You're all booked! What next?
I’m so excited to capture this time for you! In order to ensure we make the most of your time, which is so precious and limited, take a look at the information below.
Where will we meet? I use all natural light and love to shoot outside. There are lots of locations I can recommend, but if you have somewhere particularly special in mind let me know and I'll take a look at its suitability. We'll choose a location together via email around two weeks before the date, based on your preferences and personality.
When will we meet? The majority of my sessions take place in the hour before the sun goes down, as this is when we have the most flattering and beautiful light. For mini maternities we meet in the last 45 minutes before the sun goes down to give us the best chance of that beautiful golden glow. We'll finalise a time together via email one week before your shoot.
Who will be included in our session? The short time before you meet the newest member of your family is exciting. These photos are about capturing the bump, but they’re also about capturing that special time of anticipation for you and your immediate family. It’s so important to me to include your partner and children (if this isn’t your first!) in this session.
What will our session look like? When you arrive, we'll take some time to say hello and get to know each other a little. I will have planned out some specific spots within our location to work our way around. It's my job to guide you and make you feel completely relaxed, yourselves and beautiful (warning, that does mean you'll have to get close and personal!) Don't worry about how to stand or what to do with your arms, I will walk you through everything; all you have to do is be you!
How long will our session be? These sessions last half an hour.
What should we wear? I always say that the more comfortable you are in what you're wearing, the more natural your images will be. Wear something that makes you feel confident and something that you can move around in. As a family, it's best if you aim to coordinate but not match. Have a think about colours that complement each other, instead of wearing identical outfits or varying shades. Avoid wearing anything with very bright colours or branding decals, as these can be distracting. Take our location into account when you choose your outfit; a lot of my locations aren't suitable for high heels, for example. Apart from that, just something that you really feel like 'you' in! If you're still unsure, I'm happy to chat with you further about your wardrobe choices.
Can I bring along props? I generally avoid props as they can be distracting and take away from the genuine, relaxed atmosphere. However, if there's a particular item you'd really like to be featured then get in touch and we'll have a chat about it.
How do I see my photos afterwards? Within four weeks of your shoot date, I will send you a link to your online gallery. Your maternity session includes at least 20 full resolution digital images. All digital downloads are yours to share, print and keep forever. After your newborn session, your newborn photos will be added into this same gallery. Your gallery will be live for viewing, downloading and orders for 4 weeks after your newborn photos are uploaded.
Do you offer any further services? I know how time consuming finding a good printer and getting round to printing your images can be. Because of this, I offer a selection of services to you, including printing, framing, canvases and photo books at competitive prices - all available through your gallery. Due to limitations with printing inks and medias, I can only guarantee colours and appearance when you print through me. Images need to be edited differently for different media, so I edit images either for screen, canvas or printing.
You can share your gallery with friends and family, for them to view and order from, if you choose. All orders are delivered to your address to keep prices low.
Can I bring our pet dog or any other people along? These shoots are all about you and your family, but if that includes your dog, you're welcome to bring them along!
One last thing...
Please arrive and be ready to start on time. Remember, your session is scheduled according to light and, unfortunately, the sun will not wait for us. Please take traffic and parking into consideration in your planning. If in doubt, it's best to arrive early!
I look forward to spending time with you both! For any further questions, feel free to contact me by email.