Why choose Nigel Atkinson Photography?

With 28 years of experience behind the camera, you can be assured of a professional service 

I have been privileged to have worked alongside and travelled with some incredible photographers over a large part of my career learning from them, the techniques and lighting we use today. After all this time I can safely say that photography is still my passion 

I find my interest in people is part of why I love being a Specialist Portrait Photographer.

More than anything when you place your trust in us, (we are a team of people) you can be assured that everything we do, is about service quality and value. 

We are always happy to show you our products in advance of you even booking a photoshoot, and we will always answer your questions no matter how small. Because we want you to love your experience with us from the very first time you contact us. 

So why should I do it?

Everybody has a different reason, and there are many reasons why people choose to be photographed professionally. It's only natural to want images of you and loved ones that look amazing.

We have had groups of ladies who just want to look good, feel special and share a fun day out with friends. We have business people who want to promote their business with images and video. For some it's just about spending fun time together for others it's all about the images  But for everyone, it will be a record of how you looked now and we can promise in a short while   

We just want family photographs

We cover everything portraiture. Make-overs, Family, Kids, Pets, Equine, Personal branding, Corporate headshots, Model, Fashion, Dance, Actors, & Sports both on location or studio-based. Whatever your portrait needs please call us. 

Can I bring the family along to be photographed at the same time as my make-over?

Absolutely, in fact, we encourage you to bring a loved one or your immediate family. Family photographs are important. We will photograph them individually whilst you get your make up done we can then photograph you all together before concentrating on your session. However, we do advise that the studio is best suited for a maximum of 4-5 people. Please call us if you require a larger group to be photographed.  One other thing, get your partner or friend to book a nice restaurant afterwards because you will look amazing. it just round's off a perfect day.

I would love to have a makeover, but I don’t photograph well?

I totally understand this one. For most of my life, I thought I looked terrible in images and would often shy away from the camera. Over the years I have been taught many things about photography by experts in particular fields. Everything plays a part posing, lighting, posture, expression, clothing, hair, makeup and even correct lens is important. Ironically the camera is the least important part. I have this knowledge I promise you don’t have to worry about a thing we have your back on this one. We light advise direct and photograph you. Giving you tips on how to look good in front of the camera and every single person is different.  always smile when people say that’s a good camera bet that takes a good picture. No camera ever created a picture just the same as no pen ever created a  story.

I’m quite shy, a little nervous and a tad apprehensive?

It would be easy for me to say don’t be. But the best way to put your mind at rest is Come and talk us in person over a coffee. Bring a friend with you. We can meet where ever you like, though I would recommend coming to the studio if nothing else to familiarise yourself with the surroundings. Breaking down that barrier can be quite a weight off your mind. You will be more relaxed on the day, which means you will have more fun.

Who will be there? & What happens on the day?

It depends on the type of photo-shoot you have booked but in general, it will be me, my wife, who will be your assistant on set and mine at other times. Then we have Hair and makeup girls, so an all-female Support team if requested.

On the day we have a small chat usually over a coffee or tea, go over the style of image’s you like, fill in a Model release form, (Which is quick and easy). Then if requested you will go into Hair & Makeup before we go on set 

How much will it cost?

Check our pricing page to see current session prices. Once you have paid for your photoshoot, it really is up to you. We only want you to purchase the images you love. Again, everybody is different, and there really is no rule, 

You decide what you want to purchase. As one of my mentors once quoted, “A fool is someone who knows the price of everything the value of nothing".

What payment plans do you offer if any?

We do offer interest-free payment plans for any of our print products but not for photoshoots. Any order over £500 for three months for print products and 6 months for any order over £1000.

If you decide to take out a payment plan your order is activated once we receive the final payment from you. Please ask us for details. 

What if I do not like the images?

In the event you don't like your images, Just walk away it is that simple, hopefully, you will at least had a fun day with us. 

How long is a session?

A photoshoot usually lasts between 90 minutes and 2 & 1/2  hours though this can vary depending on the type of shoot your purchasing and the number of people in your group. On top of this the completion of forms, running through clothing choices and your make-up will take up to an hour, add more time if you're having your hair styled. Believe me when I tell you it just flies by. 

How much time is needed for a Corporate headshot or Personal Branding Session?

For Corporate headshots, we understand that time is important to you. That's why if you have a Suitable room we can come to you set up our mini studio and get you photographed in the minimum amount of time.  This can be as little as 5 minutes per person but it can vary from person to person. Other factors will depend on your requirements, please call us so we may advise you.

