Spend A Day With Me
Now I take very job very seriously and also every aspect of my work or my photoshoots into consideration, from a simple set of nails, the makeup, a perfect location, what the clients does or who they are right through to the styling.
But before any photoshoot is underway lots of my time is taken up prepping for the shoots, even when I haven't got a model or client booked in. I have a constantly refreshed rail of clothing, an abundance of accessories, a vast professional makeup kit, a huge nail collection and a studio full of props all waiting to be used for photoshoots.
Many items hold dear memories and are cherished vintage items. I'm constantly sourcing, locating and letting looks evolve. I love to hunt in charity shops, vintage stores and online for really stunning one off items. Then when the time is right a person will present themselves for a beautiful photoshoot.
My studio is truly a grown up dressing up box! It's my favourite place in the world, its been evolving for over 15 years and I love to invite my clients to become the women they desire to be. I help models, businesses and brands everyday, even if its a simple set of nails for a private client I work as if it was for a high end photoshoot. Even our apartment was picked as it gets flooded with stunning light everyday, has white walls and it's decor is perfect for photography.
When I see a client for the first time I invite them over to my home and studio, take time to get to know them and work out what they need. We have a chat over a coffee or a green tea and look at their work, job, life or needs. I then ask them what makes them happy, how they would like to see the images unfold and how what they need from the images. I then present my thoughts and we set about creating their pictures.
If it's for a model or business woman I do their makeup, hair, nails and style them to represent a story. Even if its a mummy and baby photoshoot I pay attention to all the little details and always carry a mini photographic makeup and nail kit along with me.
When I shoot with models I also work with many makeup and skincare brands as they sponsor the looks. I'm very clear about this and I do get sent many items free of charge as the brands love to have their latest products used and shared. Everyone benefits and it means my models have bang up to date looks for their portfolios. I'm very thankful that years of blogging has helped my business grow as a result. Even that side of my work has evolved!
The photoshoot process is very wonderful and I sincerely love to bring others dreams come to life. Especially if its for fellow women in business. Helping them create stunning images for their websites, being involved with their branding and building a beautiful platform of their own so they can support their families is truly amazing. Bringing together all my skills to help others is unbelievably wonderful.
At the beginning of the photoshoot we chat about each step, we discus the theme, the looks and if needed the way the clients feeling. I always show my clients their progression in front of the camera so they can see how wonderful they look through my vision, direction and photo styling.
Most of my clients don't need a full day as I work very productively. But a mini session, a half or full day with me is really fun, high energy and helps my clients feel so much more confident about themselves, their work, their products and their life.
Once we are happy with the feel of the shoot we get to work on the images. I always ask my client if they need to listen to music. Indoors we have a sound system but on location I use air pods. This way we both can have a little fun and it also relaxes the feel of the session.
I'm always looking at the angles, advising my client how to pose if they feel slightly uncomfortable. I will show them what poses look the best to look beautiful, natural and bring out their best features. The process is quick, polished and my clients tell me on a regular basis that they didn't want the session to end!
Then I edit the images with a beauty professional, makeup artist and personal stylist's eye. Every detail of a photoshoot right down to the draping of fabric, the arch of a brow is carefully and subtly tweaked if needed to enhance the natural beauty of my client. Nothing is done over the top, but I edit in a way the light catches someone's face. Most of this is done with makeup before the photoshoot. Many of my clients shy away from makeup and tell me they don't need it, but the camera see's things very differently from the naked eye. All I do is allow the camera to see what I want it to, and then enable me to edit more efectivly if at all.
When the images are finished, filled with SEO and essential meta data I send them off to the client within a few days or at the most a few weeks depending on their needs. If I'm needed with help setting up their websites I offer that service along side my work. I love to see another woman flourish after a session with me. I get so many testimonials saying how they loved their day, my work and how they would come back time and time again. I love my job so much!
I hope you have enjoyed this brief snippet into a day with me! Spend the day with me blog post was a clients idea. My client said to me that I needed to help others see what they actually get, to share that I'm not like other photographers but unique as she described me. And I needed to share my process more. I listened and I'm going to be doing more and more in depth blogs about the shoots I create.
"I am sooooo grateful I met you and you! You are beyond amazing at what you do!! But most of all, you have a heart of gold and that shows in your work too!
I can't believe the passion you have to help people build their brand, and help them stand out and believe in themselves. Thank you for such an inspirational day, I love working with you ❤️ xxx"