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Frequently Asked Questions about prints

–How soon can I get my photos?

Photo Proofs are normally ready 24 to 72 hours of the session, sometimes sooner, sometimes a day or two longer depending on our workload and the size of the session. The actual culling of the photos, and basic color, density and contrast adjustments as well as initial cropping will usually take longer than the session itself. Once finished the Photos will be posted online in a dedicated password protected gallery.

If you want the high resolution or web resolution digital files you can actually get them most likely the same day. If you want them retouched that will be an additional 2-3 days. Once you purchase and download the high resolution files you can take them and have them printed in any quality photo lab. Often you can get great results at Costco or Sams’ Club, however for the best color and print quality we recommend that we do the printing for you.

You can order prints from us right from your gallery. These prints are all done by our regular lab using our settings and they will be shipped shipped directly to you in 7-10 days

–I want to do boudoir.. but my body has flaws!

We will still get great photos!

..and you can help! No body is perfect, and professional models learn quickly how to work with their strengths and weaknesses. Your selection of wardrobe is very important. If you are worried about your tummy, or stretch marks, love handles or what ever, select lingerie and clothing items that hide your middle, but still allow your other assets to shine.

Find wardrobe items that will “accentuate the positive and minimize the negative”.

Just use your common sense… if your upper arms are heavy and you don’t like it… find things with sleeves to cover the problems… hate your hands? Gloves can look very sexy… neck looking old?…maybe some high collars or chokers,… breasts aren’t where you want them to be?… find a pretty demi or open cup pushup bra or tops that will put them there. If you are a mommy with some extra souvenirs and have a loose stomach.. or bad stretch marks, look into waist cinchers, corsets, tops that can be buttoned or tied at the waist… Garter belts can often cover stretch marks in the lower abdomen and can make for very sexy looks with stockings and high heels… stockings can also cover spider veins. Long sleeves can cover skin that has been sun damaged. And..if you have bad cellulite in the thighs? Try mini skirts, or fishnet panty hose, or little fabric sarong type wraps that cover the offending areas.

When organizing wardrobe, Google is your friend. Just do searches for what you need,… sexy waist cinchers, push up bras,… fishnet bodysuits…, club wear, stripper clothes, leather, etc. what ever you want it is out there. With the Internet you can have great out fits delivered to your doorstep and most will package discreetly if asked! And remember for photos your outfits don’t need to look great just standing in front of the mirror… Move around in the outfits and  try different angles, and see what works the best. In your photos we find the angles and poses where they work the best….

Please be aware most images you will find on the Internet or in magazines are totally photoshopped and the color and contrast have been enhanced…. some photoshopped images are included in most of our packages and we offer fully edited and photoshopped images a la carte in all of our different photo sessions! 🙂

Click Here to see top models and high-end ads before and after! Good retouching and photoshop is an important part of the “magic”!

Retouching can fix most anything…. we can re-shape, reduce or eliminate, lines, sags, scars, dark circles, bumps and lumps and lengthen, and enhance or shorten and diminish… whatever you want. We can do as much or as little as you want in the retouching! Stretch marks disappear, bodies can get lifts, reductions, enlargements, slimming, tucks, you name it — with modern photographic tools and artistic capabilities, everything is possible.

Computerized retouching smoothes skin, reduces lines and imperfection and is included on ALL images at no additional cost.

–Will the free computerized retouch be enough for my photos?

If you are younger and fit it will probably be enough. Computerized retouching is included in all sessions at no additional cost. Computerized Retouching smoothes and adds a slight glow to the skin. It is probably sufficient for small prints and younger subjects, men, and children, where no heavy lines exist and reshaping is not required.

Computerized Retouching is not Photoshopping of an image. Photoshop is a very sophisticated and complicated software that requires skilled human interaction to make it work.

Computerized retouching is done by the computer alone… using specialized software that uses algorythms to smooth the skin areas while minimizing the degradation of the overal image. That is its sole purpose. This type of retouching is often satisfactory for younger subjects. It will minimize blemishes and lines evenly to all skin areas. It will add a velvety “soft focus” look to the images. The stronger the settings the more the lines will be removed, however the images will tend to appear more unnatural.

NOTE: Computer retouching will not change the shape or color of anything in the images. It cannot correct, straighten, thin, shrink, enlarge, lift, enhance, minimize, or totally eliminate lines, stretchmarks, heavy cellulite, birthmarks, moles etc. Photoshop in the hands of a skilled user is the only way to correct those issues.

 

–Will your lighting remove my cellulite?

Lighting can help or it can hurt.

Low contrast and soft, open frontal lighting helps minimize ALL flaws…. However like with TV lighting it also gives the illusion of adding weight to the subject. The nice thing about this type of lighting is, if the slightly heavier look is not an issue, is that our normal and included computerized retouching is often all that is needed.

