The MacMaine Family

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do your portrait sessions take place?

Your portrait sessions can be held at my studio, at your home, or a location of your choice. My studio is in Colwood, and it has plenty of parking. Victoria is a beautiful city, with a lot of wonderful locations available. The location(s) can contribute greatly to the overall portrait, and I will be very pleased to consider other sites such as industrial sites, workspaces, or whatever interests you may want to include. I am also willing to work with animals, and I have done portraits of individuals with dogs, cats, and horses.

What do you PHOTOGRAPH?

I specialize in portrait photography. My sessions involve individuals, families, couples, boudoir, commercial and promotional material.

I am particularly interested in personal integrity and wisdom. My sessions are based upon our conversation. I mount the camera on a tripod, then we can talk unimpeded without the camera between us. Personal history, anecdotes, memories, and ideas are significant to our talks. I do not allocate a specific length of time for a session; I find it important to allow our rapport to develop naturally. It is not unusual for my clients to forget they are in a photography session which makes for less stilted, and more relaxed, natural photos.

Do you photograph events and weddings?

I have photographed many events in my career, including over 200 weddings.

Do you assist with posing?

I often suggest a starting point, and I incorporate positional adjustments as a part of the conversation. An essential part of a true portrait is achieved through a relaxed demeanour and body language, both of which I want to develop naturally as we talk. ‘I want an outdoor location shoot, but what if the weather is bad?

We can always re-schedule, alternatively, I know of several covered exterior locations, or we can shoot in my studio, whichever works best for you.

What should I wear to my portrait session?

Whatever you feel most comfortable wearing. It comes down to how you want to be remembered. Some clients wear their old uniforms, some wear outdoor clothes, to indicate the way they prefer to be seen. I would, however, suggest that you avoid logos or patterns. Simple colours work best.

How much will it cost?

My fees start at $195 for a simple portrait. This includes a gallery of images to choose from and a final 8 1/2 by 11 inch print in Colour or Black and White. Location fees vary depending on distance and complexity.