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Preparing for your shoot

Be in the know!
A list of helpful questions and answers to keep you in the know!

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
Essentially dress in a slightly better version of your everyday wardrobe!
Choose a neutral colour to wear and then team is with whatever colours you like (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!
If you need help, just let me know!

How long will the shoot take?
For all family and couple sessions, the shoot will take about one hour. This is sometimes a little less for smaller families – as kids (and dads!) and 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. needed during the shoot.

What equipment do you use?
I shoot all of my work exclusively on film. I mostly use a Pentax 645n & a Nikon F100. Both awesome film cameras! Sometimes I will bring out the Pentax 67, a fabulous camera, but a bit of a beast – its huge!

Why film?
So many reasons! But to name a few: I prefer shooting on film, it’s all about getting the perfect shot in camera. I 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 an online gallery?
An online gallery is an instant way to view, download and buy prints of your images! Once your photographs are ready you will be sent a special link to your photo session and a password to get in. If you opted for the digital downloads, you can download the high-res images of your images here. You can also buy high quality prints. Other products are available from me directly, such as albums and canvas prints. View my online gallery here.

I want a family bigger than four! 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 you order after should take an extra week from the date ordered.

How many photographs will there be?
You can expect around about 35 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.

Darling newborns

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 curly! 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 6 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 (too cute). 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! As mentioned a little but above, 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! Any feeding or changing that needs to be done during the shoot is perfectly okay!