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Who are Smart Photography?
We are Anna and Robin, a married couple who have been together for 22 years and have just celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary. Along with our helpful team of staff and our labradoodle Bailey, and we are all passionate about improving women's confidence.
We have two photographers, Robin and Rachel. Robin has been a photographer for 12 years and Rachel joined our team just last year and has settled in beautifully.
Anna is our resident confidence guru who will talk you through your portrait session and assist you through it all, she has her assistant Elise to help her as well and you will probably see her on reception.
We have two highly trained stylists, Katrina and Holly, who will be doing your hair and make-up on the day of your portrait session. Both have years of experience and are the best at what they do.
Last but not least we have Bailey, he's just turned 7 and will help put you at ease and act as a therapy dog on your arrival.
Is there parking?
Yes, we have parking right in front of our building for clients.
What do you do?
We are a photography studio who specialise in women's portraits.
Run by married couple, Anna and Robin, we aim to help every women who walks through our door fall in love with themselves. We offer a mix of makeover and boudoir portrait sessions to women who are in need of a confidence boost, providing bespoke portrait sessions tailored to your likes and needs.
I never like myself in photos, will this work for me?
Yes, this will work for you.
Most women who don't like having their photos taken live in fear of the times their friends or family whack out a camera for a photo, and often physically recoil from it.
However, most women don't have an entire team of people focusing on them and making sure that they look amazing.
Everything we do is aimed at making sure you look good in these photos, and to show you that, with a bit of help and the right instruction, everyone can look drop dead gorgeous.
Your stylist will make sure that you have your hair and make-up looking perfect and exactly how you would like them.
Anna will let the photographer know all the photos you liked and the ones you didn't, and your photographer will direct your posing, choose your outfits, arrange the set, and direct the lighting and camera so that you look your absolute best in these photos.
So as long as we do our jobs right, you will look fab.
What kind of portrait sessions do you offer?
We offer a wide range of portrait sessions tailored to what you would like, varying from individual boudoir or makeover portrait sessions to portrait sessions for two (and if you ask very nicely, we'll even photograph the whole family).
Once you decide what sort of portrait session you'd like we'll talk you through everything, and create a session that's perfect for you.
When do you do the sessions?
We offer portrait sessions on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
We have a maximum of 3 a day, at 10 am, 1pm and 4pm.
What is a pre-session chat and why do I need to have one?
A pre-session chat is usually scheduled a week or two prior to your portrait session.
The purpose of this is to chat through everything and plan out your session. This way you are feeling as prepared as possible and we know exactly the kind of portraits you like - so that you have the best experience possible with us.
Anna will be the one to chat with you, and she'll talk through how you would like your hair and make-up to be done, show you lots of images to get a feel for what you like and don't like, and talk through what you need to bring with you to wear for your session.
She'll also show you around the studio (we may take a before photo of you too) and introduce you to the rest of our team.
What should I wear for my makeover portrait session?
We recommend you bring a selection of dresses and casual clothing. Bring clothes that represent you as a person, so that your portraits represent you fully.
We recommend clothing that hugs your curves, and no distracting patterns or colours that will overpower you and lose your body shape. Maxi dresses, though flattering in real life do not photograph well, so we specifically request clients don't bring these.
High heels are always a must, if you do not own a pair we have our own that range in sizes 3-8. If you're particular fan of jewellery, definitely bring some of your favourite pieces, large statement pieces work really well.
(Don't worry, we'll talk all of this through with you at your pre-session chat)
I don't have any lingerie, what do I need to bring for my boudoir portrait session?
Ideally for this you will need at least 3 changes of lingerie, but really the more the merrier!
The absolute must-have outfit is a bra and knicker set. Don't panic! When we say this we are not trying to expose as much of your body as possible, we really just need a bra doing the job only a bra can do.
You can wear this under our Britney dress or one of our lace robes if you would like more coverage but the bra is an absolute must. If you don't have a well supporting bra it's not going to work for you in photos, so please make sure that your bra and any other lingerie fits you perfectly. it could be the most gorgeous piece of satin and lace but if it doesn't fit you correctly it won't look good.
For all of your lingerie the best colours to go for are strong jewel colours.
If you have pale skin avoid white, nude or ivory.
Black tends to work well for all skin tones.
