"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."
Frequently Asked Questions
I'm sure you will have lots of questions and apprehensions about booking your beauty and boudoir photoshoot, but hopefully we have answered many of them here.
Chose one of the sections below to see all the related questions and answers.
If you still have a question we haven't answered, please feel free to contact us, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
► Arranging a photoshoot
How far ahead can I book my photoshoot?
I've seen a promotion that has a discount code for a photoshoot. How do I claim my discount?
When you fill in the Photoshoot Enquiry/Booking Form, there is a box labelled Promotion Code. Type the code you have in there, and if it is a valid code, your discount will be automatically deducted from your invoice.
Why do I have to pay a non-returnable deposit?
Unfortunately some customers book a shoot and then cancel at the last minute or just don't turn up to a location shoot. When that happens not only do I lose the opportunity to use that day for a shoot with someone else, but I will have already done a significant amount of planning and preparation, which is then wasted.
When can I arrange my photoshoot for?
Almost any time, as I can work any day of the week, excluding Bank Holidays. Shoots normally start at 9:30 - 10:00 in the morning.
Can I rearrange my photoshoot after it's booked?
Yes you can. Once your photoshoot is booked you can rearrange the date any time up to 7-days before the shoot.
I'd like to give a photoshoot as a present, do you do gift certificates?
I still have a question I would like to ask before I book a photoshoot. How can I contact you?
You can ask your question through out Contact Form, or you can email me direct at email@example.com
Why do you shoot at people's homes?
Many photographers shoot at their own studies. This makes it easy for them because they can leave all their kit set-up all the time and put you through a standard process that they use for all their clients. So you will sit in the same chair or lay on the same bed as every other customer - meaning that rather than being unique, your photos will be carbon copies of everyone else's.
My home is really small, will that be a problem?
I have shot in some tiny flats and homes.
Do we have to shoot in my home?
No. There are basically three other alternatives to shooting in your home.
Can myself and a friend book to have a photoshoot together?
This is just for women, right?
Not necessarily, if you like the idea of having a photoshoot, I am happy to work with you whatever gender you identify as.
We are an LGBTQ+ couple, will you shoot us?
Absolutely. Everybody is welcome at Tim Jackson Photography and we will be happy to arrange a photoshoot with you regardless of your sexuality, gender or race.
I think my house is quite dark, is that a problem?
No, that's no problem at all. I will bring professional studio lights to your photoshoot, which will provide plenty of light, even in the darkest of conditions.
I'd like to shoot at home, but we've only just moved in and I don't like the current decor. Is there anything we can do?
There are a few ways we can deal with untidy or unwanted backgrounds.
Where in the house will you want to shoot?
That depends to some extent what kind of shoot you require. If you want to concentrate on portraits we can probably work in one room, such as the lounge or a study. If you want a more fashion orientated shoot then we will probably want one or two different locations such as the lounge, dinning room or maybe the garden. For boudoir orientated shoots the bedroom is the classic location to shoot.
I'm not pretty enough to be modelling, am I?
Creating amazing beauty and boudoir images is not about being classically 'pretty', it is about bringout your beauty both internal and external. We can create some beautiful pictures of you whatever your look.
What geographiocal areas do you cover?
I normally work in the Midlands - Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, West Midlands and South Yorkshire.
► Preparing for your photoshoot
I've never modelled before, I won't know what to do?
Once your shoot is confirmed we will send you a copy of our e-book, 'Preparing for Your Photoshoot'. This booklet includes some useful modelling tips and tricks and some common poses that we are likely to use.
I think I will feel silly posing in front of a camera?
You are not alone, a lot of people feel like this at the start of a shoot. That's why we will ususlly begin with some portrait shots, so that you don't have to worry about posing straight away.
I have a birthmark/scar that I hate, can you do anything about it?
Do I need to have multiple outfits to wear?
