YOUR BABY & MATERNITY
I’m sure that you have lots of questions. I’ve tried to answer some of the common ones here, but if there’s something else please contact me
WHAT ARE THE BEST TIMES FOR SESSIONS?
Maternity sessions are best when you have a lovely round bump, usually the 34-week mark. If you are expecting twins then I would suggest earlier, form about 27 weeks.
Newborn sessions should be booked after your 20-week scan and are best when your little one is still all curly and sleepy. Up to 21 days is preferred, but we can still do up to 6 weeks, just some of the poses will be different. Newborn sessions take place Tuesday-Thursday at 10.30am
Sitter sessions are so much fun but need to happen before your little one can walk and wander off. They must be able to sit unaided, so about 7/8 months is good.
Birthday sessions are there to celebrate a big birthday but ideally photographed a couple of weeks before. That way you can show off the wonderful photos at the big birthday bash.
WHERE WILL THE SESSIONS TAKE PLACE?
Maternity session can take place at your home if you want a lifestyle feel, out on location works really well too. Or here at my home studio with full use of backdrops and outfits.
Newborn sessions are best at my studio if you want the curled-up poses on beanbags. If you want the whole family involved or more of the casual lifestyle feel, then let’s do it at your home. Newborn sessions take place Tuesday-Thursday at 10.30am
Sitter, Birthday and Cake Smash sessions all take place at my home studio with a selection of props and backdrops. If you really want to have an outdoor session, then let me know.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO PREPARE BEFORE THE PHOTO SESSION?
DO I HAVE TO PLACE AN ORDER WITH YOU BEFORE THE SESSION?
No, not at all. It’s best to wait until you have seen your gallery of images at your viewing session before you decide what products you want to go for. The session fee is payable in advance to confirm your booking, then at the viewing appointment, I am on hand to help you with your decision on which Collection is the best one for you.
WHAT SERVICE CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU?
I offer you a service that I would expect if I was booking a photography session. I want you to enjoy the whole experience and not just ‘pleased’ with the final result and tell all of your friends how much you loved everything! I would love for you to come back to me year after year as your family grows and become your family photographer. You can read some of the wonderful words previous clients have said about me and the experience here.
HOW DO I BOOK A PHOTO SESSION WITH YOU?
You will need to fill out a Booking Form so initially fill in the contact form here or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are looking for a particular date or time of year, then please book well in advance! How exciting! I’m looking forward to getting to know your family, working with you and producing some beautiful images of your family.
WHAT IF ONE OF US IS ILL ON THE DAY OF THE SHOOT? CAN WE RESCHEDULE THE SESSION?
Yes of course. We can reschedule your session to another date at no extra cost, please try and give me as much notice as possible. Please note, if you must reschedule the session a second time due to illness, there will be a 50% re-booking fee charged.
I will reschedule a session if I am ill too. Newborns are particularly vulnerable and it is in the best interests of everyone to rearrange.
If you cancel the session completely then the booking fee is non-refundable.
After Your Session
HOW DO I GET TO SEE MY PHOTOGRAPHS?
The final images (around 30-40 from a location family shoot) will be ready to view as a slideshow at your viewing appointment. We can then go through them individually. I am on hand to answer any questions about prints, products and frames. Do think about the colour of your home not only before the session with what to wear but what products and frames will look best.
You will then be able to select a Collection, details of these will have been sent to you on email. After you have chosen a Collection you can add to it from the A la Carte product guide.
Your finished photographs will also be uploaded to a secure web gallery after your viewing appointment. This is live for 5 days for you to share with friends and family, so they can choose which products they would like to order
WILL THE PHOTOS BE IN COLOUR OR BLACK AND WHITE?
There will be a mixture of both colour and black and white images in your gallery. I edit each picture individually and how I think it works best, so you may find that if it’s a wonderful colour session there are fewer black and white images. You can order a colour image in black and white if you would like to.
How long will you cover the wedding for?
All day. My coverage starts with the bridal preparations, about 2 hours before your ceremony and continues until after the first dance. An average is 10 hours. Having fireworks or a sparkler send-off, then extra hours can be added onto the day at a reasonable fee.
DO I HAVE TO SPEND A FORTUNE AFTER THE SESSION?
No, I don’t give you the hard sell, I don’t enjoy it myself. I love my images to sell themselves and I am on hand to help you choose the right product for you!
It’s really important, however, that you ensure you have an idea of your budget to purchase products from your gallery. There really is nothing as sad as seeing your beautiful images of your family and you aren’t able to buy!
CAN WE BUY DIGITAL IMAGES FROM YOU?
Yes absolutely. I can understand that you may want to have your photographs in digital format so you can print them yourselves at a later date or enjoy them on your mobile devices. Digital images are a premium product as you have complete freedom to do as you wish with them.
Individual digital images are only available after you have purchased a Collection. You can also purchase the whole gallery of processed, print-ready images on a USB. Digital images are included in my Collections which also include wonderful prints. Please get in touch to get a copy of my full price list.
You may find this blog post on Print v’s Digital informative when making decisions about what you want to purchase and why.
WHEN DO WE RECEIVE THE PHOTOS?
Your online gallery will be live for 7 days after your viewing appointment. Your order will be ready within 3-5 weeks of payment being received. All orders must be paid for before ordering and there are no refunds on digital images or bespoke products.
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