How to Prepare & FAQ’s

How To Prepare
  • Share any concerns you may have about features or trouble spots during your complimentary pre-portrait consultation so that we can be completely prepared to maximize the things about you that you love and minimize the things that you don’t! And remember that the level of clothing (on or off) is determined by YOU so be honest and let us know.
  • Get plenty of rest the night before your session.
  • Bring in CD’s or your ipod (with a great play list already organized) of all your favorite music so you can groove to your own tunes.
  • Moisturize your skin the morning of your session but please no body oil as it can damage the clothing you bring is as well as our furniture, props, materials, etc.
  • Bring in your usual makeup and hair products whether you’re going to be working with one of our professionals or doing your own hair and makeup, it’s always nice to have things you’re use to when you need to freshen up your look.
  • Bring in fun accessories like jewelry, scarves, hats and shoes to play with – especially if they can enhance the ‘theme’ or ‘look’ you’re planning to achieve.
  • Bring in any type of ‘prop’ you think will enhance your Illustrate Sexy experience.
  • Get your eyebrows waxed or tweezed a few days prior to your session to avoid red skin and puffiness (same goes for the bikini area).
  • Get a spray tan at least 24 hours prior to your session, no self tanners immediately prior to your shoot.
  • If you are having your hair and makeup professionally done by one of our preferred artists, come with a clean face and blown out hair.
  • Don’t over indulge the night before your session, if you feel bad, you’ll look bad. Plan to celebrate after the session – you’ll want to because you’ll have had so much fun!
  • Avoid wearing tight fitting clothes to your session, lines can take hours to disappear and will keep us from getting started right away with the fun of the experience.
  • No sunburns right before your session and keep in mind, tan lines will show. Some may find tan lines sexy so that can be cool, but if you don’t then work to get rid of them prior to your session. If you’ve never visited a tanning booth or used self tanners or bronzers trying them right before your session is not the time to start as the results can be worse than the lines themselves.

Why do I need a pre-portrait consultation?
Our complimentary pre-portrait consultation, either in person or on the phone, will be the perfect time to chat about your ideas and how we can best accommodate your thoughts, dreams and desires. Feel free to bring samples of what you’ve found or create a Pinterest Board so we can be better prepared for your Illustrate Sexy session. Remember, we have your best interest at heart so working together as a team is important to us! We don’t want it to be stressful, so take some time and check out the Galleries on our website to see what other Divas have done. You can also look through magazines and catalogs (Maxxim, Playboy, W Magazine and Victorias Secret catalogs are all great for posing, clothing and prop ideas).
What do I bring to my session?
An Illustrate Sexy portrait experience is about creating images that capture the essence of what you think is sexy. So, the first step is for you to decide what that is. Lingerie? Satin sheets? Cutoffs, boots and a cowboy hat? Boy shorts and a tank top? Nylons and great heels? Nothing on at all? Is it sweet or seductive? Strength or the curves of your body? A smile or coy expression? Is it laughter? Is it edgy with fun, funky lighting or softer and romantic? The possibilities are endless . . .
The second step in deciding what to bring is to determine ‘why’ you’ve decided to participate in this diva adventure. Are you doing this for yourself or will the images be a gift for someone special? If so, what do you think they might like or think is sexy? Maybe it’s a little bit of both?
Do I need to come early to get ready?
No. Based on the Collection you purchase we will have set aside plenty of time for your photography experience. Should you decide to have you hair and makeup done by one of our professionals. We will calculate that into the timeline for the day. Arriving on time is important to maximize your fun so don’t be late!
Is it normal to be nervous about my Illustrate Sexy session?
Yes, but you don’t need to be! Our number one priority is that you feel comfortable and enjoy the experience, this is all about YOU. You may have some butterflies in your stomach at first, but once we get started you’re going to relax and have a blast while we create amazing images that will truly represent you and all of your sexiness!
I’ve never done this before . How will I know how to ‘pose’?
It’s not about ‘posing’ as much as it is about just being you. We’re going to work with you to create images that represent what you think is sexy and we’ll be there to guide you through it. This is what we do and we love doing it so just relax, have fun and trust us!
Can I bring someone with me to the session?
We can understand why you think you might want to but believe us they will only serve as a distraction and make you more self-conscious. Photographing one on one gives us the opportunity to work the magic behind the camera and also allows us to take care of the details and make sure you look fabulous. We hope this thought process will start getting you excited about your experience.
What is your payment policy?
All Collections are confirmed with full payment at the time you schedule your appointment as we don’t want you to have to worry about money the day of your experience. We have a 48 hour cancellation policy. Should you need to reschedule, and do so, prior to 48 hours of your session we will apply the amount to your rescheduled session date. If you do not contact us prior to 48hours of your session then your initial payment is forfeited. We accept cash, check or credit card (convenience fees apply on cr card transactions).
What happens after my Illustrate Sexy session?
Well, we hope you’ll spend the next few days telling everyone you know about what a great experience you’ve had! Technically though, approximately two weeks after the session, you’ll come back to the studio for your ordering session, where you’ll see your images set to music and unveiled (played) for you on the big screen in our theater. You can come by yourself, bring someone special or anyone you’d like to help you make your selection decisions. You can even make it a surprise and we will discretely leave the room so that you can enjoy the experience privately.
Will my images be retouched, and is it included in the price?
We take great pride in our photography and want nothing but the best for our clients. That means one of our highly skilled Illustrate Sexy artists will analyze each image and determine how artwork may best enhance it. Our Photo Magic is a 10 step process that includes things like light blending of facial lines, softening of eye bags, whitening eyes and teeth, removing blemishes, lengthening or darkening eyelashes and removing facial shine. Our Photo Magic is complimentary and included on any image you select for your album or additional purchase options. Additional retouching services are also available and priced based on the amount of work necessary.
Will my images be used on your website?
All the images you see on our website, blog or PR pieces have been approved for use by the individuals photographed. We have a Model Release form that we will ask you to sign if you are comfortable giving us permission to include your images for our publicity purposes if not, then we would NEVER publish or use an image from your session. We respect your right to privacy and that is a major reason you will view your images at our studio and not online.
Is it important to work with a professional makeup artist and hair stylist?
It is our professional opinion that having your hair styled and makeup applied by trained and licensed artists not only adds to the beauty of your final images but also enhances your overall experience. The feeling of being pampered through these services will set the perfect tone for how the rest of your time will be spent with us. Whether you decide to go to a salon prior to your arrival, choose to have one of our preferred artisans meet you at our studio for the beginning of the experience or opt to have them stay throughout the session (for touch ups, style changes, etc.) we know you will be much happier with how your images will look. It is important to remember the make up you would use on a daily basis is not near the amount you would apply to be “camera ready”.
Can I bring ‘props’ to my Illustrate Sexy session?
Yes, we recommend you do as they can help personalize your photographs. Bring in any type of prop you think will enhance your Illustrate Sexy experience but remember that it’s really all about you and overdoing it can sometimes overwhelm the image.