Photographer: Wayne Ferrara
In his New Orleans studio,
he takes a few moments to talk about his
work as a photographer.
Photographer: Elaine de Araujo Ferrara
On location shoot in Audubon Park.
New Orleans, Louisiana.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHERS
Wayne Ferrara has been an active photographer in New Orleans ever since he bought his first Kodak Brownie camera forty two years ago at the age of twelve; he hasn't used it in many years but it's pictured below with some of his other old film cameras. While the world of photography has changed dramatically since then, including the professional digital equipment and post-processing software he uses today....his dedication to the craft has not. In fact, the new technology has opened up new doors of creativity to explore.
"I've lived and worked in New Orleans most of my life. My partner and wife, Elaine de Araujo Ferrara, is originally from Brazil and has lived here in New Orleans for over twelve years. We've been married now for ELEVEN of those years and it's been great! I've never partnered with or communicated so well with anyone else ever before. Getting to know new clients from New Orleans and elsewhere is always a pleasure for both of us."
"We consider ourselves unique in how we serve our clients. Our goal is to provide you with truly personalized attention in order to achieve exactly what you expect. When you choose Wayne and Elaine Ferrara to photograph your wedding event, commercial project or other event, we're not going to send an employee...WE will be there, in person, to photograph your event or wedding. In fact, we make it a point to limit ourselves to only one large wedding per month. This allows us to provide you with absolutely personalized service; not just on your wedding day but including all the many hours of detailed post processing of your images in the days that follow. These are the details that go into making your album and prints the best they can be. The kind of details that many people often fail to consider."
"Many of our New Orleans photography clients, like actors and models, come to us with very specific ideas about their headshot or modeling portfolio and what they want in terms of the character or style of image they have in mind. The same thing applies with our commercial photography clients in terms of going from concept to final layout. We're always excited to listen to your ideas and provide recommendations from the photographers perspective in order to help you achieve your goals. Whatever our clients have in mind, we encourage everyone to share their thoughts and ideas with us."
"Our wedding photography is a combination of journalistic style and traditional. We capture the story as it unfolds. This captivating, photojournalistic style of photography has not only become widely accepted when documenting weddings, but it has quickly become the expected. While the classic pose is always engaging, by contrast, when a person is behaving naturally and spontaneously, it infuses the image with mood and intensity."
"As my invaluable assistant, Elaine helps coordinate client appointments and works as my "second perspective" and creative detail photographer for weddings. She also provides technical support on commercial photography shoots. Elaine however has her own special passion for photography and from angle to composition, she brings her own unique approach and style to every shoot. In my opinion, Elaine is more than a photographer; she is an emerging artist of truly natural talent and loves to find new and unique ways to use her camera skills."
"No matter where our work takes us, documenting that special moment is just the beginning. After the average New Orleans wedding photography shoot for example, we spend countless hours post processing the images from your shoot, making sure you get the best wedding photo prints possible. It doesn't matter if your package has 300 or 1200 exposures, we take the time to individually inspect every image and make adjustments if necessary. Something as seemingly simple as cropping an image can make all the difference between an average photograph and a great one. The final results are images that everyone will admire, including you. This approach makes us rather exclusive as photographers when it comes to weddings and other photography services. Again, this is why we will usually only book one large wedding per month."
Wayne and Elaine Ferrara combine their technical skills and the spirit of artistic imagination with the latest tools of digital photography and professional post processing software. Together, Wayne and Elaine ensure that you will receive the kind of personalized photography service and attention you deserve. Be it formal, casual or business oriented, the resulting portrait, actor's headshot, wedding portfolio, modeling portfolio, maternity or commercial photography portfolio is one that everyone will admire, including you!
We look forward to providing all of your photography needs
and exceeding your expectations.
