FAQ
 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What kind of portrait sessions do you do?

Female portraiture, children, couples, dance, family, friends and fantasy. I’m open to sessions that celebrate times and events in your life so if you don’t see what you need on my site, send me a message and we can talk about your ideas.

Do you offer newborn sessions?

I love shooting little ones, yes! I don’t offer heavily propped baby sessions no, but I do offer sessions at your home in a more documentary style.

Why do you prefer to use natural light?

Natural light shooting is best suited to my style. Regardless of the location of our shoot, the way the light is behaving naturally will dictate a lot of how the shoot flows, and this is something I adore working with. I believe it makes images feel more authentic and tends to help show people in their natural beauty.

What time slots do you offer?

Mostly I will recommend shooting in the golden hour: the last hour of the light of day. This changes with seasons.

What will the shoot be like? 

While you will certainly get images that fit into the traditional portrait category, I’ve found that people are at their most beautiful when they are being authentic. The deepest laughs and broadest smiles come from someone who is relaxed and free from the worries of the world, not someone who is being asked to smile on demand.

I work hard to make sure that each shoot is a celebration of the individuals and their unique beauty, so I like to ensure that each collection is a clear reflection of you.

What locations can you suggest?

First, we can talk about what you would like to express in your collection and I can find out more about you and what fits your story. I love shooting in forests, natural reserves, mountain views and beaches. Solms Delta and Boschendal are my 2 favourite locations for children’s sessions.

Do you supply props or costumes?

I do not provide props or outfits for my shoots, but if you have items you would like to include, by all means bring them along. Are you a musician? Horse-lover? Pet owner? I welcome the opportunity to tell your story. For children’s sessions, bringing several different toys gives them a point of focus to interact with rather than needing to stand and pose which doesn’t make for the best of photos. If you would like a children’s  fantasy-themed session, we can discuss and conceptualise outfits that will enable them to dress to enhance the fantasy. Please no balloons or general plastic propping for the children’s sessions. Mother Earth first.

What should we wear?

My experience has shown me that comfortable models always produce the best photographs. It is worth noting though, that having a photoshoot done is to preserve a moment in your life forever, and so it’s a good idea to take some time to consider what you wear to a shoot. Get your hair done and think about putting some curls in for you and your little ones.

Family and couple sessions:

Dressing in uniform is definitely not what I’d advise, but it would be a good idea to wear outfits which complement each other. Classic design and muted colours are best as they don’t distract from the main focus of the shoots: the people in them! That being said, a red dress and denim shirt are always classics and if you love patterns or wish to do a formal wear shoot, we can discuss how best to style that.

Children’s sessions:

I suggest up to 3 outfits that are special – sun dresses, party dresses and bright colours work well. We can discuss the options based on what you  have and I can advise you which outfits will work best. I love both natural as well as storybook type sessions for children. Fairy dresses, superhero outfits, flower crowns, dolls and teddies are encouraged.

Fantasy sessions:

After discussions we can conceptualise the desired imagery and use your own wardrobe, hire costumes or purchase one or 2 pieces. Borrowing from friends is also an option.

What about the Weather?

Cape Town’s weather can be very unpredictable, so we will only know for sure if it’s going to play along for our chosen shoot date. However, if it looks like mother nature isn’t in the mood, I will reschedule the shoot until we find a day where everything falls into place.

How will I get my images?

A few days after the shoot, I will send you a few  highlights which you can enjoy while you wait for me to finish the remainder of the album. I aim for a turnaround time of  +- 2 weeks.

Once all the images have been mastered, I will send you a link to an online gallery from which you will be able to download both high resolution images for printing and online resolution images for sharing.

If there are any images you would like printed, the quality of the files you will be sent will allow you to print. If you would prefer, I can also manage the printing process for you for a nominal charge. This is something we can chat about when we’re arranging the particulars of your shoot.

I always look bad in photographs…

If I had a bucket of water for every time someone said this to me, I could water my garden for a year!

Unfortunately it is often the case that people do not feel all that confident about being photographed, so you are not alone. However, in my very extensive experience, anyone can look great. My job is to capture your personal magic, and to help your most beautiful self shine through so that I can immortalise it through photography. I guide you step by step through the shoot and always aim to flatter.

I promise you that I do everything in my power to ensure you have a great experience at the shoot.

Will you travel ?

Gladly! I have been fortunate enough to have my camera take me to the most incredible places within and without South Africa, and jump at the opportunity of working with all the magic that new places have to share.

If you would like to commission me for a shoot that will go beyond the bounds of Cape Town, let’s chat about your idea and work out a solution tailored to your needs. As a general rule of thumb, for anything that is more than 100km from Durbanville, Western Cape, there will be a travel surcharge. For projects requiring an early start (Before 09:00am) or late finish (after 21:00), reasonable accommodation will be charged for at cost.

Do you do maternity shoots?

I am always honoured to be considered to capture this precious time in your family’s life. However, as with all my shoots, the photographs I create are always in my creative style.

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Claire Gunn photography portraits
Claire Gunn photography portraits
Claire Gunn photography portraits
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