Portraits Info & FAQ
I offer three different types of Portrait sessions to fit your needs. I’ve kept my options simple, and there are no hidden or extra costs involved
Please take the time to learn a bit more about each one below to decide which would work best for you. You won’t pay extra for your image collections – all the images you receive are yours to keep!
*Please note that in general, I shoot studio-free, I use the potential of natural light to create your portraits.
Based on your desires, I’m also happy to help you choose a session type.
Perfect For - Engagements, Family, Maternity, Newborn
A custom session is truly an individual experience, and I’ll spend most of our time planning, discussing your needs and wants, and creating
the best bespoke session possible for you. Together, we’ll pick out the best location, time, and even clothing. My goal is to make this session a reflection of you, your children, etc., so the more natural it can be, the better.
Newborn shoots can even be done in the comfort of your own home.
Each custom session includes:
1-2 hour shooting session
60+ edited, high resolution digital files, delivered via password-protected gallery for you to keep
Perfect For - Actors, models, portfolios, children’s portrait ( one person only )
Whether you’re looking for new photos to add to your portfolio, or a professional-looking shot for your business, this is the package for you.
Each photo will have a professional touch, while still capturing your true personality.
Mini portrait session includes:
half an hour shooting session at an outdoor Berkshire location
12 edited, high resolution digital files, delivered via digital download for you to keep
Mini portrait session + hair and makeup
an hour shooting session at an outdoor Berkshire location of your choice
25 edited, high resolution digital files, delivered via digital download for you to keep
Price: £150 ( £100 without hair&make up artist)
Full Makeover Session
shooting sessions at an outdoor Berkshire locations suitable for each look.
1-2 hours shooting time.
Hair& makeup artist during the session ( helping to keep the looks spotless)
40 edited, high resolution digital files, delivered via digital download for you to keep
Price: £250 ( £160 without hair&make up artist)
Perfect For - Quick family sessions, children, portraits
Mini sessions are seasonal, and offered on specific dates. This means there are a limited number of availabilities for each one
(typically in Spring, Mothers Day, Summer, Autumn and Christmas). The sessions usually take place in a local park, forest, farm. If you’re interested in a mini session, the best way to find out when they are coming up is to stay updated on my blog, Facebook page, or Instagram.
Each mini session includes:
Shooting time of 15-20 minutes
10 best images via digital download for you to keep
I truly believe that natural light and the right scenery can make a photo far more beautiful than a bunch of extra editing and retouching,
so I strive to capture the perfect moment during the session itself, and only lightly edit the photos later. Through my experience,
I’ve been lucky enough to discover many different beautiful locations I know am happy to hold sessions in. If you decide to book a session of
any kind, the process is really quite simple.
Before Your Session
When it comes to planning a session, I can be a bit of a perfectionist. I want the day to go as smoothly as possible for you, so the pictures
can be everything you dreamed of and more. Once we decide on a date for your session, I will contact you to discuss a location, clothing, etc.
Your date will be held for 5 days after booking, and will be secured by paying a deposit of £40. This fee is non- refundable, and the
remaining balance will be due on the day of your shoot.
Please keep in mind that it’s important to me to really get to know my clients. It gives me a better idea of which location to pick, how to
capture their personalities, etc. A great photography session is so much more than posing, smiles, and a few clicks of a button. Once we get to know each other and can talk comfortably, I’m sure you’ll find that sense of comfort will be reflected in your photos.
During Your Session
A custom session typically lasts between 1-2 hours, but that is, of course, flexible. I try to capture as many candid moments as possible,
although I will pose you once in awhile. I strive for a relaxed, fun environment throughout the entire session so you can truly be comfortable
After Your Session
It will take approximately two (2) weeks for your photos to be ready after your session.
They will be presented to you in a password-protected online gallery, ready to view and share with family and friends. These photos
are yours to keep! Your gallery will consist of about 60 high resolution images from your session, including a variety of different shots and moments.
I encourage my clients to get a few of their favorite photos from the gallery printed. There is always something special about having a
professional photograph of your family in your home, and in today’s world of technology, the art of simply having photos out and about is
dwindling. There are many different options when it comes to printing your photos, and I’m happy to help you in ordering prints,
personalised CDs, and more. Please refer to the prices and products page for more information about the extensive options offered.
Portrait Session FAQ
WHERE ARE YOU BASED?
I am based in Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK.
DO YOU TRAVEL OUTSIDE YOUR COUNTY?
Yes, I am happy to travel across the UK for photo shoots. Mileage charges apply beyond 15 miles of Maidenhead SL6). If an overnight stay is
required, then an additional fee will be added to take into account the extra time away from home.
For shoots outside the UK, quotations are made on a case-by-case basis to take into account the time and logistics involved.
WHERE DO YOUR PHOTO SHOOTS TAKE PLACE?
Most of my sessions take place on location - I travel to you and we take pictures either at your home or out and about. Do you have a favourite park, woodland, riverside or any other location close to you heart? Please let me know. It may be a perfect spot for your portrait session.
As long as there are no restrictions on photography, I'm happy to take pictures almost anywhere.
If the session takes place in your family home, finding a good source of natural lighting will be my priority. Whenever possible, I prefer natural
light since it is a bit less distracting. A room with the biggest window is just perfect. A light sofa or bed with a light cover will make the background less destructive. I may have to move your furniture a little.
