Information For New Clients

Thank you for choosing Brett Chisholm Photography for your photography needs. I am confident you will leave the studio with the best images for your needs. If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to call! (866) 789-3686 ext. 3 or click here to e-mail Brett.

Please note that ALL clients are encouraged to schedule a pre-shoot consultation, which is complementary. Contact us directly to discuss scheduling details.

A consultation is the most effective way to ensure that you have a successful photo shoot. This will give us an opportunity to meet and plan how to meet your needs in advance. All confirmed photo shoots require a credit card deposit, and this can be done at that time.

Below is some general information about a photo shoot at the studio including guidelines on what to bring and expect!

Please arrive at the specified time for your photo shoot. If early, you may be asked to wait in your car or on the patio if the session before you is still proceeding and if it makes that client more comfortable. Otherwise, you are welcome to wait in the studio. If late, you will be pushing our entire schedule back for the day, and your session may have to be cut short.

If using my hair and makeup artist, time for makeup application and hair styling is included in the schedule. I use Wendy Martin from Page Parkes for hair and makeup. She uses airbrush makeup, and has an unbelievably natural method of application. I strongly recommend that EACH client uses hair and makeup. If you use your own hair and makeup, the session is not guaranteed.

While speaking of the guarantee, here are a few notes: BOTH makeup and your photo shoot are guaranteed for your satisfaction. However, because of digital photography and the opportunities you have to preview ALL images before you leave, the guarantee does not extend past when you leave your session. You will have a chance at your session to see all of your pictures and preview your makeup as well. If you are not happy with what is being done, the time of your session is the time to let us know. We will always do EVERYTHING in our power to make certain you are being shown the way you hope to be. It is imperative to understand that a reshoot is ONLY provided after you leave the studio when there is a technical malfunction on our end. You are responsible for booking your appointment with enough time for you to make sure you are looking your best. THIS INCLUDES MANICURES, PEDICURES, and HAVING YOUR ROOTS COLORED. These are not acceptable reasons for a reshoot. If you have any questions on how to prepare best for your photo shoot, please come by the studio for a consultation beforehand so we can guide you appropriately.

In most cases, it is the philosophy here that your images should be as natural as possible. Please bring clothes that make you feel comfortable. Bring a guest if that will make you feel comfortable, do NOT bring a guest if it will inhibit you on camera. (Parents, you may be asked to sit in another room during the session if your child will work better on camera that way….) Please also bring music! (iPod preferred) We want to make sure the environment is as comfortable as possible for you during the shoot so you leave with the absolute best results!

Please feel free to bring clothes that you feel flatter you and make you look your best. The more choices we have, the better., but we may not shoot everything that you bring. In general, solid colors work best and you want to stay away from very heavy patterns as these can be very distracting. Textures usually look great, and stripes can be fine in moderation. Just make sure you bring some alternate choices if you feel it could be an overwhelming piece of clothing. It is usually important to stray away from neutral colors when taking color headshots…. They lack the necessary appeal to make your picture ‘pop’. ACTORS – VERY IMPORTANT: You must speak with your agent before coming to your photo shoot about the clothing you need to bring. Do NOT bring only dark colors. Do NOT bring only 3 selections. If this is the case, you will not be allowed to shoot, and will have to pay a rescheduling fee. This is for your OWN protection, as your agent will require a complete reshoot after the fact if you do not have the appropriate wardrobe.

Make sure to bring a few staple wardrobe pieces. Some suggestions are a white and black t-shirt and/or tank top(s) to go underneath bright colors, and on occasion, used alone. Bring PLENTY of options for layering! A couple pairs of jeans, and if appropriate for what you are doing, a suit. Shoes are not of the utmost importance, unless we are shooting outdoors. Other than that, we may never shoot a complete full body shot showing the feet if it is not needed. Do not be afraid of bringing too much!!!! The more choices, the better your shoot will be.

Please also bring with you any previous shots you have of yourself. (Headshots, portfolios, or even snapshots if you don’t have any.) This will allow us to go over together what you liked and did not like in the past, and what works and doesn’t work for you, so we can immediately work towards getting you some great images that YOU are happy with.

You can discuss any retouching needs you may have with me at the time of your session. Retouching can often be a lengthy process, so a nominal fee does apply. Options can be discussed with you at the studio.

The studio is located just inside loop 610 off of I-10 and TC Jester. Studio directions are posted here on the blog, as well as on the website.

Once again, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have and we look forward to working with you soon!


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