- frequently asked questions -
> How much does a photoshoot cost?
Details of all available packages can be found HERE.
I believe in being totally up front about cost, so there are no hidden charges whatsoever. All prices are published openly on the website and there are no nasty surprises after your session.
Every package is an all-inclusive start to finish service from planning for your session to the photoshoot itself, image editing and final delivery of prints/digital files. There's no obligation to purchase anything beyond what's already included and there's no need to decide on what you want until after you've viewed your proofs. Most people do choose to purchase additional products on top of the base package with the average spend on a session being around £350. However, if you don't want any extras that's fine too. There's no pressure and no hard sell - ever!
> how many photos will I get with my package?
Details of all available products can be found HERE.
That's kind of a 'how long is a piece of string?' question and it completely depends on the size and type of prints that you want. However, I don't believe in enticing people in with low-priced sessions and then hitting them with unexpected print prices after the event. All packages are structured in such a way that they include the option for a good selection of prints and I keep product prices reasonable, affordable and openly published up-front.
> How long will my photoshoot take?
This very much depends on the age of the participants, what you want to get out of the session and how things go on the day. Generally, you should allow one to two hours, with photoshoots for babies and very young children taking the longest and newborn sessions requiring a 3 hour booking. However, I'll cover this with you as part of your booking process so that you know exactly what to expect on the day and can plan accordingly.
> WHERE WILL MY PHOTOSHOOT TAKE PLACE?
The majority of photoshoots are held at my studio, based on the old Avana Bakery site in Rogerstone Newport. It's easily accessible - just a mile from the M4 or right off the A467 and includes a dressing/changing area, washing facilities and a large working studio space. A map and full directions can be found HERE.
Weather permitting, we can also take your photoshoot outdoors to take advantage of one of the many beauty spots in the South East Wales area. The package price remains exactly the same as for a studio booking, but please note that there are set start times which change throughout the year to capture the best light for your photographs. You can find out more about outdoor session availability and view some recommended locations HERE.
Finally, for most packages, you also have the option to book the mobile studio service to enjoy all the benefits of a professional photography studio in your own home. The mobile service saves you the disruption of bundling everyone into a car to travel to a location and you'll have all of your home comforts right at hand. Please note though, that there are limitations with this option. You will not have the full range of backdrops and props available to choose from, and we'll need to plan our shots in advance so that I can bring any necessary items with me. You'll also need to factor in additional time to allow me to get everything set up on arrival and to make any changes to the set dressing as we go along. This service is limited to weekday mornings only and there's an additional fee to cover the extra travel/set-up time for the mobile studio. Due to space constraints, the mobile service is usually unsuitable for family groups, full length adult photographs or more creative sessions such as pregnancy shoots.
> I'd really like an outdoor session, but what if the weather's poor on the day?
The British weather being what it is, we do need to be a little more flexible around outdoor bookings. Once we have a date scheduled in for you I'll check the forecast a few days before and get in touch to firm up our arrangements. If the forecast is poor or the weather looks set to be changeable, we have a number of options open to us :
i) We can reschedule your session to a new date
ii) We can change our plans and opt for an indoor session instead
iii) We can continue to plan for an outdoor booking but change the venue to the Fourteen Locks canal centre. This is close enough to the studio for us to abandon our session if the weather turns against us and finish up with some indoor photos
iv) We can choose to go for a studio booking with the option to fit in some outdoor shots using the space just outside if there's a break in the weather,
> Can I book the mobile studio service for a location other than a family home?
I'm fully insured to work at clients' homes, private venues or any other public location of your choice.
NB: Certain venues may require formal permission in order to carry out a photoshoot and/or an admission fee may be payable. I'll only ever pass the direct cost price on to you, but where applicable, this will be an additional fee on top of the price of your package.
> Do I need to provide any props for the shoot?
I have a huge selection of props and accessories available for your use. Prior to your session I'll have a discussion with you about the style of photos that you want and make sure that the appropriate items are freshly washed and available to you on the day of your photoshoot.
Of course, it's often nice to include something of your own to make the photographs personal to you. This is something that we'll discuss when you confirm your booking, and if there's a personal prop or accessory that you'd like to use we can work out the best way to incorporate it into your photographs.
> Can I have more than one style of photo and can you accommodate a couple of changes of clothing?
It's your photoshoot and your choice. I'm happy to include as many styles and as many clothing changes as you'd like . . . or at least as many as our participants will allow us to before they start getting too grumpy!!!
> How do I book?
Please use the CONTACT FORM to get in touch with me and include as many details as possible about your requirements. I'll be back in touch within 24 hours to offer you a selection of dates for possible bookings. You can also call me to discuss your requirements using the number on the CONTACT PAGE. Please note thatwhile I'm at a shoot my phone will either be turned off or on silent so please leave a voicemail or text message if I'm unable to pick up.
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