Elaine de Araujo Ferrara
By appointment only
OUR BASIC EQUIPMENT:
Canon DSLR EOS 5D Mark ll, 21.1 Megapixel,
with CMOS full frame sensor, Digic 4
Canon DSLR EOS 50D 15.1 Megapixel
Canon DSLR EOS 40D 10.1 Megapixel
2 Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Zoom Lenses
Canon 135mm f/2.0L USM Prime Telephoto Lens
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5 IS USM
(Specialty Lenses require advanced notice)
2 Photoflex 36" Octodome Soft Box Studio Lighting
2 Light Dome Soft Boxes
2 Photoflex 48" Bounce Umbrellas
Photoflex 48" Shoot through Umbrellas
2 Photoflex Starflash 650 Strobe Heads
1 Photoflex Starflash 300 Strobe Head
Mini Soft Boxes
Multiple Back lights and fill lights
Multiple solid or marble dyed, fabric backdrops
Black, Gray, Red and White Paper backdrops
Several 42" reflectors and diffusion scrims
Canon 580EX and 580EX II portable Flash
Sekonic Digital Flash Meter
Need something special for your shoot?
Just ask us! We have access to specialty lenses
as needed for your project.
Professional post processing
Apple Powermac G5 Desktop
iMac Intel dual core and Cinema Display Desktop
Industry Standard RAW (digital negative) photo processing Software
Photoshop CS6, Canon Digital Pro Software
Canon Pixma Pro 9000 Mk II
Featuring Canon's Chromalife 100 System ®
The images below are a few of my old film cameras going back to when I was a twelve-year old. While I haven't used them in many, many years, believe it or not, they still work; they just need film. I saved them because I just couldn't bring myself to throw them away; too many memories I guess!
CHOOSING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
AND MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR PHOTO SESSION Please review the following recommendations for actors and models BEFORE you book your session.
It is well worth the ten minutes it will take you to read.
IT WILL HELP YOU BE PREPARED
DO NOT COPY AND POST ELSEWHERE ON THE INTERNET
CHOOSING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER:
There are lots of professional photographers in New Orleans to choose from! Whether you're looking for an actor's headshot photographer, a wedding photographer, maternity photographer or a commercial photographer, there are a few things you may want to consider if you want the best results possible with your photo shoot.
- Shopping Around:
First, you may want to check to see if the individual has an official, professional photographer's website. (If not, you may want to be a little cautious.) If the photographer has a professional website, it should categorize and display a full portfolio of his or her previous photography work along with other relevant business information....(like our website does, for example). Watch out if the photographer only has a FB page with a jumbled assortment of pictures; you should be looking for a professional photographer's website! Think about it, having a professional website demonstrates a level of commitment to the business of being a photographer. Now, as you review each of your selected, pro photographer's websites, remember that a photographer's style of work is as important as the quality of photography and you want BOTH. Visiting several photographer's websites will allow you to determine the quality and style of work each photographer provides and consequently, what to expect with your photography results. If you like the quality but aren't sure about the photographer's style, communicate your preferences...be it classic, contemporary or cutting edge creative; a professional photographer has the experience to understand what you want and will meet your expectations no matter what style you have in mind! Provide us with a sample of what you have in mind and we will provide the results you're looking for!
You should always feel comfortable communicating with your photographer. If you call a photographer for information, (if they are truly professional business people) they should answer the phone with a professional business greeting and not just a yeah or a hello; they should also be very friendly, helpful and above all knowledgeable. Most professional photographers should be eager to answer your questions with helpful information and will always be excited to talk about your personal photography service needs. If they happen to be unable to answer the phone because they are in a session or out of the studio, they should have a professional, business voice greeting and message indicating that they will return your call.
- Full Service Photographers:
Next, find out if the photographer has a STUDIO. Small or large, a lot of portrait photographers and modeling photographers utilize a studio that includes professional photographer's strobe lighting, umbrellas and soft box lighting as well as seamless paper backgrounds or canvas backgrounds. Others may only use outdoor photography settings around the New Orleans area because they do not have a studio space....and some may very well be masters when it comes to using available light; many others may not be. HOWEVER, if the photographer has a studio, it tells you that they have quite an investment in lighting equipment, backdrops and other associated equipment and take their work seriously. You may also want to remember this; in the studio, your photographer has full control over the lighting and how it's used. When it comes to fine art photography, this is without exception, a very important detail. Does having a studio mean the photographer is great? No, not always, but it suggests they do photography for a full time job and not just on weekends for point and shoot weddings. Again, you must look closely at the photographer's collection of work....is it professional quality, does it demonstrate a certain style, does the photographer have the professional equipment and expertise to meet your needs? Then, you can make a decision.
