EXECUTIVE PORTRAIT SHOOT: YOUR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
There are no stupid questions:
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I ABSOLUTELY HATE BEING IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA, I AM NOT PHOTOGENIC AT ALL, IT MAKES ME SO SO NERVOUS …
As we love to say, our thing is not to photograph perfect people. It is to photograph real people. Ambitious people. The ones who dare to dream big. And most of the real people (me included) do not feel naturally photogenic. Good news, I and my team are here exactly for that.
The portrait studio is a zero-judgment/ happy vibe zone and we are all part of the same team to create your business portraits. I will guide you all along for you not to have to think a second. It ends up being more of a conversation through which we take pictures, more than a photoshoot per se.
Another thing we often say after seeing so many clients experience it: the least photogenic you feel at the moment (we all have times in life when we feel in bad shape or more down than usual), the better the portrait shoot feeling will be! We know (and have witnessed it so many times) how positively impactful a great portrait of you can be. You will walk out of the studio really boosted & ready to tackle any challenges ahead of you!
I AM NOT A HUGE FAN OF THE TYPICAL EXECUTIVE/CORPORATE HEADSHOTS LOOK, I WANT SOMETHING MORE ‘ME’, MORE CASUAL, WHILE STILL PROFESSIONAL. CAN YOU CREATE THAT KIND OF IMAGES?
Our m.o. (modus operandi … in short: how we do things 😉) is to tailor everything around your needs and your wishes. Alice is fully trained and experienced with professional studio lights, natural light, indoor photo sessions, outdoor photoshoots, in the city, in the green, etc… so we create the photoshoot and portraits depending on what you need and want.
If your brand and energy are about being casual, super friendly & trendy: let’s go for it! We love it!
Do not worry, if on the other hand you don’t really know what you want and need, we got you covered with the pre-shoot consultation and a series of questions and discussion over mood boards and other tools.
I AM CONSIDERED DEMANDING AND VERY PICKY IN MY LIFE SO I AM AFRAID I WILL NEVER BE FULLY SATISFIED WITH MY IMAGES…
If you have your own business or are leading the way in your company, chances are that you are demanding with yourself and with your team to achieve your goals. We are all about serving ambitious and bold individuals and we almost expect you to be as picky and demanding as you wish. It pushes us to serve you even better. We aim at excellence and your entire satisfaction. We love clients who are demanding and highly selective.
We do offer a 'Happy or start over insurance' (see conditions in our brochure), but truth is that we never had to activate it. 100 %. Of all the people we photograph left the studio beyond satisfied with the executive headshots and portraits we created for them.
I AM NOT A C-LEVEL EXECUTIVE BUT MORE OF A SOLO/MOMPRENEUR.
WOULD A PORTRAIT SESSION WITH YOU ANSWER MY NEEDS?
Totally. You are the c-level executive of your solo business and of your life! You have a brand, you have clients, you have a message to convey through your business portraits: so yes, book a consultation for us to discuss your needs, targets & brand perception, and let’s create the professional photos you deserve!
I REALLY WANT TO HAVE A TAILORED SHOOT AND IMAGES THAT REFLECT MY BRAND, HOWEVER, I WAS NOT PLANNING ON THAT KIND OF BUDGET, WHAT DO YOU PROPOSE?
We understand that it feels a bit of an investment. However, it is an investment, not a cost. And the return is a very positive one: telling you that you will get your dream job tomorrow or reach your 6 figures sales target tomorrow would be lying, however, your portraits will get you noticed & remembered, apart from the rest. It will set your foot at the door. A good strong distinctive foot. The one that your target will remember for sure, feel impressed about and be left with a powerful first impression.
Your executive portraits will very clearly set you apart from your competitors & peers. It will be a solid support to grow your career.
We are all about making things easy, so we can definitely organize with you a payment plan at no extra charge. Let’s discuss, make things work for both of us & get your personal brand off the ground!
I JUST NEED ONE PICTURE, I DON’T NEED MORE. CAN YOU MAKE ME A SMALLER PACKAGE?
We want excellence for the people we work with. We want to go beyond average.
We are more than happy to make things smoother with a payment plan. However, we are absolutely convinced that nowadays, you need more than one portrait if you want your personal brand to have the strong impact it deserves. The ‘beginner’ mistake we all make is to use that one professional headshot for all our needs, whatever the platform, project or target.
Exactly like the fact that you don’t have just one personality trait, just one expertise, and just one skill, you should not have just one portrait. You deserve to have different portraits to show all your personality facets through the different media you choose. You also need several portraits to use like real marketing tool: by adapting their use depending on the project and the target to have a full real impact. (Website, Linkedin, Facebook, Instagram, press release, Annual report, business plan, speaking engagement at conferences, podcasts, guest blogging, online articles, etc..)
