"Polina was great to work with! She made me feel really comfortable and made the process easy and simple. The hardest part was making a final selection: so many good shots to choose from; I am so happy with my new headshot!"
"Polina is outstanding. She exudes joy, calm, and professionalism, and all of these qualities shine through her final images. Polina has a knack for finding perfect outdoor settings. I wanted a casual headshot for my website, and she made me feel totally at ease with her fun and lovely demeanor and clear directions. Her turnaround time is fast, and the quality of her photography is the highest caliber. With huge respect and enthusiasm, I recommend Polina Vayner for anyone who needs a professional portrait."
"I have received family photography services from Polina in the past and knew that she would be the perfect person to make a business picture for my Linkedin profile and to use on websites where I advertise my therapy services. I always feel comfortable with her given how easygoing she is while staying highly focused. I wanted the portrait to be professional yet at the same time to show my personality in a way that would be memorable rather than bland. Polina started with making a few shots and noticed that the brown eye makeup I was using made my eyelids look somewhat reddish. She showed me the results on the camera screen and suggested a different shade that she had handy. Polina explained me how to apply this subtle makeup which took just a minute or two. We then proceeded with the photoshoot for about 15 minutes given that my toddler was crawling around. The result was exactly what I was looking for, and I received the final product within two days - a few great pictures to choose from. When I showed the one I liked most to a friend saying "Isn't that a great picture for Linkedin?", my friend agreed and joked that it would work for Tinder as well!"
“Working with Polina was absolutely perfect! I needed a new headshot for my mortgage business. She knew the locations to shoot and listened to my goals for my portrait. She made me feel comfortable throughout the shoot, which allowed me to feel confident to capture the shot. Usually, headshots take a while to get back, but she made it easy. I had the proofs and was able to choose my photos in a day. If you haven’t had the chance to work with her you are missing out!”
Chances are, you aren’t a professional model and have no idea what to do in front of a camera. It’s the photographers responsibility to coach you towards the shots you need. It is important that you actually like the actual photographer. If you and your photographer do not connect, you won’t be able to be yourself around them. That tension will show in your shots. You are trusting them with your most important marketing tool. Take the time to have a conversation on the phone with them, or set up a consultation. Most photographers will do these for free. Ask questions. Get a feel for who they are, and how they work. Find out how they direct their clients. Everyone is capable of looking great in pictures, it just takes the right photographer who is willing to push people through the walls they’ve built around themselves.
Choose an outfit that looks professional and feels elegant. Stay away from large, bold prints, logos and patterns. Solid colors always work best. Keep it simple, do not over-accessorize. Too many extra visuals will detract from your face, which should be the only focal point in your pictures.
Use moisturizer the night before and in the morning and also drink plenty of water 2 hours before the sessions.
Guys please shave closely and slowly before the session. Ladies wear what your consider an "everyday" daytime makeup. Avoid glossy/sparkly/shimmery reflective lipstick and face powder.
Every single person I have ever photographed needs guidance on what to do in front of the camera. Having your picture taken is a very forced and unnatural experience. It’s the photographer’s job to create an atmosphere that you feel safe to be yourself in. I will help take your mind off having your picture taken through my direction. This will allow us to capture natural reactive expressions.
Absolutely! Don’t worry about that blemish; wrinkles can be softened, and any minor imperfections can be taken care of. The key to good retouching is for it to remain natural. I will not use a skin retouching photoshop plugin that makes people look plastified. Every detail is retouched manually by hand. We will discuss specific retouching concerns and requests during your session.
You will choose your favorite images on the day of your photo session. Retouching can take up to 5 business. The final images will be delivered via email download link.
Additional Edited Photograph – $25/image
Same Day Retouching + $25/image
You can book the type of professional portrait you need via RATES link above. That will take you to a calendar with dates, times and payment options. I accept all major credit cards. You can also pay me by personal local check. If you have a gift certificate or refferal discount, just give me a call to book:
I will create a photoshoot experience that will help you look good, and have fun. You’ll leave with images that make people want to work with you!