I want you to get the very best from your shoot and viewing. To do this, click on any of the tabs below to get some useful tips and important information on what you need to do before you visit us.
Q: How do I book a shoot with you?
Call me on 01279 843050 and we'll find a time for your shoot. Shoots are undertaken Mon-Fri between 9.00am and 5.00pm, or Saturday mornings between 9.00am and midday. Payment of the sitting fee will secure your shoot date/time. Sorry, but I cannot 'pencil in' dates, and all times are subject to availability.
Please note that certain days - such as Saturdays and dates during school holidays are normally booked up several weeks in advance - so book as soon as you can!
Q: What type of clothes should we wear for a family portrait shoot?
My style of portraiture has an informal and casual feel, so your choice of clothing should reflect this. Taking a few minutes to select the right clothing will add an extra special element to your photos.
For best results, plain soft coloured tops (such as soft blues, pinks, creams, whites etc) will work best. Jeans/chinos look great too. Try to avoid clothes with loud colours and bold patterns/graphics. If you are part of a group, please ensure that the colours and shades you all wear complement each other. Don't worry too much about footwear for your children. Bare feet look much better than clumpy shoes!
Also consider bringing along some plain dark/black tops for your children. Darker tops look great in low-key portraits. If your children like to wear cool looking hats or have vintage looking clothes - bring them along too!
If you are self conscious about your figure, avoid short sleeves and short skirts. Try to avoid wearing large distracting jewellery/accessories. Please also bring a hair brush and hair clips with you.
When I photograph babies on their own, I recommend that they are just in their nappies or birthday suit. If you prefer your baby to be clothed, keep clothes simple and choose items that won’t ride over their face when they are lying down (like collars). Bring a couple of spare outfits - just in case they have a little accident!
Q: What clothes should I wear for a maternity shoot?
Your choice of clothing must be able to show off your bump at its very best. As an example, a plain black boob tube, plain coloured figure-hugging vest type tops, skin tight shorts, jeans, light flowy skirts all look great. Keep things nice and simple, avoid loud colours, bold patterns and anything with big logos/illustrations etc.
Some clients are happy to show a bit more of themselves, whilst others prefer to remain fully clothed. The choice is totally yours, so let me know what you are comfortable with. If you do wish to show a bit more of yourself in a tasteful way, ensure that prior to the shoot, you do not wear anything that can leave marks on the skin - such as elastic. Although the final images you select will be digitally retouched to minimise/remove skin flaws etc, it just helps if these marks are kept to a minimum. Please also bring a bath robe to cover yourself up when I am not shooting.
Q: What sort of shots do you take during a typical family portrait shoot?
On a typical family portrait shoot, I will take photos of all of your family together, plus some smaller group shots featuring your children. I also like to take individual portraits of the children too. To give some variety to the mood and feel of your portraits, light and dark backgrounds can be used.
All images are taken using electronic flash.
Have a look at my family portrait gallery to see my style of work and the type of shots I've done for past clients.
Q: Can you give us some tips on how we should prepare our children?
With babies and toddlers, make sure they are well rested prior to the shoot. Avoid booking shoots at the same time your child has a nap.
Don’t make a big deal about the shoot before you visit the studio. Getting your children to practice their smiles prior to the shoot is not advised. Naturally produced smiles always look far better!
Feel free to bring their favourite cuddly toys with you. They can often look great in their photos.
Whilst I’m photographing your children, its a good idea that you keep as quiet and as still as possible. Avoid telling your children to ‘smile!’ or ‘say cheese!’ etc. Doing this will only distract them from the camera and will also result in unnatural looking expressions - like the dreaded cheesy grin!
With babies, please bring your usual supply of nappies and milk. With all other children, please do not give them sugary drinks, snacks or sweets just before or during the shoot. Doing this keeps faces clean and free of food colouring stains (our sharp lenses will show up everything!). In addition, having no sugar in their system helps to keep everything nice and calm!
Q: How long does a shoot take? / Does it matter if we are late?
A typical family portrait shoot takes about 60-90 minutes to do. Please ensure that you arrive promptly at the stated time. Arriving late will result in a shortened shoot, or your shoot being cancelled without a refund of any fees.
Q: What if someone is ill? Should we still go ahead with the shoot?
If it looks like someone in your group will be ill on the day of the shoot, please let me know as soon as you can and I’ll do my best to reschedule the shoot to another day (dates/times subject to availability), as illness and tiredness can greatly affect a child’s willingness to be photographed.
