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DO YOU ONLY PHOTOGRAPH WOMEN?

No.

While it is true that women do take priority for me, I also love to show as many sides as possible to men and I welcome non-binary identifying folk to approach me for portraits when they feel ready.

DO YOU ONLY PHOTOGRAPH BLACK PEOPLE?

No, and similarly to the previous answer: melanin comes first.

The standards of beauty or otherwise socially acceptable entertainment are still largely Eurocentric.

I want to give a treatment that is Hollywood, magazine and runway -- things that still typify Eurocentricity -- as much as I can to everyone that I photograph, but especially so to people with darker skin tones, or who otherwise might escape the immediate artistic gaze.

DO YOU COVER PARTIES & EVENTS?

No, I do not.

The only services offered are portraits, boudoir sessions or headshots, by appointment.

If you were previously introduced to Neat Shiny Owl through weddings and engagements -- and especially if you were a previous wedding/engagement client -- thank you.

You have all collectively helped push Neat Shiny Owl to where it is today and are more appreciated than words can convey!

AREN'T PORTRAITS AND HEADSHOTS THE SAME THING?

Headshots are very much self-defining: they are photographs of a subject's head and shoulders, clearly showing the face and, ideally, a personality of the subject.

They are often less stylized than portraits, lending more versatility for LinkedIn profiles, speaking engagements, or other informational content that require immediate recognition of the subject. Think of headshots like a one-page resume.

Portraits, conversely, can be of the head and shoulders, and can expand their field of view to just the face, half or parts of the body, or the entire form of the subject in frame.

Portraits will also vary greatly in style, being more subdued and minimal or lavish with extreme emotion. Think of portraits like a C.V.

GOT PAYMENT PLANS?

Absolutely! AfterPay is always an option at the time of booking!

If you require greater flexibility, please let us know during your booking process.

HOW LONG IS A SESSION?

Headshot sessions last 1 - 2.5 hours.

Half and partial day portrait sessions last 3-6 hours, with snacks

Full day bookings last 7-10 hours, with lunch.

HOW MANY LOOKS CAN I DO?

While three looks is always preferred, always ensure no less than two distinct looks in your wardrobe.

Each look can be tweaked with layers, accessories and, of course, lighting.

For full day sessions, bring as many as you feel you can squeeze into the amount of time you've set aside for your session.

Most importantly, come prepared to have fun!

WHAT IS YOUR TURNAROUND TIME?

All portrait sessions take 3 - 5 weeks to properly edit, organize and optimize for both web and print.

Headshot sessions take 1 - 3 weeks to edit. Please inquire about speedier delivery times during your booking process.

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I BOOK MY SESSION?

2.5 - 3 weeks is usually enough time to fully plan for partial and half day sessions and headshots.

For full day sessions or otherwise bigger projects, 4 - 6 weeks is an ideal amount of time to ensure that materials, wardrobe, travel arrangements and any other necessities are accounted for prior to your session.

WHAT IF I DON'T LIKE MY MAKEUP?

Say something.

Who's gonna look at you sideways? Not us. If you don't like the way you look, it will reflect in your portraits and there's no amount of editing that can be done to fix that.

The more transparent and vulnerable your permit yourself to be with us, the better your experience will end up. And as a bonus: we will never judge you for it.

CAN YOU EDIT MY FACE/BODY?

Yes.

During your session, you are carefully guided with precise direction and pose coaching, to help you look your very best without the need for digital manipulation of your face or body.

Afterward, every single image you receive is carefully color corrected and graded, cropped for print and social media and sharpened for optimal viewing.

Acne and blemishes are removed, with extra care taken to avoid most scars, freckles, birthmarks or other pronounced phenotypes that help make you you.

Lastly, and especially upon request, you may receive gentle body modification in a few images to help tell the story of the whole collection of photographs you are investing in.