Your experience starts with a complementary consultation in studio or over the phone. I want to hear your ideas and brainstorm together. That is a great way for us to find out whether we click. It is important for many reasons, one of them - you simply want to feel comfortable working with me and let me guide you through your session.
The next step after that, I will invite you to visit my studio. We will discuss your clothing choices, ideas for your session and mood that you want your session to translate into your photos in more detail. I will show you the folio box with images and wall art so you can start planning for what beautiful products you want for yourself.
On the day of the photo session your make up artist will highlight the best of your features and will style your hair to complement the look. During our session I will guide you actively through posing and show you exacly on how I want you to stand. Don't worry if you are feeling that you are not a model and don't know what to do in front of camera. It is my job to direct you with ease, so you will open up and that gorgeous woman comes out from within.
And by the way, make sure to book yourself a night out, because you will look gorgeous.
After the session I have your photos professionally retouched, like they do in Vanity Fair. I then invite you for your reveal party at my studio where you will see your images for the first time and pick best ones you want to purchase. There is no obligation to purchase. It is my job as a photographer, though, to knock you off your feet with beautiful imagery, so you want to cherish your heirloom portraits and pass it on to your family.
For more informaton on our photography sessions, please fill out session design form following the link below to recieve a Portrait Guide that wil give you an idea on our process and price range.
Why do I need to have my portraits taken now?
I truly believe that a woman should be photographed at each stage of her life. You are changing through your life cycle and it shows in your eyes, your attitude towards life and it translates into your portrait as well. Now is time to have your photos taken of yourself or with your loved ones, because time is cruel, it runs out. We will never be able to bring that moment back, but we can preserve it.
What ages do you photograph?
I photograph women ages 8- 80. I believe each woman is beautiful no matter what age. While our focus in senior sessions is primarily on fashion and an experience of being a model for a day, I approach other ages with a gift of self love, pampering and transformation because I know that as grown women we don't give enough of that to ourselves because we are always taking care of others.
What is the most important reason to have my portraits taken by you?
I will create beautiful portraits by discovering and bringing forward best sides of your body and inner beauty, make it shine through your eyes and produce printed heirloom products for you to be passed on to kids and grandkids.
Why are you so passionate about women's portraits?
The main reason is because I am a woman myself and had my share of obstacles in life that I have learned to overcome and still preserve my personality, optimism, big dreams, confidence and beauty. After having a son it has become so easy to forget about my own self worth and beauty. I have made it my mission to show women that we don't have to sacrifice ourselves and still be those women that we once adored.
I help an everyday woman discover and embrace the sexy, confident and drop dead gorgeous woman within herself and preserve the memory of her in a form of a printed timeless photograph to pass on to family.
What are main problems that women are facing at different stages in life?
I have actually decided to give this one a thought, so I could offer solutions. Here is my list.
1. Lack of self love and time for themselves, lack of confidence, empowerment, finding self love. Women are busy. Women are being mothers, wives, business owners and career minded women.
My solution to that is One of a Kind Experience.
I give women a gift of a day of self love and pampering and an excuse to celebrate themselves. It's an act of indulgence, overall there is nothing bad with gifting a little time to yourself.
2. Women don't have heirloom portraits to show their kids because they either never took the time to do it or purchased a disk with digital files and now the disk is sitting at the bottom of the drawer instead of being printed and displayed.
I truly believe in the importance of heirloom portraits to pass on to children and grandchildren.
I carefully produce high quality portrait work that is then printed to be displayed and last for years and years to come and can be passed to kids and grandkids.
3. Women either stuck in their current life situation or coming on to a new chapter in their life and in need of personal and mental transformational experience.
I give these women a gift of self reassurance, a confidence boost, empowerment, show them their beauty in and out. When they come to me they might feel that they are not pretty enough, not skinny enough, not sexy enough and I make them feel that they are more than enough and more. I uncover that amazing woman within.
4. Women in need of personal branding, photos for business, brand matching.
Solution - creating brand identity that will increase sales and financial reward in the end.
Personal branding is a key to successful business and career nowadays. I give those women beautiful shots that truly showcase their personality to be used for the website, and promotional materials. This is more than a headshot. It is finding a core goal for the portrait and showcasing that side of you that will attract your client. Brand matching is a crucial part of personal branding.
What are other benefits?
