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Photo Shoots - Portrait Prices - Centaur Photographic - Fashion and Horses

Photo Shoot Fees

So that you don't have to commit to a large spend without seeing the results of a photo shoot first; I charge a nominal fee for the photo shoot, and then separately for the printed products after you have seen the results, i.e. the photo shoot fee only covers the session and 50 miles of travel.

There are two ways to pay for a photo shoot session.
  1. You can purchase a personalised gift voucher for someone special and then have it posted direct to them or to yourself, or...
  2. Reserve a date for yourself with a small deposit and pay the balance on the day, i.e. shoot plus any extras if required, such as make-up & travel (more on travel below), less the deposit.
Photo Shoot
  • £70 for 1 or 2 model(s)

This is for individual shoots on the same day at the same location, i.e. one after the other at a rate of around one per hour. It can be for people or animals; when the main model is a human, there can be as many horses and dogs as you like; if the model is a horse or dog then it is charged as two animals equal one model. The emphasis is on each model having a bespoke shoot, but you can still have a group pose too. The ideal is one or two outfits with one or two horses per model, but I'm always happy to try and fit more into the one hour session. Each shoot has a 30 minute pre-shoot chat about poses and scenery, then a 30 minute pack-away allowance afterward; so each session is relaxed and unhurried.
Family / Group / Party Shoot
  • £70

This is suitable for family portraits or parties as there is no limit to the number of models. The emphasis is usually on pictures of everyone as a group, but we can do mini shoots using the same props and scenery for everyone in turn. A pop-up studio can be created using portable backdrops or the local landscape and a little imagination. Perfect for a teenage birthday or school leaving party, where everyone can try out several outfits.
Make-up Artist
  • £100 for 1 model - (with shoot £170)
  • £190 for 2 model's - (with shoot £260)

This is a highly recommended optional extra for one or two people and is subject to availability of a make-up artist. However, you are welcome to do your own hair and make-up, use your own artist/stylist, or visit a salon before the shoot. Having a makeover will add about one hour to the shoot in total (i.e. the second model will have a makeover while the first is having their shoot).
  • £25

Required to secure the date. The date can be changed as often as you like (subject to availability). The balance, including any travel costs (see below), is due on the day unless it is considerably more than the deposit, if so then the difference is payable in advance.
Late cancelation
  • £25

If less than 5 days notice (if you postpone or cancel earlier, you can rebook without further charge).
This fee is discretionary and will not apply if the postponed shoot is due to severe weather or other extreme, unpredictable situation (in these circumstances, every effort will be made to find an alternative date to suit you as soon as possible).

Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers are personalised and come in a gift box. They cost the same as a shoot booked through Book A Shoot plus £5 for Postage & Packaging.

They are inflation proof for 12 months, but can still be used the following year, even if there is an increase the price. However, a top-up to the current fee may be required if you miss the original expiry date. Furthermore, as part of my satisfaction guarantee, if the gift receiver does not wish to use it, or should you change your mind, I will give a full refund for up to 45 days from the date of purchase.

You can have a personalised gift voucher here sent to you or the recipient.


I am based in Reading Berkshire and cover the whole of the UK. Travel is free for local shoots and then I have scalable travel fees for anywhere else. Time and distance are calculated using Google Maps, with detours and delays on the day disregarded (so no unexpected additional costs).
The first 25 miles each way is included in the price of the shoot (50 miles total).
From Reading in Berkshire, 25 miles is approximately the circle formed by:
Oxford Princes Risborough
Garrards Cross
Highclere Castle
If you are outside the free area, I charge for:
Fuel at the HMRC lower rate of 25p per mile (no charge for the first 25 miles each way).
Tolls & ferries are charged at cost if incurred.
Time if more than 2 hours each way at £10 per extra hour.
Hotel or B&B. Due to legal restrictions on driving and working (GB Domestic drivers rules), an overnight stop will be required for more than 8 hours driving. I charge for the cost of a B&B or Premier Inn hotel (or similar) thatís on route (guide price £40-£90 per night according to the location and time of year).
Examples of travel costs outside the 25 mile free travel area are:
Swindon 40 miles (80 miles less 50 = 30 x 25p) £7.50
Banbury 55 miles (110 miles less 50 = 60 x 25p) £15.00
Reigate 55 miles (110 miles less 50 = 60 x 25p) £15.00
New Forest 60 miles (120 miles less 50 = 70 x 25p) £17.50
Northampton 70 miles (140 miles less 50 = 90 x 25p) £22.50
Maidstone 85 miles (170 miles less 50 = 120 x 25p) £30.00
Examples of travel in excess of 4 hours (usually over 200 miles) that incur an additional charge of £10 per hour (also calculated using Google Maps) are:
Nottingham 130 miles (260 miles less 50 miles = 210 x 25p) £52.50
2.5 hours each way (5 hours less 4 = 1 x £10) £10.00
Travel Total £62.50
Shoot for 1 £70.00
TOTAL £132.50
York 200 miles (400 miles less 50 = 350 x 25p) £87.50
4 hours each way (8 hours less 4 = 4 x £10) £40.00
Travel Total £127.50
Shoot for 1 £70.00
TOTAL £197.50
Examples of travel costs that would include an overnight stay are:
Edinburgh 400 miles (800 miles less 50 = 750 x 25p) £187.50
7 hours each way (14 hours less 4 = 10 x £10) £100.00
1 night at Premier Inn (Newcraighall) in May £62.00
Travel Total £349.50
Shoot for 1 £70.00
TOTAL £419.50
Inverness 550 miles (1100 miles less 50 = 1050 x 25p) £262.50
9 hours each way (18 hours less 4 = 14 x £10) £140.00
2 nights at Premier Inn (River Ness) in May £120.00
Travel Total £522.50
Shoot for 1 £70.00
TOTAL £592.50

Please note that I use either the business centre in Theale RG7 4TY or the centre of Reading, whichever the closest, to your chosen shoot location for calculating the return distance and actual travel fee payable.

NB: Prices subject to change without notice


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