Frequently Asked Questions

Whilst this is by no means an exhaustive list of FAQs, I hope it will give you some useful information so that we can have a great portrait shoot. Of course if you find your question has't been answered below please feel free to call me on 07736458815 or email me at paul@pauldsmithphotography.co.uk.

Do you take a booking fee?
I do not take a booking fee, I do however take a £50 deposit that can be used against any future purchase of prints after your shoot.

How long are your sittings/sessions?
I plan for half a day for most portrait bookings, shoots usually last between 2-3 hours. The most important thing is we get great shots.

Can I bring a change of outfit?
Of course, I would recommend at least one change of outfit during the shoot.

Can I bring props for the shoot?
Absolutely you can. Hats, teddy bears, umbrellas, musical instruments, sports gear and more are all welcome.

Are you just a studio photographer or can we have photos taken on location?
I'm flexible, whatever is going to tell your story the best is where we shoot.

What if it rains on the day?
Simple, if we can't do the shoot on the day due to the weather, we'll re-schedule for another day.

What should I wear?
Your outfit is your choice, but as a suggestion it should be something you feel good in. Solid medium to dark colours work well. It's often a good idea to avoid stripe, plaids, prints or any clothing with bold logos or writing.

Can I wear my glasses for the shoot?
Yes of course. I usually have some lens wipes with me but if you could also give them a good clean beforehand it will help immensely. It's very difficult to remove them afterwards!

Will my photographs be retouched?
I prefer to keep my images looking authentic, however all photos will be colour graded and can be retouched to remove blemishes. Please let me know if there is anything else you would like.

Will there be a hair and make-up artist at the shoot?
My hair and make-up artist can be available upon request, there is usually an additional charge for this and will need to be arranged before the shoot.

Do you have any styling tips?
I think of the styling as the story, there are the characters (that's you), there can be props to accentuate the moment and of course there is the setting where it all takes place. There is so much to cover here, I'm happy to talk to you about your ideas for the shoot.