Elegant Female Portraiture: Bespoke Photography Services

Atherton Photography Studio | Manchester | Wigan | Bolton

As a photographer, I’ve seen first-hand how busy women are with family, work, and other commitments that leave them with little time for self-care. However, getting a professional portrait done at any age may be a wonderful confidence booster.

Photographs allow us to preserve memories for posterity. Taking the time to get dolled up and pose for a portrait is a way to honour yourself and your own special charm. You should feel as confident and lovely as you are, regardless of your age. Having your picture taken can help you accept your age and be grateful for the experiences that have led you to this point in your life.

Additionally, a portrait session can be an enjoyable and stimulating time. You can try out new things and break out of your routine by doing so. Whether you go for a traditional studio portrait or a more relaxed lifestyle shot, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to show off your individuality and sense of style.

Further, a picture portrait might be a visible reminder of your value and love for yourself. Looking at your photo will be a constant reminder of your inner strength, beauty, and fortitude—just what you need whenever you’re feeling down.

So, ladies, I say don’t put off getting a professional portrait done any longer. Accept your individual charm, embrace your unique beauty, and celebrate yourself at any age!

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Below are some examples of previous photoshoots and examples of styles which you can follow or mix and match.

Remember, there will be time for costume changes so you could shoot 3 of the same style or 3 completely different ones all one after the other.

Read on for examples, descriptions and more pictures.


Choose your portrait style

Let us have a look at my photography services, where we specialize in capturing beautiful moments for women of all ages. As a professional photographer, I offer a variety of photoshoots to suit your needs and preferences. Here are some of the popular options that I offer.

Just remember, depending on the package you choose, you can mix and match different styles on the same shoot.

You can choose your own or use the ideas below.

Here is a quick list that we shall go into more detail as we go down the page.

  • Formal Dress
  • Smart & Casual
  • Professional (& pretend Professional)
  • Fashion 
  • Lingerie (Boudoir)
  • Sportswear
  • Cosplay
  • Swimwear
  • Senior  / Achievement / Glamorous Gran
  • Young Adults
  • Fine Art Photography
  • Vintage

At the bottom of the page, I answer some of the most common questions I am asked such as:
Can you make me look younger and thinner? Can you remove facial lines?

You can mix and match different styles

This is a really important statement.

You don’t have to pick one style and stick to it. Depending on your chosen package, when we say you can change costume, you can also change style too.

There should be enough time for at least 3.

Don't be nervous it really is fun

Formal Dress - Posh Frocks

When you dress to impress, it not only enhances your appearance but also boosts your confidence and creates an unforgettable experience. A posh frock or formal dress is the perfect attire for a photoshoot, whether it’s for a wedding, engagement, or a special occasion. It adds a touch of sophistication and glamour to your images and makes you stand out from the crowd.

Being dressed to kill on a photoshoot also creates a sense of luxury and indulgence, which is what we strive to achieve with every shoot. It shows that you have made an effort to look your best, and it makes the entire experience more enjoyable and memorable.

So, if you want to capture your beauty and elegance in a photoshoot, I highly recommend wearing posh frocks and formal dresses. As a professional photographer, I will work with you to create stunning images that showcase your personality and style. Contact me today to schedule your photoshoot and let’s create something extraordinary together!

Do you have a party frock or prom dress that you haven’t worn in ages or maybe you have kept your wedding dress and would like a few more photographs?

Dressing up is fun, and girls just wanna have fun!

Black and White Portrait Photography

Why Choose Our Studio for Ladies’ Black and White Portraits

Elegance, grace, and timeless beauty – these are the qualities that black and white portraits can convey like no other. If you’re considering a ladies’ portrait session, allow us to share why choosing our studio for black and white portraits is an excellent decision.

1. Timeless Elegance

Black and white portraits have an enduring charm that transcends trends and fads. They harken back to the classic Hollywood era, capturing the essence of timeless beauty. When you choose our studio for your ladies’ portraits, you’re opting for a style that never goes out of fashion.

2. Focus on the Subject

Black and white photography eliminates distractions, allowing the viewer to focus solely on the subject. Our skilled photographers know how to use lighting and composition to accentuate your unique beauty, creating portraits that are both captivating and deeply personal.

3. Emotional Impact

Black and white portraits have a remarkable ability to evoke emotions. The absence of colour directs attention to facial expressions, gestures, and the subtle nuances of your personality. The result? Portraits that tell a story, capturing your essence and emotions in a profound way.

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Lingerie and Boudoir Photoshoots

As a photographer, capturing tasteful lingerie photoshoots is an art form that requires a delicate balance of creativity and sensitivity. A lingerie photo shoot is a celebration of femininity and sensuality, and as such, it’s important to create an atmosphere that is comfortable and empowering for you.

