TERMS & CONDITIONS + FAQ'S
Studio and Home Portraiture Sessions
To secure your studio or home portrait photography session date and time, a £100 booking fee is payable and the booking is then secure and confirmed by email. The booking payment confirms acceptance of my T&Cs. The £100 booking fee is non-refundable but can be used to reschedule your booking, if at least 48 hours' notice is given. If you do need to reschedule your booking please give me as much notice as possible. I only take two sessions in the studio on one day, to give maximum attention to my clients so it seriously impacts my business if you cancel at short notice. If the cancellation is less than 48 hours before your booking, your £100 fee will be forfeited. The balance payment or bundle payment for your set of images is required prior to your receiving the edited, full resolution downloadable images. The proof images with watermark will be presented on your gallery prior to this.
I need to drive for home sessions so that I may bring my lighting equipment and props. Please provide a visitor parking permit where necessary. Any metered parking charges incurred attending a home visit are not included in the price, and will be added to the final balance.
To secure your wedding photography date and time, a £100 booking fee is payable and the booking is then secure and confirmed by email. The booking confirms acceptance of my T&Cs. The £100 booking fee is non-refundable but it can be used for a new date, if the wedding needs to be rescheduled due to Covid restrictions. If you need to reschedule your booking please give as much notice as possible, as it seriously impacts my business if you cancel at short notice. If the wedding is cancelled with no new date arranged, the £100 fee will be forfeited. All wedding photography balance payments are due one week before the ceremony. An invoice can be supplied on request. If I was to fall seriously ill (this has never happened!) and therefore unable to photograph your wedding I would do my utmost to provide you with a new reputable wedding photographer, personally known to me.
Outdoor Family Sessions
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 will be arranged by mutual consent. Parking charges incurred attending a location shoot are not included in the price (I will try to use public transport where possible in central London). Any necessary admittance charges to locations such as Kew Gardens will also be added to the final balance. Outdoor session more than an hour's drive from my home in Stoke Newington, North London, will be subject to an extra travel charge by mutual agreement.
COVID-19 Liability Waiver
As the photographer, I will undertake measures to limit your risk of exposure, by wearing a mask, washing my hands and using hand sanitiser, and when we are not in lockdown I will make sure the studio is thoroughly cleaned between clients. But when booking me as your photographer, you acknowledge the photoshoot, at your home, outdoors or in my studio, is at your own risk. As discussed at the time of booking, and upon paying your £100 booking fee, you as the customer agree to voluntarily relinquish/waive the right to sue me for any possible exposure to Covid-19 arising from your photoshoot.
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, the photographer, to use or display images from your shoot for my portfolios, literature, exhibitions, website and social media. Any objections will be honoured but must be made at the time of booking and will require you to purchase the full copyright buy-out. Apart from my personal promotion, no further use of the images will be made by me for any other commercial reason except with specific written permission.
Upon full payment, you will be granted licence to reproduce in print or publish the digital images on social media when tagging me as the author/the photographer but not alter the images in any way using editing software. They are only for your 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.
FAQ - NEWBORNS
How do you photograph newborns?
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 21 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 seven to nine months, and able to sit unaided, you may also want to consider the Milk Bath session detailed on my website.
Should I book a studio or home session?
On the Newborn portfolio page of my website, at the bottom, are details of what to expect from your home or studio session, which should help you decide. Home session examples and pricing are found on the Baby and Family At Home page.
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, is beautifully natural and can be more convenient after giving birth. Using a white- dressed bed as background, with portable studio lighting, we create natural lifestyle images. If you would also like propped newborn images at home, please consider the Best of Both package. For this I can bring a large antique wooden bowl, wood-effect floor background and fur rugs. Home sessions are also well-suited to older newborns who have unfurled, because we can drape beautifully coloured and textured fabrics over the lower half of your baby, rather than wrap them up tightly in a womb-like swaddle.
When will we get our photos?
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.
How many pictures will we receive?
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.
FAQ - OUTDOOR SESSIONS
What if my child is sick?
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.
What if the weather is bad?
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.
What should we bring along?
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.
What should we wear?
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.
FAQ - WEDDINGS
How do you photograph weddings?
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.
Where are you based and do you travel?
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.
When will we get our photos?
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.
How many pictures will we receive?
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.