What age is best for a newborn photo session?
The ideal time is before 3 weeks of age, particularly if you want the cute curled-up images. After this age they like to stretch out a bit more and are much more aware of their surroundings, so they're generally too interested in what's going on to sleep!
This is a great time for a 'lifestyle' session though, with lots of cuddly images with Mum and Dad. At 6 weeks and beyond we usually get lots of eye contact and smiles.
When is the best time to book a session?
Anytime from your second trimester is fine. The earlier I know your due date and roughly when your baby might arrive the easier it is to organise my diary. However, babies arrive when they want to and I can always manage to fit everyone in.
How do I book a session?
Initially, please contact me by phone or email to discuss your requirements and provisionally book a date and time. (If you are booking a newborn session please contact me before the baby is born - if possible, I know sometimes they take us by surprise!) I will then send you a booking confirmation email and an invoice for £90 (via PayPal, debit or credit card) for your booking fee - I am unable to hold your date without payment of the booking fee.
How long does a session take?
Generally about 2-4 hours.
What do I need to provide for my session?
Nothing, I bring everything I might need with me. The only thing you might want to do is use some of your own special toys or blankets, or buy something bespoke for the occasion - I can advise you on this so we'll chat about it well before your session.
When / how can I view my pictures?
Your pictures will be available to view in a password protected online gallery 2-3 weeks after your session. I will email you with the password as soon as they are ready.
How do I pay you?
You can pay your invoice online with any major debit/credit card or Paypal, just follow the instructions on your invoice. I also accept BACS and cheque payments - payee details will be on your invoice.
Do you have samples of the products you supply?
Yes, I have samples of all my products - prints, canvases, acrylics, albums and a selection of frames and mounts. I can easily obtain a sample of anything you would like to see that I don't have.
How long until I can get hard copies of photos from the session?
Depending on what you order, printed products are usually delivered within 7-10 working days of ordering.
Do you touch up any of the photos?
Yes. All my photos are individually hand processed in the digital darkroom, and retouched and edited where necessary.
Do you provide your own props and if so what do you use?
Yes and no. I have lots of props and fabrics for newborns, but I love your photos to be unique to you and would much prefer to incorporate your props and toys but some things work better on camera than others so we'll talk about it before the session.
If you are planning on buying an outfit specially for the session please have a chat with me first.
What is the difference between screen and print resolution?
Screen resolution images are processed specifically to look great on social media, phones and tablets and digital photo frames. They are small files so they upload quickly and do not take up much storage space - they do not contain enough data for a satisfactory print.
Print resolution images have been processed for printing. The files are large and a high resolution enabling you to print them at any size you require.
Are you insured?
Yes, I have full third party liability and professional indemnity insurance. I am happy to provide a copy of my insurance certificate if you would like.
Are you CRB checked?
Yes. I have a CRB/DBS (enhanced) check and can provide a copy of my certificate if necessary.