What sort of photographer are you?
I’m a bit of a mix! First and foremost I’m predominantly a people-photographer. I like landscapes only when they’re framing a person. I have a very relaxed and natural style, using mainly natural light. My photos are rich in colour and/or texture where possible. I don’t overly-edit my photos – they will always look realistic. I do a mix of reportage-style photos (the photos of all the ‘in between’ moments) and posed shots (the kind you can give to Granny for the mantelpiece).
At present I offer the following services;
- Family portraiture
- Child portraiture
- Newborn and baby portraiture (I don’t have a specific age of baby that I will/won’t work with)
- Dance photography
- Business branding photography
Will my home work for a photoshoot?
Absolutely! All I need is a window for some light.
How do I book?
To book please just contact me, either by filling in the form the contact page, by phoning me on 07970 318 566, or by emailing email@example.com.
What if we’re ill on the day?
No problem, I understand. If possible we will rearrange.
Not problem, with three children of my own I totally understand how these things happen. I’m happy to discuss rescheduling, subject to availability of course. Please contact me as soon as you feel illness might be a problem, then I can see what reshuffling I can manage.
What if my children misbehave?
Who’s children don’t?! I have three children and they aren’t always angels I can assure you! The main thing when kids are acting up, is actually for the parents to try to remain calm. You can trust I’ve seen children behaving worse than yours! So please relax, you don’t need to worry. Working with kids as I do, I have rather a large amount of patience, and stacks of tricks up my sleeve to try to gain their focus if we need it. I’m very good at helping in tricky situations (or knowing when to butt out if that’s what’s required!), often five minutes with me taking a few portraits can refocus the attention of even the most grumpy of children.
In the 17-odd years I’ve been photographing kids I’ve only ever had ONE who I couldn’t get a brilliant shot of. Her mum and I are great pals and laugh about it all the time… And the outtakes from her last photo session were HILARIOUS! I’ve made sure I’ve documented it for her 21stbirthday haha.
Seriously though, My aim is to capture your children as they are, not those social-media-model-angels everyone else seems to have… Am I right?
What if it rains?
We love Scotland. Really we do. What’s that saying about there’s no bad weather only bad clothing?! With all on-location photo shoots, if possible, I leave it till the absolute last minute to firm up our plans – both for timing, and location. Let’s face it – the weather forecast is more often the work of a crystal ball than science, so it absolutely can’t be relied upon.
Unless it’s absolutely bucketing it down, or you’ve someone in your party who can’t be out in difficult conditions (in which case we’d reschedule availability permitting), I do try to go ahead at the time scheduled.
Firstly, it’s Scotland – so we could be rescheduling for months before we found a nice day. And secondly, some of the best photos I have, particularly of children, are of them mucking about in the rain – muddy puddles always bring out the best in folk – don’t you think?
What should we wear?
There’s a blog post about that! You can find it here.
Can I change one of the packages?
No, but you can most certainly add to them! I have spent a lot of time working out the best mix of time, images and prints based on years of experience.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
Depending on what type of photo session you’re having there’ll likely be a few things to bring. For family sessions I often ask people to bring warm jumper/shawl/jacket, boots if it’s muddy and snacks for hungry/grumpy children. For dancers there’s a bit more of a list. Ahead of each session I will advise in detail what you need to bring with you.
Can you fix blemishes?
I am happy to fix the odd spot, or a scratch that isn’t normally there. However I will not (and cannot… I don’t know how!) change face/body shapes. You are beautiful just as you are.
Do you photograph weddings?
I used to! Pre-children I had many years of photographing wonderful weddings, but it’s just not logistically possible while my children are small. I’ll let everyone know when/if my focus changes. I can, however, recommend some wonderful wedding photographers!
Could grandparents be included?
Of course! I love a multi-generation photoshoot!
Can I have the RAW unedited files?
Sorry, no. I take great pride in ensuring I present to you the absolute best images, edited to ensure they’re at their best.
What’s in your kit bag?
There’s rather a lot in my [many] kit bag [s]. Here’s what I’d take out on a standard family/child/dancer/headshot photoshoot.
- Nikon D850 camera
- Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f1.4G Lens
- Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f1.8D
- Nikon AF Nikkor 24 – 120mm f3.5-5.6D lens
- A large white reflector
- A couple of Nikon speedlights
- A Gary Fong lightsphere (often referred to as my ‘tupperware’)
- Macbook Air