We guarantee you'll be thrilled with your images!
Award-winning photographer Tom Stio is a master at creating stunning images which capture your individual style! Whether you need to create a portfolio to launch your modeling career, some publicity photos to promote yourself, or catalog photos to promote a line of clothing, we can create a wide range of exceptional, high-impact images designed to make you look absolutely fabulous and promote your career!
For Modeling Portfolios: For the beginning or professional model, we can create a diverse range of professional images to start or build your portfolio. If you're just starting out, you'll be pleased to know that we're experienced in working with first-time models: we'll take the time to work with and guide an inexperienced model into producing the poses and facial expressions that will result in a successful session. And once you see how great you look in the photos we create, you'll bring a greater self-confidence to all your future modeling sessions! Also, just take a look at our images and you'll see that there's a great variety of looks we can get. Many of these looks can be achieved in just one session, so you can get a nice variety of images that look like you've had the experience of several photo sessions!
For Fashion Portfolios: For the emerging or established fashion designer or retailer: we can create a portfolio of professional, high-impact images that makes your clothing line look fabulous! We'll first meet with you to find out what type of "look" you want for the images, how you plan to use the images, and whether you'll be supplying the models yourself or would like us to find appropriate models. Then we'll structure a productive photo session designed to create an array of images which effectively promote your product line.
Packages are available to fit all budgets. Your photos can be supplied either as high-quality prints or as high-resolution digital files, whichever suits your purpose. Contact us today for complete information!
How does the whole process work?
If you'd like, we can first set up a preliminary meeting at our studio, if you don't live too far away. At this meeting we'll look at and discuss what kinds of images you'd like to create, plan some of the details of your session, and go over how to prepare and what to bring to the session. During this meeting you'll get to know us a little better, so that when you arrive for your session you'll be much more comfortable than if you were coming here for the first time. We'll also schedule your session, and a $50 deposit (cash or check) is due at this time to hold your session date.About 10 days to 2 weeks after your session, we'll send you proof sheets by email, which will include the best images taken during your session. (If you don't have email we can print proof sheets for you to pick up.) Once you decide which images you want, it will then usually take about 1 to 2 weeks for us to retouch and prepare your final images.
What's included in a Modeling/Fashion Package?
Every Modeling/Fashion Package includes your Studio Photo Session, editing of the best few dozen images onto proof sheets, and professional digital retouching of your choice of photos. Most Packages will supply you with the retouched photos as digital files, although prints can also be made if needed.We have an assortment of different Packages designed to meet various needs and budgets, so let us know what you're looking for and we'll go over the specific details and prices of the Packages that will fit your needs.
What will my Session be like?
In our preliminary meeting before your session, we'll have discussed the mix of images and looks you want to get, and how you plan to use the images. Every aspect of the session, including lighting and backgrounds, will be tailored to best achieve the results you want. So when you arrive at the session, we'll look through the wardrobe you've brought to choose which items we'll use first, and then we'll be ready to start shooting.
Our sessions are structured to be relaxed and fun! Remember, modeling is supposed to be fun, and we want you to really enjoy yourself so you'll come out looking your best. Most sessions last from about 2-4 hours, and so we schedule most sessions for the afternoon. You'll be our only customer then, so there'll be plenty of time to shoot, and no time pressures. Also, only you and Tom will be in the studio while we're shooting, so you won't have to worry about being uncomfortable in front of any assistants or others.
We'll be shooting digitally, and we'll stop now and then to look through the images we've created. You'll be amazed at how much more relaxed and confident you'll feel when you can actually see the results as we go along! We won't waste a good part of a session shooting in one outfit or lighting setup, only to find out later that it doesn't really flatter you. By viewing the images as we go along, changes in wardrobe, hair, lighting, or camera angle can be made right on the spot, and shots you don't like can be immediately deleted. The end result is that we'll end up with a lot more great shots for you to choose from!
How should I prepare for the session? What should I bring?
