Tom Hawkins Photography provides the best
value in Vancouver for professional photo sessions. The quality
delivered compared to the price paid is unparallel in western Canada.
The source of this wonderful opportunity is Tom Hawkins' personal
painful addiction to taking beautiful photographs. If Tom Hawkins
is not shooting photos he feels empty inside.
benefits the client in two ways:
1. Tom Hawkins has photographed hundreds and hundreds of people,
each photo session gaining experience and become more expert at
finding the best light for an individuals' facial structure. This
has resulted in a comprehensive understanding of how to make people
look their absolute best in a photo.
2. Tom Hawkins completes large scale commercial photo shoots for
many excellent clients. In between these larger shoots Tom Hawkins
still enjoys shooting magazine quality photos on a smaller scale
for the average client. This enables the many great citizens of
Vancouver to enjoy the excellent photographic services at Tom Hawkins
Photography for a very reasonable price.The pricing structure for
smaller Photo shoots is Broken down into 4 Parts (3 of which are
1. Session Cost
up / Hair (optional)
Extra printing and retouching (optional)
1. Session: A
session is a series of photographs taken at a given time.
A session can contain different "looks" changes
of clothes and backgrounds (outdoor/ indoor) or can be a simple
session as well . The main point is that the photo session
is taken all at one time on one day.
Q: What is a look?
A: look is basically a change of clothes, or change of clothes
and background / setting. (In fashion type shoots it will
also be a change of make up and hair style) For instance in
a 2 look shoot: One look could be studio pure white vibrant
look, the other look could be outdoor natural look. Also different
looks can be indoor or outdoor. Also the looks can be all
studio or all outdoor.
Q: How many photos
are taken in given a look?
A: About 35-40 photos are taken per look. Different poses
and angles are taken to try to archive the perfect photo for
that certain look.But I only need 1 photo, is it possible
to take just one?
It is best to take multiple photos to achieve the perfect
angle, lighting and perfect expression. In most cases it is
best to take a series of shots when trying to create even
just one photo.
Q: I need a close
up and full length can this be done in one look?
A:Yes it can. In any given look many different angles and
focal lengths can be used if necessary. It is best to let
Tom Hawkins know before hand what you are hoping to achieve.
|2. Make up / Hair
Professional make up and hair are offered and must be requested
at the time of ordering the photo shoot. In most cases the make
up artist will complete make up and simple hair. The make up
artist change on a per look basis. In some cases clients like
to use the one look of make up over multiple looks of photos
. In other cases it is best to change the make up look with
each change of photo look.
A clothing stylist will:
• measure your size,
• go out and shop for clothes (and buy them),
• Style and fit during the shoot
• Return the clothing to the store
As you can see the stylist puts in a fair amount of time and
travel for the photo shoot , as a result they justifiable
have to charge accordingly. It's best to call in and discuss
what styles you are in need of and how many In smaller shoots
sometimes it is favorable to just buy new clothes or select
clothes for yourself. If you are in dire need of new wardrobe
but don't know where to turn, Tom Hawkins can put you in touch
with stylist to simply assist you in shopping.
4. Retouching / Printing
All images that leave the hands
of Tom Hawkins photography are retouched to perfection. retouching
and printing go hand in hand so any file to be printed is
Q: Ok I will order 5 prints but what if down
the road I would like to order more and different images.
A: The RAW images are kept in archive for a very long time
, so the client will have the opportunity to print more
Q: I don't need the files retouched. can
I just get a disc like the non-professional (jonny college
student) photographer gave me?
A: you will get a disc of he high resolution files in the
end, but only of the retouched files that the client chooses
to be retouched. The un retouched files are kept in archive
for a very long time.
Any files that leave Tom Hawkins Studios must be retouched
by a professional retoucher with a minimum of 8 years professional
retouching experience. This is how Tom Hawkins keeps his excellent
reputation as a photographer who delivers top notch photographs.
Q: But I have photoshop on my home computer
can't I just retouch the files myself?
A: It's best to leave it to a trained professional. The difference
between professional retouching and non professional is staggering.
Q: I am a large media company or art director,
I absolutely need the RAW files for archival purposes. Can
you provide them to me?
A: If your company has a work force of more than 10 people
and access to top rated photo retouchers then a RAW buy out
situation can be initiated.
Anatomy of a Personal photo shoot.
This information pertains to a Personal photo shoot (non commercial
1.Intial contact: This is where the client makes
verbal contact with Tom Hawkins Photography to discus the needs
of the client and the desired outcome of the shoot. This can be
accomplished with a quick phone call or initial consultation. For
smaller photo shoots a phone call will suffice. (No Photo shoot
can be finalized via email, so might as well call in anyway)
2. Shoot the session: Achieve world class photos
during the session. Make up and styling if needed will also be completed
at this stage. The session can be shot either indoor or outdoor.
3. Preview and selection process: The client will
be provided with the photo previews via email, disc or both. (in
the end the client receives a preview disc even if the initial previews
are reviewed over the internet)
4. Retouching Stage: once the photos are selected
the rigorous retouching stage is initiated.
5. Completion and delivery. The client receives
the final photos and 2 discs (preview disc and master print file
Time frames for Photo Shoots:
Booking: It is best to book about 2 weeks in advance
if possible. Booking availability varies on the season and luck
so the further advanced the booking the more flexibility on booking
times. Sometimes very fast booking are available. for fast booking
phone calls instead of emails are certainly beneficial.
Shooting: The actually photo shooting depends on
the size of the photo shoot and can range from 1 hour to a full
Viewing Previews: The previews are usually made
available for viewing within 2 days of the photo shoot.
Retouching and Delivery: It is best to allow about
4 days for retouching and printing. This is also dependent on how
many prints are ordered. Yes photos can be rushed but perfection