The way I work
What should I wear?
Clothing is a critical part of making a wonderful portrait photo. I would suggest that you bring a number of outfits (clothing), so that you can change during the shoot, to give you different looks.
Wear casual, classic clothing, free of logos or bold patterns. Bring your favourite jumper or jeans if its cold or a floaty dress or shorts if its warm.
Bright colours look amazing, so if you have a crazy item of clothing or favourite colour, then bring it along!
The key is to wear something that reflects your personality and most of all you must be happy to wear it. If you are doing a group photo shoot, then try and keep the some style. One simple stye is to have the group all wear white tops and jeans or black trousers, this is a common option by many groups or families. If you do wear lots of patterns with bold colours or logos, in a group or on your own. The image will look very busy and the focus will not be on you, which is after all you are the mean subject and not all the extra stuff. Just remember your photos are all about you or your group, so let it be that.
Do you have a make up artist?
I have a few fantastic make up artist that I can organise for you for an additional fee.
How long do the images take once I have order them?
The images all go through a retouch process and once printed, will be ready in approximately 2 – 6 weeks, depending on whether you order prints, albums, frames or portrait boxes.
Do you have the gift vouchers?
I have beautifully wrapped and presented gift vouchers, to suit all budgets and styles of photography. They can be posted, delivered or picked up. Please call me with your requirements.
How many photos do you take in photographic session?
I present you with a selection of 100 – 120 photos at your personal viewing. How many of these you decide to purchase is up to you, however most families order their favourite 20-30 images.
Additional tips to prepare:
Jewelry: Keep your jewelry to a minimum. Metals tend to create unwanted reflections. But if you have nice big earrings, just take it with you, for sure it can be fine.
Hair: If you want to tie back your hair, do not wear a big bow. Use a barrette or other similar accessory. You may consider fixing your hair differently for different scenes. If you do this it is a good idea to bring a hair brush and water spray bottle. If you dye your hair, make sure that your roots are not beginning to show. Many pictures are spoiled by the natural color roots appearing under the new color. Also, dying the hair often leaves it dry and brittle. If this happens, it is a good idea to add mousse or another moisturizer to the hair prior to the shoot.
Makeup: We recommend a natural look. If you do your own makeup, carefully apply foundation with a clean makeup sponge. Then apply a loose skin tone powder. Apply blusher with a clean and dry makeup sponge. Then use a soft brush to apply a final layer of loose powder to eliminate harsh blusher outlines. Apply mascara lightly. Use an eyebrow pencil to improve your natural eyebrow line. Apply lip liner and fill in with a good lipstick.
Skin, The Canvass: Before you apply makeup, start with smooth and moisturized skin. If necessary, give yourself a facial or scrub treatment. This minimizes uneven or artificial looking makeup application and promotes a healthy, glowing look.
Eyes and Lines: With liquid eyeliner, an option is to dot the eyeliner next to the eyelash base rather than create a solid line. For a different look, limit liquid eyeliner application to the top eyelid and/or the outer corners of the eyes. Smoky eye shadow applied above the eyelids and blended with the outer corners of the eyes also creates a desirable effect; a highlighted brow area enhances this effect.
Lips: Most lips benefit from definition, even when lipstick is not generally used. For a natural but polished look, try a shade or two darker than your lip color, apply lip pencil, smudge lips a bit and apply a little gloss, or lipstick.