Portraits Info & Prices

About Your Portrait Experience

Thank you for visiting Photography by Charmaine Brown.  I have won awards through Viewbug, where other professional photographers vote on the best images.  It is a real honour to receive such recognition.  I am based in the South Croydon area and cover here and the surrounding areas.  I am also very happy to travel all over the UK to meet your photography needs. I provide photography services either from a studio in the Croydon area, in your home or at a beautiful location of your choice. Should you want your Portrait shoot to take place in the comfort of your home, you will still get the full studio experience as I have portable backdrop and the studio lighting and props.

Your Portrait photography experience starts with a consultation between us to decide exactly what you are looking for and how you want your images to be displayed. I can plan styling and colours with you and have make-up artists you can work with to discuss how you would like your make-up to be done.

The session itself typically takes 1-2 hours, but I will always allow plenty of time to help you to relax and enjoy the experience.  I will absolutely ensure you get the images you dream of that you will want to display forever.  I have done photographs for many who have felt very nervous in front of the camera to start with and by the end of the shoot, they have loved every minute of it.  I will make you feel totally relaxed: we will have a great time.  If you want a couple of outfit changes or different background choices, I can absolutely accommodate this.  

It's your shoot and I want to ensure the experience to be memorable for all the right reasons.

Booking fee details.

Booking Fee

£99 weekdays

£149 weekends

Deducted from final invoice

Portraits One


10 mounted images at 8"x10" and presented in a lovely photo box

All digital images in high resolution, all edited

£100 credit towards wall art/frames

Additional images at 8"x10" £20 each

Portraits Two


10 mounted images at 8"x10" and presented in a lovely photo box

20 Digital images all high resolution, all edited

£100 credit towards wall art/frames

Additional images at 8"x10" £20 each

Portraits Three


6 mounted images at 5"x7"

15 digital images in high resolution

Additional images at 5"x7" £20 each

£50 credit towards wall art


Portraits Four

Framed wall art at size 12" x 12" in black or white box frame (frame size 43 x 43cm)

3 mounted images at 5"x7"

10 digital images in high resolution

Additional images at 5"x7" £20 each

Digital Only Package

£299 - 20 digital images

£199 - 10 digital images

If you are not looking to have any prints done, my fabulous package for digital online images, is just what you are looking for.

Your photoshoot will still be 1-2 hours and you will also have a free consultation to run through the look you want, styling, natural light images or the use of studio lighting images taken in your home.  Alternatively, you can have your photoshoot outdoors at a favoured location.

I will pick the best images from the shoot and present them to you on a secure weblink where you can choose the images you like.  


Where will the photo shoot take place?

Your photo shoot will take place either at your home or a lovely location outdoors. I do not have a studio, but do not be concerned by this, as my indoor photography shoots all have the studio experience. I am equipped with studio lights and portable backdrops of different colours to suit all your requirements.

What will happen if it is raining?

As we cannot control the elements and it is raining, I will work with. you to reschedule to another date. I will always work to ensure you are not inconvenienced in terms of rescheduling your photoshoot, even if it means doing an extra shoot on a particular day.

How long are the photo sessions?

For Portraits, I advise up to 90 minutes. However, time is not an issue as we will continue until all the images you require are taken. For a couples session, i would say up to 2 hours as there are so many images that can be created with the two of you.

Do you only cover South Croydon and London?

No. I love getting in my car and driving to all locations, so please do contact me if you are outside of my general area. As long as another shoot is not compromised, I can travel to any area.

How do I book with you?

Head to my Contact Page and send me a message. I will contact you within 48 hours with all the information you need to finalsie your booking.

How much do you charge?

I charge £99 for a shoot with me during a weekday and £150 at weekends. Please note this is to confirm your booking with me and does not include, prints, digital images and framing. Once you have had your session and have viewed your images, you can choose the package you would like. This can be digital only; I charge £199 for 10 images and £299 for 20. For packages that include prints and mounts my popular packages are £399 and £499.

How far in advance do I need to book?

You can book with me between one and three months ahead. However, do contact me anytime to see if a date within the current month or next is available. For bookings during Autumn and Winter, you should look at booking very soon and getting your favoured slot.

What should I/We wear?

This really depends on whether your session is indoors or outdoors and how you want your images to look; whether relaxed or very formal. The general consensus is to wear comfortable clothing. It really is up to you. One main advice i give is not wear clothing with big logos or anything shimmery, as this can distract from your face(s) and take away from all the emotion the images should show. Also, I do advise that all clothing, make-up and hair is immaculate as the camera picks up on everything that does not look right.

Can I have my make-up done?

Yes, you definiltely can. I have make-up artists, qualified through Charlotte Tilbury that can do your make-up for you. Please note that you will need to be ready for them at least 90 minutes before your photo session with me. You will also liaise with them directly, and your make-up fee is separate to your photo session.

Will you guide me/us on how to pose?

I will always give direction for your portraits, but will also look to you to also give your input. Portraits are extremely intimate as this is a portrayal of yourself or will be an image that will take you out of your comfort zone. I will ensure your outfit looks perfect, especially if you are wearing a flowy dress or if a man, a suit or something regal/very formal.