FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS YOUR PHOTO SESSION AVAILABILITY?
we keep our schedule up-to-date so please check with us and we will let you know via email.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I BOOK MY PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION
As soon as possible! our sessions fill up quickly.
HOW DO I BOOK A PHOTO SESSION?
Contact us through the contact page. We’ll reply ASAP! Once we decide on your session date, we’ll send over the corresponding reservation link where you’ll be able to virtually sign the contract and pay us a deposit.
DO YOU EVER HAVE CANCELLATIONS OR LAST-MINUTE OPENINGS?
Yes! It’s definitely worth being added to our waitlist and/or check with us to see if we can fit you in at the last minute. Some sessions are scheduled a year in advance, so it’s not unusual for families to have to reschedule due to travel plans, illness or emergency.
Contact us to be added to the waitlist. No deposit or contract is required to be added to the waitlist.
HOW DO YOU SCHEDULE NEWBORN SESSIONS WHEN WE DON’T KNOW WHEN THE BABY WILL ARRIVE?
Once you’ve submitted your newborn session reservation, I’ll pencil you into my schedule for a week after your due date, and we’ll pick the actual date of your session after your baby arrives to ensure the session takes place within the first two weeks when your baby will still be very sleepy. Newborn sessions are done on weekday mornings unless a weekend is specifically requested and available when booking your session.
The best time to book a Newborn shoot is between 7 and 14 days new, so we can capture those beautiful, curled up sleeping images when they tend to settle quicker. We've found that partners usually have the first two weeks off work after the baby arrives, so this works well on that level too!
Newborn sessions can generally be photographed up to 6 weeks of age, however, please be aware that the sleepy posed positions are hard to capture past 14 days old.
Please let us know ASAP once the baby arrives so we can adjust your session date according to bubs actual birthdate and ideally within the 7 to 14-day window.
We only take on a limited amount of newborn sessions to allow for babies arriving early or late, so if you are interested in a newborn session please book in ASAP. Please note that Newborn sessions are available Monday - Friday. No weekend booking
MY BABY IS 4/5/6 WEEKS OLD, BUT I WANT TO DO A NEWBORN SESSION. IS IT TOO LATE?
No way! Your baby is still as cute as ever, and will probably start smiling any second now, which is a great milestone to capture. We can still use newborn props and hats for older babies, and I modify the poses to keep your baby comfortable. Your baby will likely be awake for some/half/most of the session, so I prepare for that as well and consider it a bonus if your baby falls asleep.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
We are located in West Bromwich, Birmingham. We are about 15 minutes from Birmingham town centre and 5min from our local train and tram stations.
DO YOU OFFER A DISCOUNT FOR SCHEDULING BOTH MATERNITY AND NEWBORN PHOTO SESSIONS?
Yes, if you schedule maternity and newborn sessions at the same time, you will only pay £100 for your newborn session.
CAN I RESCHEDULE MY SESSION IF IT RAINS FOR MY OUTDOOR SESSION? WHAT HAPPENS IF SOMEONE GETS SICK?
I do not charge a penalty for weather or illness-related rescheduling. Please do not bring a sick child to your session! On the other hand, do not reschedule if you or your child has acne, scratches or bruises. I can edit those out later.
I will suggest rescheduling outdoor sessions if it’s very windy, or if rain is imminent. I will do sessions in the rain if you wish to proceed as scheduled.
Please understand that weekend sessions are usually completely booked months in advance so we may need to get crafty in rescheduling your session. For instance, if you had scheduled an evening session, I may need to switch you to a morning session to accommodate two sessions in one day. Ask away and let's make it work for everyone.
IS THERE AN EXTRA CHARGE FOR ADDING MORE PEOPLE TO THE PHOTOS?
With the exception of the couples/high school senior/individual session. Our home studio sessions should be no more than 5 people.
We may have to charge an additional fee if a studio is required to carry out numbers larger than 8 people.
DO YOU EVER HOST MINI-SESSIONS?
Yes, we offer mini-sessions. These sessions are promotions and will be advertised on our socials, we have lots of fun.
DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH ANY EVENTS, LIKE BIRTHDAY PARTIES, REUNIONS OR BABY SHOWERS?
We do photograph events, and we do love to attend them!! it's our nights out 🙂
DO YOU DO CAKE-SMASH SESSIONS FOR ONE-YEAR-OLDS?
Yes! The cake smash can be included in your baby’s one-year-old session. You provide the cake for the cake smash, our cakes start from £30 please ask about them!
PREPARING FOR YOUR SESSION
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO MY PHOTO SESSION?
Wear clothes you love, that match each person’s style and personality.
Dress as formally or casually as you’d like. I’ll modify the style/feel of the session based on your apparel.
Wear clothes that don’t wrinkle easily, and iron your clothes. I charge extra for wrinkle removal during retouching.
Black is the most flattering colour if you’re concerned about your weight. It hides a lot!
Match your eye colour. You’d be surprised how much this can do for your eyes!
Look around your house, think where you would like to hang the photos, like your living room, and match the colours of your outfits to your decorations so that your photos will coordinate with your house.
When in doubt, neutral colours and earth tones always photograph well.
Pick a few colours and mix them up so that you all coordinate without looking the same.
Don’t forget to plan the shoes, too!
Still, want help? Check out my pin board on Pinterest for some ideas for family wardrobes.
We have a selection of gowns that you can wear. Please ask us about this.
Finally, remember you are never fully dressed without a smile. Brush and floss those pearly whites before your session.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY FAMILY PHOTO SESSION?
Snacks for young children
Your child’s lovey or favourite stuffed animals/toys (go with it… it is something you will want to remember later!)
