Here you’ll find some of the questions that I get asked most often by my families, and some helpful information to answer those for you.
If there’s anything else you’re wondering that isn’t covered here, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch, either via my contact form using the button at the bottom of this page, or via DM in Instagram here.
I live quite far away from Bishop’s Stortford - can I still have an in-home photoshoot?
Yes, absolutely! Although I mainly cover Hertfordshire, Essex and parts of London, I am very happy to travel depending on my availability. There will be a small charge made for locations more than 30 minutes drive from my home to cover my time and travel costs, but this will be discussed on our consultation call so you’re fully aware of any extras.
What happens after I’ve booked my photoshoot?
Once you’ve confirmed your date with me you’ll have a little bit of paperwork sent through, including a questionnaire to help me get to know you all better before the session, and also a Client Guide. This will give you a host of information about your shoot and hopefully answer all of your burning questions. Nearer to the date of your photoshoot, we’ll chat about what you’re planning to wear, to make sure you’re happy with your choices and that they’ll look good on camera. Then it’s just time to wait until the big day!
How long will the photo shoot take?
Maternity and family shoots generally last between 45 minutes and an hour. A newborn session will be longer as we allow plenty of time for feeding, nappy changes etc., so we’d expect this usually to last between two and three hours.
How do I know what to wear for my family photoshoot?
After you’ve confirmed your booking and your deposit has been paid, you will receive a Client Guide, which will give you lots of information about what happens from now on, including some guidance on outfit choices for your shoot. I have a number of items available in my client closet which you are very welcome to wear, including dresses suitable for maternity, newborn and family shoots, in addition to some children’s clothing. It’s a good idea to think about what you are wearing far enough in advance in case you decide you’d like to purchase something specially for the shoot, and I’m really happy to give advice on your choices. I encourage people to send me over a quick snap of what they’re thinking of wearing, and I’m happy to provide any styling advice if needed.
What happens after my photoshoot?
After your session I’ll go away and choose the very best photos and hand edit these. You’ll then be sent a link for your private online gallery – usually within 3-6 weeks. From there, you can decide which collection you’d like to purchase. Then it’s just a case of finalising your photo choice (this is often the trickiest part!). If you have chosen a collection with complimentary print credit, you’ll have a selection of products available for you to purchase, including prints, albums and more.
Newborn Photoshoot FAQs
When should I book my newborn photo shoot?
I would recommend getting in touch to discuss your newborn photo shoot as soon as you can after your 20 week scan, especially if there are older school age siblings involved, meaning you’d probably need a weekend date. I only offer a limited amount of weekend shoots throughout the year so the earlier you secure your date the better! My diary does fill up months in advance so it’s important to book in for your session as soon as you can. In saying that, if you’ve had your baby and only just decided you want a photoshoot, please do get in touch in case I have an empty slot or a cancellation that you could use!
How long after my baby is born should we have our newborn photoshoot?
I recommend anywhere between 5 and 14 days after birth for the shoot to take place, however the beauty of a lifestyle shoot is that going over that 14 day mark doesn’t really matter – you’ll still get beautiful photos! It’s more important for a more traditional, posed newborn shoot that it takes place in that window, as then it’s easier for the photographer to achieve the poses that are expected. With a lifestyle approach, any age is great, but capturing the squishiness of the first few weeks is something that a lot of parents look for.
Can I include my other children in my newborn photoshoot?
Of course! I am passionate about recording images of the whole family – a new baby is such a special time for everyone, parents and siblings included. I even encourage pets to get in the frame if possible!
Other General FAQs
Can I just get photos of my children without being in them myself?
Yes you can, but I do strongly urge you to consider being in at least some of the photographs. Think how precious these images will be to your children in decades time, maybe when you are no longer around. To be able to see those who loved them at this moment in time, and the connection and love you shared will be something they will treasure forever.
Can I order prints and albums from you?
I offer a range of heirloom print items in my online store that you are able to purchase, including prints in various sizes (framed or unframed), albums, canvases and more. These are hand picked by myself to allow you to enjoy your beautiful images every day, rather than being stuck on a hard drive, and are printed through my professional print lab, to ensure the highest quality.
I really don’t know how to pose for photos - help!
Honestly – do not worry! As my style of photography is pretty natural, a lot of the time you won’t even realise you’re ‘posing’. I incorporate a lot of laughter and games into my shoots (especially the family shoots where there are younger children involved!) – the best results come from those in-between moments when you are unaware of the camera. Some shots I will lightly direct you, and for these I wouldn’t expect you to know what to do! I’ll help you out every step of the way, so you can rest easy on this one.
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Hopefully you’ve had any niggling questions answered after reading through the FAQs above.
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