As you probably figured from the name of my business, I'm Kyle May. Hello.
I've done a variety of interesting creative things over the years, from mixing albums to designing props on a BBC series, but photography is my passion and I'm a very, very, lucky git to be able to do this for a living.
My attitude to photography is to keep things simple. There's some great photographers out there, but there's also a lot of underhanded sales tactics, upselling overpriced extras, confusing restrictive licensing, and all the other stuff that happens when money becomes the motivating factor. That's not my cup of tea at all.
So here's a list of what I do, and what I don't:
You'd be a bit worried if I didn't mention this, right? I have the equipment, knowledge and experience to take quality images even in challenging conditions. Of course taking the picture is only half the battle; all my photos are hand-edited using professional software on colour-calibrated monitors. Feel free to nose through my portfolio to see a wide range of samples.
FREE SHOOT AND LOCATION PLANNING
Do you want a clean, classy black and white portrait, or a crazy concept shoot in an abandoned nuclear bunker with flames shooting out of the lead singer's mouth? I've got a whole team of talented creative nerds - makeup artists, stylists, prop builders - and we can work together to bring your ideas to life.
NO LICENSING BULLS**T
Want to get prints made? Go nuts. Share on social media? Sure. Use your new pictures for an advert? No problem. You get a lifetime non-commercial license as standard that covers both personal use and business use. Copyright gets more complicated if you want to re-sell an image (ie prints or merchandise)
NO HIDDEN CHARGES
Editing is always included in the price. When you buy a cake from Tesco, they don't hand you a bunch of flour and eggs and say "it'll be an extra three quid if you want it baked, mate". Post-processing to balance colours, contrast, sharpening etc for each photo is a core part of my process. Sure, it takes up a lot of time after a shoot but that's what Netflix on the second screen was invented for...
NO UPSELLING OR POINTLESS EXTRAS
You want your images delivered on a 24-carat-cold USB stick inside a carved decorative oak case? No, me neither.
My standard guide rate is £40/hr, but I prefer to get a few details and quote you a nice simple fixed price. Nothing kills creativity more than watching the clock and worrying about expenses!