Below we have gathered together some of the most frequently asked questions about our photography service and the shoots themselves.  Feel free to browse and if you find your own questions aren’t answered please get in contact and I’ll be happy to help.

NEWBORN

When should I book my newborn session?

We recommend booking as early as you can to save disappointment. We look to schedule a date within the first 14 days of the due date of your baby. You can contact us via phone, email, Facebook with only a £50 deposit being required to secure your date.

As we understand due dates vary, we work with a “sliding diary” as we like to call it which means we always accommodate each and every mummy/daddy who chooses to book with us.

My baby is already born is it too late to book?

In our experience the optimum time for achieving the cutest squishy & cuddly photos is within 14 days of birth. The reason for this is that your little bundle will start to stretch out and become more awake after this time. This makes it much more difficult to achieve those types of images however we do understand this is not always possible for a number of reasons. If you are in a position where your little one has arrived please don’t hesitate to contact us and we can discuss options to make sure you have images to treasure forever. For example: rather than traditional newborn style we might aim for images with little outfits or images which we capture your little one gazing into the camera to show off their gorgeous eyes… at the end of the day you will never be disappointed as all images are memories of how tiny and innocent they where at this stage in their life.

What should you expect during the session?

We are very hands on with the babies, we love getting cuddles during the shoots. Majority of the poses we will be able to position our selfs however sometimes we may need to borrow an extra set of hands. The last thing we want is getting the new mummy’s moving around to much so don’t worry about that.

Do you include family photos during the session?

We strongly recommend starting with your family photographs, these are so important as this is the first time you will be able to have a professional portrait that you will treasure forever – you will be surprised at how many parents love their images once they see them at their viewing gallery, don’t worry about that baby weight!

What should you wear?

Your newborn baby will mostly be naked or wrapped or possibly have a hat or headband on.

Parents – its best to come in plain black and then change into grey or white for variation. This is because we want your images to look simple, timeless and with no distracting patterns.

For siblings – Try and have them in something they are comfortable in and put it on them once they are ready to have their photos taken as you just never know with kids! Try stay away from distracting patterns and go for natural soft colours I.E baby blues, baby pinks, creams.

Make-up and hair should be whatever your most comfortable with. If you have your nails done we would say to try have a natural colour and make sure they aren’t chipped. Your hands will be used in some photographs to show how tiny and precious your little bundle is.

Is there a deposit?

To secure your shoot we will require a non refundable £50 deposit paid via bank transfer. Once we have received this we will confirm your provisional date.

What happens if my baby comes earlier?

Once you have paid your deposit we will organise a provisional date under 10 days after your due date. If this changes please don’t worry, contact us once you are out of the hospital and we can arrange your shoot.

Do you have a studio?

Yes, our studio is located in Coatbridge. Our address is Unit 3 Coatbank way, ML5 3AG.

Who can attend the shoot?

We recommend mother of the newborn and someone their to help out for feeds, nappy changes etc however we will help out where we can.

For siblings if they can arrive at the beginning of the photoshoot. We will photograph family shots for roughly about an hour and if possible arrange for a day out with another relative as it can be quite long for them.

What noise level should the shoot be?

The noise level should be what they are used to. We usually have white noise on along with some background music. When its too quiet they usually know something is going on!

How can you prepare for the shoot?

We request that on arrival you try to give your baby a feed however we know that sometimes this cannot happen as babies have a schedule. If you are lucky and the timings work out its great as they tend to go into a “milk comma.” This gives

us the best chances of getting those curled up poses without disturbing their sleep.

Don’t dress them in anything that needs pulled over their heads and might wake them up.

Try keep baby active up until we are ready to shoot.

If you have a dummy we would suggest bringing it and also bringing more milk than normal if bottle fed. Babies tend to drink more during their photoshoots as its hard work!

How long does the session last?

Every session is different as we don’t know how the baby will be. We have had newborns done within 1-2 hours however we have also had newborns last up to 6 hours. We will try keep it between 3-4 hours. We do schedule out a whole day so we are on no timescale. Basically the little one controls the time.

Do you need to provide props?

We will provide a range of large blankets to cover the bean bag and act as a background for the photos. We have hats, headbands, stretch wraps, bonnets etc they are all handmade and carefully chosen to match our colour schemes

If you have any particular favourite colours we can certainly ensure we have got them.

Can we included our own props in the photos?

Yes of course. Please show us these before we start shooting so we can create a plan to put them in on the right set ups.

