What area does your mobile photography service cover?
I cover a 25 mile radius and mobile studio and location photography coverage includes Liverpool, Formby, Crosby, Southport, Ormskirk, St Helens and Warrington to Northwich, Chester, Heswall, West Kirby and all places in between. I am also willing to travel further where necessary at 45p per mile for sessions further than 25 miles. To reduce travelling costs, photographs can be viewed on my password protected online gallery if necessary.
What locations would you recommend?
It could be a favourite park or woodlands, we are spoilt for choice in the North West. Great locations are the beach, Ainsdale, Southport, Formby, New Brighton, and West Kirby. Parks and fields of wildflowers, and cities like Liverpool and Chester have beautiful parks for photography. I am happy to chat about this prior to your session so that you get the kind of photographs you want.
What about poor weather for location photoshoots?
If it is pouring down with rain and blowing a gale then you could either opt for an indoor mobile studio session or reschedule your location session for a different day. Don’t worry if it’s cloudy, this is great for portrait photography as it means no harsh unflattering shadows.
What is the best time of day for location portraits?
I would always recommend morning or late afternoon (evenings in summer) as this is when the light is at its best. However it also depends on you and your family so have a think about routines and when you will all be at your best. Feel free to bring drinks and snacks along for the kids, I’m happy to take breaks as necessary.
How long does a photoshoot last?
A portrait session in your own home or on location is normally 1 to 2 hours. A newborn session can be slightly longer as I allow for feeds and nappy changes. Depending on which session you choose, mobile studio or location, I always allow enough time so we don’t have to rush things, this is important especially where children and babies are concerned.
What should we wear?
When you book a session I will send you a copy of my ‘What to Wear’ guide to help you in making those all important wardrobe choices. Clothes really do have a huge impact on your finished portraits. Please feel free to bring a change of clothes for yourselves or for children as this will give you more variety for portraits, but just keep it to a few changes, not your entire wardrobe!
Can we use props?
Yes please feel free to use your own props. Accessories for yourself and/or children are great and add variety to your images. Think hats, scarves, funky shoes, wellies, parasols and pretty tutu’s (maybe save those for the little ones!). Anything that shows off your family’s personality is great as it makes your photos unique and more personal. I also have some great props that I can bring along, depending on the type of photo session, to help make it fun and relaxed time for all the family.
What if the kids are unwell?
This is not a problem so long as you let me know as soon as possible, and before I set off so we can re-schedule for another day.
I would like to book a maternity session, when is the best time?
The ideal time for maternity photos is between 34 to 37 weeks.
How much work goes into producing your photographs?
Blood, sweat, tears…. and a lot of love and care and attention to detail! Your photographs are the result of years of experience, thousands of pounds worth of equipment, hours spent at the photoshoot and travelling time to your home, plus hours of professional editing and retouching. I then spend many hours polishing and editing all photographs to be displayed in frames. In addition, there are other factors involved including storage of photographs, print costs, postage, public liability and business insurances, advertising, marketing and website costs, to name but a few!
How much deposit do I need to pay to confirm my chosen date?
How do I order frames and albums?
After I have edited your photographs and they’re available for viewing you may then order products. I will visit you at your home and bring sample products to help you decide. I will also produce a slideshow of your photographs so you have a true representation of how the final prints will look, and help you choose any products for displaying your portraits.
How can I show off my favourite photographs?
I offer a hand picked selection of high quality photographic print products to display your favourite photographs. These include fine art edge prints, floating frames, contemporary frames, canvas wraps, lifestyle folios, high quality Italian digital storybooks and traditional albums with a modern twist. I also offer a photoshoot experience gift voucher, beautifully presented in tissue paper with a ribbon wrapped box, and you can personalise your gift voucher with a message for special occasions. I also offer eVouchers if you would prefer your portrait experience gift voucher emailed to either yourself or a friend/loved one as a gift. Also a very popular gift for parents, grandparents and friends are my pocket photo books, a handy portable size in a variety of colours and materials. Please refer to my product pages for more details.
When will I receive my frames or albums?
Delivery time depends on the products ordered. I aim to personally deliver your wall products within 3 to 4 weeks and albums 6 weeks after your order is placed. Please allow a bit more time at peak periods (e.g Easter/Christmas). It is advisable to book a photoshoot about two months in advance of when you need your products. I will keep you informed with the progress of your order at all times. The final products are worth the wait, they are truly stunning and make ideal gifts. Most of my relatives already possess one!