Frequently Asked Questions
Before the photo shoot
There isn't a 'best time' as such - you'll find your baby will change so much, so quickly and every age and milestone is special. For newborn babies, I do suggest they are photographed within the first two weeks of birth as this is when they are at their tiniest and often most settled.
I am based in beautiful Richmond-upon-Thames and cover west London including Teddington, St Margarets, Twickenham, Kew, Barnes, Chiswick, Wimbledon and Kensington & Chelsea. I also cover most of Surrey including Kingston-upon-Thames, Esher, Cobham and Weybridge. I am also available for location shoots in central London. At certain times of the year, I am able to travel further-a-field including overseas. Please contact me to discuss your location ideas.
I only shoot on location: your home or somewhere you love to spend time as a family. That could be your local park, out in the countryside or along the river. I want to capture real memories for your family in meaningful settings.
Session fees start at £145 and cover my time and talent before, during and after the shoot to create a bespoke gallery of beautiful and personal images. Products including digital files, frames and albums are not included in the session fee (apart from my Maternity Package, which includes some digital files and fine art paper prints). There is no minimum spend but, to give you a better idea of the total investment, most clients spend between £650-£2,500 on a range of photographic products (inclusive of the session fee). Please complete the contact form and I will send you my pricing brochure.
Yes! I sell a limited number of vouchers each year. I always recommend contributing enough to cover the session fee, as well as one or two products.
Due to the level of investment involved I also recommend sharing my pricing guide with the gift recipients beforehand. Please see How much will it cost?.
Absolutely! I love meeting families from all over the world and helping them to create happy memories of their time in the UK. I've had the pleasure to photograph families from the USA, Thailand, China, Saudi Arabia and Australia. I'll come with camera in hand and a whole host of location ideas, as well as tips and recommendations for your trip.
Of course, if you'd like me to travel overseas to capture your family at home (or away) then, at certain times of the year, that can also be arranged.
As soon as you know you want to have a photo shoot with me. I want to provide the very best service, and work, for each family I photograph, so I take on a limited number of sessions each month. As a result, I tend to get booked up 6 - 8 weeks in advance. At my busiest time of the year (October - December) it can be up to 12 weeks. For newborn sessions, I advise you book after your 20 week scan and for maternity sessions for when you are between 30-36 weeks gestation.
The photo shoot
My biggest tip in preparing for a photo shoot is to relax. The less pressure you put on yourself, and your family, to get 'perfect shots' - the more likely we are to get them. I will send you plenty of information before the shoot with tips on how to prepare and we will also have a chat over the 'phone to go through any questions and ideas that you have.
It's so important to be yourself so don't feel like you have to dress up for the occasion. I do recommend that you think about the colours of your family's clothes and how they work with the backgrounds we are shooting against. A good and simple rule is to coordinate but not match. For young babies I prefer simple items like vests but for toddlers and older children, feel free to play around with patterns, layers and accessories like hats .There will be more tips for what to wear in my pre-session guide and we will also have time on the day to talk through wardrobe ideas.
Please do not worry if you, your partner or your children are camera shy. It is totally normal - I even feel the same way myself. I will spend some time getting to know you all better before I pull out my camera, and it will feel more like a play date with a friend, rather than a formal photo shoot. You won't even have to look at the camera if you don't want to. I want to capture natural and authentic moments, so just focus on having fun with your family and I will capture it all as it happens. You can read more about my style and my approach on my About page.
The shoot will take place in your home or outside, somewhere you enjoy spending time as a family. I have photographed families in parks, out in the countryside, by the river and also in central London. I am also happy to include both for older babies and children if you want to mix things up a bit, although I do suggest choosing somewhere close by. Most shoots take place in the morning and when I arrive at your home I will look around to see w hat rooms have the best light and backgrounds.
Most sessions take about 2 hours - although I don't work to a strict time limit. If you would like to be photographed at two locations (e.g. your home and a local park ) it may take a bit longer . For newborn sessions, please set aside 3-4 hours. I always include time for bottle/breast-feeding and comforting for younger babies, and snacks and a rest from the camera for older toddlers and children.
In the lead up to your shoot I will keep a close eye on the weather forecast. If it looks to be wet we have a few options...
Change the location to your home and stay warm and dry indoors .
Make a feature of it - think welly boots and jumping in puddles!
If you really want shots outside, but the weather is very bad, I am more than happy to re-schedule for another date (please note this is subject to my availability - you may have to wait a few weeks ).
Please do not worry if the day turns out to be grey and cloudy, overcast skies produce beautiful soft light which is very flattering.
Absolutely, it's important that we get your baby or child is at their best in order to capture happy and joyful images. I am happy to offer one re-schedule free of charge due to illness. Please note that further re-schedules are subject to a re-booking fee (50% of the original session fee).
After the photo shoot
Approximately two weeks after your shoot, I will send you a link to your private online proofing gallery. I am on hand to help you choose your photographs and provide recommendations for the different display options available. Your gallery will be live for two weeks for you to decide which photographs you would like to buy. You can order online, by email or over the telephone - whatever is easiest for you.
Your gallery will consist of approx 40-60 fully edited and lightly retouched photographs .
Yes, the digital files of your photographs are available to buy. The minimum is 10 photographs. Digital photographs are provided as high resolution jpg files and are presented on a USB stick in a keepsake wooden memory box. 5 complimentary 6x4" fine art paper prints are also included . For more information on digital collections and other products or order a copy of my brochure.
The photographs in your gallery will be a mix of colour and black and white depending on what works best for each particular shot.
Most of the children I photograph have a runny nose at some point during the shoot so I will I will re-touch your final selected photographs to clean up any dirt and dribbles etc.
Digital files can be provided within 24 hours of receiving payment, other products will take a bit longer. Prints approximately a week, wall frames two weeks and fine art albums approximately 4 weeks after the artwork has been approved.
And everything else
Running a business, and family life, leaves me with little time so I am currently not able to offer mentoring or training. There are a number of talented photographers out there who do and you might like to take peep at the following organisations who will be able to point you in the right direction: www.banpas.co.uk for newborn photography and www.baspcp.org for children's photography .
I'm a Nikon girl and shoot with a d750 and my trusty d700. I also have a Fujifilm x100. Lens wise, I love primes and in my bag you'll find a 50mm 1.4mm, 35mm 1.4, 105mm 2.8 micro. The 24-70mm 2.8 comes out a lot too when I need a bit more flexibility or want to set the scene with a wider shot.
I also use an Expodisc 2.0 to set my white balance. I also have a Kelly Moore camera bag which I love just as much now as the day I bought it.
I process each image myself and aim to remain true to the subject and moment as much as possible. After opening my RAW files in ACR I will make any necessary adjustments and then transfer to Photoshop where I'll work with colour, curve and contrast adjustments mainly to create the look I feel is right for the image and the overall story. I do use some actions to ease my workflow and have adapted these to my liking. Oh, and retouching - so many runny noses and dribbles! Sometimes a wrongly timed wet wipe can seriously ruin a moment.