choose your own adventure / coconuts
Hi there! I'm Bree.
Thank you so much for agreeing to be photographed for the Coconuts digital magazine Choose Your Own Adventure! I'm sure that having your photograph taken is not among your favourite things to do, but I am pretty easy to work with and aim to make the process as painless as possible.
how will the session work?
How will the sessions work?
By now I have probably been in touch with you to work out a date and time for your shoot. Please fill in the form below to confirm this date and give me important information such as your address.
Your session will probably take 30 minutes, but set aside an hour just in case. We are looking to get a lovely 'environmental portrait' style image of you to go along with your profile. The image and your profile will then be featured in Choose Your Own Adventure and possibly on the Coconuts social media pages.
An 'environmental portrait' is an image that tells a story about the subject, giving us an insight into who they are. For our Coconuts, we will probably be taking photos of you at your workplace or studio.
Once the session is over, I will edit the images down to about 3 final images to present to Bec from Coconuts. Bec will then chose between 1 to 3 images to go with your profile.
What's in it for you?
We want to make sure that our fabulous subjects are rewarded for taking part in these sessions. To say thanks, you will receive:
A Dropbox folder (or similar) containing the final jpeg images (photographer selected) from your session, individually processed in both colour and black and white. Images will be sized for printing (up to 8x12 inches), and sized for web-sharing. Images will be delivered approximately 2 weeks post-shoot.
You can use these images on your website and social media pages, or print them out for your mum! You just need to wait until your feature has been published in Choose Your Own Adventure before using them.
How to prepare for your session
I must apologise if some of these tips sound pedantic, obvious, or are not applicable to you. I have learnt, though, that it is always better to give every client these tips rather than risk having a client turn up unprepared.
- Try to have a good night's sleep and not drink the night before.
- Iron you clothes. Little details like a cease in your shirt may not be noticeable in 'real-life', but become noticeable in a photograph.
- Wear some makeup to bring out your features, the camera tends to wash people out slightly. If you plan to use the images professionally (on your website for example), you could even have your hair and makeup professionally done before your session. I can personally recommend Justine O, but you may already know a hair and makeup artist, or you could ask friends for recommendations.
- Bring a hairbrush. I generally advise women to wear their hair down or partly down. If you wear it in a ponytail it can look like you have no hair from some angles.
- Make sure you are looking generally 'well-groomed'. For example; pluck your eyebrows and have your roots done.
- If you commonly wear both contacts and glasses, consider wearing contacts. This will mean that we don't have to deal with glare on your glasses. If you prefer to wear glasses, we will of course work around this.
- When choosing your outfit, have a think about the image you are wanting to portray (professional? creative? casual?). It can be a good idea to bring a few different tops so we have a choice. Simple clothes tend to look more timeless. Fitted clothing tends to look better as baggy or flowing clothing can make you look bigger than you are. Mid-tones tend to photograph better, and it's best to avoid all white or all black (black and white together or with other colours is fine though). Please don't wear tops with brand names, logos, writing or drawings on them. Simple patterns like small polka dots, stripes, or delicate florals, can look great.
- Have a think about whether there a part of your face or body that you generally dislike in photographs, and I will do my best to minimise this. Please don't be embarrassed to tell me, we all have these insecurities! For me it's my double chin and teeth that are too big for my face. If you're interested in learning how to minimise a double chin in photographs, have a look at this video by renowned headshot photographer Peter Hurley. It changed my life.
- The final images I deliver to Bec (and you) will be selected by me. A very important, dare I say essential, part of a photographer's work is to edit down the images from a session to the final, best images. I will take many images during the session, and while these images help me to create the final product by allowing me to test the light, exposure, poses, facial expressions and so on, they are not the final product themselves. It's very important to note that I don't release any images not included with the final set of images in your Dropbox. They were neither created nor intended to be the final product, they have simply enabled me to work out issues that arose during your session.
- From these final images, Bec will then choose the image/s that accompany your interview. If you feel very strongly for or against a particular image, you are welcome to chat to Bec about this.
- After the session, I'll email you a model release that you can sign online. This gives Coconuts the right to use your images. My model releases have a clause that allows you to withdraw your release at any time, or place restrictions on your release, so don't worry that you are signing your rights away! With your permission, I may also use some of the images to promote recent work to potential clients.
Contact me here if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to meeting you!