All below is of my opinion
Portraiture and Portfolio FAQs and Advice
In this section I will be using over 20 years of experience in top professional photography in Beverley, East Yorkshire and the rest of the world to help you choose your portraiture photographer! Hope this helps and remember you can always ring or contact me for further help.
Check reprint prices!
Always check the photographers reprint prices before you go for your sitting, (they will possibly be evasive or sound confusing but insist on a clear price). A “little” print for gran can end up being a very expensive pressie! Even if you have “won” , been given, or been offered a “free” sitting always ask, as quite often these are to entice you in and then the big sell starts! Ask if they supply smaller prints without frames as they can be used to bump prices quite dramatically leaving you no options but to spend a fortune for a few pressies for friends and family.
We are totally open on our pricing with our full portrait sittings only £25 and reprints starting at only £19!
We work with the RSPCA to raise funds by giving 10% of any fees and reprints we sell using one of the RSPCA leaflets from their Beverley shop or from my studio. This method usually gives much more to the charity than paying a fixed up front fee for the sitting to the charity and can be used for pets, families or/and the kids!
Once again, always ask how much reprints are before committing to a shoot, whether charity, “prize win” or freebie session. It may be better for the charity and your bank balance to use our method of fund raising!
Be wary of the hard sell!
Some of today’s portrait (and wedding!) photographers come from a pushy sales environment or employ staff who do. A good few of our clients have been caught in the past by these hard sell photographers but you probably wont know until you are in their sales room! Paying in installments is sometimes offered to entice you to spend money you might not have or want to spend.
I work on the principle of return business, so allow you choose exactly and only what you really want, as I want you to come back again and tell all of your friends about the great experience! When choosing your images taken myself, you are actually left to view your images by yourselves for a time to chat without being pestered by a sales person. I can assure you of this, as I not only shoot the session, I show it as well!
As with wedding photography, the most important thing for a portrait or portfolio photographer to have is experience. Having owned a professional studio in the lovely town of Beverley nr Hull in East Yorkshire for over 25 years and constantly creating the latest styles, (and reinventing the classic), I am very qualified in that respect!
How long does it take?
We always put a full hour aside for our portraiture sessions (even more for portfolio shoots). It can take less time but we use some of the time to get to know you and relax the subjects! We are definitely not a bums on seats studio, rushing you in and out, even at our busiest time of the year, preferring to take the time needed and enjoy the session.
Make sure your photographer has a studio!
Some photographers will offer location photography as their method of shooting. This is great until the weather or location problems get in the way. Constantly having to change dates and places does not help families and couples with a busy life style. We do offer location portraiture but would always prefer the guarantee of a studio session. We also have a garden studio seconds away!
Having the inconvenience of my home turned upsidedown by a mobile portraiture studio would not be a method I would recommend. No need to tidy up and make space, then tidy up again afterwards. Leave that to us in our comfortable studio!
We work from a warm, custom built, local studio in the beautiful town of Beverley, nr Hull in East Yorkshire with good changing facilities and easy access.
To view our portraits portfolio please go to http://www.stephenarmishaw.co.uk/portraits-gallery/