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Frequent Answered Questions

How do I find the studio? The studio is located in a new warehouse neighborhood and some GPS’s will not have the correct information to find the location unless they have been updated. In iPhone maps search for “Kendall Portraits” instead,and it will give the correct directions. To get to our studio from Florida Turnpike, take exit 19 for 120th street. Turn west at 120th street for 1 mile and then turn left at 128th court. Head south on 128th court almost to the end of the road to 12361 SW 128 court, Suite 202.The Kendall Portraits van should be visible in front of the studio. It will be on your left as you head South .

Do I need to be a professional model? You don’t have to be a professional to be photographed by us. Based  on our  experience  photographing both celebrities and past playmates we can provide you with the same professionalism and passion that we  display when we are shooting for a magazine cover. You will be our model for that day regardless of your experience level. We will guide you with the posing and expression and who knows…? may be a new upcoming star is in front of us.

This is my first time doing this and I’m nervous. Relax. This is absolutely normal. 9 of 10 of our clients are ladies who do not have professional intimate photo experience or any professional modeling experience at all  It’s quite normal to feel apprehensive about your first session, but at Kendall Portraits we offer a complimentary meeting prior to the photo shoot day where you will have the opportinuty to meet Alex and his crew. We can discuss what you can expect during your photo session. We know that, in most of the cases, this is an intimate session to create the gift of you for your loved one. Feel free to bring a friend if she/he will make you feel more relaxed Quite often this will help you to feel more comfortable and you will probably have more fun. Sometimes having a girlfriend there to encourage you will help to release the sexy woman inside of you! Almost all of our clients are initially nervous but within twenty minutes have opened up, relaxed and are having a great time. Please read our testimonials!

Can I skip the pre-meeting consultation? Of course you can, but we need you to send us a pictures of your face and one of your body to recommend you how to prepare for the shoot and suggestions of what to bring, also send us the images of our website that you like to do. We have tons of images in our portfolio to choosen from. Sorry we don copy images from other photographers.

Should I drink a glass of wine just to relax myself? No. Insurance Policy Terms prohibit us from providing our service to anyone who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. We are a drug free environment, and the rules apply to everyone here also. Additionally, we don’t want sexy photos with a silly drunk expression, do you?. We promise that you wont need it.

Who will be present at my photo shoot? Usually, only two people will be present. Alex, and his female assistant who is the makeup artist and will be your valet assistant during the photo session. A hair stylist may also be present prior to the start of the shoot to prepare your hair and the assistant will be taking care of your hair during the duration of the shoot. The only time someone else would be there is if you have brought a companion.. Your friend is welcome to be in our shooting area with us, or in our waiting room enjoying a DVD, listening to her/his favorite music, or simply monitoring your photo session through our plasma TVs. Sorry, no  one is allowed to in and out the studio during the photoshoot.

Where is your studio? We’re located close to the Tamiami Airport in West Kendall (Miami) Florida less than one mile from Florida’s Turnpike. Most of our clients travel by car while  some prefer to come in their private jets. We even have had a few clients that have come in their rollers!. No matter what form of transportation you use to get here, there is always an easy way to get to the studio. We have a state of the art professional photography studio that has been featured on several top design websites. Click Here or call 888-497-2666 ext.3 to get driving directions.

I would be much more comfortable if I could bring a friend, is that permitted? Sure, we have no objections at all if you would like to bring a friend along. We do however want to keep the photoshoot private and not a “Photo Live Show”. We do ask that you limit yourself to only one companion, and we must insist that they be over 18 years of age. Sorry, kids are not permitted to be at our studio at any time.

Could my friend take pictures or record my photo session on video? No. We’re Sorry. We work with a state of the art, extremely sophisticated lighting system and flash photography will ruin the effects. It is also very difficult for Alex to concentrate and give you his all if he is distracted and having to work around someone else. We can arrange for a professional video of your session if you would like, and provide it to you at an additional charge.

Could my friend share or participate in my photo session? If you bought an Individual package and you want to include an additional person in the shoot there will be an additional fee of $99.00 per person.

