Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
How much does a session cost?
For session fee’s please see the pricing section here
How much are additional images and products?
I have a carefully sourced range of quality products for your portraits. Please contact me for a full brochure by filling in your details on our ‘make a booking enquiry’ page.
Can I purchase the digital images?
Absolutely, I understand how important it is for my Clients to be able to purchase the digital images from their session. My digital image packages offer great flexibility and each chosen image is professionally prepared to the highest printable quality. There are a range of options for digital image purchasing which are detailed in my brochure.
Will you come to my home?
All sessions take place in the comfort of your own home for the ultimate privacy and comfort.
From experience I understand that it’s much easier for new parents to stay at home in the early days following the birth. My relaxed approach creates a calm atmosphere during the session.
I have a professional portable studio & lighting which I am experienced at adapting to suit all spaces.
Do you provide Hair & Make Up?
I can provide a recommendation for a fantastic hair & make up artist I have been working with for over four years called Ruth. Ruth is bookable separately before your session. I have provided her details below and will happily coordinate your session with Ruth.
About Ruth: ” Ruth is a fashion and editorial makeup artist living in London whose passion for beautiful flawless skin and natural makeup works perfectly with Elle’s timeless style. Ruth’s calm manner and unique approach to each individual face will ensure you look and feel your best for your photography session”. For more information and prices please contact Ruth directly. Website: www.ruthcoutinho.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pregnancy Photography Session FAQ’s
Beautiful maternity portraits create a lasting memory of an incredible time in your life. During your session I will work closely with you to create timeless fine art portraits that capture the beauty of your pregnancy.
When is the best time for pregnancy portraits?
I recommend booking as soon as possible after your 20 week scan and scheduling your session for when you are between 32 – 36 weeks.
If you are having twins or are booked for an early induction you may wish to capture your pregnancy earlier. I will fit with you and your choices.
How much time should I allow for my pregnancy session?
A maternity portrait session lasts approximately two hours. I always allow plenty of time for changes and will adapt the session to suit you.
Do you provide clothing?
I have a gorgeous selection of fabrics & bandeau tops which I will bring to your session. I will happily incorporate additional items and ideas which have been discussed before the session.
How do I prepare for my session?
To help prepare for your pregnancy session I will provide some suggestions for you in advance of your session by email or over the phone in a private consultation.
Newborn Photography session FAQ’s
How long does the session last?
A newborn session is never rushed and the time frame depends on your baby that day. I like to allow at least 3 hours for each session. This may be slightly longer for a newborn twin photography session.
I always ensure that there is plenty of time for feeding and changing your little one. It is important that your newborn is comfortable and relaxed for his/ her portraits. I am more than happy to wait as long as needed for the right moment.
When should I book my newborn session?
As soon as possible after your 20 week scan. Because your baby’s birth date is unpredictable, a note of your due date will be taken and a time frame will be reserved.
If you are having a C-section then a date for your newborn session can be confirmed in advance.
If you are booking the pregnancy and newborn photography package your maternity portrait session date will be reserved and a note of your due date will be made.
Although newborn sessions are often booked quite far in advance there are occasionally last minute openings. Please feel free to contact me for availability.
How soon after my baby arrives should I have my newborn portraits session?
The perfect age for a newborn session is within the first three weeks. I advise my Clients to contact me as soon as is convenient after the birth so that we can find a suitable day to capture their newborn portraits.
I listen to my Clients and respect their wishes. This is my recommended time-frame for newborn photography but I am always happy to fit with your preferences.
My Baby is already three weeks old. Is it too late for newborn pictures?
Newborns are much sleepier in the early days and still have their ‘curled up’ newborn look. It can also be easier to position them into those beautiful curled up sleepy poses shown on my website. However, I have photographed newborns up to 5 and 6 weeks old and the results are just as precious.
If you haven’t planned your newborn session but now your baby has arrived you would like to arrange a newborn session as quickly as possible then there are sometimes last minute slots available and it is always worth checking.
Do you have newborn props & accessories?
I have a beautiful selection of classic hand made knitted accessories for your baby. Including hats, headbands, wraps, nappy covers, soft throws and scarves which I will bring to your session. All carefully selected and made specifically for my photography sessions.
All items are washed before each session with non-biological sensitive washing powder for newborns.
I will happily incorporate additional items and ideas which have been discussed before the session.
Can my older children be included in our newborn session?
Absolutely, I love capturing family portraits and sibling portraits during the session. Additional time is allocated for this.
How do I prepare for my session?
To help prepare for your newborn session I will provide some tips and advice in advance of your session either by email or private consultation over the phone.
Baby, Family & toddler session FAQ’s
Baby, Family and toddler sessions are lots of fun and a great way to capture any milestone.
How long should I allow for my session?
These sessions last approximately 2 hours depending on the number of children and their ages.
When should I book my session?
For baby, family & toddler sessions there is no set timescale. However if you’re booking your session for a special occasion such as mothers day, fathers day, birthday or Christmas then it’s best to book as far in advance as possible.
How do I prepare for my session?
I will discuss ideas for your session with you and make suggestions to help create classic family portraits.
Plenty of time is allowed for outfit changes, just have to hand any clothes you would like to change into neatly ironed and ready to go.
Depending on the size of the family it can also be useful to have a couple of chairs or stalls to hand portrait posing.
Group Photography Parties (popular with nct groups)
Host a photography party and share the wonderful experience of a private portrait session with your nct group, family and friends.
The host receives a beautiful complimentary fine art archival print mounted to fit a 12”x10” picture frame . The cost of the session can be split with the group or as you would like to arrange it.
These popular mini sessions are great way to update your albums and capture your little ones next developmental stage from sitting to first steps.
These sessions are ideal for groups of between 5 – 6 parents and their babies. Each family is given approximately 15 – 20 minutes for their mini session.