How it works

I know what you are thinking: having your portrait taken by a professional photographer is a bit like going to the dentist: you know you need to do it but you’d really rather not. Well, it doesn’t have to be that way.

As a portrait photographer, it’s my role to capture the lovely character and quirks of every person I photograph. How do I do that? By making our portrait session friendly and engaging. I love meeting people and having a good chat, and through these conversations I’ll see that brilliant, unique spark of you that we need to photograph.

It’ll be fun, I promise - and you will love the outcome.

Our Portrait Session

Whatever type of portrait you want, they all start in the same way, with a conversation.

This is so you can give me a bit of background and I can get to know you. Good portrait photography is about lighting and composition. Excellent portrait photography is about understanding your subject.

So we’ll meet, over Zoom or over a cuppa, and discuss your session. This will cover everything from location to timings to clothes to any accessibility planning to wet-weather contingency (this is Cornwall after all!).

On the day of the session, the main thing is to enjoy yourself. We’ll have a laugh, share some stories, maybe have more coffee…. After all, how often do you get to spend time mainly focusing on you?

After the photoshoot, I’ll prepare the images and have a gallery of your portraits ready, usually within two or three working days.

I’ll also send you a link to my trusted printer, The Print Space [link], so you can decide if you’d like to order any printed copies. They’re a great reliable company, whose eco-friendly ethos matches my own.

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What people say

One of the best decisions we made on the St Petroc’s People Project was to invite Gavan to be the photographer. The compassion and the beauty of each image made them the talking point of the project.

Helen Trevaskis


Please get in touch if there’s something you’d like to know. In the meantime, here are a few answers to the most commonly asked questions.

How do I book?

Please fill out the contact form here.

Do you offer a free consultation to discuss my portrait requirements?

This initial chat is one of the most important parts of the portrait process, and I always meet with my clients so I can get to know them better. We can chat by phone or Zoom, and if you’re in Cornwall, we can meet over a coffee (always a nice option).

Where will my portrait be taken?

This is up to you. You can choose your favourite location(s), or I can make suggestions that I think would be right for you. We can also meet in St Ives, at my studio or in your workplace. 

What about the Cornish weather?

As Portraits in Cornwall is all about the landscape, the weather does make a difference. Having said that, it doesn’t have to be sunny to create a wonderful portrait. I can take your portrait in just about any conditions, apart from heavy rain when we would reschedule the session. We’d discuss all this during the consultation. 

Do you do group portraits?

Yes I do. Please get in touch to discuss group portraits.

How long does it take?

This depends on the package you choose, so it can be anything between one and four hours. But it’s more than just a photography session: it's a lot of fun, with plenty of stories and laughter, and a real life-affirming, uplifting feel to it.

How far will you travel?

As our name suggests, I cover “Portraits in Cornwall” , and I’ll  travel to any location in Cornwall to take your portrait. Saying that, if you’re based outside Cornwall, we can discuss travel options.

How quickly will my pictures be ready?

I like to work on the edit the day of the shoot or at least the following day. This means I will usually have a gallery of your portraits ready within a couple of working days of the shoot.

How do I get to see the portraits once they are edited?

 I’ll create a dedicated gallery of your portraits for you. This will also link to a print shop, giving you the option of a print or wall art of your portrait. 

Are you insured?

Yes, I’m fully insured. I have public liability insurance. (Professional indemnity insurance)

Do you have an up to date CRB check?

 Yes, I have an up to date CRB check.

What about Covid?

All bookings come with a 100% guarantee on flexibility should the date need to be changed due to  local or national restrictions, or if you need to isolate. I’ll always wear a face mask if asked to (or if government guidelines stipulate), and the whole process can easily take place outdoors.


So you are ready for a chat? Give me a call. or send me a message, it would be great to hear from you. We can talk about your photography needsand I can get to know you and a feel for what you are looking for

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