If anyone in your party has an infectious illness, please do not bring them to the studio, as we do not want to pass any bugs on to our other clients.
Q: When and where do we view our portraits?
I will contact you about ten days after your shoot to arrange your viewing. Due to the bespoke nature of my work, all first viewings take place at my studio.
Q: What do we need to do before we come to the viewing?
This is really important! Before you come to the viewing, you need to consider where you want to display your portraits and how much available wall space you have. Take a few measurements and bring them to the studio. This will really help you when it comes to choosing the right print size and finish.
Also, think about friends and relatives who you may want to give prints to. Remember, portraits of your family make great gifts!
Please note that your choice and purchase of prints will be made at your viewing, so its very important that everyone involved in the decision making process are present, as you will find it much harder if they are not there.
Q: How long does a viewing take? / Should we bring our children?
You should allow 60-90 minutes for your viewing.
From doing around two thousand viewings, I know that young children get very bored and restless during viewings! To make your selection of images much easier and stress-free, I advise that you try not to bring them with you.
Q: What will happen at the viewing?
You will be shown up to 50 images, which will be projected on a very large screen in high definition, so you can see all the detail within your images.
A small selection of your portraits will be pre-prepared and retouched to give you a good idea on how the finished result could look like. This is because the way you edit an image can often make a dramatic change to its appearance. We will discuss the best possible way the final images will be edited, printed and presented. You will also be able to see samples of our beautiful range of bespoke made wall art products.
Q: Are my prints ‘airbrushed’?
Yes! I use the very latest in professional digital imaging software to edit/retouch the final images you purchase. I can remove/minimise spots, skin flaws, baby dribble, stretch marks, small cuts/bruises, whiten teeth etc. All of these are included in the print price. Any advanced retouching may be subject to an additional charge.
Q: What are the 'First Viewing' prices shown in your Product & Price Guide?
The First Viewing prices are discounted 'early bird' prices that are exclusive to clients who purchase prints and products at their first viewing that takes place at my studio. For all other occasions, the standard 'RRP' prices will apply.
Q: What kind of products do you sell?
I have a wide range of products to suit everyone's tastes and to compliment the environment they will be displayed in. These include; traditional framed prints and contemporary acrylic panels that are professionally printed by some of the UK's finest photographic and fine art printers.
All of our wall display products are made by hand using only high quality materials. I do not use cheap ready made frames.
Small sized unframed prints are also available too - ideal as gifts for family and friends!
Q: Do you supply images in a digital format?
The printing and presentation of your portraits is an extremely important part of the process to produce a beautiful high quality wall art print that will last for years. I only guarantee this quality if we produce everything ourselves through my trusted suppliers. Digital images will more than likely end up in a draw and be forgotten about - or even worse, lost! Subsequently, I will always advise you to purchase prints.
If however you would prefer to purchase fully edited high resolution digital files to make copies for personal and non-commercial purposes, I have digital packages that start from £495.00.
Q: How can we pay for our order?
Payment can be made by most credit/debit cards (including Amex), cash or bank transfer. Payment is required with your order. Due to the bespoke nature of our products, orders cannot be cancelled and payments are non-refundable.
Q: Are we obliged to buy anything?
No, there is no obligation to purchase anything - but be prepared, you will want to buy!
Unlike some studios I could mention, I am totally transparent about my prices, so if you don't have a copy of our product/price guide, get in touch and I'll send you one.
Q: How long does it take to process my order?
On mounted and framed prints, the turnaround time is approximately 5 weeks from the date of order. Loose prints and digital media take approximately 10-14 days.
Q: What are your opening hours?
Our studio hours are Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm and Saturdays 9.00am - 12.00 midday. All visits to our studio are by appointment only.
Q: Where can we park when we visit you?
We are a home-based studio and we have a driveway big enough for 3 cars. Click here for directions on how to find us.
Q: Will you put the photographs on public display?
Q: Who owns the copyright of the photographs? Am I able to copy them?
By law, we own the copyright on all the photographs we take. This means it is illegal for you or anyone else to scan, copy, save, or print the photographs in any way. Different licensing terms apply for our digital packages. Please ask for details.
If you wish to use the photographs for commercial purposes, please contact us for licensing options and costings.
Q: How long do you keep the photographs?
All images that are shown to you at the viewing are retained for a minimum of 6 months. However, in the rare event that no products are purchased within 6 weeks of your shoot date, the photographs will be marked for deletion.
Any questions? Please feel free to contact us and I'll be very happy to help!