If you’d like to have photographs taken in a park that requires a permit (for example a Royal Park or National Trust property), you’ll be responsible for arranging the permit and paying the associated costs for the permit.
How long will it take?
- Maternity sessions take around an hour.
- Newborn portrait sessions take between 1.5 hours and 2 hours.
- Family portraits take 1.5 hours.
What time of day is best?
The best time is when your children have had a sleep and a feed, or rather when they’re not tired or hungry! Many families find a 10am / 10.30am or 2pm / 2.30pm start works well, but the timing’s absolutely up to you. We only book in one portrait session per morning or afternoon, so you have flexibility on the timings.
Newborn sessions tend to work best in the mornings as newborns can become more crotchety in the afternoons.
In autumn / winter, we’d ideally start before 2pm so it’s not getting dark towards the end of the session.
My home is small and cluttered – will it work?
Yes, absolutely! Lots of portrait sessions take place in small homes amidst clutter – it doesn’t matter at all, I can always find a good spot.
Do I need to clean and tidy?
There’s certainly no need to clean. We’ll probably end up moving a few things around anyway, and if something’s distracting in the background of a shot I’ll move it or point it out.
Can you bring a studio backdrop?
I’ve got a pop-up background with a choice of white or black backdrops. Just let me know beforehand if you’d like me to bring it.
Scheduling a newborn portrait session:
Once we’ve booked in your newborn portrait, we keep a session free the week before and after that date, so we have the flexibility to play it by ear according to how you and your baby are getting on.
The ideal window:
- We aim to photograph newborns when they’re 7-10 days old, or at their six week milestone.
- If your baby is premature, we’ll calculate this from your due date rather than the birth date to give them a chance to catch up a little. If your baby’s only born a week or so early, see how you feel at the time – your baby might seem calm, solid and happy, in which case we can bring the date forward; if your baby seems a bit fragile or uncomfortable, we can keep the date originally scheduled.
- If your baby’s born late, it’s a good idea to have your newborn portrait session at around 7 days old, as your baby’s growth spurt might come a little sooner.
- Weeks 2-5 are generally best avoided as newborns can go through an uncomfortable phase with skin issues and digestive problems rearing their heads. If your newborn is very settled and doing well, though, we can photograph him/her earlier than 6 weeks.
- Six week milestone: newborns are generally much more settled at 6 weeks old – whilst still being tiny and snuggly, more alert and open-eyed – and often starting to smile.
What about re-scheduling?
We require 48 hours notice of cancellations or changes to your portrait session. If you’re ill, we’ll waive the 48 hour notice requirement.
We’re glad to offer one re-schedule free of charge – please note that if you re-schedule a second time, you’d need to pay a new Session Fee.
What if the weather forecast looks bad beforehand?
Overcast skies actually create lovely soft light and are very flattering. It’s always possible to get beautiful photographs no matter the weather, so don’t worry too much about it!
If it’s forecast to rain and outdoor shots are really important to you, we can re-schedule your portrait session. Please note I may not be able to offer a date for the same week as your original booking, and weekends can get booked up several months ahead.