So, you've booked a shoot. Now what?

Things to do at least 48 hours in advance


  1. Think about what you want to wear. Depending on the time available and the package you've chosen, we should be able to go through 2-5 changes. Call and chat with me about this, if you like.
  2. If you've purchased a package, feel free to bring along a girlfriend (or a sister, or your mum)! I'm happy to shoot her too, for no additional cost. It actually works quite well, one of you in makeup, the other being photographed. Pop open the bubbly and make an event of it!
  3. I don't have a studio in Delhi, so we'll need to decide where to shoot. My setup is pretty mobile, so I can shoot anywhere. My house, your house, somewhere else. Most of my clients like to shoot in the comfort of their home, but I'm open to anything. I can arrange a studio, if you're more comfortable with that, though studio rentals would apply.
  4. Let me know if you want a make-up artist. This costs extra, and depends on the availability of the artists. Please let me know as soon as possible, so we can book in advance.
  5. We tend to be our own worst critics. If there is something about your appearance or your comfort level in front of a camera, that concerns you, please share that with me. Between lighting, make-up, my instructions on what to do and how to pose, I can address those things, help you feel comfortable, and ensure that your photographs will look amazing!

Things to do the day before your shoot


  1. Get your hair done, waxing, threading, manicure, pedicure, shaving, get a massage, all that stuff that makes us look and feel fantastic!
  2. Get a full night's sleep. Even if your shoot is in the afternoon, if you haven't slept well the night prior, it will show! Be sure you're well rested.
  3. Drink lots of water. Dry skin looks different from well hydrated skin.
  4. Double check your outfits, are they clean, ironed, wrinkle free?
  5. Relax, it'll be fun!

What to expect at the shoot


  1. I will arrive on time. I'm always on time! Please be sure you are too. :)
  2. I am always accompanied by one assistant, and sometimes a behind-the-scenes photographer. Plus a make-up person, if you've booked one.
  3. It will take about 30 minutes for us to set up, we'll actually shoot for probably 1-2 hours.
  4. You will be nervous. Everyone is. But you'll get used to the camera much faster than you expect. Just listen to me, and do as I direct. You'll be fine, and before you know it, it will be fun!
  5. Modelling is not easy. As I pose you, you'll find yourself contorting in ways you didn't expect. Some of the poses will feel like yoga, but they look fantastic in the camera. It's not easy being a model!
  6. I use a technique called flow posing, through which, by making small changes in what you're doing, you get a significantly different pose. See this post for a little more information.

What happens after the shoot


  1. While you get changed and freshen up, I'll run through the images and put together a collection of best images from each pose. This can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour at most.
  2. We'll then review the images together and you select the ones you want to buy.
  3. Based on that, you will choose and pay for your package. Please note that all my glamour portrait shoots are covered by Andy's Amazing Risk Free Guarantee!
  4. Within 12 working hours of the shoot, I will send you a link to a password protected gallery of images. The images you purchased, will be available for PIN-protected download at full resolution. All the images, including the ones you did not buy, will be viewable in your gallery.
  5. The online gallery also allows you to buy museum quality prints and frames of your photographs in sizes up to 24" x 36". These are printed on archival, acid-free papers, and are treated to be resistant to UV radiation and ensure long lasting colour fidelity.
  6. Within 24 hours of your shoot, I will send you instructions on how to install our app on your phone (Android and iOS) with all your gallery images, for you to show your friends and family.
  7. Within 4 working days, you will receive a beautiful folio box, with your printed and mounted images. I can't wait for you to see them!
  8. The gallery and app will be available for one year from the date of your shoot. One month prior to expiry, you will receive an automated email asking whether you'd like to renew it for another year (at a cost of Rs.1,500 per annum), or let it go offline.

Glamour Portraits FAQ

What are web-res and full-res? What exactly do I get when I 'buy an image'?

Please explain how the packages work.

What is Andy's Amazing Risk Free Guarantee?

How do I get my images, what is the online gallery?

What is a glamour portrait? Don't you shoot regular portraits?

Why don't you have a Bronze package?

Who owns the copyright to the images?

