Frequently asked questions with answers about maternity, newborn, and family sessions

Are you open for business and what precautions are you taking with regards to COVID-19?

Regarding the government guidelines, we must practice social distancing, wear a face covering and practice regular hand washing or hand sanitisation during our sessions. You can find more information on the Socially Distanced Sessions Guide.

How can I book my session?

You will need to book the session directly with me. Sessions are booked according to my availability. Please send me an email with details about the type of session are you interested in, preferred term, and location (Contact Me). Reservation requires a deposit of £50 in order to secure your date. The remaining part of the payment is due on the day of the session.

How much it cost?

You can find information about prices on my Pricing Page. My clients usually choose the standard package.

Do you work on weekends?

Depending on the chosen package, I can be available on Saturdays.

What time of the day is the best for the photo session?

I usually start my sessions at 10 am. I prefer to meet as early or as late as possible. This is because the light is softer and more flattering. If I’m coming to your home the time of the day is less important and so these sessions can be scheduled for any time that suits you.

How many pictures do you take?

On the day of your session, I will photograph you in different outfits and poses. According to the chosen package, you will be able to choose a certain amount of beautifully edited images from the final gallery (usually 50 pictures). There is always a possibility to buy additional images.

How should I prepare for the session?

Please, relax! I’ll give you lots of advice about how to prepare, including what to wear, how to pose, how to prepare your home, or what you might need to bring with you for an outdoor session.

What happens on the session day?

I will meet you either at home or at a chosen outdoor location. I usually spend the first few minutes on preparation, setting up details, and getting to know you better. I don’t have a very strict time limit on the session so if you have children and they need a bit more time to get used to me or just run off a bit of energy that’s absolutely fine, I can be flexible.

During the session, I will gently direct you with posing. However, this mainly involves making sure you’re all in the best light and you’re nice and close together.

When can I see the final gallery?

Usually, after 7 working days, I will send you a link to a gallery so you can choose your favorite images.

What happens if the weather turns bad or someone is ill?

A few days before an outdoor session I will check the weather forecast and if it’s not looking good I will get in touch to re-schedule. Please note that cloudy days are absolutely fine and can actually add a lovely softness to your images. If someone becomes unexpectedly ill, please get in touch as soon as possible to re-schedule your session.

 

FAQ: Maternity session

Where will my maternity session take place?

Your maternity session can take place in your place or outside in one of the lovely parks we have around London. Some of my favorite locations are Hampstead Heath Pergola and Hill Garden, Golders Hill Park, Kew Gardens, Richmond Park, and Gunnersbury Park, Notting Hill. We can also hire a studio for your maternity session.

What do I need to prepare for my maternity session?

I have a wide range of beautiful dresses to choose from, but you can always bring your own clothes. I love to incorporate a meaningful element too so please bring your scan photo, a sentimental teddy (perhaps in traditional blue or pink for your baby), or some cute little shoes to add a really personal element to your session.

What should I wear for my maternity session?

Remember, timeless is best. Personally, I love maxi dresses for maternity pictures. Floor or knee-length maxi dresses with chunky necklaces are incredibly flattering on a pregnant body. Moreover, prepare a few outfits to wear for your maternity shoots, such as a casual outfit, a dressy outfit, a set of lingerie, a fitted dress, and a flowy one.

 

Since the main focus in your maternity shoot is your bump, then don’t let anything take attention away form that, like a pattern or print. Wear solid colors for your bump to stand out the most. If you want to incorporate pattern into your shoot, have your husband wear a patterned shirt instead. If you feel solid colors are too boring, then bring in some fun, bright, and bold accessories like necklaces and scarves.

How much skin in ``on show``?

This is entirely up to you. Personally, I think it’s lovely to show your bump off if you feel comfortable with it. I can offer delicate editing of anything you aren’t happy with. If you wish to celebrate your pregnant body and show off even more that is also fine. We can discuss this before your session and on the day too depending on how brave you will feel.

Should I be concerned about stretch marks and the extra weight I’ve gained?

I understand that you may be concerned about stretch marks and feel a little bigger all over, so removing any blemishes, including stretch marks and slimming you down a little in areas where needed through flattering poses, camera angle and expert retouching skills are all complimentary as part of your session. Just let me know what your concern is and I’ll take care of it for you.

Can my partner and older children be included in some pictures?

Yes! I love involving siblings and partners in the photos! Expecting a new baby is a very exciting and special time for the whole family.