Accessibility information and autism friendly instructions for our home studio

Accessibility information

Our studio is located in Sirkkalankatu 26 A 14, Turku. There are some parking spaces in front of the building. They are public, so we can’t reserve them beforehand or make sure there’s one available during your shoot. Unfortunately we don’t have customer parking available. Taxis can however leave customers close to the entrance.

There is a low (less than 5 cm) stone step in front of the outside door. The width of the door is 72 cm and 146,5 cm if we open both doors. There are four steps down to the elevator after the entrance. There is no ramp.

Elevator door is 69,5 cm wide. There is a straight access from the elevator to the studio entrance. The doorway is 117,5 cm wide with both doors open. There’s a 2 cm doorstep.

Inside the studio there are no doorstep between the rooms we use. WC space is quite narrow and can’t be used with aids.

The floors are hard laminate, we don’t use carpets during photoshoots.

We are prepared to find an accessible place that meets our needs with no extra charge. Just let us know your needs when you inquire!

Autism-friendly guide­lines for our home studio

This page is for everyone who’d like to get more detailed info about visiting and planning your visit to our home studio.

Entering the studio, physical obstacles 

In this part you will get information about entering and the studio space.

Entering

Studio’s address is Sirkkalankatu 26 A 14, 20700 Turku. It’s a big red apartment building that one can see clearly from afar. There are doors in both Sirkkalankatu and Vartiovuorenkatu, our entrance is located on Sirkkalankatu. There are free parking spots right in front of the house. They are public parking spaces so they can’t be reserved beforehand.

Entrance

The door is green and located in a gentle slope. The door buzzer is located on the left hand side. You can find our button with the text SAPFOGRAF, it’s written in white on a black base. There is no sound when you push the button. When we open the door for you, there’s a low sound then the lock opens.

Staircase

Right after the entrance there is a staircase with four steps down. After the steps there are pair doors, the one on the left is a bit stiff. The doors are open during the summer and closed during the winter. The doors are pulled when coming in and pushed when going out.

After the pair doors there is an elevator. Studio is located on the third floor. You can come up the stairs or use the elevator. The elevator has slow doors. In the elevator there is a bench to sit on. You can find the measurements of the doorways and elevator in the accessibility information.

Entering the studio space

Studio’s door is on the right hand side from the stairs and elevator. It’s always open when clients are coming. When you get into the apartment, you can leave your shoes next to the door. You’re given a hanger for your jacket. It’s a home studio space, which means that we live in the apartment too.

WC

There’s a small bathroom / WC in the studio. It’s located in between the hallway and kitchen. There is a picture of an octopus on the door. The light switch is on the left hand side, inside the WC space. We don’t use scents of any kind. Lighting in the WC is bright.

Studio space

Studio’s interior design varies depending on the nature of our shoot. There’s always a couch, a couple of arm chairs and other kinds of seats, and a bed in the other room. It’s minimalistic, but there are our personal belongings, like a working table and bookshelves. In addition there might be some kind of background for the photos. Almost every piece of furniture is moved during the photoshoot, by the photographer. We will show you where you can put your belongings. There’s always water available in the studio (a glass and a carafe). If you prefer a posline cup, let us know.

Photoshoot and sensory stimuli

This part covers the photoshoot related sensory stimuli and communication between you and the photographers.

Sounds in the studio

There are typical sounds for apartment buildings, like neighbours moving in and out from their apartments. There’s a speaker available in the studio. We can either work in silence, listen to the music you choose or some other kind of sounds (like rain, birds, etc).

At the beginning of our shoot we agree on how we communicate. It’s inevitable to talk a bit during the photoshoot, but if you don’t want to chat other than the necessary, it’s fine by us.

Our cameras have quite silent sounds, it’s approximately as loud as clicking a ballpoint pen. If we use flash during the shoot, it makes a soft, kind of slamming sound (not loud either). If we use extra light without flash, they might make a low humming sound. It’s possible to minimise the sounds by using only natural light.

The lights and lighting in the studio

There will be no ceiling lights or floor lamps on during our shoot. Depending on the weather, the space will be either gloomy, neutral or bathing in bright sunlight.

If bright and / or flashing lights bother you, we can work with just natural light. We have to take this into account when scheduling the shoot. Let us know your wishes when you inquire, we will let you know what’s the perfect time.

If we use the flashlights, there will be a bright light for less than a second at a time. It’s not recommended to look straight into the flash. We usually place the lights in a way that you don’t need to stare at them. However, the light is really bright and harsh and might irritate easily. If this happens, let us know.