- Tools of the Trade:
You may also want to consider if the photographer has professional camera equipment including professional level imaging software to process your images. Back up camera and flash equipment is another important consideration; this is especially important with wedding photographers...even on small weddings. Imagine if the photographer only has one camera and it goes on the blink! Digital cameras are electronic devices; they can and will malfunction easier than our old mechanical cameras did. Some digital cameras are actually sensitive to extremely cold weather and extreme humidity. If your photographer experiences technical issues and has no back up camera, you'll have no pictures. WE carry a back up camera to every shoot no matter what kind of photography work is involved.
- Other Services:
BEWARE of photographers who simply dump your images onto a disc and say goodbye. These guys are not always in the business for the long haul. Professional photographers in New Orleans will usually provide the option of print services as well as editing and retouch services that require advanced technical experience with Photoshop and other professional imaging software products. For example, we have well over twelve years of experience with Photoshop retouching, compositing and special effects. In fact, you can find "before and after" samples of our touch up work on our website rate page under Photoshop Service Rates. In addition, most professional photographers ARCHIVE their work...meaning you can call them years from now to get reprints after you've misplaced those discs.
Price is just part of the equation when selecting a photographer. While one might expect photography rates to be higher in NY for example, you should look at a range of photographer rates that are common in the New Orleans area. As mentioned earlier, professionalism, expertise as well as quality and style of work come first no matter where you are. Photography is like anything else however, if it's a high quality product, it's most likely going to cost a little more than a lower quality product. With the advent of digital photography, there are more photographers now than ever before. Having a camera with a lot of megapixels however, does not necessarily make the person a photographer, much less a professional photographer. You have to be the judge in terms of what works best for you. I understand budgets are important, but above all, don't be taken in by cheap prices alone! If it's too good to be true, it usually is.
Images on Disc:
Not all professional photographers provide images on disc. If they do, most professionals will charge a fee and ask you to sign a release which indicates the photographer is not responsible for the print results you may receive at your local print lab, drugstore photo shop or the discount department store. But WHY you ask? Well, it's all about "quality control". You see, a truly professional photographer cares about his product.....A LOT! If they're like we are, they have a very high standard for how their final prints look when presented to the client. Naturally, if a professional photographer supplies a client with images on discs and the client goes to a discount lab and gets poor quality prints, it's a terrible reflection on his or her photography business. When people look at your professionally done photos....they will always ask, "Who was your photographer?" Right? However, they will never ask, "Who did your printing?"
What most clients don't realize is that no matter how good the disc images look on their computer, there are a multitude of variables that exist from lab to lab and from printer to printer that could potentially render poor PRINT results. Just a few of those variables include, photo lab equipment, lab computers, computer monitor calibrations, brands of photo paper, proper use of chemicals, inks, dyes or pigments and let's not forget ICC profiles. Even more variations come into play when dealing with printing press services for post cards, announcements, brochures and so forth. Unfortunately, many labs are a little too quick to place blame on the photographer....saying, "Well, that's what the photographer put on your disc". If you hired the guy who dumps your images on disc and says goodbye, that may be true. Otherwise, if you hired a professional, I'm afraid it's not even close to being that simple. Many online discount labs for example, operate like factories; in some cases, cranking out the material without even inspecting it with human eyes. They rely exclusively on the computer to make the decisions! It's unbelievable, but true. Want to avoid all of the confusion? Hire a professional photographer who provides quality print service as part of his or her business. You'll be happy you did.
