Personal portraits by demetrius fordham
Interested in having your photographs taken by a professional? I am an award-winning commercial photographer that has had my work featured in W Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler (US & India) and The Wall Street Journal, among other notable publications. I've shot national campaigns—including The American Heart Foundation's most recent “Rise Above” campaign featuring Queen Latifah—as well as various celebrities, CEOs and public figures. And I would love to shoot you.
Each session will begin with a meet-and-greet at the studio prior to the shoot. We’ll discuss your individual needs and expectations, and during this time you may show me any references or inspirations for the shoot. I’ll ask you some questions about yourself in order to get a better understanding of who you are, and then I’ll give you a rundown of how your session will work.
The portrait session itself will last approximately two hours. I will shoot a handful of different options during the session, with a range of looks, if you desire. Shooting a range of looks over the course of the session will allow me to get a variety of shots for your use and give you various different options to work with. This is your time and we make the best of it!
Part of my process is to edit the session with you as we go. We will inspect each shot together, one by one, in order to determine whether or not we are on track with your vision. By shooting and editing in this manner, we can adjust the focus of the shots during the session to account for anything you feel that we may have missed along the way. When you walk out of the studio after your session, you’ll leave knowing that the images have met your approval, and with a clear idea of the portraits you can expect to receive.
The approved shots—the portraits that you liked during the session—will be made available for your viewing on your own password-protected proofing website. The images will be posted within 48 hours after the shoot. You will be able to give the password to anyone who might help you choose the shots you decide to use. From this website, you will pick six (6) final portraits for your use.
HAIR AND MAKEUP
Women's makeup: Professional makeup for the session is not required but highly recommended for all women. The cost is $250 for a makeup session by a professional makeup artist prior to the shoot and will take place at the studio.
The makeup is applied specifically for the lighting we use and we will start very naturally to give you a clean, simple look. We will do touch-ups and add subtle changes to the makeup, as you desire, as the shoot progresses. If you’d like to start off a little heavier on the makeup, that is fine too.
Again, you may choose to do your own makeup or also wear no makeup at all.
Women's hair: Please come to the session with your hair camera-ready (e.g. blow-dried, curled, straightened or professionally styled). Our makeup artist will also be there to help you get your hair camera-ready and can help you with light styling if you would like to change your hair throughout the shoot. If you would like your own professional hairstylist, that can also be arranged (hairstylists in New York and LA generally charge $200-300 per session).
Men: We don't recommend makeup on men, but our makeup artist can provide light grooming on the shoot for $200. All our work is retouched afterwards, so any blemishes will be taken care of during that process.
Facial Hair: If you’d like to shoot with facial hair we’d be happy for you to come in with whatever level of growth you’d like and can shave or trim it down once we’ve gotten it covered. Bring whatever grooming products you’ll need with you to get it done.
The rate for a personal portrait session is $1,000 for the shoot. This includes studio time, my creative fee, light retouching (see below) and six high-resolution final portraits.
There is a $200 deposit* required to book a session. This is non-refundable and goes towards the $1,000 total.
Should you wish to shoot for longer, you may book an extra hour for an additional $300 (please make a note when booking below).
*Note that all credit and debit card transaction will incur a 3% transaction fee
All images will be lightly retouched: blemishes, slight color correction and exposure adjustment. Should you require heavy beauty retouching, our studio can arrange at an additional cost depending on the level of retouching required.
SCHEDULING AND PAYMENTS
We are available for shooting Monday through Saturday between 9-7pm.
The non-refundable $200 deposit is due upon booking the session below. The remaining balance is due on the day of the session, after the shoot.
Our studio accepts cash, checks, as well as payment via debit card or Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit cards.
If you choose to use a makeup artist or hairstylist, you will pay them directly on shoot day.
We like our clients to be 100% informed, so thanks for taking the time to read all this pertinent information. If you still have questions, feel free to contact Demetrius Fordham Studio here. To book a session, click the "Reserve Now" button below.