FAQs

Planning your portrait session

 

Where will the portrait session take place?

  • Maternity: For your maternity portrait session, I’ll start off taking photographs in your home and then, if you want to, we can head outdoors (weather permitting). I usually take photographs in a few different rooms, making the most of the light and the space in your home. I can also take all the photographs outdoors if you’d prefer.
  • Newborn: Your newborn portrait session will almost always take place entirely in the comfort of your own home.
  • Family: We’ll start off taking photographs in your home and then after an hour or so head outdoors to your garden or favourite park. I usually take photographs in a few different rooms, making the most of the light and the space in your home.

If you’d like to have photographs taken in a park that requires a permit (for example a Royal Park or National Trust property), please note you’ll be responsible for arranging the permit and paying the associated costs.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?

  • Maternity sessions usually take between an hour and two hours.
  • Newborn portrait sessions take two hours, or three to four hours if you’d prefer the extended option.
  • Family portraits take two hours.
  • Christening and Baptism photography is for two hours.
  • Additional time is available for £100 per hour.

WHAT TIME OF DAY IS BEST?

The best time is when your children have had a sleep and a feed so they’re not tired or hungry. Most families find a 10am start works well but the timing’s completely up to you. Whatever works best for you. I only book in one portrait session per morning or afternoon so I can be flexible on the timings.

Newborn sessions tend to work best in the mornings as very young babies can sometimes become a little restless in the afternoons.

In autumn/winter I like to start before 2pm to make the most of the daylight.

MY HOME IS SMALL AND CLUTTERED – WILL I still get good results?

Yes, absolutely! Lots of portrait sessions take place in small homes amidst the usual clutter of any house. It doesn’t matter at all – I can always find a good spot.

DO I NEED TO CLEAN AND TIDY?

There’s no need to clean. We’ll probably end up moving a few things around anyway and if something’s lurking in the background of a shot, I’ll either move it myself or alert you that it’s there.

WHERE DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR THE OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHS?

  • See a blog post here with recommendations on great London parks and commons.
  • We can also take the photographs in your garden, your local park or just go for a walk outdoors.

How do I SCHEDULE A NEWBORN PORTRAIT SESSION?

WHAT IF I NEED TO RE-SCHEDULE?

If you need to cancel or change the time of your session, unless you’re ill, I ask for 48 hours notice.

I’m happy to offer one re-schedule free of charge but please note if you re-schedule a second time, I will charge 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 be aware that 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.

 Getting ready for your portrait session

 

What should I have ready for young children?

For young children, pick out some favourite toys to distract your child and keep them entertained. Bigger toys are better for photos. Bubbles are a surefire hit as are noisy/musical toys.

It’s also worth having a wet wipe ready; a dribbly nose can be cute but you might prefer it wiped off for the photo.

For babies that aren’t yet crawling it’s a good idea to have some blankets handy that we can use for different backgrounds. A variety of colours and textures is great but anything that has a strong pattern such as tartan is best avoided.

What do I need for newborns?

  • A few blankets that we can lay your baby on. A variety of colours and textures is great but anything that has a strong pattern such as tartan is best avoided.
  • A change of clothes (or two!).
  • If you have one, a babygro without feet – so we can photograph your newborn’s tiny toes.
  • A muslin cloth.
  • If you can, trim your baby’s nails beforehand – it looks better for close-ups of tiny fingers and toes.

On the day of your portrait session

WHAT IF IT RAINS ON THE DAY?

This is the UK so I’m always prepared for the vagaries of our weather system. If it’s only a light drizzle, that can actually be very atmospheric for the photographs – and umbrellas can be lots of fun with the photographs. If it rains hard, we’ll stay indoors and keep an eye on what’s happening outside – wen the weather eases up, we can go out and take some photographs outdoors.

WHAT SHOULD I/WE WEAR?

SHOULD I WEAR MAKEUP?

The most important thing is that you’re comfortable. If you feel comfortable with makeup on, please go ahead. If you usually go without (like me!), that’s absolutely fine too. 
I’ll always look to photograph you in your best light, so makeup is by no means essential. Most women photograph better with a dab of face powder and a smear of under-eye concealer. A pale eyeshadow also photographs well.

 

SHOULD I WAKE MY NEWBORN BABY FOR THE PORTRAIT SESSION?

No – hopefully I’ll catch them awake at some point during the session but newborn babies photograph brilliantly when they’re asleep and it’s best to keep to your baby’s normal routine. It’s true what they say about never waking a sleeping baby!

WHAT IF MY CHILD’S CRANKY ON THE DAY?

Don’t worry – we can spend some time cheering up your child. I’ve got lots of experience in getting the best out of little ones and it doesn’t usually take long to win them over. Even if your child seems to be acting up or not co-operating, there’ll still be a lovely set of portraits to look through afterwards – I promise!

It’s sometimes hard to resist telling your child to be good for the photographs but in my experience when they’re having fun and being themselves, the photographs always come out brilliantly.

After your portrait session

 

Ordering products

You can see your edited photographs about three weeks after your session at our viewing appointment. If you need the photographs earlier, I can have them ready within a week for an extra £75.

At my comfortable Clapham Old Town meeting room, we’ll look at your photographs on a large screen and also look through sample products to help you choose.

Please note that the viewing appointment is your only opportunity to order frames or albums – these can’t be ordered afterwards.

Prints can be available in ten days; frames will typically be delivered to you within three weeks; albums take a few months. If you need the prints, albums or frames ready earlier, please let me know and I’ll find out the fastest express deliveries currently available from each supplier.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FINE ART GICLÉE PRINTS AND HIGH STREET PRINTS?

Fine art prints are a world apart really: colours are richer and the paper is archival – plus my computer is calibrated to the printer’s profile for colour control. You can find out more here: www.louiserosephotography.com/difference-high-street-prints-and-giclee-fine-art-prints

DO YOU PROVIDE RETOUCHING?

All my photographs are lovingly edited to bring out the best of the colours and if you’d like any little scratches or spots removed from your children’s faces I can do that free of charge. More intensive retouching is also available – photoshopping features like correcting roots or reducing wrinkles is charged at £85 per hour (minimum charge £50). There’s no charge for retouching any images that are being framed.

SENSITIVITIES

Please let me know if there’s anything you’d like retouched and I can give you a quote for the additional editing work.

I want you to feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible during our session so if you have any sensitivities about your face or body such as a birth mark or scar just let me know. I can choose the best angles to minimise the feature. If you want to talk about anything before you come along, feel free to email or call me. Remember, I want you to get the most out of our session and am happy to discuss anything so don’t be embarrassed to get in touch.

Additional information

WHAT if I have OTHER QUESTIONS?

Just ask me – I’m more than happy to answer any little concerns or questions you might have.

HOW CAN I BOOK A PORTRAIT SESSION?

Please contact me by email, call me on 020 8133 9722 or text me on 07949 764 022. I look forward to hearing from you.

WHAT ARE the TERMS & CONDITIONS?

Please see http://louiserosephotography.com/terms