What should we wear?
Whatever you are comfortable in. Imagine yourself looking at the portrait in future years, and whether you will still like the look! Our advice is to all have a similar style – be it casual, smart casual or formal.
Avoid large logos or patterns, and bold colours. Think about your shoes (and socks!) as well. If in doubt bring a change of clothes and we can decide on the day.
How do you get a good portrait when we are a large group?
That is where my skill comes in. I will endeavour to get the best of everybody in one photograph, but if not, then Photoshop will ensure we do. Heads can be swapped for example, or little ones tidied up! These alterations are included in any Wall Portrait purchase.
Have you any disabled facilities?
Our studio is fully disabled friendly. We know first hand how important this question can be. We are all ground floor. We have an accommodating WC that can double up as a private changing room too. Our doors are disabled widths for wheelchairs and the only step in the building is 2″ high at the studio’s front door.
How many people can we have in my session ?
Our studio can photograph groups of up to 30 in one image and unlimited on location.
How long do the preview appointments take?
We allow an hour and 30 mins for each preview appointment. Most of the time that is plenty for you to decide how many images you wish to purchase.
Do I need to bring props & clothes ?
We have a plethora of props in the studio, but if you prefer to bring your own, please feel free to do so. Clothes are personal. Feel free to bring yours for that unique look all of your own.
Will there be other people around at my session ?
I usually work on a one to one with no assistants. Sally my wife is usually available if you or I need any assistance. You are welcome to bring a friend to help you if required, that will be fine with me.
Who decides on the images you capture ?
“We do, together!” I will suggest what worked for others in the past and show you samples. You may already have ideas and samples of your own. So we decide together what will work best for you.
How many photos do you take ?
That’s a good question. I do not count the actual shots I capture. I prefer to count the images we create, ie the number of poses, styles etc so that you have a good selection of different portraits. I do not limit myself, time usually will do that for us.
How big is the included mounted image ?
If you’re lucky enough to have won a mounted portrait as a prize they are usually a mounted image about 8″ x 6″ in a 10″x 8″ black quality card mount (ready to frame in any 10″x 8″ glazed frame).
How big are the printed books ?
Printed books are A4 in size. They have 10 pages (that’s 20 sides) so it can contain 20 A4 images. Books are highly flexible and every one I make is unique and custom made. It’s your choice if you require more pages (50 pages / 100 sides max) or how many images are in your book, on each page. Please ask to see sample books. Available in smaller sizes or square. They can be colour, black and white, or both and are available in glossy or lustre.
What are the digital files ?
digital files are supplied as “internet ready” ie: full-size images (12″) at 72 dpi, and are emailed to you. They will all have digital metadata tags copyrighted to our studio and will have been signed with a small signature.
All Purchased digital files are supplied as both “internet ready” and “print ready” ie: full-size images (12″) at 72 dpi, and 300 dpi and are emailed to you. They will all have digital metadata tags copyrighted to our studio and will have been signed with a small signature.
Who owns copyright on my images ?
That’s a very common question and an easy one to answer. The Law answers this question for me. The simple answer is “The photographer who captures the image” will always have copyright of the image, simply because he personally captured the image. Images are always sold as copies, hence the word “copyright”. You can only purchase copies of images created by someone else.
How long will a session take ?
Portrait sessions are usually one (1) hour, but it’s not really timed. We allow 2 hours between appointments so you don’t feel rushed. We may have discussed your sitting in detail beforehand and will have allocated more time if we feel it is necessary. Children often determine how long your session lasts!