That is completely up to you, but with most photoshoots we will shoot a few different sets of images and most people wear a different outfit for each set.
Do I need to provide anything on the day?
There should be no necessity for you to provide anything on the day of the shoot except your outfits. However if you have items that you would like to include in your images as props then you are more than welcome to have them available.
Do I need to do anything to prepare my home for the photoshoot?
If you know where in the house you'd like to shoot then a bit of decluttering is always a good thing. For instance if we are going to shoot in your bedroom, then clearing the top of bedside cabinets is always halpful. While you may almost overlook the drinks coaster, book and tissue laid there, in a photosgraph they will jump out.
I'd like to shoot in the garden, is that OK?
Assuming the weather is good, yes absolutely we can.
► A few other things
When will I get to see the pictures from my photoshoot?
You will usually see a basic set of images within 7 working days of the photoshoot. This will be via a link which will take you to an online gallery of your images. You can choose from these images which ones you want printed.
How and when will I receive my finished digital images?
You will normally receive your digital images within 7 - 10 days after you confirm which images you wish to have edited.
How and when will I get my finished prints/photobook?
All our prints and photobooks are created to order by the professional photolab that we partner with. It can take up to four weeks for your products to be printed and despatched after you select the images you like. However it is often much faster than this and could be as quick as 10 - 14 days.
Can I order additional pictures after the shoot?
Yes, we have a full range of printed, mounted and framed prints as well as other gift ideas such as jigsaws and coasters that you can purchase after the shoot.
Who will see my pictures?
I edit all my pictures myself, so the only people that will see your images are you and me.
Will my pictures appear on your website?
By default your images will not be shared publically anywhere, including on our website.
My shoot comes with a large print. Do I get a say in which picture is printed?
What about Coronavirus?
You are right to think that Coronavirus is an issue. As with almost everyone we have had to take extra precautions to make our services safe. You can see full details of our Covid-19 response here.
You seem to shoot a lot of black and white images. Why is that?
It is somewhat of a personal style preference. I believe that black and white images have a more timeless, classic look to them.
► On the day
Do I have to wear lingerie for the photoshoot?
No, not all all, what you wear is completely up to you. If you are doing a boudoir shoot though it is traditional to wear lingerie.
Can I have a friend accompany me at my photoshoot?
If you would like a friend to act as a chaperone at your shoot, that is absolutely fine.
How long will the photoshoot take?
There is no specific time allocated for the shoot. I prefer to make the photoshoot calm and relaxed, which is why I usually only book one photoshoot per day - so there is no rush to finish at a particular time or to get to the next appointment. Normally a 1-day photoshoot will take around 3-5 hours.
I've never been at a photoshoot. How does it work on the day?
The whole day will be relaxed and fun. On arrival we will chat about the shoot, what you want to achieve and the locations and outfits we are going to use.
I have a spot on my nose, it will ruin the pictures.
All of the pictures will be edited after the shoot. The normal guide is that marks or blemishes which are not permanent, such as your spot, will be edited out of the finished images.
What should I do with my hair and make-up?
If you are doing your own hair and make-up then it is up to you what you want to do.
What should I wear for the start of the photoshoot?
You do not need to be ready in your first outfit when I arrive. We will discuss what order we are going to take pictures in at the start of the shoot, and then you will have plenty of time to get change.
Can I change my mind about levels and locations on the day?
Absolutely, we will start the photoshoot with a discussion about what you would like to do and we can decide at any time during the shoot what level you want to work to.
Can I be shot nude, if I want to be?
Yes, it is completely your choice what you wear, or don't wear for the photoshoot. If you feel comfortable and confident, and would like some topless or nude shots that is fine and your choice.
Can anything go wrong?
It is a very rare occurance, but it is technically possible that the photos we take at the shoot could become corrupted and irretrievable at some point during the photography or post-processing. Should this rare and unfortunate problem happen with your images I will happily reshoot the whole set of images free of charge.