Frequently Asked Questions
A collection of questions and answers that you may find helpful. If you have a question that is not on this list, then please do not hesitate to get in touch and I will be happy to help.
Where are you located?
Do you have a studio?
Yes, my studio is on the back of the house. You can view a short video of the studio on my About Me page. The studio is heated, has air conditioning for the hot weather, lovely natural light and is as well-equipped as any high street studio.
What shall I wear?
Whatever you are comfortable in is the easy answer but here is a little guide which may be helpful. And please feel free to bring several outfits to change into during the shoot.
Solid colours are good for tops. Please ensure any shirts are ironed. Texture in clothing always comes out fantastically well in photos so jumpers, knitwear and denim can be option also.
For family shoots the easiest way to decide on clothing looks is start off with one person and try and compliment the colours without doing a direct match of colours i.e. for soft colours its pastels, light blues, grey or blush and warmer colours its brown, orange, burgundy etc. Also for family shoots, let your children have an input in what to wear as this can get them engaged in the photoshoot and as the shoot is planned for 4 hours, there is plenty of time for multiple changes of clothes so let them have fun with it, i.e. character clothing such as Disney/Marvel, football kits, dance, whatever they enjoy.
Layers and accessories help transform clothing also. Think scarfs, blazers, accessories, jewellery (please keep this simply though as the photo is about you and not the jewellery), hats, fun items.
Try to avoid:
Stripes and crazy patterns. Logos or text as this will draw people’s attention straight to these and not you. Formal clothing as this is not really suited to studio shooting.
Dark colours. (black, dark navy, grey) as these tend to darken the overall feel of the photo.
We want colour, energy, bright and fun.
Can you help with posing?
Can I Choose My Own Favourite Photos?
What if I need to reschedule and do you have a cancellation policy?
I fully understand at times unexpected situations may occur so I would be happy to re-schedule. All I would ask is the courtesy of a call as early as possible as of course a cancellation without being able to replace the shoot leaves me unable to earn as once your shoot is booked in, I take on no additional work for that period including a few days after your shoot in order to get your images over to you. I no longer have a cancellation policy in asking for a percentage of the shoot fee to be paid in the case of a cancellation due to the current Covid situation as with the rules of groups/meetings changing frequently, I personally feel it is unfair to charge for something that may be out of your control.
Do you have baby nappy changes facilities?
What if my little one is not in the mood?
How long will it take to get my photos?
How do I receive my photos?
Do you keep backups of the photos in case I lose mine?
Will you use the photos from my shoot?
Do you deliver RAW files?
Do I get the copyright to my photos?
Can you do black and white photos?
What sort of payments do you accept?
What equipment do you use?
Do you have insurance?
Can I bring toys, sweets for my children?
Can I bring a friend to the shoot?
Where can I get my images printed?
I personally use Hello Canvas (https://www.hellocanvas.co.uk/) and whilst I get no commission for recommending them, each of the canvas prints of my work you saw in my studio were done through them.
My canvas prints were done via the collage section on the website and for the larger prints i choose Landscape at 60cm by 90cm and the smaller square ones i chose 50cm x 50cm. Each of them I paid additional for a wooden frame around the canvas which is an option at the end of designing your canvas.
The finished photos that you will receive are perfect to use in designing your own print. However, if you feel more comfortable for me to order the product of your choice then I can do so for a £15.00 fee. Payment for the canvas you wish to order must be paid to myself prior to ordering and once ordered cannot be changed or refunded.
How can I book you?
You can contact me through either my contact page on the website, by phone or by any social media pages linked to my website.
How long does a 4 hour shoot really take you?
Normally I spend about an hour prior to the shoot getting everything ready for your arrival. Once the 4 hour shoot has ended, then I spent an hour in getting the photos from the camera onto my computer so I have 2 copies of them. The next day I spend around two hours going through the photos and getting them ready to send samples to you. Once you have chosen the photos of your choice I usually then spend around six to eight hours in editing and sending you the finished samples. So a 4 hour shoot really involves around 12-16 hours in total for myself from start to finish.