If you have epileptic symptoms of epilepsy, migraine or any other disorder that’s sensitive to light, let us know when you book, so we know not to use flash.

Smells and perfumes

The photographers don’t use scents of any kind. There are no air fresheners or other kinds of scents in the space either, and we air the rooms before clients arrive. We hope that you don’t use strong perfumes either.

Assistants

You can come to the photoshoot with a personal assistant or for example assistance dog. You can take along a pet, friend or a loved one. During boudoir photoshoot we recommend that the other person stays in the other room, when you don’t need their help.

Calming down

It’s always possible to take breaks during the photoshoot. We can show you a separate peaceful space to charge. The whole situation is calm, there is no hurry.

Dressing, changing and getting ready

There’s a private space with closed doors for you to change your clothes. There’s a seat for your clothes. If you want to do your makeup and hair at the studio, that’s possible. Let us know beforehand so that we can take that into account while scheduling your shoot.

Booking the shoot, what happens during and after?

This part covers booking the photoshoot and what happens during and after it.

Booking the photoshoot

You can contact me through this form (link). In your message, let me know what kind of photoshoot you would like to have (for example: boudoir, family). Include information about when you would like to have your photoshoot OR when you need to have the final products. You should give a few options for the date and time. You can also tell about your wishes for the photoshoot: do you have any special needs or ideas considering the photoshoot or the photos? 

Sonja will answer your message. They almost always reply within 24 hours, so if you don’t get an answer in that time, feel free to contact them again for example through Whatsapp (+358451477474). Sonja might ask you some additional questions and will agree on the date and time. Take your time going through the message, and let us know if you want to confirm the date and book your photoshoot. 

Next, we’ll send you a contract. You will get an email with a link through SignHero, it is an invitation to read and sign. Remember to download the signed contract to your own device. We get an announcement once you sign the contract, and will send you an invoice for the retainer and more info about planning and getting ready for the photoshoot. Paying the invoice will confirm your booking.

As a part of your planning, I’ll ask you to collect some visual references (photos that you like, from me and/or other photographers). You can do it in Pinterest or by downloading photos to your device and sharing them through Drive or a similar app. I’ll find inspiration from your references, but will never copy them.

During the photoshoot

When you arrive at the studio, your photographer will meet you at the door. Before the photoshoot starts, you will go through the process and discuss policies. It’s a great time to let the photographer know if you have any needs concerning the photoshoot that they don’t already know about. There is no hurry, you can take your time getting familiar with the space. We don’t need to start shooting right away.

Once the photoshoot starts, you will be given verbal instructions and the photographer or the assistant will also show you what to do. If something doesn’t feel right for you, you can just say – no one gets offended. We have at least three different kinds of “sets” during your photoshoot. With “set” I mean a combination of an outfit and location: for example a chair and a backdrop, a windowsill that you can sit on. You can change your outfit a few times during a photoshoot, if you want, but you don’t have to.

The photoshoot lasts approximately 2 hours. It’s perfectly normal to be nervous before and during the photoshoot, but you’ll get used to the camera quite quickly. The photographer will move around a lot during the photoshoot, to get you different angles and compositions. The photoshoot has no time limit, it will end when everyone feels that we are ready. After we stop photographing, you don’t need to hurry out. You can take your time packing and relaxing before heading out. After the photoshoot you will be told when you will get to see your photos.

After the photoshoot

If you choose to take the full gallery beforehand, post production will usually take up to two weeks from the photoshoot. You’ll get your final images via email link.

If you don’t want the whole gallery, we’ll email you the link to your Pixieset web gallery (where you can choose your final photos) within a week. You have two weeks to make your decisions, ask help if you need some. I will send you directions and the website also helps you forward. When you’ve picked your photos, let your photographer know! 

After you’ve selected your photos, post production will take approximately a week. The final images will be in the same gallery, but the photographer will let you know when they’re ready to be downloaded. You’ll get all of your photos in both full resolution and optimised for web use, in both colour and black and white versions. The gallery is available for six months, after that it’s in your responsibility to have backups of your photos. The photographer won’t share your photos without consent, they will ask you about it when you see your photos. You can give them permission to share all of the photos, choose the ones that you feel okay sharing, or deny it altogether.

The photographers 

There are two photographers working at the studio: Sonja Siikanen and Tinksu Wessman. During most shoots both of them will be present, even if just one of them is going to photograph you. Then the other one can assist: for example help you to pose and get comfortable in front of the camera, or stay away from the photoshoot, if that works better for you. You can ask both of us for help or guidance during the photoshoot. You can call us Sonja and Tinksu.

Feedback form 

You can give feedback to these instructions with the form below.

Accessability feedback