Frequently Asked Questions

I want to start a modelling portfolio. Can you help?
Yes! Not only do I have lots of patience with new models, but I am happy to give advice on how to pose and what to wear at your shoot to get you the images that will hopefully get you noticed! Either studio or location portfolio shoots always include professional makeup and hair styling. I am happy to give you my advice on how to get into this fun but competitive industry.

I think my daughter would love a make-over. What ages are these shoots available from?
Although I offer portait shoots on girls of all ages, I offer the make-up shoots to girls who are 10 and up. I always make sure that the make-up is age specific. On younger girls the makeover is more about doing their hair and covering any spots than doing a dramatic make-up look. My goal is that the girls have a great time at the session, get a confidence boost from looking amazing and still look their age in the photos!

Do you do headshots for actors?
Yes. I have photographed many actors who come back to me year after year to update their headshots because they photos were exactly what their agent wanted. We can do the classic headshot as well as some character shots, and weather permitting I'm happy to do mixture of studio shots as well as some natural light outdoor shots in your photo shoot session.

Does a Boudoir, Burlesque, Pin Up or Vintage Glamour shoot mean something sleazy?
Not at all! Burlesque and vintage pin-up styles are more popular today than ever and can be as coy as you like, from sweet and cheeky cheesecake through to seductive and stylish boudoir. I aim to create tasteful, dignified sensual images that are far removed from being sleazy in any way. I pride myself on creating strong feminine images and make the female form look beautiful, sexy and empowered.

I need some professional commercial portraits of myself and my team at work. Do you offer that kind of service?
Yes. Image is more important today in business than it has ever been before and I offer a variety of options for commercial or professional portraits.
We can create strong atmospheric images that show what you do by arranging the photo shoot in your workplace or alternatively, you can get the team together and bring them all down to the studio for something a little more stylish slick and classic.
If you work on your own, I also offer bespoke shoots for individuals professionals for websites, blogs, social media and book covers, magazine articles as well as numerous other uses.

Do you only photograph women?
No, not at all! While I specialize in photographing women, I am always happy to photograph men, couples, children and families as well as transgender people.

Can I bring my partner or a friend along to watch my makeover or boudoir photoshoot?
You are welcome to bring your partner or a friend as company or a chaperone. A lot of women love to bring their partner along for support. Some people feel more comfortable bringing a friend while others prefer to come alone. Whichever works best for you is fine.

Is it only famous people, models and really photogenic people who get would want to get their photographs taken?
No. A lot of people choose to get professional photographs because they want to achieve the best photographs that they can possibly can. A lot of my clients have chosen me because I can give them something more interesting that an average portrait. Some of my subjects are photogenic and some aren’t, but what they have in common is that they want something chic, tasteful and classy and they want to look their best.
I have photographed numerous professional models, celebrities, and Rock stars but a lot of my clients aren’t any of those things!
Most are normal everyday people. They are CEOs, teachers, architects, artists, scientists, secretaries, nurses, students, surgeons, psychics, hairdressers, dancers, actors, the self employed, welders, opera singers, pianists, accountants, dentists, retired people, those between careers and even other photographers! They are moms, dads, the young and the old, expectant mom's, brides to be, men, women and transgender of all shapes and sizes.
They come to me because they want to look amazing, and they want a photographer who will give them images of the highest quality, with discretion guaranteed..

I don’t know what to wear for my Fashion Styled Portrait session! Can you help?
Yes, of course. I am always happy to discuss options and ideas with you and help style you. I love fashion and am quite good at helping you know what will and wont work well for photos. I also have a fabulous dressing-up wardrobe at my studio, so even if you don’t have many outfits we can jazz up what you do have and create different looks and styles. I also can give you personalized styling advice or can commission a talented professional wardrobe stylist to help out for an additional fee as part of some of our more deluxe packages.

How long does a photoshoot take?
It depends on what kind of photoshoot you book and what your requirements are. You should expect it to take from two to three and a half hours for an unhurried photo shoot with around three to four outfit changes. make-up and styling. I will be able to give you a better idea of the length of your own, personal photo shoot after our initial phone consultation.

