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You say you’re award-winning, what does that actually mean?

Over the years, we’ve implemented continual professional development, to ensure we stay at the top of our industry.   This involves mentoring, training and taking time to hone our craft and associated skills.  Personally, I have worked diligently to become respected within my chosen profession, and am mentored by one of the industries leading photographers, The Chief Photographer and European Visionary for Olympus.

There are several professional photographic societies located throughout the United Kingdom.  These not only help train industry professionals, but hold annual competitions and exhibitions,  where the very best in the industry compete for recognition through distinction and award.  I hold the distinction of Fellow with the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers – this distinction is held by just 1% of the industries top practitioners.    I have also won a selection of top industry, Photographer of the Year, awards.

‘SWPP Fellowship – Our ultimate accolade and is held by the top 1% of the memberships of most of the UK’s representative bodies. These select few have achieved the highest professional standards in imaging, creativity, presentation and behaviour.  As with the judging criteria for “Associateship”, never bestowed lightly but only after constant submission of work to their mentors, rigorous examinations and many years in professional practice.’

Are you insured?

I’m fully insured, as are my assistants.  In addition I hold an enhanced DBS – the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).  Please be aware – unless working over a prolonged period, or one-to-one with young people or vulnerable adults, a DBS is not required.

Why use a professional photographer?

We use state-of-the art cameras to capture the tiniest of details to perfection,  so your pictures will look amazing.  Our lenses, lighting choices and years of training, allow us to create stunning photographs with dynamism.   Individual post-processing adds the final professional polish to your pictures.    If you require prints,  your photographs will be printed by a professional laboratory on beautiful paper, they can also be mounted and framed, or made into wall art, by people who care.   At every stage, from photography session to delivered product, professionalism and quality is key.

Can you source a model to showcase my product?

Yes.  Whether you need a hand or foot model, for your jewels or footwear.   A model to showcase your latest fashion collection or designer spectacles, we can assist.

My phone takes great photos, so why pay for a photographer?

I’ve been asked this question many times, so have included my answer in this FAQ.  Photography for advertising can be seen as the expensive option. But think about this… How often have you been stopped in your tracks by great words on a billboard, in an advert or online?   Then think about how often your attention has been captured by an image?   I guarantee it’s the latter that remains top of the list.  In a saturated marketplace, professionally shot, well lit and post-processed photographs really can make your business stand out from the crowd.  Marry your pictures with a great tag line or copy, and you have a winning formula.

What’s the point of a headshot?

When asking a past client why they’d commissioned me, their response made me smile:  ‘I liked your work, but you looked like a nice person in your website picture.’   I’d honestly never thought about this before it was brought to my attention.  As a business owner, and the face of your business, have you?

We’re very much an image driven society, so don’t lose business by hiding behind text – we’re inquisitive by nature, and want to put a face to a name.  Fundamentally, people really do buy people! Let your customers know who they’re doing business with; don’t underestimate the value of a professional head shot.

What’s best for marketing, pictures or text?

Ideally, a little of both.  However, when you click on a web page, are you drawn to look at the picture first or do you read the text?  In our fast-paced busy lives, we read much less and our attention spans are shorter.   We filter information in the first few lines of reading, then decide whether to continue.   An appropriate picture, accompanied by a great tagline, can be immensely powerful in providing your business with a professional edge – either by adding impact, wow factor or simply by drawing attention.

What should I wear for my photography session?

It’s important to consider what to wear.  Clothing choices can tell a story and portray a particular image or look; we can also be judged by what we wear.  The business suit is no longer prerequisite, looking like we’ve made an effort to dress appropriately, is.   We’ll discuss clothing and colours at length before your session, to ensure we make a good choice, and make the very best of the time we’re with you.

Who owns the copyright to photos you shoot for us?

Digital media licenses are provided with all commissions, either with unrestricted use or time-limited options:

  1. Copyright is automatic when a photographer takes a picture.  It does not have to be registered and belongs to the photographer unless he/she sells the copyright to the client.
  2. If a client purchases a digital file, they will be provided with a license to print and use the image – this will not affect copyright.
  3. The client is not permitted to remove metadata from any digital files – this does not affect the clients right to print or use the images in any way.
  4. Any third party who copies images from the Internet and removes metadata is committing a civil offence and could be prosecuted.
  5. Anyone attempting to pass off the photographic work of another, is committing a criminal offence (i.e. a rival photographer or company pirating work for publicity) – infringements will be reported under the Fraud Act 2006.