Most of my portrait shoots can be done in the comfort of your own home or outdoors, however on some occasions I may need to ask you to come to my home studio. This really depends on the available space in your home, and the type of photography that you are looking for. If we are using a backdrop then a space around six feet wide and 4 feet deep must be available for the photography equipment, otherwise there simply won’t be enough room to position the lighting and people to achieve a beautiful result. If you are worried you won’t have enough space in your home, I can arrange a quick visit prior to our appointment to check and if not you will be invited to come to my home studio instead.
If you are looking for a specific type of shoot, or you really want to recreate a photo you have seen online, just send me a link in advance and I can let you know if it will be possible. Otherwise, pick out your outfits and any special or meaningful props of your own that you might like to feature and ensure they are ready to use on the day of your shoot.
If your shoot is taking place in your own home (around 90% of my shoots are done this way), then you will need to ensure you have a suitable space free from furniture and clutter before the shoot begins. Once I arrive at your home, I will need around 15 minutes to set up my equipment and get everything ready for your shoot. I’ve found that school age children often like to get involved in setup – and that’s completely fine as long as they are supervised by a parent or other suitable caregiver! I tend to bring smaller items that they can help carry and boxes of small props and toys that they can look through to choose their favourites.
The shoot itself is very relaxed and usually lasts around 1.5 to 2 hours – or until the children get tired. I like to involve the children as much as possible, and often let them have a go at taking a picture or two of mum, dad or siblings if they are curious about the equipment. The shoot will go at the pace of the child, and if that means we need to sing ‘twinkle twinkle’ or ‘if you’re happy and you know it’ whilst I’m taking their picture – well so be it. Happy children take the best pictures, so it’s really important to get them relaxed and help them to enjoy the experience.
Don’t worry about any eczema, baby acne, or skin problem breaking out on the day – almost all blemishes and imperfections can be removed post production, so it really isn’t something to get stressed about. From experience, happy and relaxed parents tend to lead to happy and relaxed children and toddlers, so the more at ease you feel the better! Don’t worry if your little angel throws a tantrum as nine times out of ten they will come round and still perform well enough to get a good amount of beautiful pictures. A lot of the most beautiful pictures happen when your child is fooling around and playing, so try not to worry if they aren’t posing for all of the pictures, or if you think they are being cheeky or messing around – if it’s a problem I’ll let you know!
Here’s a behind the scenes picture from a recent Christmas themed shoot
After the shoot comes the post production process. You’ll receive untouched proof images the day after your shoot so that you can pick your favourites – at this stage don’t worry about any problems with skin, blemishes, lighting or prop setup – you just need to pick your favourite images from the shoot in order for them to go through to post-production. During post production I will individually retouch your images before they are supplied to you digitally around one week after your shoot. The complimentary retouching process includes correcting and altering colour balance, skin imperfections, background replication, and adding or removing items from backgrounds as required. Any other retouching will be done on an individual basis, but each and every image that you choose to go through the process is individually worked on to ensure the most beautiful end result possible for your keepsakes. If you have ordered prints, they will be available to collect around three working days after you receive your digital images, or can be hand delivered around one week after you have received your digital images
Here are two examples of post-production techniques used in my editing process