Faqs

 

What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept payment through PayPal. This includes direct PayPal payment, credit card, or eCheck methods as accepted by PayPal.

Do you require a downpayment?

Yes. We require a 25% NON-REFUNDABLE downpayment plus the full price of the makeup artist, if required. This is to protect me from no-shows. Yes, it happens. Yes, it totally sucks.

Is a makeup artist included with my session?

Makeup artistry is charged separately and typically due at the time of booking. Rates are listed on the Investment Page. I work with different makeup artists from time to time. So, the rates listed are an average and may vary depending upon the unique requirements of the session and the available artist.

I’m interested in headshots. You refer to a “look”. What does this mean?

A “Look” is a shorter way of saying a wardrobe change or at least a significant change in apparel or makeup.

What if I need to cancel my session?

If you give me at least 24 hrs notice either in writing (including email) or by phone (not just a voicemail) you can receive a refund or we can reschedule. I understand emergencies may arise or, in the case of an outdoor session, inclement weather may come up. In this event we would simply reschedule for another agreed upon date/time.

Do I need to use a makeup artist?

Well, the correct question should be [Why SHOULD I use a makeup artist?].

Although using a professional makeup artist isn’t required, it’s highly recommended, especially for women. Perhaps you are very skilled at doing your own makeup for day to day use. However, doing makeup for being in front of a camera or video is a bit different. The makeup artist also stays for the entire shoot to do minor touch-ups or hair fixes and to just generally keep you looking your best during your shoot. Your makeup should look fresh and natural looking and should accentuate your features. It should not make you LOOK like you are made up. You should look like you look on your best day! When you show up for your shoot you should already have your hair done up as if you were going out.

What happens after the shoot?

We all breathe a sigh of relief and head out for a beer. Well, maybe.

Usually, though, within several days you will get an email with a link to an online gallery of your shoot where you can preview the finished images from your session. For a more personal experience, we may also setup a time to meet where we can go over the images together.

I’m ready to book a session! What do I do?

I typically try to book at least a couple weeks in advance. However, exceptions can be made based upon available scheduling.

Just visit my website’s contact page and fill out the email form. Let me know when you are looking to shoot and if you have any specific ideas for your shoot. Also let me know what particular package you are interested in or if you wish to meet to discuss custom options. Once I get you on my schedule I can get you the session contract. Once the contract is completed and I’ve received your downpayment (and makeup artist fee if applicable), you will be sent a confirmation containing pertinent info for your shoot including location(s), payment info, wardrobe advice, etc….

How should I prepare for my session?

PROPS

If you having a portrait session or senior session, you may wish to bring props. Bring items that are a big part of your life, personality or future planned profession. For example:

  • Musical Instrument
  • Leather or other special jacket
  • Letter jacket
  • Sports Jersey
  • Uniform
  • Special Hat
  • Sport Equipment (bat, ball, football, hockey stick, etc.)
  • Sunglasses
  • Items related to special hobbies
  • Car, Motorcycle, Small Pony, etc…
  • Pets (Please let me know in advance)

JEWELRY

If you feel you must wear jewelry, keep it minimal. Bring jewelry appropriate to each outfit.

SKIN CARE

  • Minor skin blemishes, scars, or acne can be removed with photo editing/retouching.
  • Try to avoid tan lines or sunburn
  • If doing your own makeup, keep it simple and minimal. No heavy colors (like brightly colored eyeshadow). Try to keep it simple and natural. You are trying to accentuate your natural features – not look made up.
  • Avoid any makup with glitter or other “sparklies”. Avoid makeup with SPF as it tends to create a sheen.
  • If you think your hands or feet may show in any of the poses you wish to have, make sure your fingernails or toenails are manicured (and polished if that is something you normally like).

HAIR

  • Arrange your hair the way you would if you were going on a date or a night out with your friends.
  • If you plan on getting a haircut, have it done at least a week before your session.
  • For men, a fresh shave is important and neatly trimmed beard or mustache. Unless, of course, you are going for that “bad boy” look, you could leave a few days growth.
  • If you are doing your own, bring any hair or skin styling products along to your session just in case.

CLOTHING

  • Wear clothing that makes you comfortable and reflects your personality.
  • If your session includes multiple “looks”, bring multiple outfits.
  • Don’t mix lights and darks in the same outfit. Try to keep tonal ranges the same.
  • Avoid print patters, stripes, busy patterns or overly bright colors. They tend to be distracting and overwhelming in your portrait. Your portraits should focus on YOU, not what you are wearing.
  • Black shirts or tops are perfect for almost all situations.
  • If your session includes multiple people (like a family photo), everyone should be dressed in similar colors or tonal ranges.
  • Coordinating similar outfits for family photos is always fun. Jeans, khakis, white or black shirts, etc. are always great.
  • Shorts sleeves are ok, but long sleeves are usually better (unless it’s in the middle of a Wisconsin summer, of course). 🙂
  • If you feel you are overweight, dark colors help make you look thinner.
  • If you plan to wear a tie, make sure to wear a jacket or suit.