Q: What should I wear for the photoshoot?
You should preferably wear black/navy trousers and a crisp pastel coloured shirt, you should also bring a matching jacket.
Q: When should I shave or/and have a haircut?
Please shave or trim your beard the morning of the shoot. Please keep in mind that if you would like to have your haircut prior to having your portrait taken it is best to do this at least a week beforehand in order to allow your hair to grow back in a bit to look its best.
Q: Should I bring extra clothing?
Yes, it is a good idea if possible to bring an extra shirt, just in case the colour you are wearing does not agree with your complexion in the photo. It may also be a good idea to bring an extra tie to match your outfit.
Q: Are there any types of clothing that I should avoid?
In my extensive experience photographing portraiture in a corporate environment I have been told by my commissioning team that low cut or figure hugging shirts or tops are not acceptable. However each organisation has its preferred marketing style so it is always best to check with the management team first.
Q: Should I bring extra clothing?
Yes, as with the men, it is a good idea to bring an extra shirt or combination of suit, just in case the colour does not suit your complexion in the photo.
Q: Can or should I wear jewellery?
Of course you may wear jewellery. But, as this is a portrait of you, it should be kept to a minimum, as the focus of attention should be on your face and not a beautiful brooch in the photograph.
Q: What colour of clothing should I wear for the session?
Solid colours will photograph best, particularly medium and dark tones, as well as black. It is a good idea also to avoid stripes, plaids, prints or any clothing with bold logos or writing.
Q: Should I wear bright colours?
Unless you skin is a medium or dark tone, bright colours will tend to take the emphasis away from your face in the final image, which defeats the purpose of your portraiture session.
Q: What should the colour of my suit be?
A dark suit is recommended.
Q: What should the colour of my shirt be?
Your shirt, by and large, should be a pastel colour with long sleeves and crisply ironed as it will photograph the best.
Q: Can I wear my glasses for the photoshoot?
Yes of course you can wear your glasses. It may take a little longer to photograph you depending of the refractive index of the lenses, as I normally use flash strobe to light you, and this normally means moving the lights around in order to take the reflection out of the lenses. If you do choose to wear your glasses I do ask that you give them a good clean prior to the shoot in order to get rid of any smears or smudges, as they are extremely difficult to get rid of in post production retouching.
Q: Will you be shooting outside or inside?
This is a choice for the management team to make. Photographing a portrait outside changes the whole feel of the final photo as usually we will be using the available light with a hint of flash strobe or reflector. This would be decided in a preliminary consultation meeting.
We can also create a photoshoot in your office using the office environment as a backdrop this all depends on the aesthetic you are after and it would be something we would also decide upon at a creative direction meeting .
Finally we can set up a mobile studio space in, for example, a boardroom, using a backdrop colour of your choice along with studio lighting.
Q: Will there be hair and make-up at the photoshoot?
A hair and make-up artist should normally be arranged before the shoot and will obviously incur extra cost as well as more time for individuals as they will be made up before the session.
Q: How long will my photo session last?
Timing should normally be set out and planned before the shoot day. It is good practice to have a list print out in order to tick each individual off and also to chronologically organise the shoot in order to name the files correctly. The number of people to shoot normally dictates the time I will have with each person. However I approach portraiture in a relaxed way and will spend extra time with anyone who is not comfortable in front of the camera. I believe that my portraiture shoots should turn a potential nerve racking day into one that is fun and motivational.
Q: Will my portrait be retouched?
Initially I will send an edit of the shoot to you, these will be unretouched or colour graded. From this edit you will choose how ever many shots we agreed at the commission meeting and these are the ones I will retouch, (if any is required). The digital retouch will be sensitively done, and will only remove blemishes, stray hairs etc. to make sure that you still look like yourself on a good day.
Q: How will the portraits be delivered?
I usually deliver the images electronically via WeTransfer. However if you require a different mode of delivery I will obviously accommodate.
Do you have a cancellation policy?
Yes I do. It is 25% of the total value of the shoot five days prior and 50% 24hrs prior to the scheduled shoot date.