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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.

FAQ

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. Having said that I'm aware that it takes some people longer to relax than others, so if we need a little extra time then that's okay with me. :)




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. This will always be communicated to you at the point of booking, along with a quote for the extra charge.




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. If you want me to pose you, I can certainly do so in a way that looks more flattering. I also do a small amount of retouching in Photoshop after each shoot. But here's the thing: I can't change the way you feel about your appearance. If you're coming into this assuming I will be able to make you look like a different person, you're going to need to adjust your expectations. It can be really tough to feel unhappy with your body or your looks. But all those imperfections that you see when you look at a photo of yourself? I don't see those. I really hope that your time with me can help you understand that. But body positivity has to start with you - it's not something I can do for you.




I'm feeling pretty anxious about being on camera.


Don't worry, a lot of people feel like that! Part of my mission as the photographer is to try and put you at ease. I begin all my shoots with a consultation, with the express aim of helping you relax. Usually we'll grab a drink somewhere or sit in a park, and just chill out for a while. There are also plenty of ways I can help once the shoot has begun. For example, if you feel unsure about how to stand or what to do with your hands, I will be there to guide you. I always make sure to check in with you regularly if I'm posing you, to make sure that no pose feels too awkward for you. If you think you're going to find the photoshoot quite difficult, why not bring along something you can do with your hands? Fidget spinners, knitting, or even a paperclip to twiddle with can give you something to focus on that isn't my camera!




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'm heavily invested in making sure I take a judgement-free approach to my photography, so please don't worry that I'm going to find your idea weird - I won't. Whatever it is, I'm happy to talk about it.




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. A good place to start out might be to think about what you want to use the photographs for - do you plan to use them on social media, or do you want something that might be suitable on your mum's mantlepiece? Or do you want them for something else entirely? Next, you might want to think about how you want the photos to feel - if a stranger was looking at a photo of you, what would you want them to think about you? We'll talk about all this during the consultation, but it's best for you to have an idea before you arrive.




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. If you are able to pay the standard rate I ask that you please pay it, as this helps keep me afloat. However I understand that not everyone will be able to afford this and so I also offer a reduced rate, covering exactly the same services. If you are using the reduced rate, I ask that in exchange you help promote my business in non-financial ways - eg. post reshares, reviews, recommendations. For more information about this, please have a look at my pricing page.





PRICING

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.

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