some on for size. But you are also encouraged to bring clothing from your own wardrobe. And they don’t necessarily have to be “retro”. Bring whatever you would wear out on a night on the town — whatever makes you feel fabulously sexy! You could even buy a costume and have a theme photo session! In terms of props, we have some vintage items available for use (as seen in the gallery pix, well except for the cupcake… you must bring your own and one for me too!).
Q: What do I bring for a Glamour/Boudoir session?
A: You can wear whatever you feel fabulous in! Whether it’s jeans, a fancy dress and/or lingerie, you’ll want to choose items from your closet that are flattering and show off your figure! Bring at least 6 outfits & we’ll decide on your best looks together. Glamour and Boudoir are as sexy as PinUp but a little more provocative.
Q: What is the difference between a Glamour and Boudoir session?
A: Glamour portraiture is fashion oriented, sophisticated and reflects the sensuous beauty of a woman. Boudoir portraiture is more seductive and celebrates the female form with the use of beautiful lingerie. It does not necessarily have to include nudity – in fact, implied nudity can sometimes be sexier! We will work within your comfort level and the end result will be sensual, yet as tastefully elegant. Both genres celebrate a woman’s beauty and can overlap to create one dynamic, and empowering, portrait session. How can it overlap, you may ask? Well, lingerie can certainly be used in glamour portraiture and on the flipside, I usually start a boudoir session with a glam look — usually wearing your favourite dress can help break the ice and ease you into the session.
Q: How do I prepare for the session? Is there a consultation?
A: Yes! We offer FREE consultations. We will decide as a team what kind of look you want and plan accordingly. We will give you tips on what to bring and how to prepare for your session.
Q: Should I get a tan before my photo session?
A: Personally, I am not a fan of tanned skin in portraits, especially if it’s a spray tan. Fake tans don’t photograph well! If you do need a little glow, beware of tan lines & please don’t get burned! Why? Because tan lines cost extra to retouch.
Q: When do i pay for my session?
A: There is a non-refundable retainer that is due on the day of your studio consultation. Once your photo session is booked, if you do not show up for your session day or give at least 48 hours notice, your retainer fee is forfeited. The balance of your session fee is due on the day of your portrait session.
Q: What does my session fee include? How much should I expect to spend in total?
A: The session fee is includes your time in the studio (consultation, portrait session, viewing appointment), hair & makeup by a professional stylist, 4 outfit changes, use of our clothing/shoe collection and professional retouching of your ordered images.
A: At your viewing appointment, we will discuss specifically which images can and cannot be used by me for the following uses: website blog, website gallery, Facebook, marketing, etc. If, for professional or personal reasons, you do not wish to have your images shown online, then we will make an amendment to the model release contract that stipulates that. My clients' privacy is very important to me and I will not publish any images without signed permission by the client first.
Q: What type of payments do you accept? Do you offer payment plans for print orders?
A: We accept cash, EMT, and credit card. In terms of payment plans, we offer interest-free monthly payments. You will then receive your order once it’s paid for in full.
Q: Do you offer discounts for military members?
A: Yes! We offer a 20% discount off session fees to individuals who serve in the Canadian military or their spouses.
Q: What is your refund policy?
A: Deposits are non-refundable, so are session fees once paid in full. If you miss your scheduled session date without sufficient notice (at least 24 hours), you will lose your deposit and will be required to pay a new deposit when rescheduling your date. In terms of print orders, there are no refunds on product orders once payment is received. Exchange only on flawed/misprinted items