I know what it’s like to hate having your photo taken. Or to be fine with the taking of the photo, but then cringe at the version of you immortalized on film after-the-fact. I know what it’s like to feel fidgety and uncomfortable and the wrong shape and under-the-microscope when somebody’s photographing you. And that’s why I’m here, taking pictures. I offer photo sessions that leave you feeling more you than when we started, and comfortable in your own skin instead of crawling out of it. My photo sessions are about you, your comfort, and your beauty. The most important element of this experience is that you feel loved and supported (by me and yourself) before, during and after the session. Of course, it’s also important to me that you love the photos you end up with. My goal is for you to have a wonderful portrait experience, and to keep on loving those photos until they’ve served you fully.
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“My photo shoot with Kylie was an absolute dream. I’d never done a “professional” shoot before, and I had no idea how to pose, how to smile, what to wear, or where to go. From the moment we met, Kylie made me feel like a foxy indie rockstar. We trekked all over Manhattan with bubbles, faux fur and electric orange toothbrushes. She has a gift for finding the perfect graffiti wall, stairwell or archway to frame a scene.
My photos came out bee-yoo-tiful. I use them on all my promotional materials (and website) and get nothing but compliments. In fact, many of my clients have admitted, “it was your PHOTO that inspired me to contact you!“
Kylie will make you feel striking, supported and stellar, from the very first “click.” I cannot wait to work with Kylie again . . . if she’s not too busy coaching / cooking / changing the universe!”
- Alexandra Franzen | Promotional Wordsmith & Personal Scribe | AlexandraFranzen.com
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“This has been a dream of mine, to have photos that portray me as ME. I had done this once before when I was three and building a portfolio for my acting “career”. The pictures that got taken then absolutely captured the essence of who I was (and still am); almost like they captured my soul. I like looking back at those photos because they were not only adorable — I was this happy-go-lucky, self-aware toddler with this HUGE smile (and semi-natural hair; the only photos I have that capture my true nature) — but they were me. I have longed to recapture the look and feel of those pictures . . . and you did it perfectly. And by “did it”, I mean that you gave that genuine side of me permission to come forth & be captured for the first time in decades. Thank you for that. You’ll never know how much it meant to me.”
- Ev’Yan Whitney | Liberation Artist | SexLoveLiberation.com
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How this works: You email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll figure out a day and time that works. I’ll then send you a payment prompt through PayPal, and we’ll find a time to chat by phone about a week before the session. Our chat will probably last between fifteen and thirty minutes, and I’ll help you to determine exactly what types of photos you want and allay any fears or questions you have.
The day of your session: We’ll meet up and talk for a few minutes to get to know each other a bit more. I’ll take your photos, and afterward, we’ll debrief about what did and didn’t work for you. If any particular thoughts or concerns came up during the session, we can talk about those, too.
After your session: Once we part ways, I do some preliminary editing and send you a selection of photos from the session. You choose your favorite five, I do the final post-processing, and I send you your stunning photos to savor.
Rates: $400 for portrait sessions, which usually include one to two hours of photo-taking time. That time will allow for us to take a bunch of photos with various backgrounds and styles. Within two weeks of your session, I’ll get you the digital files of five high-resolution images, complete with post-processing, that you can print or share digitally as you wish.
What to wear: Wear what you love. When you feel comfortable in your clothes, it shows in the photos. I recommend choosing clothes that don’t have small logos, though, as they can distract from the final photographs. And color and texture never hurt.
Where it’ll be: We can have your session anywhere in the New York Tri-State Area, as long as there’s natural light (sunlight) available. That means outdoors, in your living room, or on a friendly stoop.
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“Kylie is a magician. I loved that she was so game to make unorthodox ideas work, and that she cased the joint before I got there and found some good angles. She was by far the most easygoing and friendly photographer I’ve ever worked with. The edits were lightning quick, and she made all the changes I asked for. She definitely went above and beyond what I expected. I love how the final photos turned out. Kylie made me look much better than I look, so that’s always nice.”
- Mickey Duzyj | Artist | MDuzyj.com
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“During my session, I felt relaxed, engaged, trusting in your experience and skill. I felt like I was hanging out with a friend who makes me laugh. I was surprised and glad that you took time to talk to me in the beginning and do a grounding exercise — I think that set the tone. I was also surprised and amazed that you could take such great photos with available light, indoors, on such a grey day. It helped the session feel more low-key, which was good for me.
I love my final photos. They look great and I think they convey the feeling I wanted — approachability, warmth, and they’re so much more casual than my old head-shots that had a corporate feel to them. I think I look comfortable and relaxed in the photos (thanks to you, Kylie), and I think that body language will help my readers and clients feel more comfortable with me.”
- Maryann Devine | Chief Curiosity Officer | KindergartenMind.com
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“During my photo session, I felt nervous at first, then relaxed, then surprised it was over so quickly! The best thing was how much we giggled during the session. It was amazing that I could enjoy being “focused” on and not feel uncomfortable. The photos turned out just the way I hoped they would. Each final photo represents a different mood, and I like that. I’m really looking forward to incorporating them into my social media and website.”
- Loran Hills | Explorer of the Sacred Realms | LoransHeart.com
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“Kylie is an absolute sweetheart and a virtuoso behind her camera lens. She’d plotted our route through the Lower East Side in advance and knew exactly the right backdrop to set off my faux fur + leather ensemble. From artistically spray-painted walls and boarded-up shop fronts, to luminescent “LONDON” bistro signs, Kylie knew precisely how to set off my rock-chick style alongside my British heritage. I’m ecstatic that I now have a whole slew of photographs to use on my website — and beyond. I finally have shots that capture the real Nikki. Warm, approachable, with a smattering of BADASS. I’d work with Kylie again in a HEARTBEAT.”
- Nikki Groom | Ink-Slinging Siren + Digital Scribe | NikkiGroom.com