Andrew got in touch wanting some up-to-date, strong, flattering and relevant portraits for his various business needs and his new company website.
It’s always a treat to meet and photograph people in my own community of Teddington and in and around Richmond, Kingston, Twickenham and West London. There is also the bonus that sometimes I can meet them beforehand and together we can hone the best location whether they come to me for their session, I visit them at their home or office or we meet at a more specific location.
I can also help with clothing choices and offer tips that will help you to prepare for your session and make the very most of it. And I can bring my long experience in photographing people to ensure that the look and feel of the final portraits will be completely in keeping and specific to you.
For the more informal outdoor images here, Andrew and I met for half an hour in the lovely early evening light in the grounds of the Lensbury Club in Teddington. Andrew also specifically wanted a shot of the Weir, both on it’s own and with him in front of it, and a wide angle view at Teddington Lock, both of which would act as a background images on his site, so I was able to shoot these at the same time taking advantage of the light and time of day.
The more formal suited portraits were taken the following morning at Andrew’s home using my transportable and easy to assemble lighting kit and mixing ambient and flash to create a clean corporate portrait but with warmth and engagement.
With all my portrait sessions, whether I’m shooting a headshot or a more a full length environmental portrait in a specific setting, consulting fully with my client on the message they want to give out, and understanding the purpose and destination of the images, is key and our starting point. Next it’s helping them to prepare for their session with the right choice of clothing and location, tailoring the timing for the session whenever it’s possible for the best light, working hard on the day to ensure the best technical solution to the session in terms of kit and lighting, and above all making sure I create an atmosphere that is relaxed, nurturing and fun on the day.
After the session I take time in post production in the edit and process and am on hand to help select the best images for each of your applications.
The final stage before delivering the final images in both colour and black and white and in all formats for all media – is to carry out any subtle retouches you might want, often just smoothing out blemishes, stray hairs and distractions which is simple for me to do and can make all the difference to a polished perfect result.
Most people’s opening line to me on getting in touch about a portrait session is to warn me that they hate having their photograph taken but if I’ve done my job properly, by the end of it you should come away having actually enjoyed it – as many of my clients – even those most photo-phobic! – will testify to. And you should come away from the experience with some strong and relevant portraits that you are happy and proud to show others, and with a positively renewed and boosted sense of self-worth and confidence about the way you look and are seen by others.
If you are looking for some professional portraits for business, a new career, for a website or for social media needs – or just would love a cracking portrait of yourself for personal reasons – please get in touch. A portrait session makes a great present for a friend too, and as we head into summer with all this lovely light and long evenings, there’s no better time for it!
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