Light Touch is a professional photography business providing services to London, Brighton, Eastbourne, Worthing, Chichester, Crawley and nearby locations in the South East of the UK.

A professional lifestyle shoot for you friends or family for no fee!

Here are the steps - read the background on the right.

Before the shoot

1. Review my portfolios on this site. Look at my stock images for sale at Alamy, iStockPhoto and Getty Images. None of these have been produced with professional models. Do you think that you help me produce something similar or better?

2. Review the industry standard model release that we'll both need to sign. It's pointless going any further if you are not happy with this.

3. Get in touch. Show me images you have online. What are your interests? Can we capitalise on these? Write and let me know.

4. If I think that the ingredients are there for us to make for a successful shoot then I'll be in touch. We'll discuss what we can do, when and where.

5. It's common for such shoots to have a shoot list. I'll work with you to prepare this and while I'll be shooting primarily for ideas that I may have I will pull in some elements contributed by you to give to shots that you want.


The shoot day

1. We'll start by getting the paperwork out of the way, signing off the
model release. We'll also both sign a copy of this page to show the separate agreement we've entered into. Everyone participating will need to sign.

2. Bearing in mind the location(s) and shoot list you should bring as wide a range of props and clothing as might be helpful to get a wide variety of images. It's vital that what you are wearing or using as a prop does not carry trade marks or is a copyrighted design. Brand free clothing is the rule.

3. We are not shooting glamour or fashion so esoteric make up is positively not required. You should be smart and presentable with light natural makeup. Doing it yourself is fine!

4. We'll shoot; taking breaks as required and when either of us feel that we are done, we'll finish.


After the shoot

1. I'll edit the shoot to take out the weak images. Asides from the ones which I choose as being good to go forward for sale there'll also be others which I keep because I like them or because I think that you'll like them. Within one week of the shoot I'll put these online for you to review.

2. For each hour that we carried out the shoot, and you should do this within one week of seeing the images, you choose up to five images that I'll take to the next level of processing - toning, spotting, removal of blemishes etc.. You'll be able to download your own high resolution copy of these within a week of your choice being made.

3. I'll also be choosing images to be submitted for sale. They may be the same images that you choose or different.

4. You'll have access to all the images from the day at a size suitable for viewing online.


Your use of the images

1. The image files that I provide to you will be high resolution and you can use them to produce prints for personal use or reduce them in size for display on the web.

2. The images that you place on line must never be bigger that 800px on the longer side. I'll be providing to you these carefully prepared smaller size images.

3. The online libraries that I use may require that they are the exclusive sales channel for these images. This is why care must be taken through the size restriction so that they do not become otherwise available through piracy.

4. All images remain the copyright of me, Scott Hortop. Other than as described above income arising from them, whether through or perhaps at some future date from other sourcse will be the income of the copyright holder.


What's this all about?

Whether you are a couple, family, friends or an individual, you may want photos of yourselves shot in a 'lifestyle' format but balk at the cost of some of the professional photographers shooting in this field.

I am on the lookout for people who are not models but who are naturally attractive in a way that will appeal to image buyers. Age is not an issue!

I'll be looking primarily to get photos of you 'doing stuff' - everyday things that you imagine might be rather dull for photography but in fact for which there is a market. Or more exciting, fun things that you only do occasionally. In fact if I shot with you for a day then I might ask you to get on with your life, albeit in a slightly contrived way!

You'll have the opportunity as the day goes on to use me to get more posed images with the style dictated by yourself.

What will the images look like? Well, search on stock photo sites such as Getty Images to see what comes up. The images could be:

Family life

Click on the above to see examples. If some look a bit American then that's what I'd prefer to avoid if you choose! I think you'll see how the whole thing should be great fun!

If you are looking for studio style images then this arrangement will not be for you. We'll predominately be shooting on location - streets, countryside or indoors at your home - maybe using studio lighting, but otherwise shooting in the real world.