YOUR SESSION AND YOU
We are located in Uptown New Orleans and consequently, not much more than 15-20 minutes from any part of the metro area. So allow yourself enough time to arrive at your photo session as scheduled and well rested. If your mind is on something else that you have to do the same day, or physically tired from not getting enough sleep the night before, your photography session results will reflect that. As a model or an actor, you should take care of yourself and always look vibrant! Naturally, I like to provide clients with as much time as I feel necessary, so they get the best headshot or modeling session possible. (1 to 2 hours for a headshot session and 4-5 hours modeling) However, please don't waste your shoot time by being late for your session or even worse, being unprepared. Being late or unprepared is unprofessional and will not be tolerated on paying photography jobs you will be hired for. In fact, some agents in New Orleans will actually fine talent for showing up late on a photo shoot or film shoot. Models should brush up on posing technique in the days leading up to a shoot and if providing your own wardrobe, have all wardrobe items organized and ready to go! Actors should know how they want to market themselves in terms of character range and be able to clearly share this concept with the photographer. Remember, your look is a good one no matter what; the film industry in New Orleans is always looking for fresh faces.
WHAT SHOULD I DO FOR THE CAMERA?
Most clients know what they need before booking an appointment with a photographer. Nevertheless, if your session is for an ACTOR'S HEADSHOT, you should try different facial expressions that are natural for you during your headshot session. If you prefer a more dramatic expression, don't feel that you are obligated to smile; you don't have to. Serious expressions work extremely well with many people, both men and women. Plus, since most of the film work coming to New Orleans tends to be dramatic, that could work well for you. However, even if you're not fond of smiling, we still recommend you include a few poses with smiles so that you have a nice variety to choose from. If your headshot photography is for commercial acting purposes and expect to be doing mostly commercial work, remember, smiles sell. If you do less commercial work and more theatrical, a somewhat dramatic or serious expression may be more appropriate for your headshot depending on your character range. HOWEVER, avoid trying to force yourself in either direction during your photo shoot. Whatever you choose to do, if you are an ACTOR, you should be RELAXED and BE YOURSELF. I can't stress that enough. Your headshot should have a natural, genuine, spontaneous look and will work much better for you as a marketing tool if it does. If this is your first experience with a headshot photography session, you must understand, this is NOT the time to "act" or wear costumes, period pieces or hats; it is a time to be YOU. Your expression must be GENUINE and NATURAL above all. Your headshot is just as much about who you are as it is about what you look like. As professional photographers, we can help you get what you're looking for; just talk to us about your expectations.
MODELS should always be prepared to execute a full range of posing techniques that compliment wardrobe and body type! Modeling portfolios will include full lengths, half lengths as well as head and shoulder shots. While we are happy to guide you and direct you to some extent, we are photographers....not modeling instructors. It is your responsibility to do what is expected of you in your chosen career and that is of course, to model. The true art of modeling is all about looking like you're not posing....even though you are. The modeling portfolio is all about selling YOURSELF as a real person and an attractive person more so than selling what you are wearing. If you're in doubt, pick up a few fashion oriented magazines like Vogue, Elle or W and look at the poses used in the ads. The attention in modeling photography is not just about the clothes or cosmetics but more importantly, the person who makes those products look good....that's you!
WHAT ABOUT WARDROBE?
MODELS should always prepare and coordinate wardrobe in advance of the session. Being prepared will give you more confidence when stepping in front of the camera and save time. Dressed up or dressed down, male or female, wear what works best for your body type! Full modeling portfolio photography sessions should include five complete wardrobe ensembles, each one distinctly different from the other. Examples can be any of the following; up-to-date casual, urban wear, cocktail dress, long sleeve and short sleeve blouses, sports wear or athletic wear, swim wear, lingerie, business wear etc...or whatever compliments your body type the best! Most models like dressing up in style and already have a lot of wardrobe pieces to choose from. The absolute best five images from your modeling photography shoot (one from each wardrobe category) will be used for your comp card. Try to use solid colors but nothing too loud, no pastels, bright white or all black. There are always exceptions but warm, earth tones are a good place to start. Obviously, if you're going after the look of a biker type, then black leather jackets etc would be appropriate. Be sure what you wear fits you well but not too tight and have a good mix of color combinations and styles from one wardrobe ensemble to the next. IN ALL CASES, models, actors or personal portraits...PLEASE have your wardrobe in order and good condition before arriving for your photography session. We are not responsible for YOUR wardrobe. You must be sure your outfit is the way you want it for the shoot. We do not re-shoot due to wardrobe issues. This includes issues with tags, stains, buttons etc. Thank you.
