What to expect from photoshoots. FAQ's answered
Q: How long is a photoshoot?
A: It really depends on what you want from the shoot. Typically 1/2.5 hours. A typical cakesmash or toddler shoot will last about an hour as they can get bored for any longer. A portrait shoot or portfolio update, requiring different backgrounds, lighting and outfit changes will more likely take around 2 to 2.5 hours.
Q: Are you insured?
A: Yes all my equipment is insured and I have full public liability insurance.
Q: Why would I come for a shoot? - I'm not photogenic, I'm overweight, I'm not confident in front of a camera
A: That's not something you need to worry about, it's my job to take great photos of you, all you need to do is relax and let me guide you through.
Q: Where do you do your photo shoots?
A: We have a very well equipped home studio in Runcorn where we can cover most styles of photography. Alternatively we can arrange to shoot at a different location.
Q: Can you do a shoot at my house, it would be more convenient?
A: Indeed we can!..... as long as you have enough space to fit us in, we'll work with what we have available.
You may have a pretty garden or a particular room in the house that you would like as a setting. We can also bring a portable backdrop stand, a few different backdrops and lighting with us if plain backgrounds are what you're looking for - contact us to discuss your ideas.
Q: I'm a bit nervous, can I bring a friend or my mum?
A: Of course you can if you think it will help. The more confident and the least nervous you are, the better you will come across in the photographs.
Jeannette, my wife is usually on hand for a bit of support too.
There's no need to be nervous anyway....we're lovely! :)
Q: Can you do bigger groups?
A: Obviously there is a space restriction at our home studio for larger groups but if you have a more suitable location in mind, we'll come to you, maybe a garden or park .... or your private mansion!
Q: What happens after the shoot?
A: First I upload and backup the images from the cards in the camera. I then import them into my software and then go through all the photos that we took during the shoot, taking out the shots that do not meet my high standards, maybe the light wasn't quite right, or we caught you in 'mid blink' - which leaves me with all the images that I think you will be happy with.
I will edit the selected images to ensure that they're perfect for your viewing. We'll then invite you back for a brew (and a biscuit) to have a look at your finished photographs. If you decide that you love them and would like to buy some prints or maybe a folio box we can make arrangements.
I'll then make the photos available to you, for a limited time, in the form of a password protected online gallery for additional viewing and to share with friends and family. Prints and additional digital files can also be purchased here.
Q: What if I want additional prints later on?
A: Should you decide later that you'd like additional prints, I will keep the files for 12 months after your shoot, just let me know and I will make them available in the form of a gallery again for you to choose. There will of course be an additional charge.
Q: Where can I see more examples of your work?
A: Whizz yourself over to here:-
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