Frequently asked questions
I'm stuck for ideas! Help!
I've created several pinterest boards full of ideas for outfits, poses, vibes, styles, attitudes, concepts and locations which I update and add to frequently. Feel free to show me which images stand out to you so I can get a better grasp of what kind of shoot you're after.
head to: pinterest.com.au/goddessphotosau
Payment and deposit policy!
How do I pay?
Your deposit is required to lock in a date and full payment is to be paid on or before the day of your shoot unless we have discussed and arranged otherwise. Accepted methods are cash, prezzee.com.au gift card, beemit or bank transfer/deposit.
What's your deposit policy?
Usually for all bookings I take a 50% non-refundable deposit. With COVID-19 decimating the industry I have relaxed my deposit and payment policy for all shoot and edit packages for the remainder of 2020. Please see my COVID-19 faq for more details.
If you need to reschedule, you may transfer your deposit to our rescheduled time or find someone to replace you with at least 48 hrs notice.
If you would like to cancel your booking within 1 week of making your booking and at least 1 month before the booking was supposed to take place, I will return a percentage of your deposit keeping a $100 cancellation fee. In the unlikely circumstance that I must cancel our booking your deposit will be refunded.
TOUR DEPOSITS: 100% non-refundable unless I cancel.
COVID-19 recovery options!
With COVID-19 decimating our industry and income source I feel it's only right for me to offer recovery packages and a more relaxed payment system to help you back on your feet.
See venusrayne.com/goddessphotographycovidrecovery for the new shoot and payment options.
What's your availability?
I pride myself on my professionalism, promptness, responsiveness and committment to keeping my appointments. I do not follow the trend in the creative field of a relaxed approach to schedules and I absolutely HATE letting people down.
I'm usually available with at least a few days notice if you require a fill in, unless I'm already booked, however I do believe the best shoots are planned in advance. You're welcome to book up to 12 months in advance.
I prefer to shoot in daylight hours as natural lighting is my forte, but can accommodate night time flash photography requests.
Do you tour Australia?
I generally tour Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra at least once per year. These tours do tend to book out quite quickly. I tend to announce and pin my tour dates on my twitter at Twitter.com/goddessphotosau
I do offer a Fly Me To You package for those in other parts of Australia.
Doubles & threesome shoots!
I'm happy to accommodate extra people for duo and group shoots. As there is a considerable amount of extra editing involved, please add $100 to the Believer suite, $200 to the High Priestess Suite & $300 to the Goddess suite per extra person.
Is location included?
I do not include location unless I'm on tour. On tour I will either book a 4*+ suite/aparthotel or if there are many shoots I book a light filled and lovely airbnb with enough space to get some variation between shoots.
Where should we shoot?
You're welcome to hire studios, hotel rooms and suites, airbnbs, use your home, a friend's place, the beach, a park and many other places suitable for shooting. If you are after a romantic, natural, soft lighting feel, please ensure your location has big windows and LOTS of natural light flooding in. I have indoor professional lighting if you would like to shoot after dark or prefer a flash photography vibe - note: these take about 15 minutes to set up and 10 to take down.
I offer short 30 second clips as an add on for an additional $100. I generally film as we go or towards the end of our shoot. I generally recommend booking the High Priestess suite at a minimum or selecting the option of extra shooting time at $50 per half hour to ensure we don't rush.
I will collect all usable shots in one file and send them to you for selection. Please note there is no skin editing, blurring etc available for videos at this time. Please ensure you take extra time to look your best and cover anything you wish not to appear.
I will then compile your selected snippets of this footage in a short simple little MP4 with basic fades and transitions and can add on your working name, number and perhaps even a tagline or whatever suits your preference. Please let me know if there is anything in particular you would like me to do/show off/leave out and I will do my best to accommodate.
Certain advertising platforms do not allow for music due to copyright issues so I will give you a silent version and one set to creative commons music at your request. You're welcome to purchase the rights to a song you like, however I cannot just add any music without the appropriate copyright.
Just like my photos you're welcome to ask for revisions, but please bear in mind that my asking rate for this service is WELL below industry standard and should revisions require several hours of work or a total rework it incurs a $50/h fee.
**PLEASE BEAR IN MIND that I cannot edit body shape, smooth skin, blur particular areas or make any other adjustments aside from colour and lighting!** If you have any bruises or acne on your body or any other things you're not fond of YOU MUST cover those things yourself before the shoot and please make sure your clothing fits correctly and flatters your shape as we cannot edit those things in post. If you like lots of bodyshape and skin edits in your photos, perhaps think about whether you're the right candidate for video advertising or taking a more natural approach to your photo edit requests in order to match your video footage.
Hair and makeup!
Is HMAU included?
No, but I do have a couple of HMUAs I can recommend.
Do I have to hire a HMUA?
No, you don't. If you're confident in your hair and make up skills, you're welcome to do them yourself. If you're not confident, however, I would suggest you do hire one or if your brand is lower maintenance we can shoot you au naturel.
What about fake tan?
That is personal preference. Unless you're going for a certain look in particular or personally think it makes you look better, fake tan is unnecessary. Splotchy and stripey fake tan or fake tan all stuck in your pores and dead skin is a nightmare to edit, so please ensure it's even and that you exfoliate. If you feel like you're looking a little pale or off colour in your proofs, let me know and I can warm your skin up in post.