Glamour Portraits FAQ

What are web-res and full-res? What exactly do I get when I 'buy an image'?

Web-res, or web resolution, is an image that is optimised for use on the internet. We define that as 800 pixels on the long side.

Full-res, or full resolution, is the image at its highest resolution, after editing. We define this, as, at least 5000 pixels on the long side.

When you buy an image, you will receive the image as a digital file in full resolution, downloadable from your own, password-protected online gallery. You will also receive an 8"x12" print of the image, mounted on sun board, enclosed in an elegant folio box. You'll love them, they are beautiful!

Finally, once you have bought an image, you can print and frame it at sizes up to 24" x 36". These prints are on museum-quality, acid-free, Hahnemühle paper, treated with an anti-UV coating to slow the fading process. They look incredible!

Framed prints of my portraits are the focal point of many of my clients' homes and bedrooms.

Please explain how the packages work.

Buying a package gives you a discounted price for a bundle of services and products.

For example, consider the Silver package, which includes sitting fees, 5 images, an online gallery and a phone app. If you look at the MRP list, that adds up to Rs.36,500 (sitting fees of Rs.15,000 + 5 images at Rs.4,000 each + gallery and app fees of Rs.1.500).

So you are getting a Rs.36,500 value for Rs.20,000.

Now, let's say after reviewing the images, you realise that there are two more images you want, so you want seven images, not five. Without a package, you'd have to pay Rs.12,000 (Rs.6,000 each) for those two additional images. But because you purchased a Silver package, you get them at Rs.4,000 each, so you would pay only Rs.8,000 extra. The deals get better, with each level of package!

If you find you want five or more images over the number of images in your package, it makes more sense to upgrade to the next package.

What is Andy's Amazing Risk Free Guarantee?

I know you will be delighted with your images. If (and in 15 years, this has never happened), you don't like any of your photographs, you pay nothing. No questions asked. I'll upload your gallery anyway, so you can share the images with your friends and family. If you change your mind later, and want to buy some images, you can do that directly from your gallery. It'll be online for a year.

How do I get my images, what is the online gallery?

I use the internet to deliver images to my clients. Once the shoot is over, and you have paid for your package, I will upload all the images (including the ones you did not buy), to a password-protected online gallery. The images you bought will be downloadable at full resolution through use of a PIN. The entire gallery will be downloadable at web resolution.

The galleries support online shopping, so if you'd like to buy high quality prints (framed or unframed), in sizes up to 24" x 36", there are options for that.

Thereafter, I can leave the passwords in place, or remove them, if you prefer. I can also turn on commenting and/or social media sharing. Please let me know your choices.

The website will stay online for one year from the date of uploading final images. A month prior to expiry, you will receive an automated email, reminding you of the expiry date. You have the choice of allowing the gallery to go offline, or paying Rs.1,500 for another year.

Please note that once the gallery is off-line, I have no way to recover it.

What is a glamour portrait? Don't you shoot regular portraits?

Glamour portraits are regular portraits but we use make-up, lighting, direction and post processing, in the same way one would when shooting a model for a magazine cover. The images are aspirational and stunning! In the words of one of my clients, glamour portraiture is about "making moms into models".

Of course, I shoot regular portraits too. Before your shoot, we'll have a conversation about what you're looking for and how you would like to be photographed.

Why don't you have a Bronze package?

The Bronze package, is essentially a sitting fee of Rs.15,000. As sitting fees are currently waived, there was no need for this slab.

Who owns the copyright to the images?

The creator of a work owns the copyright, so from the moment I press the shutter button, I own the copyright to every photograph I take.

When engaged to take photos, I grant my client an exclusive, non-transferrable, perpetual and non-commercial license to use the image(s). Exclusive means I will not grant usage rights to anyone else; non-transferable means the client cannot pass that license to anyone else; perpetual means the client can use the image(s) forever, and non-commercial means they can use the image to promote their product or service, but cannot actually sell the image or license it to a third party. At the same time, I retain those rights myself: so I have the rights to use the image(s) for self promotion, and I cannot sell the images to anyone else.