Here’s some of the questions that you might have about the various different types of photography that I offer. Of course this doesn’t mean that I’m not happy to chat in person about anything you might like to know so just get in touch if you’d like to.
- Baby photography
- Baby Photography Club
- Cake Smash
- Fairy Photography
- Family portraits
- Maternity Photography
- Newborn Photography
- Wedding Photography
Essentially, you don’t need to bring anything to the session apart from the fairy. You will have access to our range of unique handmade dresses, props and accessories and fairies will be barefoot when they go into the Forest. Our fairies tend to look best with their hair down and natural so the only think you might want to bring along is a hairbrush.
Our studio is quite small and there is not a lot of keep other people (especially small folk who are not being fairies) amused so we recommend that you just bring along the fairy herself and leave any siblings in the charge of someone else (someone you trust obviously, we are not recommending child abandonment!)
There is space for one adult to join us in the Forest, as long as you don’t mind sitting on the grass, but you can enjoy more comfortable seating in our waiting area and still see everything that is going on in the next room. We do ask that you keep distractions in the Forest to a minimum so your child can concentrate and immerse themselves in the experience.
We can accommodate two siblings together in the Forest but please let us know at the time of booking. We will shoot them both individually and together in this case. Regrettably, you cannot bring children from outside the family to share in a session.
Fairies of all ages from three onwards are very welcome to visit, but the Forest is particularly perfect for girls between 3 and 8 years for whom we have plenty of costumes and props. However, if your fairy is over this age range, you may need to bring your own costume and accessories. Of course, just give me a call to discuss any special requirements or send an email to info@SarahFisherPhotography.co.uk
We regret that we don’t accept booking for children under the age of three years old for a few reasons. Firstly under this age, they are unlikely to be able to participate fully in the experience and some very small children can even find the Forest a little intimidating as they don’t understand what they are there for. We also need to be sure that your child is of an age where they can follow simple instructions on where to sit and what not to eat in order that they enjoy their session, can create great images and more importantly stay safe.
Yes, we welcome all fairies but because of our other studio commitments we need to know when you are coming, so the Forest is ready. You can view the online calendar to choose your appointment time, and book and pay online by clicking on this link,site or simply call 01342 716393 during office hours (Tuesday to Saturday) to make a booking. We are not always available to take your call as we are often in the studio, but please feel free to leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we are able.
A session is scheduled for one hour to give you and your child time to relax, select their fairy outfit, and of course spend time in the Forest capturing some beautiful images. We may not use all of this time but booking for an hour ensures that you are not rushed.
We will work through a number of settings and poses to ensure that there are plenty of images to select your final five images (that are already included in your session price) and any canvas/frame presentation from.
These things happen, so if your child is unable to make the session due to illness or emergency, please just let us know as soon as possible by calling the studio on 01342 716393 or email info@TheEnchantedForest.co.uk and you are of course invited to rebook for a later date.
You can place your order directly from your online image gallery – simply add anything to your basket and check out as you would with any other online shopping transaction.
It can vary depending on the fairy involved, but we aim to take the very best from your session in order to provide you with approximately 15-20 images sprinkled with fairy digital magic to create the highest quality pictures from which you can make your selection. The key here is on quality not quantity, we will work through a number of settings and poses to ensure that there are plenty of images to select your final five digital images from (those are already included in your session fee), plus plenty more if you’d like to buy them or add any canvases or framed products to your order
Sorry but no. Obviously you can use your phone for making and receiving calls but I don’t allow any videography or photography inside the studio. If you are caught recording or photographing the session, you will be asked to leave and the session will be terminated without refund. All in all, that’s a horrible situation for us all to be in so please respect my copyright.
We have created our Forest to be as safe as possible and tested it with lots of fairies of varying ages. We always explain to fairies before a session that it is important that we move carefully within the forest and that running and jumping is not allowed as it upsets our fairy friends. We would never ask your little one to sit or stand anywhere that you or they are not comfortable with but we ask that you are present at all times and encourage your child to follow direction whilst discouraging from dismantling or eating their surroundings! This is one of the reasons that the Forest is only open to little girls aged three and up.
