You may have heard that my Siren Sessions are really fun. Or, you have a friend who did one and felt super nervous beforehand, but ended up having a total blast.
But you're still not sure - you're kind of thinking about it... but you have questions.
That's totally fair. I would be nervous too. Or at the very least, a little apprehensive. I mean, most people don't just strip down to their skivvies in front of just anyone. It's totally normal to have lots of things you are wondering about before you decide to book. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions people have when they are thinking of booking a Siren Session with me:
Q: What does it cost?
A: During my Siren Session Special Event, you have the option of choosing either a 45-minute mini session or a 90-minute full session.
45-minute sessions are $150 and include up to 10 high-resolution digital files with printing rights. Your session fee includes makeup application, one outfit, and up to 4 different poses.
90-minute sessions are $250 and include up to 30 high-resolution files with printing rights. Session fee includes fully customized makeup application, and unlimited outfits and poses.
Please note that this special pricing is ONLY available on Saturday, January 23rd. Regular Siren Session pricing is $250 for a 90-minute session and DOES NOT include any digital files, prints, or products.
Q: Where does the session happen?
A: Your session will be held in my downtown New London office/studio. It is a bright, airy space with ample natural light for modern, beautiful portraits.
Q: Who will be there during the session?
A: Besides me (someone has to take the pictures, right?) and you, my make-up artist/creative styling assistant, Melissa, will also be there. Melissa is actually my sister and we have a great natural bond, which helps to make your session feel like you're just hanging out with the girls! Both Melissa and I have had Siren photos of ourselves taken, so we know what it feels like to be in your shoes and we work together to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible. You are also welcome to bring a friend along for emotional encouragement!
Q: What do I wear?
A: Whatever you are comfortable in - whether that is next to nothing, lingerie, a coverup of some sort, or your guy's button down shirt! For those booking a 45-minute session, please plan on one outfit (you may use some type of coverup for variation), and those booking a 90-minute session may bring as many as you like - we will help you choose the best ones for your session and will use as many as we have time for.
Q: Will you do my make-up?
A: Yes! Melissa, my make-up artist will be there to make sure your true beauty shines through! You should bring your own liquid make-up (mascara, eyeliner, lipstick, lipliner, etc in addition to foundation- basically the things that you wouldn't want to share with others.) Melissa will be ready with bronzer, eyeshadows, blush, etc.
Melissa worked as a makeup artist at the Rennaisance European Day Spa in Fayetteville, NC for five years. She has done make-up for cable TV shows such as Nancy Grace and Larry King Live, as well as for weddings, other special events, and on an individual basis. Also having taught classes, Melissa is well-versed in all skin types, and knows what is necessary when applying makeup for photographic purposes.
Q: Do you use props?
A: For the most part, I like to take natural, prop-free photos that are timeless. However, I do think that a well thought out prop can make photos like these even more meaningful for the recipient.
Some women choose to bring in something relating to their boyfriends or husbands careers or interests, like ties, military gear, tools, sports apparel/equipment, etc.
Q: What else do I bring?
A: We've already established what you should bring in terms of clothes, make-up, and props, but you may also want to bring a great pair of heels for variation.
Q: Will you tell me how to pose?
A: Yes! Melissa and I will guide you in posing to ensure you feel comfortable and look your best. We know which poses work well for different body types and will make sure that all of your best features shine.
Q: How should I do my hair?
A: Some women choose to have their hair done professionally at a salon before their session; others do it themselves before coming. For those with longer hair, most women opt to arrive with their hair down, and then put it up for the last few photos, if desired and time allows. Melissa and I will be able to help you with a quick touch up, if necessary, and will be armed with plenty of bobby pins and hairspray.
Q: How else do I prepare for the session?
A: Relax - seriously! Don't stress out about it and be ready to have fun. Melissa and I know what we are doing, and are going to make sure you end up with gorgeous photos.
Q: What if I am too nervous?
A: It is totally normal to feel nervous about it, but Melissa and I work together to ensure you are comfortable and feel natural. Plus, we will have champagne on hand to give you a little "liquid-courage!"
Q: Will you photoshop my photos?
A: Although I 100% believe that we are all beautiful just as we are, if you want me to, yes, I will photoshop your images.
Some examples of edits that may be done include skin smoothing, minor slimming, or blemish removal. We will talk about what kind of edits you desire during your session.
Q: Who sees my photos?
A: Aside from the people in the room during your session, the only ones who will see your photos are the ones you allow to. I will NEVER, ever, share your Siren photos online or use them for marketing purposes without your consent.
Q: How can I book my Siren Session?
A: All of my session booking is done online at www.bookeo.com/bdphoto - session booking is first come, first serve and spots are very limited, so please book ASAP.