The "Portrait Experience" is a a signature collaboration between photographer Jen Huang and beauty stylist Chiali Meng. This editorial-style portrait session redefines pre-wedding, glamour, boudoir and bridal portraits. While it is primarily designed for a bride or a wedding couple, solo portraits, maternity and families are also welcome.
Our process begins well before your session, with a conversation that determines your personal aesthetic and vision. This careful curation and design helps express a cohesive story, while the use of medium format film and natural light preserves and highlights timeless beauty.
The full investment for this special series is $5,800 and includes the photo session, hair and makeup, location fees, creative direction, floral details, and the use of Jen's personal collection of bridal attire, accessories and antiques. All images from your session will be delivered to you as high resolution image files for your personal use. The pampered experience lasts a half day (approx. 5 hrs) and is enhanced by music and sparkling wine.
Summer in California: July 10th, 11th and 12th at Sunstone Villa, an iconic wedding venue in Santa Ynez, California, approximately two hours from Los Angeles. Designed to resemble a Tuscan style estate, the villa is beautifully decorated both inside and out with simple, Italian antiques and warm plaster walls. It offers bedroom, villa, garden and vineyard scenes and beautiful California light.
Autumn in Italy: October 2nd, 3rd and 4th at a private Tuscan estate (stunning location details to be released shortly). Backdrops will include romantic villa bedrooms, outdoor garden and monastery scenes, and the entire city of Florence just minutes away.
Scheduling: Your session (including hair and makeup) will last approximately five hours. Two hair and makeup looks will be provided, and we will have plenty of time for wardrobe and scenery changes (both indoors and outdoors). Morning and afternoon sessions are available.
Attire: You are encouraged to bring your personal attire, including wedding dresses, evening gowns and casual looks. Boudoir and glamour attire is welcome as well. You may also select pieces from Jen's personal collection of bridal and boudoir gowns and accessories.
Hair and Makeup: Chiali Meng will work with you to help design two separate hair and makeup looks that enhance your natural beauty. Reference and inspiration photos are appreciated!
Florals: A variety of loose florals, hair crowns and organic bouquets will be created bespoke for each of our sessions depending on your style and direction. Antiques and styling details will be provided as well for photographing accessories and mementos.
Preparation: Hair should be washed and dry. Layers and highlights are helpful for texture and color in your photographs. Skin should be clean and makeup free. Moisturize and drink plenty of water the weeks leading up to your shoot.
Process & Delivery: You will be photographed on medium format and 35mm film. All photographs from your session will be delivered to you in digital high resolution jpeg film scans for sharing and for your personal use. Your photographs will never be shared without your explicit permission.
Lodging: Lodging will be available (but not included) at Sunstone Villa and our private villa in Italy. Lodging costs for staying on location are separate and billed through the venues. There are also other wonderful hotels and inns quite close by both locations - please ask for our recommendations when booking.
Reservations: Sessions are extremely limited. To reserve, please fill out the form below or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A contract and 50% retainer are required to hold your spot.