Yes, you can bring along up to two siblings (we regret that you can’t share a session with other children outside the family). Siblings will be photographed both separately and together in the Forest.
When you book a session in the Forest, you already receive one digital image that you select from your finished image gallery. You are welcome to purchase additional digital images or we also offer a full range of prints, frames and canvases that you can also order from your online gallery if you would like to. There is no viewing session or sales process for you to sit through, you can simply order online from the comfort of your own home.
Your booking is accepted subject to our bookings and photography terms
The Enchanted Forest is a trading brand of Sarah Fisher Photography and such, we also have generic company terms and conditions which are applicable to all our photography sessions. It may seem like a lot but they are very standard typical business terms that protect our business if needed and necessary in the modern-day world :)
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An Enchanted Forest session includes
- Access to handmade costumes, accessories & props
- Plenty of photography time in the Forest
- Collection of hand finished digital images in your private online gallery (no sales or viewing process)
- Your favourite image for download so you can view, share and print for yourself
- Plenty of Enchanted Forest stories, magic and sparkle!
Approximately a week after your session, you will receive an email with a link and a password to your finished private online image gallery. You simply follow the link and enter your password to view your images. To let me know the image you would like that is included in your package, just add it to your favourites list and share it with me.
Any more that you would like (all the prices are online), you can order directly from your gallery just as you would any other ‘add to shopping basket’ type experience.
You will then receive a second email when your images are available for download.
Any digital images that you purchase will be sized at 10×8″ at 300ppi so perfect for printing up to this size or slightly larger (you have more flexibility on size when it comes to canvases as they are printed at a lower resolution). I offer a range of larger prints and canvases that you can order from my gallery if you would like them.
The minimum age that is suitable for visiting our Enchanted Forest studio is three years old.
There are a few reasons for this. Much younger than this and children are not usually able to understand the concept of the Forest or indeed posing for photographs. Some very young fairies can even find the Forest a little intimidating as they can’t buy into the fairy stories that go along with it and they don’t want to sit for their photos. Also, by this age, your child is able to understand some level of simple and child friendly instructions which are important both for getting the photographs that you want and also for their own safety (for example, don’t eat that!). Last but not least, our costumes are designed to fit a certain age range and we don’t have much choice in very tiny costumes. Of course if you have a very small three year old, please just get in touch and we will make sure we have dresses that we can offer you.
To select the digital image that is already included in your session, simply add the image to your favourites list and choose ‘Share with Photographer’
A newborn photo shoot is £95 and that includes your two hour studio session, plus your three favourite digital images to download at print quality and share as much as you would like. You also receive free membership to my baby photography club which you can find the full information on here. With this, you get three additional sessions in your baby’s first year, one each at roughly four, eight and twelve months (which can be a cake smash / tub splash session if you’d like it to be). At the end of the year, you pick your favourite image for a triple aperture wall frame. The normal cost for the Joey Club is £39.95 for the year.
We schedule the studio for two hours although I never take back to back appointments so we are not rushed if we need a little extra time. How long the actually photography takes depends entirely on how your baby is feeling, but we have plenty of time for feeding and settling if we need it.
I’d definitely recommend booking your newborn photography while you are still pregnant, any time after your 20 week scan is perfect. This ensures that I have availability for you in your baby’s first two weeks as the studio can get quite busy. If you are late booking, I’ll always do my best to accommodate you if I can but booking early means that you don’t have to worry about it when you’re just home from the hospital.
Obviously you don’t usually know exactly when your baby will arrive but it’s best to book your newborn photo shoot while you are still pregnant to guarantee I have availability for you. We book your session for your due date plus seven days and then you just need to keep me posted if your baby arrives early so we can adjust it. I’ll be in touch with you the week before your session if I don’t hear from you to see if we need to move it to a later date.