YOUR COMMERCIAL MODELING PORTFOLIO
will include lots of waist-up and full length shots, so try to use up-to-date outfits that flatter your body type, skin tone, hair color and your range of character. Models should avoid trendy outfits that will become outdated very quickly; also avoid loud colors, bright floral prints, patterns and so forth in their portfolio. The whole purpose of the commercial photography portfolio is to sell YOU and your ability to look like an attractive, real person. The clothes are actually somewhat secondary. If you intend to have part of your shoot processed as B&W and are in doubt about what shade of gray your wardrobe colors will convert to, refer to the color and grayscale wheels to the left for a general idea. Remember, exceptional B&W shots are all about strong variation in contrast and texture. This is what makes B&W "pop" off the page. If your wardrobe, skin type and hair color produce too many of the same shades of gray, it will result in a flat and unattractive B&W image. It is actually better to plan for B&W to insure proper contrast combinations with wardrobe. If you have any questions about wardrobe, please don't hesitate to ask questions prior to your photo shoot.
CAN'T I JUST USE PHOTOS MY FRIEND TOOK IN A BAR OR MY BACK YARD?
Chances are, the answer to that is NO. Unless your friend is a professional photographer with a professional camera and knows how to use available light to his or her advantage, your images will look amateur at best. Most friends and most point and shoot cameras with automatic settings are not capable of producing images that are of a high enough quality to be used in a professional modeling portfolio. Professional portfolio books will contain prints as large as 11x14 and the images need to be high quality, sharply focused images of you and what you're wearing. The same applies to your Comp Card....they need to be high quality images that practically pop off the page. While lifestyle photography may feature a number of interesting locations as part of any modeling shoot, you can bet it's not going to be your back yard or your neighborhood bar.
WHAT ABOUT WARDROBE IF I AM AN ACTOR?
For ACTOR'S HEADSHOTS, YOU SHOULD AVOID shirts with stripes, plaids, paisley, polka dots, tie dye, brand logos, LOUD COLORS, BRIGHT WHITE and wild patterns of any kind for your headshot photography session; they are distracting and will take attention away from your face. Darker, warm earth tones or muted solid colors always tend to work better in headshots. While it may vary from client to client, we tend to recommend long sleevesor no sleeves instead of short sleeves for an actor's headshot. Since most headshots are tightly cropped, a small section of arm showing when wearing short sleeves can be distracting and unappealing. Shirts with a little texture are a good thing; ribbed or knitted sweaters for example. If you're not sure, just ask us.
HOW IMPORTANT IS MAKE UP?
No matter who you are, you will want to look your best regarding clean, clear skin. Some may be able to achieve that without the use of makeup; the guys are usually able to get by without it especially if they are the rugged type. When it comes to the ladies however, even minimal make-up can be a very important part of your headshot photography session, modeling portfolio or portrait. Some actors and models may have character features, freckles for example, that they do not want to hide and prefer a more natural look as part of their marketing strategy. However, if you have an oily complexion or tend to perspire easily or have blotchy skin, you may want to consider wearing a non-reflective or matte base to even out skin tone and reduce the possibility of flash highlights on your forehead, nose and cheeks. The key is to keep it natural looking and REFLECTION-FREE. If you wear makeup, always bring it with you to the shoot in case you need to "freshen-up" with a little powder during your session. Actors may want to stay within the range of makeup you would normally wear to an audition. Remember, when you are selected from a stack of headshots and called in for an audition, the casting director expects to see the SAME PERSON. In most cases, the casting director already has you in mind for a specific character based on the way you look in your headshot. They usually don't have time to "rethink" what other role you may be good for if you don't look like your headshot. Your headshot should be an accurate reflection of who you are. If your portrait is for personal use, you can wear as much or as little makeup as you like. If the goal of your photo session is to develop a high end fashion or glamour portfolio, have fun and be as creative as you want. Oh, and don't forget to check your nails; whatever you choose to use, it should match with all of your wardrobe selections. When in doubt, clean and natural is usually best.
