My studio can be found at The Biscuit Factory, London. Nearest station is Bermondsey on the Jubilee Line. How do I book a shoot with you?
Please click the BOOK tab above for Live Studio Availability, or feel free to use the Get In Touch page on this website for all other booking enquiries. I will send over my next available dates and we can go from there. If you have a specific date in mind, let me know and I will try my best to make it happen.
Do you do a student discount?
Of course! Students get £30 off The Classic and The Editorial sessions with me, see Rates & Session Info for up-to-date pricing. I would also recommend following me on Instagram, as from time to time I may announce special deals and last-minute availability. Instagram: @melaniegail.ldn | Facebook: Melanie Gail Photography
Why 'Melanie Gail Photography'? Isn't your name Melanie Bright?
It is. Gail is my middle name. Yes, like in Coronation Street. It means 'Father's Joy' and if it wasn't for my wonderful Dad letting me nab his camera way back when, I might 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 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. For portraits, interesting necklines in simple, classic colours often work well. In the studio, there is a make up station including a hairdryer, brushes, clips and a private changing area. We'll get your clothing options out on the rail at the start and pick backgrounds accordingly! Always wear things you feel comfortable in. If we're shooting outside, I'd advise bringing a few easy-to-change-into options. There is a loo and a cafe onsite.
I forgot I have the: dentist / an audition / *insert other valid reason here*. Can I reschedule?
A non-refundable deposit of £50 is required to confirm your booking. The date is able to be rescheduled 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.
How much make-up is too much make-up?
I have photographed people with completely bare skin up to Drag Queen fabulousness. The answer for this really depends on what the images are for; for headshots, LESS IS MORE. Without tooting my own horn too much, I am an excellent retoucher - let me get into those pores and blend out any blemishes for you instead. If you're in any doubt, ask.
Summer Lovin'! I have been in the sun and forgot my suncream. Can you edit out my sunburn?
I will always edit out any blemishes, redness and even out skin tone for every photograph, but in order to stay true to my editing style and keep photos beautifully natural and looking like you, I would prefer we reschedule. Factor 30 as a minimum folks, protect those beautiful faces!
My shoot includes three high-resolution retouches. Can I choose more?
Absolutely! Extra high-resolution, fully retouched images for all sessions are priced at £25 each.
My wedding/event/theatre show is abroad. Do you photograph destination weddings and events?
I do! If I am available to shoot your event, I am happy to travel by plane, train and automobile. During our first chat over zoom or in person we can discuss travel arrangements and accommodation - I'll bring the sunscreen/puffer jacket/snorkel.