I have plenty of props and accessories at my studio for you to choose from at your photo shoot so you don’t need to bring along anything other than your usual baby bag and maybe some drinks and snacks for yourselves. However, if you’d like to bring along items to include then you’re welcome to. There’s an article you might find helpful here – What to Bring to your Newborn Photo Shoot.
It can be a busy time when you’ve just had a baby so there’s no a lot that you need to do before your newborn photo shoot. However, some things can be helpful
- Try to keep your baby awake for an hour before you come
- Dress them in just one layer and use blankets to keep them warm for the journey
- Leave feeding your baby until just before you come (or feed them here if you have a longer journey) so they are as full as possible for their session.
There’s a whole article here that you might find helpful – Preparing for your Newborn Photo Shoot
Newborn photography ideally takes place when your baby is between five and ten days old as this is when they are at their most sleepy and poseable. After two weeks, they get much more aware of their surroundings and harder to keep asleep, or in a tucked up position. Multiple births (which tend to be a little early) and babies that come along significantly before their due date have a little longer so it’s always worth getting in touch to talk things through.
A lot of newborn photos are taken with your baby in just their nappy or naked (although they may be swaddled or wrapped). Multiple outfit changes can be tricky as most babies don’t tend to like getting changed and so it is hard to do it whilst keeping them asleep so I don’t recommend bringing along a lot of clothing changes. If you have an outfit that you’d like your baby to be photographed in, then I would suggest bringing them along already in it so we can get that done at the start of the session without having to change them. It’s really helpful to me if you don’t bring them with lots of layers on as that just means I have to strip them off again and potentially disturb them so I’d suggest one layer and use blankets to keep them warm and toasty on their journey over.
For a lot of a newborn session, we will be working on my giant beanbag but I do have a range of props that you can select from as well if you’d like to – from miniature beds, to bowls and even a little vintage style trolley. Working with newborns in / on props does require them to be fairly settled and so I don’t recommend using more than two in a session. You can find out more about my props by taking a look on my blog and there’s an article that might be helpful to you here – Newborn Props.
I’ve been a photographer for nearly two decades and photographing newborn babies since it first entered the UK market about six years ago. So I’ve probably seen a few hundred in my studio over that time and have lots of experience in capturing these tiny people.
Parents and siblings are welcome to be in the photos – although it’s not obligatory as sometimes new mums and dads don’t feel particularly camera ready. Where siblings are still young themselves, I recommend that they join us at the end of the session so that they can be in photographs without having to be bored by having to wait around. If you’re bringing them along for the whole of the shoot, then definitely bring them something to keep them entertained. Just as a note, we don’t have very good mobile phone signal here so it’s worth downloading things that you want before you come if you are planning to use phones or tablets to play movies or games. There’s an article below that you might find helpful.
Speaking as the mother to two fur babies myself, I know that dogs are definitely part of the family. You are welcome to bring your dog along to a newborn photo shoot if you think that they will be happy to attend and able to settle relatively well. It’s helpful for me to know in advance and also the size of dog you will be bringing so I can make sure I am set up for them to join in some of the pictures.
One or both of those is pretty likely to happen during the course of your newborn photo shoot as it’s very rare that babies turn up fast asleep and remain that way throughout. We have plenty of time to feed, settle and soothe them back to sleep so if they wake up or are unsettled, we just work through it until they are happy to nod off again. Here’s an article you might find useful – What if my Baby cries at their Newborn Shoot
It’s perfectly natural to be protective over your brand new baby (or your child of any age for that matter) but you can be assured that I am very experienced at handling newborns. Your session will be totally baby led and I will always be watching to check that their temperature is right, their circulation is good and that they are comfortable at all times. Of course babies will sometimes cry during their session but I am skilled at knowing whether they are just having a bit of a grumble or whether we need to make adjustments to get them comfortable. All the poses that I use are safe for your baby and I would never leave them unsupported or able to startle and fall. Where poses require extra help, I will ask for assistance from a parent and use digital compositing to create a beautiful image in a situation where it would not be safe to leave a baby unsupported – an example of this would be picture that you might have seen with a baby in a hat or helmet or resting their head on their hands. In cases like these, there is always a parent supporting them from different angles and then the images are stitched together to remove the parent from the final image.
