Photography Information

Family Photography, Location Portrait Session, Liverpool

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 afield 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. My favourite locations in Liverpool are Sefton, Calderstones and Stanley Park at all seasons of the year, with the daffodils, bluebells, rhododendrons and wildflowers, and don’t forget the Autumn leaves. Other locations are the beaches in Crosby with the Antony Gormley Statues, Ainsdale, Southport, Formby, New Brighton, West Kirby and the Liverpool City Centre Landmarks, they all make ideal settings for portrait 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 whenever necessary.

How long does a photoshoot last?

A portrait session in your own home or on location is normally up 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 to Expect?

For a mobile studio session please allow approx 4 hours on the day from start to finish. I require time to set my professional studio with a high-key lastolite background and flooring, three studio lights with umbrellas in your home and do all the relevant lighting tests before we start, as every home is different. Then allow for up to 2 hours for your photoshoot and time to dismantle my studio, this is a lot quicker.
For a location session, I will always do a recce for an hour and a half before we meet, to get the best seasonal locations and also for the best light on the day. I allow up to 2 hours for your location shoot, if it’s a family shoot, I will bring lots of items to keep it fun and relaxed and to keep the little one’s entertained. With young ones, it will always be child lead and I will go at their speed and stop for snack breaks whenever you feel necessary.  I’m a mum myself and I know when the children are happy, then so are we! 🙂

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 have 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, maybe a favourite teddy or blanket for toddlers. I also have some items that I bring along, depending on the type of photo session that help keep babies and toddlers attention, and to help make it a 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 many years of experience, thousands of pounds worth of professional equipment, hours spent at your photoshoot and travelling time to your home, plus hours of professional editing and retouching using the latest Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop software on a Apple Macintosh computer. On all purchased images and products, I then spend many many hours giving all photographs a professional digital makeover, you can be guaranteed a professional result as I have over 30 years experience. In addition, there are other factors involved including storage of photographs, print costs, postage, public liability and professional indemnity Insurances, advertising, marketing and website costs, to name but a few!

How much deposit do I need to pay to confirm my chosen date?

I require the full session fee as a non-refundable deposit to secure your date, this is due 5 days after booking your session. If you have to cancel for any reason we will reschedule the session, subject to availability. However please try to give as much notice as possible as I often have people waiting for dates. You can pay either by direct bank transfers (preferred) or credit/debit card using PayPal via my website, cheques or cash can also be paid and I simply send you an invoice by email/post. For all product orders I require payment in full beforehand, and due to the personalised nature of printed products no refunds can be given. Thank you for your understanding.

How do I order frames and albums?

After I have edited your photographs and they’re available for viewing on your private online gallery in which you can view from the comfort your own home, you may then order products. If you wish to order frames, I can visit you at your home for a viewing session 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. Afterwards I can create a visual design of how your chosen frames and photographs will look and email it to you before placing your final order.  Alternatively if you wish to order either high resolution digital images, professional lab prints or gift accessories a viewing session is not necessary. If you are interested in either digital storybooks or traditional albums to tell the story of your portrait session or special event, I can also bring samples along with me or email you to help you decide. Information on all my frames, albums and gift and accessories can be found on my website by clicking on my Products page.

How can I show off my favourite photographs?

I offer a hand picked selection of high quality photographic bespoke Products to display your favourite photographs. These include fine art edge prints (including a new addition to the range which includes clusters and splits), floating frames, contemporary frames, lifestyle folios, high quality Italian digital storybooks and traditional albums with a modern twist and gifts and accessories all to match. I also offer a photoshoot experience gift voucher, elegantly presented with a ribbon, 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 also make ideal gifts.

Professional Business Insurances and Certificates:

I hold a comprehensive Public & Products Liability insurance and Professional Indemnity insurance for an Indemnity limit of £5,000,00. I also hold an up to date certificate for Child Protection Training and also and a current Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate (DBS, originally called CRB). All can be presented or emailed on request.