BEFORE THE SHOOT.
When is the best time to come for a maternity photo shoot?
Usually after about 30 weeks, as at this stage in your pregnancy you are in full bloom and can show off your bump. I always recommend you book after the 20 week scan, and about 6-8 weeks in advance of when you want the shoot to take place.
What is the best age to have my baby photographed?
For a new born shoot, within the first two - three weeks of birth (and ideally between 5 and 15 days new). At this stage the babies are sleeping a lot during the day and tend to be very settled.
After that, during the first year, babies change so rapidly that you will be able to capture something different at every stage, for example, when they first start to smile, learn to sit unaided, crawl, and walk. As they get older, they change less dramatically, and so you may find you attend photoshoots less frequently.
What time of day is best for a shoot?
This can depend on the age of your baby.
New borns tend to be best when they are settled, just after a feed and usually in the morning. New born shoots tend to last a few hours, so this will give us plenty of time to feed, change and settle baby as well as ample time to capture them at their most relaxed.
Once the babies are more alert, and certainly with toddlers, the best times are when they are well fed and well rested and I try to schedule shoots with your child’s most relaxed and rested period (as well as the best light when outdoors).
Do you have a studio?
I have my own purpose-built family and baby photography studio, within a warehouse conversion in East London (10 mins from Canary Wharf and Stratford and 1 min walk from Star Lane DLR). I host mid-week studio sessions there Tuesday - Friday and usually one selected weekend date per month too. The studio has the great advantage that I have ALL my props to hand and my professional lighting equipment set up optimally.
I also attend homes for shoots, and can set up my mini-studio in the comfort of your own home, or capture more lifestyle images there.
What locations do you cover?
I tend to focus on East London and regularly hold outdoors family photoshoots in Victoria Park, but also do outdoor location shoots in central London. Please give me a call to discuss your location ideas and requirements, as I am happy to tailor my services to your needs.
How long does a typical shoot last for?
It really depends on what you need. Most clients choose a 45 min session, in the studio or outdoors. The longest shoots usually last around 2-4 hours, which are ordinarily for newborns and parties.
How much will it cost?
The price depends on how long the shoot lasts. Fees start at £85 for a 30 min session.
When should we book?
I tend to take limited bookings each month, so I can focus on providing my best service to each family. This means I tend to book up about 4-10 weeks in advance. For new borns, I tend to pencil in a few dates since we can rarely predict quite when they will arrive! For maternity shoots I suggest doing the session after about 30 weeks of pregnancy, and booking it sometime after your 20 week scan.
What is your cancellation policy? What happens if my child is ill?
I ask for a 100% of the session fee upfront, payable four weeks in advance. If you need to postpone the session for any reason such as illness, I can offer one reschedule to a mutually convenient date, free of charge. Please note that any further re-schedules are subject to a 50% session booking fee.
If you need to cancel the session, you can do this up to 4 weeks before the shoot date, with 100% of the fee refundable. Between 4 weeks and 2 weeks notice, 75% of the session fee is refundable. Less than 2 weeks notice before the shoot, 50% of the fee is refundable. Please allow up to 10 working days for refunds to be processed.
DURING THE SHOOT.
How should we prepare?
Before the shoot, I will send over a hints and tips sheet with lots of ideas for the shoot as well as preparation guidance and tips on what to wear. If you have any queries or questions I am always available on the phone to answer them or chat through your ideas for the shoot. I quite often have Whastapp / Pinterest exchanges with my families to discuss ideas and outfits etc. If you have any ideas of your own, or a specific shot you would like to capture, please just let me know, I really welcome this.
What should we wear?
The most important thing during the shoot is to feel relaxed and comfortable, so don’t feel like you need to wear something you wouldn’t normally be comfortable in. I have a hints and tips sheet which I will provide prior to your shoot with more detailed tips on what to wear for timeless images. For longer shoot sessions at home, we can also talk through wardrobe ideas, on the day. I also have plenty of Pinterest boards with inspiration.
What happens if we are meant to be outdoors and the weather is bad?
Don’t worry. Surprisingly, bright sunshine is actually not the best light for flattering photos! Grey skies and clouds make great light for portraits. I often make a feature of dark clouds and puddles, using accessories like wellingtons and umbrellas in my images.
If the weather is so awful that we can’t bear to be outside or it would damage the equipment, we can always re-schedule to another mutually convenient date.
AFTER THE SHOOT.
What happens to the images after the shoot?
After the shoot, I go through all of the images, pick out the best and do some post-processing on these. This typically takes two weeks. I then usually show you the images either in a private, password-protected, online gallery or in my studio ons screen. The number of images will depend on the length of shoot.
Will the images be in black and white or colour? Can we do additional retouching?
As I go through the images from the shoot and do basic editing, I will pick out certain shots to convert to black and white, where I feel it suits them best. If you would like additional retouching on an image, I quote for this on an image by image basis and am of course happy to help. If you would like further black and white conversions, please ask.
Can we purchase additional items after the shoot?
Most session fees include a certain number digital image downloads. Additional digital downloads or printed items are also available to purchase. Where you have an online gallery, this remains open for two weeks, for orders to be placed. You can share a link and password to the gallery with family, in case they would like to purchase items for themselves. This usually gives plenty of time to place orders.
How long will it take to receive my digital downloads?
Once digital download orders are placed, you should receive an email with a link to your digital files within a few minutes.
How long will it take to receive printed items?
This depends on the item being printed. Typical time frames are somewhere between a couple of days and a couple of weeks. There are also different delivery options available, which of course affect delivery times.