It’s best to book while you are still pregnant to guarantee that I have availability at my studio for you. However, if you’ve already had your baby and just decided that you’d like to have a newborn shoot, I’ll always do my best to fit you in if I can. Just get in touch.
Most baby’s have dry patches on their skin after a few days, especially if they’ve been born past their due date. It’s not a problem at all for your sessions though, I’ll use posing to minimise how much is on display and then editing to reduce (if not remove) the dry patches. I don’t actually over-process a baby’s skin in your finished images as I don’t like images that make them look waxy and unreal. They’ll still have their skin texture which may include some little flakes and dry spots but then that is part of who they are at that moment in time.
Your baby’s cord can still be attached for your newborn photo shoot and it doesn’t cause much of an issue. We’ll use fabrics and posing to hide in the finished images and it can mean that I have to work a little harder to get them comfy when they’re tucked up on their tummy (depending on the clamp placement) but it doesn’t normally cause an issue.
If you take a nappy off a newborn then it’s more than likely that they will pee or poo at some point during their session. I expect it to happen and it doesn’t bother me in the slightest – everything in the studio is washable including me. We clean them up, change the stuff that got messed up and just carry on.
More than likely that your baby will need feeding at some point during your session and so that’s no problem at all. We have plenty of time built in for feeding and settling. Breast feeding is perfectly fine obviously (would be quite weird if that was going to be a problem). It’s a warm and safe space where you won’t be interrupted by anyone so if you’re new to it and want to take your time, then that’s not an issue.
For newborns, I find that we get the best success rates when sessions start at 10 or 11 am. This is because babies don’t tend to sleep all that well at night (which seems like poor planning for everyone involved) and so they are at their sleepiest during the morning. Sessions that start later can result in a more wakeful baby although of course it isn’t an exact science. The latest session start time that I will take for a newborn is 2.30pm as much later than that, and you are in the baby witching hour of 5pm when they can be very unsettled no matter what you do.
You’re welcome to bring along anything that you’d like to include in your newborn photo shoot to make it personal to you. Over the years, people have brought all sorts of things including sports equipment, team colours, toys, blankets and even a giant duck. I’ll try to work in anything that you want to have in your finished images. Multiple outfits can be difficult to manage whilst keeping your baby asleep so I’d recommend bringing them already in your favourite outfit if you’d like them photographed in it. If you’re bringing along a prop for your baby to lie on or in, I’ll work with it if I think it is safe to do so and doesn’t pose any risks to them. Here’s an article that you might find handy for inspiration – 5 things to bring to your newborn photo shoot
I wouldn’t ever use a dummy on your child if it didn’t already belong to you and I’m certainly not going to wade into the dummy / no dummy debate. If you have one, it can be a useful tool in terms of soothing a baby to sleep so I will use it if we think it will help. If you don’t want to give your baby a dummy, then that’s no issue with me, we’ll get there by other means. These are your parenting decisions and I’m not going to have an opinion either way.
Each of your finished images will have been edited by me and this takes at least as long as the session itself and most of the time, a lot longer. Whoever said that someone had skin as smooth as a newborn had obviously never actually looked at a newborn. So I work on their skin a lot to smooth out the colour and texture (without making them look waxy – you still want to be able to recognise that they are little people). I will remove little scratches and spots and other temporary blemishes but I would never take out any birthmarks as that is part of your baby. If you have special requests regarding image editing, then just need to let me know and we can talk it over.
You’re always welcome to be part of your newborn photo shoot and those early days family photos can be ones to treasure. In terms of what to wear, I recommend keeping clothes plain and neutral and coordinating tones if you’re both going to be in the images together as it will give you a nicer feel to the the finished images. It’s worth bringing along your chosen outfit to change in to (I have a changing area) as the studio will be really warm so you might be more comfortable in something else whilst you are watching your images being created. Here’s an article you might find useful – what to wear for your newborn photo shoot.
