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PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

By Appointment.

During the recent Guidon Parade of The Royal Wessex Yeomanry, I was fortunate enough to have the brief opportunity to pose a semi-formal portrait shot of the Regiment's Honorary Colonel, HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex.

The phrase ‘the art of photography’ is never more keenly comprehended than when you talk about portraiture.  Of all the different types of photography, I believe that taking a stand-out portrait photograph is amongst the hardest to achieve, both technically and artistically, and it is why portraiture photographers are possibly the most celebrated and revered of all photographers.

It could be argued that people are the most interesting photographic subjects due to the emotional connection that is achievable through a good portrait.  However, I believe that it’s more that taking such a photo is actually a really demanding exercise due to the viewer’s instinctive ability to read a human face and immediately understand the expression it holds.  The lighting, the setting, the pose, the background, the story that is being told in the photograph, as well as the connection the photographer does or doesn’t form with the subject, often with very little time, all conspire to create the overall impact of the photograph – each equally important.

There are many different types of portrait photography ranging from the famous ad hoc Steve McCurry photograph of the Afghan Girl, the instantly recognisable but meticulously set-up studio shots of Annie Liebovitz, a simple black and white snap you might take of your father smiling on the beach, all the way through to a candid, unguarded moment of a child simply playing with a toy, totally focussed in the moment, completely unaware that they are being observed through the lens.

All of these are worthy of the term ‘portrait photography’.  For me, however, the most pleasure I get making portraits comes from taking family shots – mothers, fathers, toddlers, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and groups or combinations thereof.  I think that depicting these family dynamics and bonds photographically are forever important; not only to capture them at that moment in time for the simple act of remembering and posterity, but also as an activity you are all undertaking together, which physically and emotionally reinforces and reminds you of those connections.

Of course, I am also able to take headshots for actors, wide-vista locational photography, close-up mugshots, or just corporate headshots to go on the company’s website and all are equally valid ‘portraits’, but the brief is yours, the client’s; relay your vision and we’ll have a conversation about the photographic ‘art of the possible’.

SESSION TYPE

Pick what suits.

I run three types of portraiture session for clients:

  • MINI SESSION
    ~ Sitting Fee: £100 / EUR115 / CHF140 ~

    A very quick 30 minutes to get some lovely shots.  You will receive 2 free digital files.  If you would like prints or more digital files, including the full set, they will be available to buy directly from the photograph gallery online.  A great thing for toddlers/children with short attention spans or to do if you are on holiday with your family and want a little memento – in Verbier, where I live, I can even meet you on skis and we can take some mountain or skiing shots!
  • STANDARD SESSION
    ~ Sitting Fee: £300 / EUR340 / CHF400 ~

    An informal one hour long session which usually involves going for a bit of a walk (or a ski if in the Alps!) with those who are being photographed to find some nice natural light.  We’ll have a bit of a laugh and it won’t be too serious; it works really nicely for families or couples and you’ll receive 5 free digital files and two free 7″ x 5″ prints of your choice afterwards.
  • FULL SESSION
    ~ Sitting Fee: £550 / EUR620 / CHF720 ~

    This is a full two hours and can be quite intensive.  Part of the process is getting to know you and really understanding what you want from your portrait session.  You’ll receive 10 digital files and four high-quality 10″ x 8″ prints afterwards, ready to go straight in a frame.  This normally is used by extended family groups (allowing for various combinations of people making it less intense for everyone) or for couples that want semi-formal engagement photography.

Studio/formal photography is very much possible, but requires some discussion around location, your intent and budgets – please do email me directly if you are looking for that.

I’m sure you will have a few questions (and I’ve answered some of the more obvious ones below in FAQs), but if you’d like to discuss your session further before booking, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

Meantime, please choose your session and book directly below:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

So you know what’s what!

Yes, absolutely.  The booking system above works in GBP, but if you’d like to pay in a different currency, email me directly and we can sort something out.

Again, yes.  If you book in Verbier or in London, there will be no travel fee, but otherwise I will charge the HMRC mileage rate of £0.45 per mile (according to Google maps) for a round trip.

Where I can though, I will tie it into my movements anyway, so if you are flexible with your dates, drop me a line and I’ll let you know which country I’m in when and we’ll work it from there.

Yes, you can have the full set of finished edited photographs – not every photo taken though – but they are not included in the sitting fee.

For mini sessions, the full set costs an additional £100, standard session is £150 and full session is £200.

You can also buy them individually, either as prints or digitally, directly from the website afterwards.

I do, and I’m afraid that’s non-negotiable.  You receive a licence for private use of the images only.  If you want to use the shots commercially, please contact me to receive a usage quote.

I’m afraid I’m not your man if you are expecting to receive the copyright to the images afterwards.