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PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY by Ontario photographer Alana Lee

I am an Ontario photographer with a boutique photography studio in Port Hope, just one hour east of Toronto. I create portraits for families, children, graduates, grandparents, gifts, businesses, dancers, athletes, actors, musicians, entertainers and also of pets and products, locations, buildings...you name it, I've probably photographed it!

I believe that every person is beautiful and deserves to exist in gorgeous, timeless photographs. Are you looking for professional family photography that will capture this special moment in time for you and your loved ones? Have you always dreamed of a gorgeous makeover and your very own magazine style photoshoot? Do you want beautiful fine art images to decorate your home? Now is the time to create a photographic legacy that your family will treasure forever. Alana Lee Photography offers custom photo sessions to personalize your portrait experience.

Pricing for portrait sessions

Your portrait session fee of $250 includes a pre-session consultation, styling and planning, professional hair and makeup for one person, fully directed photo shoot with a minimum of three wardrobe changes and an in-person viewing appointment and ordering session. You can add on hair and makeup services for additional people attending your session for an extra fee. All products are purchased separately – you only purchase what you love, and any image you buy comes with the corresponding digital file. During your ordering session you may choose from a selection of beautiful keepsake boxes and folios that are a modern alternative to the traditional album and include up to 20 fine art quality matted images ready for display. All folio boxes also come with corresponding images in digital format on a custom usb. Folio box collections come with a gorgeous display box, along with 6, 10 or 20 matted images and start at $1100. Professional quality prints on Premium Fine Art museum quality paper create visual impact and produces rich color on an acid and lignin free cotton for longevity, and canvases ordered through Alana Lee Photography are hand stretched by professionals, and use the finest quality archival canvas on solid wood stretchers, with real pigment inks and are ready to hang.

How to prepare for your portrait session

Please bring 4-8 different outfits/dresses/shirts/jackets/ties to your session. Together we will decide what works best and this will enable us to create multiple looks as time permits. Wear something you like and that you feel great wearing. Stay away from large or bold patterns and prints. Neutral and jewel toned colors work best and grey, black or white are always a great choice. A good strategy is to bring a light colored outfit, a dark outfit, something casual, something businesslike and also a formal look. (Please avoid bringing clothing with visible logos, text or images - solids are best. Also, please prepare your clothing by steaming or ironing prior to coming to your session.

It is always a good idea to bring coordinating footwear that goes with your different looks, as well as any jewelry or accessories that are special to you. Ladies will want to bring a selection of undergarments in both nude and black colors that will work with a variety of necklines and outfits. For couples and groups it is best to coordinate your colors so as they compliment each other but are not an exact match. Avoid baggy or worn clothing, shorts, cargo pants, t-shirts, sweats or jogging pants, legging or athletic shoes. If you are unsure of what to bring, please contact me and we can arrange a wardrobe consultation in person, or over video chat online to review your wardrobe options prior to your session.

Included in your portrait session pricing is hair and makeup for one person, but we can add on additional service for others who also wish to have professional service. If you are doing your own hair and makeup choose a look that is natural, and bring the rest of your kit - we can always add more, but it is hard to take away heavy or uneven makeup. If you are having your nails done (manicures are recommended!) choose a light or neutral tone polish that will coordinate with multiple outfit choices. If you color your hair it is wise to have any touch-ups done prior to your session!

I don’t recommend makeup for men, but do ensure your skin is moisturized and you may wish to bring a chapstick if your lips tend to be dry. Take extra care if shaving the day of your photos. If you plan on having your hair cut it is best done a few days before your headshot. Some men choose to be photographed first with their facial hair and then bring shaving tools along and shave mid way through your session to capture both looks.

If you normally wear glasses please bring them to your session. Bring multiple pairs if you have them. Lenses with antiglare coatings work the best to avoid reflections. We will work with some posing tricks to ensure the amount of reflections in your glasses is minimized or eliminated completely.

There will be a safe place in the studio to store items from your pockets, but if we are shooting on location please remember to remove your wallet, phone, keys or other bulky items from your pockets prior to being photographed.

Ensure you drink plenty of water in the day or two prior to your session and get lots of rest. Come with a positive attitude and please do feel free to contact me at should you have any questions prior to your session!

What to expect during my portrait session

When you arrive in at the Alana Lee Photography studio for your session we will get acquainted and I'll show you where you can place your personal items and wardrobe that you have brought from home. Hot and cold beverages plus a selection of light snacks will be available to your throughout the day, and there is a private washroom and changing area for your comfort.

We will review your wardrobe, making any last minute plans for your session and you will begin hair and makeup if you have chosen to take advantage of this service. During your session you will also have an opportunity to see samples of the various folio boxes, prints, canvases and other fine art options available to you should you decide to purchase any images from your session. Once we begin photographing you will be guided and directed along the way, so there is no need to feel nervous (but we all do at first!). You will find that your confidence increases as we move through a variety of poses and by the end of your session (usually a couple of hours of shooting, with breaks for wardrobe changes and touch ups) you will feel like a million dollars! Many clients plan for a special dinner out because they will look and feel fabulous.

After your session I will edit and retouch your images, choosing the best selections for your private reveal and purchasing session. During your reveal you will have the opportunity to see approximately 20 of the very best images (more for generational shoots and large groups)from your session, and review your various print and collection options. There is no pressure to purchase anything - I only want you to go home with images that you absolutely love. Please bring any decision makers with you to your viewing session to that you can review and make any purchasing decisions together.

Your session includes full usage and licensing rights for all of your images. Alana Lee Photography retains the copyright as well as permission to use any images for portfolio, marketing and promotion on social media. Should you wish that your images not appear in my marketing or portfolio please let me know during your session.

Full payment is required prior to your digital images being released for download.

Can you travel to me?

Yes! While most of my headshot sessions take place in my Campbellcroft studio I do also travel and do on location photo shoots. In addition to servicing the Durham region, including Whitby, Oshawa, Bowmanville, Pickering and Ajax, I also travel throughout Southern Ontario on a regular basis. Additional travel, permit fees and location rates may apply.

What if I can't make my session?

Life happens and I understand if last minute changes come up and you are not able to come to your scheduled session time. If you cancel at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled session time then your deposit/session fee may be refunded or applied to a newly scheduled date. If you cancel within 48 hours of your scheduled session time your retainer/deposit will be forfieted. In any situation please let me know AS SOON as you know you will not be able to make your session or if you are running late.

I hate being photographed or I am not photogenic!

I totally understand that it can be very uncomfortable to be photographed. It makes me squirm sometimes as well, especially if I am unfamiliar with the photographer or the other people looking on. In fact, almost every person that comes into my studio says that they are not comfortable and uneasy about having their picture taken.

I promise that I will do everything I can to make your portrait experience stress free. From offering you a hot or cold drink when you arrive, to having snacks, comfortable waiting area and music available you will feel at home in my studio space.

I take great pride in knowing that my clients leave their portrait sessions feeling empowered, gorgeous, and happy. Together we get the results you want while having fun along the way. It is not your job to be photogenic - leave that to me! I have been trained by the very best in the business and have a bunch of posing and coaching tricks up my sleeve to ensure you are 100% satisfied with the results and how you look in your images.

More information

If you have any further questions, would like clarification or more information or are ready to book your portrait session you can email me, call me, or contact me using the form below.