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Portrait Photography


Portrait Photography

People want portrait photography for many reasons, but ultimately everybody wants the same thing… memories 

I’ve been a Bournemouth portrait photographer for 25 years, in my Columbia Road photo studio. In this time I’ve photographed thousands of Mums & Dads, Granmas & Grandads, newborn babies, toddlers and infants. Many, many happy memories safeguarded for generations to come. If you’d like me to be your family portrait photographer and safeguard your memories, just give me a call on 01202 513 535.


Portrait Photography

Your Portrait Photographer will photograph you for 45 mins – 1 hour. The photographer will advise you on poses and clothing. Bring along a few outfits, we have a small changing room available. Once your portrait photographer has edited all your photos you’ll be invited back to the studio for your viewing.

Viewing your Portrait Photos

At your viewing you’ll be given a slideshow presentation of your portraits. Your portrait photographer will advise you on the best way to display your chosen portraits. Viewings hold little interest for children therefore it may be wise to leave them at home. You can then make your decisions without distraction. Only one viewing is included with your session so for this reason bring everyone interested in viewing or purchasing portraits.

Studio Portrait Session only £70.00

Location Portrait Session only £95.00

Sunday, Bank Hols & Evenings + £25.00
Session charge covers studio time and equipment, editing and viewing time. Location portrait sessions are available within a 30 mile radius of the studio. travel costs 50p per mile (round trip from the studio) plus any parking fees. If you’d like a location outside the 30 mile radius, please contact me to discuss. Evening charge for all portrait sessions after 17:00hrs. Studio is located at BH10 4DZ, use Google Maps to calculate travel.

Book your portrait session now – call 01202 513 535


Danté HaworthThis is a photo of my newborn son. It was taken half an hour after he was born. He’s our first child, 26 weeks into the pregnancy there were complications and my wife and I thought we’d lost him, but we were lucky. 13 weeks later, and after 3 days of hard labour, my wife was rushed for an emergency cesarean. While the doctor took care of my wife, Danté and I were left alone together, both feeling somewhat tired and emotional.

I’ll never forget the unusual combination of feelings; joy and fear, relief and ecstasy. He was so tiny I was scared to hold him, but once he was in my arms I didn’t want to put him down. This photo may bring a smile to your face, but doesn’t really mean anything to you. To me it brings back those emotions and memories, and it means the world. That’s the power of photography.


Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures

Don McCullin

Book your portrait session now – call 01202 513 535


Portrait Guidelines

GROUP PHOTOS

In portrait photography everyone should try to dress in a similar style and colour. If one person in the group wears a bright red top then the eye is instantly drawn to this dominant colour. For babies & toddlers, you must schedule your session around them, a screaming baby doesn’t photograph well.

CLOTHING for portrait photography

First of all, it’s important to wear what you feel comfortable and confident in. Bright colours can work on children, but not so well with adults. Stay away from large logos and bold patterns because they can be distracting in the finished photo. Dark colours have a slimming effect while light clothing can exaggerate size. If you feel self-conscious about your arms, long sleeves will certainly work best. Bring a few outfits to vary the style, relaxed and casual, formal and dressy. While wearing your ‘Sunday Best’ for portrait photography may seem like a great idea, how relaxed will you feel?

We have a small changing room so you can make a wardrobe change. Be aware of small details, remove watches and jewelry you don’t want in the photos. Bring a comb, have a shave, watch out for tan lines. Look in the mirror and consider how you want to appear in your photos. You may also like to bring make-up, hair accessories, etc. to vary your look during the shoot.

BABY & TODDLER portraits

Book your portrait photography session for when your baby will be happiest. Bring outfits in different colours and styles. Dress baby in the studio because of accidents en route. Pack baby’s favourite toys and any other props. If children have scratches or bruises I’ll probably be able to remove them digitally, but call first to discuss. While you may bring treats and rewards for good behaviour, PLEASE only give these at the end of the shoot.

PET portrait photography

We are happy to include your pets in your family portraits, but house trained animals only please. If you’re bringing your dog, take it for a long walk just before the shoot. If there’s young children in your group, it’s probably best to leave the pets at home. Animals can take a while to feel comfortable in the studio, so it may be best to bring them to their own portrait session on another day.

It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.

Paul Caponigro

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