Where is your photo studio located?
My studio is located in New Hyde Park, New York (Zip 11040). It's in Nassau County, Long Island. I'm 30 minutes outside of New York City & Brooklyn and on the border of Queens. I offer location shoots as well.
What type of photography services do you offer?
I mainly specialize in studio portraiture and create fashion inspired beauty portraits, as well as personal branding images for business owners, musicians & artists, among various types of other photoshoots. Experience a magazine-style photoshoot and present and market yourself with images that you'll be proud of! Why should only models & actors see themselves in their best light?!
My beauty photo sessions are for everyday women of all ages and sizes, no experience necessary! Professional hair & makeup is included in the photo session fee and you will love my creative team and how gorgeous you will look! A pre-shoot styling consultation is also included so we can design your custom/personalized photoshoot and go over wardrobe options so we'll be all ready to go on the day of your shoot!
Beauty photoshoots are also for model
s, hair & makeup artists, stylists & designers who need professional images to build their portfolio and showcase their talents, skills & work. Even if you've never done a professional photoshoot before, no worries! I guarantee you will have a positive & fun experience!
My personal branding sessions are great for men and women wanting to promote and market themselves, their business and services. From athletes, musicians, creative artists, real estate agents, doctors, entrepreneurs, business owners, everyone needs professional images that powerfully represent themselves and their brand. YOU are your brand!
Additional photography services include boudoir, mother/daughter, families, sisters, generations, babies/tweens/teens, couples, maternity, engagement/weddings and live music.
Allow me to take beautiful images that capture different sides of you, as well as your energy and personality. Use them for your business, website, social media, online profiles and share them with your loved ones!
I invite you to a complimentary consultation so we can connect & chat! We'll discuss creative direction & styling, as well as my process, product options and pricing. Contact me for more details and to schedule our phone or in-person meeting.
What do you enjoy about the work you do?
I'm very passionate about my craft and creating a positive, fun experience for all my clients. I've always been a creative, artistic & out-going type and love collaborating with others. I've been told that my enthusiasm is contagious; I truly love sharing my energy & light and my passion for photography with people! For me it's all about getting to know my client, establishing a great connection and making it an overall uplifting experience! Making people look and feel beautiful is very rewarding. I feel honored and blessed to be meet and work with many wonderful and diverse people, it's very inspiring! It took me a very long time to build my photography business and I always held on to my dream & vision. I never gave up no matter what my challenges and circumstances were. I believe it's so important in life to do work that you're passionate about. Living a life with purpose and meaning makes the journey so much richer and more enjoyable. I love the quote 'If you can see it, you can achieve it'. I find it to be very true! I love creating images for people too because I believe portraits are priceless, especially to you and your family one day when looking back at your life. Having images that you're proud of that capture your essence and this moment in time is truly something special.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Usually it starts with an email and then we schedule a complimentary consultation so we can connect and chat! This can be done in-person, on the phone or via Skype with video. I always enjoy getting to know people and finding out what kinds of images they're looking for. Each photo session is personally customized for them and together we design their unique photoshoot. We also look at inspirational images so I can get a clear sense of what styles my clients are most drawn to. From there, I create mood boards for the shoots I'll be producing so I can properly plan all details. After discussing creative direction and styling, we go over my production process, the session details, as well as the products I offer and my pricing information. I believe it's important to educate new customers from the start. Time is extremely valuable to me so it's good to go over everything to see if we are a good match. Establishing a comfortable connection is also very important, it makes the whole experience positive from start to finish which is always my goal.
During the actual photoshoot, I guide my subjects throughout the session and give lots of direction. No experience is required, all you need to do is be yourself and trust me... I know what beautiful looks like and I can find it in you. I will unravel your layers and capture your inner & outer light. My goal is always to not only capture you beautifully on the outside, but to truly capture your soul, spirit and personality. I've been told that I have a natural gift and ability to make people feel relaxed, comfortable and confident.
I love creating images for people too because I believe portraits are priceless, especially to you and your family one day when looking back at your life. Having images that you're proud of that capture your essence and this moment in time is truly something special.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I started doing photography when I was around 18 years old and it's been a long road of learning and growing since then! I've been working in the creative industry for 17 years and graduated in 1999 with a BA in Contemporary Arts/Communications and an AAS in Graphic Arts/Advertising. Since then, I've worked for many top companies while pursuing my own photography business on the side. I gained most of my related experience while working for top advertising/portrait photographers as a Studio Manager/Producer. I learned all aspects of running a professional photography studio, how to coordinate photoshoots for very large productions, how to work with creative teams and with lots of equipment, and what it takes to do a successful shoot. I've also taken numerous CreativeLive online classes and workshops throughout the years about photography, retouching, graphic design and sales & marketing. I'm also a member of Sue Bryce Education which teaches portrait photography and the business of photography. Sue Bryce is an industry leader in the portrait photography field and her business model is studied by thousands of photographers all over the world.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service?