1. Get beautiful portraits done to be displayed at your home
2. Boost your confidence
3. Have an experience of being pampered
4. Decorate walls with the most amazing art pieces - yourself
5. Get lots of compliments from friends and family
6. Preserve memories of yourself in a best way possible- timeless printed portrait
7. Personal branding will boost your cash flow
8. Start a transformational experience to a new women you want to become
9. Highlight the side of yourself no-one ever sees in you
10. Give yourself an excuse to dress up and feel beautiful
11. Give yourself a gift of doing something for yourself
12. Channel in and uncover the most beautiful woman within yourself
Do you only photograph women?
Women are my primary focus and specialization. I do photograph men as well. I photograph kids ages starting at 8 years old. I photograph small families (up to 5 people) in the studio (conditions apply). I photograph fashion campaigns and models as well. I started in photography by shooting families on the beach and weddings. I work with associates who shoot weddings and on location family portraits under a different brand name. If you are interested in inquiring more on that, please email for more information.
What makes you stand out?
Actually, it is the experience and ease of working with us, quality and professionalism at every step. And I am not even talking about the amazing and unique studio location. Where else would you find historical industrial location. It's the total package that makes us stand out.
Who is present at a session?
For your studio session - your make up artist. She will also assist us at your session. I may have an occasional second assistant and a videographer, or a second photographer. If you want to request minimum personnel than please let me know in advance.
What if I am not pretty or skinny enough?
Well if you read this far, I have already touched this subject. But to elaborate a little further, I will show you that you don't need to be skinny or pretty to be beautiful. You are enough. On top of that posing techniques, clothing, cropping and post production can do some magic and I will help you through that every step of the way.
How do I pick outfits?
I will guide you through the process of selecting your clothes during our in studio consultation. I have some options available through my in studio closet, you can shop for your clothes at your favorite boutiques or vintage stores based on the guidelines that I will give you for layers, textures and accessories. You can rent dresses from renttherunway.com. There are a number of options for outfits. I usually ask you to bring 5 options with you for different looks.
What if I don't know how to pose?
It's totally fine, I don't expect you to. I actively guide you through a posing flow, so you don't have to stress about it.
What if I am not comfortable in front of camera?
I am usually not comfortable too. If no one tells me what to do. I have no clue how I look in camera, even despite the fact that I know the rules of posing. I also think that I need to lose a few pounds and I don't like myself in pictures. However, there are a few photographers out there who I had a privilege of working with. What they do differently - they direct me on my posing and pictures come out so good, even I am surprised and liking the result. It's about proper direction, and it is my job to direct you, so leave it up to me and I promise you will not even notice the camera. What you will remember is having fun with me as a result.
How far in advance do I need to book?
Preferably as soon as you decided you want to have a session with me. Right now 1 month in advance is a good place to start.
Where are sessions taking place?
Majority of my sessions are taking place at my studio in Norfolk, VA. The old bakery warehouse that my studio is situated at offers multiple industrial locations for us to use as well. I have an access to a number of rental studios if needed. Your home can also be used if desired.
As far as outdoor locations. I love downtown Norfolk, nearby parks, and beaches. I offer destination sessions.
What is included in destination session?
The only difference between local and destination session is that the client will be responsible for photographer's travel expences, studio rental if needed, all quoted on case by case basis. I can bring my makeup artist with me or I can work with a professional from the area.
What products do you offer?
Folio boxes containing your matted prints, individual prints, framed prints, canvases, metals and acrylics.
Do you offer digital images?
Digital image is gifted to you with a purchase of the printed image.
How long is it for my images to be edited?
We usually schedule your reveal party 2 weeks from the time of your session.
Can I request additional retouching if I find something I want to correct on the photo?
Yes, if additional work is needed for the print that you will be purchasing, there is no additional charge for additional retouching.
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Why did you become a photographer?
I was pregnant with my first son when at 36 weeks gestation I discovered that his heart stopped beating. I did not have good photos of him, so since that moment I promised to myself to document every day of my new son's life with my camera.
What other services do you offer other than photography?
I am an inspirational success and happiness blogger for women and teach creative session styling to photographers. You can check out my inspirational blog at www.katyamelvin.com. I am currently entertaining an idea of offering personal coaching sessions and transformational women's weekend retreats to find your purpose, your mission, what makes you happy, to recharge, reengage, open up to people, awaken creative spirit via art projects, mindfulness via meditation and success and goal setting via visualization and financial education.