A maternity photo shoot includes your three favourite digital images which you select from online gallery (there’s no sales or viewing session to attend) and costs £95
About two weeks after your session, I’ll have your images edited and uploaded to your private online gallery. There’s no sales or viewing session to attend. I’ll email you a link and a password and that will take you straight to your finished images.
I believe in complete transparency when it comes to pricing so you won’t get any nasty surprises. You’ll already know what your session fee includes in terms of images, and you can simply order more from your online gallery if you’d like to – there’s no sales or viewing session to attend.
We book the studio for an hour for pregnancy photo shoot although generally speaking, we’ll only be shooting for about 45 minutes. That allows us to create lots of different images and take things at a relaxed pace.
There’s no minimum spend or nasty pricing surprises with any of my photography. You’ll already know the price of your photo shoot and what’s included and if you’d like to order more, you simply do so from your online gallery.
I recommend booking your maternity photo shoot when you are between 28 and 36 weeks pregnant or before 32 weeks if you are expecting a multiple birth. That way, you will still have a nice rounded belly and you won’t be too uncomfortable. You also don’t run the risk of missing the opportunity to have a photo shoot if your baby makes an early arrival.
It’s a good idea to bring along a few outfits, one that is clingy that shows off your bump, and maybe one flowing one too – although I do have maternity dresses that you are welcome to borrow. A front buttoning shirt and jeans make a great combination along with a skirt and camisole tops. If you’re planning on being photographed in your underwear then bring along a well fitting matching set. You are welcome to bring along any accessories that you’d like to include such as first toys, first blankets, scan pictures or baby bootees.
You don’t need to do anything special to get ready for your photo shoot as you’ll already be glowing. However, a gentle exfoliation and lots of moisturiser the day before are a great way to get your skin camera ready and you’ll want your hands to be looking their best as they’ll definitely be featured on your bump.
I have a small range of props and accessories that you are welcome to borrow in incorporate into your session. You can find out more about them here.
Of course. Your partner and siblings-in-waiting are welcome to join in the photos to celebrate the new arrival.
Absolutely, you should bring along anything you love to photographed in and to include in your finished images.
I will edit each of your images in your finished gallery to show you off to as your best self. As well as refining each image, I’ll also remove temporary blemishes and also stretchmarks if you would like me to, I’ll ask you what you would like at the end of your session.
You should wear whatever you would like to be photographed and we will have time for several outfit changes during your session. I also have some maternity dresses that you are welcome to borrow. I recommend an outfit that clings to your bumps so you can show it off, jeans and shirt that buttons at the front is also a great classic combo. If you’re having lingerie images then great fitting matching underwear is perfect.
I have a range of maternity dresses that you are welcome to use as part of your maternity photo shoot. They are especially designed for photo shoots to be super flattering and create some lovely silhouettes in both lace and sheer fabrics.
Absolutely not. Lots of people choose to be photographed in their lingerie or partially nude and these can be some stunning maternity images. However, if that’s not for you, then that’s not an issue. We can create some equally beautiful images of your pregnancy whilst you’re fully clothed.
I edit each of your images and I will remove any stretchmarks or temporary blemishes unless you ask me to leave them in (some folk like to see their tiger stripes). I’ll check what you would like at the end of your session.
Photo shoots take place at my warm and welcoming studio in Crawley Down, West Sussex. Here’s how to get to it.
Usually your photos are ready about two weeks after your photo shoot. That time can vary a little according to how busy the studio is but I will let you know when they will be ready at your session.
At your session, I will check with you if it is OK to use some images from your session as part of my social media, website and portfolio. There’s absolutely no pressure there and, even if you give me permission, I would never use any partially nude or nude ones unless you expressly tell me that I can. If you don’t want any images to be shared, then they will only be uploaded to your private gallery for you to view, stored in a secure digital environment and then permanently deleted after 18 months.