How much will the photoshoot cost?

I offer an a la carte price list with packages to suit a range of budgets.

Packages start at £299.00 for most photo shoots.

Corporate Portraits or Professional Headshots packages start from £199.00

Makeover parties start from £75 per head

Other Commissions:
  • My hourly rate is: £100 per hour
  • Half day (4 hours) £350
  • full day (8 hours) £650 additional hours are negotiable
These prices do not include travel, editing images is time consuming and should be factored in when booking an hourly rate. Get in touch and I'm happy to offer a quote.

Can I choose my own photos?
Yes, of course! My normal procedure is that you return to the studio at a later day usually about a week later and we go through the photos from your shoot together. You can let me know how you would like them edited so that your images are just how you want them!

How long does it take to get my photos after I order them?
Normal workflow is around four weeks.

Can I buy a photo shoot for my partner or a friend?
Yes, of course! Photo shoot experiences make excellent gift ideas and I offer a range of gift vouchers especially for this purpose.
I need the photos for a dating website but I’m too shy to ask! Don’t be shy! I often create candid style shots for dating websites, so they look more natural and the images don’t automatically give themselves away as being professionally shot, but you will still look amazing! We can take a walk around town and use natural light or stay in the studio. I will shoot to whatever style you are looking for!

I only really want one or two pictures from the shoot so can you help me?
A photo shoot with me is not a like a quick photo booth experience. I take a lot of time, care and effort to create images that you love, so, if you only want a few images the cost will still reflect the time that the images take to craft.

Can you airbrush my photographs?
Yes, I use Photoshop and it is great for smoothing out skin and softening contours. Saying that , most of the magic in a professional shoot is in the posing and the lighting! I’m happy to smooth out a few lines or bumps or lumps, or make you curvier or slimmer if that is what you wish so don't let it stop you or put it off! We will work to highlight your best features and perhaps let your less favorite bits disappear into the shadows or behind some sumptuous fabric or to fall out of focus!

T E S T I M O N I A L S:

Here is what some of my clients have said about their photo shoot experiences!

"I can wholeheartedly recommend doing a photo shoot with Susie. The whole experience was fantastic! My daughter in law and I did a photo shoot together a few months before her wedding. It was a tremendous day for both of us and a great bonding experience. I would like to thank you for putting us at ease so masterfully and creating such beautiful photographs which we will treasure always. You even made my very shy and daughter in law really come out of here shell and really built her confidence up about her body image.”
Catherine M. Tunbridge Wells

"I heard about Susie from a friend who had done a Burlesque photo shoot previously and had been raving about the whole experience as well as showing off some really amazing photos. I booked a boudoir photo shoot as a 40th gift for myself. I was very nervous, but Susie made me feel totally at ease with her lovely personality. I would defiantly do it all again! My pictures were amazing, and it was such fun dressing up!
Ellie D. Eastbourne

Would I recommend doing a photo shoot with Susie? YES!!!I had a really fun time and ended up with some really great photographs, which I am very Happy with. Susie was really professional and made me feel at ease and good about myself, which really helped. She was fantastic and I would recommend her to everyone!"
Sarah N. Hampshire

"I really enjoyed the experience, and was made to feel at ease with Susie. The photos are by far the best photographs ever taken of me. I love them!"
Debbie R, London

"My experience was amazing, made me feel special and glamorous for a few hours...The hair and make up was excellently done and I love my photos! They have had so many 'likes' on Facebook and are really causing a bit of a stir!! I'm booking my best friend in next year for her 40th birthday!"
Jen J. London

"I bought boudoir photo session for my wife for her 30th and I'm so glad I did. She loved the whole experience and it really made her feel sexy and confident (which is obviously is a ‘win win’ for both of us. It was great to see her all done up as being parents of young children we don't have much time for ourselves these days. She is stunning anyway, but it was great to see her so happy.
Mark R. West Sussex

“I loved every minute of my photo shoot, and I love my photographs! I wish I could do it all again! I have been raving about Susie to all my friends. Every woman should do a boudoir photo shoot at least once in her life!
Marie P. Hove

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