Who books a professional photographer in London?
Meet the modern girl – she’s a working women with a busy lifestyle, well travelled, educated, an individual in her own right who is relaxed but has a confident style.
She is a consumer who is sociable and respectful with strong values, and most importantly she makes considered purchases. So why the hesitation in booking a photoshoot with a professional photographer?
When people ﬁrst start arranging their own professional portrait, there’s a lot of anxiety involved. People are afraid to ask their photographer these simple questions: when’s best to meet, where shall we take the photos and what shall I wear? Answers here.
I want people to be comfortable in asking me questions, so enjoy this post on popular questions before your portrait session in London and I hope it goes some way to easing your mind.
Question 1 – How much does it cost?
Without fail, the first question people ask is how much it will cost them. Choosing the right photographer is mind-boggling, so it’s understandable when people narrow down the right professional by how much they can afford. If I want to buy a new laptop – the first thing I do is look at which ones I can afford, after that I start to read the details, in mind-boggling detail.
Of course, you want to know how much it costs – a professional photographer will be happy for you to know! Prices should be clear and up front – no hidden costs or unexpected surprises.
Question 2 – How do I book?
It seems people were afraid to ask questions because they felt they should already know the information. If you’ve never worked with a professional photographer before, it may not be obvious what happens next. How to hire a photographer advice HERE.
This week I was looking to buy a summer house for the garden – I immediately felt overwhelmed with my choices and felt foolish when I couldn’t describe the size of my garden. As a result, I scurried away without choosing my shed.
A typical time line goes like this:
- call your photographer to see if you’re a good fit for each other
- read the session guide delieved to your in-box
- choose a date that works well
- complete the photographer’s questionnaire
- narrow down a location close to home
- receive your what to wear guide
- send a photo of your outfits to your photographer
- pack the night before and arrive early the next day
- have fun
Question 3 – Where are you based?
London’s a big place – which is why I love living in the capital. There are so many nooks and crannies around the corner of your home that can be used as a relaxed, natural setting for your portraits. All I need is a willingness to have fun, outfits that reflect your zest for life and a open space.
Although I live in East London, I’ve travelled to Hampstead, Greenwich, Battersea and, of course, everywhere in between. I tend to choose locations that are: close to your home, near transport links and have facilities such as coffee shops.
Question 4 – What shall I wear?
Without a doubt, the most common question and an area that causes the most anxiety. Lots of photographer’s use pinterest to share ideas (EXAMPLE), but I like to help you personally. Once we’ve narrowed down the location & I’ve done a reccie ahead of time I’ll give you a call and suggest possible outfits. It goes something like this:
- if there is a textured blue gate, I’ll suggest a summer colour in soft materials to provide a colour pop and interplay of texture
- if there is a blossoming shrub, I’ll suggest organic colours and gold jewellery to convey a fairytale feel
- if there is an urban walk way, I’ll suggest jeans, sunglasses and loose flowing hair to give the impression of casual chic
I also provide a fully illustrated style guide bursting with colour charts, real life examples and tips from the pros. My desire is to provide a personal service based on integrity, honesty and jargon- free sincerity. I even encourage my clients to send over a snapshot of their outfits the night before so I can offer last minute guidance, I’m here to help!
My aim is simple – to ensure a truly wonderful experience. I customise each photo session, from the beginning of the shoot right until your items are delivered. My goal is to personally look after you every step of the way. That way I know you’ll get a service that is second to none.
If you have any questions about this process, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME.
Call 0789 862 1187