FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

BEFORE YOUR SHOOT

I love photographing new babies of all ages and I'm very flexible as to when the shoot takes place. My newborn session fee covers all new arrivals from birth up until 12 weeks. If you long to capture your baby while they still have that fresh "newborn look", you might want to schedule the session for 5 to 10 days after your due date. At this age you can expect your baby to sleep (and feed) for a good part of the session - just one of the reasons why I love to document these hazy, early days of parenthood so much.

If you'd rather give yourself a little more time to settle into new life as a family, then that is absolutely fine too. As the days and weeks unfold your baby will become more alert and awake for longer periods; allowing me to capture more connection and maybe even a few smiles. Whatever you baby's age, my promise is to create a wealth of beautiful and meaningful memories.

When should we book?

Do you offer London vacation
photo shoots?

Do you sell gift vouchers?

How does your pricing work?

Do you have a studio?

What areas do you cover?

BEFORE THE SHOOT

When is the best age to have my baby photographed?

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.

When should we book?

Do you offer London vacation
photo shoots?

Do you sell gift vouchers?

How does your pricing work?

Do you have a studio?

What areas do you cover?

When is the best age to have my baby photographed?

BEFORE THE SHOOT

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.

When should we book?

Do you offer London vacation
photo shoots?

Do you sell gift vouchers?

How does your pricing work?

Do you have a studio?

What areas do you cover?

BEFORE THE SHOOT

When is the best age to have my baby photographed?

I offer a bespoke experience for all my families; every single shoot is unique - just as every family is. My session fees start at £125. This covers the photo-taking time on the day and also some time in the weeks leading up to your shoot preparing: getting to know you via a consultation and ensuring space in my diary should your baby arrive earlier or later than expected. It also includes my time and artistry to create a gallery of beautiful images that tell the story of a morning in the life of your family. I will work in a digital dark room to enhance each photograph to the very best professional quality: working on colours, black and whites and any re-touching, if required.

The session fee does not include any of the photographs, printed or as digital copies. You have the freedom to choose from a selection of products and collections. I do not have a minimum spend but as a guide, most of my clients invest a further £450 - £3,000 on a range of beautiful, heirloom-quality, printed and digital products. For further details of my product pricing please order an e-brochure.

When should we book?

Do you offer London vacation
photo shoots?

Do you sell gift vouchers?

How does your pricing work?

Do you have a studio?

What areas do you cover?

BEFORE THE SHOOT

When is the best age to have my baby photographed?

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 does your pricing work?

When should we book?

Do you offer London vacation
photo shoots?

Do you sell gift vouchers?

How does your pricing work?

Do you have a studio?

What areas do you cover?

BEFORE THE SHOOT

When is the best age to have my baby photographed?

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 Canada, Singapore, 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.

When should we book?

Do you offer London vacation
photo shoots?

Do you sell gift vouchers?

How does your pricing work?

Do you have a studio?

What areas do you cover?

BEFORE THE SHOOT

When is the best age to have my baby photographed?

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.

When should we book?

Do you offer London vacation
photo shoots?

Do you sell gift vouchers?

How does your pricing work?

Do you have a studio?

What areas do you cover?

BEFORE THE SHOOT

When is the best age to have my baby photographed?

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.

Can we reschedule if my child is ill?

What if the weather is bad?

How long will the shoot last?

Where and when will the shoot take place?

What if we are all camera shy?

What should we wear for our family photo shoot?

THE PHOTO SHOOT

How can we prepare for the photo shoot?

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. You can find more tips on how to dress and style your family for the photo shoot by reading my guide here.

Can we reschedule if my child is ill?

What if the weather is bad?

How long will the shoot last?

Where and when will the shoot take place?

What if we are all camera shy?

What should we wear for out family photo shoot?

THE PHOTO SHOOT

How can we prepare for the photo shoot?

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.

Can we reschedule if my child is ill?

What if the weather is bad?

How long will the shoot last?

Where and when will the shoot take place?

What if we are all camera shy?

What should we wear for out family photo shoot?

THE PHOTO SHOOT

How can we prepare for the photo shoot?

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.

Can we reschedule if my child is ill?

What if the weather is bad?

How long will the shoot last?

