General Purpose Photos (or Mixed Styles)
This packages are for when you want photos for professional and/or personal use, whether for business or dating or social media, just for fun or to 'capture your looks'. We can do any combination of styles.
— Are the Images Really All Included?
Yes! Almost every other studio and photographer charges you per photo in addition to the shoot, meaning that end up spending hundreds of pounds more than you thought. All of my prices include all the photos we take, so there's nothing extra to pay on the day.
— What About a Make-Up Artist?
I do have a separate Makeover section (here), but if it's important that the photos feel like 'you', then it's much better to keep it natural and do your own make-up. (By all means, arrange to visit a hair salon beforehand if need be.)
I've been doing this for 15 years and people always assume they'll benefit from a make-up artist, but photographic make-up feels much heavier than you're used to, and even a very minimal look will feel really 'caked on'. Doing your own make-up is not only much cheaper, but you will look and feel much more like yourself, and more comfortable and natural as a result.
In my experience anyone over about 35 tends to be consistently underwhelmed by professional make-up, no matter how expertly it is done, simply because it's not how they're used to looking. Natural looking photos with their usual make-up, on the other hand, they love.
— What Happens on the Day?
When you arrive, we'll have a quick chat about what photo styles and ideas would best suit you and your needs. We'll do some warm-up shots to get you comfortable in front of the camera, and then proceed with the shoot.
The number of outfits is just an average, not a hard limit. With each outfit/idea there'll be a different lighting setup, and you'll get a chance to review the pics we've just taken to make sure you're happy before moving on to the next look.
I don't provide outfits, so you'll need to bring anything you want to wear but I'll make lots of suggestions when you book in case that's useful.
Most people I work with have never had a shoot before and arrive a bit nervous. That's normal! I'll give you tons of direction all the way through and make it very easy and fun.
— 100+ Images Seems a Lot...
Part of the magic of good photography is taking many variations of any one pose so that you have options when choosing ones to use.
Unless you’re a very experienced model, it takes time and lots of photos and direction from me to arrive at really good ones. The photos always get better and better as the shoot goes on, as you relax and look more and more confident. So the packages are designed with this in mind, and it takes that long and many shots in order to arrive at the really great ones you’d choose to use.
Most studios only let you have a few of the photos, but I find that people really like having the outtakes too, as there are often lots they like and want to use. So you won't miss out on any - you'll get all the images we take, all included in the price with nothing extra to pay on the day.
— Can We Do Both Studio and Outdoors?
With both the Basic and the Standard package, as long as there is daylight and it's not raining, we can do some or all of the photos outdoors in the area outside my studio. It's right next to the River Thames. This is great for photos with a very natural feel.
The specific Outdoors package is if you want to do the whole shoot somewhere further afield, such as in a park or at famous London landmarks. For most purposes I'd recommend doing the Standard package instead, as we can still do some outdoor shots and it has the advantage of having somewhere to change, fewer tourists around and it's also cheaper as I don't need to travel. Plus you can do studio shots as well.
— Can I Share the Shoot With Someone?
Yes, absolutely, and I don't charge any extra for that. So that means you can split the cost of the shoot with someone and we can do any combination of photos individually and together that you like. If you find you want an extra hour to give you both more time for other looks, that costs just £50 (so just £25 each if there are two of you.)