A mini session is an affordable, one-hour photo shoot in my Libertyville studio. Unless you have specific ideas or requirements for your photos I typically recommend three standard looks for mini sessions. These looks are designed to provide a balanced range of images to compliment any portfolio. Each look also offers a style option, giving you the ability to customize your session to suit your specific preferences.
LOOK 1 - PORTRAIT
Style A: Standard Portrait
A standard portrait is a medium head and shoulders shot suitable for composite cards and social media profiles.
Style B: Implied Portrait
An implied portrait shows no clothing in the frame, which is accomplished by wearing a strapless bra or an off-the-shoulder top, or whatever makes you most comfortable.
LOOK 2 - BODY SHOT
Style A: Natural Body Shot
A natural body shot is typically framed from above the knees wearing activewear, swimwear, or underwear.
Style B: Modest Body Shot
A modest body shot can be accomplished by wearing a tank top with shorts or skinny jeans, or something similar.
LOOK 3 - FASHION
Style A: Commercial Fashion
A commercial fashion look is a clean, bright look showcasing the fashion as is typical in advertisements and catalogs.
Style B: Editorial Fashion
An editorial fashion look focuses less on the wardrobe and is more about the mood and vibe of the image.
Before Your Shoot
You are usually responsible for supplying your own wardrobe and accessories, so for each of the three looks simply choose a style and decide what you will wear. If you bring several options my team and I can help you make the final decisions on set. Wardrobe should be carefully transported on hangars to prevent wrinkles, but we do have a steamer in the studio for touch-ups. If your fingers or toes desperately need attention please treat yourself to a mani-pedi sometime before your shoot. If you opt for a professional makeup artist and hair stylist as part of your session then plan on leaving your face clean and your hair naturally blown dry. Prior to your session I will send you a call sheet describing all of the details about the shoot including the call time, studio address, contact information and more.
During Your Shoot
Arrive early or on time wearing something comfortable and loose fitting. Bra straps and skinny jeans leave stubborn and unsightly indentations on your skin, so try to avoid wearing those before your shoot. Unless you do your own hair and makeup you will spend about an hour with a professional in the hair and makeup room. Once your hair and makeup is done you will spend an hour shooting in the studio with me. Chaperones are always welcome, and complimentary drinks and snacks are available. We like to have fun, so my team and I will do everything we can to provide you with the best photo shoot experience ever! Models under 18 must be accompanied by a parent who will need to sign a model release.
After Your Shoot
Within a few days after your shoot you will receive access to an online preview gallery, where you will select one favorite image from each of the three looks. Your three favorite images will be professionally retouched and processed in color as well as black and white. I will provide you with square crops for Instagram and standard crops for your portfolio and other social networks. In total you will receive twelve full-resolution image files via a shared Dropbox folder. I generally try to deliver finished images within 15 to 30 days of receiving your selections. Behind-the-scenes coverage of your photo shoot experience may be available as well!
One-Hour Mini Session [ $200 ]
Pro Hair & Makeup [ $150 ]
Pro Makeup only [ $100 ]
Extra Studio Time [ $50 per half hour ]
Retouching [ $35 per additional image ]
$100 deposit when booking
Balance due on day of shoot
PayPal or Chase QuickPay preferred
Credit Cards also accepted
Deposits are refundable when canceled or rescheduled 48 hours prior to your shoot.The rates listed above are for non-commercial shoots only. Please request a custom quote for projects requiring commercial image licensing.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. I look forward to working with you!