Absolutely. You don’t need to have any experience to get amazing maternity images, I will guide you through exactly what to do at your photo shoot so you just need to turn up and be yourself.
A cake smash and tub splash session (you can do both in a single session if you want to) includes your three favourite digital images and costs £95. You simply select your favourite images form your private online gallery – there’s no sales or viewing session to attend – you can order more if you’d like to directly from this gallery.
We book the studio for an hour for a cake smash / tub splash session but generally speaking, sessions take about 45 minutes if you are starting with a clean shoot and doing both the cake smash and tub splash sessions. We move through things reasonably fast as your baby’s attention span is understandably pretty short lived at this age.
I don’t provide the cake as it would be too complicated to meet everyone’s design needs, not to mention the problems arising from allergies. I can recommend Just Smash Cakes who make perfect cakes for smashing and deliver them to the studio so they are ready and waiting for your session if you are looking to have one professionally made (they’re very reasonable) but of course, there are lots of cake makers out there that you can use. Alternatively, there are some supermarket bought cakes that can be great – you just need to look and see if the icing is soft enough to make it smashable or you can make your own – I recommend fresh cream or butter cream icing as having the best squish factor.
I’ll always do my best to accommodate last minute session requests but the studio can get busy, especially if you need a Saturday appointment. You can book your session up to three months in advance and so I recommend booking early to make sure you get a session date and time that suits you. If you’d like your photos to be ready for the big day itself, then book in a a couple of weeks before so I have time to get everything ready for you to see and order.
Each of your images is professionally edited and so there will be a bit of a delay before you can see your images while I get everything ready for you. This can vary according to a number of factors but generally, it’s about a two week wait before your images are uploaded to your private online gallery. I’ll be able to advise you better on exact waiting times at your session.
Of course. I’m happy to includes parents and siblings in images at the start of the session before the cake comes out. After that, they can relax and watch the fun unfold.
A cake smash photo shoot pretty much does exactly what the name would suggest. You put a birthday cake in front of a one year old and let them just explore, play and occasionally eat until their heart’s content. The resulting images are bright, colourful and fun and the perfect way to celebrate and commemorate the important milestone of reaching the end of your baby’s first year.
A tub splash photo shoot is the perfect companion to a cake smash session although it works just as well on its own if your baby enjoys bathtime. You choose one of my two miniature bath tubs, we fill it up with warm bubbly water and let your little one splash and play. If you’ve had a cake smash just beforehand, it’s a great way of them getting clean as well as creating some fun photos.
Yes absolutely! You can celebrate the milestone of your baby’s first birthday with both a cake smash and a tub splash (it’s all included in the £95 session fee) or you can choose to do just one – it’s entirely up to you.
Some people prefer to get a cake professionally made, some people bring their own or some buy one from a supermarket. Whichever you choose, I don’t recommend chocolate cake as it can look a bit like poo in the finished images. Buttercream or fresh cream icing is ideal for the maximum squish factor – royal icing can be a bit tough for little fingers to get into. Any kind of decorations are great from personalised cake toppers, tons of colourful sprinkles or fresh fruit – whatever suits your style.
I have a clear perspex stand that is perfect for round cakes of 8-10 inches. You’re welcome to bring along your own if you prefer but a cake stand isn’t a necessity.
It’s completely up to you although obviously it’s likely to get covered in icing and so I don’t recommend anything that you aren’t prepared to say goodbye to if the stains won’t come out (that’s particularly the case where the icing is a dark colour). Some people prefer their little ones to be full dressed (although I do recommend bare feet), some wear just trousers or a pettiskirt, or some smash in just a nappy although a nappy cover can look a bit nicer. There are lots of specially designed cake smash outfits available now that they have become so popular so auction sites, Facebook marketplace and Etsy can have some beautiful things. Unfortunately, I don’t let you borrow my outfits from the studio for the actual cake smash as they would quickly get ruined so just bring along something that you love.