Make sure you arrive at the session on-time and well-rested: you won't be looking your best if you arrive tired from lack of sleep, or frazzled from rushing here late. Also, we've seen a couple of customers fast on the session day and arrive hungry, because they wanted to look as thin as possible in the photos. This is a bad idea - DON'T DO IT! You'll need all your energy to pose for several hours and keep looking your best! Remember, we can always digitally retouch the final photos to tuck in your tummy or whatever, so it's not at all necessary to starve yourself to look great in your photos.
Have your hair and/or makeup already done as you'd like it, but bring makeup and a comb or brush so you can do touchups before and during the session, or change your look entirely! You may also want to bring along some music to play while we shoot - this can help set the right mood, and help you feel more relaxed.
The wardrobe you bring will depend on the kinds of images we'll be creating. In general, for modeling sessions, the more outfits and accessories you bring, the better! Don't forget shoes, hats, belts, lingerie, jewelry, and other accessories. We'll want to achieve a variety of different looks, and we want to have the option of changing if we decide a particular wardrobe item isn't working.
Can I bring along a friend or escort to the session?
You can certainly bring along someone to the session; please be aware, however, that in most cases that person will not be allowed in the studio while we are shooting. The main reason for this is that we will need to establish a certain rapport and concentrate on each other during the session, in order for you to produce the most confident and interesting expressions and poses. In my experience and that of many other photographers, other persons in the studio are always a distraction, no matter how "quiet" they say they will be. For example, a woman who brings a friend or boyfriend will always look at them for approval, or share a giggle with them; this changes her expression, prevents her from concentrating on the shoot, and wastes time. Also, although you may think you want someone else there for "support", you'll probably find yourself feeling more self-conscious posing in front of them, and this will prevent us from creating the very best images. We all want your session to be as successful as possible, so if you need someone to drive you to or accompany you to the session, please make them aware that they will need to remain outside the studio in our waiting area during the session.
An exception to this rule: if you are younger than 18 years old, you will be expected to have someone accompany you to your session, and they may remain in the studio while we shoot if you wish.
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Who owns the rights to the photographs we take?
By law, photographers retain the copyright to photographs they take. However, because we are creating these images for you, we automatically grant you the rights to use them in any manner you wish, except for outright commercial uses (for example, you could not make posters or t-shirts of the photos and sell them for profit, without reaching a written agreement with the photographer).
On the other hand, although we retain copyright, our use of the images is also limited to non-commercial uses, unless we reach an agreement with you. In the vast majority of instances, our main use of any images we create will be in our portfolio and/or website for self-promotion of our photography business. Another possible use is exhibition in a gallery or museum of fine art images we may create.
In some cases, such as when we shoot a professional modeling portfolio, you will be asked to sign a Model Release allowing us to also use the images in advertising, editorial, and other printed materials. This is standard practice in the modeling industry.
If any nude, semi-nude, or lingerie images are taken during a session, we will agree not to use these images in our portfolio, website, or exhibitions, if you so desire. We certainly respect your right to privacy, and will exhibit identifiable images of you only with your consent. All the images on this website are used with the permission of the subject.
How are payments handled?
A $50 deposit for any Modeling/Fashion Package is due to hold your session date, with the balance due in full at the time of the session. If we don't have a preliminary meeting, we'll ask you to mail us your deposit beforehand. The deposit will be refunded if you notify us of a cancellation at least 24 hours prior to the session; cancellation after that time, or not showing up at the session without notifying us first, may result in forfeiture of your deposit. Payment for any additional prints or digital files you order is due at the time you receive them. Payments can be made by cash or personal checks (sorry, we don't currently accept credit or debit cards), and of course, your satisfaction is fully guaranteed.
Do you guarantee your work?
Yes, unlike most photographers, we guarantee your complete satisfaction! If you are not satisfied with the images we create, we will either re-shoot you or refund your money. Your satisfaction with our prints or digital files is also completely guaranteed. We won't be satisfied unless you're so thrilled with your images that you go tell all your friends about us! And in fact, a large percentage of our customers comes to us because they were recommended by a friend or colleague.