On the other hand shadowy and dramatic side lighting is more slimming and brings out the overall shape and form — but it also shows more wrinkles and imperfections (like cellulite, wrinkles and lines).

If you want shots with high contrast shadowy side lighting, they will need Photoshop retouch work to get them looking really nice and smooth and flawless. All of our package sessions include some Photoshop retouched shots, and you can alway add more a la carte.

Photoshop retouching can eliminate all or most of those problems: the illusion of added weight from soft, open lighting, and the more prominence of lines, wrinkles and imperfections from shadowy side lighting.

Photoshop retouching is what really brings everything together and to perfection. A certain amount of retouching is needed on *everyone* to get a flawless look. Nobody (No Body) is perfect.

– How do I download the “Zip” file that contains my digital image files?

If we have uploaded your photos in a “Zip” file, you should have received a link in an email to the Zip file.

Web Resolution files should only take a few minutes to download.
High Resolution files will take 5 – 10 times longer.

For Windows:
1– Click on link and Save the zip file to your hard drive (possibly on your “Desktop”, or in “Downloads”, “Pictures” or “Photos” folder)
2– Right Click the file and select “Extract” and choose the location where you want them.
3– Go to that location and all the files will be there in a folder with the same name as the zip file.

For Mac:
1– Click on link and Save the zip file to your hard drive (possibly on your “Desktop”, or in “Downloads”, “Pictures” or “Photos” folder)
2– Double-click the zip file to unzip. Depending on your settings, downloaded files may automatically extract to a new folder. The original zip archive will be saved;
3– check for a folder with the same name as your zip file.  That is where your files will be.

– How much are your prints and other photo products?

We give you high-resolution files and printing rights so you can make your own prints, however, we do offer printing services as well. You can order prints of all types right from your galleries and have them delivered directly to you by UPS

The charge for a standard 8″x10″ photo is $5.99 and 4″x6″ prints are .99 each. Some print finishes and mountings are additional costs. Retouching is charged for the “first print” of an image only. Retouching costs vary depending on the amount of work to be done.

The cost of magazine quality hand retouching and image enhancements depends a lot on the subject, age, amount of skin showing, (either face or body) the skin condition, quality and how dramatic of a change is desired. The larger the final size of prints ordered will also enter into the retouching cost. An average magazine quality retouch cost is between $25 and $50 per image.

We also offer high-quality Photobooks and large display prints up to 40″ x 60″ in various types of finishes.

– What is the difference between the Custom and Economy Photo Book?

Both Photobooks have the same photography and retouch work (if  ordered), Both can make great gifts and are a perfect way to keep your personal photos, private,protected and in perfect condition for posterity.

Both books have custom layouts but only The Custom Book allows for double page “centerfold” styles of images with only the tiniest of split where the images merge together. This is a big advantage of the Custom Books as the wide split in the Economy book severely limits the photo layouts in the book.

The Custom Book, especially in the 12″ x 12″ or larger sizes with custom metallic covers look amazing – and it is a much more impressive presentation for the photos than the Economy book.

It is a heavy book with laminated die cut rounded corner pages, the photos are the pages, they are flush mounted and bound to a center core and there are no borders. They are available also in metallic paper for a beautiful silky pearlescent look and feel.

Photobooks are a very popular option for Special Events, Weddings, Boudoir, or Centerfold and other more intimate styles of photos that are to be both presented and viewed but can also be stored away from prying eyes… yet always readily available and looking beautiful.

The 12″x12″ Custom book opens to full double page spreads 12″x24″ in size, bigger than Playboy gatefolds and of a much better image quality.

– Do I need High Resolution image files?

We offer High Resolution image files on all sessions.

If you want to make your own prints larger than 5″x7″ and get excellent quality images you will need the High Resolution image files.

High Resolution files (AKA: Hi-Res, Hi Rez) are the largest size digital files available on the images. The actual size of the High Resolution files will vary depending on whether a image has been cropped. Our standard high resolution images will be High Quality JPEG image format with a minimum long side dimension of 2200 – 3000 pixels, and are processed at 300 ppi. They have the most detail and are a must for making larger prints. They are also good if you plan to do your own image retouching.

High Resolution files will give the best quality prints or printing on sizes from about 5″ x 7″ upward to 16″x20″ or larger.  Most people will NOT need the High Resolution files unless they want to do all of their own photographic printing and will want to order large prints, or will need the image for magazine ads, brochures, posters or other lithographic printing, however it never hurts to have them.

– Can I make my own prints and photobook?

Yes. Most of our sessions include High Resolution digital image files, which you need to do your own prints, books, posters etc.  You can easily make great quality prints 16″x20″ or larger.

