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The short answer to the question of “what are sessions with Vail Fucci like?” is, FUN! While most people rate getting their headshot done somewhere along the lines of getting a root canal done at the dentist, Vail will do everything possible to make your photography session stress-free, easy, and FUN!

Once you book a session with Vail she will set up a time to chat with you on the phone or over zoom to discuss the types of shots you are looking for.  During this call Vail will discuss clothing choice, and grooming preparation for the shoot.

If you are doing an in-studio shoot, you will come into Vail’s studio in Newton on the day of your shoot.  You can park your car for free at 119 Adams Street. If you prefer to have Vail do the shoot on-site at a location of your choice, she can use your environment as the backdrop or she can bring a portable studio backdrop with her.  You can bring as many outfits with you as you’d like.  Vail will review your choices with you and will photograph you in as many outfits as you’d like. In Vail’s studio there is a hair and makeup station equipped with a mirror, a large barrel curling iron, hair spray, a hair dryer, and translucent powder.  If you would like, Vail can book an on-site hair and makeup artist for your session for an additional $200, makeup only is $150 and hair only is $100.  The hair and makeup artist can also stay during your shoot to help make sure your look stays fresh the whole time.

During your session Vail will shoot you on a variety of backgrounds, poses, and crops depending on your needs (headshot, half body, full body).  She will coach you to get flattering and authentic expressions. She will do everything possible to make you look your very best.  In her studio, Vail can shoot you with natural light, Peter Hurley style beauty lighting, Peter Hurley style men’s lighting, editorial lighting, and dramatic portrait style lighting.  

During your session you and Vail will quickly review the images on the monitor to make sure you are getting the results you are looking for.  At the end of the session you will sit down together to review your images in person on her big 27″ monitor and make the selection of which images you would like to purchase.  If you do not have time to review the images that day in person Vail can place the images in an online proofing gallery for you for an additional fee of $100, allowing you to pick out your favorites at your leisure.  The images selected for purchase will then be professionally retouched while maintaining a natural look. The types of things that are typically addressed are as follows: blemishes, dark under eye circles, wrinkles, flyaway hairs, mis-matched eye size, and distracting logos are removed.  Images are $195 per image. 

After you have selected your images to be retouched you will receive your final images within 7 business days via an online gallery and you will receive a password to download your images. Each headshot image you receive will be uploaded as 4 different crops: traditional 8×10 portrait orientation, square, 8×10 tight crop landscape orientation, and a loose landscape crop. If you have any changes you want made to your images just email or call Vail and she will take care of it for you.

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With your purchase of the image you will have royalty free reprint rights, allowing you to use it as you see fit.  You may have it printed out anywhere you like.  If you need prints, you can also order high quality prints at competitive pricing directly through your final online gallery.

If this sounds like what you have been looking for, click on the Book Now button below to book your session with Vail.

Vail is fully vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19.