Picture Perfect NY answers frequently asked questions about portrait services
The Portrait Studio is located in the Richmondtown neighborhood, part of the New York City borough of Staten Island.
There is street parking available.
How do I book a session? A retainer must be paid in order to get a date on the calendar.
What are your hours of operation? We are closed on Saturdays, we work by appointment only. If you would like to set up a time to discuss details about a session or an event, gladly email or give us a call.
What is your availability and how far in advance should I book? Newborns: We suggest that you book your session before the baby arrives (but may still be able to accommodate you if you call after they are born) – we pencil you in for your due date and keep a few dates available the weeks surrounding your due date. Newborns should be photographed within the first 14 days of life. Maternity sessions usually take place between 30-36 weeks. for our potential Wedding clients we suggest booking at least 6 months in advance. You can gladly contact us for availability.
What should I wear? For all sessions, coordination and comfort work best. Wear clothing that reflects who you are. Avoid busy patterns or stripes. Blacktops are desirable for some classic indoor shots. ***Maternity*** We offer different wraps & scarves in the studio that we can use for the session or you can bring your own. Clothing for your maternity session should be tight-fitting around the belly. Loose and baggy clothes will hide your belly – don’t hide it, be proud of it!! Keep your clothing choices simple.
What is your turnaround time? It takes up to 30 days for the editing process. However, photos will be available to be viewed within 3 days after the session to make your selection. The edited online gallery will be available for approximately a week. Clients are encouraged to download the images and make multiple backup copies.
Typically, how long does a session last? It’s so hard to predict how long a newborn session might last, so we suggest that on the day of your session you have no other appointments. We allocate up to 3 hours to allow plenty of time for feeding, calming, changing, etc. We want to make sure you get the best images possible so don’t rush the session! Other, Non-Newborn sessions typically last about 1 hour. Never underestimate and always bring extra of everything 🙂 (food, diapers, snacks, pacifier, etc..)
Why must a newborn session take place within a 14 day time period? After about 10 days, newborns start to become more awake, stretch out of their curly womb-like poses, are more prone to baby acne, and much harder to pose in peaceful sleepy shots.
What sort of props/accessories do you have? I am admittedly a bit of a prop addict! I have loads of cute hats (for boys and girls), headbands, blankets, backdrops (antique tin, damask wallpaper, etc.), and props such as baskets, vintage crates, chairs, trucks, Cinderella carriage, etc. You are welcome to use any of our props for your session and we also encourage you to bring any personal items you’d like included.
Non-newborn sessions: Parents provide the outfits.
Cake Smash Sessions: Parents have an option to bring their own cake or order one through us for an additional fee. The cake is delivered to the studio on the morning of the session day. It is common for parents to get dirty in the cake 🙂 we, therefore, don’t discourage parents from bringing extra clothes.
What kind of light do you use? Do you use natural light? Our studio utilizes strobes and constant lights the majority of the time. We aren’t limited by the time of the day and/or the weather conditions.
What kind of photographic equipment do you use? We use top-of-the-line Nikon & Canon cameras, lenses, etc. At every portrait session (in the studio or on-location) at least two full sets of gear are present. Our goal is to document your session (and/or event) thus we make sure that we are ready to do so.
How many megapixels is your camera? All of our acting cameras are over 12 megapixels (MPs). However, the number of MPs is truly irrelevant once going over 8mp, because a 16″x20″ print requires 5mps while 24″-36″ requires 7-8mps.
On the event: What makes us stand out? First and foremost punctuality – our standard is to arrive on location at least 20-30 min. before the start time to set up and photograph various details; on average, however, we are at the event about 40-60 minutes before the start. GEAR: every piece of gear such as camera, lenses, flashes, continuous lights all have backups along with extra batteries and chargers. Along with the camera bag, there are also strobe lights. Depending on the venue, we use 2-4 strobe lights: i.e. Staten Island Hilton, we use 4 strobe lights strategically positioned to illuminate the foreground and background while in New York Midtown Hilton we use 9 strobes – the advantage of having all of these lights is the consistency in the illumination of the picture, the color, and overall quality. Post Processing: we found that there is no one best program for editing, thus we utilize various elements from different software to create the final product.