When it comes to actually shooting the lingerie photoshoot, it’s important to establish a clear vision ahead of time. Discuss their comfort level and preferences for lingerie styles, poses, and lighting. 

Remember that a tasteful lingerie photoshoot will always prioritize your comfort level.
I always respect boundaries and communicate clearly throughout the shoot. With the right approach, a tasteful lingerie photoshoot can be a beautiful and empowering experience for you.

Boudoir is the French term for bedroom and as my studio has no bed these are not strictly boudoir photoshoots. What we do have however are some great chairs, couches and a chez lounge at our disposal that add to the art we are trying to achieve. 

Fashion - A chance to buy something new!

When it comes to women’s fashion wear for a photo shoot, the key is to bring style and flair to the table. As a photographer, I’ve seen firsthand how a well-planned wardrobe can make or break a photoshoot. So, if you’re looking to make your photoshoot stand out, here are some tips for fashion wear:

  1. Start with the basics: A photoshoot wardrobe should always begin with the basics. Think black, white, and neutral tones, which can easily be accessorized with bold statement pieces.

  2. Add some colour: Once you’ve got your base pieces, it’s time to add some colour. Pastels and jewel tones work well for a feminine photoshoot, but don’t be afraid to mix in some brights as well.

  3. Play with textures: Textures can add depth and interest to your photos, so consider incorporating different fabrics like lace, chiffon, and satin.

  4. Accessories are key: Accessories can make or break a photoshoot. Statement jewellery, scarves, and hats are all great options for adding that extra touch of flair to your outfit.

Overall, fashion wear for a female photo shoot is all about bringing your own personal style to the table while keeping in mind the audience you want to appeal to. By incorporating these tips, you’ll be able to create a stunning wardrobe that will make your photoshoot stand out.

Sportswear Photoshoots

One of the most popular photoshoots.

I have had the privilege of capturing some incredible moments during sportswear photoshoots for ladies. These shoots are a perfect blend of athleticism and fashion.

Firstly, preparation is key. It’s important to have a clear understanding of the goals of the shoot and to communicate these to your photographer.

I need to know what kind of poses and movements you’re looking for to capture the perfect shot. Also, I will make sure that the lighting and backdrop are suitable for the type of sportswear being featured. This will help create the desired mood and ensure that the colors and textures of the clothing pop.

We will experiment with different angles and perspectives. Play with different camera settings and shoot from different vantage points to create a sense of depth and movement in your photographs.

Sportswear photoshoots are a great way to capture the energy and athleticism of the human body while also showcasing some fantastic fashion. With a bit of preparation, a relaxed atmosphere, and some experimentation, you’re sure to capture some truly stunning images.

Plus Size Ladies Photoshoot

I can confidently say that every woman deserves to feel beautiful, confident, and empowered. That’s why I’m thrilled to share with you the amazing opportunity that awaits plus-sized ladies at our studio.

At Atherton Photography, we believe that beauty knows no size. We are committed to celebrating diversity and promoting body positivity. Our skilled team of photographers understands the art of capturing the essence and unique beauty of every individual, regardless of their size or shape.

A professional photoshoot can be a transformative experience for plus-sized ladies. It’s a chance to embrace their curves, express their personal style, and create lasting memories. Our studio provides a comfortable and inclusive environment where you can relax, be yourself, and let your inner radiance shine.

From glamorous fashion shoots to intimate boudoir sessions, our expert photographers will guide you every step of the way, ensuring you feel confident and beautiful throughout the entire process. Our goal is to capture the genuine beauty that lies within you and create stunning images that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Investing in a professional photoshoot is not just about capturing gorgeous images; it’s about celebrating your unique journey and embracing your individuality. Whether you’re marking a milestone, celebrating self-love, or simply treating yourself to a well-deserved day of pampering, our studio is the perfect place for you.

Don’t let society’s narrow definition of beauty hold you back. Embrace your curves, celebrate your uniqueness, and let us capture your radiance like never before. Contact Atherton Photography studio today and embark on a transformative and empowering journey that will leave you feeling beautiful, confident, and inspired.

Smart & Casual

For a smart and casual look, a pair of well-fitted jeans with a crisp white shirt, vest or blouse is always a good option. This classic ladies’ look is versatile and can be dressed up or down depending on the accessories. Adding a statement necklace or a pair of earrings can instantly elevate the look.

If you’re looking for something more relaxed, a flowy maxi dress in a bold print or colour can create a fun and playful vibe. Accessorize with a belt to cinch in the waist or add a denim jacket for a casual yet stylish touch.

