SESSION GUIDE


NINA OTTOLINO . FASHION & LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER . BASED IN CHICAGO, IL

ABOUT ME

The Spark Notes Version :)


EXPERIENCE: Over 15 years of photography & retouching experience

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts Degree in Photography from Columbia College

RESIDENCE: Born & raised in Chicago, IL

STUDIO LOCATION: 2632 W. Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60612 (Ukrainian Village)

TYPE OF WORK I SHOOT: Fashion & lifestyle photography for kids, women, men, & families




pricing & details


2 Looks


Includes up to 2 outfit changes , 6 retouched images, hair/make-up, wardrobe brings list, & an online proofing gallery


$450





3 Looks


Includes up to 3 outfit changes , 9 retouched images, hair/make-up, wardrobe brings list, & an online proofing gallery



$500




4 Looks


Includes up to 4 outfit changes & 12 retouched images, hair/make-up, wardrobe brings list, & an online proofing gallery


$625




Duo Session


This session is for 2 people & includes a 7 look photo session (3 looks each, plus 1 look shot together), 21 retouched images, hair/make-up, wardrobe brings list, & an online proofing


$1,100

Note: The types of outfits we shoot will depend on your specific needs -- whether you need images to market yourself or child for fashion, lifestyle, swimwear, athletic, acting, etc. Detailed modeling direction & tips will be given as needed throughout the session. If you opt out of booking a wardrobe stylist, you will receive a wardrobe list of items to bring, color palette & inspiration images (I will be styling your outfits using the items you bring in). Hair/make-up changes & touch-ups will be made for each outfit (if applicable). A wardrobe stylist is available as an add on. Additional retouched images can be added to your package during the proofing stage for $20 per image.


Family Session $450


This session includes a 1 look family photo session, 3 retouched images, hair/make-up for 1 male, 1 female, 1 child (additional people or different gender groupings are by quote), a wardrobe brings list, & an online proofing gallery. You will receive a wardrobe list of items to bring, color palette & inspiration images. Detailed modeling direction & tips will be given as needed throughout the session as well. Wardrobe styling is available as an add on by request (pricing by quote based on the number of people). Contact me to create a custom package with added looks or individual portraits.



WHAT TO EXPECT

Step 1. Book A Session


Choose a date and time that works best for you or your child through my online booking calendar. You can find the calendar on my website or instagram page. Wardrobe styling services are also available as an add-on service. If there is something specific you or your agent needs for your portfolio, you can include those notes during the booking process online (ex. headshots, no smiles due to braces, etc).

Step 2. What to Bring


You will receive a list of items to bring from your closet as well as a mood board to help convey the posing, style, & mood of the shoot. The list will include a specific color palette and styling that will best represent you or your child. Just bring what you can from the list, don’t worry if you don’t have everything! From the items you bring in, I will be putting the outfits together myself. I have a steamer at the studio so don't stress about wrinkles.

Step 3. The Photo Session


You or your child will be directed throughout the entire shoot -- everything from where to put your hands to how to make different expressions. I specialize in model development; developing modeling skills is something I work on with each client. We’ll shoot a variety of poses, outfits, & expressions. Watching the transformation between the first look to the last is my favorite part of each shoot!

Step 4. After the Session


Once the shoot is over, I will go through the images and select the best shots. You will have at least 20 images from each outfit to choose from. Most agents like to choose the final shots for portfolios. If you don’t have an agent & need help deciding, I’m more than happy to choose them as well! Chosen images will be retouched and sent in high resolution.


FAQ

Is there street parking near the studio?

Yes, there is free street parking along the left side of the studio.

What is the turn-around time after the shoot?

Approximately 2 weeks, depending on when the selects have been made by you or your agent from the proofs.

Can a parent be in the room during the shoot?

Yes, definitely! I would recommend staying nearby but out of sight during the shoot so your child is more focused on my camera and modeling direction.

Do you offer prints?

You will be able to order prints through the proofing page. If you have any issues with ordering, please send me an email and I'd be happy to help!

Are outdoor shots included with the studio sessions?

Outdoor locations within close proximity are included with my studio sessions by request (weather permitting). Location sessions are quoted differently based on the details.

Can I shoot specific styles or outfits?

If you're signed with an agency they may require me to shoot a certain style for them, but if you're freelance or shooting for fun, just send over some inspiration images for what you're looking for. Regarding outfits, I will shoot the types of looks you need in your portfolio whether it's athletic, swimwear, fashion, lifestyle -- J. Crew, Gap, Zara, Nike vibes, etc. I'm here to help you get in front of the right brands that fit your look.