What should I wear?
I'd recommend bringing a variety of tops with you, perhaps 4 or 5, as well as a smart outdoor jacket. Avoid busy colours and stick to muted colours such as greys, blues, deep reds and greens. If you have a look at my portfolio you'll see what works. But don't worry about keeping it too formal, relaxed and soft fabrics look wonderful.
My best friend is giving me a makeover in the morning, shall I get a perm?
My advice is to avoid any major changes to your look in the days leading up to the shoot, getting your hair cut to near to the day can lead to 'new hair' syndrome. Equally keep any make up light as we can always add to vary your look.
Can I bring a beard with me?
Absolutely, you are welcome to start the shoot with a beard and shave it off for a different look halfway through. But please don't feel obliged to make this distinct change, it isn't always necessary so think about how often you grow your beard out. No fake beards please.
So…studio or natural light?
I shoot using natural light in an indoor setting - no concerns about the unpredictable British weather. On occasion I use a studio lighting for back and effect.
Where did you say you are based?
My studio is near Holloway Road, North London. In order, the closest stations are Holloway Road (Piccadilly Line), Highbury and Islington (Overground, Victoria Line) and Drayton Park (Mainline station).
Can I drive?
I have access to one parking space but it isn't always free. Let me know in advance if you plan to drive.
Do I get to review the photos as we shoot?
Yes, we'll review the shots as we go to make sure that we are achieving the results you want.
I'm really organised and got to the shoot too early!
Plenty of cafes to grab a coffee. Can I recommend The Barn on Holloway Road. I'll have a Flat white please.
Benkin? What a ridiculous name.
It's a short and not very exciting story, I'll tell you when I meet you.