 

– I am not sure what size or style of prints I should order…

The best size for prints is dictated by where they will be displayed. If you have a good home printer you can make your own prints from the your digital image files of good quality up to about 11″ x 14″. For sizes larger than that you will need to have them printed from higher resolution image files.

Framed Photographs – If you plan on displaying a photo in a standard frame size just keep in mind those normal sizes, or you may need to get a custom frame. If you don’t want a frame, photos mounted on a high density foam core board can be hung without framing. Framed prints should be mounted on mat board, styrene or in the case of prints larger that 11x14 on Gator foam core board for best stability, and matted if glass is used so the photo does not come in contact with the glass.

Photobooks are a great way to have your photos printed in an exciting combination of collages and large images. They can be ordered at 10″x10″ sizes or up to 16″x20″ in page sizes, and are often preferred for more personal styles of photos. The 12″ x 12″ and 11″ x 14″ books look amazing and allow for really large “centerfold” images, yet can be discreetly stored away and kept from prying eyes. Photobooks can be ordered HERE.

LARGE PRINTS – Most every image we produce is capable of making very large prints which can often, using special imaging techniques, be made into dramatic works of art. The Canvas Gallery Wraps take your photos and truly make them into fine art pieces.

The most important decision in deciding on the proper large print size is where the images will be displayed, how they fit into that space, and how far the viewer will normally be from the actual print.  If it will be in a hallway where the viewer will only be a foot or so away a 12 x18 is probably large enough… if you put a 40″x 60″ print there, it may be very dramatic but viewed at a distance of one foot you will not get the full effect… however if you will be viewing the same size image from 3 feet away or farther it would be fine.  If it is to be viewed from across a room larger Display Prints of sizes up to 40x60″ are recommended..

– retouching necessary?

Is retouching necessary? There is a reason celebrities have all their photos retouched. They look better that way.  Photographs, unlike moving images like in film or video, are a frozen instant in time. That one moment in time is there to look at over and over, and over again. The slightest imperfection, not normally noticed in real life, stares back at you every time you view the photos. Even if you are young, in great shape and have great skin, for perfect photos you will still look better in a properly retouched photo.  If you want a perfect photo you will always want something corrected.

“Perfection” really only exists with retouching.  As they say “What you look like in photos is all that really counts!”  The high quality digital cameras of today do not miss a thing. Small size images can possibly get away without it. If you are satisfied with the way the small images look and do not plan on printing or using the photos at a larger size you may not need retouching. Without retouching at large sizes you will see even the tiniest of blemishes

It is important to evaluate the retouching needs of the photos at the size they will be shown at. That may be 9″ x 12″ in a print portfolio or about 5″ x 7″ on a computer monitor for Internet display. If you zoom in and look at a high resolution file, full size on your computer screen you will see every little pore and the tiniest of imperfections of any photo.  No need for that.  You are probably seeing what the photo would look like if it was printed 2 x bigger than life size and if you were standing only 12″-18″ away from it. Photos are never viewed like that in real life. It is not practical to make a photo perfect at that size as it would take 2 to 3 times the work and time (and cost) to do them.

Most people in the world today know and understand that most all published photos are retouched… if you are one who thinks retouched photos are destroying society and making our kids have unrealistic expectations — you are out of touch. The youth of today know it is a bit of fantasy, and they more than anyone want to make sure their photos look just as great and have the same advantages as the super models and celebrities.

Computerized retouching is included on all images in all our sessions at no additional cost. Computerized Retouching is a computer application that uses special algorithms that smoothes and adds a soft glow to the skin. It is often sufficient for small prints and younger subjects, men, and children, where no heavy lines exist and reshaping is not required.

–How do I download the “Zip” file that contains my digital image files?

If we have uploaded your photos in a “Zip” file, you should have received a link in an email to the Zip file.

Web Resolution files should only take a few minutes to download.
High Resolution files will take 5 – 10 times longer.

For Windows:
1– Click on link and Save the zip file to your hard drive (possibly on your “Desktop”, or in “Downloads”, “Pictures” or “Photos” folder)
2– Right Click the file and select “Extract” and choose the location where you want them.
3– Go to that location and all the files will be there in a folder with the same name as the zip file.

For Mac:
1– Click on link and Save the zip file to your hard drive (possibly on your “Desktop”, or in “Downloads”, “Pictures” or “Photos” folder)
2– Double-click the zip file to unzip. Depending on your settings, downloaded files may automatically extract to a new folder. The original zip archive will be saved;
3– check for a folder with the same name as your zip file.  That is where your files will be.

–Can you make me look like Kim, Charlize, Angelina, Beyoncé? Rhianna? Sofia?…etc.?, etc.?)