I have a choice of two miniature baths for your tub splash – a vintage styled tin tub and a more modern miniature claw foot bath. You can see both if you take a quick flip through the cake smash category on my blog.
My range of props and accessories is growing all the time, but I have a large pink and blue number one that is perfect for the clean part of the shoot. I have a range of tub splash accessories to choose from, and a good selection of bunting that you are welcome to borrow. If you have specific ideas, it’s always worth getting in touch to find out what I have and how we can create your perfect set of pictures.
You’re welcome to bring along your own props and accessories to personalise your session and create your perfect set of photos to remember the occasion by.
You need to bring along your cake, an outfit to smash in and bubble bath and a towel if you are adding in the tub splash portion of the session. There’s an article on my blog with much more information about other things you might like to think about here – What to Bring to your Cake Smash Session
Yes, twins are welcome to share a cake smash and tub splash photo shoot and the price doesn’t change of course. I’ve done sessions where the twins have had a cake each but to be honest, it works better if they share otherwise they constantly want what the other one has!
Each of your images is edited to make sure everything looks at its very best – that’s why you have to wait a little while after your session before you see them.
I have a range of backdrops you can use for your child at a photo shoot and you can make a choice on what you would like when you arrive at the studio. However, if you’d like to take a look in advance…
Bubbles are the ideal accessory with a tub splash photo shoot and I have a bubble machine that’s capable of producing loads of them at the time and saving us having to puff ourselves out doing it.
It’s understandable that you don’t want your little one to have too much sugar if they’ve not had it before. They actually don’t usually eat a great deal of the cake during a cake smash (sometimes they do but usually not) as it’s more about exploring the textures of it. However, you can make cake with a sugar free alternative and I have had some clients use fresh cream flavoured with fruit like blueberries and strawberries as an alternative to icing and that’s definitely been very popular.
You would think that babies would automatically be keen to dive into the delicious treat in front of them and have a good old play but quite a lot of babies don’t like to get their hands dirty. The good news is that you don’t need total cake devastation to have great cake smash photos and there are a few tricks that we can use to get them interacting with the cake. Firstly, patience – they just need some time to get used to the idea. I also have miniature wooden spoons at the studio which are great to encourage interaction without having to get messy hands. We can also hide some familiar treats at the back of the cake as that can help to get them diving in – or at least looking like they are!
I present all of your images in colour and then I’ll add in black and white copies of some that I think particularly suit it. Of course, if you’d rather have an image in black and white then just ask and I’m happy to switch it over for you.
My studio is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm.
I keep your images for 18 months following your session date and after this point, they are permanently deleted so if you are purchasing digital copies, I can’t stress enough to back them up safely.
This is a tricky one as there is something special about all of your babies development stages. However, if you miss the short window for newborn images or just don’t fancy them, then I recommend waiting until your baby can lift their head when they are on their tummy before coming to visit for photos. Prior to this stage, they’re very limited in terms of what they can do (I’m not criticising!) and although I have a specially designed pillow that allows them to sit up, until they have good neck control they tend to just slump. If you wait until they’re a little bit stronger, then you’ll get much more variety in your finished images.
When you book a baby photo shoot, we have the studio for an hour where, in reality, a baby wouldn’t usually shoot for more than 20 minutes or so. We have that extra time for allowing for feeding, settling and generally gently encouraging them. That said, if your baby is really inconsolable (and days can happen when they just won’t settle down), we simply reschedule for another time. Trying to pursue photography with a baby that has really had enough of the whole affair is just stressful for them and for you, so if it comes to it, know that we can book another day to take care of things when they will no doubt being in a happier mood.
A baby photo shoot includes your three favourite digital images and costs £95. There’s no sales or viewing session to attend – you simply view and order from your online gallery. Parents and siblings are welcome to join the session as well.
Absolutely – parents and siblings are welcome to join in with the photos.
