"Do I need to have professional hair styling and make-up?" Um, in life...technically, the answer is NO -- I personally "NEED" food, water, shelter and access to E! Entertainment television" ;-) but for a photo shoot...YES, I would highly recommend it. Why?
1. Let's first start with the idea that your portrait session is a special occasion and lasting document of this time. Whether you are photographing senior pictures, family portraits or head shots -- these images are going to be with you for many many years.
2. Styling professionals are professionals for a reason -- their access to tools, techniques and products combined with their education and skill are the reason that models in magazines look like...well...models in magazines :-)
3. It's important to note that a "street face"...how we apply our make-up each day is quite different than a "camera-ready" face where special attention is given to prepping your skin for studio lights and high definition camera lenses. I love the pop to the eyes, lashes and brows that only a pro make-up artist can achieve -- it's just gorgeous.
For anyone that worries about the "overdone look" -- erase it from your brain. This is Studio B Portraits - You on Your Best Day...Fresh and Natural. It's also a collaboration between you and our stylists. (This would be a fabulous time to thank the lovely folks at Sorella for Mikayla's goregeous camera-ready look here...notice how you can see her sweet freckles?) When you schedule your portrait sessions with us, we always offer this service and schedule the appointments with plenty of time before your session -- I'm hoping I answered all of your questions here but feel free to touch base if I can help you with anything regarding preparing for a great shoot.