HOW LONG IN ADVANCE SHOULD I BOOK MY PORTRAIT SESSION?
Our photoshoot schedule gets busy fast so we would advise booking something like 4 weeks in advance.
However, we do know that executives and business owners have some very hectic & busy lives and sometimes deadlines are much shorter: feel free to get in touch as we might be able to fit you in on an evening or a weekend morning.
WHEN DOES THE PRE-SHOOT CONSULTATION OCCUR?
It depends how long in advance we got in touch before your portrait shoot but it can be 1 week before the shoot, to minimum 2 days prior to your session. We want you to have the time to get the clothes you want for your session.
I HAVE A PACKED SCHEDULE: HOW LONG IS THE CONSULTATION? IS IT HELD IN YOUR STUDIO OR VIA PHONE/ZOOM?
Don’t worry, we are all about delivering the best experience in an efficient way: the consultation is around 20-30min but if we need more time to discuss all your different needs, messages, etc, we can definitely take the time needed.
As much as we love meeting our clients face to face before their professional photoshoot, time is always the barrier on our client end. So we can organize a face to face meeting, but in real life, we do use more skype, zoom or facetime most of the time.
I HAVE NO CLUE WHAT TO WEAR FOR MY SESSION! HELP!
Seat down, breathe… we got you covered.
First, you can head to some tips on what to wear on professional headshots. It will start to give you general guidelines. Then, the outfit is a topic we cover during your pre-photoshoot consultation. Last but not least, we will send you a pdf guide before your portrait session to summarize all you need to know about your outfit choice.
HOW MUCH IS YOUR PACKAGE? HOW MANY IMAGES DOES IT INCLUDE?
We have a base package that includes 4 images to choose among your 20 edited favorite images from your portrait session. The whole Portrait Executive Experience (before, during & after the shoot) starts at 850$. If you would need more than 4 images, there is a purchasing option. Everything is detailed in our pricing menu in the Portrait Executive Brochure that you can receive directly in your inbox.
IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN EXECUTIVE PORTRAIT SHOOT AND A PERSONAL BRANDING SHOOT?
In reality, these are the same type of portrait photoshoot but some people refer to it as ‘executive portrait shoot’, and some other ‘personal branding shoot’. They both answer the same purpose: to create professional photos for your personal brand. Your personal brand is, in short, ‘your reputation’ (offline and online) and whether you are leading a career in the corporate world or leading your own business, you need to differentiate yourself from your peers and competitors, offline and online. That’s where your personal brand enters the scene and that’s where your professional portraits impact your online reputation.
This is not something you want to leave up to chance as nowadays, the first time people see you is through Internet in most of the cases.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING FOR MY SHOOT?
You will bring different outfits and accessories. All of those depend on the message you want to convey, which we will discuss during your pre-photoshoot consultation.
HOW MANY OUTFITS CAN I BRING FOR MY PORTRAIT SESSION?
There is no real limit to the number of changes as we prioritize results over quantity. We are here to tailor the portrait experience and create the best photos for you. So it can be through 2 outfits, or 5 outfits, it will all depend on your needs, objectives, and project. On average there are about 3,4 outfit changes. But again, we are not here to set some strict rules (you already face enough of those in the other areas of your life !), we are here to get a job done with excellence and care.
IS THERE A MAKEUP ARTIST OR HAIR PROFESSIONAL AT YOUR NYC PHOTO STUDIO?
For women, we definitely recommend booking our hair and make up additional options, to make sure the results are neat from scratch. First, it is very time efficient to have everything done on-site: no need for you to run around getting your hair and makeup done. You are already too busy and your time is precious.
Second, it puts all the chances on your side for the flawless and hyper professional result you expect.
For men, feel free to ask us for a makeup and hair quote if you want that additional service.
CAN I SEE THE PHOTOS DURING MY PERSONAL BRANDING SHOOT?
A personal branding/executive portrait shoot is all about conveying a message and a story. For that particular type of session, we like to shoot ‘tethered’: meaning you see the images directly on a big screen. What it does is to make sure we build together the professional pictures you need through the right body language and expressions… it helps us correct and build up. You will only leave the studio when you are in full satisfaction with your images.
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PORTRAIT MADAME PARISIENNE / NEW YORK
Any reason is a good one to visit Paris or New York:
Elopement, engagement, wedding or couple anniversary,
a special birthday celebration... Any!
BECAUSE TIME GOES BY AND THE BEST MOMENTS OF LIFE ARE EPHEMERAL,
LET'S CAPTURE THEM IN THE MOST EPIC AND ELEGANT WAY:
A BESPOKE PORTRAIT SHOOT EXPERIENCE.
Portraits crystalize instants & emotions for you to experience again and again,
They have that magic power to transport you back in time.
