Cameron first contacted me last year to discuss a shoot just for him. He had been working on his appearance and wanted to document his progress with images.
If I am completely honest, I have had to be tread carefully with male clients in the past because what they've had in mind has not been within what I am comfortable with.
But Cameron was a true gent right from the beginning, and I could tell he had good energy and that I would feel comfortable working with him.
We had a few chats on the phone and discussed some different options, then we set a date for his session.
He wanted a mixture of clothed portraits / head shots as well as some along the Boudoir (Dudoir) theme showing his progress in the gym.
We had a thorough consultation before starting and set out the different outfits.
Cameron was happy to take my direction and was honest about the fact that he was feeling nervous, even though he is used to performing in a band and generally confident in nature.
It was a new challenge for me, having spent over 5 years predominantly posing women. The rules for posing men are very different but I enjoyed figuring it out and asked Cameron to bear with me, which he very politely did.
We had a good laugh throughout his session and Cameron had great posing intuition, also following my direction and advice.
Cameron's wonderful reaction when he saw his images a week or so later will stay with me forever. To see him receive such a boost in the same way as I do for ladies was pretty magical and he was SO KIND showing his appreciation and gratitude for the service that he received. I'd happily welcome Cameron back to the studio any day!
If you're a guy looking for a similar experience, head over to the 'Contact' page, pop me a message and we can see if we're a good fit for each other!
Here's what Cameron had to say about his experience...
"So I wanted a few images to capture a moment in time, I have never done anything like this before and although I've got confidence, although im quite the performer on stage bieng in a band, I can tell you I was nervous!!
Rachel is just soooo lurvvvvverly from the beginning I was put at ease, I love the informal chat and cups of tea then there's the real business end of things where Rachel got to understand me and my reasons, my aim and my objectives.
The whole time I was there I felt supported and it wasn't long before we were just laughing and basically having fun!! All within the realm of professionalism.
See I was comfortable with Rachel and felt secure as my shirt was tucked in and guidance given on how to pose. Rachel paid attention to me and the images and poses I sent her ahead of the shoot, Rachel also spent time with me in her special separate room for consultation looking at the outfits I had brought and helping me out with the combinations.
Then there's the aftercare, the speed of developing the images and follow up discussions on which should appear in my portfolio is such a good service.
I have been given hope, innermost confidence and I'm someway a spiritual boost, just simple things like discussing life during the shoot made such a difference to me, and the fact Rachel would like to see me again on my journey of developing body means a lot to me.
It's more than just a day in a lovely studio with a lovely person getting photographs.
All this from one Google search and one phone call.
So come guys if you can be the real gentleman, then step up to the plate then make that phone call, you will be amazed at how good you can look and feel.
Well done Rachel!