As a portrait photographer, I’ve spent a fair amount of time meeting clients somewhere outside for a casual headshot. This always involves opening a weather app to plan ahead, and scheduling a time in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid mid-day sun. Sometimes this has involved cancelations due to rain (despite said weather app), once it involved reconfiguring a set-up so that the people smoking pot off to the side would not appear in the shot, and in San Francisco this often involves a client bracing themself in the single layer they want to wear even though Karl the Fog and his wing man, Cool Breeze, are in full force. It's fine. It's do-able. And, hey, it's a huge improvement over the phone or laptop camera selfie the client previously used.
Yet, I realized there was a different way when I decided to become a photo client myself and experienced a photo shoot in the controlled environment of a comfortable studio with a hair and make-up artist on-site. I went into the session wearing the minimal amount of make-up that I usually wear and one of the three outfits I planned to capture in the photos. After choosing background colors with the photographer, I spent about 10-15 minutes in the make-up artist's chair while she took care of the mascara smear I made on my face, applied some magical foundation that made me feel years younger, tickled soft brushes everywhere to tame the shine, herded my flyaway hairs to better places, and on, you get it—I had for sure become a Queen. And THEN I got to have my photo taken as a Queen! Because of this experience, I've decided to offer seasonal studio portrait sessions in my San Francisco studio (Potrero Hill), and I am partnering up with local make-up artist Fox & Doll— she specializes in fabulous vintage looks, but she does it all. We are offering a limited number of sessions for a special intro rate this Sunday, June 23. We hope to see you then!