We capture portraits that often no words but only feelings can describe:
Photos over which you will feel again the love, the joy, the affection you shared at that moment ..
sometimes emotions you will think forgotten or gone.
Enjoy the ride!
PORTRAIT MADAME PARISIENNE / NEW YORK
We want this portrait photoshoot to be beyond exquisite and iconic
so we treat each of our clients as a stand-alone.
This is YOUR moment and we tailor everything around you and your wishes!
You will have the feeling that you have the city just for yourself!
Just let yourself indulge in the luxury of a bespoke portrait experience.
Before your portrait session and your trip to Paris / New York, through Zoom or Facetime, we have a nice casual discussion about how you would like to be photographed in the city and we custom-design completely your portrait shoot: We choose together the different shoot locations that makes you thrilled, we discuss the mood, styles, and the clothing you would like to wear, etc...
You share your 'portrait' wishlist and we make it happen!
Don't worry if you won't really know what you want, we have a lot of experience and beautiful inspiration boards and a pdf guide to answer all your possible questions!
2 - FINE PAMPERING
(PRO HAIR & MAKE UP)
Because this is YOUR moment, we want you to feel your absolute best: On the morning of your Paris / New York photoshoot, we come to your hotel and you will just have to sit back and relax going under the expert hands of a hand-selected team of hair and makeup professionals. And no pressure: We will always stay in line with what you absolutely love.
One of the most exciting part!
You will also have complimentary access to the studio’s Rent The Runway membership! If you want to go grandiose with a gown, or casual and lifestyle: your call, we can do everything!
3 - ICONIC PHOTOSHOOT
We gather all the ingredients to create a boutique portrait experience above-average.
We are here to capture once of lifetime memories: it deserves excellence.
We will have our own private driver to take us to the different iconic spots around the city.
Our Hair and Make up professional will stay with us for touch-ups throughout the entire photo shoot.
Breathe, take in the moment, enjoy the magical views, follow my directions, and voilà! Without really noticing it, you will let go into the safe zone that I will have created just for you: No need to feel photogenic, that's where my expertise is.
Your Paris portrait session would not be complete without taking you to my favorite high-end French Brasserie to have a beautiful breakfast at some point!
4 - PROFESSIONAL
After your portrait shoot, I will pre-select a large collection of 25-30 images that will be edited by a 'magazine" style professional retoucher.
The high-level of very fine techniques used results on beautiful, sophisticated and natural portraits.
Elegance is our signature.
5 - REVEAL OF YOUR PORTRAIT COLLECTION
During the Reveal Session (one of our clients' favorite moments!), you will discover your entire collection of 25-30 portraits from your Paris / New York portrait shoot.
The starting package Madame Parisienne / New York includes 10 images. You will be able to pick your favorites and purchase any additional ones you want: You only buy what you love! There is never any pressure.
The portraits you choose will be delivered to you in Hand-Crafted Art Prints in an exquisite Folio Box (as well as in digital files)
Have you ever seen a portrait of yourself on an art print?
It’s a feeling hard to describe, but even harder to forget.
6 - EXCELLENCE OF SERVICE ALL THE WAY
This experience is one of those that you will always remember.
Those engagement, anniversary, or special occasion photos will always be there to make you experience that moment again. Always.
PAYMENT PLAN: To make it smooth in every aspect, we can organize a payment plan fro you.
We stand behind the service & images we deliver: If you are not over-the-moon happy, we promise to make it right.
PORTRAIT MADAME PARISIENNE /
NEW YORK EXPERIENCE
STARTS AT $4000.
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Margaux & Gary
ENGAGEMENT PORTRAITS IN PARIS "We didn't want a giant collection of average shots, but a collection of EPIC photos to reflect the simplicity and elegance that I value. Alice just did everything the perfect way, from designing the session to having a magical moment during our parisian shoot, all the way to the magnificient art prints in their beautiful case. I can not thank you enough. Really."
Portraits of Veronica
PART OF HER ANNIVERSARY PARISIAN PHOTOSHOOT WITH HER HUSBAND "There really are no words to describe the experience of doing a Parisienne photo shoot with Alice... All I can think of is simply unforgettable. Truly a once in a lifetime experience. Thank you for THE most incredible portraits of my husband and I . Thanks to you my children will have beautiful portraits of their parents that will last generations...."
Photoshoot of Kelley
PORTRAIT SHOOT IN NEW YORK FOR HER 50th BIRTHDAY "I couldn't have asked for a better experience in NYC as we made our way around to some of my favorite places in the city. I feel like I was changed by this experience in all the best ways. I was worried about how I would look, how nervous I might be but Alice takes that all away. I have portraits that I will always treasure thanks to her attention to detail, and amazing talent. Thank you Alice!"
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