Is the photographer male or female? Award-winning artist-photographer Alex Manfredini, a male, will be your photographer and his wife Sandra will be assisting (or another female assistant). Alex and Sandra have been married for over 30 years and have been photographing women as a team for more than 20 years.

I have flaws and don’t look like a model… We all have flaws… even supermodels. We’ve photographed a lot of models and they all have areas that need special lighting, special angles or post photo enhancement to make them look the way that you see them. The superlative skills of five time winner of the Guru Award, Alex Manfredini,  guarantee our image enhancements. With our custom image manipulation and innovative custom lighting, we’ll give you a “magazine cover” look. All of the supermodels have this done for their pictures. Now, you can too. So, don’t wait until you think you look like a model, because those images are custom made, as yours will be.

How many images will be retouched? Unless specified in your package, no retouched images are included in any photo session. We have two levels of retouching: skin touch up, and competition quality

What is considered skin touch-ups? Skin touch-ups will correct Skin Imperfections, Thin Wrinkles, Fine Shadows, Remove Pores, Smooth Tan Marks, Eye dark circles ,Stretch Marks, Lingerie Marks, and Surgery Scars. Charges are $75.00 per image.

What is considered competition quality? Retouching charges are all image manipulations that we have to do in Photoshop as follows (but not limited to):Remove Tattoos, Strong Body Wrinkles, Fine Shadows, Remove Underwear, Remove Tan Marks, Eye Whitening, Eye Widening, Lips Shape, Teeth Whiter, Sharpen Nose, Shine Hair, Brighten Iris, Arms Reshaping, Legs Enlargement, Glamorize Skin, Breast Lifting, Body Liposuction, Body Reshaping, Breast Augmentation, Butt ant Tights, Buttocks Lift, Face Lifting, Hair Extensions, Body Waxing, Face Skin Resurfacing, Tummy Tuck, Makeup corrections. Aristic Fine art techniques are applied to lighting modifications.Charges starting as low as $150.00 per image.

Who will you help me with the posing? You do not need modeling experience to look fine and sexy. If you’re not a model and don’t have any experience posing in front of the camera. We will coach you on how to pose and  facial expressions to look best for the camera. We are very creative in posing and Alex will represent the pose for you (obviously not as sexy as you!). So be prepared to have some fun!

Do you have an outdoor location? Yes we do! Our Studio is located just in front of the Nixon Smiley National Preserve where  we have a clubhouse facility within walking distance of the studio with an Olympic swimming pool, sand beach with palms and wooded and secluded acreage on which there is a lake with a wooden pier that is ideal for sunset shots.

How Long does it take to get something to give? You can be photographed up to the day before your giving deadline. We’ll supply you with a lovely High Res CD with your photos on it, this way, you and your recipient can choose your photos together. If you want your finished product to give… we need to have your print selection a week before your gift date for prints. For the coffee table photo books or calendars, allow up to 2 weeks. For Italian handcarfted books, please allow from6 to 8 weeks. There may be additional time needed if more retouching is requested or needed.

What is the difference between Boudoir Photography, Artistic Nude Photography, and Glamour Photography? Boudoir is glamour photography that’s a little sexy taken in lingerie or other intimate items. Boudoir is based in the attitude more than the amount of clothes (or lack of it) you are wearing. The photographs taken will range from head shots to capture your inner behavior, to three-quarters and sometimes full body length to portray your body language. Boudoir will capture the sexy “spicy” side of you. Fine Artistic Nudes are creating a work of art using our clients as a figure. Our nudes are never tacky or distasteful, but with an artistic flair showcasing your beauty. If the job is well executed you will appreciate the art of the photography before you notice the nude. Glamour Photography is basically modeling photography with a much sexier flavor. The photographs taken will again range from head shots to three-quarter body in a nice atmosphere to capture your sexy “romantic” side

