Are you looking to hire a Photography Studio?

I welcome all Photographers to come a long and share my studio, I only charge £25 p/h this includes use of all the equipment and a black or white backdrop. If you are not a pro but are interested in finding out more about studio lighting then I also offer tuition to help you get set up. All you need to bring is some enthusiasm and your DSLR camera.

You can book via my website  or call 01206 823299 if you have any questions or just want to chat about your requirements.

 

 

Why do I need a professional headshot?

In todays digital world most of us have some sort of digital identity especially if we use Linked in, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram our images are out there they are the modern version of an old business card.

Why is it not good enough to get my other half to take a pic on their phone or use one of my holiday snaps?

Because your headshot is representing your business this includes the background, the lighting and the clothing you are wearing. In order for people to take your business seriously you want them to look at your image and see that you have taken the time to present yourself in a way which reflects your business in a professional style and not taken any short cuts.

I had a shoot 3 years ago why do I need to get another one done?

I think you should get a fresh image taken every year because we all change, we grow our hair, we grow older, we have beards and then we dont (well I don’t but you might). Styles change, it used to be the thing to always wear a tie now its more modern to be shot without a tie with your top button undone. You may also of had some website changes, colour changes so need to keep your image in keeping with the design of your new site.

What colour background should I have?

You can choose a colour or colours if your website is pop art in style! I prefer grey either light grey or dark grey, I just think it’s flattering for most people and will fit well on most sites, its clean and subtle.

What should I wear?

I always say bring along a few items, with jacket without jacket, with necklace without necklace. I do like to keep the style of the image clean so would not advise people to wear loud crazy patterns or lots of jewellery unless it is part of their look and style every day. The key is to create shots of you looking your best, looking natural and showing a glimmer of who you are. I like to take shots of people smiling but also of them having a straight face as sometimes people see something which they like in both one for Linkedin one for a gift for your other half.

What should I look for when choosing a Photographer?

I think it’s important that you feel comfortable with your Photographer as they are going to be the ones to relax you and coach you on how to pose so you need to feel at ease with them. Talk with them or visit their studio before hand to talk through your shoot and any concerns or questions you might have. I would also look at their work make sure they consistently take good images but have a range of samples to show you of different people. Also check the process once you have had your shoot what happens next, I always send my images over as a gallery so my client can look at the images from their shoot in the comfort of their own home and ask for opinions from the people they live with before choosing. Also make sure you know exactly what you get for your fee, double check that there are no hidden costs maybe get your Photographer to outline in an email so you have that to info refer to.

For more info click on my image above to see prices or email me at: lindsay@lindsaywakelinphotography.com

Different headshots for different sites…

This is Izzy, for work she manages musicians and bands. She wanted images which look professional but also not too formal as they needed to reflect her work with the music industry. We experimented with a few ideas and lighting set ups, here are a few faves…

For more info on headshots please check my site or give me a call: 07756 184916. Thanks, Lindsay

 

Going there…

There is a thing which slowly happens over time which I was kind of aware of but haven’t really done enough about it. As a working Photographer all to often I am focused on what my clients want, what packages, ideas and concepts I can offer up and although I can get creative with these projects I rarely take the time to just play anymore with my own stuff. When I say play I mean to play with my camera to have fun and not to focus on the end result but more concentrate on the process, to experiment without limits and rules of expectation and responsibility of a paid job. It’s like any job when you do it for work over time you tend to do less of it in your own time, which I don’t want to happen as there were times when I would go everywhere with my camera to document, play, and experiment with and I love some of those old images I took of friends, family, random stuff like puddles and piers. I think some of it is because I take pictures as a job, some of it is about having my phone and sometimes using that instead and some of it is just about not really bothering. If I was really honest I think there is also an element of opening Pandoras box, there is a fear that if I start doing crazy wild stuff people might not respect me or take me seriously anymore I will just be seen as that mad old cat lady that takes pics of crazy shit. The thing is this nagging feeling is not going away there is something in me that wants to go there and as the years pass the feeling gets stronger.

So there are times when I take pictures of stuff in my own time but am reluctant to share for fear of ridicule I suppose, I am not sure why I should really care what people think as they don’t have to look at my images its a free country after all. In light of these thoughts  I am sharing this image which I recently took in the studio, I have decided to ‘go there’.

I have my own ideas behind the concept of this image mostly around oppression, violence towards women, online bullying and the pressure from our media for women to look a certain way yaaay I hear you cheer all fun stuff! It is stuff that I feel strongly about, there is a huge pressure on young women and also young men to look and live up to a certain unachievable vision. We now have kids in their 20’s having botox and fillers, kids full of anxiety and afraid to be themselves for fear of rejection its utter madness destructive and out of control, I see it in the kids close to me but also in young people I take pictures of.  I’ll stop ranting…it’s up to you as the viewer to make your own mind up about what if anything this image conjures up.