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Portrait Photography - AldoPics

The AldoPics portraits are not just a recording of you at time and a place.
Aldo Cauchi Savona always translates your character and passions in the portrait photography taken for you.
While Aldo has much experience and knowledge on different female photography, Aldo also has knowledge/experience taking male portraits.
You can visit my Female photography page to find out more on my female photography services.
Photographs (pics) are now-a-days easily available in a digital format through point-and-shoot cameras or mobile phones.

Quality Portraits or Fine Art Portraits

If you are looking for quality photos of an artistic or fine-art nature and can make the photos a household staple while the session is still fun, AldoPics is the right place.

Quality - beyond point-and-shoot
Individual portraits are commonly needed for individual or business websites, business cards, brochures and annual reports.
AldoPics, seeks to bring out the character and the need of use of the pic for my client, using the portrait photos for social media or to place in a frame in your house is common or in an office. While I specialise in Women’s portraits, I still take great portraits of men. I feel that the communication methods I use in women portraits also helps with men’s portraits and also helps to bring out their character. Only in women’s portraits would I bring in my knowledge of Glamour or beauty shots. However for men’s shots (and for women portraits) I also bring in my knowledge of headshots. When taking portraits, my photographic style is mainly Lifestyle photography. Lifsestyle photography is where I allow the client to take their own positions, and then, after I give a few directions or hints to make the client look and feel more natural and free in the photos. Help is always given to bring out the client’s character when necessary but the atmosphere is always kept friendly and relaxed.

Couple Portraits

AldoPics has training and quite a bit of experience taking couple portraits. In such case help is provided so the couple position will depict the love of the couple for each other and their character together.
As with other type of photography services, if while we do our best to find a decent place to take the photos and in a location where they are comfortable and relaxed. I can also change the background for the client.
For example the couple liked this photo, but not the background and would have something more natural, like trees. I did a bit of creative editing and used a woods background. Now one who knows Malta will quickly realize the the location looks nothing like Malta. But what’s most important is that the couple liked it!
What will also be discussed in the initial-meeting is what story you would to tell with the photos. Like where you met each other and so on. The photos can then be provided on digital images by email on on a CD or in an album.
Aldo Photos - Fine-Art Couple portrait

Studio Portrait Photography

Studio portrait photography and headshot photography is generally needed when a client would like to have clean-background head-shots, glamour or fashion photography. Beauty-shots or fancy hair, make up, or tattoo photos can also be done in the studio if requested. In the case of the head-shots being asked for a work/business profile, the photos can also be taken at the client’s work place (in such a case a lift would also be needed for now). Commonly photo studios generally charge a large fee for a CD of their clients’ digital images. For these reasons, most photo studios are rarely used by families as a whole.
However, I now operate a home studio and as I use a dedicated room at my home as a studio. As such, I do not need to cover the extra expenses of renting a place for a studio and can keep my costs low.
Although the studio is in my home, it can also be used for family photos or pet photography sessions, if a studio environment is preferred for such photos.
In the case studio photos will be needed, AldoPics, will provide digital files of their photos free by e-mail, or with a nominal fee for CD. Family, maternity and new-born photos can also be taken at the client’s home if asked. As always, the digital copies of the photos will be provided free of charge by email or for a small fee on CD.
New photos taken can also be seen on my Facebook Aldo Pics page.

> Information about How Portrait Sessions are done.

Photography Style

My Portrait Photography Style is to always helping you bring out yourself and the character you would like to show people.
My style is clean, bold and can be used for adversting campaigns, fashion, magazine articles. I am known for my creativity and that I communicate regularly with my client(s) to create a fresh look.
Fine-Art

Portrait Session Start


Portrait photograph sessions always start with a short meeting, where I learn about you and the reasons. If a pet is involved, a meeting the pet isn’t necessary before the shoot, but on the day a few minutes before the shoot it would be very beneficial for the animal to get to know me and realize that I love them and they will also need to get used to the sound of my camera taking a photo. Having a dog jumping up in fright or raising its fur and growling at me isn’t fun at all!.

