F. A. Q. s
I want to book a session! What's next?
Use the contact page to send me a message and sign up for the monthly newsletter to learn when new dates drop. Appointments are booked up 2 months in advance. I typically schedule at 10am, but flexibility is allowed case by case.
Please allow a few days for a response, due to the high volume of inquiries.
Reschedules do happen, so if earlier dates open up, I will always reach out!
Do you take a deposit? Is it refundable?
I require a $250 non-refundable deposit to confirm your appointment. You can pay the remaining balance at the end of the session through my invoicing service.
What's the best form of payment?
Credit, Debit, Apple Pay, and Cash are accepted.
Can we chat before our session?
Of course! I love to chat with clients beforehand, just to get an idea of your goals and what you'd like to accomplish at the end of the shoot. We can also discuss your type, wardrobe, and hair ideas. As a working actor, I know what it's like to be on the other side of the camera, with the excitement as well as the anxiety you may be feeling. Not only do I want to create beautiful images with you, I want to express your authentic self and convey that in every frame.
Where do you shoot?
I shoot in my apartment studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn! So, I have access to indoor studio lighting as well as outdoor natural light. I'm a major fan of incorporating both natural light and studio lighting to give a distinct Ambe J. look. Also, weather will never be a factor, because we can always shoot indoors.
How long is a session?
My makeup artist will take 1 hour for full coverage and 20-30 min for basic coverage. The photoshoot is 2 hours.
What's a "branding" shoot?
I absolutely adore creative portraits. It's a way to express oneself in an interesting and unique way. If you are an actor who needs headshots, but would also love an editorial style portrait, a branding shoot is for you! If you're a musician who needs album art, single art, or a press kit, a branding shoot is for you! The branding sessions are based on your ideas and concepts.
What do I bring?
We will discuss this during our chat beforehand. But, I always suggest bringing items that you'd wear at an audition. Think about projects or character types you typically get called in for; what would you wear for that? If there's a certain color that always gets you called back or even booked, bring that! For women, I recommend, basic tank tops or t-shirts that show off a little collarbone. High cut or crew neck shirts, aren't the most flattering in photos. For men, I also recommend tank tops (to show off your guns) as well as crew neck t-shirts for a laid back look. For commercial shots, bright bold solid colors are a great way to go. Legit shots typically require darker colors as well as more structure (button downs for men and dresses for women) to convey a more dramatic look. Again, this will be discussed and tailored for your needs.
Do you have a steamer?
Can I bring my own makeup artist?
You're welcome to use an outside makeup artist, as long as you are camera ready before the start of the shoot. Initial makeup application is not allowed in my studio. They are welcome to accompany you for minimal makeup changes and adjustments throughout the shoot.
Do you have a stylist?
Yes! Her name is Kia Hill and she is a professional wardrobe stylist. She's available for personal wardrobe consulting as well as pulling wardrobe from showrooms/stores. Can't recommend her highly enough!
Can I bring a friend with me?
Children 18 and under are more than welcome to have a parent or care giver accompany them to the shoot. Please inform me if you need to bring someone, otherwise guests are not allowed.
How/When do I get my proofs and final edits?
You will receive your proofs within 7 days of your shoot. They will be in an online gallery through my website. Once received you are allowed to download your images to your computer, as well as share them with your friends, family, and/or representation.
Turnaround time for retouching is 7-10 days.
Do I need to choose right away?
Nope! You can take up to 1 month to choose! Favorite them in the gallery or email the image numbers with your choices.
The included retouched edits agreement expires after 1 month.
Can I have all of the RAW images?
No. As a photographer, consistency is key for my brand and my business. So, I can't have images that haven't been edited by me, floating around on the internet.
What's your re-shoot policy?
I don't offer free re-shoots. I will consistently check in with you to get your approval of each look. If there is something not to your liking (i.e, hair, makeup, lighting) it is your responsibility to speak up and be specific about your needs. A vocal client is a happy client!
With that, if there are technical problems on my end, then I'm more than happy to offer a free re-shoot. Just know, that my makeup artist and I are here to satisfy you and make this a wonderful experience.