FAQs

 

Q:  I don’t know how to model. I am a regular size gal with curves and all…. is this really for me?

A:  Of course you can! It’s not about size, it’s about confidence & attitude. We’ll glam you up with hair & makeup, you’ll throw on an outfit to strut in & bring out your inner Diva!

 

Q:  Will my images be retouched?

A:  All images that are ordered are fully retouched. This includes removing any blemishes/scars, softening wrinkles, whitening teeth and giving you glowing skin!  Slight enhancements or trimming down of the figure is available to you too (nothing too drastic, unless you really want it).  Whatever you desire, your images will be polished to help you look your very best!

 

Q:  Can I drop in anytime to check out your studio?

A:  Consultations and photo sessions are by appointment only. Please email us at suzanne@sweetdiva.ca for your initial consultation (it’s FREE!) or use the form on the contact page.  The studio is open Monday to Friday only.

  

Q:  What days of the week can I book my photo session?

A:   Photo Sessions are available Monday through Friday. We are closed on weekends and holidays. The typical start time is around 11am for hair & makeup (which lasts around 1-2 hours) and then the photo session will take place immediately after your makeover and will last around 2 hours.

  

Q:  How does the whole thing work? 

A:   First, we start with a free consultation (which is a must!). This is a time for us to meet in person, discuss potential ideas for your session, wardrobe, how to prepare, and see the product line. A session date is then booked (usually within a few weeks). Two weeks after your session, you will return to the studio to view your proofs and purchase your print order. Turnaround times for print orders vary and depend on the nature of the product, the amount of images that need to be retouched, production time at the lab and shipping (to the studio).

 

Q:  I’m doing a Diva session as a surprise gift for my special someone. How far in advance should I book?

A:  Photo Sessions are normally booked 2-3 months in advance, especially if the end product is a Christmas, Valentine’s Day or a special birthday gift.  Bookings for Christmas should be made in October and for Valentine’s Day in December or early January.

 

Q:  I don’t have any “retro” clothing for a pinup session? Will you provide all the wardrobe and props?

A:  We do have some clothing options available from retro dresses, to corsets, to girdles, to shoes — but you have to appreciate the fact that we couldn’t possibly carry every size imaginable. At the consultation, you will have an opportunity to see what is available and try some on for size.  But you are also encouraged to bring clothing from your own wardrobe. And they don’t necessarily have to be “retro”.  Bring whatever you would wear out on a night on the town — whatever makes you feel fabulously sexy! You could even buy a costume and have a theme photo session!  In terms of props, we have some vintage items available for use (as seen in the gallery pix, well except for the cupcake… you must bring your own and one for me too!).

Q: What do I bring for a Glamour/Boudoir session?

A:  You can wear whatever you feel fabulous in! Whether it’s jeans, a fancy dress and/or lingerie, you’ll want to choose items from your closet that are flattering and show off your figure! Bring at least 6 outfits & we’ll decide on your best looks together. Glamour and Boudoir are as sexy as PinUp but a little more provocative.

Q: What is the difference between a Glamour and Boudoir session?

A: Glamour portraiture is fashion oriented, sophisticated and reflects the sensuous beauty of a woman. Boudoir portraiture is more seductive and celebrates the female form with the use of beautiful lingerie. It does not necessarily have to include nudity – in fact, implied nudity can sometimes be sexier! We will work within your comfort level and the end result will be sensual, yet as tastefully elegant. Both genres celebrate a woman’s beauty and can overlap to create one dynamic, and empowering, portrait session. How can it overlap, you may ask? Well, lingerie can certainly be used in glamour portraiture and on the flipside, I usually start a boudoir session with a glam look — usually wearing your favourite dress can help break the ice and ease you into the session.

Q:  How do I prepare for the session? Is there a consultation?

A:  Yes! We offer FREE consultations. We will decide as a team what kind of look you want and plan accordingly. We will give you tips on what to bring and how to prepare for your session (ie. clean face & hair, not wearing anything tight that day that would leave marks on your skin). Tips will include drinking lots of water the day before, having pretty nails on toes/fingers, making sure that any unwanted hairs are plucked, waxed or shaved in the right spots and MOISTURIZE that bod from head to toe!!!

Q:  Should I get a tan before my photo session?

A:  Personally, I am not a fan of tanned skin in portraits, especially if it’s a spray tan. Fake tans don’t photograph well! If you do need a little glow, beware of tan lines & please don’t get burned! Why? Because tan lines cost extra to retouch.

Q:  When do i pay for my session?

A:  Your session fee is $299. There is a $100 non-refundable retainer that is due on the day of your studio consultation. Once your photo session is booked, if you do not show up for your session day or give at least 48 hours notice, your retainer fee is forfeited.  The balance of your Sweet Diva package ($199)  is due on the day of your photo session.

Q: What type of payments do you accept? Do you offer payment plans for print orders?

A: We accept cash, EMT, debit or credit card payments (debit & credit cards via PayPal). In terms of payment plans, we offer the ability to break your order up into monthly interest-free payments. You will then receive your order once it’s paid for in full.

Q: Are digital files or prints included in the session fee?

A: No. Your session fee ONLY includes your photo session and your hair/makeup. Digital files, prints, albums, books, etc. are sold separately.

Q: Do you offer discounts for military members?

A: Yes! We offer a 20% discount off session fees to individuals who serve in the Canadian military or their spouses.