National Charity League
Welcome NCL Surf Cities! We are very excited to meet you all. Below you will find information on your upcoming session and the NCL requirements.
Your chapter requires us to submit two images: one of the senior in their formal white dress and one with the senior in the white dress and their mom in black. We have two sessions available: a quick 20-minute session and a longer 60-minute session that includes the opportunity to capture your senior portraits, as well.
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60-minute session at our studio or any location in SD county
two outfit changes for your senior portraits
two high-resolution, retouched digital images for NCL
view your images on a large screen at our studio
20-minute session at our studio
NCL outfits only
two high-resolution, retouched digital images for NCL
view your images online
PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR OUTFIT REQUIREMENTS
if you book your Montage Session to occur by July 31, you will receive $50 off any of our collections that include digital images
Required Outfits: Mothers in black top or dress and daughters in white dress, along with daughters individually in white dress.
Booking a hair and makeup appointment: You have the option to add a hair and makeup appointment to either session for $175. Our stylist will stay for the duration of the shoot and can adjust your hair and makeup to fit your outfit(s). If you book hair and makeup for both mother and daughter, the cost is only $300. You will need to arrive at our studio one hour before the start of your session.
How to prepare for your session Please make sure the white dress fits nicely and is of the correct length. It is recommended that you wear the same shoes that you would at senior presents, since we will do some full-length images. If you are taking advantage of the Montage session, you may bring more than two additional outfits - our photographer can then help you choose which two outfits you should wear for your senior portraits.
Included in your session fee: In the Montage session, two digitally-retouched images are included (the individual & mother/daughter image). In the Single Shot session, two digitally-retouched NCL images are included. We will process payment at the time of booking.
Viewing your images: For those who are taking advantage of the Montage session, you will view your images during an in-person appointment at our studio. We will lend you our eye and our organizing software to help you select and customize your order. Those who opt for the Single Shot session will view and select their NCL images online.
Deadlines: All sessions should be completed by October 1. All NCL images should be chosen by October 15.
- Hair should be neat, clean and dry upon arrival.
- If you are going to get a haircut, make sure it's at least five days before your shoot.
- We recommend that you wash your hair the night before your appointment.
- Hair and makeup by a professional is always a good idea and can be scheduled through the studio - contact us for details.
- Clean, moisturized skin.
- After-lunch shoot? Might want to bring a toothbrush!
- Makeup and hair by a professional is always a good idea and can be scheduled through the studio - contact us for details.
- Simple blemishes will be removed once you choose your images for retouching.
- Braces can be digitally removed for an additional charge.
- Your fingernails should be clean and groomed.
- No chipped nail polish.
- Don't forget your toe nails, as we often times will make you go bare-foot!
- We recommend that your choice of nail polish color will work with all of your outfits.
- Clothes should be clean and free of wrinkles and stains.
- Try on clothes beforehand to make sure nothing is too loose, too tight or too revealing/see-through.
- If you are bringing formal attire, we recommend bringing shoes to match.
- Glare on eye glasses can be digitally removed for an additional charge, but tinted lenses cannot be lightened.
When you book our Montage session, YOU can use two of your outfits for your SENIOR PORTRAITs AT THE SAME TIME AS YOUR NCL SESSION. CLICK ON THE grad SESSIONs LINK BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATIOn.
FAQ for NCL Sessions
"Do you have hair and makeup available for my session?"
Absolutely! It is $175 for the first appointment, and only $300 if mother and daughter are both doing hair and makeup. This appointment will be at our studio, and takes about an hour for each person to be styled. Having professional hair and makeup done for your session is a fun experience and your images will look great, too!
"What does the hair and makeup look like?"
The makeup and hair is to your liking. Your hair and makeup artist will work with you to choose multiple makeup looks and hairstyles that coordinate with your outfits and personality. They will stay with you throughout the shoot to help with any changes or fixes.
"I DON'T USUALLY WEAR MAKEUP, SHOULD I GET IT DONE?"
We want you to look your best. Makeup can simply smooth out any blemishes or uneven skin tones and help make your best features stand out. However, we still want you to look like you! Our makeup artists are skilled in finding what look will be best for you, whether that’s an all-natural look or full glam.
"If I book the 20-minute session, can I be photographed elsewhere?"
Unfortunately, you will need to book the Montage session in order to be photographed outside of our studio. This longer 60-minute session also includes up to two additional outfits, and allows you the option of choosing any location in SD county for your session - at a park, the beach, your house -wherever- we will be right there with you.
"What should we wear for our mother/daughter portrait?"
This is determined by your chapter. Please check back here to see what the requirements are after your chapter has decided on the look they want.
"How many outfits do I bring?"
If you are doing the Montage session, you will bring your white dress and mother/daughter outfits, and you can also have up to two additional outfit changes. If you are doing the Single Shot session, you will only be wearing the white dress and your mom should be wearing a black top or dress for your NCL photos.
"I’M DOING A 60-MINUTE SESSION. WHAT TYPE OF OUTFITS SHOULD I WEAR?"
It is always a good idea to bring a variety of options. Clothing that looks too similar in style or color will lack variety in your final gallery. We HIGHLY suggest bringing a casual everyday look, a nicer casual look and a more formal look. We advise against anything that is too loose, too tight or too revealing. Also, we suggest that you don't bring anything with distracting logos or patterns. If you are not sure, just bring it and we can discuss your options.
"What if I want to book a grad session that includes two locations?"
You can certainly do that; we will just add the difference in price to your session fee, and you are good to go!
"WHAT IF WE HAVE BAD WEATHER ON THE DAY OF MY SESSION?"
We watch the forecast and will get in touch with you to make a plan or recommendation if we are concerned about the weather and lighting. If you have concerns and have not heard from us, always feel free to get in touch. We want your shoot to be amazing and will gladly reschedule your session if the weather is bad.
"WHAT IF I NEED TO RESCHEDULE?"
If you need to reschedule your session, please let us know as soon as possible. There may be a $75 charge for rescheduling within 24 hours of your session.
"Are any digital images or prints included with my session fee?"
Included in your NCL session, you will receive two digitally-retouched images - your individual and mother/daughter choices. For info on our pricing for your personal order, please click the grad sessions button above.
"When will I receive my order?"
Your two digitally-retouched NCL images will be ready three to six weeks after you choose your images.
As far as your senior portraits order, if you purchase the digital images, you will typically receive all of your un-retouched digitals the same day of your purchase appointment, and any retouched images you selected will be ready two to four weeks after you order. Prints will be ready for pickup or delivery one to two weeks after you received your retouched images.
book your appointment(s) below
Please book your photography session below. If you are also booking a hair and makeup appointment, please use the appropriate link after you book your photography session.
*Please note: To book your hair and makeup appointment for Ticktocker only, schedule your hair and makeup appointment to begin 60-minutes before the start of your photography session. To book your hair and makeup appointment for Mother & Daughter, schedule it to begin 90 minutes before the start of your session.