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Things You Should Know


All our sessions are done on location.  See our contact page for information on how to contact us if you have questions or to schedule an appointment.

STRESS IS THE ENEMY -  Try to take a day or an afternoon off work so you can leisurely get your hair and make-up done prior to your session and have time to relax before we begin.  It's important to maintain a frame of mind that allows you to pamper yourself for a day.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED - We will discuss clothing options and hair and make-up suggestions during your consultation.  So, decide what you would like to wear and have it ready - if you have a hard time deciding, bring out several options and Paulette will help you decide.  Have lots of jewelry and accessories ready and Paulette will go through it with you to choose the best look - a nice strand of pearls is a lovely accent and we love fur coats (faux fur is perfect).  Stockings and a sexy pair of heels are always a nice accessory.  We can provide faux fur pillows and throws for some added luxe.

HAIR AND MAKE-UP -Professionally styled hair and make-up application can make a big difference. Schedule your salon appointment for the morning of the session - it's our experience that you should allow about 2 hours for this process - salons will vary, however.

THE PHOTO SHOOT - All our sessions consist of a 2-hour photo shoot.  If you're interested in an extended session with additional time - please let us know at the time of booking.  Worried about posing?  No problem - Paulette will help you with all the posing.  You may not have done this before - that's OK, we have.  Your job is to relax - our job is to make you look "Look Divine".  

YOUR PRIVATE SCREENING - You will be given a password to a private, on-line viewing site that will be available only to you and those with whom you choose to share your photos.  Your secure site will be available to view within a few days of your session and your images will be in a "pre-touched" condition.  They will look much like the finished portraits but final retouch will be performed only on those images you select for your order.  Additional retouching is available for slimming, smoothing, tattoo removal, etc.  Just ask if you're interested.  Your Divine Portraits will be beautifully packaged and delivered to you in approximately 4 to 6 weeks.

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