Remember Sears portraits? Take their soft focus finish and painted-cloud backdrops and make them really chic, with a bright white background, talented photographers, and a secret sauce that makes you look pretty every time, and you’ve got Blink, Inc. Frida and I were lucky enough to have a photo shoot last week with Blink’s founder, Tristan Davison, who came up with the idea when he saw how excited folks got about a photo booth at a corporate party. He thought if he could create a studio that did something similar—instant gratification with a magic touch that makes every photo look like it’s ready for Vogue—people might really dig it.
Gettin’ happy at Blink Inc. wearing my grandmother’s necklace and J Crew shirt, Frida’s wearing a Ralph Lauren jumper and bow from Janie & Jack. Omg I could eat her up in that little jumper!
And he was totally right. For moms like me, it’s is an economical and speedy way to create beautiful portraits with the little missy that I’ll cherish forever. It’s great for corporate “about page” photos too. Jessica Alba’s The Honest Co. used Blink recently to create a beautiful blog post. Retailers like
are using it to create product shots. It’s perfect for new models who need shots for their portfolio, and it’s even great for pets.
The instant gratification is pretty amazing. You immediately have access to your photos, and can use them pretty much instantly. And the prices, especially when you compare them to a typical session with a photographer, are excellent: It’s $25 for 10 minutes—you can get a surprising amount done in 10 minutes when the photographer is on the ball like these guys are. We took more than 100 photos including an outfit change in about 20 minutes. Then each photo you download is $10. See all the pricing here.
Just a couple tips to get you ready for your Blink appointment:
1. Get 100% ready beforehand, makeup and everything. Since the appointments are usually pretty short, you won’t have primping or changing time. For the sake of efficiency, there are no mirrors at the studio!
2. Know your angles. I totally don’t. But practice in the mirror a bit, as silly as it might feel, so you can optimize the number of keepers you’ll get out of the shoot.
That’s all you really need to know! If you go, I’d love to see your photos! I hope you guys like mine, I was pretty darn thrilled with them.