Frequently Asked Questions
About your next photography session…
A Lucille Khornak photography session is designed to be an experience you will always remember. Why are Lucille’s sessions so memorable? What sets her apart from other photographers? Before her transition into professional photography, Lucille worked for years as a professional model. She knows exactly how you feel when you step in front of the camera- whether it is your first session or your 30th, she creates a safe and enjoyable environment where your best and brightest self can be extracted and documented in high quality photographs.
We know that you might have some more questions about your session, so we will try and answer them below for you. Even still, whatever plans you have in mind, you can prepare to be positively stunned, because booking Lucille is the best way to ensure you will consistently document the most soulful, whimsical and energetic moments of your beautiful life with timeless style and quality.
When should I book my photo session?
Any time of year is good for a memory worth documenting! We suggest booking your shoot a minimum of three weeks in advance in order to maximize time for preparation.
What does preparing for a photography session entail?
Preparing for a photo session can involve a number of elements- most often, it involves setting a date (and a rain date), deciding on the location, looks (outfits), and overall goal for a beautiful end result.
What kind of clothes should I wear for our session?
Lucille’s work is known for its timeless quality. In most sessions, plan to wear plain or understated clothing, so that the focus stays on the main feature of the session- YOU! If your session calls for a different type of fashion, Lucille will discuss this when your session is planned.
What kind of makeup should I wear?
Unless it is a glamour, fashion, or otherwise artistic session, you can expect to arrive with your normal makeup! Lucille recommends bringing products on location with you for minor touch ups as needed throughout the session.
What does Lucille recommend for grooming?
Grooming is so important! Much like with makeup, you want to keep this looking rather normal. If you are getting a haircut, please have it done about a week prior to the session, and for shaving, the closer to the session you can have this done (i.e. the night before or the morning of), the better.
Will I receive all the digital files from the photo session?
As an expert of the craft, it would be a disservice to both the business and the client to relinquish all digital files from a photo session. Each hi res digital file ordered is delivered with white glove service, as it is retouched to Lucille Khornak quality, and may include special labors such as head changes and background adjustments.
How many people can be included in our session?
Please communicate the amount of people you intend to have photographed during the session. Lucille is elated and equipped to work with families of both small and great sizes! Extra large groups may require an additional assistant on location, so it is important to know as soon as possible!
How does Lucille feel about dogs, cats, etc.?
Family sessions should include the whole family! If you are in fact bringing a pet/furry family member, Lucille recommends also bringing an assistant to help them shine in front of the camera as well fully enjoy themselves off-camera. One of Lucille’s most iconic photographs is a moment that was shared between a young boy and his amphibious friend, a frog. The reason she works so well with subjects across a wide range of species, is because she is sensitive to the energy they carry. Lucille’s focus is to capture moments that are soulful, whimsical, and energetic.
How long is a typical photo session?
Most family sessions last up to an hour. Other shoots, such as corporate and branding, can last for hours depending on the objectives of the session.
What if I feel really uncomfortable in front of the camera?
There are so many things that can make us feel uncomfortable in front of the camera:
When it comes to dealing with these thoughts and concerns, trust Lucille! As a professional model, Lucille knows how to work with the features that make us feel uncomfortable unlike any other photographer. She will help you reach the most helpful angles for your image, and deliver a really clean look for a beautiful photograph you will absolutely love.
In what locations is Lucille available for a photography session?
Our operations are based in New York City and The Hamptons, and Lucille travels often throughout the tri-state area, across the country, and around the world for her clients.
How often should we book a photography session?
Most Lucille Khornak clients choose to book at least one session a year, as it makes for a rich documentation of family love, growth and relationships. You may, however, prefer to book more than one session a year.
May I bring my camera along?
Of course our lives are filled with many Instagram-worthy snapshot moments, however, the purpose of a photography session with Lucille Khornak is to capture those truly priceless moments that stand the test of time. Our request is that you enjoy this one entirely irl :). Please refrain from bringing additional cameras, or taking snapshots with smartphones or tablets.
How do I prepare my children for the session (mentally)?
Prep your children for the session just as you would for family fun, because that’s exactly what this is! Lucille works best with pure, uninhibited energy, and the best way to get this is to allow children to be children and have fun!
OMG. What. if. it. rains. ?
Sometimes the weather can be unpredictable! Lucille does her best to plan around this, so whether that means pencilling in a rain date, or having a backup location in mind, we will find the perfect solution for setting off your session without any issues from the weather.
Can I print hi-res files?
Absolutely! Hi-res photos are treated with the full attention of a print. Of course, we recommend ordering your print with us to protect the ultimate quality of the photograph, however, when a client orders a hi-res file, they are at liberty to work with any printer of their choosing.
What is the difference between Hi-Res and Low-Res photography?
Hi-Res files are fully retouched and color corrected photos. We give them the same treatment as our prints (minus the actual printing of course). Low-Res digital images are developed in a much smaller size -usually used for smaller phones and social media.
“What is so special about Lucille Khornak’s black & white photography?”
We have mastered the art of black and white photography. Lucille Khornak black and white prints are delivered with a timeless and classic feel. Our prints have a warm nostalgia, whereas prints from other printers have a cold greenish hue. View her portfolio here.
“Who is on the team at Lucille Khornak Studios?”
The team in our Long Island City studio consists of retouchers, designers and printing technicians, working on your images with a high level of expertise. From custom-designing books, holiday cards, and wall layouts to masterfully retouching photos with beauty and realism, we at the Lucille Khornak Studio can do it all for you. We can customize your photos, designs and prints to any level you desire.
How much do you charge?
Prices vary. Depending on the type of shoot you are looking for and the purpose for which you would like to use the photos, we have a menu of general packages- each can be tailored to your specific needs.