We thought it might be helpful to put together some info if you’re interested in booking a pole shoot with us, or are already booked in and have questions –

Location shoots for pole and hoop – If you have booked with us to shoot st the Coach House Studio in Farnignham it is situated on the side of a fantastic public house. There is off street parking located directly outside of the pub, but depending on volumes of cars parked here, there is also street parking available on the road leading to the pub. To gain access to the studio, use the main pub entrance and let the bar staff know you are booked for a shoot. They will show you through to the studio or call one of us to come and meet you. The studio has a comfy seating area, a fully operational kitchen area and changing room facilities with excellent mirrors and lighting for hair and make-up. It’s central heated, but with all the lights, heat will not be an issue. The toilet facilities are shared with the public house, so with this in mind, you will need to ‘cover up’ to avoid any embarrassment to yourself or the pubs patrons. Their website is – www.coachhousephotographystudio.co.uk.

If your shoot is at an aerial fitness school or venue all of the location details will be provided by you shoot organiser – if you’re still stuck give us a shout here….

Pole – We have an Xpole stage light 45mm chrome pole. This is a free-standing pole and it can be set to either static or spinny.

Homework
To get the most from your shoot, please come prepared. Have a list of your moves and pictures ideally (as not all schools use the same names for moves), so we can quickly set lights for each shot. Most aerial artists can achieve an average of 10 moves in their allotted time space. Get your trickier moves out of the way first! You will get hot and tired from a shoot and we don’t want anyone heartbroken if they’re too tired to perform their favourite move. Arrive before your time slot. If you arrive late for your shoot, we can’t add time onto the end of your session.

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Make-up and hair – Same as with costumes, if you’re having hair and makeup that’s different to when you normally hoop or pole – practice with it! Long hair, not tied back will dangle on the floor or flop in front of your face – make sure you practice your moves and whip that hair out of the way. With regards to makeup – aerial shoots are hot and sweaty. Last thing you want is your face sweating off. Bring a towel with you and pat down between shots.

What to eat – Please, no crash diets before your shoot an eat before the shoot – We don’t want to be dealing with fainters! Aerial shoots are hard work and you need energy and fuel.

What to drink – keep well hydrated leading up to your shoot, you’ll feel better and your skin will look better. Please feel free to bring drinks with you and there are kitchen facilities available at the studio location. No boozy nights before a shoot – it just doesn’t work.

Spotting – If you’ve booked a shoot slot just for yourself, please feel free to bring a friend along for moral support. If you’ve bulk booked slots with friends, you can all take turns and assist each other I’m an intermediate pole artist and will be on hand all day to assist with moves and positioning to get the best from your shoot.

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Outfit choice – Standard shorts and top or full on fancy dress – the choice is yours – it’s your shoot. Whatever you pick just make sure you’ve practiced in it – lots! No nip slips or worse please. Think about the moves you want to do, and how the lighting and backdrop that you’ve chosen in advance will compliment your outfit. You should be able to get two costumes shot in your allocated time.

Practice – What can I say – practice, practice, practice!!!! DO NOT attempt new moves on shoot day. Do not attempt moves you are unhappy with. Unlike during a class, you’ll need to hold each move for longer than normal to make sure we capture the image correctly. When practicing, bear in mind the photographer will be in pretty much one spot and unable to run around to get the best angle. It’s down to you to know where you need to position yourself for each move. Extend those limbs and point those toes more than ever before! Your edited pictures will have some skin softening techniques added if required, but we can’t straighten bent legs etc.

Getting your pics
After a week we will mail over a secure link with a gallery of you best images, you can then pick your favourites for us to work on. If you follow the instruction on the gallery site to set up an account to allow you to select the appropriate number of images depending on how many shots were included in your package. You can of course pick more, these are £10 each.

Most of all – enjoy and have fun. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us

Sarah and Jon.