How can I get the most out of a portrait session at a department store studio? I am looking for a "professional" portrait to be used in bios and marketing stuff, and am looking for advice on specifics to ask for (or avoid), both from the photographer and from the makeup counter beforehand.
My professional photos are woefully out of date. (Data miners of my posting history here can probably figure out why that's hilarious.) For speaking engagements and other professional activities, I've been using an assortment of cropped selfies, ugh.
I'm trying to do better on the cheap -- my days of access to a big firm marketing budget are long gone -- so I grabbed a Groupon for a session at a department store portrait studio. (It comes with a disk and copyright release, which is nice.) I was thinking of wandering over to the MAC counter at Macy's an hour or so before my appointment and asking for help with makeup.
My usual make-up routine for work is, uh, pretty much nothing other than lipstick/gloss.
I understand that for this type of service, the MAC counter will expect me to purchase some product (and I'm fine with that). Besides making the appointment and saying something along the lines of, "I have a portrait session at the department store in a few hours. It's for business publicity stuff. I usually wear very little makeup so I'm really shooting for a look that will photograph well, but isn't too much of a departure from my day-to-day appearance. So, understated, with a solid layer of translucent powder?"
Is there anything else I should specifically be asking for?
And for the photography session, I'm kind of assuming that it'll be like a lot of family photo sessions with stock poses and such. Is there anything I should look for or specifically ask for (or avoid) during the session?
This sort-of came up a while ago
but those answers focused more on finding a photographer.