If I want some glamour, boudoir and fine nudes… do I need to purchase extra sessions to get these? Absolutely Not. Your session will be custom tailored and designed during your consultation prior to the shoot. During your makeover session, Alex will draft the images based on your style and wardrobe (in any). Then we will review the selections with you to determine your personal comfort level, If something is to “high” for you, we want to know that first, at the same time if something is to “low” we want to know it to maximize your session. Please relax and be honest as this is very important to the final outcome of your photo shoot. This is very intimate between you and your loved one and we never will make any judgement about what you want to do, as well as what you don’t want to do. Rest assured that Alex will never push you to do something that you are not comfortable with. After 15 years of experience it will look like “another day in the office” for us. We will provide you the images that you want and most of the time, this includes some glamour and boudoir images with some clients electing to have an artistic nude or two done.

How old must I be to have this type of photography done? It is our policy that you must be at least 18 years of age. This type of photography is typically intended as an intimate session that a woman might do for herself or to present as a  gift for a that special someone in her life. We do reserve the right to check ID so please bring a current photo ID.

How does the process begin? We suggest a conference call before the day of photography to discuss the type of photography desired, costuming, props and scheduling. So give us a call at 888-497-2666 and we’ll set this up.

When can I see the photos? You will see the pictures right after they are taken. We’ll show you the photos on our large monitors and we will provide you with our professional opinion about selecting which of the photos you might be the happiest with.

Are there any limits on what you will photograph? Only one person is allowed in the photos, unless previous arrangements have been made and agreed upon by both parties. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason at any time. We are very open minded about what we shoot providing everything is tasteful.

I’m concerned that photos I take with your studio might show up elsewhere. To respect the privacy of our client is our top priority. Based on that, we will not have a backup of your pictures. The only existing copy of the files is your CD. If you loose it, you will have to reshoot it, becasue we can’t recover your files from our systemss. We will not use our client’s photographs for any purpose other than for sale to the client who appears on the photographs unless a models release has been signed by the model and obtained by the photographer before any photographs can be used for publication, advertising or any other purpose. Just having a sitting with a photographer doesn’t give the photographer this release. If we would want to use any of your photos in our portfolio, we would have to obtain a separate written release and specify which image would be used. Again, just having a sitting for your own purposes does not give the photographer a models release. Any examples you see are secured for use by a written model release.

Will my Photos be displayed at the Photo Studio’s sites? Unless previous arrangements have been made and agreed upon by both parties, your photos will be never displayed on any of our websites unless we ask your permission first and obtain a signed model release prior to using the photos.

Do you have any outfits or do I need to supply them all? We have a limited selection of outfits and costume jewelry on hand. We carry different fabric wraps, different colors of pearls and some lingerie outfits. We really encourage you to bring your favorite lingerie, fitted to your size.

What do I need to bring to the shoot? We suggest you bring some outfits that are special to you. You may have been given something special to commemorate an anniversary or birthday, using these will make the portraits extra personal. Basically, figure out what he likes and feature these ideas in your photos. Bring your girly things, your lingerie, your high heels, your funky stuff, and the most important: your sexy attitude. And do not forget his fantasies. If your guy is a sports fan… you might want to bring (get) his favorite team jersey… you get the idea! . Steal his shirt, his tie, his toys, anything that gets you in the mood. We will have a fun session at our private studio, bring your CDs or MP3 player with your preferred tunes for background music. We will pamper you with aromatherapy candles, herbal teas, healthy snacks, etc. You will have a beautiful work of art for him: a portrait of your pretty, or sexy, or hot, or sweet, or feminine, whatever your style is, side. Please don’t move your closet to our studio, just bring up to six uotfits to pic the best four

What do I need to bring for a Nude Photoshoot? If you want, you can bring your own music.

How do I have to prepare before my photo shoot? Wash and dry your hair the day before you arrive. If have included professional hair styling in your package, please don’t style or put any conditioner on your hair. If your package doesn’t include hair styling, please come with your hair “camera ready”. If have included professional air-brush makeup in your package, please come with a washed face but no makeup at all. If your package doesn’t include makeup, please come with your makeup “camera ready”. Don’t forget a nice manicure and pedicure. If your manicure requires professional looking nails at the last minute, don’t forget that you can purchase white nail tips from a variety of stores. For hygiene reasons we prefer you bring your own towel to dry yourself if you want to do some wet look shots. Please do not apply any fake or spray on tan product to your skin as they will  produce uneven color on your skin or spots under our lights. You can read a complete guideline of how to prepare by clicking here.

