How old is a ‘newborn’? The best age to photograph a newborn baby is under 2 weeks. This is because small babies tend to sleep deeper and are less aware of their surroundings. That’s doesn’t mean that they cant be posed after two weeks, however, they do tend to be easier the younger they are.
Why are newborn sessions longer than the other sessions? My newborn sessions usually take around 3 hours This ensures we allow enough time for settling your baby and feeds and changing. I do not schedule two newborn sessions in the same day and I will always work at the speed of baby if we require more time.
What should we bring? Please ensure you bring plenty of milk if you are bottle feeding your baby, as well as spare nappies and a dummy if you are using one. For family and/or children photo sessions you may like to think about any outfit changes, a drink, snacks or your child’s favourite toy. It's advised to ensure your child has had a sleep before your session.
What about children’s sessions? The best age to photograph babies is whenever they reach a milestone – usually 6-8 months. This is the age where they are sitting on their own and may have started to crawl already. The next age, which is also popular is 1 year. These shots could include cake smashes which have become increasing popular. Although this age group don’t tend to sit still for long they are great fun to photograph. After 1 year children have there good and bad days just like the rest of us!
What should I wear to my session? It is best to keep your clothing choices simple, logos or busy patterns should be avoided. If you are having group photographs, colour coordinating is highly recommended. Feel free to bring a range of clothing and we can discuss on the day. You can also find some more information in my booklet sent out with sessions.
How long does the photo shoot session last? Children and family sessions last approximately 1 hour and approximately 3-4 hours for a newborn session.
When do I pay for my session? Your session fee is due at the time of booking. This secures your session date with me. Any orders must be paid in full before your order has been placed.
How can I pay the remainder after I’ve paid my session fee? Payment can be made via Bank transfer, Cash or card payment.
Is the session fee I paid refundable if I cancel or don’t turn up to my session? No. If you need to change the session date then 24 hours notice must be given. If you do not turn up to the session and no contact has been sent and replied to by myself, your deposit will be lost and a rebooking session will be at the discretion of the photographer.
What happens if it rains on our location session? If the weather looks like it will rain or is raining I will contact you and offer to postpone and rearrange a more suitable time.
How many people can I bring to my session? Only parents and siblings should be at sessions unless discussed prior to your session or booked as a larger session. For newborn sessions I ask for only the parents to be present due to the size of the studio and if siblings are attending that they do so for only a short time due to the length of these sessions.
When will we see our photos? After your session the best ones will be selected and individually edited. I normally post a preview photo from the session on my blog and/or Facebook page within a few days of your session. Once they have all been individually digitally edited and processed I will contact you to arrange a viewing appointment at the studio so you can see your final images approximately 2 weeks after your session.
Do I have to purchase any products from you? No, you don’t have to purchase anything. I have no minimum spend, however it is hoped that you will want to buy something as a memory of your session. Please contact me for a full price list.
Can I put the photos on my Facebook account? If you see your images on my Facebook page, please tag yourself. If you place a digital order you can upload to Facebook ensuring that you use the watermarked images with my logo present. Please do not remove this mark of digitally enhance in any way.
How long will my images be kept for? Images that haven’t been paid for are kept for a minimum of 3 months. All images that are purchased from sessions are kept and stored for 2 years.
Where do you get your images and products produced? I use a professional photographic lab and framing company, which produces the highest professional quality.
Where will the photos be taken? Do you have a studio? Sessions will be in either my studio or on location. I have a studio that I work from but this can depend on the amount of people for the session. All newborn sessions are carried out in my studio. Children's sessions can be scheduled in either my studio or on location and with multiple children it is often a good idea to consider location images as this allows them more freedom then in a studio. Once your session date is confirmed we can discuss what type of look you would like for your photographs.
Where is your studio based and is there parking? My studio is based in the town centre of Weston-super-Mare. There is pay and display parking outside, however this is limited. There is an NCP Carpark across the road as well as the Sovereign Shopping Centre car Park
How do we book you? Please contact me via the contact link or send me an email with your session type and dates.