How do you photograph weddings, Nicola?
Where are you based and do you travel?
When will we get our photos?
How many pictures will we receive?
I want to tell the whole story of your day - the atmosphere, emotions, calm and crazy moments, and all the little details that make your wedding uniquely yours. With reportage-style photography, I capture you and your guests in a narrative fashion and will gently prompt and guide you to achieve natural-looking shots - or just catch you unaware. We will work with the available light to add drama.
I am based in Stoke Newington, North London, but I love to travel and discover new locations. If your wedding is outside London, no problem, though there may be travel and/or accommodation costs to charge as extra.
I aim for no more than three weeks - but it is sometimes quicker, depending on time of year. You can download all the high-resolution digital images, also suitable for making prints, directly from the gallery. You can also share the gallery with friends and family and choose your favourite images for your wedding photobook. The book will take a few more weeks to complete, especially if in high season.
With a two-hour, ceremony-only package you receive 200 fully edited images; with eight-hour coverage, you get 400-plus edited images; with ten- hour coverage you get 600-plus edited images. When editing the images from your wedding, I select the best from each part of the day.
How do you photograph newborns, Nicola?
Should I book a studio or home session?
When will we get our photos?
How many pictures will we receive?
Newborn shoots are so much about great props - and I am always excited to add to my collection and tell clients about the huge array I have. This ranges from wooden dough-bowls to place your baby in, and lovely wood-effect backgrounds, to wraps of all colours and fabrics with matching bonnets and headbands.
The other important thing is patience, to get the best out of your baby. I allow about two hours for a shoot but am happy to overrun if needs be. I had two babies myself - who are now teenagers - so understand the needs of a baby and how they will or will not play ball.
A session should ideally be done between 5 and 14 days old, to get that curled-up, sleepy look. Your baby can be most easily wrapped at this age. It's important to book early, during pregnancy, to secure the optimal date for your session. Fill out the form on the Contact page of my website, letting me know your expected due date. I will then pencil your shoot in the diary, to be confirmed following birth. A pencilled booking helps avoid disappointment.
It's also possible to photograph newborns at three to four weeks. By then, they have unfurled and are more wriggly and less sleepy but I can adjust poses and, with patience, we will still get great shots for you to treasure for ever.
If your baby is six to nine months, and able to sit unaided, you may also want to consider the Milk Bath session detailed on my website.
On the Newborn portfolio page of my website, directly below details of the image-bundles available, are details of what to expect at a studio or home session, which should help you decide.
The studio option gives you access to all my props - from antique wooden dough-bowls to place your baby in, lovely wood-effect backgrounds and fur rugs, to wraps in all fabrics and colours with matching hats, bonnets and headbands.
A home session, on the other hand, can be more convenient after giving birth. Using a white- dressed bed as background, with portable studio lighting, we create natural lifestyle images. I do not bring antique wooden bowls, wood-effect backgrounds or fur rugs. Home sessions are also well-suited to older newborns who have unfurled, because we drape beautifully coloured and textured fabrics over the lower half of your baby, rather than wrap them up tightly in a womb-like swaddle.
I aim for two weeks, but depending on my diary. You can then view your own online gallery of images, with friends and family. Next, you select the bundle of digital and print images you wish to buy and complete payment. Afterward, you nominate your included prints, and can download the bundle of digital images you have chosen.
Please refer back to the newborn portfolio page, where you can compare the various bundles available to purchase, once you have seen your presentation of images in a gallery.
What if my child is sick?
What if the weather is bad?
What should we bring along?
What should we wear?
Please let me know as soon as possible so we can rearrange or postpone, and your deposit will be good for the new session. I wouldn’t dream of expecting a sick child to have a photoshoot. It’s much better to wait until they’re feeling well and we can all have a great time taking the pictures.
I’ve been a photographer for many years and am confident shooting in all weathers. Indeed, different conditions can add to the drama of a shoot. On wet days, for example, great shots can still be achieved by using the beautiful, soft light cast by a cloudy sky. If the forecast is for heavy rain, we rearrange - or move indoors, to your home.
Keep bags and coats to an absolute minimum, so we can move around easily and the pictures are not too cluttered. If you're a family, you could bring along a few toys such as roller skates, a scooter, ball or cricket bat, plus water to drink and a few non-messy snacks and plenty of wipes.
Natural-coloured fabrics or a soft pattern work best - not bold stripes or checks. Having the whole family harmonise in similar colours or tones works well, but avoid matching completely. Black or white clothes are to be avoided outdoors, as they can appear very dark in shadow or too light in bright sunlight.
To secure your photography session, a £100 booking fee is payable and this confirms acceptance of my T&Cs. The fee would be fully refundable if I failed to attend the session - which has never happened in my 20 years of shooting. The fee is non-refundable if the client fails to attend a session without at least 24 hours' notice. Full payment of the shoot balance, and chosen digital and print bundle, is required prior to your receipt of the order. A full invoice can be supplied on request.
For outdoor shoots, I keep a keen eye on the weather forecast and, if it looks dodgy and there is no indoor alternative, a new date can be arranged.
Any parking and Congestion Charge incurred by myself if attending a shoot not at my studio are not included in the price of a session and will be added to the final balance. Same applies for any admittance charges at locations such as Kew Gardens. Any portrait photography bookings that are more than an hour's drive from my home in Stoke Newington, North London, will be subject to an extra charge by mutual agreement.
Gift vouchers, minimum £100, are available to buy for family or friends and are good for 12 months from date of purchase.
In paying your booking fee, you grant consent for me to use or display images from your shoot for my portfolios, literature, exhibitions, website and social media, although any objections will be honoured. No further use of the images will be made by me for any other commercial reason except with specific written permission.
You will be granted licence to reproduce the images for your own personal use, or to give to family and friends. You are not permitted to enter the pictures into any competitions or to sell them on to third parties such as stock libraries. Any agreed commercial use would be subject to standard market rates and billed in addition to the session costs.
Copyright of all images remains the property of the photographer. Any images or copies of images, stored digitally or otherwise, are protected by the Copyright and Design Act 1988. It is contrary to the Act to copy or allow to be copied photographically/electronically or by any other means, an image created by me without prior permission in writing.