The Location

Where the photos will be taken is one of the main topics covered when you meet me and a session is discussed. Before the location can be considered, the reason why the photos will be taken and what the you would like to do with them plays an important role.
Very often the location of where the image will be most probably placed in your home (or office) will make a difference of the colors found at the location. And if the background is important to keep or if some fine-art editing would be preferred and it would be like the photos were taken at a particular location. For example, a couple portrait was taken in a public garden in Mosta, but for the final pic, a proper woody background was chosen by the client.

What to expect from a portrait session?

When the portraits are taken at any external location, two hours before sunset is the most preferred time. Although pics around mid-day or in the morning were also taken as the time is usually set by the client. Most sessions last about 40 minutes to an hour. Time taken depends on location chosen and how much time is spent scouting the desired location. As even if the location is well know to me, I would still need to find an adequate place based on the outcome desired and lighting. Most sessions are always made fun and although for certain types of shots ‘poses’ are suggested, I don’t use posing. For example, certain body movements and positions enhance the beauty of a man or woman in a photo and these are suggested to clients. Still when I provide such information, it is rarely given very seriously (like you MUST do this!) and always humor is added to my conversations. The conversation is generally used to increase a client’s enthusiasm and joy of being there and done in a way that will bring out the character s/he would like to project. During the initial conversation, what to wear for the session (and in the case of females portraits, how the hair is made) would be discussed.

What to wear for a session?

What one wears is generally discussed in the meeting before the shoot so the you will come prepared and relaxed for the session. Generally, clothing will always be clothing the client is comfortable in. In the case of couple portraits, that the couple wear complimentary colored clothing would be suggested. In general, it can should be considered that solid color are better than checked clothing, darker colors are more slimming, lighter colors more broadening. Sleeve-less shirts or tank tops aren’t very flattering. Unless you would like the clothes be the focal points of a photo, steer away from bright colors.

When will you get the finished Photos?

This mainly depends on what one would like from the session. If a Fine-Art finish is requested, it would take much more time to create. Fine-Art pieces usually take about one to two days per pic to create.
If no fine-art or additional retouching is requested, the photos would be provided up to a day or two later. If an email address is provided, the photos will be sent by email when ready. The images can also be requested on a CD for a small extra fee of €2.

Fine-Art Craftsmanship


When AldoPics is hired for a fine-art portrait, the planning and transformation would be needed with you. This would start in the planning meeting where the desired and outcome and possibilities would be discussed. The first step, would be one finding out how you would like to experience the images in the future. Will they form part of your home decor? Or would the images be preferred small so they can be uploaded to a social site? Once we have decided on why the photos would be used the location and the reasons for the photos, and date and time (that would be prefect for the photos) would be decided.
Sessions are always fun and done in away to relax you and you are free to do what s/he/they would like to do. Based on what’s done, a position that may better portray your desire would be suggested. After the session, the client would be invited to my place where the pics can be seen on big screen and chosen.

I look forward to working with you and creating an original work of art for you

 
 

Session Rates

In this service, basic photo editing and retouching in covered with the service cost.
Meeting time usually is 15-30 minutes. Usually about 20-40 minutes photography time is needed depending on what is agreed in the initial meeting. If the photography time takes longer than 1 hour , an extra cost of €10.00 per hour is charged (ex. V.A.T.). However, the time we would need will be agreed in the initial meeting.
ServiceRate (€)
Portrait Photography Service30 (+V.A.T.)
Headshots A portrait session, anywhere (i.e. studio or anywhere in Malta)€30
Basic Retouching free
Advanced/Commercial Retouching€5/Photo (+V.A.T.)
Photos By EmailFree
Photos on a CD€2 (picked-up at AldoPics studio)
Photos on a AlbumDepends on Album chosen & number of photos to print
Book the Beauty Shots Service with the Female Portraits service for only an extra €20
(Please add 18% V.A.T. to final price)
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