You ARE photogenic!
So, you need new photos of yourself. You feel sick, anxious, at the very least far from excited about the prospect. Why is that? Why do so many of us have such a dislike, sometimes even a fear, of having our photo taken?
Often it’s based on a past experience, perhaps being forced with a stiff smile to pose for family shots, or maybe seeing the disappointing results of a shoot where the photos are ‘good photos’ but they just don’t look like YOU!
Or maybe you’re one of the majority of humans who’s convinced they’re just not photogenic. I’ll tell you a secret, NOBODY is unphotogenic. They just haven’t met the right photographer.
And I don’t mean somebody with better technical photographic skills. Any paid professional photographer will have a quality camera and should know about good camera settings; in fact pretty much every person on the street these days has the technical capacity for quality photos in their smart phone.
But this ubiquity proves that it isn’t the technical skills or just having a good camera that makes someone a great photographer, it’s much more than that. There is no substitute for the mind, the eye and the vision of the person holding the camera.
You want: communication, connection, and to feel in safe hands. You’ll get it.
During our photo shoot, I want to see you, and I will make you feel at ease enough to simply be you, so that I can grab the essence of what I observe about you. The personality you know full well is there but for some reason perhaps hasn’t come across in images before.
I won’t let you disappear behind a ‘veil’ of awkwardness and self consciousness; in fact our time together and the resulting images might just mark a turning point in your confidence. It’s powerful to see a stunning, true likeness of your best self in pictures.
The truth and warmth of your character is what your audience/your clients will connect to and resonate with, and this is what will make them want to work with you.
I’m striving, with the end result, to capture not just a face but your real, engaging, three-dimensional personality in the final images.
I bring calmness, compassion and honesty. I'll make your photo shoot enjoyable and relaxed. Together we'll get the results you need. Are you ready?!
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What people say
Sue is a great photographer. She did my maternity pictures as well as my daughter's 6 month photo session. She's great at working with both adults and babies, was able to get my daughter to smile a lot. I loved that she worked with the baby's (and our) mood so didn't try to force anything. Just had the camera ready to capture our most natural moments - and the results were absolutely wonderful. She's very relaxed and easy-going behind the camera, which is exactly what you want during a photo-shoot. We couldn't be happier with the pictures Sue has taken of our family over the years.
It was the first time for me having professional photos taken, and Sue was awesome with me. I’m not that girl who is comfortable with pictures or the shoot. But she was very patient with me. Sue explained to me how to be a model in just a few hours. It wasn’t just a shoot, we talked about everything and when I was talking or walking on the street she took photos of me, she knew how to make me feel confident with her and me.
Also, she is the nicest women I’ve met, and if I had to do the shoot again, I would!
Like a lot of people, I really don’t like having my photo taken. But I needed some professional photos for my website and social media.
I called upon Sue because I’d seen some of her work and really loved it, and after our first meeting, I knew she’d be the right person for me because we were on the same wave length.
We had the same ideas about what sort of photography would work well for a yoga and massage website - but more importantly, what sort of photography would portray me as a yogi/massage therapist in a light that conveyed what sort of message I wanted to get across to existing and potential clients.
When it came to the photo shoot itself, Sue made me feel incredibly comfortable.
It felt natural instead of staged, and her energy and humour made me feel so at ease.
I am far from a natural in front of the camera, and have always believed that I am not very photogenic, but Sue had so many great ideas and the end result was absolutely stunning.
Not only did she create beautiful and professional photos, but she boosted my confidence at the same time.
Thank you Sue, you are an extremely talented lady xxx
My daughters were willing subjects when Sue wanted to try out a new lens. She made it a really relaxed and fun shoot and didn’t force the girls into any unnatural, uncomfortable poses, meaning the resulting photos really capture them as they truly are. Sue allows her subjects to just react and respond to her and the atmosphere of the day or the shoot, simply capturing them as they talk, laugh, smile. Her method works! I’m so happy to have some beautiful, professional, updated images of my daughters.
Sue has not just made me feel at ease throughout the entire process, she has shone light in aspects of me I never realised I have. Time with Sue is always enlightening, both in the form of images and conversations.
Photography sessions can be gruelling, full of self-consciousness, awkward power dynamics and an impossible quest for perfectionism. With Sue Devenish-Meares there is none of this. She is warm, kind and gently persuasive and an hour or two with her passes as a happy experience, complete with much laughter AND a sense of achievement.
When she delivers the photos, it is almost a bonus that there are so many good and appropriate ones that it is hard to choose the two or three you want for your purposes.
I have worked (played?) with Sue on two sessions now, one in an overgrown cemetery and one in the streets and parks of Hackney and I have been delighted with the results: crisp, bright, imaginatively backgrounded shots in which my personality really comes through, largely because I was so relaxed in Sue’s company.
Just tell Sue what you want from your photographs and she will give you all you ask for and more. A true professional.
Photo-shoots are not my natural thing, they make me feel uncomfortable and uneasy. Being told to relax and smile is the last thing I could think to actually relax in front of camera!
But with Sue, I really enjoyed our afternoon session moving with flow in nature and being naturally captured. I am a yoga teacher and I flew through my sequence in natural light and I could just focus on my body movement and breath, while Sue was discretely taking pictures of me from various angles. The outcome was absolutely stunning. It just looks like me being my pure self not pretending and shot with beautiful focus and editing. Sue is so generous with so many pictures from one session.
Sue is friendly and made me feel so relaxed as she is so relaxed and laid back. I would definitely recommend her for your professional photo shoots.