If yours is an outdoor session, bring brollies if it rains (puddle images are fab, please use bug spray if we are doing it during the summer months. We may go into fields.
WHAT CAN I DO TO ENSURE MY FAMILY SESSION GOES WELL?
The most important thing you can do is relax. Children will be stressed if they are stressed (even newborns can sense stress). We will have plenty of time to get great photos. Think of this like two hours you get to spend having fun family time.
Be prepared to be a bit silly. I love it when parents bring out their inner silly to help their children smile and laugh. Don’t be surprised to find that we get silly to create fab images, too.
Let me know what your children’s favourite things are – toys, tv shows, hobbies, etc. I love to talk about these things with them during the session.
Please alert me to any physical disabilities or behavioural characteristics that I should be aware of when working with your family.
Remember that our goal is not to capture perfection, but instead, a perfect representation of who your children are at this point in time. I want your photos to help you tell a story to your children years from now.
CAN PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS AND SIBLINGS BE INCLUDED IN NEWBORN PHOTOS?
Yes! In fact, these are my favourite photos, and the ones your baby will cherish the most when he/she gets older. Think of how much you would love photos of your own parents holding you when you were brand new! These photos only take 15-20 minutes, and we do them at the very beginning of the newborn session so you can relax the rest of the session.
DO YOU HAVE PROPS AND NEWBORN HATS, OR DO I NEED TO BRING THEM?
You can buy it for your newborn’s session, please check to make sure I don’t already have something similar. All our items are steam clean before every session and replaced regularly.
NEWBORN AND INFANT SAFETY
WHAT PRECAUTIONS ARE TAKEN TO ENSURE MY BABY IS SAFE?
This is a very important topic for me. I have adopted the following safety precautions:
I will thoroughly wash my hands prior to handling your baby and whenever we take a break during your session.
If I have any cold or flu symptoms, I will notify you prior to your session. I will refund your session fee if I am unable to photograph your newborn within two weeks following your scheduled session. At your request, I can refer another photographer for newborn photos and will refund your session fee if you do not wish to wait.
I will not pose your infant in any glass or ceramic objects. These objects are subject to shattering and grave injury.
I will not suspend your baby above the ground, a pillow, or cushion, in a cloth, hammock or any other prop. Though these photos may be done safely with Photoshop, I don’t want to create works where a baby appears to be at risk of injury.
Baskets and other props that may become unstable will be weighted down inside with 10-20lb weights and/or be held steady with your hands, later to be edited out.
Any time a baby is posed on a table, stool, or bench, an adult will be present within six inches from the baby and will later be edited out of the photo.
I thoroughly clean and sanitize all props and soiled linens after each session (all linens that touch a baby’s bum are considered soiled).
Though I take every precaution to keep your baby safe, the responsibility for your infant’s safety is your own. I encourage you to speak up if anything makes you uncomfortable during your session. No photo is worth your precious baby’s health and life.
AFTER YOUR SESSION
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR MY PHOTOS TO BE EDITED?
Typically around 2 weeks. If you need to see them sooner, please let me know when you schedule your session.
WHAT RETOUCHING WILL BE DONE TO MY PHOTOS?
General editing: I will always edit away blemishes, bruises and scratches. I may lessen the appearance of marks, shaving scars and mild acne scars. Extreme scarring may be smoothed, but not removed as it would dramatically alter the person’s appearance. Skin will be smoothed a bit so that it looks naturally soft. I edit away the most-ambitious/distracting stray hairs. Under-eye circles are removed or lightened on adults per my discretion so that it looks natural. I generally leave laugh lines.
Additional charges of £45/hr may apply for any requested enhancements (1hr minimum, charged in hourly increments): Examples: body/face shaping, double-chin removal, head swapping, removing wrinkles from clothing, removing bra straps or bra lines, cleaning/whitening teeth, etc.
Maternity: I may do a little bit of body-shaping to reduce the look of bloating so that you look like yourself.
On newborns, I will lessen the appearance of stork bites, clean up goopy eyes, and remove peeling skin on the face. I do not edit away:
Umbilical cords or scabs inside the belly button (please let me know before your session if you would like the belly button area hidden/covered),
Birth defects (Please discuss with me any concerns before your session).
Peeling/flaking hands and feet (I may remove some, but not all, per my discretion. Please massage Aquaphor on your baby prior to your session if this is a concern).
HOW DO I SEE THE PHOTOS AFTER MY SESSION?
I will prepare a slideshow for you and load your retouched images to a private online gallery. Your gallery will be open for one month.
WHEN IS THE BALANCE OF MY SESSION DUE?
You are required to pay a deposit to secure your date as soon as you make your booking. No deposit no booking. All sessions must be paid 24 hours before your session.
Please use our bank transfer details emailed to you.
PRODUCT AND PRICING QUESTIONS
HOW MUCH ARE YOUR PHOTO SESSIONS? Link
WHY ARE YOUR PRICES HIGHER/LOWER THAN OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS IN THE AREA?
We all have different talent levels, equipment and experience and offer varying levels of quality in our work. We also take on different numbers of clients based on our business needs and capacities.
Though this is my full-time career, I work with only a few clients a week in order to give each person the best experience possible. For each session, I devote on average 15 hours of planning, preparation, shooting, editing, presentation, and delivery, so I charge around £250/hr (which is still cheaper than most charges).
In return for your investment, I will give you a fun experience to remember and intricately-crafted pieces of art that will stand the test of time. You will look at your photos for years to come and smile because they so perfectly capture your beautiful self and family. You will use your photos to tell your story to your children and their children.
You will know in your heart that your portraits are absolutely priceless.
Have more questions? Please contact me. Thank you!