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PhotographyFrequently Asked Questions

How long will my photo shoot last?

Photo shoots are booked in 1 hour slots so there is plenty of time for clothing, background and lighting changes.

What should I wear to my photo shoot?

Simple clothing without large patterns or writing produce the best results. Feel free to bring along changes of clothing and accessories to personalise your shoot.

How do I pay for my photos?

Cash or preferably EFT with proof of payment

Should I bring along any props?

Feel free to personalise your photo shoot with your favourite things – skateboards to your pet dog, musical instruments to sports equipment, hobbies. Bring your favourite music to play during the session to help you relax and be comfortable.

How do I prepare for my headshot?

There are plenty of things you can do ahead of time to make sure your headshot session goes well.

  • Well in advance: Guys, if you want pictures with and without facial hair, start growing your beard with enough time for it to grow in. You can shave it during the session, but it’s tough to grow it the day before.
  • One week before: Take care of all your beauty treatments (haircut, color, eyebrows, tanning, etc.) so the treatments are fresh but look natural.
  • 72 hours before: Drink lots of water; avoid caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes and salty foods; stay out of the sun. Don’t forget to moisturize.
  • The night before: Sleep. Lots and lots of sleep.
  • That day: Make sure the clothes you want to wear are clean and pressed. If you’re using a makeup artist, come to the shoot with your face clean and product-free except for moisturiser.

Practice Makes Perfect

Finally, give a lot of thought to what image you want your picture(s) to convey. Then practice posing in front of a mirror. You might feel silly, but it helps. Trust me.

What is a headshot and why do I need it?

A headshot is used to describe any photograph of an actor or entertainer or individual photographed specifically for use as promotional material; i.e. resumes, press releases e.t.c.

A great headshot looks like you

A great headshot shows your ‘type’

A great headshot shows your personality

What should I wear?

You should like and feel comfortable in the clothes you wear in a headshot session. What do you wear to auditions? Chances are you should wear the same type of outfit for your headshot.

Bring shirts in a variety of collars/necklines. The picture may be cropped pretty tight, and some collars and sleeves look funky when cut off. Women, don’t forget to bring bras that match your tops’ colors and necklines.

Solid colors are usually better. Patterns and busy prints distract from your face. The same goes for clothes with big buttons or other features that might take away attention from that beautiful mug of yours. Fine textures and weaves often look nice in pictures.

Wear jeans or dark pants. Even though it is a headshot, your waist and legs might show up. In addition, you might want to bring a dress, suit, skirt, or something else different from a typical pants & top combo.

Make sure your clothes are pressed and clean and free from lint/dust/pet hair.

Choose clothes that complement your skin tone and eye color. No solid white shirts if you’re Caucasian or light-skinned. And bright red usually doesn’t work for anybody. It’s just too strong a color.

Fair skin and blue eyes? Try blues, pinks and grays.

Green eyes? Try browns, greens and oranges.

Medium or dark skin and brown eyes? You can probably wear most colors, but avoid those that closely match your skin tone (contrast is key).

How many photos do you take?

I may take over 1000 photos during the entire event. You can expect to receive 300-400 photos of the highest quality.

Do you do any formal posed photos?

Even though my style of shooting is mostly natural, and un-posed, I will definitely set aside some time for us to get the photo shots you (or your parents) may really like to have. I typically will photograph around 4-6 group shots, and for the Bride & Groom photos we usually will do about an hour or so before sunset to make the most of the beautiful late afternoon/early evening light. This may take 20-30min.

How many photos will be in colour / black and white?

The images that will be in black & white or colour will be to my personal preference. Each event and wedding has a different feel, so there is no set number of each colour / black and white.

Will you take a photo of everyone?

I do try to include as many of the guests as I can during the event, however if I was to do this sort of coverage, it would simply turn into a collection of head-shots, without any real meaning. I try to capture authentic moments that will tell a story of your event as a whole and which will evoke more than just a memory of who was there.

Can we print the photos?

Yes! You’ll receive all the images in high and low resolution, with a full license to email, print or share online.

Do you use a second photographer?

I generally work by myself as my style is very natural, and by working alone it allows me to work discreetly and capture those spontaneous moments.

Do you offer prints and albums?

I don’t offer the traditional albums but I do offer high quality coffee table photo books, with a linen hard cover, dust jacket, printed on Pro Pearl photo paper.

What is the starting price of your photobooks?

Our books start at R1650 for a 24 page book. The prices include design, printing and binding of the book.

How many photos will fit in a 24 page photobook?

Depending on the layouts of the photos on each page, anywhere from 24 – 50 photos.

What is your turnaround time?

14 working days from the day the design is signed-off by you.