If you do wear makeup for your photography session, having a good, well-balanced, natural toned foundation and powder will help smooth out any skin imperfections. It should be evenly blended from the face to include the neck; this will prevent any variations in skin color or tone between the face, neck and chest area. If you wear an off the shoulders, low cut blouse or top, watch out for those tan lines; under lights, they may be more visible than you think! With all close-up portraits, (like headshots) both men and women may want to check for any unwanted facial hair a day or so prior to the session. In most cases, actor's should wear what looks best on you and in the range of what you would normally wear when going to an audition or on any given day.
WHAT ABOUT HAIR?
Different hairstyles can make a tremendous difference in your appearance. Most models know that sometimes the smallest change can project an entirely different look or mood. If you want to try different looks, be sure to bring a hairbrush and styling sprays with you to the shoot. GUYS should not shave within minutes of going to the session and watch out for excess use of hair spiking gels; they tend to be too reflective. Haircuts should be done about a week before your session. Male or female, you are responsible for your own hair care and personal hygiene. We offer minor touchups but please, don't ask us to give you a digital hair cut or trim the hair on your neck line. If you want special touch up work done we offer photoshop work by the hour. Excessive touch ups are not recommended for actor's headshots...period. You should look like you do when you go to an audition.
SHOULD I DO MY OWN MAKE UP?
Sure you can and it may look great. However, if If you are a model and developing a complete, commercial portfolio of shots for a new composite, you may want to consider the services of a professional makeup artist and hair stylist. They know what you need and will not only make you look your best, you will feel great too. Depending on the look or image style you want to project, it can make a BIG difference. Remember, your portfolio is an investment in your career. Having a professional makeup artist for your shoot is worth it. *
YOUR GENERAL APPEARANCE
You may want to avoid drinking alcohol and cut back on salt intake for a few days before your session; it will make a difference in your overall appearance. Both alcohol and salt will make your face puffy. Drinking too much alcohol will also zap your energy level and make you perspire a lot. Speaking of perspiration, avoid doing anything strenuous immediately before you arrive at your session that will make you continue to perspire into your session. Perspiration on the skin is very reflective and can diminish an otherwise perfect shot. We try to keep the studio area as cool as possible but it's always a good idea to bring your make up with you just in case you do begin to perspire.
SHOULD I WEAR FANCY JEWELRY IN MY HEADSHOT?
If you are sitting for a personal portrait, wear what you like. If you're an actor, you may want to avoid jewelry altogether in your headshot. If you choose to wear any jewelry at all, keep it simple. If your session is for modeling and specifically for the jewelry and apparel section of your portfolio, it's up to you. You should use your own judgement or ask your agent if in doubt; everyone has an opinion on this. With headshots however, there are also exceptions. Some actor's for example, may have multiple piercings in the ears, nose, lip or eyebrow which they consider part of the look they want to market. For that person, jewelry is an important element. Otherwise, the attention should be on your face in a headshot, not your jewelry! Also, as you strike poses and move during your session, so will your jewelry; large dangling earrings may get twisted into an odd angle just as some necklaces may work themselves into an irregular or awkward position. In addition, long, dangling earrings will cast a shadow on your neck depending on the angle of the shot and light. Again, it is recommended that all the attention and focus is on your face, so avoid wearing jewelry in headshots.
If you're a model, you don't want to spend money on building your portfolio only to have your agent say the photos don't fit their criteria for portfolio images. A word to the wise, BEWARE of agents who are quick to recommend "their" photographer. If you've already selected a photographer based on his or her portfolio and personality, you may want to seriously consider if it's wise to go with someone you don't know or have a good rapport with just because your agent says so. You MUST look at the photographer's portfolio; the work should look professional and of a style that appeals to you. You MUST talk at length with the photographer before scheduling your shoot so that you feel comfortable working with him or her.
