Frequently Asked Questions

Here are my answers to a few questions that get asked fairly regularly. If you have another question, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll do my best to answer timeously.

Where do the shoots take place?

For maternity, newborn babies and smaller children, the tranquility of the studio tends to produce the best images. I like the controlled light, low noise, and heat-controlled environment. As the UK weather can be a little .... unpredictable, it's often more pleasant to be in the studio. But I do love wellies, umbrellas and macs, so we can also enjoy playing outside if that's what you'd prefer. I'm very flexible and happy to use your home or another naturally lit location for these shoots.

My studio is located in Orpington, London.

Do I get the ‘negatives’?

The digital negatives comprising of a number of high-resolution retouched images which are available to buy on request, they are a premium product.  Taking the photographs is only part of the process in creating the art that will eventually hang on your walls.

It takes great skill to enhance photographic images – removing blemishes, balancing colours and using other post-production techniques. I have spent years sourcing the best labs and other suppliers in order to create prints of the highest standard. Although a large number of clients choose the digital negatives some clients will find it more cost effective to fully framed portraits and other products from me.

What are the best ages for child photography?

Every age and stage! But if I were to have another baby, these are the photo opportunities I would definitely not want to miss:

  • A maternity shoot and a newborn shoot.
  • A 'mini session' (20 – 30 minutes) at around four months old.
  • A full session when s/he is sitting but not yet crawling. If you go for this, a good time to book it is when your baby has started to sit but is still fairly 'scrunched up'. We schedule the shoot for a month later, by which time s/he should be sitting up beautifully.
  • Mark this significant milestone with a first birthday shoot which includes general portrait as well as a cake smash.

These staggered shoots would enable you to create a stunning first year album. After that I'd have a shoot every 6 – 18 months. You may want to repeat all the stages if you decide to have more children.

What should we wear and what shall I bring?

As soon as you have booked a session I will send you information on what works best for the type of shoot you are having and give you some general advice on the types of things to bring to your shoot.