Portrait photo shoot information

On location

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Studio

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  • Photo selection: All photographs from the photo shoot will be uploaded as proofs for you and you to review. (About 60-80 photographs per hour, at 800×1200 dpi.) The photography selected will be professionally edited and available for download as full-resolution digital files from my server. 
  • Posing: I’m very familiar with posing and can help provide direction with base poses, working digits, mergers, levels, foreshortening, narrowing points, contrapposto or “S” curve posing (women), “C” and “V” shape posing (men) and other nuanced aspects to posing. Please let me know if you’d like a 10-minute introduction to posing at the beginning of a photo shoot.

Pinterest photo references

I’ve selected hundreds of photo shoot ideas/inspirations for women and men, divided into many categories. Emailing 4-6 photo references for apparel, location and a few poses you’d like to incorporate into the session is a great first step to a successful photo shoot.  Pinterest pins

Additional information

  • Outfit changes: There’s generally time for one or two complete outfit changes per hour.  In addition to complete outfit changes, you can wear/bring a jacket, sweater or other layers to quickly change your look. For an outdoor photo shoot, clothes can be hung from my light stand.
  • Outdoor locations: I’ve photographed and scouted many amazing nature and urban locations across South Vancouver Island. I’m happy to offer suggestions.
  • Composition techniques: To create compelling photography, I regularly utilize various framing techniques, varying points of view, leading lines, negative space, foreground interest…
  • Photography equipment: I work with two full-framed Nikon cameras, utilizing a 24-70mm f2.8 and 70-200mm f2.8 lenses. This professional equipment can create beautifully out of focus backgrounds to emphasis you in the photograph. As well, I work with a portable strobe and softbox, which creates soft fill light to reduce shadows and further highlight you in the photograph.
  • Photo editing: I’ve been professionally editing photography in Photoshop since the late 90’s. My editing service includes exposure/colour correction, minor edits of distracting background elements and skin retouching.  
  • Brief history: My Grandfather was a professional photographer in New York City, an owner of a photo finishing lab and I’ve been framing photography in thirds for as long as I can remember. I’m also the official photographer for the Maritime Museum of B.C., provide photography for local theatre groups and several non-profits.

Looking forward to working with you to create some amazing photography.
James Holkko