WHAT IF I'VE NEVER ACTED OR MODELED BEFORE?
The fact is, you don't have to be beautiful or extremely experienced to work in films and television. Casting people are often looking for the unique, character oriented types as well as extras for many roles. Nevertheless, like any other profession, we suggest you learn everything you can about your chosen profession before jumping in head first and hoping to be successful on looks alone. While formal training has many positive benefits, you should continue your education by doing independent research and reading as much as you can about the business. Just because the idea of being an actor or model appeals to you, that doesn't mean you're going to be an overnight success. Like any other profession, it requires a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication. Knowledge will always help you to be more professional no matter what career path you choose in life; modeling and acting are no exception. In many ways, these professions require more tenacity and perseverance than many other professions. Are YOU prepared with the knowledge you need in order to do and outstanding job AND compete with others who want the same job? Do you have the required tools? (The actor's primary marketing tool is the Headshot and the model's is the Comp Card.) Do you know the difference? The answers to these questions and many more are directly related to how successful you choose to be. Knowledge and experience will always win out over luck. Prepare yourself for success.
WILL YOU FIND WORK FOR ME?
The answer to that question is NO. There may be photographers out there who will "promise" work or offer to provide you with representation, we do not. We are professional photographers. If you want representation, you should sign with a reputable talent agent. Talent agents will be the ones to get the majority of calls for auditions of all kinds. We do however, try to help models and actors to achieve their goals by using our expertise as photographers, thereby providing them with the tools and materials necessary to find work. However, we do not provide representation of any kind nor do we guarantee you will find work as an actor or model. We provide you with the necessary tools to pursue your career, you provide the commitment.
CAN I BRING FRIENDS OR RELATIVES TO MY PHOTO SESSION?
Models and actors who are under the age of 18 are REQUIRED to have a parent or legal guardian available to sign paperwork and attend the session.
In all other cases, it is definitely NOT recommended; it is guaranteed to interfere with the level of focus you have on your session and also considered somewhat unprofessional. Remember, the full modeling session, including make up, will last up to five hours for five wardrobe ensembles. Headshot sessions may last over an hour. Friends, relatives and children can be a major distraction and make you self-conscious; even if they're in the next room! Your session results may reflect that; especially if your friend begins to direct the shoot from behind the camera or make you feel like you're twelve years old again. If your friend comes with you to make sure you are in a professional environment, we certainly understand; but please ask them to go out for lunch or a cup of coffee until you're done. We are professional photographers and you have nothing to be concerned with regarding your safety. If your companion stays throughout your shoot to help you with wardrobe changes or apply your makeup, that's different....but please ask them not to otherwise interfere with or endeavor to direct the actual shoot and tell you to act like a tiger or some other foolishness. Remember, your friend and family will not be allowed to accompany you to a professional production of any kind and hang out on the set unless you are a minor or if your companion is also working on the shoot. Otherwise, it's not going to happen. The same guideline applies to pets. We do not allow you to you to bring pets of any kind to your session.....yes, that has actually happened.
WHAT IF I HAVE TO CANCEL MY SESSION?
*Make up artists and hair stylists will be provided by request only.
If you have to cancel your session for any reason, you will lose your paid deposit. It means we lost a scheduled production day which was reserved for YOU. Your deposit may be applied to a rescheduled date if you are seriously ill but a rescheduling fee will charged.
One week notice is required; additional fee of $125-$150 will apply for basic beauty make up.
Our full modeling portfolio session fee includes one look; basic beauty make up.
Most professional make up artists and hair stylists charge from $125 to $250 for beauty and specialty makeup. Depending on your needs, makeup will take up to an hour or more to apply; avant garde make up and body painting may take as much as two hours or more and will incur a higher fee depending on the artist's rates.
Hair design usually incurs a separate fee.
If we hire you for a concept shoot, your make up will be provided.
Our full modeling portfolio package includes basic beauty make up only;
specialty make up will incur an additional fee.
Wayne Ferrara and Elaine de Araujo Ferrara
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