A mature woman wearing a corset smiles in to the camera as she shows off her back tattoos.

"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

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?

In theory, if the diary allows, you could book a photoshoot just two days ahead. In reality I often have bookings in the diary a few weeks ahead, so it will depend on whether we can both be available at the same time. The further ahead you book your shoot, the more likely you are to be able to select the exact day you want. It is also often easier if you can book your shoot for a weekday. If you have a particular day in mind or a deadline by which you need the pictures, the best thing is to fill in the Photoshoot Enquiry/Booking Form and put that information in the 'Any Other Information' box. I will then do my very best to meet your requirements.

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. As much as you are almost certainly not one of the customers that would consider doing this, it happens often enough that it is necessary to charge a non-refundable deposit to hold a date in the diary for you.

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. If you can book your shoot for a weekday there is a greater chance of us being able to meet your desires in terms of a specific date.

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. Please be aware that you will only be able to rearrange your shoot for another available date in the calendar, so it may not always be possible to rearrange for a specific date.

I'd like to give a photoshoot as a present, do you do gift certificates?

Yes absolutely. Go to our Gift Certificates page to find out more.

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 tim.jackson@photographer.net

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. By shooting at your home, you are able to work in a familiar and comfortable environment, your wardrobe of clothes is readilly available, we can use furinture and props that are important to you and you get unique and meaningful backdrops.

My home is really small, will that be a problem?

I have shot in some tiny flats and homes. It may slightly limit the range of images that we can create, but we will still be able to make some amazing pictures.

Do we have to shoot in my home?

No. There are basically three other alternatives to shooting in your home. We can organise an outdoor location shoot, close to your home. Nature reserves, country lanes, woodlands etc. can all make for great locations to shoot. Alternatively we can hire a local studio, or in some areas we can hire a hotel room during the day. Both of these options can produce some amazing puctures, but each will also incur an additional charge for your photoshoot.

Can myself and a friend book to have a photoshoot together?

Absolutely. Almost all photoshoot packages have the option to add an extra person to the shoot. In each case adding an extra person to your shoot is cheaper than booking two separate shoots, but you still both receive the same package of finished images. If you'd like to add more than one additional person to your photoshoot, send us a message with details and I'll get back to you with a quote.

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. Although the chosen poses may vary, anyone that wants to can enjoy a beauty and boudoir photoshoot and create some great pictures.

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. We can take tight in shots that show as little background as possible or we can blur the background to the point that it is not really recognisable. Alternatively, I can light the scene so that the background fades into shadow or I can supply coloured backclothes, which obscure the background completely and create a more studio look. Either way we can find a way to work in your home, whatever the decor.

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. As part of the discussion before the shoot starts we will look at potential places in your home and decide between us where the best locations are.

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. So this includes areas around, Derby, Nottingham, Leicester, Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Warwick, Northampton, Sheffield, Chesterfield, Mansfield, Stafford, Burton-on-Trent, Telford, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Coventry, Kidderminster, Rugby, Kettering, Corby etc. Ultimately, I can travel anywhere within the UK for a photoshoot, however long distances may incur an additional travel surcharge.

► 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. But having shot a lot of different models, many at their first photoshoots, I am use to helping people adopt poses that help them to look their best in front of the camera. So, don't worry if you're not sure about modelling - we will talk through every thing on the day.

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. We will take it slowly and I will guide you through some classic poses as we go. The more we do, the more confident you will become until you will be posing like you were on a Paris catwalk!

I have a birthmark/scar that I hate, can you do anything about it?

Yes, absolutely. We will try to avoid focussing on any blemishes you would prefer not to show. But even if you have a birth mark on your face it can usually be removed in post-production editing if that is what you'd like.

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. Remember though that some really nice images can be created with simple outfits like jeans and a t-shirt - you certainly don't need to have lots of 'special'outfits.

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. For instance if you play a musical instrument, you may want to use that in some pictures, or if you play sport you may want to include some sporting equipment.

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. Having said that, you do not need to do any of this before the shoot as we can declutter on the day if we need to.

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. Please bear in mind that you will only receive finished images and products after the full invoice amount has been paid.

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. You can see a full list of your optional extras here.

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. If we would like to use your images on our website or for other promotions we will ask you specifically to give your permission and we will pay you £6 for each one you agree we can use.

My shoot comes with a large print. Do I get a say in which picture is printed?

Yes, absolutely. Within a few days of the photoshoot you will get to see all the pictures so that you can choose which one(s) you would like edited for your final deliverables.

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. Removing the colour from an image removes one layer of distraction and encourages the viewer to take more notice of the form and subject of the image. I will usually offer you your images in colour or black and white, it is up to you. However I may suggest that a particular image would look best in monochrome.

► 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. It is helpful if you could let me know before hand that they will be there, and if you could explain to your friend the nature of the shoot, so they are not surprised by anything!

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. We will almost always start with some portrait shots while we get comfortable with each other and you get used to being in front of the camera. We will slowly work our way through the looks we have decided on, taking breaks between to reset lights and for you to change. i will bring studio lights, backdrops, throws etc. with me so that we can achieve any look you would like to try. After the shoot we will chat for a few minutes about what you thought of the day.

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. Other marks such as birth marks or moles can also be edited out if you would prefer.

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. Generally speaking, for beauty shots a natural everyday hair and make-up works well. For boudoir shots a red lip is often used. The overriding consideration should be that you do your hair and make-up in a way that you like, that you think suits you and that you feel confident in. If it is likely to take sometime to complete your hair and make-up, it is very helpful if you can complete the majority of this before I arrive, so that we don't have to eat into the shoot time.

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. Ideally wear something loose fitting you are comfortable in - such as liesure wear or a dressing gown.

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. Of course there is the option to do implied shots, which involoves you being topless or nude, but with body parts or props covering the most intimate areas.

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.

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