Where do portrait shoots take place?
I am a location photographer so every shoot takes place in a location
I believe a family comes alive when they are in their own space or a familiar environment, and for this reason I travel to you for a photoshoot in your chosen location. This maybe your home or favourite place to go on your weekends. I am happy to discuss this before the shoot to ensure we choose the best surrounding for the shoot.
For female portraits I would advise a hotel room or your own home. I have relationships with a variety of hotels and can make this an affordable option if you wish.
What does the session fee include?
The session fee is for my time, use of my equipment & talent only. It also includes a preview gallery to proof your images where all your images will be retouched for you to view but does not include CD’s or prints. I believe my work should sell itself so there is no obligation to buy anything but I hope you do because you like my work.
What products do you offer?
I offer a whole host of prints, frames, canvases, albums, keepsake boxes and CD of digital photographs.
Do you run any specials of promotions?
Yes ,I run special offers & competitions seasonally through the Facebook page and on my website. Please get in touch for the latest offers.
Do you offer any extras?
As well as photography I also offer hair and makeup to make you feel extra special for the shoot. Prices start at £30 per person and can be for any type of portrait shoot.
How long is a portrait session?
Usually a session will be around 2 hours . However, babies can be longer as they often run the show and hair / makeup can take up too an hour.
How shall I best prepare for my shoot?
Usually I speak with my clients on the phone and via email before the session. I am always on the hunt for new location so can advise in this area however I am also open to your ideas so please feel free to give me your input. I can also help on what to wear to the shoot and most importantly what doesn't work well on camera. Usually once a date is in the diary we will arrange the location, timings, discuss what to wear or bring etc. I also have individual documents for each type of shoot that I email over to ensure you know what to expect.
What makes you different to other portrait photographers?
I believe my approach maybe a little bit different from other photographers in the following ways:
· As a woman I can fully appreciate all the details of a photo shoot such as the clothes, styling, props and personal touches. I have great attention to detail and simply believe that I know what women want.
· I don’t look at other portrait photographers work for inspiration. I prefer to look toward fashion, editorial shoots and other area of photography to keep my creative juices flowing. I aim to give each person something unique even if I have photographed at a similar location before, I want your shoot to be different.
· I edit all the images for you to preview even if you don't buy them. I want you to see them finished.
What qualifications and experience do you have?
After studying photography at A-Level and learning the craft with traditional film and black and white printing, I then honed my skills through a BA Hons Editorial Photography degree. I graduated in 2006 and have been approved by the British Institute of Professional Photography with the Licentiateship (LBIPP) qualification which is recognised across the world as a benchmark of excellence. I have also completed an NVQ level 3 in digital retouching as well as eights years experience photographing weddings. I am also a regularly contributor to photographic titles including Professional Photographer, Turning Pro,Photography Monthly and Digital Camera World writing features to inspire other photographers.
What happens if something doesn’t go to plan on the day?
I believe portrait photography is about capturing priceless moments and enjoying the experience. Children can often run the show but I am happy with that because I want to capture their personality and have a few tricks up my sleeve to ensure we still get beautiful images.
What equipment do you use?
I use a Canon EOS 5D MKIII, Canon 1Ds MKII with a range of Pro L series lenses including 17-40mm, 24-105mm, 28-70mm, 85mm, 70-200mm and 100-400mm. I also carry a Canon EX 580 MKII flashgun, a range of Lastolite reflectors and Elinchrom studio light if required due to bad weather. It is unlikely but back up equipment is always at hand if there are any technical difficult or failures on the day.
Are you insured?
Yes. I have professional indemnity insurance along with public liability insurance.
What areas do you cover?
I cover mainly the south west (Gloucestershire and Somerset region) but also happy to travel further afield.