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Take a journey with Dark Lotus Photography into a world of fantasy and beauty. Take a dip with the Fae in a Fairytale Grotto. Come play with the Neko and Kitsune in the Sky Garden. Stroll through the graveyard with the Grim Reaper. Why not join us on this adventure to endless possibilities.
I'm a bit nervous. Do you have any tips or tricks to help prep for my shoot?
This is my Model Prep list for shooting:
- Nails -
No Chipped nail polish (unless it’s in theme).
No intense, bright or neon colours unless discussed prior.
When in doubt keep it simple with French tip, nude, light pinks / browns and clear coats.
- Skin -
Please don't wax or shave day of, this it to avoid irritation or redness. Try to prep the night/day before the shoot.
Shower the morning of or night before the shoot. Moisturize after your shower!
Go through your normal face care routine the night and morning before your shoot.
If an artist is doing your makeup do not apply makeup before your shoot. If you need to you can wash your makeup off at the studio once you arrive.
Moisturize your skin before leaving for the shoot or once you get to the studio.
If doing body paint or glitter you can moisturize in the morning but not right before your shoot to ensure proper application of body paint or glitter.
- Body and Hair -
Drink plenty of water the day/night before and day of.
Eat something before the shoot! You want to make sure your body has energy!
If you are having your hair done by Danielle, day old hair is best for styling.
Please wear loose fitting clothing that is comfortable to the shoot so you don't have lines on your body from things like jeans and bras.
What is your escort policy?
You may bring an escort or friend but please keep the behind the scenes distractions to a minimum. If your escort turns into a back-seat photographer I will ask them to leave the room. (They can sit in the makeup area) Escorts must be approved 24 hours before our shoot.
- No children please -
Though we do our best to ensure the studio is safe at all levels and for everyone, when shooting it is impossible to give children the necessary care they deserve and need. Even if you have an escort to watch them, they often cause distractions that take away from your shooting time and overall experience.
What is your cancellation and rescheduling policy?
Hey, life happens. Kids get sick, cramps are a nightmare, you woke up with a bump on your eye… These things happen and its okay. Chances are you're not the first person this has happened to. Cancelations are accepted up to 6 hours before your shoot and may be rescheduled no questions asked when notified within this time frame. Cancelations or no shows that happen day of and are less than 6 hours before our scheduled shoot will require a discussion before rescheduling eligibility is determined. Communication is the most important part of this. If you need to cancel or reschedule for any reason please be honest and communicate with me as quickly as possible so we may accommodate you to the best of our ability! We are here to make the photo shoot process easy and fun for you! There's no reason to stress about needing to reschedule.
What should I bring day of the shoot?
A robe or wrap to wear during breaks
Shoes or slippers that can be easily slipped on and off
Costume/outfit, accessories, shoes
Makeup for touch ups (if doing your own)
Government issued Photo Id (Driver's License, Passport, State Id Card, or Passport Card)
Do I need to be a model to book you?
Absolutely not. A good number of individuals in my portfolio are not models. I am always happy to help with posing.
What should I know about the studio?
•Irene is allergic to tobacco so any smoking must happen out back on the patio or out front. Vaping is allowed inside of the studio.
•You may BYOB to the studio but please make sure you have a DD for the ride home! We do have wine available at the studio for models with ID who want a glass or two.
•Jack Lennox will most likely be present during the shoot. Jack shoots Irene’s video and BTS work. He is also her second photographer and her fiancé. He can be absent for any part of the shoot, just message us beforehand. Your comfort and ease of mind is important to us!
•We will only use photos from our shoot for portfolio display with your written permission.
•We have a full bathroom with a shower so you can wash off your body paint if you wish in the studio.
•We have a full kitchen with a fridge to store your food and various ways to heat up anything you may want to bring to eat.
•We always have water and snacks available at the studio but can't guarantee they will be ones you like so it's always good to have your own food plans.
What are you doing about Covid?
Prior to each and every booking we clean and sanitize all surfaces prior to the shoot. This includes all counters, door knobs, light switches, hard surfaces, shelves, handles, textiles, upholstery, and any areas that may come in contact with our guests. We then repeat the process immediately after the booking is completed. Prior to entering the studio a temperature check is required using a no touch thermometer which we have on site. Masks must be worn until the temperature check is completed. Masks are worn by all individuals who are not considered "models" at the time of the booking. We ask that escorts and assistants of our guests also wear masks during the booking. We are also getting tested weekly to ensure safety.