Are you looking for great professional photography to make your hats stand out?

At The Portrait Kitchen, we love doing millinery photography. Are you ready to have your art shown at its best?

Our goal is to make a milliner’s hats stand out in all their glory. Wherever you are in the world we can photograph your hats.

We shoot in a clean and uncluttered style to reduce visual distraction and draw focus to your work. We want to make sure your hats and head-wear look their best, enabling your clients to quickly visualise how a hat looks on them.

We would liken our work more to product photography rather than portraiture because the main subjects are your hats. But we do use models and proven portraiture techniques to humanise hats, thus creating an emotional connection to make your hats more desirable.

If your budget is more limited we can also photograph your hats on stands.

By providing high quality photography that uses either a hat stand or professional model we enable our millinery clients to not only celebrate their work but also produce images for impactful marketing on their websites, online store and social media channels.

Our studio is in our large kitchen, hence our name. We use professional studio lighting, colour correction and neutral backgrounds with colours that match your hats.

We always work with experienced models and actors to showcase your hats. Using a model who knows how to position their head, work their posture and be relaxed in front of the camera creates great millinery shots.

So, if you want images beyond the hatstand then find out more below.

What do I get?

  • A 3 hour photo session, using studio lighting and a selection of our solid colour backdrops.
  • Photoshoot designed around what you want to achieve.
  • One experienced millinery model (male or female).
  • Typically, a minimum of 10-20 images per hat, lightly edited and delivered to you for download via a secure web gallery within five working days. We focus on quality not quantity with our images.
  • Full usage rights (with accreditation).
  • We are also graphic designers so for a small additional charge we can retouch your images beyond our ‘clean up’ edits that come as standard.

How much does it cost?

We charge £250 for a 3 hour millinery shoot including a model. This fee covers up to 8 hats.

All images will be edited then sent to you via a secure online folder for review.

If you want more detailed image retouching on any specific photos (perhaps for an editorial feature) we can do that for you at £20 per image.

Our pricing table can be found here.

Please note that our reputation is built on our service delivery, quality of output and client relationships. Milliners commission The Portrait Kitchen because they choose quality over quantity. To maintain this we only offer two shoots per month. This ensures that we not only focus on our client’s goals but also the the pre and post work needed to create great images for them.

How much does it cost if I want my hats photographed on a hat stand rather than a model?

For hats photographed on stands we charge £30 per hat (excluding delivery costs). You can have as many hats photographed as you like. If you want to use your own stands then include them in your delivery.

Hats are photographed, edited and then sent to you for review and usage. We shoot hats from multiple angles so your buyer can see the whole creation as well as how it it attaches to the head. We can also remove things like elastic using Photoshop if you want that.

Do you photograph hats for milliners who are not in the UK?

Yes we do. We can shoot your hats no matter where you are in the world.

As well as the UK we have clients in Europe and the USA who courier hats to us to be photographed. We have also developed an e-shoot or remote photo shoot option with one of Britain’s top models to ensure that no-one is put at risk during lockdown.

And with Zoom you can dial into your shoot, see your images as they are shot in real time and provide creative input on positioning and placement. Effectively you are at the shoot, virtually.

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