When it comes to shoes, a comfortable pair of heels can add height and confidence to a woman’s look, while flats or sneakers can create a more relaxed vibe. It’s important to choose shoes that not only look good but also feel comfortable to walk and pose in.

In conclusion, smart and casual wear for a photoshoot should reflect a woman’s unique style and personality. Whether it’s a classic jeans and coloured shirt combination or a flowy maxi dress, the key is to strike a balance between looking stylish and being comfortable. As a photographer, it’s important to work closely with my clients to ensure your outfits complement the overall mood and theme of the photoshoot.


Cosplay photography is a fun and lively area of photography that focuses on catching the essence of a character that a cosplayer is playing. It’s a type of story that needs a lot of imagination and technical skill to bring the character’s personality, clothes, and makeup to life. As a photographer, I’ve had the chance to work with many cosplayers, and I’ve come to respect the art and work that goes into making these characters come to life.

The setting is one of the most important things to think about when planning a cosplay photoshoot. The setting sets the mood and tone of the shoot, so it’s important to pick it carefully to match the character’s personality. The lighting is the next thing to think about. Good lighting can make or break a photo shoot, so it’s important to have the right tools and know how to work with light to get the look you want.

I take great care in adding special effects to enhance the character and the costumes.

Taking pictures of the details is another important part of cosplay photos. Cosplay costumes are often very detailed and complicated, and catching the details in a shot can help bring the character to life. In cosplay photos, poses and expressions are also very important, and the photographer should work with the cosplayer to get the poses and expressions they want.

Young Adults | Girls | Teenagers

As a photographer, I’ve had the opportunity to capture the beauty and confidence of young adults, girls, and teenagers in stunning photographs. These photoshoots are an excellent way to capture their individuality and spirit, and to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Please note anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult for your own peace of mind.

When planning a photoshoot for young adults, girls, or teenagers, it’s important to consider their preferences and comfort levels. Communication is key, and it’s essential to work with them to create a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. 

Lighting is a crucial element in these photoshoots. Soft and flattering lighting can help create a warm and inviting atmosphere, and highlight their unique features. Poses should also be considered, and it’s important to work with them to achieve the desired look and feel. Capturing candid moments and natural expressions can also help to create a more authentic and memorable photoshoot experience.

These photographs can be a cherished memory for years to come, and a reminder of the beauty and confidence of youth.

Booking a photoshoot can be an ideal present to for iconic birthdays such as Sweet 16, 18th Birthdays and the special 21st coming of age.

Seniors  & Over 40 years Young

Photography is an art that celebrates the beauty and character of all individuals, regardless of age. As a photographer, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many senior citizens and glamorous gran, capturing their spirit and personality in stunning photographs. Senior citizens often have a wealth of experience and stories to share, and a photo shoot can be an excellent way to capture their essence and celebrate their lives.

When planning a photoshoot for senior citizens and glamorous gran, it’s important to consider their preferences and comfort levels. Many senior citizens may have mobility or health issues, so it’s essential to choose a location that is accessible and comfortable. Communication is key, and it’s important to work with the senior citizen or glamorous gran to create a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.

Lighting is also crucial in senior citizen and glamorous gran photoshoots. Soft and flattering lighting can help create a warm and inviting atmosphere and highlight their unique features. Poses should also be considered, and it’s important to work with the senior citizen or glamorous gran to achieve the desired look and feel.

You will never look or feel your age in my studio!

Goth Photoshoots: Capturing the Dark Elegance

Gothic fashion and aesthetics have always been a captivating realm for photography. As a photographer, I find goth photoshoots to be a fascinating and creative endeavour. The dark and mysterious ambience, intricate makeup, and unique wardrobe choices offer endless opportunities for artistic expression.

In goth girl photoshoots, lighting plays a pivotal role. Contrasting shadows and moody illumination accentuate the dramatic elements, creating a striking visual narrative. Whether in a dimly lit studio or a hauntingly beautiful outdoor location, goth photography allows me to push the boundaries of creativity.

The essence of goth culture lies in individuality, and through my lens, I aim to capture the essence of each model’s unique style and personality. It’s about celebrating the beauty of the unconventional and embracing the enigmatic allure of the dark side.

Goth photoshoots are not just about aesthetics; they are a celebration of self-expression and empowerment. They allow individuals to showcase their inner darkness with confidence, and I am privileged to be a part of this artistic journey.

