Frequently Asked Questions
What makes a great photoshoot?
Light & Location: a family's home or my Queen's Park lifestyle studio are both great options. We can also shoot in a favourite local park or street scape if you would prefer. Outside shoots are best early in the morning to ensure we miss the crowds and have the most flattering light.
Patient adults: there is no expectation of well-behaved children. As long as the adults are cooperative we will get some great shots!
Wardrobe: most importantly wear something you feel comfortable in. Neutrals and/or pops of colour are both great and coordinated but not matching is a great, simple rule. I often suggest starting with one outfit (either mum’s or the children) and building from there. Also avoid big logos or slogans.
Home: we're likely to shoot in the living room and bedrooms so hide anything you wouldn't want in the photos. We might also move furniture around to make the best use of light.
Special items: if you have any special items (a favourite blanket, book, soft toy, special gifts...) please bring them along.
Activities/games: it's great to also incorporate favourite family activities: reading, dancing, dressing-up, hide-and-seek, lego...
Communication: if there are any shots that are particularly important please let me know ahead of time and i'll make sure we prioritise them.
When is the best age to have my baby photographed?
There isn't a 'best age' - you'll find your baby will change so much and every age is special.
For newborns I suggest they are photographed within the first ten days as this is when they are at their tiniest and often most settled.
Many families choose to get multiple shoots in the first year. A newborn photoshoot soon after birth, followed by a shoot at 6/7 months once their baby is sitting up and then again at around 12 months once their baby is taking their first steps. I offer special packages for multiple shoots. Please get in touch for details.
When should we book?
If you’ve had a look around my site and feel my natural photography style would be a good fit for your family please get in touch. I offer a limited number of photo sessions per month and weekend session dates fill up quickly.
For a maternity session I would suggest booking in for a shoot when you are around 30-36 weeks pregnant.
How do we choose which Digital images we would like?
Approximately ten days after your photoshoot I will send you a link to your private online gallery. Every package includes some digital images and you will have the chance to purchase additional digital images once you have viewed your gallery. See my info&prices page for more details.
What about printed images?
Everyone loves digital images (I do!) and they are included in all of my packages. But there's something special about seeing a family photo on the wall or paging through a photobook on a rainy Sunday afternoon, especially for children. Technology also changes over the years and files get corrupted. Having printed images provides an additional safeguard against losing these special memories in the decades to come.
Lab quality prints, available for purchase through your online gallery, are perfect for images you intend to display on your walls. The superior colour tone of Lab prints is especially important for keeping skin tones looking natural and they are printed on archival paper so they will last forever without the quality degrading.
Do you offer photobooks as part of your packages?
Yes! I think a Fine Art book is one of the best ways to preserve and enjoy your images. It can be overwhelming and time consuming to create your own from scratch. If you purchase a Fine Art book as part of your package I will create an album for you. You will then have the opportunity to swap out any images free of charge. Once finialized you will receive your beautiful Fine Art book in your mailbox, just a few weeks after your shoot. If this is something you are interested in please contact me for more details.
Do you have a studio?
I have a bedroom in our Queen's Park flat that has huge windows and and neutral decor that i use as a lifestyle studio. It can be a great option if your home is cosy but on the darker side or if the thought of tidying a couple of rooms is enough to put you off getting family photos.
I don't like getting my photograph taken. Can you just take photos of My baby/children?
I can, and I will always include some individual and sibling only images in the gallery. But I really encourage parents to be involved. Firstly to show you the beautiful family you’ve created (& you are such a huge part of that!) and secondly because children shine when they are interacting with their parents. As they grow, and especially when they're adults themselves, your children will cherish these special images with you. I bet you wish you had more images with your parents when you were young?
I promise there won’t be any awkward posing and I only select images for the gallery where mum looks her best. If there’s any you don’t like, these can always be hidden from the gallery before sharing with family or friends.
Can we keep our images private?
Yes, of course. I include in my contract a clause that allows me to use images on my website or in my promotional materials, but if you would rather i didn’t include any images of your family, please just let me know.
Can we reschedule if my child is ill?
I am happy to offer one reschedule free of charge due to illness (and subject to availability). Please note that further reschedules will be charged an additional fee.
What if I’m running late to my photoshoot?
If you are running only a few minutes behind please let me know via text. If you are going to be more than 20 minutes late please call me as we may need to reschedule the shoot.
If you have any other questions please get in touch!