How do I book a shoot with you?
Fill out the contact form! In addition to the obvious (name, email etc.) tell me a little bit about yourself and what you are looking for.
How far in advance should I book?
You should schedule no later than 6-8 weeks before needing your product in hand. I take only a limited number of sessions per month so the sooner you are on my schedule, the better!
What days do you book photoshoots?
I currently book sessions Tuesdays-Fridays at 10am.
Where does my shoot take place?
My Ravenswood Studio!
4619 N Ravenswood Ave, 302B
Chicago, IL 60640.
How long will my session take?
Plan on being at the studio for about 3-4 hours. Hair and makeup will take approximately 1.5-2 hours and your photoshoot with me will last approximately 1.5-2 hours.
Will you travel for a shoot?
YES! I love to travel. If you follow me on Instagram, I will share when and where I will be traveling so you can reserve me if I’m in your area. If you want to bring me to your city just for a shoot, an itemized travel bill will be included in pricing to include 2 nights at a hotel, flight, and any studio rental fees.
What’s the difference between beauty photography & boudoir photography?
There are lots of labels in photography, so I know it can get confusing. I specialize in Women's Portraiture. I take beautiful portraits of women. End of story. If you don't feel comfortable wearing lingerie or going nude, that's perfectly fine! We will tailor your experience to your level of comfort. Below, I break down the differences between the two genres.
Beauty portraiture is slightly more refined. Finished with an editorial retouch, these fine art images are the perfect option for women who want a smaller collection of portraits. Beauty portraits are camera aware and always include your gorgeous face. If you are drawn to my work, but don't want to do the artsy boudoir thing, beauty portraiture is the best option for you. A little black dress, a form fitting turtleneck and jeans, an off the shoulder sweater are all great options for your wardrobe. At the end of the session, you should have between 15-18 stunning images to choose from.
Boudoir photography is a little more intimate and focused on the lines and shapes of the body. While I always include beauty portraiture in my boudoir sessions, the goal is to capture more candid expressions. A boudoir session includes many images that are not camera-aware (looking into the lens). My goal is to capture your inner strength and beauty. In addition to images of your full body, I will also focus on capturing details like legs, lips, breasts, back and shoulders. Boudoir images all get a standard retouch and will typically include more artistic lighting and posing.
How much editing do you do? Will you change the way I look?
I focus on a natural edit. While I do edit out blemishes and minor imperfections, I am really focused on keeping you looking like you. I use posing to get flattering body positions and to enhance your favorite features. You probably won't even be able to tell what I've done - you'll just be amazed at how beautiful you are!
Will you share my images on your website & Instagram?
I would LOVE to, but it's entirely up to you. If you've found me online, it's because of all of the amazing women who have given me permission to share their images online. We will discuss your Model Release when you come in for your Viewing & Ordering Appointment but you have a few options:
Share them ALL - This option is perfect for Portrait Clients and BOLD Boudoir Clients.
Share a FEW - My boudoir & maternity clients' favorite choice - you give me permission for select image files at your Viewing + Ordering Appointment.
Share NONE - Your secret is safe with me!
INVESTMENT & PRODUCTS
Does the booking fee apply to my order?
No, the booking fee is not applied to your order total. It reserves your photoshoot date and includes session planning, hair and makeup and time and talent the day of the shoot.
How much should I expect to spend?
Most women invest between $1500-$2500 on their images including their booking fee.
How much for just the digitals?
It is a misconception that purchasing only digitals files will be cheaper. By the time the file is ready for delivery or print, all of the work has been done! The average investment remains the same whether you choose a digital or a printed collection.
What is THE minimum investment?
There is no minimum purchase requirement, but collections start at $1000.
What products do you recommend?
Wall Art is my personal fave. When you invest this much energy into your session experience, you should come out with something beautiful to hang on your walls and look at everyday. Heirloom Folio Boxes and Fine Art Albums are another great way to display images in a more private way. See the pricing page for a video with a full product breakdown!
Do you offer digital images?
Yes, though they are rarely ordered on their own as I include the matching digital files with my most popular printed collections.
What is the turn around time?
Approximately 2 weeks after your session, we will schedule a Viewing & Ordering Appointment. Once your order is placed & paid in full, it will be ready for pick up, shipping, or delivery 4-6 weeks later.
What is a viewing & ordering appointment?
A Viewing & Ordering Appointment is a time for you to meet me at my studio to see your photos for the first time! It can be overwhelming to navigate and narrow down your favorite images on your own. That's why I'm there to provide you with a professional opinion on what images will work best for wall portraits, and prints. We will go through the products I offer, look at samples, and start narrowing down to your favorites.
Do you offer online galleries?
I don’t offer online galleries so come prepared to make your decisions at your Viewing and Ordering Appointment! All purchasers/decision makers should be present at the viewing.
PREPARING FOR YOUR SHOOT
What should I wear?
This one is easier than you think - whatever makes you feel amazing! My style is fresh, casual and minimalistic which involves things you are likely to already have in your closet. A black bodysuit (or swimsuit), a classic LBD, an off-the-shoulder sweater, a white mens button down, a denim jacket. If you are extra bold, you don't have to wear anything at all!
Every client gets a personalized experience. I ask you questions about what you like and together we collaborate on looks/vibes for your photoshoot. I encourage clients to bring 5-7 looks. From there, I like to narrow down and most often end up choosing 3-4 "winning" looks. In the style department, options are a GOOD thing!
What’s the best way for me to prepare for my photoshoot?
I'm so glad you asked! This is a true collaboration so it will include some prep on your part in order to get the best results. After you decide to book, I will send you a detailed guide that will cover EVERYTHING you need to do to prepare. A few topics that are covered include:
Wardrobe tips - How to choose the best outfits.
Beauty tips - Prepping your face/skin/body for the camera.
Posing tips - That's right! You get to practice your moves alone first!