Frequently asked questions...

HOW DO I BOOK A SESSION?

Give us a call at 212.564.7430 or use the contact form to send us a note.

Sessions are available Wednesday through Saturday, with Saturdays being reserved for packages only. A non-refundable retainer of 50% of your chosen package (or the full a la carte session fee) is required to reserve your spot.

Please note the turnaround time of 4-6 weeks and plan ahead when thinking about scheduling. Rush processing is available if you need your order more quickly than that, but when we have the luxury of time it is always best to take advantage and schedule well in advance.

HOW MUCH DOES THIS COST?

Our packages start at $900. Please message us for full pricing information!

DO YOU OFFER HAIR AND MAKEUP?

Yes, yes, yes! Our packages include our extended hair and makeup service, meaning that the artist will create your initial look for you and then stay on set with us the entire time for touch ups and look changes between sets.

If you are booking an a la carte session, you can choose between Signature or Extended service. For $200 our artist will create a signature look for your shoot and then leave before you go on set. Or for a little extra, you can have her stay on hand the whole time. You will straight up feel like a supermodel when she jumps on set to fix your hair and touch up your lips. #slay

DO I HAVE TO ADD HAIR AND MAKEUP?

Hair and makeup is included in our package options. If you are going the a la carte route, we absolutely will not force you to add hair and makeup. But we absolutely think you should!

Here's the thing. Even if you are a total pro at doing your own hair and (camera-ready! because it is different from regular) makeup or have a best friend who is, it is still a better idea to have our artist do it for you right here in the studio, moments before we start shooting.

One, our artists know what they are doing and can give you whatever look you want, whether it is a dewy "I woke up like this" natural glow and tousled waves or a smokey eye and big hair. 

Two, it makes the experience super fun and pampering for you!

Three, it serves as a fabulous warm up instead of arriving and basically being in your underwear ten minutes later. Without hair and makeup, it can feel like, "Hi! Nice to meet you! Take your clothes off..." Haha!

And four, and this is a big one, I have witnessed more than one miserable client who had their makeup and hair done elsewhere before they arrived, only to get to the studio a sweaty mess from the commute or their hair gone flat or blown around by the wind or some other weird disaster. And its just not worth the stress in my opinion. 

When you book just let me know your preference, but I really hope you will let us take care of you and choose either the signature or extended makeup and hair! 

 

 

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

You should wear something that makes you feel SEXY! You should bring your favorite pieces of lingerie along with accessories and don’t forget the high heels! Many women use their shoot as an opportunity to splurge on a few new items. If you’d like a little direction on where to shop for some exquisite new lingerie, check out the following favorites: Journelle, Victoria’s Secret, Brooklyn Fox, Dirty Dolls, Agent Provocateur, and Hips and Curves. Keep in mind, though, that you absolutely do NOT have to invest in a lot of new lingerie to have an amazing shoot a simple, flattering, black bra and panties will go with every set!

You may also borrow items from our Dream Closet. Please keep in mind that time in the dressing room counts toward the 30-minute maximum time allowed per set, so if you plan to utilize our closet be sure to browse online before coming in. That way we can help you by pulling your selections for you quickly!

WHAT IF I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO POSE?

You don't have to! Laura will coach you through the whole process, from how to position yourself, what to do with your hands, where to look, etc. She has photographed hundreds of women, knows how to use lighting and posing to their best effects to flatter any body type.

MAY I BRING A FRIEND?

Yes, you are welcome to bring a friend! Your BFF or sister can help you feel more comfortable and can also be a great help while you are getting ready. For liability reasons, we cannot allow your guests to come into the set area. They can hang out with you in the dressing room and watch the shooting from the makeup area. We have to strictly enforce this rule.

MAY I BRING ALCOHOL?

Yes, you may. A lot of girls find it nice to have a little liquid courage before their shoot. Please strictly limit your consumption to two drinks before and during your shoot, as we want to avoid "drunk face" at all costs!

WHO WILL BE THERE DURING MY SHOOT?

Just you and me! And the makeup artist if you booked the extended hair and makeup option. Our studio is very cozy and very private, and there will be no extra people (that you didn't invite) hanging around the set.

WHEN WILL I SEE MY PICTURES?

 

The very same day! I believe in instant gratification, so we offer in-person photo reveal and ordering sessions immediately following your shoot. We LOVE helping you select your images and find that sitting down together to go through them and show you all of the albums and other product options in person is the least overwhelming and most fun way to make your photo selections. 

 

DO YOU RETOUCH MY PHOTOS?

Yes, we do! Photoshop can be very controversial, but we do believe in using it to a certain extent.  Why shouldn't you be able to see yourself as if you were in a magazine and realize that you can look just as amazing as a model? Our philosophy is to give you a little help (think of it like adding virtual spanx to your image), but we will NOT significantly change you or make you look like someone you are not.

WHAT IF I NEED TO RESCHEDULE OR CANCEL?

I definitely hope you don’t need to reschedule/cancel your session! But I understand that things can come up. There are a few different fees that may apply to a reschedule, depending on the time frame: 

     - Rescheduling/canceling less than two weeks in advance of your appointment incurs a $100 rescheduling fee. 

     - Rescheduling/canceling less than one week in advance of your appointment incurs a $150 rescheduling fee.

     - Same day rescheduling, cancellation, or "no-show" incurs a $350 fee. 

     - Excessive rescheduling (3rd or more instance) will incur a $50 fee per request in addition to other applicable fees described above.

Clients who reschedule or cancel and pay any applicable fees are welcome to use their retainer on file toward a future date (within a year of their original appointment date). A client who "no-shows" forfeits any retainer and requires a brand new retainer in order to reschedule. 

Rescheduling, cancellation and "no-show" fees are NOT credited against retainers on file, future retainers or products.

Rescheduling, cancellation and no-show fees are sadly very necessary for a variety of reasons. Appointments are in high demand and by holding a spot for you, I am turning away other clients who inquire about the same spot. Rescheduling or cancelling without adequate notice costs both me and my hair and makeup artist significant expected income. 

These fees are not something I ever want to have to collect, so thank you in advance for your understanding and respect of why they are necessary and non-negotiable. 

WHAT IS YOUR REFUND POLICY?

 

All session retainers are non-refundable but are valid indefinitely. If you need to postpone your session, rest assured that your retainer will be on file and ready for you to use whenever you wish.

All sales during photo viewing sessions are final.

 

WHAT IF I DON'T WANT MY PICTURES ON YOUR WEBSITE?

At the end of your session, we will complete a form about privacy where you decide what images, if any, are allowed to be used. Some ladies give us free reign to use whatever images we'd like, while others would prefer not to allow the use of their images or something in between.  Whatever you prefer is fine by us, and we assure you that your choice will be respected. I used to be an attorney, so trust me when I say I take your privacy very seriously! 

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