Babies, Children and Family
Before, during and after
Before – Once venue, date and time is confirmed, session fee is due and a contract is signed. We will have a chat about how you plan to display your photos in your home. My Pricing and Product Guide can be found here and a more detailed version will be sent to you by email as a PDF. Clothing guides can be found below.
Outdoor sessions – Weather – I always confirm the session a couple of days. Sessions sometimes have to be rescheduled. It’s no problem! Shoots in summer generally take place towards the end of the day.
Studio sessions – My studio is at home in Dormans Park, West Sussex. We have pets for allergy purposes although the room is cleaned thoroughly before the session.
During – The sessions lasts about 2 hours. Patience with young children is required. Don’t worry I have lots of it, just bring yours!!
After – Approximately 3 weeks later we will meet for a Viewing and Ordering Session where you will view your images on a large screen in a stunning video. You may need to bring some tissues! I’ll have all my samples and you can take your time and decide what type of thing would be just perfect for your home and gifts. Once ordered, most of your products should be with you within 3 weeks ready to display.
What to wear – older children and families
Clothes for a professional portrait are ideally neutral. Please avoid logos, stripes, slogans, spots, heavy patterns, tracksuits and neon colours ! You can bring a choice of outfits as it’s great to have a change half way through to give a different look. Colours such as pale blues, creams, pale pinks, fawns, navy are perfect but it’s nice to add pops of colour to outdoor session clothing in particular to match the season. If you are having a family shoot you don’t all need to match but it’s great to choose colours from the same colour palette so you blend and the focus is on your lovely faces. I have beautiful crowns, head pieces and some fine art outfits for children. In the summer I like to shoot bare foot where possible. Please remember to remove watches and any jewellery that is too distracting. Here are some Pinterest boards to help:
Studio baby sessions – clothing
For the under fives I have some beautiful, mainly fine art style and often handmade photographic outfits, but if there is a specific neutral outfit you would like included, please bring this with you. Avoid outfits that are loose fitting and have feet in them. For ideas for what to bring as outfits please see the Pinterest board: Baby Clothing Ideas
What to bring and how to prepare
Families – A change of clothes ( see above), a hairbrush and wipes ( and neutral rugs and some extra layers if the shoot is outdoors. )
Babies and younger children – The success of the photo session depends upon your child remaining settled and happy, so in order get the most out of your photoshoot please ensure your child is fed and well rested. Please feeds/clean snacks with you, a hair brush/wipes, neutral coloured teddy, vintage small toys etc.
For the under one’s your child will be photographed with mainly my own handmade photographic outfits, but if there is a specific neutral outfit you would like included, please bring this with you. For girls, if you own a piece of jewellery they enjoy holding for e.g. some pearls, these can be useful.
Where to find me
I am based in Dormans Park for studio shoots – Map