Photoshoot FAQs

Thank you for your interest in participating in our September 2023 photoshoot. Your support helps us build a diverse image library that we can use for our future campaigns and communications. Your time and involvement will help us in our work to promote better mental health for people across the nation.  

Please take the time to read our FAQs below prior to completing our sign-up form


What is the purpose of the photoshoot? 

We’re organising a photoshoot so we can have a new range of photos that we can use for future fundraising campaigns and external communication materials. We intend to use these photos for both online and offline materials. 

This photoshoot will be mainly supporting our upcoming Christmas appeal, which will be shown on social media, emails and our website. The communications that you will be featured in are to help our fundraising efforts, so we can continue to raise money for our vital programmes and services across the UK. 

Please note that we will only be able to accept participants who are over the age of 18. 


When and where will the photoshoot be taking place? 

The photoshoot is to take place on Monday 11 September 2023 in central London (exact location TBC). Even though the photoshoot will be happening between 9am-6pm on the day, we will only need you to be present between 9am-1pm, so please ensure you are available during these times and are able to travel into central London.  

Weather dependent, we would like to take some indoor and outdoor shots, so we ask you to dress appropriately (e.g. the outside temperature is likely to be around 13°C-20°C). Because the photos will be used for an appeal going live in the winter, we would be grateful if you could bring along a jumper, coat and maybe some other cold-weather accessories to help look the part.  

In the event that we will need to cancel, we will try to give you as much notice as we can. Once you have been confirmed as a participant, we will email you to provide you with further information closer to the time. 


Will I be paid? 

Unfortunately we will not be able to pay you via cash or a bank transfer, but we will be offering a £50 gift card. The photoshoot will take place in London, so we are looking for participants who live in London or the surrounding area and are able to travel into central London, as we can only cover travel expenses up to a certain amount. 


What rights do I have over the photographs taken? 

On the day of the photoshoot, we will ask you to sign a consent form, confirming that you are happy for us to use your images in future external communications to prospective and existing supporters for the next 5 years. Should you decide to withdraw your consent afterwards, you can email [email protected]. You can withdraw your consent at any time, but please be advised that our Christmas appeal is likely to begin in November. 


Will I have a say over how I will be involved on the day of the photoshoot? 

Your comfort is our priority and we’ll be joined by a professional photographer as well as Mental Health UK staff members. We ask for your cooperation to follow our brief, where you can, to ensure that the photos we take are suitable for our campaigns, and our experienced photographer will be assisting in the direction of this. 


Why are you trying to promote inclusivity within the photoshoot? 

The UK is made up of people of many ethnicities and abilities and we want to be able to visually reflect this within our supporter communications. According to the 2021 census, the UK population’s ethnicities are made up of 81% white, 9.6% Asian, 4.2% black, 3.3% mixed race. The census also revealed that 17.8% are classified as disabled.