I talk to lots of people who are thinking about having a photo shoot, but not sure how it all works.
I think the easiest way to explain photo shoots are to break them down in to four simple stages –
THE PRE-CONSULTATION – a fancy phrase which really means that we get together for a chat either at my studio or over the phone. Clients love coming to the studio before their photo shoot, have a look around the studio, meet me and tell me about their ideas and how they would like to be photographed. I love helping people prepare for their shoots, suggesting what to wear, what sort of props to bring to personalise their shoots and how you may like to present your images. I have lots of choices for you from albums, luxury Italian leather folio boxes to beautiful bespoke frames and canvases.
If you decide that I am the photographer for you we can check out our availability get a date in the diary for you. Friday and Saturdays are very popular and do get booked up months in advance.
THE MAKEOVER AND YOUR SHOOT – the big day! The studio is yours for the whole time of your shoot, generally it will just be the two of us, so you don’t have to worry about lots of strangers wandering around.
If we haven’t already decided what sort of makeup look you would like we’ll decide over a cup of coffee and talk about any new ideas you may have. We’ll also look through the goodies that you have brought with you so I can plan the order of your photo shoot (I generally get serious shoe and lingerie envy at this point!).
Your pampering transformation happens in the comfortable luxury of my favourite room in the studio. I love MAC and Bobbi Brown and use a lot of their gorgeous products, this is a luxury experience and I only use great makeup.
Once you are feeling and looking fabulous we will go in to the studio and this is where the fun happens. I know many ladies are worried that they don’t know how to pose for the camera. Please don’t worry, posing is my super power and I’ll gently guide and coach you through the whole experience to create beautiful images of you. Your fears and worries will quickly disappear when I show you a few of your first images on the back of the camera and your confidence will grow throughout your shoot.
Afterwards we’ll arrange a convenient date for you to come back in and view your images, usually one week after your shoot. This will to give me time to select the best of the best images and give them my signature retouching so they are perfect for you to view. All the images that you will see will be gently retouched, I will always check if you want any scars or tattoos removed during this process.
THE REVEAL SESSION – this is when you get to come back and see your images on a big screen and decide which images you love. You’ll get to see a wonderful slide show and then we will go through the images one by one so you can appreciate how great you look and you can select the ones that you would like to own and if you would like an album, folio box or piece of wall art.
There is no minimum spend, clients simply buy what they fall in love with, spending generally between £300 – £2500.
THE PRODUCTION –
Over the years, I have found the best photographic labs and framing companies in the country to ensure that your images will be perfect. My beautiful leather folio boxes are handmade in Italy.
Your bespoke items do take some time to create and your final order will normally be ready within two to three weeks, but I’ll let you know when to expect your images to be ready.
I’m here to help and advise you throughout your photography experience with me. Please feel free to ask any questions and I’ll be very happy to help. Call me for a chat or please do feel to book a free consultation so you come in to the studio for a chat.