Where and when will the shoot take place?

What if we are all camera shy?

What should we wear for out family photo shoot?

THE PHOTO SHOOT

How can we prepare for the photo shoot?

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.

Can we reschedule if my child is ill?

What if the weather is bad?

How long will the shoot last?

Where and when will the shoot take place?

What if we are all camera shy?

What should we wear for out family photo shoot?

THE PHOTO SHOOT

How can we prepare for the photo shoot?

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.

Can we reschedule if my child is ill?

What if the weather is bad?

How long will the shoot last?

Where and when will the shoot take place?

What if we are all camera shy?

What should we wear for out family photo shoot?

THE PHOTO SHOOT

How can we prepare for the photo shoot?

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).

Can we reschedule if my child is ill?

What if the weather is bad?

How long will the shoot last?

Where and when will the shoot take place?

What if we are all camera shy?

What should we wear for out family photo shoot?

THE PHOTO SHOOT

How can we prepare for the photo shoot?

Approximately two-three 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.

How long will it take to receive my order?

Do you provide RAW files?

Do you offer re-touching?

Will the photographs be in colour and black & white?

Can we buy digital files?

AFTER THE SHOOT

How do we choose our 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.

How long will it take to receive my order?

Do you provide RAW files?

Do you offer re-touching?

Will the photographs be in colour and black & white?

Can we buy digital files?

AFTER THE SHOOT

How do we choose our photographs?

The photographs in your gallery will be a mix of colour and black and white depending on what works best for each particular shot.

How long will it take to receive my order?

Do you provide RAW files?

Do you offer re-touching?

Will the photographs be in colour and black & white?

Can we buy digital files?

AFTER THE SHOOT

How do we choose our photographs?

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 etc. I leave everything else as nature intended unless you have a special request. Please note additional retouching charges may be charged.

How long will it take to receive my order?

Do you provide RAW files?

Do you offer re-touching?

Will the photographs be in colour and black & white?

Can we buy digital files?

AFTER THE SHOOT

How do we choose our photographs?

I do not provide RAW files to clients. The type of RAW file differs by camera manufacture and model and a special software is needed to open them. I provide my clients with finished jpg. files that have been hand-edited to my personal style.

How long will it take to receive my order?

Do you provide RAW files?

Do you offer re-touching?

Will the photographs be in colour and black & white?

Can we buy digital files?

AFTER THE SHOOT

How do we choose our photographs?

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.

How long will it take to receive my order?

Do you provide RAW files?

Do you offer re-touching?

Will the photographs be in colour and black & white?

Can we buy digital files?

AFTER THE SHOOT

How do we choose our photographs?

When is the best age to have
my baby photographed?

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.

What areas do you cover?

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.

Do you have a studio?

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.

How does your pricing work?

Session fees start at £125 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 and are available to purchase separately after your shoot. There is no minimum spend but, to give you a better idea of the total investment, most clients spend between £450-£3,000 on a range of photographic products. Please complete the contact form and I will send you my pricing brochure.

Do you sell gift vouchers?

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 does your pricing work?".

Do you offer London vacation
photo shoots?

Absolutely! I love meeting families from all over the world and helping them to create happy memories of their time here in London. I've had the pleasure to photograph families from the USA, Canada, Singapore, Thailand, China, Bahrain, 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 vacation.

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.

When should we book?

I recommend booking 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.

the photo SHOOT

How can we prepare for
the 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.

What should we wear for our
family photo shoot?

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. 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.

What if we are all camera shy?

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.

Where and when will the shoot 
take place?

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.

How long will the shoot last?

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. 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.

What do we do if the weather
is bad?

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.

Can we reschedule if my child
is ill?

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 SHOOT

How do we choose our
photographs?

Approximately two-three 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 one week 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.

Can we buy digital files?

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.

Will the photographs be in colour
and black & white?

The photographs in your gallery will be a mix of colour and black and white depending on what works best for each particular image.

Do you offer re-touching?

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 etc.
I leave everything else as nature intended unless you have a special request. Please note additional retouching charges may be charged.

How long will it take to
receive my order?

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.

I am so excited to hear from you and promise to reply very soon. If you got in touch over the weekend, I will get back to you during office hours (Mon-Fri).

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