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 what I do, and what I don't:
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 many business purposes. Copyright only really gets more complicated if you want to re-sell an image (ie prints or merchandise), but I always try and accommodate my clients and offer the least restrictive terms possible, so get in touch if you have any questions.
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 more 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-gold USB stick inside a carved decorative oak case? Nope, me neither.
Most of the 'packages' photographers are just cobbled together to make you spend more on stuff you don't really need. With me you're paying for the photos, and if you want to order prints, gifts, photobooks and other lovely keepsakes I can take care of it all for you! I'll pick the most suitable supplier for your needs and budget, take care of any design work and processing, and add a simple fixed surcharge for my time rather than sneakily inflating the price. You get more choice and lower prices!
My standard guide rate is currently just £40/hr, but if you ask in advance I'll quote you a nice simple fixed price so there's no surprises. Nothing kills creativity more than watching the clock and worrying about expenses!