I only want a few shots!

Awwww I am so flattered that you would like me to capture pictures of you / your child / wedding / company / pet giraffe! Really I am, but if you are on this page, it means you have presumed I can afford to give you a discount or shoot for free. Oh ho ho ho how wrong you are. Slave labour is so 1850's darling!

So get comfy, grab a drink and let me educate you:


I understand that it is impossible to know what someone’s job entails, so if you are reading this page, its because you have assumed that my job is just pointing and shooting my camera, and most likely asked me to do it for free or for a discount. Possibly with food, drink or company as payment.

I do understand, that lack of knowledge about the industry is the cause of this, so here I have put together a very brief explanation of what you are actually asking of me to do when you think its just a couple of snaps:



For the average portrait shoot:

1-2 hours shooting

1-3 hours travelling

1 hour equipment service

1 hour cull – 4 hours editing

1-3 hours admin – backing up, planning

Total, but not limited to: 10 hours, one and a half days work


Average Event: 2-4 hours shooting

1 – 2 hour cull – 6 hours editing

1 -3 hours travelling

1 hour equipment service

1-3 hours admin – backing up, planning

Total, but not limited to: 15 hours – 2 days work


Average Wedding: 8-10hrs shooting

2 hour equipment service

1-3 hours travelling

5 hour cull, 1-2 weeks editing

6 hours admin – backing up, planning, lighting etc

Total, but not limited to: two and a half weeks work

All of these are variable depending on the shoot



You are asking me to use 13 years worth of

my training, knowledge and skill for free.

The last three years alone, I have invested around £15,000

in camera, lighting and computer equipment.

I don't even want to know how much I have spent in total.

Monthly I have to pay for all the software,

subscriptions, insurance, and galleries I use to run my business.

For those of you who think, 'oh you don’t have to shoot all the time, you can party and just grab shots occasionally.' That is not how my job works. To spot the best candid moments, you have to constantly be prepared, changing your settings for each change in the light, making sure you are at the right angle, making sure there is no one blocking your photo and always making sure you are near the action in case this shot presents itself. This is not possible to do while enjoying a party.


Now imagine, that I get asked this so much, (only by friends, never clients), that I had to spend time and money to create a web page so I wouldn't have to keep repeating myself on a regular basis.


If you're still reading, well done! I'm almost finished!

In summary each shoot I do at a reduced or free price still needs to be paid for, as I have to find the money to cover my equipment, software, transport and general business costs I used for said free shoot, this means I then have to take on extra work to pay for your free / discounted shoot and edit your shoot in what should be my free time. Meaning I am now in debt to my social life, as well as my business and I've had to work twice as hard for half the money.


So hopefully now you see, this is nothing against you. I have worked in this industry long enough to know even if you had a million instagram followers, I can't pay my rent with likes. 




My clients pay for my work, because they want epic photos from a reliable photographer with a proven track record - and that's me baby!

If you want that, my prices, based on my cost of business, are between £95-£250 per hour depending on how much work is involved in the shoot. I do not get to keep that money, that money runs my business, and I take home £10-£35 per hour.  Out of that I have to pay my own pension, health insurance, food, rent and general living expenses. 

For a PROFESSIONAL I am relatively cheap. Any photographer charging less than this, will not be able to afford insurance, back up equipment and a proper backup plan for your photos when something inevitably goes wrong. 


Now you understand what ‘bringing my camera along and taking a few snaps ‘ entails, and it isn’t something I can do without serious consequences for my business and sanity. Please respect me, my business and the field I have chosen to work in and PAY YOUR ARTISTS. This doesn't just go for me, I write this for all your friends that run their own business, I am sure they have supported you in some way. Return the favour. 


I would never ask you to go into your job for a week and your payment be in 'exposure' rather than actual useful money, please don't ask it of me. If you want a luxury service, which is what professional photography is, it ain't free baby! 

Lots of love and no hard feelings!




Phone: +447958454353


I am based in between Kent, Sussex and London in the UK, but work all over the globe

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