Frequently Asked Questions

I hate being in front of the camera. How can you make this easy for me?

Slava is a fourth generation photographer and has spent pretty much all of his childhood in a photo studio. When you first meet, he will talk to you just as friend would and will help you to relax and forget that you are at a photo shoot. He will coach you on how to breathe properly in order to relax, will tell you what facial expressions and angles are best for you, as well as will find which backgrounds complement you the most.

I am still not sure if you can make me look good in a photo.

Please feel free to read what our past clients say about working with Slava and Allison on our Yelp and Google Review pages. We are honored to be ranked in Yelp's Top 5 Photographers' List of San Francisco Bay Area and to have all 5-star Yelp reviews and Google reviews. Last year Slava Blazer Photography was ranked #1 on Yelp. Our client list includes companies such as LinkedIn, NBC Bay Area, Adobe, AT&T, Microsoft, Ferrari, Food Network and others. Please feel free to view our Client List here. Our work was published in Huffington Post, CBS Online Publication, Bloomberg Businessweek, SF Weekly, LA Weekly, Vogue and other publications.

How do I book a photo session?

To book your photo session please fill out the Contact Us form in the top menu and we will get back to you shortly. 

What should I wear for the photo shoot?

Depending on the type of photo session, we will recommend you the style of wardrobe that is the most appropriate. Below please find some tips on what to wear:

· It is best to avoid any patterns or logos on your clothing. Wearing solid colors is strongly recommended.

· Please avoid wearing white since it is a reflector and will wash out your face.

· It is better to wear colors that are on the darker side of the spectrum (darker blue vs. lighter blue).

· You can bring one top that is of the same color as your eyes. It will accent their color.

· Please have several wardrobe changes if possible (3-4 is recommended).

· Slava and Allison will tell you which piece will complement you the most.

· It is good to bring different kinds of clothing: tops with long sleeves and short sleeves, as well as wardrobe of different styles.

How many wardrobe changes should I bring?

We strongly recommend bringing 3-4 wardrobe options for headshots. For engagement and couples photo sessions, as well as for family photo shoots you can bring one extra wardrobe change if you prefer. However, it is optional.

Should I wear makeup to the photo session?

We will advise you on this based on the type of photo session you are booking. Usually soft and natural makeup is recommended. Premium Retouching is included in most headshot packages for a certain number of images. It includes removal of blemishes (wrinkles, bags under the eyes, pimples), softening of skin tones and other visually enhancing techniques.

Do you provide makeup and/or hair styling?

While we do not offer makeup and hair styling on-site, you can book a makeup artist on your own. You will need to schedule and pay for their services separately from your photo session fee. Below we have provided the website and contact information of a makeup artist we recommend and have worked with:

Jonathan Reisfeld


Which locations do you shoot at?

Slava and Allison shoot either outdoors or in the studio, which is located at 933A Taraval Street in San Francisco. Some of their favorite outdoor locations includes the Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park, Nob Hill Area, Palace of Fine Arts, Pier by the Warming Hut Café, Embarcadero and others. For corporate work we can travel to your office for an on-location photo shoot.

Do you edit the images?

We offer two types of editing: Basic and Premium Retouching. Basic Retouching includes brightness/contrast adjustment, color correction and cropping. It insures that the images look perfect. Premium Retouching, on the other hand, includes removal of blemishes (wrinkles, bags under the eyes, pimples), softening of skin tones and other visually enhancing techniques. All packages include Basic Retouching, while only some packages include Premium Retouching. You can always order Premium Retouching as an additional service if your package does not include it. However, we include it in all the packages that require it.

What is the turnaround time for receiving the images?

The regular turnaround time for receiving the images is 14 days. If you need a rushed turnaround, please let us know and we will accommodate this at no extra charge.

How will you send the images to me?

We will send all the photos to you via Dropbox as a zip file. 

About Slava Blazer Photography

Slava Blazer Photography was established in 2008. We specialize in headshot, event and commercial photography. We have over 1,000 clients and are proud to serve the Bay Area.