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The Blog

Join me every month while I dive into sessions, show examples of my work in more detail and give advice to other aspiring boudoir photographers on my blog.  What can you hope to achieve reading this blog? 

An inside look into creative sessions

Each month I try to experiment with at least one session, these are discounted sessions for clients who are happy to share images and if you'd like to be considered for a creative session please do subscribe for updates. These creative sessions usually create amazingly different photographs unlike most boudoir photographers in the UK and I am always striving for a uniqueness that aligns with my clients personality and individuality. 

More in-depth full sessions 

I also show more in-depth shoots from parties, cake smashes and engagements among other on location and studio portrait sessions for those wishing to see a more in depth look at how their shoots may look and what I can achieve. 

Studio Boundaries

The blog is also where you may wish to read my studio boundaries for Boudoir sessions, these boundaries differ from studio to studio and I want to be upfront about these before you enquire incase you are looking to create images with a partner or video footage etc. 

Some tips and tricks I've picked up 

I love everything about photography, I definitely identify as a bit of a photography nerd! As I buy new kit and experiment I hope to pass on some of the lessons I learn to other photography nerds! 

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How To Take A Professional Headshot At Home.

Updated: May 9, 2023

Taking a headshot can be a little harder than you might have first imagined. Here I discuss a few tips on how to get a great headshot at home and if you think you might need some help, some information on how to book in with me.


Composition for headshots

Eyes are the most important aspect of a headshot, they must be clear, crisp in focus.


The eyes should ideally be on the line of the top third, framing of a professional headshot is everything and cannot be underestimated. See the below examples of proper framing and central face framing.


Composition tips for a headshot

Lighting for headshots

If you are taking your headshots yourself and you don't have access to soft natural light you can use lamps, to create a soft glow across your face you can use a white t-shirt to diffuse the light.


The best source of light next to studio lighting is natural light, find a window with lots of natural light. You can use nets or sheers to give you a less harsh light if the sun is strong. On a cloudy day you may find the clouds have already offered enough natural diffusion.


Once your positioning and light is perfect, try a variety of angles and expressions.


Using a professional for your headshots


Read all this and need a bit more help? I can capture your Brand New Professional Headshots From Your Living Room!


 

If you need one new headshot for your linked in profile or your business card it's probably more time and cost effective for you to attend my studio. My studio is in Fleet Hampshire, it's free to park and easy to access from surrounding towns and villages such as Church Crookham, Farnham, Guildford, Reading, Camberley, Basingstoke and Farnham.


If you are catching a train from a London stop there are taxis right outside the station that cost about £10 to drop you off at my address. However, if you need a mobile service but are situated a little further afield and would like a bespoke service with a number of different looks my pop up studio is an option for you to consider. Provided you have around a 2ft square space somewhere in your home, I can set up my pop up studio.


If you'd like to take some photos outside I can also take headshots in natural light and in natural surroundings. The choice is yours!


 

So, what does a pop up studio look like?

  • One 2ft white pop up anywhere backdrop

  • Studio lights (I need power access for these but I bring an extension cable with me!)

  • I use a small fan to give you movement and to keep you cool under those warm studio lights

  • I also bring various coloured boards and reflectors

Check out this video to see the space I used to create a backdrop in a living room.




 

Cost of my mobile headshot studio coming to you


Charges start at £499 and £50 for travel over 30 minutes from GU52 7JY and £50 for every additional hour on top of that where the location is easily reachable by car.


 

ACTORS AND ACTRESSES HEADSHOTS IN CENTRAL LONDON & SURROUNDING AREAS I can travel to city centres including London but where parking charges are necessary these will be applied to the invoice.

Looking for a price but not quite ready to commit? Pop me a message and I'll price up your project, no pressure to go ahead.


 

Bespoke Backdrops Zoe Croft, actress commissioned me to create a new acting headshot portfolio that she could pull from to apply both to new agencies and for specific jobs so a variety of looks and expressions were needed whilst keeping to a fairly basic head and shoulders look. We had created a mood board with 2 or three black on black and one brown backdrop shots so I sourced backdrops specifically for her session so that we could recreate some of these colours and aesthetics. These also ensured some variety in the images she received. Got branding colours? I will source the right backdrop for you to ensure that the images you receive are on brand.



Zoe Croft Actress With A Custom 'Coffee' Backdrop
Zoe Croft Actress With A Custom 'Coffee' Backdrop

 


RETOUCHING

As an actor, actress or model you'll want to be cast with these images so you need them to look like you! I'll retouch your images so that you are the best version of yourself, not a new person. That means with your approval I'll remove rouge hairs on your t-shirt, makeup slips, brighten your eyes or add some blush but I won't remove your moles, scars or make your nose smaller- those are all the things that make you- you!

Zoe Croft Actress Before and After light professional retouching
Zoe Croft Actress Before and After light professional retouching


 

Inclusive costs The quote you receive from me will be inclusive of all editing, retouching, delivery and print releases- no hidden costs! The only time I may need to add costs is where you ask for more than originally agreed but this will be discussed and agreed with you. No surprises! Ready to go ahead? Contact me today, lets chat x


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