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Portraits FAQs

Q: DO YOU OFFER A 30 MINUTE SHOOT?

A: I'm afraid not. The shortest session I offer lasts one hour.

Q: WHAT DO YOU CHARGE FOR TRAVEL?

A: It depends on the destination and the type of shoot. If a shoot is in London and I don't need too much equipment, I will always take public transport and charge accordingly. If I need more equipment than I can carry on public transport, I will normally take a taxi. If it's a weekend or evening, I may drive, depending on the available parking options.

Q: CAN I/WE USE THE PHOTOS YOU TAKE ANYWHERE WITHOUT RESTRICTION OR COPYRIGHT PROBLEMS?

A: Following a portrait shoot, you have the option of purchasing personal or commercial licences for the photos. Personal licences are cheaper, but are restricted. You can use photos with a personal licence on social media including LinkedIn.

Q: HOW DO I PICK OUT THE BEST PHOTOS AFTER A SHOOT?

A: After a portrait shoot, I will email you a link to an online gallery where you can view all the best images from your shoot. You can immediately order digital files or prints through the gallery. It is best value to buy the whole lot, but you can always just buy a few if you prefer.

Q. HOW MUCH RETOUCHING IS INCLUDED IN A PORTRAIT SHOOT? 

 A:  For a one hour portrait shoot, there is one hour of retouching included. For a two hour shoot, there are two hours of retouching included. For a three hour shoot, there are three hours of retouching included. Any additional time spent retouching photos beyond what is included is charged at £75 an hour.

Q. WHAT IF I DON'T KNOW WHAT KIND OF PHOTOS I WANT?

 A: That's absolutely fine - if you get in touch, I'd be more than happy to discuss your needs and make suggestions based on your situation.

Q. DO YOU RECOMMEND STUDIO STYLE PHOTOS OR NATURAL PHOTOS?

A: It depends on what you need the photos for. In many work situations, where a plain/neutral background is required, I would recommend a studio shoot, as it is the best way to control the lighting and ensure you are perfectly lit. However, these can sometime come across a bit too formal and some people prefer a more relaxed work portrait in their office or at another location.

Natural photos work better for less formal situations, such as family portraits. Although I am happy photographing families and children in the studio, I strongly recommend taking photos of children whilst they are doing something they enjoy.  That might be running around outside and playing or doing an inside activity like painting.

Q. FOR PORTRAIT SESSIONS DO I/WE COME TO YOU OR DO YOU COME TO ME/US?

A: If you are looking for studio style photos, I have a portable studio so I am happy bringing it to your home or other location (for a fee). You are welcome to come to me, in Harringay, London, N8, but I only have room for three people at any time, as my studio is on the small side.

If you are looking for natural, on-location photos, I always suggest we go somewhere that is relevant and/or convenient for you.

Q. WHAT SHOULD I/WE WEAR FOR THE SHOOT?

A: The important thing is that you feel comfortable in what you are wearing. My only suggestion is that you don't wear anything too 'busy'. Keep it simple.

You are welcome to bring as many outfits as you like and change as often as time allows. It's always good to have a variety of outfits in a shoot, so you have more of a selection of photos to choose from at the end. 

Q. SHOULD I/WE BRING ANYTHING ELSE? 

 A: You are welcome to bring along any props that might add some context to your shoot. If it's a family session and you have small children, I would definitely recommend bringing their favourite toy/s and some snacks.

Q. DO YOU TAKE PASSPORT PHOTOS?

A: I am happy taking photos of you for use in your passport, yes, although my minimum hour long session does apply, so it will not be the most cost effective option for a passport photo.