Ambe J. Photography Studio

F. A. Q. s

I want to book a session! What's next?

Use the contact page to send us a message and sign up for the monthly newsletter to learn when new dates drop. Appointments are booked up 1.5-2 months in advance. Shoots are 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.

Do you take a deposit? Is it refundable?

A $300 non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your appointment. You can pay the remaining balance at the end of the session.

What's the best form of payment?

Credit, Debit, Apple Pay, and Cash are accepted. Card reader available on site. 

How long is a session? 

Headshot+ sessions take between 2-3.5 hours depending on hair, makeup, etc. 

Branding 2.0 sessions are minimum 5 hours. Total timing depends on hmu, wardrobe changes, and location.

Can we chat before our session? 

Of course! A phone consultation is a great way to calm nerves as well as make a plan for your shoot.  We can also discuss wardrobe choices, goals, and any other questions or concerns you have prior to the session.

Where do you shoot?

The Headshot+ session takes place at the home studio of Ambe J. Photography in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The Branding 2.0 sessions takes place at  Matka Studios in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Rental fee is included in the total price. We will take care of rental accommodations.

What do I bring? 

We will discuss at length about this during our phone consultation beforehand. There will be tons of questions raised on the subject of your goals, wardrobe, hair and makeup, and the overall process of the shoot.  The best place to start is looking in your closet for pieces that not only represent your personal style, but can also illustrate the kind of roles you're looking to be cast in. If your own wardrobe isn't providing that clarity, then it's a great idea to purchase pieces that can fulfill those needs. Color also plays a huge part in telling the story of you and the characters you're going out for.

The Branding 2.0 package is an all encompassing shoot for those who need editorial stylized portraits. Wardrobe styling can be managed by you and/or a professional stylist. An image consultation will take place prior to the session via phone or zoom to discuss goals, concepts, wardrobe, etc. This is less about actor headshots and more about celebrating your stylish, elevated, and authentic self. 

Do you have a steamer, clothing rack, and lint roller?   


Who are your makeup artists?

Allie J

Starr Ceska

Virna Acosta

Danielle Waugh

Can I bring my own makeup artist?

Headshot+ package: YES. Please inquire for the outside MUA policy. 

Branding 2.0 package: NO 

Do you have a stylist? 

I do not have an exclusive stylist, but you're welcome to reach out to the following:


Jessica Myhr

Image by Buckley

Kia Hill

Branding 2.0: 

Carlton Jones

Ashaka Givens


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 now 10-14 business 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.

Where should I print? 

I recommend the following reproduction labs. 

Quick Color Custom Lab

The Actors Photo Lab

Headshot+ Rescheduling or Cancellation Policy:

One free reschedule before 48 hours of your shoot. Last minute (under 48 hours) non-emergency reschedules and no shows are subject to a forfeit of your deposit.

Branding 2.0 Cancellation Policy:  

The studio reschedule policy is very strict.

Matka Studios Cancellation Policy For Matka Studios, you are subject to lose 50% of your deposit if you reschedule or cancel within 7 days of your appointment.

What's your re-shoot policy? 

I don't offer free re-shoots. I shoot tethered so you can see a full screen representation of each frame that we take. I also do a series of test shots for you to approve hair and makeup for each "look". There is a constant collaboration and conversation between you and I throughout the entirety of the session. If there is anything not to your liking, it is always up to you to speak your mind tell us the truth. 

We are here to make this a joyful and productive experience and are rooting for you the entire time! 

"A vocal client, is a happy client." -Ambe J. 

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