anita perminova amsterdam portrait photographer and filmmaker your portrait experience what to expect

1. Pre-session consult

Our first phone chat or e-mail correspondence, this is when we discuss your goals for the session, the products you envision for your home, the session location and wardrobe plan. I will also provide you with my Complete Portrait Questionnaire to fill out. This information will ensure we are all on the same page for an easy, relaxed session and it helps me to anticipate the parts of your personality that you want me to capture the most.  Session fee and signed session agreement are due at the time of booking to confirm your date on the calendar. Session fee is non-refundable but may be applied as a one time courtesy to a rescheduled session with a cancellation notice no less than 24 hours.

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2. wardrobe selection

Clothing and styling is very important in these sessions. If you need help with clothing choices, I am happy to consult! Please feel free to email me with quick phone snaps of clothing options. I recommend working from a palette of 4-5 colors that will work well with your session location and your home decor. I would suggest you bring about three outfits for your child.

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3. portrait session

Please be ready to go at your session time. Let kids know we will be having a fun time together! We will shoot for approximately up to two hours and then I will hand edit and prep your images for our order session, which takes place in 2-3 weeks after your session date. I will carefully go through all the photographs and spend several hours working on them in order to make sure your child looks their best. After the shooting I will introduce you to my product gallery, which explains all your product options in depth, with stunning imagery.

4. gallery reveal + product ordering

Ordering session is the best part! This appointment is when you will see all of your images for the first time and place your order. The ordering session can be done by appointment or online. You’ll get to feel and touch the products I have on display, so you can visualize what your story will look like in the products before you purchase. You will leave feeling like this experience was an exceptional decision. Payment for your collection is due within 48hrs after gallery reveal.

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5. product delivery

Your gallery will be open for 21 days. As you wait for the delivery of your products, you'll have the opportunity to share your gallery with your friends and family. You may also order additional prints and products during this time. Your products will arrive in a beautiful package from me within 4-5 weeks from your order. If you live near me, I may hand deliver the products, because seen your reactionto how they look is the most rewarding experience I can have as a photographer.

6. Afterwards

We will stay connected. You will hear from me to see how you are doing, we will reflect on our time together, because I would like to know how you felt about the experience. I will fill you in on what I have been up to, and let you be the first to know if I run any kind of a promo. You have the ability to learn your next session at an exclusive rate by referring your friends and family to me.

frequently asked questions

How long will my fine art portrait session last?

A fine art portrait session usually takes up to 2 hours as I aim to have a relaxed session with you with no time pressure. As mother of two young children I am well aware that children need time. So if they need a break - we take one. I do not overbook myself so that I have plenty of time to dedicate to your family. This is also usually dependent on the age of the children. Younger children will often need more time than say teenagers.

What if my child is ill?

If you or your child is ill, then I'd ask you to let me know as soon as possible and we can postpone your session. We wouldn't dream of forcing a sick child to have a photo shoot, as this would be miserable for everyone involved. I want you and your child to feel your best so I can get a beautiful set of images for you.

Do you offer framing, fine art prints and other tangible products?

Yes, the true treasure of every portrait session is the creation of beautiful custom portraits to display in your home. I offer a wide range of heirlooms to preserve your most cherished memories for a lifetime. You might be interested to have a look at this professionally designed fine art prints box or here I walk my clients through the whole range of products I offer at the moment.

Do you sell digital files?

Yes we do, but hold on a second here... we believe that spending time on preparation, creating beautiful portraits, spending hours to post process them so you look your best and then handing you a USB and saying ‘bye-bye’ is not really serving you properly.  Please let us print your images at a professional lab using the correct colour profiles and highest archival quality materials, we also choose the suitable paper for your images to complete the look you want to create.  Allow us to finish the vision for your images by creating a beautiful art work for you.  Ask yourself if and how you will print those digitals before going the DIY route. We know you would like to share with your beautiful portraits with your family and friends, this is why complimentary social media format digitals (IG, FB, LinkedIn, etc) are included in your collection.

How can I book a session with you?

You can send me an email or fill in the inquiry form which you can find below.

** Should you have any questions not covered by the F.A.Q.'s section above, please send me a note.