Frequently Asked Questions
What part of the country do you cover?
Most of my work is in the central belt of Scotland between Glasgow and Edinburgh but I’m also regularly commissioned to do work in Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway, the Borders, Fife, the North East and the Highlands and Islands. Work further afield has taken me to Shetland and England. The answer is therefore wherever you need me but there are obviously implications for travel and accommodation the further away a shoot is from my home base.
Who has copyright of the photographs?
For most shoots I provide unlimited use for the client for their own purposes. For the majority of clients this is exactly what they want and need.
Unfortunately, it is becoming more common these days for people to confuse the ‘copyright’ with ‘unlimited use’ leading them to think they need the copyright in order to have this. Owning the copyright of the images would actually mean that you would be able to sell the images to a third party such as a picture library and make further financial gain from them without the photographer receiving any royalties. It would also mean that the photographer would have to gain permission from the copyright holder before being able to use any images in his portfolio. Clearly, this is not what clients are looking for.
I therefore offer flexible terms providing unlimited use for the client whilst still retaining the copyright of the images myself.
The only exception to this would be for advertising shoots where terms and usage would be agreed beforehand.
How quickly can you supply the photographs?
The simple answer is as soon as you need them. I can generally turn around photographs is a couple of days but if you let me know beforehand I can supply them via a download link the same day or even supply them immediately after a shoot on USB stick or CD.
When I am exceptionally busy I will advise with you beforehand and liaise with you to make sure you get them when you need them.
How long does a portrait session take?
For an actor's headshot session usually allow about 45 minutes to an hour though I don’t clock watch and have a strict deadline. The most important thing for me is to make sure you are happy with your shots before you leave, so we will review them at the end of the shoot to make sure you are entirely happy with them.
I can usually achieve a good corporate headshot in about 5 to 10 minutes but for a good quality boardroom portrait of an individual for editorial and PR uses I would allow about 30 minutes.
Do I provide lighting?
Yes, I have a full studio set up with full length backgrounds and professional lighting which can also be set up on location. I also have a a smaller set up which is ideal for headshots and can be set up in small meeting and boardrooms. For location portraits, interiors and products I also have a full range of specialist studio and location lighting which I use to supplement or replace the available light.
Do you have models and stylists?
Yes, I work with a number of agencies and freelancers who I have built up a close relationship over the years.
Can you provide locations?
Yes, I have a very knowledge of locations in and around Glasgow plus further afield which are suitable for most shoots. If your request is very specific however I may need to charge a little research time.
Any other questions?
I have tried to answer some of the most commonly asked questions but if there is anything else you would like to ask which us not covered here then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.