West Yorkshire portrait photographer - frequently asked questions

WHAT STYLE OF CLOTHES SHOULD I WEAR?

The main thing is that you should feel comfortable in whatever you are wearing.  We want you to feel relaxed and really enjoy your photo session.  However, there a few guidelines which if followed, will make a huge difference to the success of your photographs.  First, consider the style you want.  If this is sitting on the floor and an informal, relaxed style, then your clothes should reflect this, so jeans or casual trousers and shirts are great.  For something more formal, smart clothes should be worn and long sleeves almost always look better and are more flattering than short sleeves.  One golden rule - do not mix casual and formal styles of clothing within the same portrait as it looks completely wrong. 

HOW DO I MAKE SURE EVERYONE LOOKS GOOD IN MY FAMILY PORTRAIT?

For a family portrait, or any portrait which has more than one person in it, it's vital that each member of the family co-ordinates with everyone else.  This doesn't mean that you should be clones of eachother; rather that you should all dress to compliment one another.  A good idea is to lay the clothes everyone has chosen out on a bed and be brutally honest about whether they all look good together.  Does anything scream out "Look at me!!!"  If so, replace it with something which doesn't and see the advice above.  It can be difficult with teenagers and young adults because they are usually very fashion conscious but it's best if they don't wear anything too high fashion.  For most people, the investment in a professional family portrait means that they want to display it on a wall in a prominent position in their home and enjoy it for many years to come, so it's important that it doesn't date too quickly.  No individual person should dominate the image because of what they are wearing and all members of the family should look great together.

WHAT ABOUT COLOURS?

Again, often the style of the portrait will have some bearing on your choice of colours.  For a casual style portrait, blue denim jeans look great teamed with brightly coloured shirts as long as everyone is in bright colours.  Some colours are very dominant and are best avoided unless everyone is wearing the same colour, for example, red.  Casual trousers in neutral colours and pastels work well too.  White or ivory should be avoided, however for low key portraits taken against a black background, dark coloured clothes are great.

IS THERE ANYTHING WE SHOULD AVOID?

It's best to avoid stripes, anything very high fashion unless for a fashion shoot, logos which can quickly date your portrait, short sleeves, especially in portraits with black or dark backgrounds, very low cut necklines on ladies, very short skirts if you will be sitting on the floor, shoes and socks or tights on babies and small children, as bare feet look so much better, very bold patterns or colours which will dominate everything else in the portrait and bib and brace style outfits or dungarees on babies as the bib part can obscure their face.

I'M SELF CONSCIOUS ABOUT BEING PHOTOGRAPHED, CAN YOU STILL MAKE ME LOOK GOOD?

Most people have exactly the same hang ups about being photographed.  We are very relaxed and friendly and we have a great rapport with our clients.  Our aim is to make your session a lot of fun, to encourage you, reassure you and make you feel fantastic. 

DO YOU OFFER WEEKEND AND EVENING APPOINTMENTS?

Of course we do.  We offer appointments to suit you but if you do need a weekend or an evening, please book your session well in advance as available Saturdays and Sundays are limited particularly during wedding season and they get booked up very quickly. 

HOW MUCH DOES A SESSION COST?

Our session fee is just £35 which includes our time with you in the studio, all image editing and a separate appointment with you around two weeks later for you to view your images in private and select your favourites.  We will be happy to help you as much as you need to ensure that what you choose is perfect for you without any high pressure selling.

ARE PRINTS INCLUDED IN THE SESSION FEE?

The session fee is very modest to make it affordable to everyone.  It is a fee for our time, skill and experience, not only whilst you are in the studio, but setting everything up beforehand, heating and lighting the studio, tidying it after your visit, working on your images afterwards, and meeting with you again for your preview and ordering appointment.  There are no products included but prints are available from just £35.

HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE?

Our studio is not huge and therefore we can accommodate around six people depending on the number of adults and children.  For larger groups we are happy to offer an environmental portrait session in a local park or other location of your choice.     

WILL YOU PHOTOGRAPH DIFFERENT COMBINATIONS WITHIN A SINGLE SESSION?

We are more than happy to photograph different combinations of the same family within one session.  If your extended family would like to have their own immediate family photographed, we need to ensure that only a maximum of approximately six people are in the studio at any time due to safety and to reduce distractions for those being photographed.  Spectactors are best kept to only those people who have be present but with extended families, you are welcome to book a double session and divide it into two so that we photograph one family first and then the second family later.  The price of this service is £70.  

HOW LONG WILL WE BE IN THE STUDIO?

We accept only two portrait sessions a day - usually a morning session and an afternoon session - although we can be flexible with the time to suit your requirements.  For this reason, we do not offer free portrait sessions unlike some photographers who allocate fifteen or thirty minutes slots.  This is unrealistic especially when children or pets are involved and our priority is to offer you the best possible service.

CAN FAMILY MEMBERS TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS OR VIDEO WHILST IN THE STUDIO?

We are asked this only very occasionally but our studio policy is that we do not permit anyone to video or take photographs whilst in the studio.  This applies to the use of compact cameras, camera phones or iPads.  We have to protect our business interests, prevent poor quality images from being posted on social networking sites and also avoid the photographer or our subjects from being distracted whilst the session is in progress.    

 

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