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Here are the most frequently asked questions




Are all the people featured on your website professional models?

I’m nervous I never did a photo-shoot before.


Most of our clients never did a photo-shoot before.

All women are welcome, every woman deserves to be beautiful

Whatever your age, your size, we will take care of you, so don’t worry, you have nothing to do except relax and enjoy.

Raya will guide you for all the poses and expressions throughout the shoot

The goal is to have beautiful photos to keep forever and also to have a great time for yourself.


I still want to look myself not to look someone else.

Absolutely, you can send Raya any inspiration makeup that you like, we can create any style: natural, smoky, Old Hollywood..

We have eyelashes too.

The retouching is done to keep your natural look, you can see the details of the skin without any blemishing or redness

Avoid any procedure on your skin for a few days before the shoot.

You can be tan or not, both works, it’s just a personal choice.

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Do I need to wash my hair before the shoot?

It’s better to avoid washing your hair a couple of days before the shoot

They will be easier to work with

Please don’t put any product on your hair the day of the shoot.


Can I bring hair extensions?

Absolutely, the easiest to work with are the clip-ons

It’s always better to have 100% natural hair extension, so the hair stylist can have more flexibility to transform them

Don’t hesitate to send Raya some inspiration photos that you like.


Do you have lingerie in the studio?

We recommend bringing your own lingerie, it’s very personal, and we cannot have all sizes and styles. We have some jewelry, lace robes, faux fur wrap, feather fan, wings..


Can I bring someone?

Definitely, you can bring your best friend, husband, mom, and if you have a dog, you can definitely bring him. It’s always fun to have them at the studio


What if I don’t like the photos?

During the makeup and hair process, you can tell the beauty team the direction of the makeup and hair you want, to make sure you love it. We have a makeup station with a large mirror, and you will be able to see the result as the artist work with you.
For the photos, Raya’s Hasselblad camera is connected to a Mac computer, so you can ask her to take a look on the computer to see you the direction of the shoot and let her know your feedback

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Generally, after the shoot, Raya will show you an overview of the photos, to give you a view of the whole shoot.

And she will send you a link the same day, so you can take your time to choose the photos you would like to have retouched

She can also give you her feedback on the photos where she feels you look the best

Raya will take between 60 and 100 photos during the shoot (depending on the package) so you will have plenty of options to choose from.


How long is the photo-shoot take, should I come earlier?

You don’t need to come earlier, on time is perfect.

The hair and makeup can take 1 hour or a little bit more

The shooting itself, 1 to 2 hours depending on the package. It’s not about time, the most important is to have beautiful photos


What about the dresses and shoes, do I need to bring them?

I recommend that you bring some clothes that you love, to make sure you have something who fits you and you like.

We have some gowns and dresses at the studio that you are welcome to try

If some are too big for you we can clip them on the back, if they are too small, we don’t close the zipper on the back, you will never guess by looking at the photos J

Same for the shoes, you don’t have to walk with them so some might work even if they not exactly your size.


How much time it take to get my photos

It takes 1 or 2 days to retouch the photos, Raya will send them first by email for your approval. It takes 1 hour to retouched one photo, so take your time to choose.


Once the photos are approved, Raya will also create a Black&White version of each photo, and you will select which version of each photo you would like to have printed


It takes 2 to 3 weeks to receive the prints (and canvas) at home, books take about 4 weeks.

in the meantime, you can ask Raya to send you a link to download all the retouched photos.

We will reach out by email for each step


How do I pay? is there a parking nearby ?

We request a deposit of 50% to confirm the booking. You can pay either through the website (


Or you can coordinate the payment with Michael, the studio manager.

You can email him at [email protected] or call him at 646 209 8198 for any questions

You will pay the balance by credit card at the studio


There is a few parking at a walking distance from the studio and Michael will give you the directions


Will my photos stay private and safe?

Raya is the only person that will take and retouch your photos. She is a professional photographer with over 20 years of experience, so your photos are safe in her hands

If we would like to use a photo from the shoot on our website or Instagram, we will always ask for your written approval. And of course, you can decide to keep these photos private.

As far as image rights are concerned, these photos are for a private usage. If you want to use them commercially (for advertising for example) please reach out to discuss the usage and rights

If you post the photos on social media, don’t forget the team credit  🙂




Have a great photo shoot!

Your Hollywood Portrait team


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