Are You Ready?


So you grabbed one of our coveted mini session slots? Fantastic! There are a few things you need to know because things run a little bit differently compared to our regular sessions. Make sure to read everything on this page so that you are prepared to get the most out of your spot. These sessions are small, but we can get a surprising amount done in a short time as long as you are prepared.

Where does the shoot take place?

All mini sessions take place in our studio.  Our studio is located at 21 Central Square, Chelmsford Center. It is almost across from Fishbones Restaurant.

What comes with my session?

Included in your small but mighty session is a ten-minute, one look photo shoot shoot. This is perfect to get one, targeted look to add to your portfolio. Whether you want to get something more dramatic or more commercial, have a specific idea of what you need before you come in and you will get the most out of it. After the session you will immediately see and select your favorite image to be retouched and delivered to you within 5-7 business days. At that time you will also have the opportunity to purchase additional retouched images at a discounted rate of $75 per image. We don’t offer online galleries for mini-sessions so be ready to choose your image the day of your session.

What about hair and makeup?

We always recommend that you consider professional hair and makeup for any session, no matter the size. Because of the back-to-back nature of the mini sessions event, we are unable to open up our studio for hair and makeup prior to your session. Make sure to have your hair and makeup completely done when you arrive, there won’t be time or space to do it.

What do I wear?

This part is totally up to you, but we have some recommendations:

  • Steer clear of white tops. The eye is always drawn to the brightest thing in the image. For your headshot, we want that to be your face.
  • Choose colors that complement your natural coloring. Muted, solid colors are best. Leave the neon clothes at home.
  • Avoid anything with busy patterns or shiny materials. It’s all about your face, your expression, not the clothes.
  • Bring something extra to grab a quick second look. A cool jacket, a pair of glasses, something you can throw on real quick and add a little zing to your shot.
  • Make sure you come wearing the clothes you will be photographed in. There won’t be time to sort through loads of selections. Bring one backup top if you are having trouble deciding.
  • Your bottom half will not be in the photo, so wear whatever is comfortable for you. Heads and shoulders only.
  • Jewelry is not recommended. If you have simple studs in your ears or a very simple necklace, that’s fine, but leave the funky and chunky pieces at home.

Make sure your clothes are clean and pressed with no branded logos. We don’t retouch out logos and wrinkles.

You can check our What to Wear magazine here. 


What are my background options?

We offer a lot of diversity in background choices in our studio. Below are samples of the backgrounds available for you to choose from for your mini session. Choose the right background based on your natural coloring and wardrobe. Creating great color harmony is going to make your headshot stand out even more. You can just let us know what background you like when you book the session.

Let us know if you would like a digital office background.

What else do I need to be ready?

If you have gone through all these questions, you should be pretty much ready to go. Here are a few last-minute things to remember before your session:

  • Plan to arrive ten minutes early. If you are late, you will probably lose your spot. There are no refunds and no rescheduling if you are late. Be on time, be prepared, and it will be awesome.
  • If you are wearing makeup, make sure to bring your powder with you when you come. The camera and lights often require a little more foundation than you might be used to wearing, and it only takes a second to cut the shine down.
  • Don’t get your hair cut within 48 hours of the shoot. Give your noggin a couple of days to recover from your new “do” before you put that bad boy on camera.
  • Don’t make any drastic changes to your appearance right before the session. You are going to be setting yourself up for disappointment. Your headshot should look like you plan to show up for auditions so don’t go overboard.
  • Get a good night’s rest before the session and avoid drinking alcohol or eating salty foods for 24-48 hours ahead of time. Being tired, hungover, and full of fried food can make you look puffy and blotchy. Rest, drink lots of water, and come ready to knock it out of the park.
  • If you have any questions about your session or need any advice or help leading up to the date, email lcalvin@lucianacalvin.com or text 617-259-0883. We are here for you!

Got More Questions?

No problem. If you have any additional questions about your mini-session, feel free to reach out to us.

You can  email lcalvin@lucianacalvin.com or text (617) 259-0883. We are here to help make sure that you have a great time and get awesome results.


Want to hear what our clients have to say? Check out our Google reviews.

Kaitlin MacDonald
Kaitlin MacDonald
Luciana is wonderful! She has a great way of putting you at ease and getting your true self to come through your picture no matter what is happening in your daily life behind the scenes!
Kayla Mulcahy
Kayla Mulcahy
My organization recommended that I see Luciana for an updated professional head shot. Not only was her studio warm, relaxing, and inviting, but Luciana was a complete and total professional. She made me feel completely comfortable and redirected even the smallest of positions to ensure the photo looked as professional and flattering as possible. She sent me several photos to choose from afterwards and asked that I select one for retouching. The process was incredibly quick and easy. I would recommend anyone see Luciana for professional headshots, family photos, new born pictures, etc.
Mercyanne Publico
Mercyanne Publico
I highly recommend Luciana. Luciana has taken our family pictures for two years now and I have already booked her for next year. I feel comfortable communicating with Luciana what I like and do not like. She makes tons of recommendations which helps with trying to figure out where to take photos. I feel confident that she has a vision for our photoshoot and the photos will turn out beautiful and high quality!!
Rathbora Meach
Rathbora Meach
This was my second time with Luciana, she is awesome and amazing to work with!
Jon Seward
Jon Seward
Luciana was patient, professional, and very easy to work with. Highly recommend!
Susan Cline
Susan Cline
Luciana was so personable! She worked very well with the kids and dogs. I'd recommend her to anyone.
Gary Zimmerman
Gary Zimmerman
Luciana did a great job taking photos for my business. The head shots and team photos are very professional looking and really enhance our web site and communications with our customers. I highly recommend
Sophan Smith
Sophan Smith
I have worked with Luciana on several occasions and she is simply the best. She is an absolute professional with her work, she shows up on time, captures great photos and is super quick with the turn around time. If you want a great photographer, hire Luciana!
Andre K Mills
Andre K Mills
I had a great experience with Luciana doing my Head shots. Luciana made the time fun and enjoyable, with the poses and location at my Studio.