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Do you do airbrushing?

Well, okay, if you insist! Read any magazines and you know that the celeb in the photoshoot doesn't look EXACTLY that perfect in real life. Photoshop is a wonderful thing, but we still want to be able to recognise that it is you! All images will get a small amount of adjustment for colour and brightness. Your private online gallery will show all of the basic, unedited images, plus a selection of my favourites, showing them fully retouched (airbrushed) to give you an idea of what the finished product will look like. During the photoshoot you will be posed and styled to maximise your natural gorgeousness and minimise the airbrushing required! All your final chosen images will then be carefully edited, with a small amount of things like removing spots, removing flyaway hair and smoothing your skin so you will look your best ever before presenting your product to you. I will also do a small amount of extra work if you specifically ask for it (removing birthmarks/scars, smooth any lumps and bumps, slightly smaller nose, etc). Of course, if you would prefer absolutely no airbrushing, I can do that too - just let me know.


Okay... but you're a man, right?

Yes, indeed I am. Even though I'm actually quite a nice guy, and have been photographing ladies (and men, for that matter) for several years without any problems, it's always best to have a chaperone, so I recommend you bring a girlfriend along to the shoot to give you moral support. In most cases, depending on how daring you are, I'll see no more than you'd show if you were at the swimming pool or on the beach. Remember, the session is all about you, so we only take the shots that you are comfortable with, and you should come away feeling fantastic and empowered, and hopefully can't wait until you see your photos.


I like the idea of doing the shoot at home, but how much space do you need?

For most flexibility, the studio is best as there is the space and more options for lighting, backdrops etc. However, if you'd prefer to do it at your home, you don't need a great deal of space. Good results can be achieved in modestly-sized bedroom, on a double bed. I don't bring masses of equipment, using natural window light or maybe a flash-head for extra lighting, so just need a bed or sofa with maybe six feet of shooting distance around the side. Shooting at your home has many benefits for you; you always have all your outfits at hand; you can get changed wherever you like; you will most likely feel more comfortable; you don't need to travel! . If you have questions about location, I can come have a chat and a scout around to check the suitability of your home. Please note there is an extra cost for a home shoot due to travelling and extra setup time. For Hull area, this will be an extra £25.


How naked am I going to get?

As much as you want to to make you feel good about yourself. You have to be comfortable in what you are doing, so it could be just your favourite fabulous little black dress, but down to underwear would be an ideal middle ground. Think beach. A warm beach, that is. But we will be photographing you from the most flattering angles, with professional camera equipment and lighting, to ensure you look your best. If you wanted to go further, we could hint at nudity without being fully naked (or me seeing you). Before we start, we'll look through a selection of images to get an idea on what your likes and dislikes are: you may surprise yourself later and push yourself that little bit further!


Will my photos be all over the internet?!

Not without your permission, no. While I would like to be able to show new clients my previous work on my website or prints, your shoot will remain completely private if you want it that way. However, if you want a copy of one for your Facebook profile, I'm quite happy to give it to as it's a great way of advertising my work! For the rest of the images, your online viewing gallery is password-protected so that only you can see it.


How long do I have to wait to see the photos?

Depending on my workload, you should expect to see your online gallery within a week. Once you have chosen your final photos, they could be ready in about one week (for standard prints) or two to three weeks for framed art. If you choose the photobook, these are handmade in Italy, so take the longest, at around four to five weeks, but are worth the wait!