What To Expect From A Studio Portrait Session

First, I want you to relax. I know your schedule is full and life is pulling you in all directions. I completely understand which is why I want your portrait session to be the fun part of your to do list.

Here’s a step-by-step list of how to book a session and what to expect. Can’t wait to see you in the studio!

Step 1. Schedule A Consultation. 

Your phone or zoom consultation is complimentary. It gives us a chance to get to know each other a little as well as discuss the specific needs of your session. I also offer guidance on what to wear in order to look your best and can schedule a hair and makeup artist for your session. 

Step 2. Book Your Session. 

We schedule a date for your session, secure it with a paid session fee and signed photo agreement. 

Step 3. Enjoy The Experience. 

First, I love what I do and I bring that love of photography to each session. Whether you like being photographed or not, I want you to know this will be different. I truly love portraiture and want you to look and feel your best in your photos. Not only do I want you to love your images from your session, I also want you to enjoy the experience, which is why I work to create an amazing experience. We hang out, listen to music, talk, and have a good time all while I photograph you. 

Step 4. View  & Select Your Images. 

After your session, I will select and edit a curated gallery of your images, approximately 24 photos, to share with you. Together, we will choose the final images for your prints, wall art, and albums. Once you’ve made your selections and your order has been placed, you can expect to receive your order within 2 to 4 weeks.

Step 5. Pick Up Or Receive Your Order In The Mail. 

Print orders can be picked up in person at the studio or you can choose to have your order shipped directly to you. Digital files will be available through a downloadable link that I send via email. That’s it. Simple, Easy, Fun.



What Is Contemporary Studio Photography | Northampton Portrait Photographer

Let’s start by saying what contemporary studio photography is not. It’s not 1980s studio portraiture defined by flashy looking light and stiff poses. Studio photography used to be the standard for portrait photography. 


While there were great things about the 80s: movies, mix tapes, hiphop to name a few; studio photography wasn’t one of them. 


Trust me, this kind of studio portraiture is not what I do.  


Modern, Simple, Authentic


As a photographer, I have always loved an elegant and classic portrait, beautifully lit, and naturally posed in which personality and depth shines through. A portrait reveals something about the person, not the background or setting. Photographing studio portraits keeps the focus on what matters, you. For a portrait to really connect with us, it needs to show some of the person’s personality. Beautiful authentic portraits. 


Timeless Portraits


Ultimately, a great portrait is about the sitter. It’s not only about the light, backdrop, or posing, all of which I strive to look natural and simple. The rest of the technical magic supports the image rather than taking away from it. My goal is to create portraits that you love, that tell part of your story, and that will stand the test of time.


Portrait of a Reader Photo Project Update

The above portraits are part of my virtual Portrait of a Reader online art project about books, community, and hope. I am looking for more participants for this virtual project. Read on to learn more about the project and how you can join.

So much of daily life has changed over the past six months. The one constant, for me anyway, has been maintaining my reading and writing practice. I have an ever growing stack of books to read along with revision note for my novel in progress (yes, I’m also a writer as well as a photographer and am revising my first novel about an artist). I became a writer and reader at a young age and both have been constant companions as well as places of hope and being, I am most myself with both. 

In light the daily challenges we all face these days, I continue to work on personal art photo projects, specifically the Portrait of a Reader project to inspire hope and knowledge in a world that seems torn at the seams—politically, environmentally, and medically. Books open up new worlds making it possible to travel through time and perspective. 

Qualifications for project participants include: 

1. A love of books and willingness to have me capture a virtual portrait of you with a current or favorite read

2. Desire to collaborate in online art 

3. Access to a web based camera (via a smart phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop) and Zoom, video conferencing software (yes, another Zoom call to schedule, but this one will be fun!)

You can find more details about the Portrait of a Reader Project, including my artist statement, by clicking the embedded link. To inquire about participating or to ask any questions about the project, email me at: 

nikki@nikkigardnerphotography.com. 

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