When selecting the option of filming a short promotional video, please note I can't edit acne on your face and body or blur tattoos and such. Please appropriately prepare with makeup, well-fitting garments etc for the best result.
How do I prepare for the shoot?
Should I fast, cut carbs, work out etc?
Whatever makes you feel most confident, comfortable and happy is what you should do with your body. If you eat a huge bowl of pasta the day before and feel self-conscious about being a little bit bloated I can fix that in post. What I can't fix is you looking tired, unhappy and uncomfortable, and what I don't want is you fainting half way through the shoot. Please keep hydration and blood sugar levels in a healthy range. Shooting with a model who is shaky and hangry is frustrating for both of us and will show in your images. Fruit and nuts are really great snacks that don't add to bloating if that is a concern for you.
Do your best to relax and bring out your confidence
Shoots are STRESSFUL, I know. The best results, however, happen when the model is comfortable and relaxed. Have your outfits and props prepared at least a week before the shoot - where possible. Get a good night's rest for the couple of days before. Avoid running around like a headless chook on the day of. If you need to turn off your work phone for the day or for a few days, leave the kids with hubby or a friend for a couple of days, get a massage, have a bubble bath with some aromatherapy candles, meditate, listen to music that makes you feel sexy on the way over, take some selfies... whatever it is, do it for yourself and for the art we're about to create. Humans are expressive, our inner world shows in our posture, our expressions, our appearance. Try to take the time to pamper yourself and give yourself the best opportunity to make your shoot the best it can be.
What do I wear to and from the shoot?
Please wear loose fitting clothing that doesn't leave any indentation marks for at least an hour before your shoot.
It's a good idea to have your bags packed with everything you need (aside from what you need to use before the shoot) the night before. All props and items should be prepared at least a day before the shoot, unless you're bringing flowers which are always best as fresh as possible.
What do I bring?
1. Outfits - it never hurts to be over prepared or over packed so bring
a few extras if you think you might want to use them.
2. Props: flowers, plants, candles & decor, cheese boards, fruit, alcohol, pillows and throw blankets in colours that match or compliment your outfits/accessories.
3. Make up and hair tools for touch ups if needed
4. Water and snacks to keep hydrated and energized.
5. Your beautiful self
6. A friend (optional, but encouraged) - It can definitely help to have another pair of hands and eyes on board to help you in and out of your outfits, and keep an eye on your hair, straps etc. I'm always looking out for these things too, however the extra assistance can allow me to focus on getting the best shot and can definitely make a difference to the finished product. I often find a supportive and encouraging buddy helps nurture a relaxed and positive state of mind in models - however, please ensure they are there to be helpful and not to distract you.
Can you direct me on what to do?
I'm more than happy to direct you. However keep in mind that I generally have a light-handed approach to direction, because I really prefer to capture your essence rather than your ability to follow instruction. If needed I will tell you where and how to pose, and to move this hand this way and that leg that way if they're looking awkward in the shot, but will ask you to move slowly and subtly in the space so you don't end up looking wooden and we can get some nice, natural variation in our shots. I'm always open to your ideas and suggestions.
What can I expect the vibe of the shoot to be like?
My shoots are always relaxed and fun. You can count on me to be professional, respect your personal space, and have a positive attitude. If a pose isn't working we move on to something else. If something hurts, or you need a break, there is absolutely no issue. If you have an idea you want to try, great! Your favourite music and a supportive buddy is always a great addition.
I have an awesome theme/concept, are you open to shooting it?
Fantastic! I'm on board. Let's bring your vision to life!
What do you edit?
Unless you specify otherwise my general editing routine includes, lighting and colour manipulation, a light to moderate amount of airbrushing and blemish removal, minimizing bulges, light to moderate proportional and posture manipulation and brightening eyes.
What if I want something different?
This is your shoot. I send out a form with your proofs for you to fill out regarding editing preferences, so definitely feel free to voice any requests as to how you would like me to edit your images. Have an area you're self-conscious about that you would like me to work on? Done. Favour an essence of authenticity and want a light-handed approach? Done. Want to have the smoothest skin in the cosmos? Done.
If you're ever unhappy with a finished piece, just let me know what you would like changed and I'll tailor the image to your liking. I'm happy to make 2 revisions on top of the first edit per image. If you require further revisions beyond that, there is a $50 per hour charge for additional work.
I am more than happy to remove small tattoos or blur to your heart's content in my general editing process. If you require large tattoo removal - such as a sleeve or large body tatt - which would require me to spend extra time redrawing the entire area, repainting contours, highlights and reintroducing skin textures, rates are an additional $50/h.
I shot with a different photographer, but can you edit my photos?
Yes, I offer stand alone editing at $50 per image. Please ensure you own the copyright or have permission from the original photographer to edit those images, as many creatives do take issue with others touching their work.
Turn around time!
I do my best to return your proofs within 48hrs (schedule permitting), but tour shoots do take about a week to get through everyone. 80% of the time I return edited image within 1-2 weeks, but busier periods can take 3-4 weeks. I will be in touch if there are any delays.
Can/Should I wear a corset?
While we all love the waist cinching that corsets give us, I would not reccommend wearing one if you (like most people) have a little cushioning. A corset not only pushes your boobs up, it pushes other squishy bits up creating overhang where there usually isn't and there is only so much I can do realistically with editing those things. If you absolutely must wear one, I suggest wearing it very loosely or perhaps thinking about a robe or other clothing items that may help mask some of the undesirable effects.