How do I Prepare for my portrait photo-shoot?

When you book a portrait session with us, we will send you information on how to prepare for your photoshoot, which includes things you should do and avoid doing in the days running up to your shoot. The information will include the type of clothing works well, advise on accessories, to help you get the best images of yourself and family. We can even create a Pinterest board showing for you to show the sort of clothes that work well in images.

I only want the Digital file's

That's fine Digital files are available but please be aware they are not a cheap option. This is because the work is in creating the image, not the final output.  

For me, photography is about the printed image. Something you can hold, share, love and display. A printed image is special, it will be treasured both by you and those around you become one of your most prized possessions without a doubt. As a photographer, I know more pictures are being taken now than at any other time in our history.

Sadly experts have calculated that 95% of images taken on a mobile device will be lost sometime in the future, Simply because technology will move forward, and formats will change. Take the floppy disk and to a point CD's if you can remember them. How many images are now not accessible because the media they are stored on is outdated. For me, Only when you have a printed image do I consider it to be a photograph. outside of that, you have a digital file which is fine for carrying it around on your phone to show a friend. no one ever loved a file. but plenty loved photographs. 

When is the right time to get my photograph taken?

Now is the short answer. Never in my time as a photographer as anyone ever said I wish we had waited. However, we have had many clients who tell us that they should have had a photo session at an earlier date. My mum would have loved this is quite common. We hear a variety of excuses all the time, I'm just waiting until I lose some weight, (if that's what you would like we're good for 20lbs) I need to grow my hair, (No your beautiful as you are) I'm trying to get my husband/daughter/son to join me, (we had a client just bring them for a surprise! it worked amazingly)  I'm waiting until the youngest can walk. (do not miss this moment before their walking you'll still love the images and you can always bring them back)  In what seems like a blink of an eye, the time has flown by, you have aged, the kids have left home or gone to university, and life is passing us all by at an alarming rate. Do it now because tomorrow things may be different

We always say that there is no time like the present, and remember you can never go back, so the right time, without doubt, is right now…

How do I book a photoshoot?

Before you even consider booking us you should take the time to talk with us. you can call us on 01463 811379 or you can email us. we can do this over the phone or we can do it over a coffee. We can go through a few things and find out about the sort of images that you would like to have. You'll find us very friendly and approachable. Just click on the link on our homepage and we will call you. if you have already decided to go ahead, you may call 01463 811379. (leave a message because we're probably with another client) email us nigel@nigelatkinson.co.uk

Do you offer Gift Vouchers?

Yes, gift vouchers can be purchased for any amount over £50. They can be used in part or the full payment for any service or product we offer depending on their value. Please call us to find out more. 

Do you have a brochure you can send me?

We no longer produce a printed brochure as we update it regularly. However, we would love to send you our PDF brochure. please contact us either by phone or email and we will email a copy to you.

Is there anything I should not do?

yes, arrive with chipped nail varnish, without a hairbrush or only the clothes you stand in. Oh and not read our what to do and bring guide which we send out when you book your photoshoot.    That's would just be a wasted opportunity.   

What is your referral programme we have heard about?

To be part of our Referral Programme you must be or have been a client. once you are a client you will automatically be part of the programme, here is how it works.

The biggest compliment anyone can give us is a referral.

When clients come to us and we ask how they found us. Occasionally the answer is you were recommended to us, by Mr A or Mrs B.

Knowing that previous clients love what we do enough to recommend us is completely awesome and we cannot thank you enough. This set us thinking we should reward you lovely people and so we have come up with a referral programme and it works like this.

Because you have taken any photoshoot with us in the past, you are automatically included the programme. if you recommend us to your family or friends who then book and take a photoshoot with us, we will provide you with an extra mounted and matted portrait image from your previous session to add to your folio, plus we will add an extra image for every £250 They spend on images. So for example if your friends or family were to have a photoshoot and then purchase our base Collection you would get 3 extra images from your previous Session as a thank you gift from us.

Plus as a bonus any future photo sessions you take at our studio will be reduced to just £25 (normally £150) All they have to do is mention you by name and confirm your contact details at the time of booking and confirming their photoshoot to qualify. It’s that easy.

Booking a photoshoot is easy. We are friendly and we would love to be your chosen photographer.  your portraits are our passion. 

If you have any questions we are here to help and guide you. we look forward to your call.  Please call us on 01463 811379 or email nigel@nigelatkinson.co.uk

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