Swimwear Photoshoot

Swimwear photography is a genre of women’s photography that is both fun and challenging. As a photographer, I’ve had the opportunity to capture some beautiful and stunning images of models in swimwear. Whether you’re a prospective model or have just come back from a holiday, a swimwear photoshoot can be an excellent way to capture the beauty and confidence of the human body.

Lighting is a crucial element in swimwear photography. The right lighting can accentuate the model’s features and create a beautiful and flattering image. 

Poses are also critical in swimwear photography. The model should be comfortable and confident in their poses, and the photographer should work with the model to achieve the desired look. Different poses can help highlight different aspects of the swimwear and the model’s body.

Professional (& Pretend Professional)

When it comes to professional and pretend professional photoshoots, the key is to be authentic and confident in your chosen persona. For professional photos, it’s important to wear clothing that reflects your job and your personal style. A well-tailored suit or a classic dress can create a timeless look that exudes professionalism and sophistication. Don’t forget to pay attention to the small details like jewellery, hair, and makeup, as they can make a big difference in the overall look and feel of the photos.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to channel your inner rock star, doctor, nurse, or any other women’s iconic look, there’s no harm in pretending to be someone else for a while. It can be a fun and creative way to showcase your personality and let your imagination run wild. The key to a successful pretend professional photoshoot is to embrace your chosen persona and have fun with it. Choose clothing and accessories that reflect your character and don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone.

In both professional and pretend professional photoshoots, it’s important to work with me, a photographer who understands your vision and can help you bring it to life. I can offer suggestions on poses, lighting, and backgrounds to ensure that the final product meets your expectations.

In conclusion, whether you’re a professional or just looking to have some fun, a professional or pretend professional photoshoot can be a great way to showcase your personality and style. With the right clothing, accessories, and attitude, you can create a look that is authentic, confident, and uniquely you.

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Fine Art Photography for Women

Fine art photography is a beautiful and expressive medium that allows photographers to create stunning and thought-provoking images that convey emotion and tell a story. For women, fine art photography can be a powerful way to express themselves, celebrate their beauty, and share their unique perspectives.

One of the key elements of fine art photography is composition. A skilled photographer can use composition to create balance, symmetry, and depth in their images. This can help to draw the viewer’s eye to specific elements of the photograph and create a sense of movement or emotion.

Lighting is also essential in fine art photography. Different lighting techniques can create different moods and feelings in an image, from soft and romantic to bold and dramatic. A skilled photographer can use lighting to highlight specific elements of the photograph and create a sense of atmosphere.

In fine art photography for women, the focus is often on capturing the unique beauty and character of the subject. This can involve using creative techniques such as selective focus, unusual angles, or artistic filters. It’s important to work closely with the subject to create an atmosphere of trust and collaboration, allowing for the creation of truly breathtaking images.


Vintage-styled photography is a beautiful and evocative medium that harks back to a bygone era, capturing the glamour, elegance, and romance of times gone by. For women, vintage-styled photography can be a wonderful way to express their sense of style, celebrate their femininity, and indulge in a bit of old-fashioned glamour.

One of the key elements of vintage-styled photography is the use of vintage props, costumes, and settings. These can include vintage clothing, accessories, and décor items, such as vintage cameras, old books, or antique furniture. By incorporating these elements into the shoot, a photographer can create a sense of authenticity and evoke the feeling of a particular era.

Lighting is also an essential element of vintage-styled photography. A photographer can use lighting techniques such as soft and diffused lighting, or harsh, dramatic lighting to create a particular mood or atmosphere. By carefully choosing lighting, a photographer can evoke a sense of nostalgia and transport the viewer back in time.

In vintage-styled photography for women, the focus is often on capturing the essence of a particular era or style. This can involve using creative techniques such as selective focus or artistic filters to create a sense of timelessness and romance.

Do I need a professional makeup artist?

I am often asked, do you need a makeup artist for your photoshoot? The short answer is yes. A makeup artist can enhance your natural beauty and make you look flawless in front of the camera.

A professional makeup artist has the skills and expertise to create a look that complements your features and brings out your best qualities. They can also ensure that your makeup looks great in different lighting conditions and from different angles.

Furthermore, a makeup artist can help you feel confident and relaxed during your photoshoot. Knowing that your makeup is flawless can help you feel more comfortable in front of the camera and project a sense of confidence and poise.

In short, hiring a makeup artist for your photoshoot is a wise investment in your appearance and confidence. A professional makeup artist can help you look and feel your best, and ensure that your photos turn out stunning and timeless. So, if you want to take your photos to the next level, consider hiring a makeup artist for your next photoshoot.

That being said, it is just an option. I can supply experienced and amazing MUAs (makeup artists) but you can do your own makeup if you prefer or bring your own  MUA to the studio.