Is my home suitable for the photo session?
Children tend to be more relaxed and natural in their own home, and I also believe that the pictures are as much for them when they grow up
as for the parents – even the tiniest details in the background of a picture can bring back wonderful childhood memories.
HOW LONG WILL OUR PORTRAIT SESSION LAST?
Custom sessions last about 1.5 - 2 hours. I am very flexible with the time. Everyone is different and will need more or less time to get to know me and get relax.
Mini sessions are about 25 min.
Individual portraits about an hour.
IS THERE ANYTHING WE SHOULD BRING?
If we are shooting out and about, then we would take the normal things you would have with you for a day at the park, like water, a blanket to
sit on, etc..
Be certain not to schedule your photo session around your child’s nap or bedtime. Try to be well rested and have something to eat before the
Bring an activity that you enjoy doing together as a family. This gives you something to do, engages the little ones, and brings a real smile to
your face. Balls, books, board games, picnics...the ideas are endless. When families are engaged in doing something that they love together,
the photographer will have the opportunity to take some beautiful and authentic photographs.
WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS?
Operating a photography business in the UK means that I am totally confident shooting portrait photographs
in any weather! Many of my best pictures have been taken either playing indoors or outdoors on damp days
in the beautiful, soft light that results from cloudcover and drizzling rain.
If it is pouring rain on the day of your shoot, don't worry - we can reschedule, or just go for it and have fun!
I may need an assistant to hold my umbrella, though!
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD IS ILL?
If your child is ill, then we ask you to let us know as soon as possible and we can postpone your session. We wouldn't dream of forcing a sick child to have a photo shoot, as this would be miserable for everyone involved. It's much better to wait until they are feeling better and we can all have an amazing time taking your pictures.
WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?
Have your clothing chosen in advance and make sure that your outfit choices are comfortable and attractive. What do your dream family photos look like? If they are soft and elegant, choose neutral colors with soft, flowing fabrics - think creams, very soft pastels, oatmeal, light browns, tans, grays, and slate blues.
Want to showcase the fun and spunky side of your family? Choose coordinating colors with bold accents, such as hues of gray with yellow or
bright red accents. Adding fun accessories like scarves, headbands, hats, etc. can add a modern twist and sassy flair to your images.
It is best to avoid clothing logos.
Simple, plain-coloured clothes tend to work best, as well as clothes with a subtle pattern. It's best to avoid bold stripes and checks as these
don't work well in portraits, and try not to have half the family dressed in white and the other half in black as the contrast in the images
can be distracting.
If it is wet underfoot, please avoid dressing a toddler in white tights as the chances of falling over and muddying knees is high.
If you would like to have a selection of clothes for your children laid out, I'm happy to advise when I arrive. Should anyone be wearing something that I don't think will work well in the pictures, then I'll mention it to you before we start so there is an opportunity for a quick change.
ARE YOU ABLE TO REMOVE IMPERFECTIONS FROM THE IMAGES?
It is no problem to remove the superficial spots and scratches. Please let me know if you feel like you need this service, as normally I do very
HOW MANY IMAGES WILL WE BE ABLE TO CHOOSE FROM?
I pride myself on producing a variety of images that are of an incredibly high standard, and I have worked hard to gain a reputation for
producing beautiful, creative, imaginative pictures. On average, I will present you with sixty images to choose from - all of which will stand
alone as beautiful images in their own right, but will also, when viewed together, tell a wonderful story from your day.
The majority of our clients choose a number of images for the wall and also purchase an album which will include all your images in fabulous layouts that really capture the spirit of your family. The best way to see the types and variety of images I produce is to look at my galleries or
WHO HAS COPYRIGHT TO THE IMAGES, AND CAN I BUY THE PHOTOGRAPHS ON A DISC?
After each session, you will receive a link to private online gallery. All photos are for you to keep. You will be granted a license to reproduce the images for your personal use, or to give to family and friends. You are not permitted to enter the pictures into any competitions, or to sell them onto third parties such as stock libraries. I retain the copyright to all my images.
HOW LONG UNTIL WE SEE OUR PICTURES?
Usually we will be able to show you your pictures within two weeks of your session.
HAVE A QUESTION I HAVEN’T ANSWERED?
Please feel free to get in touch with any additional questions! I am always happy to answer an email or phone call and make sure that you have all the information you need. I can’t wait to hear from you!
HEADSHOT PORTRAIT SESSION £75
If you’re looking for a new LinkedIn profile picture, headshots for your website, new portfolio for your accting agency or some casual feel-good solo shots, this is the package for you!
- 1 hour photo session at an outdoor Berkshire location of your choice
- up to 3 wardrobe changes
- 30+ edited, high-resolution, digital negatives in jpeg format for you to keep, delivered on CD.
Email me to book your session.
CUSTOM PORTRAIT SESSION ~ £120
Suitable for engagements, family photos, boudoir , and maternity shoots. Includes:
- up to 4 people (£25 per person additional charge for larger groups)
- 1 hour photo session at a Lower Mainland location of your choice (outdoors preferred, except for boudoir)
- 40+ edited, high-resolution, digital negatives in jpeg format for you to keep, delivered on a CD
A make-up artist/hair stylist can be added for an additional £75 per person.
Email me to book your session.