Yes. My photo session fee is $190 and includes: creative concept & styling consultation, full makeover by a professional hair & makeup artist, fully guided photoshoot, wardrobe & set changes, professional retouching and an image reveal/ordering session. The session fee does not include any images. Images and products are purchased separately at the ordering session.
Only buy the images you love! There is no hard sell and no minimum order requirement. Your images are professionally finalized, printed & matted and come in a beautiful handmade Folio Box. The high resolution digital files of the images you purchase are included as well on a USB drive. I also include the web sized version of the files so they are already properly formatted for online use and emailing. I offer 3 printed product collections to accommodate all budgets (payment plans are available too with no interest!). I offer a Folio of 6, 10 or 20 images, as well as a la carte products such as large canvas wall art, float frames, framed art, albums/books, image blocks and custom orders. Collections start at $700 and go up from there. Please get in touch to see product samples and for further pricing details. If you refer someone to me and they book a session, you will receive a $100 gift voucher that you can use towards a collection or product!
How did you get started doing this type of work?
My father was a photographer in his early days and I started practicing with his old camera when I was a teenager. I've always been a very visual person. In college I took a photography class and fell in love with taking pictures of people and the art of image making. I used to develop film and print my photos in the darkroom and was just fascinated! My passion for photography continued to grow and it still excites me today. I'm inspired by many amazing photographers & artists and love collaborating with people. There's always something new to discover and learn. I'm proud to be part of the incredible photography and portraiture community.
What types of photoshoots have you done?
I've worked with a wide range of clients; business owners & entrepreneurs, models, actors, musicians, families, couples, maternity, babies/tweens/teens, engagement/weddings, hair & makeup artists, stylists, live music venues, art galleries, hair salons, products, real estate, various types of event coverage, as well as commercial clients.
Describe a recent photoshoot you are fond of.
A recent photoshoot I enjoyed a lot was working with a lovely woman who wanted to shoot 4 different looks. I planned the session and we went over her wardrobe, hair & makeup and set changes. We did a professional look for her business, a soft, pretty beauty look, a more dramatic, bold look, followed by some sexy, playful images to give as a gift to her husband. When she came back to my studio after the shoot for her image reveal & ordering session, she loved them and was so happy with the final products I delivered!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a Photographer and what are professional photography industry standard rates?
I think it's important to look at different photographers work to see if they fit the style and experience you're looking for. Does the lighting look professional? Do they have a strong portfolio on their website? If you're on a tight budget and are looking to spend $100-$150, you will most likely be working with a hobbyist, amateur or student. The levels after that are semi-pro, professional and top professional. The industry standard rate for professional portrait photography can range between $75 - $1,500 per image. Many artists work with various budgets; they usually charge a session fee and then sell packages that include different amounts of images and various types of products.
I believe that high quality photography is well worth the investment. For example, if you need a headshot for your business, that photo on your website and LinkedIn profile will speak a thousand words! You are your brand so make sure the photos are professional and that they reflect your best self. You may not always want to go with the most affordable option because it can be risky; the image quality and experience may suffer. Personally, I'm at a mid-range to ultra-premium level. I love creating a luxurious 'high-end' experience which is one that is personal and customized based on my client's needs & wants, combined with my vision. I work with people who appreciate my photography work and value my talents, the experience and my time. I know they will treasure their beautiful images forever.
What questions should customers think through before talking to a Photographer?
Customers should think about what style of photography they love and how many different looks they would like to do during their shoot. I suggest looking at images on Pinterest to get ideas! You can visit my Pinterest page and browse through the mood boards I've put together there for lots of inspiration: www.pinterest.com/nicole_vision
Also, beautiful hair & makeup is very important when doing a photoshoot, you want to look your best! My session fee includes professional hair & makeup. Others may charge for this separately so I would ask about that. I would also find out pricing information for the shoot and learn about the product & package options they offer to make sure you're the right fit.
Common concerns: What if I have no experience? What if I'm nervous? I usually look horrible in photos, should I still do a photoshoot? I want to lose weight first, should I wait to book my shoot? My skin broke out, can I reschedule?
This is your time to relax, have fun and shine! No need to be nervous! You are in professional hands, I will make you feel super comfortable and I will be giving you lots of direction throughout the shoot. By the time we've captured your first look; you'll be a pro and will have forgotten any nerves you had. Everyone is beautiful in my eyes. All women want to look and feel their best. All women should and can experience a magazine style shoot! It's fun, creative, glamorous and artistic... Best part, see yourself like never before. It will change the way you see yourself. It's uplifting and you reconnect with yourself in a new way. Every woman who walks into my studio has an incredible experience and gets a folio of the best photographs she's ever seen of herself. Don't wait to lose weight first, accept and embrace yourself just the way you are in this very moment. I'm big on living for today, being in the now and making each day count because tomorrow is never promised. Don't keep putting off your life and live fully today! I will be posing you to flatter your body and capture all the right angles. If you're skin breaks out before the shoot, no worries! All final images are professionally retouched, your skin will look flawless you're your images will look beautiful and natural.
I have another question you didn't answer, what do I do?
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get back to you within 1-3 days. We can schedule a call from there or you can come to my studio for your complimentary consultation!