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You are about to have a professional photo shoot with BLACK SUN | michael black.  You probably have a few questions.  Below is some helpful information that will better prepare you and inform you about your shoot.  If you have any questions, comments, concerns or suggestions, then please feel free to contact michael black directly (814.880.2000) or the Centre Foundation project coordinator Sierra Keller at Sierra@Centre-Foundation.org



  • We know “COVID” is not really a question, but is first on our minds. So let’s address it. The health and safety of you and our community is our main priority. As such we are following national, state, and local guidelines and recommendations during this pandemic. We are limiting the flow in the studio to a few persons and those living with them at a time. Occasionally some support staff with the people/ “talent” being photographed are present. We kindly ask that all people conduct a self-assessment and confirm with us before entering the studio that they: are free of covid-19 symptoms; have not have been exposed to a covid positive person in the past 7 days, and wear a mask. Thank you for continuing to be thoughtful in minding the protocols as we move towards the holiday season.

Why am I having my photo taken?

  • As part of a community wide communications effort, we are preparing our next publication and we are grateful that you will be included.

How long will my photo shoot take?

  • Your photo shoot is scheduled for 60 minutes. This includes time for you to arrive at the studio, get settled, learn more about how the photo shoot will flow, touch-up make-up/hair work, change into any appropriate clothing,  and shoot.

What do I wear?

  • Please bring clothing that you want to wear for your shoot. You should love seeing yourself in these clothes. It is recommended that you dress as if you were going to meet your most important client, present at a national conference. or give a talk to a group of colleagues. Michael recommends that attire be clean, in excellent condition and well fitted to you as well as that you bring in at least 2-3 options.  Michael also recommends solid natural colors, textures and natural fabrics. Please keep away from “branded” clothing that show names of companies, universities, teams etc. Some folks love the idea of a photo shoot for an excuse to update their wardrobe. You can always use this opportunity to treat yourself to a new outfit.

Is hair and makeup provided?

  • Due to covid no, your session does not include hair and make-up. Michael has a strong focus on the face–eyes, lips, skin and hair. It is recommended that you come to the studio with your hair styled the way you want. You will want to bring along any make-up, hair care products, brushes and combs that you use regularly. Because of the range of needs, products are not available in the studio.

Where will my image/s be used?

  • Your photos have many potential uses including webpages and print promotions promotions. At the very minimum your photo will be stored in the digital library. When needed a photo within the library can be accessible to the appropriate persons.

Who will select the final image/s to use?

  • You will get to see your images as they are made. When time allows, Michael will show you images as he is shooting. This way together adjustments can be made and on-site soft approval given.  Typically the best 10-20 images will be forwarded on to your Centre Foundation team, where they will make the final selection. Final selections are made with many factors including, best overall look, needed position and needed composition.

Can I get copies of the photos?

  • Yes, only after they are used for the primary purpose. The Centre Foundation will be in touch with you after your photoshoot is completed. Please inquire about additional uses.

Can I bring my spouse, partner or kids with me to the photo shoot?

  • Yes, of course whatever make you most comfortable. We want make your photo shoot easy and convenient. You may find that the only way you can make it to the studio is with company (your spouse or partner). The studio is comfortable for kids and adults who need to wait during your shoot.

What do I do in case I have to reschedule?

  • Oh boy. Hopefully we will have 100% participation. Emergencies and bad weather happen. In the event that you cannot make your appointment please contact michael as soon as you know. 814.880.2000 cell ph.

Where is BLACK SUN studio?

  • BLACK SUN studio is located at 700 East Beaver Avenue, State College, PA 16801.  It is 1 block from the campus of Penn State University. Beaver Avenue runs parallel to College Avenue–which runs along the south side of campus.
  • Directions to the studio from anywhere can be seen here: map BLACK SUN studio
  • You can reach michael black many different ways:
  • Cell ph/text: 814.880.2000 (be sure to include your name and ph #)
  • email: info@michaelblack.com

Please know that we want your shoot to be 100% successful so michael and his crew go to great lengths to be prepared for you. We also want you to be comfortable and prepared.  Please feel free to contact michael with any concerns, ideas or questions.  We look forward to making great images with you.