Virtual Shoots with Catherine
Photoshoots with a difference
Times are weird - that's my term for the current situation. You can't get out easily for a photoshoot and you desperately need new shots for your social media and website marketing. Humf! Frustrating isn't it?
I have the solution...let's do something using the technology we have at hand...LET'S GO VIRTUAL...whoop! whoop!
That may be music to your ears or perhaps fill you with a little eek but hey don't fret, let me talk you through the what's, how's and should I's?
As long as you have an iPhone, iPad or iTouch with ios 13 or later then this could be for you. (so sorry android users, it's well worth borrowing though if that's possible). We'll also use Zoom via a laptop to communicate on the shoot day.
It's a simple process...
First a zoom chat with me (approx 15 mins)
Then I'll send you a questionnaire which will help me form ideas to suit your brand plus a set of instructions to help guide you through the process.
We'll chat again and make a plan for your session, I'll also explain how the special app will work (approx 30mins)
I'll then send you my calendar so you can select your shoot date.
Next you get to have a giggle and some fun having your photos taken virtually by me.
After, I sort and send the proof photos to you to choose from (or I can do this for you) along with an example edit.
Lastly I'll complete the edits you've requested and send you your chosen photos along with a useful PDF with crop suggestions and advice for using them.
As shot from iPhone 8
What the client had to say...
"Having a virtual shoot was so much easier than I thought it was going to be. Catherine chatted with me which helped me to relax and directed me through the process so I understood exactly what I was doing. I'm so impressed with the results I had no idea the quality would be so good."
Vardeep Edwards, The Branding Fox
As shot from iPhone 11
What the client had to say...
"I'm thrilled with my photos from Catherine. I really needed some new headshots but couldn't arrange an in-person photoshoot so Catherine arranged a remote shoot. I'm so impressed with the results, who knew my phone could take such good pictures...! Thank you Catherine"
Angela Bamford, AB Web Designs
A little inspiration from Jonathan's Shoot...
Jonathan would confess he was not the keenest to have his photo taken but had found himself in the 'I'm going to have to bite the bullet' position as he desperately needed to update his membership website and social channels. He was incredibly nervous about how he would look in his photos, as his experience of in-person photos had left him feeling awkward and rarely pleased with the results.
Following a good talk about what he needed and a loose but reassuring plan we booked his date and went ahead with the virtual shoot. With a feel for his vibrant personality (and some assistance from his wife re-positioning the camera) I knew we'd get some shots he'd be pleased with.
I think his initial email response to the edits says it all really ...
He went on to write a 5 star review with this to say...
Here's a sample of Jonathan's edits
And here's what they've enabled him to do...
Wesbite cover update...
Have a photos he's confident to use on his social posts to promote his business lives and guest appearances...
Use his 'real' face on his YouTube thumbnails...
Up to 90 minute shoot with 6 edited photos £150
Upgrade to 6 stylised photos £240
Additional hour shoot £65
Additional edits £15 each / £30 for stylised
Require more? Please ask.
How do I book?
Book an initial Zoom chat with me here, from there I'll guide you through the process.
What phone do I need?
An Iphone with IOS 13 and above. Successful shoots so far have been via an iPhone 8 and an iPhone 11.
I have an android phone, is this a problem?
I'm very sorry an Iphone / Ipad / ITouch is required with IOS 13 or above installed. If you are able to borrow a device it'll be worth it!
Do I need someone else to hold the iPhone?
Not necessary. If you do have a spare child or person about that would be capable of holding the phone or positioning it with my directions then that would be handy. But if you don't, no worries, I'll direct you to prop your phone using books, spare chairs, shelves, etc. If you have a tripod with a phone clamp that's ace and would work brilliantly.
Do I need a stable internet connection?
It would be helpful but don't worry if your internet drops out we can reconnect.
What time of day will the photoshoot be?
To get the best results we'll need the times when the sunlight is best. In the UK that is currently between 10 and 3pm.
I don't live in the UK can I still have a photoshoot?
Yes I'd love that, happy to arrange a time that would suit your time zone for planning and a shoot.
Is the photo quality good enough to use on a website?
Yes the resolution of the images will be suitable for use on a website. Following the planning session with you I will endeavour to position your shots suitable for your requirements. Therefore they will be suitable for social media, marketing and website use.
Will the photos be clear or grainy in appearance?
Depending on the phone quality and the available light for your shots they may appear with some grain. I will do my best to reduce this in the edited stages.
I'm not sure what to wear?
That's ok, I can point you in the right direction during the planning.
I'm worried my space/location isn't good enough?
During the planning stage I ask you to snap some photos or take a short video of your available spaces for me so I can plan ahead of time where might be best to use. You'd be surprised how easily a space can be used with a bit of creative thinking.
My space is messy, will I need to tidy?
A tidy space is easier to work with but don't worry about the few bits and bobs that are around. It's likely I may ask you to move objects about if I spot they are distracting to the scene. It's also totally ok if one side of the room is in chaos...no one will ever know.
When will I pay?
I'll send you a deposit invoice of £50 when you book your shoot date. The balance for your photographs is then due upon receiving your edited photos (paid within 14 days, thank you).
When do I download the app?
When we have our initial chat I'll tell you about the app and ask you to download it. You will need to agree with the terms of the app in order to download it. For the shoot you will be sent a link to join from your phone that will enable me to take control of your camera (ONLY your camera, I will not have access to anything else) via the app.
How do you send me the proofs/photos?
When the photographs are taken they will download to my cloud (you will not be able to see them at this point). I will then do an initial sort through and send you the proof choices via a WeTransfer link for you to download/view. Final edits are also sent via WeTransfer.
Is it ok if my kids are around?
Of course. It's also ok if you need to take breaks to sort things out or check your young one is enjoying their homeschooling! If they are to be in any photos I need your permission for me to take and store their photographs, thank you.
While you consider booking a virtual shoot you may like to read what my personal brand clients say about me...
"We had so much fun on the shoot we did together in London, the resulting shots are nothing short of excellent as I was at ease and enjoyed the whole experience. They were natural and full of radiant energy as Catherine knows how to draw the best out of people."
Sarah Potter, Hypnotherapist & Coach
"What a brilliant experience! I had to get some pro photos done quickly, Catherine completely got the brief, and set to work to create some brilliant head shots. She located a perfect back drop, and made everything feel easy. She makes you relax, laugh and enjoy the experience. Can highly recommend for a stress free photo shoot."
Eleanor Tweddell, Author & Podcaster
Ready to book your virtual shoot with Catherine? Let's chat...
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