If that is what you really want, we will do our best! 😉 However it will go a long way if you at least slightly resemble that person or a celebrity. 😉 Makeup and Hair is super important! Christiné is a great makeup artist and hair stylist, and a lot can be done photographically with the right lighting, best angles, and of course post-shoot retouching in Photoshop. With retouching we can re-shape, reduce or eliminate, lines, sags, scars, dark circles, bumps and lumps and lengthen, and enhance or shorten and diminish…if you want. We can do as much or as little as you want in the retouching! If you really want us to change everything about you, it is possible — however normally we will always try to retain your own basic facial features, figure and ethnicity. So no matter how much we copy a look or style — we think it should should still be you — just given the same advantages, tricks, and professional techniques normally only the celebrities receive.

–What are the retouching costs?

Retouching costs: what is included and what is additional

If your session includes High Resolution and Print rights you can have your retouching done by anyone, it does not have to be done by us. You can do it yourself or hire an outside retoucher.

Computerized retouching is included in all sessions on all images at no additional cost.

To help keep the retouching costs down, we normally use a flattering lighting and use a special software on all images. Computerized retouching software uses special algorithms that smooth and adds a slight glow to the skin. It is often sufficient for smaller prints and younger subjects, men, and children, where no heavy age lines exist and reshaping is not required. We normally use a light setting, however, upon request, we can do a stronger computerized retouching which can ultimately remove or minimize most all but the very deepest of lines.

Basic Photoshop work – $20 to $30 per image

Photoshop Retouching is at additional cost and is done using Photoshop in conjunction with other sophisticated image editing applications. Here we can do just about anything you could imagine.  Our basic Photoshop work includes softening or removal of light to moderate facial lines, minor body sculpting (simple slimming and enhancements) define jawline, light scar removal, soften or remove skin blemishes, small tattoos, mild/few stretch marks, smooth neck etc., removal of any visible lights or light stands, extend backgrounds or flooring if needed, as well as basic Black and White conversions.

The following Photoshop work will be subject to additional charges: $60 per hour

We charge $60 per hour for more complicated and time-consuming retouch work. Color or image changes on wardrobe, background, hair etc.; extreme or complicated body sculpting, large tattoo removal, alteration of client’s wardrobe items (addition or removal of items, straps, adornments, logos etc.), large number of stretch marks, skin blemishes, fat rolls, facial lines and wrinkles, head swapping, removal of braces, dental changes, mono and polychromatic, HDR or other specialty conversions, or any subjective revision requests on our original retouch work.

— All images are first brought to their best color and contrast levels. We believe that retouching should always maintain the character of the subject, and look “realistic” while still showing them in an “idealized” or “fantasized” manner… Retouching costs can vary considerably from image to image. This depends on the final print size desired for the images, the age of the subject, the size of the areas, the percentage of skin to be retouched in the image, the amount of retouching required, and whether body or facial re-contouring (thinning enhancing) is desired or needed and to what extent. Other items that can add to the cost are color changes, background changes,

Here are some approximate retouching costs various types of images of female subjects.

(Men normally around 25% less)
These rates are for retouching to a magazine cover standard – jpg or  .tif files — 8 1/2″ x 11″ at 300 ppi, capable of prints up to 20″x30″

  • –Headshot of a younger female subject needing cleanup of blemishes and lines – $20.00 ea.
  • –Headshot of a younger female subject needing full cleanup of all blemishes and lines with contouring and enhancements- $25.00 ea.
  • –Head and body shot of a younger female subject needing full cleanup of all blemishes and lines with contouring and enhancements- – $25.00 – $35.00 ea.
  • –Headshot of middle age female subject needing cleanup of blemishes and lines – $25.00 – 35.00 ea.
  • –Headshot of middle age female subject needing full cleanup of all blemishes and lines, with light contouring and enhancements- $35.00 – $40.00 ea.
  • –Head and body shot of middle age female subject needing full cleanup of all blemishes and lines, tattoos, with body contouring and enhancements- -$30.00 – $50.00 ea.

Nudes and Semi-Nudes (Retouched in “Playboy Style”)

  • –Headshot and full body nude or semi-nude of younger age female subject needing light cleanup of blemishes and lines – $20.00 – 30.00 ea.
  • –Headshot and full body nude of middle age female subject needing full cleanup of blemishes and lines with body contouring and enhancements- $30.00 – $40.00 ea.
  • –Headshot and full body nude of middle age female subject needing a large amount of cleanup of all blemishes, stretch marks, scars, tattoos, freckles, etc. as well as with body contouring, and “proportion enhancements”- -$35.00 – $60.00 ea.

Revisions on our Retouch work:

Any specific client requests, that were missed or any obvious mistakes made by us will, of course, be fixed and not be subject to any revision fee. Subjective revision requests are subject to a minimum $20 rework fee. We use our best judgment from our years of experience to give the photos a professional and flawless look. We do any specific work requested by the client as well as any obvious things we can do within the time allotted by the quoted price, to make our client’s images look the best we can.

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