Hill and Saunders Photographers is a family run business based in Dorney Reach, Maidenhead. Photographer Richard Shymansky and Wife Zoe work in their home studio to produce amazing photographs from Portraiture to Boudoir.

Having worked in the business for nearly 40 years, owning the famous Venture Studio in Knightsbridge and in Eton, its safe to say Richard is an expert in his field. As part of his service, included in the shoot is a makeover… this is where I come in.

I have been booked by the Hill and Saunders studio a couple of times over the last few weeks, giving makeovers to up to 8 people a day before they pose in front of the lights. The best part about this is that I’m getting to meet so many different people with lots of stories to tell whilst constantly practising and improving my makeup techniques and timing at the same time (I have to complete the full face makeover in just 30 minutes).

It’s great for me to be able to work on so many people in one day. Every face is so different. Brown eyes, blue eyes? Dry skin or oily skin? A round face shape or oval? This all impacts the look I create. Its always amazing to see the customers so pleased with the result.

I really enjoy every shoot I do with Richard; he makes the customer feel so at ease in front of the camera. No matter how uncomfortable or unnatural you may feel, I can guarantee you can’t get enough by the end of it. He wants to enjoy the shoot and he wants you to too!

Hill and Saunders offer a range of packages for portraiture. Whether it is for a Mother and Daughter, Families, Babies, PETS… they’ve got it covered. Your dog wont get to sit in my makeup chair though, as much as I love them I simply can’t waste my MAC foundation and Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow.

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