Do you provide professional hair and makeup? We have in-house professional certified makeup artist specialized in airbrush makeup. Depending on which package you choose hair and/or makeup charge may be additional or included. See our pricing guide to see if your desired package includes hair and makeup or not.

Why you recommend Airbrush Makeup? Airbrush Makeup is the Makeup for the digital age. We use High Definition cameras that capture every single detail of your skin and the smooth and flawless coverage when using airbrush is second to none. Additionally, Airbrush makeup is exceptionally lightweight. Most clients say they feel as if they aren’t even wearing makeup. Airbrush makeup is water resistant and will last for a photo session of up to twelve hours or more with no retouching.

Why do you limit yourself to two private sessions a day? Some competitors offer 10, 20 or more sessions during a day, providing a non personalized session that may leave you feeling as though you are nothing special. With only 2 sessions a day, we guarantee that you will have our absolute undivided attention throughout your entire visit. Due that we are back-to back booked with photo sessions, unless previous arrangements have been made, you can’t extend your photoshoot time.

Can I do my own makeup and hair? Of course, but you must show up at the studio in time for your session with your Makeup and Hair “camera ready” to maximize your shooting time. If you want to do your own hair and makeup at the studio, we will charge $299/hr for studio rental fee. If you need to retouch your makeup, or do multiple wardrobe changes, it will run against the shooting time.

If you provide make up and/or hair. The time consumed for your stylist is against the studio time Yes. We will start counting your studio time after when you arrive and we need to cut our session about 30 minutes before the end of your studio time because we need to download the pics, review it, and burn the CDs. We need enough time for those tasks to avoid overlapping the sessions. We respect the privacy of our clients and we dont want to have someone waiting in the lobby for her session that could be crossing with another client.

May I bring my own Makeup Artist, Wardrobe Stylist, and/or Hair Stylist? Of course you can. We love to share experiences with other professionals, if we don’t provide those services and the makeover session will be at our studio, we will not charge a studio rental fee ($300/hr) to allow them to work at our facilities, or it is against your studio time . They must however provide the following documentation. 1) Copy of Professional License issued by a certified Institute or Beauty School. 2) Copy of Florida Occupational License that allows them to perform their services in the state of Florida. 3) Certificate of Liability Insurance for $1,000,000 (one million dollars) issued in the name of Kendall Portraits by an Insurance Company authorized to issue coverage in the state of Florida. We need to receive this documentation one Week prior to the session to allow us to verify the information. Otherwise, if we don’t provide those services, you must come “camera ready” or the time spent in the makeover will run against your shooting time..

What is your style of photography? We have a signature style that sets us apart from our competitors. We use our lights as a painter use the colored oils. We paint with lights and you are our canvas. The images we produce are soft, provocative and sensual, with immaculate light and special attention to the details. However our driving force is to give the client what they want.

Do I have to make an appointment? Yes.Appointments are made to ensure that we are fully prepared for your Photo session.

How many weeks in advance do I need for an appointment? Although we frequently have appointments scheduled a month or more in advance, we will often have openings in our schedule to accommodate clients who have the need to shoot as soon as possible. So if you need to shoot right away and you have some flexibility concerning the day or times you can shoot, call us at 888-497-2666

Why do you require a deposit for booking a Photo session? All appointments require a non-refundable deposit of $150 that will be credited to your total bill the day of the session. Whenever an appointment is made, the time scheduled becomes committed to the person making the appointment. That block of time becomes off limits to anyone else seeking to make an appointment at that time. It means that if you cancel, we will not only not receive full payment for the time we have committed to working with you, it also means that there is almost no possibility of us being able make up for our loss by selling that block of time to someone else. A non-refundable deposit deters people from casually canceling the time they have committed to. Cancellations and no shows are very hurtful in that they directly result in a loss of time and money.

