Stuff you might want to ask

Here are some of the questions that I get asked the most:
What will happen at the session?
Fear not, the session is super-relaxed. We work hard, but we don’t work stressed. After a cup of tea and a chat, we’ll have a look at your clothes and talk about what you want from the session. Before the shoot starts, you will be given full instruction on what to do. Everything is taken out of your hands. there are rules to follow that make ANYONE look good in a shot. You get taught these rules, and then we’re ready to go. I’ll show you how to move, how to ‘look’, and how to express yourself, along with giving queues throughout the shoot on what to do. The one thing you won’t feel during the session is unprepared.
What makes you different from other photographers?
Er, I’ve got webbed feet! I haven’t. I guess what make me different from other photographers is my experience level. I’ve worked for clients such as Kurt Geiger, Vogue, Evitavonni, Givenchy, Channel 4, Harlequin, BOND, Daily Mail, Westfield, Great Ormond Street, and CHAOS, and I take the experience from there and put it into a headshot session with you. I know how to make people look good, and I know what to do to get people there.
I don’t like having my picture taken/I hate my face
Neither of these things means you can’t have an amazing headshot that you’ll love, and I’ll prove it to you. Taking a photograph is about acquired technique, not talent or looks. I’ll tell you in plain English how to look and how to move, and what to do with your face in order to create confidence and mask nervousness. It works every single time, and the best part is that you can see it on the back of the screen. I sit every single client down and I run through everything as part of a mini-workshop, so you’ll be comfortable before we even step in front of the camera. Everyone thinks they’ll be the one person my techniques don’t work on, well, I’m 500 clients in, and I’m yet to meet that person!
Do you offer different looks?
Yes. I have a signature “London Headshots” look, which you won’t find anywhere else, but I also like to experiment during a session. Especially if you’re a character actor. As a photographer, I’m never looking repeat the same shoot over and over, so I’m happy to try new things ever shoot, and that’s exactly what I try to do. Whether it’s a change in lighting, or stepping outside the studio to find somewhere with an interesting corner or spear of sunlight.
Can I have a discount/Will you shoot me for free?
Short answer is no. I get a lot of people telling me they need headshots and that they’re “not used to having to pay for them”. This is not only extremely arrogant, but it’s disrespectful not only to me, but also to the people who came before you that had no issue paying for my services. I get asked this about once per week, and I’m yet to hear a compelling reason for why I should help you for absolutely no reward.
Do you offer a student discount?
I do. I never used to, but then someone put a compelling reason to my as to why I should, and I gave that person a discount. It’s only fair to offer it to everyone else as a result, so a student headshot session is now £185.
Do you retouch the finished shots?
Yes. Along with being a photographer, I’m also a retoucher; I remove blemishes, clean up temporary incorrection, flaws in makeup, and clean up skin tone. It’s not fair that someone gets to scrutinise your face in high detail, so I remove the things a viewer wouldn’t notice if you were face to face. It’s only fair!
Do you require a deposit?
Yes, and it’s £50. I really, really wish I didn’t have to insist on one, but so many people used to book, only to never turn up. At least when they do it now I’ve got 50 quid to spend on lunch!
How long will it take to get my gallery/final images?
I give you a full web contact sheet the same day, which has all the facilities to edit down and make a final selection. The whole system is completely automated and password protected, so you can securely share the gallery with agents etc. Once I’ve received your choices, I generally take about 2-3 days to get your shots to you, though I do ask for 7 days just in case there’s a disaster.
Where are you based/where do we shoot?
We shoot at my studio which is located in Battersea, right next to the dog’s home. It’s extremely easy to get to, being only 1 minute walk from Battersea Park Station, and if you’re coming by car, there is adequate free parking for you!