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Portrait Photography

Portrait Photographer

People hire a portrait photographer for many different 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, Grans & 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 and they quickly become bored and restless. It may be wise to leave them at home so you can make your decisions without distraction. Only one viewing is included with your session so bring everyone interested in 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 of images and your viewing. Location portrait sessions are available anywhere within a 30 mile radius of the studio, at a charge of 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 charges apply 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


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

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

We have a small changing room so you can make as many wardrobes changes as time permits. Be aware of the small details, remove watches and jewelry you don’t want in the photos, bring a comb, have a shave. Look in the mirror and consider how you want to appear in your photos. You’re welcome to bring along make-up, hair accessories, etc. to vary your look and style 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, and dress baby in the studio in case of accidents en route. Pack baby’s favourite toys, and any props you think may work. If children have scratches or bruises I may be able to remove these digitally, but call first to discuss. Feel free to bring treats and rewards for good behaviour, but 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 children in the group, it may be best to leave the pets at home. Including the family pet may seem like a good idea but it can take animals a long time to adjust to the studio environment. Why not treat 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