HOW IT ALL WORKS
Basically we just hang out. I come to you and we have a cuppa and a chat and then we start.
The most important thing for me is to show the realness and the connection between you all. I honestly don’t care what you look like, what clothes you’re wearing, or what your house looks like, just let it all go. I just want you to be you and enjoy spending some quality time together, let me capture everything that you love about your family, just as they are right now.
If you want to get a feel for what I do and what you can achieve with a session at home, have a little look at some of the lovely families I have worked with.
Q + A
Other bits + bobs
WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH?
I am all about feelings, emotions and having fun! They are the biggest thing I try to ensure that I convey when I am shooting. I am very relaxed and informal with a homely feel. I am nearly all documentary; I shoot what I see, I step back and watch and wait. The good stuff happens because you have your best little people with you. I'm just there to hang out with you all.
WHAT HAPPENS ON THE DAY?
Just be yourselves. Don’t do anything you wouldn’t normally do. Dress in normal clothes and do your normal everyday things. Bake, go for a walk, play games. Just be together, be loving, give kisses and cuddles and have fun. That is all I need you to do.
It is nice to break things up a little so a bit of adventuring outside would be great. I always have wellies in my car and my waterproofs, just in-case we find a big puddle to splash in.
HOW LONG WILL YOU BE WITH US?
That depends on what session you have booked. I like to arrive a little bit beforehand, meet you all, give big hugs, have a chat and a cuppa and let the kids get used to me before I get my camera out.
I say screw the weather. The UK is so unpredictable, I have shot in monsoons, blizzards and boiling hot heatwaves, you just don't know what you are going to get so don't stress over it. Just be ready to embrace whatever comes your way. I always have wellies in my boot, I'm up for anything!
DO YOU DO FORMAL PHOTOS
Nothing super formal but I always make sure that we get you all together to do a few 'look at the camera' shots, but I keep these very, very limited.
HOW DO WE BOOK?
Yeahy – that is great news. Drop me a line, we can find a date that works for everyone and chat about the details. I will then send you a booking form which needs to be returned with a payment and that is it… You are officially booked in.
HOW MANY IMAGES DO WE GET?
The number of images vary from family to family and depends on how many hours coverage you have. But you can expect to receive a minimum of 80 fully-edited images if I am with you for an hour.
WHAT CAN / CAN'T WE DO WITH THE IMAGES?
This is a good question and an important one. I talk about it more in my T+C’s but overall I hold the copyright and you get the reproduction rights to your images so you can share, email, print, create, as often as you like and as much as you like. All I kindly ask is that you not edit the images when sharing on social media as it creates a false impression of my photography style.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTERWARDS?
I go home, backup and back up again. Then start editing (and I get really really excited looking back over my time with you.) You will be able to view your photos online no later than 4 weeks after your session. If for any reason this timescale changes I will let you know in writing.
WHERE ARE YOU BASED + DO YOU TRAVEL?
I live in a little village in Hampshire and I love it. It is very green and muddy and very country. And yes, I love to travel, around the UK or abroad (especially anywhere with beautiful golden light, or the snowy mountains) I have a passport and would love to hop onto a plane and explore somewhere new.
Travel fees apply 25 miles outside of RG23
ARE YOU INSURED?
YES, YES, YES, I am fully insured. You would have to be a bit of a numpty not to be.
WHAT HAPPENS IF ONE OF US ARE ILL ON THE DAY?
Please don’t panic, kids pick up and pass lurgies around a lot. If they/you are really poorly and want to re-arrange for another time it is no problem at all. We will find another date that works for everyone.