You have a personal brand and are based in the UK - this is my last summer shooting here before relocating to the US.
You aren't ready to book your date as my shoot slots fill up fast.
I only have 25 sessions available in 2022—one branding shoot a week in spring and two in summer (nothing in Autumn or Winter). I limit my schedule to remain energised and excited for every shoot, only working with the best light and keeping my turnaround time nice and quick.
This is my last batch of shoots before I emigrate to the US. Securing as early as possible in the year means you won't miss one of my last 25 (it's my I offer payment plans!)
Got questions? I've got you! Here are the answers to a few of my most frequently asked ones.
(Please take a minute to read through them, and don't hesitate to reach out if you have any more for me!)
No, but as well as a hair and makeup artist, I tend to suggest booking an indoor location (such as an Airbnb) if your budget allows. British weather is totally unpredictable, as you know, and an indoor location means we can create no matter the wind, the rain or the light. But even if the forecast looks great, an indoor location can still be a great idea. Firstly, it gives us somewhere comfortable to do your hair and makeup, secondly somewhere to try clothes on and get changed… and thirdly start the day getting a TON of lifestyle shots on the sofa, in bed, at a desk—basically, everywhere you work in real life (because it’s not all coffee shops and juice bars!). That being said, you don’t have to hire an indoor location if we can find a way around this due to budget restrictions.
If you’ve already put a deposit down on a date, then have to move/cancel it, the deposit is legally non-refundable, and a new deposit will have to be made to hold your new date.
I require a £650 deposit to book your date in my calendar. The remaining £650 is then due 2 weeks before your shoot. If you choose a payment plan then I ask for the first payment as the deposit, which is the cheaper way to secure the shoot.
Where in the world will you have your photoshoot? The possibilities are endless, but to be realistic, it’s usually where you live, where you’re vacationing, or a cute Airbnb we find that reflects you and your brand. These images will illustrate your business, so somewhere with an aesthetic that’s in keeping with your brand’s look and feel is great, but more important than that is the lighting, as we can use outfits and props to style. Don’t worry, though—I don’t leave everything up to you. Picking a location is a collaborative process. Once you’re booked in, I’ll send you a guide all about location sourcing for your shoot.
There isn’t a perfect number of outfits to bring on your shoot. I’d much rather you bring too many outfits than too few because outfits are key to creating variety and diversity. Most people bring ballpark 8 outfits, but with easy variations on each so they stretch further—like adding a jacket or changing a t-shirt (as things like this can be done in the back of a car or cafe bathroom!). I recommend taking your shot list and working through our plans by adding a look or two to each scene. I’ll also send you a guide on outfit and prop styling when you’re booked in. You’ll be super supported with this piece.
There’s a certain amount of weather I can create magic out of. Overcast clouds, high sun, a little drizzle... but if I believe the weather is going to ruin our shoot, your hair and makeup and my camera, then I will give you the opportunity to reschedule for free. This is entirely up to me to decide as I’m the one who knows what is possible in any given weather. It’s important that we secure an indoor location with a flexible cancellation policy if it’s the rainy season.
Yes! So much! Like I said, you’ll receive a guide on everything you need to know about location planning along with 1:1 help from me to search for a location. Then you’ll receive a styling guide so that you know what outfits and props to bring to support your shoot and brand aesthetic. All our plans are gathered in our collaborative Google Doc. Then two weeks out from your shoot, we will connect on WhatsApp in case you have some quick-fire questions in the run-up, followed by a phone call the Friday before your shoot to make sure you are feeling fully prepared and excited for our day together.
You don’t have to have anything you don’t want to, but I’d really recommend it—makeup for shoots is different than makeup for everyday wear because cosmetics capture differently on camera. Your makeup has to be applied in a way that makes it as visible on the image as it is in real life. A professional artist knows how to expertly exaggerate your makeup so that what you see in the mirror and what your clients/customers see on screen is as similar as possible!
Also, my hair and makeup artist stays all day long to make sure your hair’s constantly in place and your makeup is consistently tweaked and touched up!
Generally, my style is light, bright and airy, with minimal alteration to the colours. If you’d like me to work with a preset to create a more stylised look, then I have a series of darker or more muted edits that are possible. We’ve gotta decide this before the shoot, though, as it affects my lighting choices.
As with any photographer in any niche, the copyright of the images belongs to the photographer unless signed off in a written agreement. The fee for our shoot grants you the permission to use your images everywhere I can think of that you might want to use them for your business and self-promotion: website, social, publications etc. What you’re not able to do is sell the images on to a third party.
No, I never give our raw photos, firstly because they are huge files and difficult to transfer, secondly because most platforms and software don’t recognise raw, and thirdly because they are entirely unfinished until they’re colour balanced and profiled by me and processed out as jpegs, which is how you’ll receive your album.
I don't retouch my images. I focus highly on authenticity and integrity and want our images to reflect that fully. Nothing you see in my portfolio or on my IG is retouched, and you wouldn’t know it, would you? I work with the best makeup artists who pride themselves on a flawless finish. I also have 10 years+ experience working with light to know what is and isn’t flattering—your images will be beautiful, trust me!
Don’t worry if you’re new to brand photography, because this is not my first rodeo! I’m more than happy to share anything (big or small) that might help on our call, so feel free to ask any remaining questions you have before booking your shoot! All I ask is that you read through the FAQs before you pencil in a call with me, so we can spend as much time as possible planning your shoot out to make sure it’s the best experience possible—creative, productive, fun and most of all, in flow.
Thank you for joining the UK waitlist! I will be in touch with availability once I open the doors to book in Spring.