The Studio Experience

“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like,
it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.”
Paul Caponigro

No fancy outfits, no stylized setup, just a simple backdrop and lighting…
My goal is to capture you, your best self, and who you really are—so that when people see your portrait, they will see you.

Having your portrait taken is so important. You are investing in having your images created so that it can be preserved for your children and future generations. As excited as you may be about your portrait session, it can sometimes be intimidating to get in front of the camera. I want to assure you that all you need to do is show up and we will take care of everything. Check out the Before & After gallery on the Studio portfolio page to see the results or the Testimonials page to see what the experience is like.


MAKEUP & HAIR

Betsy is a Bobbi Brown makeup artist with 15 years of experience in the industry. She is knowledgeable about photography so understands how to apply makeup to best maximize your desired look for the camera. She believes in the Bobbi Brown philosophy of empowering women to look their best selves and is a proponent of natural looking makeup designed to enhance your beauty. Makeup is not limited to women—skin preparation and correction is available for our male clients so that they can also look their best. Makeup and hair is complimentary with your session and takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours for women and half hour or less for men and girls under 10.

PHOTOSHOOT

Unlike on location shoots, studio portrait sessions are highly directed. You do not have to know or do anything except listen to my direction. I will explain to you how to sit, position your head, fingers, all the way down to your toes. I will explain how to look at the camera, what expressions to give and what to do with your mouth. It may feel awkward at first but clients soon realize being highly directed takes the pressure and stress off of them and start feeling comfortable quickly. My goal is to find the best angles for your face and body but most importantly, to get you to trust me completely so that you can connect with me and I can capture your true self. Shoot times range from 1-2 hours or more depending on the number of people. Including breaks, a full session experience last approximately 4 hours+.

THE REVEAL

My philosophy as a photographer is to provide you with archival prints so that you can begin to create a legacy for yourself and your family that can be passed down for generations. In keeping with this philosophy, you will be able to view your images as they were meant to live—in print. The best of your images, carefully curated and individually edited, will be presented to you all at once for viewing during your reveal session. You will be able to hold and touch your photographs so that you can decide which you would like to take home. There is no minimum required and you only buy what you love. All orders are placed during the reveal session which takes anywhere from one hour or more.