Portrait Photography at Downe House

This portrait photography service at Downe House is entirely optional and operates on selected afternoons during the Michaelmas term to catch new girls and the Summer term to catch Leavers. All years however, are welcome during either term.

It is important to note that these are not the archetypal school photographs you are perhaps used to. We aim is to produce very high quality portraits which will last a lifetime. The mood we set out to capture is more one of photos "at home" rather than 'school photos'.

Sittings are kept as informal as possible within a studio setting at Downe House and will last approx 10-15 minutes each. During the sitting we will take enough photographs to produce a minimum of 15 good proof photographs.

Within two weeks of the sitting we will display a set of at least 15 proof photographs on our website for viewing and ordering. You can order individual Portraits and Cut Outs or opt for one of our discounted packages.

Photographs are available in both black and white, sepia and colour and the proofs will be produced in black and white unless you request otherwise on the booking form above.


All girls can be photographed in tidy mufti of their choice, their school uniform or selected sports clothes. Please state your requirements on the booking form.


If two or more sisters are both having individual sittings, we are very happy to take some photographs of them together and these joint photographs are free of charge.

If only one sister is being photographed individually and you would like some shots of her with her sister, we are happy to do this within the 15 shots of one individual sitter. If however you would like a 2nd contact sheet of 15 photographs of them both together, please request a second contact sheet in the “special requests” area of the order form. This will add £35.00 to the sitting fee.

Leavers groups

If a leaver is having a sitting and if as part of that sitting she would like a couple of photographs with some of her special friends (maximum 5), we are happy to do this at no extra charge within the initial sitting or add another contact as in the Sisters paragraph above. Please add details to “special requests.” The girl in question should ensure that her friends are available at the appointed hour.

Cut Outs

A Cut Out is made by mounting a photograph on a piece of 3mm thick wood then very carefully cutting around the outline of the photo and mounting the resulting statuette on a small plinth with a baize base. This process is ideal for full-length subjects, especially those in school uniform or sports clothes. See Cut Outs


The cost of the sitting to include photography, online proofs, postage, packing and VAT is as follows: -

  • A standard black and white or colour sitting at Downe House is £69.50

The basic products are as follows: -

10x8" Un-mounted photograph £24.40 10x8" Mounted photograph £26.90
8x6" Un-mounted photograph £22.50 8x6" Mounted photograph £25.00
7x5" Un-mounted photograph £21.55 7x5" Mounted photograph £24.05
  Single figure CUT OUT £82.20   Double Figure CUT OUT £89.50
  Group Cut Out (Up to 5 sitters) £98.75   Group Cut Out (6+ sitters) £117.50

To see the complete range of products available, please visit all products.


To ensure the School is in no way burdened by the administration of this activity, all bookings and financial arrangements should be made direct with this office. Please do not call the school as they will be unable to answer your query.


Those wishing to take part in the next Michaelmas or Summer term should now complete and return either the online booking form or our printable booking form. This must reach us by no later than the second week of the appropriate term. Please don't delay, do it now and then you can't forget!! Quite a lot of parents missed the boat last summer term because with everything else going on they forgot to send in the form on time.

Once bookings are made and confirmed we will send each girl taking part a letter giving date, time, venue and clothing instructions, (a copy will also be sent to parents).

Attendance for appointments

The attendance rate at Downe House is very good indeed. We totally understand that the girls are busy people and we are more than happy for them to e-mail or telephone us to change, postpone or make specific appointments. It is however important that they tell us if they cannot attend an offered appointment. If they fail to attend without letting us know, we try hard to find another space for them on our next visit, but it is not always possible. Please where possible, remind your children of their appointments.


Your proofs are supplied online or if you prefer through the post on a contact sheet (See booking form).

If you have any questions, requests or ideas, please do telephone my office at any time, 01488 685256 or e-mail: mail@richardgreenlyphoto.co.uk

Best wishes


West House, Charnham Lane, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 0EY
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