“My favourite part was to be made to feel amazing and valued. Before, I was worried that it would be awkward and contrived. Instead, the whole process was fun and natural. Carola was wonderful and empathetic – she brought out the ‘real me’.”[A month later] “I still look at my pictures or your videos every day – the whole thing has really changed my outlook on life. 🙂 I am now on the books of a casting agency to be an extra – something I’ve always wanted to do, but never had the courage to do or thought I’d look good enough for.”
“From the moment you decide to have your portraits taken to when you receive your stunning photos, and beyond, Carola is there with you, every step of the way. She is genuinely interested in your background, your job and interests. She welcomes you with a calming, warming cup of tea on the big day, and puts you at ease straight away.
For someone like me, who doesn’t enjoy being in the centre of attention and felt super nervous entering the studio, these first moments made a huge difference. Rachel sussed me out in a matter of minutes and gave me make-up tips as she started to wave her magic wand over me.
The photo shoot was so much fun and when you are having fun, time flies. Carola guides you through it with all her professionalism – she is so good at using all the background information she has collected in your chats to relax you, so that she can capture the real, relaxed you.
Whilst at the session, I had a few glimpses of images Carola took and I left the studio buzzing, feeling strong and confident and so excited about the upcoming ‘reveal’ appointment we agreed on. Those two weeks were like waiting for Christmas, with a constant smile on my face.
Then you are there again, standing in front of these incredible images, and two thoughts are going through your mind: 1) you now understand why Carola had booked you in for 1.5 hours, because you have to come up with a shortlist; or 2) you will go bankrupt because you actually want them all. Again, she is in the background, not pushing you, just quietly asking some thoughtful and helpful questions.
What you feel and what you see in your portraits is Carola’s professionalism and talent. She puts all her knowledge, her heart and soul into it all – and judging by the photos of her other clients, she does this every single time.“
“My daughter Zoe and I had our photograph taken by Carola. We’d never done anything like it before so I was a bit nervous, but they made us feel so relaxed and happy to be there it was really great. Of course Zoe just loved the whole experience and being made to feel so special.
Carola took so many wonderful photos of us together and separately, it was incredibly hard to choose. She captures expressions and sparkle and our very close bond, a real skill!
After much deliberation I chose a photo that spoke to me. In it Zoe looks just beautiful, her strong, happy character shining through and the closeness of our friendship. The photo also says to me, and in time I hope her, of how proud I am of her and that I will always be there for her, a mother’s love.
It was a really special day for us and one that will mark this special moment in time we have with each other, forever. Thank you Carola.”
“The process was a joy from start to finish. Carola took a real interest in what I was trying to achieve with my professional rebranding portraits. We set up a shared mood board which helped us create a shared understanding of what we were aiming for. The shoot itself was great fun….which is a lot for me to say as I’m not fond of having my picture taken or of having a lot of attention focused on me! The professional make up and hair was a treat, and Carola really gave clear direction on how to position myself in front of the camera. I’m so pleased with the pictures she took – it was really hard to choose which pictures to use. I’m delighted with the finished result!”
“I had the most amazing experience at Carola’s beautiful studio. She knows just how to get the very best out of you, whilst ensuring you are calm and relaxed the whole time. I was able to view my photographs from the shoot this morning and was absolutely blown away by them. The pictures are stunning. I can’t quite get over how fabulous they are. I thoroughly recommend the entire experience. Carola is not just an amazing photographer but a wonderful person too. Five star treatment from a five star lady.”
“What a great photographer! Carola took my professional portraits for my business (website and Linkedin). Before taking my images, she asked me exactly what I needed them for, where they’d be used, who we want to attract, and how I wanted to come across with my images. She then set up her studio to create the look that we had discussed and led me through the different poses; she even explained why she asked me to do poses that felt strange, like moving my chin forward and down, which allowed me to relax in front of the camera. And the images are perfect: I look professional, approachable and trustworthy in my pictures. She quickly perceives the strengths of her clients and makes the most of them to capture great portraits. I can highly recommend Carola for the quality of her work and for the positive experience with her!”
“What’s not to love, spending a morning being glammed up whilst putting the world to rights and then being photo’d to look like movie star? Fabulous experience. Go on, you’re worth it!“
“We booked in for a family session, a Christmas treat for our family before the kids fly the nest. To be honest we were all a little apprehensive about being in front of the camera, but there was absolutely nothing to worry about. Carola put us all at ease & we all connected very quickly enabling us all to feel comfortable & relaxed – even the boys enjoyed themselves! Carola’s attention to detail Is exceptional, and her planning meticulous. She advised a Pinterest board to get an idea of the sort of photos we wanted, and I’m delighted to say she achieved this.
Hair and makeup was fun, we all felt so glamorous, and loved feeling like movie stars with all the lights, makeup touches & cameras clicking. We have a beautiful collection of gorgeously fun & happy pictures. Something to treasure for many years that captures the essence of our family. Be warned though, you’ll love all the photos, it’s very hard to choose your favourites so have a plan. 🙂 It was a fabulous day, great fun had by all!”
Jo & Family
“What a wonderful experience from start to finish. Carola’s nurturing presence held me, saw me and heard me utterly, what more can we ask for? I am so thrilled with my photos and those of my family and will treasure them always 😀 Thank you (again!) Carola xx”
“Carola is extremely professional and gives you 100% of herself. She takes the time to get to know you and understands how to make you feel comfortable. Myself and family attended a session with her as I needed a professional photo and we had promised ourselves to have a family shot before our daughter started senior school. We all told her that we were not photogenic and came out extremely pleased with what she achieved.
I would highly recommend Carola. Not only is she highly professional she is extremely friendly and is very interested in you as a person, which helps you relax into your experience.”
“I was excited about my session with Carola from the very first email we swapped and phone call we shared. Her enthusiasm is boundless and she is clearly so passionate about what she does, and was determined that we were able to enjoy and make the most of our experience.
She was super clear in her advice in advance of the session, which meant we were able to get the absolute most of our time in the studio. I felt so pampered and special through the whole day and now can’t wait to get my beautiful portrait up in the house! A really wonderful reminder of a great day and how we should all celebrate our own unique qualities.
I wholeheartedly recommend Carola’s sessions and can’t wait to have another go one day, maybe taking my mum or daughter along for the experience.”
“Wow! What am experience – I was treated to the five star treatment – hair and make up done by a professional, I’d never felt so glammed up. Carola was so patient working with me on different poses to get me to shine in front of the camera (something I’d never done before), before long I forgot about feeling self-concious! I would thoroughly recommend.”
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