Get that portrait image you have always wanted!

photoshoot with makeover

We make these make-over sessions all about you.

We want to provide you with a selection of photographs that you will treasure forever, and if these are for professional purposes we aim to help you attract more work and make more money.

We swap ideas pre-session and decide on style and backdrops to get the perfect look.

We have lots of guidance notes and illustrations to help if you are a novice and helpful suggestions for the more experienced.

Your private dressing room is kitted out with a large make-up table, lots of mirrors, clothes rail and plenty of tea, coffee and cool water.

We allow plenty of time and your first hour will be with my expert make-up artiste.  We will have a quick run of all of your ideas so nothing is missed.

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs

Can you make me look younger?

Can you make me look thinner?

Can you make lines disappear?

Can you change the background?

Can I have Black and White photos?

Yes to all! However this isn’t always something I do automatically, it is usually by request or discussion.

After the photo shoot, your images will be edited and retouched. During this process, it is possible to remove certain features and alter other features.

Rather than remove anything it often looks more natural to reduce certain lines and dark areas. This often gives the impression of a younger look. This is also achieved with lighting.

I often refer to this as digital Botox and is certainly something I can offer if you want it.

In the same respect, I can reduce bingo wings, change belly shape and gently reshape any bulges, depending on the image. Some images are easier to manipulate than others and some are just impossible to change discretely.

Background changes and enhancements are standard where possible.

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At our studio, we offer a wide range of makeover photo shoots to suit your needs and preferences. From teenage makeovers and mother and daughter makeovers to family and friends makeovers, we have the perfect package for you. Our professional makeover photo shoot services are designed to help you look and feel like a star, whether you’re dressing up for a special occasion or simply indulging in some pampering and self-care.

Our experienced and talented photographers and makeup artists will work with you to create a customized look that reflects your unique style and personality. We’ll help you choose the perfect outfit, hairstyle, and makeup to complement your features and enhance your natural beauty. With our expert guidance and attention to detail, you can rest assured that you’ll look and feel your best in every shot.

Our makeover and photoshoot experience is not only fun and transformative, but also affordable and convenient. We offer flexible scheduling options and competitive pricing to ensure that you can enjoy a professional photo shoot with makeover without breaking the bank. We also offer a variety of package options to suit your needs, including birthday makeovers, boudoir makeovers, 1950’s vintage makeovers, model makeovers, couple makeovers, and more.

At our studio, we believe that every woman deserves to feel beautiful and confident. That’s why we’re committed to providing you with a professional and enjoyable makeover and photoshoot experience that you’ll never forget. So why wait? Book your session today and discover the power of transformational beauty!

Portrait photography is a timeless art that has been practiced for centuries. The process of capturing the essence and beauty of a person through the lens of a camera requires skill, talent, and creativity. In this article, we will explore the world of portrait photography and provide insights on how to take stunning portraits that will capture the attention of your audience.

What is Portrait Photography?

Portrait photography is the art of capturing a person’s likeness and personality through photographs. It can be used for various purposes, such as family albums, professional headshots, social media profiles, or even art exhibitions. A good portrait photograph should be able to convey the subject’s mood, emotions, and story in a single frame.

Tips for Taking Great Portrait Photographs

  1. Find the Right Lighting

Lighting is the key to good portrait photography. A well-lit subject can make all the difference in a photograph. Look for natural light sources such as windows or open doors. If you are taking photographs outside, early morning or late afternoon light will create a soft and warm look.

  1. Choose the Right Background

The background of your photograph can enhance or detract from the subject. Look for clean and simple backgrounds that will not distract from the subject. Neutral colors such as white, gray, or black work well for most portrait photography.

  1. Focus on the Subject’s Eyes

The eyes are the window to the soul and can convey a lot of emotion in a photograph. Make sure the eyes are in focus and sharp. A shallow depth of field can help draw attention to the eyes and create a beautiful bokeh effect.

  1. Use Props or Accessories

Props or accessories can add interest and personality to your portrait photographs. Look for items that reflect the subject’s interests or hobbies. Hats, scarves, or jewelry can also add texture and visual interest to a photograph.

  1. Use a Unique Perspective

Try different angles and perspectives when taking photographs. A unique perspective can add interest and create a visually stunning image. Experiment with low angles or bird’s eye views to create a sense of depth and dimension.


Portrait photography is an art form that requires skill, creativity, and attention to detail. By following these tips, you can take stunning portrait photographs that will capture the attention of your audience. Remember to experiment with different lighting, backgrounds, and perspectives to create unique and memorable images. With these techniques, you can take your portrait photography to the next level.

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