Frequently Asked Questions
What precautions are you taking given the recent climate?
Firstly thank you for choosing my studio. We all know that the world is forever changing and in 2020 we have experienced something we could never have dreamed of however I would like to reassure you that I have always taken sanitary and safety very seriously. My studio is equipped with masks and gloves as needed. You will have access to washing facilities and anti bacterial gel as required. As my studio is in my own home no outdoor shoes are worn inside or in my studio but rather fresh socks for every session.
I ask that if anyone is sick in your family that they please stay at home. If you or you infant are not well, please reschedule you session for another date.
I am very careful with my laundry and have multiple wraps, materials and blankets for session so we do not need to re-use in between sessions. All items used in a session are washed and cared for and never ever re-used.
If you have any concerns please o not heist to contact me and I will be happy to discuss and hopefully put your mind at ease.
What is the best age for a baby to come for a photoshoot?
The best age is either when the baby is really small so under 2 weeks old or can sit unsupported so around 7 months old and up. The reason why it is so important to come with the baby under 2 weeks old is that at this time they are still sleepy enough to produce the stress free atmosphere during a photo shoot. If you miss this time to come for a photo shoot then generally it’s best to wait till your baby can sit unsupported. Babies at this age are full of smiles and can build a great interaction with the photographer. Although not impossible to do between these ages after 14 days, newborns do tend to develop things like colic and baby acne, they also may more alert and stay awake longer therefor making the session a bit more challenging. This doesn't make it impossible just requires a bit more patience so please bare this in mind.
When will my session be scheduled?
I only take one session a day and from experience children are generally best first thing in the morning so all sessions are scheduled for 10am however is this doesn't suit I am happy to discuss alternatives.
I forgot to schedule a newborn session, is it too late?
It's never too late to have your baby photographed. It is important for me to to manage your expectations of a session. Curly sleepy newborn photos are never guaranteed but can usually be achieved easily with babies under 2 weeks. A 6 week old baby may sleep during a session and have awake time, but may not be able to curl into womb positions or want to be wrapped however I believe that babies can be photographed at any age.
What if my baby doesn't sleep?
Many babies do not sleep through their session. Some are wide awake the entire time!! I can usually still achieve some amazing images images, especially when wrapped.
What if my baby cries?
Babies are babies and they will cry. I will do everything I can to soothe and comfort them and make them feel as comfortable as possible. As a mother myself I have been there and wore the t-shirt and have picked up a few tips and techniques along the way.
What should I expect from my session?
Many clients wonder what they can expect during their session, I aim to make it as fun personal & carefree as possible, allowing you to enjoy the experience & treasure the images.
When you arrive we will have a chat & get to know each other and discuss what is planned for the session and if you have any ideas you wish to share?
I’ll advise you of roughly how long you can expect your session to take, there is never any rush & always plenty of time to keep you & your little ones comfy. Don’t worry about high spirits follow my lead & they’ll do great.
Around two weeks later your images will be available to view on an online gallery. About a week after that you will receive your USB by post. You may place orders for additional products at any time however payment will be due prior to the order being placed and then around three weeks later art work will be ready to collect & hang in your home.
My baby still has their umbilical cord on, is it ok to still take photos?
Yes! Most babies that come to see me still have their cord on as it can take anything upto 14 days for it to fall off. Some babies even lose their cords during the session! When babies are wrapped, I wrap with their nappies on and cover the cord so it does not catch on any fabric. When baby is naked I can gently cover the area to keep it protected. I am always very careful and cautious with newborn babies and very aware of the post delivery care that is needed.
What if we cannot get any great baby photos?
I have a very successful record for being able to provide a wide variety of newborn images even with a fussy babies. I will do everything I can to achieve this with your little baby however I strongly believe in baby led sessions so if it becomes clear that photographing you the wee one is not possible i am happy to rearrange another date.
With this in mind I suggest that you do not introduce anything new 24-48 prior to the session. If you are introducing new formula or foods it is best to wait a full day to make sure there are no reactions that may upset your baby.
How many digital images are provided?
Depending on which session you book which can be between 45 minutes for a baby session and 3 hours for a newborn session, 50 - 200 images can be taken. This seems a lot however I will whittle your session images down by deleting any duplicates or blurry images and edited the remaining which will be delivered firstly via an online gallery and then once happy you will receive a beautiful customised USB.
Is there retouching? My baby has acne and my toddler has a scratch on their nose?
Yes. I am happy to edit skin blemishes, scratches or sports that aren't usually there.
Can we include parent poses, our other children and our dog?
Yes I am am happy to photograph your immediate family. Please let me know prior to booking as we can discuss this further.
What do we wear?
When you arrive I'll undress and wrap your baby in a swaddling blanket to keep them comfortable. Whilst I understand that it's very exciting to buy beautiful clothes for your precious one, but newborn clothes rarely fit well and fail to show the delicateness of every detail that is your new baby.
For the rest of the family simple, mid-tone clothing is best; cream, white, soft pink or even light grey. Textured items, lace and layers add a great touch.
Have a think about your hair and makeup. There's no need to go overboard here, but a little special touch here and there can go a long way in creating stunning portraits.
I will occasionally photograph baby in your hands so remember to remove any chipped nail varnish from yourself and any other member of the family.
For daddies, I suggest a pair of jeans with a plain white or tan/oatmeal t-shirt or a button up shirt with the sleeves rolled up and untucked.
If daddy is prepared to go topless in one shot the result can be incredibly beautiful and is a very powerful image.
For young siblings I will ask boys to go topless or wear a simple white vest and will wrap girls in a simple light fabric. Older siblings could choose from the following:
plain white t-shirt
neutral coloured sundress
light, floaty, neutral/mid-tone coloured party dress
Please avoid any clothing with logos or designs as we want the focus of your portrait to be on your little baby.
What should I bring?
Handy items to have with your for any session
Even if baby doesn't normally take a dummy, and you have one, please bring it along just incase as they will often want to self sooth by sucking more than normal. Using a dummy during a very short session won't encourage bad habit, I promise.
Water, juice or milk & a snack – dry foods are better over chocolate that creates wonderful gooey dribble
Wipes & or tissues – I do keep tissues, muslins and sensitive water wipes in stock for emergencies
Spare Nappies - I do keep some in studio just incase
Extra bottles if bottle feeding
Comfy clothes for baby to travel in.
A couple of outfit options so we can style you perfectly
Any keepsakes or items you wish to include such as a favourite toy & dummy
Spare clothes for you both as accidents happen
How quickly can I see the images?
Images are generally ready to see via an online, password protected gallery within two weeks of your session. I am always happy to rush an image or two when needed for an event or if you are happy to have a preview via social media please let me know and this can be done within 24 hours.
Lastly I'd like you to be nice and relaxed during your session as children generally response to your energy and therefore the more relaxed and comfortable you are the chances are your baby will feel the same. So if there's is anything at all you would like to discuss to put your mind at ease please give me a call and I'll be only to happy help.