I've put together a small selection of some pretty common questions & answers. Hopefully they'll cover any queries you have, but if not do get in touch!
What should we wear to a shoot?
Firstly, the most important thing to keep in mind when putting together a shoot wardrobe is comfort. If you don't feel comfortable, then you won’t feel good in front of the camera, which will come through in the photographs.
Usually I'd suggest to dress in a slightly better version of your everyday wardrobe - but really, whatever you feel comfortable in and remember you'll be looking back on these photographs int he years to come! I suggest you choose a neutral colour to wear and then team is with whatever colours or patterns you like - but not the same for everyone! - this should add a consistency to the images. Avoid wearing identical clothing, or clothing with big logos, writing, pictures, or characters. Also, dress appropriately for the setting - we're in the UK - it's bound to be a little cold! For bump shoots, I would try wear a lighter top - as sometimes black and hide the bump - and we're here to show it off!
How long will the shoot take?
For all family, maternity, and couple sessions, the shoot will take about one hour. This is sometimes a little less for smaller families - as kids (and dads!) can tire/get bored/stop smiling quicker!
For newborns, the shoot usually takes between 1 - 3 hours. This is because I follow the little ones lead. A longer shoot takes away the pressure to get everything photographed in just one hour and gives time for any changes, feeding etc. that is needed during the shoot.
What equipment do you use?
I shoot all of my work exclusively on film. I mostly use a Pentax 645n since it's a wonderful camera which produces the most beautiful negatives and images.
So many reasons! But to name a few: I prefer shooting on film, it's all about getting that shot perfect in camera. It slows the whole shoot down, adds some breathing space and invites a very relaxed atmosphere. I also do very little post processing work as the film produces soft, creamy images and renders colours beautifully. I have written a whole post on this! If you want a bit more details, you can see it here.
What is a Reveal Session?
This is one of my favourite moments working with clients, when we sit down together, be it your home or a local coffee shop, to finally see your photographs and the pictures we made together. As well as viewing your images, this is the time that we can look at options for displaying your images, picking the products included in your package and purchasing any additional products and prints that you love - so all you have left to do is wait for everything to arrive at your home!
What is an online gallery?
An online gallery is an instant way to view, download and buy prints and products of your images! Once your photographs are ready you will be sent a special link to your photo session and a password only you and I know to get in. If you opted for a package that includes the digital downloads, you can also download the high-res images of your images here. You can also buy fine art prints, albums and framed wall art here.
I want a family bigger than five! Can you photograph us all?
Absolutely! Each additional family member will cost a little extra, to account for the film and processing needed! The supplement is £20 per person.
How long will it take to get my images?
You can expect to receive your online gallery within 2-3 weeks after the shoot. Any prints or products you order after should take an extra fornight from the date ordered.
How many photographs will there be?
You can expect around 30 beautifully edited images from each session.
Do you photograph outside of London?
I will travel to you, absolutely! Travel outside of London will incur a small fee to cover time/travel expenses. I visit the North East of England frequently (my childhood home!) and will happily book in a couple of sessions when I am back there. I also release details of my international travel and shoot availability on my Facebook page and in my newsletter, which you can sign up for here.
What are Mini shoots and do you do them?
Mini shoots are exactly what they say on the tin! They are usually set on a certain day/weekend and are mini versions of a full shoot, a little cheaper in price and open to a small handful of slots. I offer no more then two mini's a year - one in Spring/Summer and one in Autumn when it's beautiful outside!
When is the right time to do a newborn photo session?
Newborn photography is usually done in the first 4-14 days after the birth. This is due to baby being more sleepy and capturing all those first, little features. However, if this time frame is not possible, please don’t worry as you can do a baby shoot anytime! If the first 4 - 14 days won’t work for you and your new little family, I would advise to try to arrange it at least to be within the first 4 to 8 weeks after the birth.
The shoot will take place in your home, where you are all comfortable. Please don't fret about clutter and mess - it's expected with a new baby! I will most likely shoot in the nursery and main bedroom. So keeping the crib and nursery tidy and also making the master bed up is perfect! Don't worry about the rest.
What should we all wear?
Try and stick to whites/greys and neutral pastel shades of colours. The little one can be popped in a sweet onesie or wrapped up like a little burrito. Please try to avoid any writing or big logos on your clothes. For a newborn shoot, chunky knits and simple clothing work best!
How can we prepare for the shoot?
Keeping the house really warm and feeding the little one just before the shoot will mean they will be sleeping and comfortable! A newborn shoots revolves around the little one - so that's why the shoot last between 1 - 3 hours. Don't worry about time as baby comes first and any feeding or changing that needs to be done during the shoot is perfectly okay!