My headshot and professional sessions take a more personal approach to your brand than others might. I'm not the kind of photographer who's going to insist on taking that very formal, corporate looking photo against a plain white background; instead I prefer to use the environment around you to create something which looks natural and authentic. I firmly believe that professional photographs can have a creative and personable feel to them - especially if you're a small business owner, or someone working in a creative field.
Above all, I like to make sure I take the time to get to know you and your brand. Before a session you'll usually find me asking questions about what you do professionally, who your customers are, and how you like to approach your work. I'll also (with your consent!) take a look through you socials and website to get a sense of how your business feels. All of this is used to tailor my services to you, and ensure I'm creating something that you want. Previous sessions have included headshots for a web-designer, lockdown photos of a coffee company, and a cosy home session with the owner of a knitware shop - the vibe really does vary from session to session!
I favour a natural, documentary-style approach to my photography, which works well for social media and digital marketing. My favourite images are those which show people caught in a moment; hard at work, laughing with a customer, or simply being themselves. Images like this can help you create a friendly and approachable style for your business, which is especially important for anyone who has a personal element to what they do. Digital marketing is one of the best ways to reach your client base right now what - what with covid-19 still playing a big role in our lives - and my photographs can help you create a friendly and fun style to engage your customers!
One of my main priorities when I take photos is to ensure that my clients feel comfortable. I understand that being in front of a camera can feel anxiety inducing, which is why I take the time to get to know you and help you relax. All my shoots begin with a 30 minute consultation. This gives us the time to get comfortable around each other, will help me understand more about who you are and what you want from your photographs, and also gives you a space to talk through any specific anxieties you might have about being on camera.
How long will the photoshoot take?
Usually about 1 hour and 30 minutes. We'll spend the first 30 minutes chatting, getting comfortable around each other and talking about what you want from the shoot. After that, we'll spend the next hour taking photos.
How many photos will I get?
I guarantee between 10 and 15 finished photos, though I may send more than this. There will be two versions of each photo: one high res version (suitable for printing, etc.) and one web size version, suitable for social media use.
When will I get the photos?
I will aim to get the photos to you within one month of the shooting date.
How will I recieve the photos?
I will send digital versions of the files to you via WeTransfer.
Are there any hidden costs?
As a non-driver, I need to factor public transport into my costs. This means that if your shoot is planned to take place outside of Bristol, I will need to charge extra in order to cover my travel expenses.
Where will the photoshoot take place?
We'll discuss this in advance and come to a decision together. Most of my shoots are outdoors, though if you'd prefer a photoshoot around your home or inside a particular location then those can also work really well.
What should I wear?
I always advocate wearing whatever makes you feel most comfortable. The more relaxed you feel, the nicer the photos will look, so it’s best to wear something that you feel good in. You are more than welcome to have a change of clothes ready, if you want to try out a few different looks!
I don't look good in photos. Can you make me look good?
Yes and no.
I'm feeling pretty anxious about being on camera.
Don't worry, a lot of people feel like that!
I have an unusual idea for a photoshoot. Will you hear me out?
Absolutely! I'm always up for trying something new, or a little bit different!
I don't know anything about photography. How am I supposed to know what kind of photos I want?
It's okay to not really know what you're looking for, but I do need you to guide me a little - otherwise, it's going to be difficult for me to create photos that you feel happy with.
What's the deal with the Standard Rate and the Reduced Rate?
I offer two different rates because I want my photography to be accessible to everyone, regardless of their financial situation.
STANDARD RATE £70 | REDUCED RATE £40
This includes a 30 minute consultation and an hour of shooting. It also covers travel within Bristol and guarantees at least 10-15 finished photographs. For more information, please browse my FAQ below.
Music, theatre, performance art, professional headshots, actor headshots and portrait photography in the South West including Bristol, Bath, Weston-Super-Mare, Clevedon, Portishead, Wells, Glastonbury, Swindon, Newport, Cardiff.
Nicky Takes Photos is an inclusive, affordable and friendly photographer; LGBT friendly and polyamory friendly.
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