The Bristol photo studio

For makeovers, vintage, pinup and boudoir photography I often use clients’ own homes or locations but also have a full-equipped photographic studio right in the heart of central Bristol.

My studio is large enough for a wide range of portrait shoots and light commercial photography and I have already received several clients who love the easy-to-find location and space.

There is a range of studio lighting and backgrounds available at the studio as well as plenty of natural light.

There is a range of studio lighting and backgrounds available at the studio as well as plenty of natural light.

There are multiple professional studio lights and the space is served along one side by windows, allowing for natural light to be used.

The chill-out corner of my photography studio in central bristol makes quite a nice set in itself!

The chill-out corner of my photography studio in central bristol makes quite a nice set in itself!

While there is no parking on-site, being based in Bristol BS1 means several car parks are just a short walk away and it is situated near to the major train and bus routes.

The studio boasts wonderful natural light, so even soft boudoir lighting is possible as Miss Jessica Holly demonstrates...

The studio boasts wonderful natural light, so even soft boudoir lighting is possible as Miss Jessica Holly demonstrates…

While most suited to light commercial photography and portraiture I have complete several boudoir making cleaver use of the space and the abundance of natural light so is another option for any type of makeover photography.

What does retouching mean to me?

Retouching is the process photographers or their associates use to remove blemishes and imperfections from images and to further enhance them or give them a particular look.

Before computers started to play a major role in photography images could be given a certain feel by choosing one type of film over another, using different darkroom techniques, and air brushing images but hand. With the rise of the powerful desktop computer the possibilities are endless – but is that always a good thing for photography consumers?

I have a pretty straightforward philosophy when it comes to retouching images. My goal is to make you look like a fresh, healthy version of yourself. Yes, lines and imperfections are reduced and in some case completely removed but go too far and it becomes obvious and people viewing the images will notice the retouching. Retouching should be transparent, completely invisible to the person enjoying the image.

As you will probably know if you follow debates in the fashion and beauty media, computers are often used to radically reshape the models you see in glossy magazines, often removing inches of flesh and creating an image that has lost all connect to reality. While I will tidy up curves and little lumps and bumps I’m philosophically opposed to taking inches off people as beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.

Also, while computers allow photographers to create millions of effects I tend to keep my processing simple – perhaps making an images a little warmer and cooler in tone, a nudge of contrast, perhaps a light tint. Why? Because I don’t want your images to look dated to the 2010s when you look back at them in future years. There are some strange effects from faux-vintage filters or ‘high dynamic range’ that are the equivalents of those strange soft-focus effects of the 1970s.

Boudoir pinup

This image is retouched and processed but still very close to the orginal photography. Much of the effect comes from the amazing skills of the makeup artist. It’s always a better result if you can make your picture in the real world and not on a computer.