Why a rescheduling fee? In the same way that cancellations directly result in a loss of time and money, the act of clients casually rescheduling their appointments is also detrimental. The rescheduling fee exists to deter casual and unnecessary rescheduling. Rescheduling can be done without penalty up to 7 days before your photo shoot is scheduled for one time only. If you give us at least 48 hours notice, we charge a small fee of $35 to reschedule. If you provide me with less than 48 hours notice, you will be charged a $75 rescheduling fee.

What about cancellation of photo session? Cancellations 72 hrs prior to the day of your shoot will result in the loss of your deposit. Canceling on the same day of your appointment or failing to show up will result in a charge for the remaining balance for you scheduled photo shoot.

Can I get copies of my portraits made? Kendall Portraits offers great reorder specials on your portraits, but you are free to print by yourself. Kendall Portraits images are copyrighted but you own the right of use and print. We will provide you with a print release so you will be free to print at your discretion.

What if I don’t like my portraits? At Kendall Portraits we are not happy unless you are happy! We will gladly re-take your portraits without a studio fee or with make-up and hair stylish for a nominal fee after the shoot (subject to scheduling availability) for one time only. We do not provide refunds. If you are dissatisfied with your photos, for a reason we had control over, and you wish to re-shoot, you must express this to us directly and clearly after reviewing your pictures at our studio. In the case of one-time events & occasions, where re-shoots are not possible, clients will receive credit for the money paid. The satisfaction guarantee applies to paying clients only. Leaving the Studio with the High res CD of your images constitutes the acceptance of the terms and conditions, and your complete satisfacion with the job done and avoid any right to make a claim. Images will be deleted in front of you before you leave the studio, so you’re the only responsible to keep backup of the files or to distribute it. The satisfaction guarantee applies to photography only. It does not apply to work provided by make-up artists, stylists, or designers. Although we will do our best to counteract any of the effects of the following, we are not responsible for: bad hair days, breakouts, stretch marks, bad skin, allergies, irritated eyes, illnesses, fatigue, hangovers, make-up application, non-proper weather, lint, wardrobe malfunctions or defects (including wrinkles, rips, and, stains), or sweat, static electricity, the effects of (or withdrawal from) drugs or medication, or matters beyond our control (i.e. acts of god). Of course the prints are considered a custom product which cannot be re-sold. Due to the nature of our product, all sales are final. Leaving the Studio with the CD means that Client are satisfied with the job and avoid any future claims or demmands.

Where is the Studio located? The Photo Studio is located at 12361 SW 128 court, Suite 202.To arrive at our studio from Florida Turnpike, take exit 19 for 120th street. Turn west at 120th street for 1 mile and then turn left at 128th court. Head south on 128th court toward the end of the road. Please don’t use your GPS to locate us because some of them will not have updated information to find our address.

What are the Studio hours? Kendall Portraits is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, by appointment only for pre-session consultations. Shooting is available 24/7 with Special rates. We highly recommend to call for appointments to meet our artist-photographer. To protect the privacy of our Photo sessions walk-in are not allowed.

What facilities can I find at the studio? Our studio has been featured as a model for many printed magazines and publications online. We create a cozy and pretty atmosphere that is opposite to the empty and cool traditional studios. The studio is styled with different textures, reconfiguring traditional moods combined with contemporary furniture and state of the art LED lighting systems. We have recreated different areas that will make you feel “at home” with an open kitchen, ironing facilities, one washroom, makeup station, conference room, HI FI Plasma TV and Home Theatre center for relaxing, wireless internet access. We guarantee that we will make you to feel at ease at all times.

How much does a Photo session cost? The Photo session fee varies by promotional period. Check our website or ads for pricing information and special offers. Visit the Special Promotions section of this website for more information. Also, you can call us at 305-254-1445.

Will you photograph men for boudoir and nudes? Yes, we do. Art has no genre, why do we have to discriminate? Our photography passion is for aesthetic figures showing beauty regardless of the genre, age, race, religion, or experience.