Frequently Asked Questions
What should I bring to my session?
Please bring your own masks if possible
If not, disposable ones will be provided but you must take these home with you to dispose of.
Depending on the session what you need to bring can vary, please read;
Clothing - Please feel free to bring a change of outfit for your child/ren.
Newborn sessions are generally done with baby nude, or just in a nappy, as we want to capture them as they are, fresh and new, wrinkly skin! Posing is much easier this way too.
Also it is very popular to have the sitter sessions done with baby unclothed for some images, but is nice to have a mix. All images are taken tastefully and professionally with no bits on show!
I have a selection of styled outfits available, if wanted, for some variety.
Family or groups of children, please wear coordinating plain neutral clothing where possible.
Siblings, (at newborn sessions) neutral clothing is preferred, no big logos or patterns. Young boys, jeans and white vest, or no top, is very popular, girls white vest tops, dresses etc.
Nothing too extravagant and loud. We want the images to be timeless and baby focused.
Newborns - Please be prepared to feed baby as often as necessary during session, bringing what ever is necessary. Dummies, even if not usually used, are a great help in keeping the session running smoothly so please bring one along if possible.
It may be an idea to bring some snacks for yourself also, as the sessions can be quite long.
1st Birthday Celebration - Cake is provided by Joanne's Cakey Bakes
The Mini Birthday session has a fake cake for a couple of images.
Please bring a towel if wanting the bubble bath (Silver package up) I provide decor and outfits.
Of course if you want to bring your own outfits/accessories for the smash that is more than welcome but please let me know.
Remember, it does also include a clean portrait session beforehand (silver package up), so make sure they arrive in an outfit suitable for this.
Sitter Sessions/Smiler Minis - White plain vest
Sometimes we can include child's own toys, nursery items in these sessions. Please feel free to bring things along.
I have a large selection of props available in studio. Should you want anything specific please let me know so I can make sure its available on the day.
What does the session fee pay for?
The session fee covers many things people may not think of when booking.
It pays for your photographers time, not just for that session but the many hours of editing, preparing, consulting, ordering, organising and arranging collections.
The studio needs heating, lighting, cleaning. The photographer's equipment, props, camera, lighting etc all has to be factored into session fees for the business to be viable. There is also insurance, course fees, tax and so on, to be taken into account.
Be assured, the studio offers a very high quality service, with all the peace of mind of being a fully insured registered business. Your photographer is highly trained and award winning, a very valuable local service.
Don't undervalue the cost of photography, very cheap often means underhand and bad quality.
Do I need to choose my images on the day?
No. Your images will be edited to a high standard and prepared for your viewing gallery, from which you can then decide which images you wish to select.
Currently Newborn Art sessions are invited back to the studio for an in person ordering session.
All other sessions are online galleries
Newborn Mini sessions, photographer picks and edits the best images from session and sends them directly to yourself following your session. You should be clear about styling before your session as photographers choice is final.
What happens after the session?
After your session, if you are happy to have images on Facebook, you will get at least one "sneak peek" to share within 48hrs.
The remainder of your album is edited to a high standard, and prepared for your gallery.
How long do I have to order?
Online Galleries - You have 48hrs after the gallery is sent to you in which to choose your included images, and any additional purchases. Late orders incure an admin fee.
What if I do not want my photos to be shared online?
Don't worry, please just make this known to me at your session if you do not want any images available publicly online.
Also if you change your mind, you can let me know by emailing me or contacting me via Facebook.
Can I bring friends and family along?
During these unprecedented times, I ask that just ONE adult accompanies child/ren at their session.
Additional adults/siblings will be asked to wait outside for safety reasons.
Please also note, there are no toilet facilities at the studio, although there are public conveniences nearby.