Where are you based?
I am based in North London and most of my work is here, but I can (and do) travel if you don't have an 'N' postcode! If you live elsewhere but would like to discuss booking an RWP photoshoot, please do get in touch and we can talk through options.
Where do you do your photoshoots?
My photoshoots are on location, which means I come to you! Before the photoshoot, we will have a consultation during which we can discuss exactly where you would like the photoshoot located. If you have opted for a mini session, this will include just one location, usually your home and / or garden. For the lifestyle package, we often go to a few different locations to get a good range of photos. For example, we could start with a portrait photoshoot inside your home and then go outside, either to a garden or a local park or favourite spot and get some pictures of a more playful moment. Or if you just want to stay cosy, we can do the whole photoshoot at home. It's entirely up to you!
What happens if the weather is awful?
I really enjoy outdoor photoshoots whatever the weather and often get the best images of children when they are splashing about in puddles or getting blown around by the wind. However, the photoshoots are very flexible and if we decide on the day that it's just too cold / rainy / miserable, then we can base the photoshoot indoors. This is often a great opportunity to get creative with messy play, hide and seek in old crates and boxes, cooking a favourite cake or just quietly reading a book together. You name it, I've probably played it! The main thing is not to worry. Whatever the weather, we will get some great pictures for you to treasure for years to come.
What should we wear?
The sort of clothes that come out best in photographs are simple, plain or lighter colours. I normally advise people to avoid very bright colours or bold patterns. If it's a family photoshoot, it's often helpful to think about how the clothes work together. For example, if one child is wearing a very dark colour and the other a white outfit, the contrast can draw the eye away from the children's faces in the final image.
For a maternity shoot, it's easier to see the beautiful bump in tighter or slightly sheer clothes.
However, the most important thing is that you are comfortable so don't stress about what to wear and if you'd like to discuss it further, do get in touch. I wrote a blog post about this, so have a read of that for more outfit suggestions!
How long does a photoshoot take?
If you're looking to update your family album with some beautiful portraits of the children and a few family shots, then the mini session is perfect. This takes around 1 hour and you'll have 20 stunning images at the end of it. I normally advise clients to allow 2-3 hours for a lifestyle photoshoot. This is a fuller record of family life. We might start in your home, then head outside to your garden or a local park, possibly even making time to nip to your favourite cafe! This ensures there's a variety of photos and factors in plenty of time for breaks, nappy changes, snacks and drinks etc. Event and wedding photoshoots would be based on your specific needs, so please contact me to discuss this in more detail.
What will the photoshoot be like?
I start most photoshoots by spending some time getting to know the children involved. This may mean chatting to them, playing with them, letting them take some photos with my camera etc. Basically anything that means they are comfortable when I start taking photos. I have spent years working with children (I was a primary school teacher before I was a photographer!) and know that pointing a camera at them and barking, "Smile," is not the best method for getting natural, beautiful photos!
After this, I tend to follow your lead! If you are playing naturally with your children, the photos look natural. Often, clients tell me that the photoshoot ends up being great family time, as it is an opportunity really to focus on your children and have fun! I do give directions if I feel there is an opportunity for a particularly good shot or the light is wrong, but everything is kept very relaxed. This approach sometimes takes a little longer than the traditional 'point and shoot' photography method, but the final results are much better, I promise!
Do I need to prepare anything in advance?
The simple answer to this is 'no'! My photoshoots are all about capturing you and your family as you are, so you don't need to set anything up or re-style your house in preparation!
Some clients enjoy featuring a special or sentimental object in their images, for example a particular piece of furniture or a toy that's been handed down through the family. If so, all you need to do is tell me what you want included and I will make sure it is in the photos. If your child has a particular hobby that you would like to show them taking part in, getting that set up in advance (e.g. putting out some paints and paper or clearing an area where skateboarding can be demonstrated) can be really helpful. Again, if you just let me know that's what you'd like, we can discuss it and work out the best way to showcase your child's talents.
Do you do any photoshoot packages?
Yes! My most popular package is the Milestones one. That's three lifestyle photoshoots: newborn, 6 month and 1 year. Included in the price is an amazing array of gallery quality prints, both framed and unframed, as well as a beautiful, free photo album (worth £187). This package is a great record of that first, wonderful year of your child's life and you will even have pictures to hang on the wall without any effort at all! I also offer bespoke packages as many clients like to tailor make a package to their own unique needs. Have a look at my Pricing page for more details. Do get in contact if you would like to discuss a bespoke package or you have any questions.
What happens if my child is ill on the day of the photoshoot?
I completely understand that children get ill from time to time and this is unavoidable. If this is the case, let me know as soon as possible and we can rearrange the photoshoot for another convenient time.
How will I see the images from the photoshoot?
After the photoshoot, I spend some time editing the images and picking the best ones to show you. The edited images will be put in a private on-line gallery in digital form and you can then download them. Once you have had time to look at the images, I will get in touch to see which ones you'd like printed. As I said on my Pricing page, I am not into the hard sell and I just want you to be happy with the images and the printing options, so I will not pressure you to pay for anything more than you want!
When should I book?
For a newborn photoshoot it's best to book as far in advance as possible, so get in touch as soon as you know your due date. We can put a provisional date in the diary, obviously subject to last minute change! I have found that the best newborn photos are those taken when the baby is between 4 and 10 days old.
Maternity photoshoots are normally best at around 7-8 months pregnant.
As a general rule, I get booked up around 2-3 months in advance, particularly in the Summer and the months before Christmas. But it's always worth getting in touch, even if it's last minute as I occasionally have cancellations or can juggle other photoshoots around to fit you in!