Can you request a particular pose?

Yes of course at the end of the day they are your photos so we will do our best to accommodate you. However sometimes the babies don’t find all the poses comfortable and they will only relax and sleep when they are in their favourite positions.

Your newborns safety is our top priority. We will never balance the baby on objects or its self without having adult support and taking the weight. With these type of photos they are what we call composite images and they are put together in Photoshop to ensure the baby is safe.

Are the images edited?

Yes all images will be put through the usual editing of exposure correction, colours, white balance, cropping etc, however we will also retouch any dry skin on the baby. We will not retouch any birth marks and keep them as natural as possible. If the umbilical cord stump is still in place not to worry we will try cover it as much as we can in the photos.

When do we see our photos?

We will upload a sneakpeek to our Facebook page one or two days after your shoot and you are welcome to share and tag with friends.

The rest of your photos may take up to three weeks and we will keep in contact with you so you know when to expect them. Once your photographs are ready, we professionally print all of your photographs, and invite you in to your viewing gallery to chose the ones you love the most. This is when you can decide to order the presentation box, wall products and extra prints. We send you your digital files of chosen images via We Transfer. This is great as its directly sends to an email of your choice. These digital images are high resolution which means you have the print release to do as you wish.

Are you trained in newborn photography?

Yes we are. Newborn photography is such a specialised genre of photography. This industry is not regulated. So please be aware when booking your newborn session that you consider your babies safety. We are fully trained from doing workshops in person and online via the world leading newborn photographers. We are qualified in infant first aid. These pictures will be some of your most treasured possessions. We will ensure that the photographs we capture are taken in a very safe, clean and comfortable environment for you and your baby. The whole experience is one you will remember fondly.

WEDDING

How to book?

Booking is very easy: If you contact us via our website contact form, email, phone we can check our availably for your date, discuss our packages and organise a free consultation for you to tell us more about your day and an opportunity for you both to meet us both and hear about our style of photography.

Do you require a deposit?

We take a £200 deposit upfront to secure any date although we would always recommend booking a free consultation.

Is there a consultation

A consultation with both the Bride & Groom is very important before confirming any booking. This allows us to discuss your vision for the big day and make sure we have an understanding of your every requirement – you can arrange this by clicking here.

How & when do I pay the balance?

You will be given a payment schedule as part of your booking confirmation. Our terms of booking are for the £200 deposit to be made up to 50% 6 months prior to the wedding date with the remaining balance being paid in full 6 weeks prior to the date.

How many photographers cover my day?

In most cases two photographers is enough however if you feel a larger photography team is required then we work with other photographers who shoot in the same style to meet these requirements.

How many photos do we get?

It’s always hard to give an exact figure as every wedding is different – rather than committing to numbers we would always prefer to assure you that our role as your photographers is to document every aspect of the story of your day – with two shooters we can assure you, we won’t miss a thing.

When will I receive my images?

Please allow for up to 6 weeks waiting time for images to be edited to high standard.

Do I get a sneak peak?

We always upload a sneak-peak within 24 hours unless of course you would prefer to wait and see the images altogether.

Can I order prints?

We offer professional print services to meet all of your requirements. Popular options are album, prints, framing & canvases. This can be included in your package or added on after presentation of your images. These are available to family and friends where you give permission.

Do we offer a wedding album?

Some packages include a wedding album whereas others it’s an add on. Prices start from £170 and can be discussed in further detail at your consultation.

When should we book?

Like most wedding services, dates fill up well in advance. It’s advisable to book as soon as you are comfortable that we are right for you. Please use the contact page to check availability and subsequently arrange a consultation.

What is your style of photography?

Our style is natural, relaxed & candid. We enjoy using soft natural light (where possible) and we look for lots of colours & tones that compliment each other while highlighting your natural beauty. We like to shoot a mixture of candid’s, traditional poses & often some more laid back images to capture the fun of the day.

Do you edit my images?

We use a combination of Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom to process and edit your images. We use the power of this software to bring out the natural colours and highlights. We rely on our technical photography skills to capture the image right the first time rather than processing it and ruining the natural beauty which nowadays seems to be a common thing.

Can I cancel or move my date?

The deposit is a non-refundable booking fee to secure your date. As we understand that things can change, we are always happy to transfer your date (where possible) although for a full cancellation the deposit is always kept. If cancellation is within 6 weeks of the date, then the full booking cost would be retained.