BEAUTIFUL, SEEN, VALUED
Since I started Simpson Portraits, I have photographed so many women and have seen firsthand what this experience can do for a woman's self esteem. This isn't about making you into someone you're not, but about making you look and feel like the most beautiful version of yourself. I've had clients cry happy tears when they saw their portraits, and one client literally jumped for joy. It is journey of self-discovery and self esteem for women of all ages, stages, shapes and sizes.
WHO CAN I BRING WITH ME?
Here's what's GREAT! Your session fee covers more than one person! If you would like to bring your BFF, your sisters, daughter, or your mom,, they, too, can have a portrait session and you can share the experience together. It’s the ultimate girl’s day out! If you have a group of friends, let me know and we will close the studio for the day and make it into a party. Want to include your children or partner? We will invite them to the studio at the end of your shoot (or while you're in hair and makeup) so you get all the pampering and also have wonderful portraits together.
HOW TO BOOK A SESSION
Give us a call at 909-506-4546 or use our contact form. I like to talk to all my clients personally and invite them to the studio to learn about them, their style, photography needs, and feelings about being photographed. We talk about the experience, what to wear, products, and pricing. If you can’t make it to the studio, we can also schedule a video call on Google Hangout or Zoom.
IS HAIR AND MAKEUP INCLUDED?
Yes! I work with wonderful professional hair and makeup artists who will talk to you about your favorite looks, about your skin, and how you would love to have your hair styled. They are highly trained to work in natural light photography and will make you look beautiful. Communication is the most important thing with this process. It's not about how we think you should look, but about what makes you feel beautiful. If you don't like something with your hair and makeup, no problem, we will change it until you're super happy.
WHAT DO I WEAR??
In our complimentary style and concept consultation, I will listen to you about what kind of portraits you would like and give you suggestions about what to wear. Once you book your photo shoot, I will send you our Style Guide, which has information about what to wear, such as sleeve length, necklines, colors and patterns. It gives suggestions for jewelry, and things to think about when coordinating family outfits. We also have lots of beautiful clothes and accessories in our studio wardrobe. You can play dress up for the day! Still looking for ideas, follow us on Pinterest and see our What to Wear Board.
I'M NERVOUS ABOUT NOT LOOKING LIKE MYSELF
It's not our job to make you look like someone else. It's our job to bring out YOUR version of beauty. There are a thousand ways we could style you and do your hair and makeup, but they might not be YOUR brand of beautiful. This is your session and we want to get to know you so we can make you feel amazing. Communication is key. Talking in advance about hair and makeup, clothes, styles you like, and what you're like as a person helps us to uncover the very best of you.
With Photoshop, my philosophy is that less is more. I want you to feel beautiful as you are, not Photoshopped you. Most of my work is done through beautiful lighting, posing, and lens choice. I will do minor tweaks in Photoshop, and if you wish for any additional changes, I'm happy to do whatever you like.
I WANT TO BOOK A SESSION BUT NOT UNTIL I LOSE 20 POUNDS
I can help you look 20 pounds just with posing. The thing is, it's important to feel great as we are right now. Life will pass us by if we keep waiting for perfection to arrive (I've been waiting for YEARS for perfection to come around). Interestingly, I've found that my clients sometimes lose weight after their session because they feel great about themselves and that gives the confidence and determination to shed the weight. I also hear, "i don't like my chin," or "I'm self-conscious about my skin." These are things I easily address in posing, lighting, and in Photoshop. Don't let the small things stand in your way of feeling beautiful TODAY.
MEN ARE JUST AS NERVOUS AS WOMEN
interestingly, men are just as nervous about looking good in portraits as women are. The lighting is different, designed to bring out chiseled features, and the posing is crafted to bring out masculine energy, but the feelings of insecurity and self-consciousness are the same. Never fear, we will pose you right down to your fingers so you look handsome, and like yourself.
DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH FAMILIES?
Yes. I love photographing families. I have 2 young children and love to photograph kids of all ages. The best part is that the kiddos will have their photo shoot while mom is in hair and makeup. No stress for mom and the kids have a great time. The key is taking our time so the children don’t get worn out or annoyed.
I WANT PICTURES FOR THE WALL BUT DON'T KNOW WHAT SIZE. IT SEEMS COMPLICATED
Never fear, I often do in-person consultations and can photograph your walls and design the perfect portrait session to compliment your style, your family's energy, and select just the right size for your home. After your session, I will be able to show you what your favorite portraits will look like on your walls, with no guessing on sizes. You see what you like and choose the one that feels right.
I NEED PICTURES FOR BUSINESS, BUT I WANT FAMILY PICTURES, TOO.
All photography sessions are completely custom. Spend two hours taking pictures for your business and branding, then bring the rest of your family in at the end for beautiful family portraits. You might also choose to throw in a few beauty shots or fine art looks as well.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
Simpson Portraits is located in Claremont, California. We have recently moved from Glendora.