How are we all doing? Just a quick update for you... I am now taking bookings for indoor and outdoor photoshoots. These will adhere to all safety measures and social distancing precautions necessary for your safety and mine. Like many of you, I understand that the pandemic has left many people's finances in disarray, so I have temporarily reduced my rates during this time. To book a shoot, pop me an message using the form on this website and we can discuss what you need. Likewise, given the Government's announcement allowing photography studios to reopen, I am pleased to say that the studiosI use are opening their doors with the strictest of safety measures and so, for headshots, editorial and press shoots, these can be hired as and when required. My 2020 couples for Weddings have all been contacted, but if you have a small ceremony you need covered when restrictions ease please do get in touch. The same goes for couples' shoots.
Washed your hands? Excellent. Let's create some art. *Elbow Bump Emoji*
Where are you based?
South East London, closest stations are Sydenham and Penge East. My warehouse studio is based in Crystal Palace, nearest stations Gypsy Hill or Crystal Palace.
How much are portrait sessions with you?
Prices vary depending on the shoot, but check 'The Shoot' page on this website for up to date pricing. I would also recommend following me on Instagram or liking me on Facebook, as from time to time I may announce special deals. Instagram: @melaniegail.ldn | Facebook: Melanie Gail Photography
Do you do a student discount?
Of course! I remember being a student well. Thankfully I lived near a Morrisons. Students can get 'The Classic' shoot for £170 (saving £30) and should you want to team up with a friend to split a shoot, I also do a special rate for that.
Why 'Melanie Gail Photography'? Isn't your name Melanie Bright?
It is. Gail is my middle name. Yes, like in Coronation Street. No, not as in 'fierce wind'. It means "Father's Joy", and if it wasn't for my wonderful Dad letting me borrow his camera way back when, I would not be doing this now. Also, Melanie Bright is both my name by birth and my stage name. It feels good to let that remain synonymous with my acting work.
Can I bring my mum/my friend/my pet with me on a shoot?
You can... but I'd prefer if they stayed home. More often than not they are likely to create a distraction for you which in turn will limit our shooting time because you're worrying about what Mumsie thinks or if Rover needs a poo. The exception being if the shoot includes Mumsie and Rover. Under no circumstances can you EVER bring a pet spider.
What is the difference between The Classic and The Editorial?
The Classic is a session based at my warehouse-chic studio and nearby outdoor locations. This is suitable for clients looking for portraits and some edgy images for their social media, and models needing more shots for their portfolio. The Editorial is as it sounds; GQ/Vanity Fair vibes at a hired location where we shoot with several outfit changes over three + hours. This is ideal for creatives wanting press shots for interviews and social media, professional website overhauls or for vintage-themed photoshoots. For group work, band or musician images, collaborations and corporate headshots for sites such as LinkedIn, please pop me an email using the contact form at the top of this page. Likewise, get in touch for a quote on rehearsal images, BTS (behind-the-scenes) work and Wedding Photography.
What should I bring?
This all depends on what we decide to go for with the shoot. I am a big fan of loose shirts, vivid colours and patterns, as they always make an image stand out. I'd advise bringing a few easy-to-change-into options, especially if we are shooting outside.
I forgot I have the: dentist / an audition / *insert other valid reason here*. Can I reschedule?
A deposit of £50 is required to confirm your booking. This amount is fully refundable if you let me know more than 48 hours in advance that you can no longer make the shoot. It also gives me time to cry about it. We will then reschedule for the next available date we can both do, no stress. *COVID-19 UPDATE: Should you feel unwell, or start exhibiting symptoms, we can of course reschedule at no additional cost.*
My shoot includes two high-resolution retouches. Can I choose more?
Absolutely! Extra high-resolution, fully retouched images are priced at £15 each.
2020-21: If you have been affected by the closure of your workplace or the cancellation of gigs and still want to shoot and need a longer shoot time or more images for a website rebrand, please talk to me. I am human; I am sure we can work out what you need.