Portrait FAQ’s

I want to book a portrait shoot with you. What's the process?

First, you need to let me know that you would like to book a shoot, by submitting an inquiry on my contact page. Once I receive your inquiry, I’ll contact you to schedule a meeting so we can discuss your vision for your shoot.

During the meeting, we’ll discuss your requirements for your shoot. What you have in mind for theme, set, wardrobe, hair and makeup. We’ll also discuss how you want to present your images – wall portraits, heirloom box, or album.

After our meeting we’ll create a mood board to ensure we’re all on the same page and, we’ll book your studio time.

On the day of the shoot, you’ll arrive without makeup ready to by styled by my team.

 

During the shoot, I’ll be guiding you every step of the way. You’ll be changing your outfits & having a blast!

After the shoot, I’ll make a selection of the best 40 images which I’ll edit & retouch.

Once editing and retouching is complete, we’ll schedule a viewing session in the studio where you’ll view and select your images.

Once you’ve made your selection and payment has been received, your order will be processed.

Approximately 10 days for delivery from the printer.  

Why Are You More Expensive Than Other Photographers?

I’m not a shoot and burn type of portrait photographer. Every Christmas, the industry is flooded with a new wave of ‘professional’ photographers who have recently acquired the latest in photographic gear and they set out into the world offering photoshoots and hundreds of high resolution images on disk for next to nothing.

Over the years I have honed my photographic skills, my interpersonal skills, my equipment, my artistic style and my brand to culminate in providing heirloom quality wall portraits, collection boxes and albums.

I don’t sell my time. I create custom artwork.

I'm very camera shy, how are you going to get a good photo?

Human behaviour has always interested me. From my days at university where I studied communications, through to my career in photography, when I realised that knowing how to guide and coach people in front of the camera is just as important, if not more important, than the technical side of photography. We work as a team during our sessions, where I guide you from pose to pose, focussing on breathing and relaxing as we go. We do warm up activities before we start and before you know it, you’re having the time of your life in front of the camera!  

I have body concerns. Can I still be photographed?

Of course. We all have our issues. There’s always something about our bodies that we’re not happy with. This is a safe place, and my utmost objective is to make sure that you’re relaxed. I believe we should all accept ourselves and others for the beautiful women that we are. I aim to support you through this process and show you how beautiful you really are.

What Do I Wear For My Portrait Shoot?

It’s important that what you’re wearing makes you feel both comfortable AND confident. I advise my clients to think about the end result and work your way backwards. What would you love your photo artwork to look like? What mood do you want it to convey? What are your favourite colours? What’s the purpose of these images?

Before your shoot, I’ll be asking you these and other questions, and will offer advice on what you should bring, buy or hire for your shoot.

The more effort you put into your shoot BEFORE you’re in front of the camera, the better the results.

How long will the photoshoot take?

Duration of the shoot depends on the kind of shoot and how many people. Hair styling and makeup takes about 1 hour per woman. The shoot itself will vary from 30 minutes (for Profile Picture Shoot) to 2 hours (for Makeover Shoot) 

Do you sell high resolution digital files?

No. My product range is exclusively tangible products like prints, heirloom boxes and albums. I work with professional labs who’s print quality is representative of how my images have been created & edited. I therefore control the quality of print of my images to reflect my brand’s accuracy. This ensures that you’re getting the quality artwork that you’re paying for. 

Can I get digital images to share on Facebook and on email?

Yes of course. For every print you purchase, you get the corresponding web-ready digital image. 

Do I need to do my hair and makeup?

No, my portrait sessions include hair styling and makeup services. We’ll discuss your desired look ahead of time. All you need to do is arrive with no makeup and with clean, dry hair. My team will do the rest.

What Products do I get?

You can choose from Wall Portraits, Heirloom Boxes or Albums. Any products you purchase will be accompanied by the web-ready low resolution image.

What happens if I don't like my photos?

No problem. You’re under no obligation to purchase any images from your shoot. You only pay at the ordering session, so if you don’t like any images, you don’t have to buy any. It’s my job to make sure that I create images that you’re going to love!

Can I get all of the photos from the shoot?

No. It’s my job as a professional to make the selection of images that represent your shoot, giving you access to a smaller, higher quality collection, rather than a larger, more watered-down one.

Can I get unedited images?

No. My brand and photographic style is related to my artistic editing choices. The first step in creating an image is in camera, the second step is how the image is processed. They are not mutually exclusive.

 

 

 

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