What goes into your portrait session:

What goes into your portrait session:

It’s a bit of a long read, but you might enjoy it .

So the day has arrived, it’s time for your session. The nerves and the excitement have kicked in. You are greeted first by my two naughty puppies (Spartacus and Leonidas)and one big doggy (Buddy, my protector) Then by me and my stick at the door (I generally stand there waving like a mad woman so you know how to find us). You walk into studio, with your clothes and bags of goodies. It’s a home based studio in the country, it is peaceful and quite so you already feel comfortable. You walk into shooting space and viewing area, where you will see my portraits on display,quite beautiful to look at. By now you have met Tracey, who shows you to our makeup and change room. We are a friendly bunch here, and we love a chat, and the puppies love cuddles. We start off with something to drink (mostly wine to settle the nerves a bit, but we always have coffee and tea or juice too). You put your clothes in makeup room, by now I have studied your body language and my little head is spinning with posing ideas, Tracey has no doubt already figured out how she will do your transformation. We look at what you have brought to wear, and we choose outfits for each sequence of your shoot (and sometimes we only pick one outfit because it is spectacular and it will work for each sequence). I have to ask Tracey to help me remember which outfits go on which background because sometimes I panic and forget. So your wardrobe consult is done, and it’s now time to be pampered. Makeup and hairstyling takes about an hour/hour and a half. Tracey has an amazing way about her, when she does your makeup, you will feel relaxed and beautiful. I generally sit at my workstation editing or marketing, and every now and then I pop in to see how you are doing. Mostly I spy on your body language and by now I have worked out a pose flow for your session. Your hair and makeup looks mind blowing, you feel like a princess, and it’s time to change into your first outfit, now the nerves kick in because it’s showtime. I do a quick test shot to check makeup (the camera takes away about 30%) and then you are seated on our posing couch. I do a few warm up shots to get settings right because I am a natural light photorapher, and obviously this is key for your portraits. This is also a great way for you to get used to how I shoot ( being half paralysed, I have to sit in my chair and use my good leg to move me around, and of course there is no use of my left arm so I’m sure it takes some getting used to). I am quite formal in my approach to posing,  so I give you step by step instructions, until your pose is perfected, and I get my shots. There is a bit of magic for me here because I see everything coming together so beautifully, and I know your portraits will be incredible. So we pose, shoot, pose, shoot. Change outfits, and pose and shoot, pose and shoot, we may change hair style and makeup in between, and pose and shoot, pose and shoot. Until I feel that I have enough of a portfolio to show you at your viewing, which takes place a few days after your session. And that’s a wrap, session is over, you see how easy that is? Oh I might want to mention that it is a lot of fun too, lot’s of laughs and smiles, I am not serious all the time, Tracey also has a fantastic sense of humour and she is amazing throughout  and by the time we are finished, you will feel like a million bucks!

Come try us for a session, let’s create your timeless portraits together, something you can treasure and your loved ones too.

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Ursula Tocik Photography

I specialise in beautiful printed portraits, using natural light. My passion is capturing your journey and creating lifetime treasures and heirlooms to leave behind for generations to love and cherish.

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