1. How do I know what to wear? What style I should aim for? What to do with my hair?

My clients usually ask me what I recommend that they wear. I always answer the same way – wear what you always wear. By which I mean, not your pyjamas and favourite Queen t-shirt with the holes in it, but dress how you would dress if we were going to meet up for the first time. Not too over the top in your best dinner suit & bow tie but enough of an effort that you don’t look like you just rolled out of bed, know what I mean? I will happily help you pick your clothing; you can send me photos of your outfits and I will give you my (honest & helpful) opinion! You may also choose to work with a stylist (message me for recommendations). If your hair can be done once & then never need touching again, great! (i’m not jealous at all). If it tends to look a bit wild OR floppy as the day rolls on, bring with you the necessary hairbrush/comb/serum/spray to keep the hair-situ from going pear-shaped. Also, bear in mind that it is much easier for you to color your hair in real life than it is for us to get someone to Photoshop it afterwards. If you never paint your nails, don’t start now but make sure they look clean & groomed. If you only usually wear light makeup, stick with that but bring your makeup bag with, in case you need to re-apply. Jewellery can be a really fun addition to your images, and often adds an exciting pop of color & texture, so if you wear it, bring a few choices with you so we can pick together! We want to see the real, authentic YOU; not the ‘you’ that we have been seeing in your old & very overused headshots from your job back in corporate 10 years ago. We want to see quirky-you, fun-you, brilliant-you…

2. How can the shoot be timeless enough so I can use the images for a while?

Great question! This really depends on the length of the session you book. Why? Well with the Starter package, you will have 2 different outfits whereas with the Full Monty package, you have unlimited outfit changes. And location-wise, you’ll have one location in the Starter package and as many locations as we can manage with the Full Monty package. So obviously, you’ll have a lot more variety of looks and styles if you book a higher personal branding package.

3. What can I use these photos for and how?

Here’s a few ideas for you! Ready?…. Your website, social media platforms, newsletters and e-blasts, press releases, event announcements, new offerings, to refresh your profile photo regularly, sales/landing pages, your Bio for speaking engagements, printed material, marketing pieces, business cards & Podcasts!

4. What if the weather is bad?

At some point in the process, we will decide on a location together, making sure we have an indoors backup in case of bad/unpleasant weather but secretly praying to the Weather Fairies that we can shoot mainly outdoors. I will keep an eye out for updates to the weather forecast & may make location changes at the last minute if needed.

5. I don’t like my smile – do I have to smile?

I hear you. I have a squiggle that appears under my nose when I smile. I used to be so self conscious about it that I never wanted to smile for photos, and when I laughed, I used to cover my mouth (I still do that from time to time, out of habit). And then I mentioned it to a bunch of friends at a party & they were all confused “your what?” They had no clue what I meant. Then I pointed to it, they all said “Oh right, yeah” and then we moved on (apart from one friend who still makes fun of it.) I’m saying this in the hope that maybe you’ll allow yourself to release this/let it go next time you’re having your photos taken. It’s hard not to judge ourselves, pick ourselves to pieces, but if you need to have photos taken, how much nicer would it be if you could just try something different & go easier on yourself? It doesn’t mean the negatives thoughts won’t come, just that you’ll choose to turn them down and not pay them any attention or let them consume your energy. Imagine if you could look through your pictures after your photography session & remember how much you embraced it; how much you laughed and let yourself go, how engaged and creative you felt; how you fully enjoyed it. The way our bodies/faces look is not key. It’s not nothing. But if you want your photos to be real and authentic, then you don’t need to fix any part of you for your photos and you don’t need to hide. Yes you will brush/blow dry your hair, put on lip gloss, maybe polish your glasses, but you also need to believe that who you are is okay & enough. Who you are as a person is key. Your character, your personality, your soul is key. Your people love & connect with you for who you are somewhere deep under the surface. And I see that soul magic shine through in my photo sessions, time & time again.

6. How many branding photos will I get?

This really depends on the amount of time we have. It varies obviously but as a rule of thumb, you’re looking at about 40 for the ‘Starter’ package, approx 120 for the ‘Upgraded’ & around 300 for the’ Full Monty’ Package. If the photos are good, you’re not looking bonkers and your eyes aren’t closed, then they are yours for the keeping. The people that I work with are hard-working entrepreneurs & business owners and they are all busy people. So I don’t want to cost them more time by making them select their favourites from their gallery – they just keep them all. Simples!

7. How can I be more photogenic?

If you sign up for a photo session with me, I’ll send you my best tips for looking better in photos (makeup tips, posing angles, what to do with your hands etc). I have it all covered!

8. I have never managed to relax whilst having my photo taken. How will this time be any different?

The first thing we are going to be doing during your photography session is just chill. I do not expect any great works of art to be created within the first part of our session; we will be taking the time to settle in, relax & make friends with the camera. It’s not a natural situation to be in, so we will ease you into this. Let me know what’s the best way to do this – for some it will be a great music playlist, for some it could be chatting about their company and what they do, others may enjoy a game of ice breaker (E.g., what’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done for fun? Who would you pick to be on your team in a zombie apocalypse?) I aim to have you look as natural as possible and any posing that I may ask you to do will really be a bare minimum. I am careful during our session to factor in time for taking a break (I am pretty darn good at judging when you need a break – it’s one of my secret powers.) As we progress, I’ll show you a selection of shots from the back of the camera so that you can see how well we are doing & hopefully relax more, trusting that it’s all going ok (despite all your worrying about the session & almost cancelling on me. Yes, mind reading is another one of my powers.) By the time we are finished, you should have shocked yourself by forgetting that you are on a photoshoot, ENJOYING your time with me & being sad when it’s coming to an end.

9. How long does it take to get my photos? Where will you be posting them?

If you signed a model release for your photos to be used online, I will post a sneak preview from your photography session within 24 hours. Sometimes (with your permission) I’ll post to Instagram stories from my phone during the session and then after you’ve seen your images, I’ll post a bunch to Instagram & Facebook & tag you. If you have chosen The Full Monty package, we will work together to create your 1-minute, customised personal branding social media video clip, showcasing a particular service/product that you would like to promote online. I usually aim to get your personal branding photos to you within 7-10 days. I know, super fast, right?!