You ideally want something that's going to have really strong contrast against your skin, and not wash you out. On top of that, consider something with a bit more coverage - a baby-doll or a basque may help you to feel more comfortable in standing and sitting shots.
When it comes to knickers, as well as whatever matches with your bra, you should definitely grab a pair or two of Brazilian cut knickers. These aren't a full cut and they're not a thong, they just cover half the cheek and give a lovely curve to your bum. They are a Smart Photography must have for amazing bum shots.
High heels make all the difference - the absolute highest and thinnest heels you've got, as these do wonders for posture. If you don't have heels, don't make a special trip to buy some as we have some here in sizes 3-8.
We cover everything you need to know, in full, in our lingerie guide, plus Anna will talk it all through with you at your pre-session chat.
Should I get my nails done for my session?
If you normally get them done then yes, but if you don't usually have your nails done it's not essential - just make sure they are neatly filed before your portrait session.
Should I fake tan for my session?
If you typically do, then yes, (make sure to do so at least 2 days before the session).
If you don't normally fake tan we would say no, as you may look different to how you normally see yourself.
The lights are very bright but they will not wash you out.
I'm nervous, is that normal?
Yes! It is completely normal to be nervous about doing this even if it's for just a makeover.
Most of our clients don't like having their photo taken, and are faintly wondering how they ever got themselves into this. Don't worry - it's worth it!
It's all a bit of a rollercoaster - the nerves before the portrait session, followed by the buzz of doing something outside of your comfort zone, and then the serious nerves before coming along to see your photos...
We're going to look after you every step of the way - so have some faith that you're going to look great, we do!
At a boudoir session, am I just going to be standing around, in my undies?
Firstly, you will be given a robe to wear when you're not being photographed. But your entire session is a very collaborative experience between you and your photographer. There's not much time for standing around!
Each pose will be precisely directed, and you will be focusing on holding the pose and following what your photographer tells you. They are working hard to produce the best possible images for you, and everything is designed to make you look your very best (even when that includes moving your pinkie finger half a centimetre to the right).
What happens on the day of my portrait session?
Once you arrive, we'll sit you down and offer you a glass of champagne (or tea or coffee) and get you settled in. You are welcome to bring along a friend or partner with you for company (or moral support).
After you're settled we'll take you through to the changing room, where your stylist with talk you through your hair and make-up - your makeover will last around an hour.
Once you're all glammed up and happy with your look, your photographer will go through what you've brought along to wear and help decide on what to wear first.
If you need any assistance getting in or out of your lingerie or clothing, your stylist or a female assistant is on hand to help. During the session they will also be there to help fix clothing, hair, jewellery etc.
The session itself lasts for around 2 hours.
You'll have a wide range of portraits taken on different sets. Throughout your session your photographer will be instructing you on how to pose and what to do - we don't expect you to know how to pose - and we will tailor your posing and the sets to your favourite images from your pre-session chat.
What will happen at my viewing?
When you come back to view your images you will once again be with Anna, and she'll show you a beautiful slideshow of all your images set to music (it's a bit WOW!)
This is where we recommend you bring your partner, as you're going to make their jaw drop and they would be missing out by not coming along.
After your slideshow has ended, Anna will go back through all of your images with you and help you pick out any you wish to purchase.
You'll have seen all of the products and prices at your pre-session chat - so now it's just up to you to choose whatever you'd like to have from your session.
There is never any pressure to purchase images at your viewing, and your session fee is covered by our 'Fall in Love With You' guarantee.
Do you offer a payment plan?
Yes, you have the option to either pay full on the day, or divide your payment into instalments.
The maximum time we will spread instalments over is 10 months. This is not credit so you will not receive your order until you have finished your payment plan.
Your order is non-cancellable and you will sign an agreement to this at your viewing when you start the instalment plan.
Can I purchase more images later on?
Yes, of course. We don't delete client images.
We do recommend that you purchase them on the day as our prices may go up at a later date but they will still be available to you.
Will my images be seen by other people?
No, we do not show your private and personal images to anyone without your permission.
At your viewing, after you have seen all of your images, Anna will ask you if you are happy for your images to be used for marketing. This is an opt in so your images will only be used if you tick the box to allow it.
If you do not tick this box your images will never been seen by another person and never used for marketing.