– FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – lifestyle –

What areas do you cover?

I am based in Wimbledon and mainly cover West London including Wandsworth, Teddington, St Margarets, Twickenham, Kew, Barnes, Chiswick and Kensington & Chelsea. I also cover most of Surrey, Central London, Greenwich and many other locations. From time to time I am happy to travel further afield in the UK and beyond; and had family sessions in various European countries; so please get in touch to discuss your location ideas.

Do you have a studio?

I do not have a studio and I only hire photographic studios for commercial projects. I shoot lifestyle sessions on location: your home or somewhere you love to spend time. That could be your local park, out in the countryside or along the river. Couples often like to have their engagement shoot in the place they met. I want to capture real memories for you in meaningful settings.

Do you sell gift vouchers?

Yes! I sell a limited number of gift vouchers each year. These can be fantastic and memorable presents for birthdays, Mother’s Day and Christmas. The vouchers are valid for 6 months. I can post the personalised gift voucher to your address or alternatively send it electronically for you to print it at your convenience. You can purchase a gift voucher for any amount, however I recommend to give a voucher which covers the photo session in full.

Do you accept commissions from overseas?

Absolutely! I love meeting families from all over the world and helping them to create happy memories of their time in the UK. I have many location ideas and would be happy to incorporate yours as well.

When should we book?

As soon as you know you want to have a photo shoot with me. I want to provide the very best service, so I take on a limited number of sessions each month. For newborn sessions, I advise you book after your 20 week scan and for maternity sessions for when you are between 30-36 weeks gestation.

What are the photo sessions like?

My sessions are very relaxed and informal. The most important thing is that everyone has fun and feels comfortable. My family photo sessions aim to capture babies, children and families enjoying being together and being themselves. During the session I will find the balance between directing and natural events, which will be different with all families. I believe in silly jokes, surprises and those moments when kids think that no one is looking.

Will you pose my newborn?

While I love some of the images of perfectly posed newborn babies, the aim of my newborn sessions is to capture the connection between the family members and the happiness and joy that the little one brings to the family. Therefore the emphasis will be on capturing connection rather than posing babies into perfect poses.

What should we do to prepare for the photo shoot?

My biggest tip in preparing for a photo shoot is to relax. The less pressure you put on yourself, and your family, to get ‘perfect shots’ – the more likely we are to get them. I will send you plenty of information before the shoot with tips on how to prepare and we will also have a chat over the phone to go through any questions and ideas that you have.

What happens if my child doesn’t cooperate?

Children are unpredictable and it is my job to be ready for anything. As a mom of three children I had plenty of practice and I have a few tricks up my sleeves. One thing I ask in this situation is that I can photograph your child/ children alone so they can just focus on me and my silly jokes. It usually works.

What shall we wear?

It is important to be yourself and feel comfortable; but I do recommend that you think about the colours of the clothes and how they work with the backgrounds we are shooting against. A good and simple rule is to coordinate but not match. For young babies I prefer simple items like vests but for toddlers and older children, feel free to play around with patterns, layers and accessories. There will be more tips for what to wear in my pre-session guide and we will also have time on the day to talk through wardrobe ideas.

How shall I deal with feeling camera shy?

Please do not worry if you, your partner or your children are camera shy. It is totally normal – I even feel the same way myself. I will spend some time getting to know you all better before I pull out my camera, and it will feel more like a play date with a friend, rather than a formal photo shoot. You won’t even have to look at the camera if you don’t want to. I want to capture natural and authentic moments, so just focus on having fun with your family and I will capture it all as it happens.

Where and when will the photo shoot take place?

The shoot can take place in your home or outside, somewhere you enjoy spending time. I have photographed families in parks, out in the countryside, by the river and also in Central London. I am also happy to include both outdoors and indoors if you want to mix things up a bit, although I do suggest choosing somewhere close by. 

How long will the photo shoot last?

Most sessions take about 2 hours – although I don’t work to a strict time limit. If you would like to be photographed at two locations (e.g. your home and a local park) it may take a bit longer. For newborn sessions, please set aside 3-4 hours. I always include time for feeding and comforting for younger babies, and snacks and a rest from the camera for older toddlers and children.

What do we do if the weather is bad?

In the lead up to your shoot I will keep a close eye on the weather forecast. If it looks to be wet we can change the location to your home and stay warm and dry indoors; or we can re-schedule for another date. Please do not worry if the day turns out to be grey and cloudy, overcast skies produce beautiful soft light which is very flattering.

Can we re-schedule if my child is ill?

Absolutely, it’s important that we get your baby or child is at their best in order to capture happy and joyful images. I am happy to offer one re-schedule free of charge due to illness.

When will we receive the images?

I will post a preview image on my Facebook page a few days after the session; and your images will be ready approximately in two weeks.  I will send you a link to your gallery; and you will be able to download the full resolution images just by clicking on the link.

How many photographs should we expect?

Your gallery will consist of a minimum of 30 fully edited and lightly retouched photographs.

Can we share the gallery with friends and family?

Yes of course. Your gallery will be available from the ‘client’ area of my website. You will get a password to access the gallery and another to download the images. The images can be downloaded in high resolution (6000 px wide) as well as web size versions (1024 px wide). The high resolution files can be used to print photos up to poster size canvases and are more than sufficient for web use. The web sized images are much smaller and therefore are faster to download and upload. They are ideal for sharing on Social Media or for quick viewing. You will be able to send the link with the passwords to your friends and family as you wish.

Do you offer re-touching?

Yes, I will re-touch your final selected photographs to clean up any dirt and dribbles. On request I will also retouch temporary marks like chicken pox, rashes, bumps etc. Please note that it is important for me to capture natural images and I do not heavily retouch lifestyle photographs. Please discuss your requests regarding this before the session.

Do you offer prints and products?

Yes, my client gallery is linked to my favourite professional printing lab and you will be able to directly purchase prints, canvas, metal and mounted prints. It is a very user friendly site and the printing lab produces very high quality, beautiful products which I am proud to put my name on. Other products like print boxes, acrylic frames, greeting cards and keepsake folios are also available, so please let me know if you would like me to source something special for you.

Can you make a photo album from the images?

Yes, I am very happy to partner with Yorkshire-based company Folio Albums to offer beautiful fine art photo albums. Each album is handcrafted with the highest quality materials and care. Folio albums are luxurious and wonderful products you will fall in love with at the first sight, just like I did. Please click (here) to read more about Folio albums.

That all sounds great, how can I book?

A 30% non-refundable booking fee is payable at the time of booking to secure your date. Please check out the ‘Investment‘ section of my website for up to date pricing information. Once I've received payment I will confirm the booking and send out further pre-session information to get you prepared. The full payment is due by the date of your photo session.

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