YOUR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

There are no stupid questions:

if one would not be answered here, fill in the form to receive our brochure or contact us directly!

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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. Brave 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 exactly here for that.

The studio is a zero-judgment/ happy vibe zone and we are all part of the same team to create your 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 portraits, more than a shoot per se.

Another thing we often say, because we have seen so many clients experienced it: the least photogenic you feel at the moment (we have some times in life when we feel in bad shape or generally 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 picture of you can be. You will walk out of the studio really boosted & ready to tackle any challenges!

I AM NOT A HUGE FAN OF THE TYPICAL EXECUTIVE/CORPORATE 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 studio lights, natural light, indoor photo sessions, outdoor photoshoots, in the city, in the green, etc… so we create the shoot 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 with 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 you are demanding with yourself and with your team to achieve your goals. We are all about serving brave and bold individuals and we almost expect you to be as picky and demanding as you wish. It pushes us to serve better. We aim at excellence and your entire satisfaction. We love clients who are demanding and 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 photographs we created. 

I AM NOT A C-LEVEL EXECUTIVE BUT MORE OF A SOLO/MOMPRENEUR, WOULD A SHOOT 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 portraits: so yes, book a consultation for us to discuss your needs, targets & brand and let’s create the portraits 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 set you 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.

 

Those images will very clearly set you apart from your competitors and 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!

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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 would be 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 headshot for all our needs, whatever the platform, project or target. But like you don’t have just one personality trait, just one expertise and 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.

HOW LONG IN ADVANCE SHOULD I BOOK MY SESSION?

Our shooting 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 CONSULTATION OCCUR?

It depends how long in advance we got in touch before your shoot but it can be 1 week before the shoot, to minimum 2 days prior to your shoot. 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 20min but if we need more time to discuss all your different needs, messages, etc, we do definitely take the time needed.

As much as we love meeting our clients face to face before their photo shoot, time is always the barrier to that 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 this blog post here. Where we give you general guidelines. Then, the outfit is a topic we do cover during your pre-photoshoot consultation. Last but not least, we will send you a pdf guide before your shoot 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 in our New York studio. 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 HERE.

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IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN EXECUTIVE PORTRAIT SHOOT AND A PERSONAL BRANDING SHOOT?

In reality, these are the same type of shoot but some people refer it as ‘executive portrait shoot’, and some other ‘personal branding shoot’. They both answer the same purpose: to create images for your personal brand. Your personal brand is in short ‘your reputation’ (offline and online) and wether you are leading a career in the corporate world or leading your own business, you need to differentiate yourself from the others offline and online. That’s where your personal brand enter the scene and that’s where your 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 depends on the mssage you want to convey, which we will discuss about during your pre-photoshoot consultation.

HOW MANY OUTFIT CHANGES CAN I BRING?

There is no real limit of number of changes as we prioritize results over quantity. We are here to tailor the shoot and create the best images for you, so it can be through 2 outfits, or 5 outfits, it will all depends on your needs 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 STUDIO?

For women, we definitely recommend booking our hair and make up additional option to make sure the result 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 for that and your time is precious.

Second, it is putting all the chances on your side for the flawless result you will expect.

For men, feel free to ask us for a makeup and hair quote if you want that additional service.

CAN I SEE THE IMAGES DURING MY PERSONAL BRANDING SHOOT?

A personal branding/executive 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 images you need through body language and expression… 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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WHERE DOES MY PHOTOSHOOT WILL TAKE PLACE?

We tailor the shoot to your needs, so we will decide on the best location together during your pre-photoshoot consultation. It can be at our new york city studio in Brooklyn, it can be at your office or home on Manhattan, it can be outdoor, it can be indoor, etc. Depending on the situation? Travel fee may be applied.

Let’s discuss and see what’s best for you!

 

CAN I HAVE SOMEONE COME WITH ME AT MY SESSION?

We are all about offering you’re the best possible experience. If having a friend or a spouse coming along with you to make you feel more relaxed: no problem at all! The more the merrier!

If you have a business partner and you would like to create images of both of you separately and together, shoot us an email or fill in the form here and we will prepare you a quote.

 

 

I AM WORKING THE ENTIRE WEEK, DO YOU ACCEPT BOOKING DURING THE WEEKEND?

Our clients are busy. Very busy.

So we do offer sessions early mornings, evenings and weekends.

 

HOW DO I PREPARE MYSELF TO MY SESSION?

Before your portrait session, we will have a pre-photoshoot consultation for us to discuss the message you want to convey and how you want to be perceived. We will also be able to answer all the questions you would have and guide you on your outfit choices.

 

 

I AM NOT SURE I NEED EDITED PICTURE, DO YOU DELIVER RAW FILES?

Trust us on that one. You don’t know it but you do want it. It is what sets apart an image that looks high standards and very professional (even if casual) to a low-cost cheap-looking average home-made image.

We work with a retoucher who does high-end retouching. What does that mean? It means that when you will receive your images, you will not ‘see’( per se)  the editing, but you will fully recognize yourself and be like ‘Wow, it’s me, in a natural, rested, neat, ‘after time off’ way !’. She does magazine type of editing, which requires a lot of time and precision to be as refined and ‘invisible’ as possible.

 

WILL YOU USE MY PORTRAIT ON YOUR WEBSITE / SOCIAL MEDIA / BLOG?

We are all about communication and full transparency with our clients. If you absolutely want to keep your images private, just let us know and we will not share them. We are used to working with high profile clients who need sometimes absolute confidentiality: we are happy to sign a NDA if it makes you feel safer. Let us know.

 

HOW DO I RECEIVE MY FINAL SELECTION OF PHOTOS? EMAIL ? DROPBOX? WETRANSFER ?

No need to have anything installed on your computer or to have any account somewhere: we will send you your files via Wetransfer. It’s fast. It’s simple. It’s easy.

 

 

INSURANCE: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? CAN YOU EXPLAIN MORE ABOUT THIS?

Truth be told, since our first business day, we have never had any client requiring it! But as your satisfaction is what prevails above everything else, we prefer to keep that option open. By filling the form, you will receive the portrait executive brochure which details all the conditions of this insurance.

If you still have an unanswered question after this FAQ, best is to receive our brochure directly to your inbox here, and then, if you have found the answer, feel free to contact us directly by email studio@portrait-executive.com