Can I do this if I am not a professional model?

Yes! Some people view my gallery and think that I only shoot with models, but that’s just not the case. Most of the women you see in my gallery are everyday people just like you. I photograph all shapes and sizes, but a lot of them look like models after we’re done styling them. My luxury portrait experience is for all women.

What if I am not photogenic?

You don’t need to be photogenic or good in front of a camera. It's my job to guide and pose you through your entire portrait session, and to create the most beautiful photographs of yourself that you have ever seen.

What if I do not like being photographed?

I get it. I don't enjoy being photographed either, but my clients are often amazed at how comfortable my team and I make them feel in front of the camera. You will have so much fun you won't want your portrait experience to end!

What if I need to lose some weight?

I completely understand, but you are perfect the way you are right now! I will pose you and use lighting and camera angles that flatter your body type. My team and I will have you looking your absolute best, and your amazing inner beauty will shine through.

What is included in my Luxury Portrait Experience?

A personal consultation to get to know you and understand how you would like to be photographed; A welcome packet and styling guide to help you prepare for your photo shoot; Professional makeup and hair styling; Unlimited wardrobe changes, backdrops, and lighting setups; An unforgettable portrait experience to have at least once in your lifetime; A separate personalized reveal session to view your finished images.

How much will this cost?

My session fee for a luxury portrait experience including professional makeup and hair styling is $249. Images start at $175 and collections start at $900. I never ask clients to prepay for photo packages. You decide what photographs to buy after seeing your finished images. It’s my job to create photographs that you absolutely love. How much you spend is entirely up to you. Additional information about products and pricing is provided when you submit your inquiry via my contact form.

What if I want just one photo?

Clients who think they only want one photo usually end up purchasing more. Even if you're on a limited budget I would still suggest several wardrobe changes for your session, covering a range of styles in order to give yourself options. Of course it's perfectly fine to purchase just one image, but this way you always have the option of purchasing additional images from your session at a later date.

What about color?

I specialize in creating classic, timeless, black and white portraits. Black and white imagery eliminates distractions and focuses on the woman in the photograph rather than on what she’s wearing. I truly believe that black and white portraiture is the perfect medium to properly represent your legacy for all time. With that being said, if you still want some or all of your photographs finished in color I will make that happen for you.

How long does a portrait session last?

Most portrait sessions with professional hair and makeup usually last three but not more than four hours. The duration varies a bit mostly due to styling and wardrobe changes.

When can I view my finished images?

You will be invited back to the studio for your personal reveal session, usually about two weeks after your portrait session. During the reveal you will watch a short video of your amazing experience and view your gorgeous images for the first time. You may select the images you love, purchase products, and even take your beautifully printed portraits home with you the very same day!

Can I get the digitals?

For each photograph you purchase you will receive the digital file in the same size that you purchased. These are your portraits to own, print and share online with your family and friends.

How much will you Photoshop me?

I mostly rely on flattering posing, along with camera angles and lighting to minimize areas that you want to hide. I will reduce or remove minor blemishes, as well as simple things like circles under the eyes and small scars. My general rule of thumb is that if it’s permanent it stays. Additional editing, like removing tattoos, is available upon request for an extra fee depending on the complexity and quantity of the edits.

What should I wear during my portrait session?

Wear whatever makes you feel beautiful! We will discuss wardrobe during your personal consultation, and when you book your session I will provide you with a styling guide that will help you make some of these decisions. For now, understand that this is your photo shoot so the choice is yours to make. You are free to wear a variety of outfits ranging from something simple and casual all the way to glamorous ballroom gowns.

Should I go tanning before my portrait session?

I recommend avoiding tan lines as these may appear in your finished images. If you get a spray tan be sure you don't wash your hands for eight hours or you'll have a tanned body with white hands.

Can you photograph me with a family member or friend?

Yes! A luxury portrait session is perfect for sharing with a loved one. Just add $100 to the session fee for the additional person.

Do you shoot Senior Portraits?

Yes! My luxury portrait experience is perfectly suited for high school seniors! My team and I adjust the styling and posing a bit to ensure that everything is age-appropriate, and a parent or legal guardian must attend the session.

Do you offer sessions for men?

Yes! I offer an amazing experience for men as well. Whether you need classic headshots for work and social media profiles, or a complete personal branding package for your business, blog or dating profile. A custom-designed portrait session is the perfect way to authentically showcase the best version of you.

May I bring a guest to my portrait session?

If you need moral support from a friend, we do permit one guest in the studio during your session. To minimize distractions and maximize our ability to create the best possible images for you, we do not permit guests in the shooting bay during your session.

Where is your studio located?

My home studio is located in Wauconda, Illinois, about 40 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. It's near the intersection of Rand Road (Route 12) and Bonner Road.

Do you also shoot on location?

My passion is studio portraiture and manipulating light in a controlled environment. For this and many other reasons, I do not shoot on location.

What if I need to cancel or reschedule my session? 

If you provide at least 72 hours notice it’s not a problem to cancel or reschedule. Please understand that our time is valuable and our bookings are limited, so last-minute cancelations may result in forfeiting your session fee.

What if I don’t like my images?

If for some reason you don’t like any of the images from your session you’re not obligated to purchase anything. Unlike some studios I don’t ask you to commit to a package before you’ve seen your finished images. How much you spend on photographs is entirely up to you.

What is your refund policy?

Session fees are refundable up to 72 hours prior to the scheduled day and time of your portrait session. For purchased photographs, once you receive your digital images I cannot offer any exchanges or refunds.

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