How long will the photo shoot take?
The length of the shoot depends on what you require and how many people you want photographed. Usually it takes about 30 to 40 minutes to setup the photography equipment and a similar amount of time to pack everything back up again. I will require one person to stand in for about 15 minutes whilst I adjust the lighting and camera settings. After that I am ready to start taking pictures of everyone.
It usually takes about 5 to 15 minutes per person to take their picture. Some people are comfortable having their picture taken and have no problems relaxing and smiling in front of the camera. Others may require more time to relax and some assistance to get a natural smile out of them.
What space is required for the photo shoot?
For individual shots I minimally require a 3 m x 4 m space but at a 4 m x 7 m or larger is preferred as I have more options available for lighting. The height of the room isn’t so important but a higher ceiling does help. The colour of the walls, floor and ceiling are important as that colour can “leak” onto the subject. Setting up my studio in a larger room helps avoid this problem but a neutral coloured room is preferable.
The existing lighting in the room will not influence the final images as long as there is no direct sunlight influencing the scene as the camera only picks up the light from the studio flashes.
My main flash lights need mains power to operate but if no sockets are available I do have battery powered flashes as well.
What background options are available?
I can provide white, grey or black backdrops but using coloured lights it is possible to produce any colour background you require. I can also use a setting at your company for the background. For instance the office, reception, board room or maybe your company banner can be used as a background.
How do I prepare for the photo shoot?
Ensure everyone being photographed has been informed in advance. Depending on the colour of the background that you choose for the images certain colours or tones in clothing should be avoided. For instance a white top against a white background will blend into the background.
Men need to ensure they are clean shaven or their beards are tidy. Women need to ensure their make up is to a good standard. Hair should be appropriately styled. If you want a professional standard of hair and make-up then a hair and make-up artist can be provided for an additional charge.
The lighting arrangement for men and women is different so I prefer to shoot all the men first then all the women or vice versa. Also to save adjusting the lighting and camera all the time it helps if I can start with the smallest person and work up to the tallest or vice versa.
When will I receive the images?
If you choose not to have your images retouched you will usually receive the images within a few days after the shoot. If you want the images to be retouched first then it will take longer due to the extra work required which will depend on the amount of retouching you want performed and the number of images.
What format will I receive the images in?
I will send the images as full resolution JPEGs. Other options are available so just ask if you require a different size or format.
How will I receive the images?
The images will be colour corrected and any inferior quality images removed. If you want me to square crop the images then I can do this for no additional charge. The images will be compressed into a single ZIP file and uploaded to my Dropbox account which I will send you a link to so you can download them at your leisure. Ensure you extract the images from the ZIP folder before attempting to view them. You can then delete the ZIP file.