When collaborating on a test shoot I work with you to develop a custom mood board describing two or three looks tailored to your style and interests. I help you determine the wardrobe, makeup, hairstyle and overall mood by collecting and sharing inspirational photos. For most tests there are three standard looks that I like to cover.
The first look is your choice of either a standard portrait or implied portrait. A standard portrait is a medium head and shoulders shot suitable for composite cards and social media profiles. An implied portrait is similar except no clothing is visible in the frame. We can accomplish this with a tube top, strapless bra, beach towel, or whatever makes you most comfortable.
The second look is a body image. This is typically shot from the knees up wearing swimwear, activewear, underwear or something similar. A modest version of this look can be accomplished by wearing a cropped top with a skirt, shorts, or skinny jeans. It's your choice, but as the name suggests this look is designed to feature your body and show some skin.
The third and final look is the fashion look. This often is a more stylized look in terms of wardrobe and lighting, and can be shot with either a commercial or editorial vibe. We have a ton of options at our disposal with this look so this is usually where we spend the majority of our time, and it's a lot of fun.
Before Your Shoot
Prior to your session I will send you a call sheet describing all of the details about the shoot including call times, contact information, what to bring, directions to the studio and more. You are usually responsible for supplying your own wardrobe and accessories, so you'll need to decide what to bring for each look. If you bring several options I can help you make final decisions on set. Wardrobe should be carefully transported on hangars to prevent wrinkles. If your fingers and toes desperately need attention please schedule a mani-pedi sometime before your shoot.
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. Your hair should be mostly styled upon arrival, perhaps requiring some final touches. You will spend up to an hour with a makeup artist and then about an hour shooting in the studio with me. Have fun! My creative team and I will do everything we can to provide the best photo shoot experience ever! Chaperones are welcome and may wait in the lobby where complimentary drinks and snacks are available. 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 regular 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.
If you have any questions about anything please do not hesitate to ask. I look forward to working with you!