You should aim to bring your baby along when they are at their best so have napped and eaten – though babies are notorious for changing their schedule just when you think you’ve got it nailed. Quite often that means that a start time of 10 or 11 is ideal and after lunch and afternoon nap means the afternoon sessions start at 2pm and 3pm. That said, there’s no fixed start time as far as I’m concerned – just whenever is best for you and your little one.
We book the studio for an hour for a baby photo shoot although in reality, little people would never actually shoot for much more than half of that. When they’re really small, sometimes the window can be just 15 minutes before they’ve had enough – don’t worry though, we can still get lots of great images in that time. The rest of the time is there if we need extra for feeding, settling and getting changed.
We won’t get good pictures if your baby is ill or unsettled and so it’s normally best to cancel if you know that your baby is under the weather. If you could give me as much notice as possible then that’s always appreciated although you can’t always tell in advance of course. I don’t offer refunds for sessions but you’re always welcome to reschedule if you need to when your baby is not feeling their best.
I love dogs and they’re welcome at my studio. When you’re combining a dog and baby portrait, the only advice I have for you is to wait until your baby is able to sit up unsupported as otherwise it’s very difficult to pose them together. Probably don’t bring them if you are having a cake smash as that’s probably just a disaster waiting to happen – even the best trained dog is probably going to be unable to resist all that cake!
Yes, you can order a gift certificate for any of my photography services. You can order a personalised voucher by following the link below…
Yes of course, I have a giant beanbag they can lie on and a specially designed cushion that allows them to sit up. If I’m being entirely honest, if you’ve missed the newborn window of two weeks, then I think you get better value from a session if you wait until they have good neck control and can get their head up when they are on their tummy (even if it’s just for a moment or two).
Once your baby is crawling, it does get harder to persuade them that sitting still for photos is a fun idea so there is definitely a lot of chasing and resetting once the initial surprise of an unfamiliar environment has worn off. That said, it’s a good work out for us and there are still tons of great photos to get. If you’re interested in using a lot of props, then it’s best to get in while they can sit unsupported but before they crawl but a mobile baby isn’t an issue at all in the studio.
Other than your normal baby bag (like you’d leave the house without it!), you don’t need to bring anything to your session. You might like to bring along changes of outfit and any props and accessories that you’d like to include but it’s not essential, I have everything we need at the studio.
You’re welcome to bring along anything that you’d like to include in your photo shoot – including any props or accessories. In fact, it’s a great idea as it makes your session really unique to you. I’ll do my best to work with anything you bring along to create your personal images.
That’s totally up to you – you just need to bring along things that you love that you’d like to see your baby photographed in. If you’re having more than one family member in the pictures, it’s a great idea to coordinate – even if its just in colour or tone (you don’t need to twin, though you’re welcome to). I have some outfits at the studio (think pettiskirts and rompers for girls, and nappy covers and knitted trousers for boys) that you’re welcome to borrow and some people like to have photos of their little ones wearing nothing but a smile. It really is about whatever works for you. There’s always time for outfit changes if you want to.
My prop and accessory collection do change a bit over time as I like to keep things fresh but to give you an idea, I have a ton of bunting (and that really does keep on growing as people come up with new ideas), some very cute miniature chairs, an ivory vintage suitcase and a whole Harry Potter themed mini set (complete with owl) if you are a little bit of a Potterhead.
My preferred method of payment is bank transfer although I also accept credit and debit cards through the PayPal facility. You don’t need to have a PayPal account in order to use this – you can just enter your card details as you would on any other online transaction.
Your £39.95 Baby Photography club fee includes your three sessions in your baby’s first year and the frame with your favourite image from each at the end of the year. If you’d like to order more images from your session, you’re able to do this from your private online gallery.
The wall frame holds your favourite image from each of your sessions sized at 5×4″ and the overall size is approximately 42cm x 23cm. It can be hung on your wall with either portrait or landscape images and comes with a flat black frame as standard. There are a range of upgrade options that you can look at if you’d like to increase the number of images, or change the frame which I can give you a price for if you need it.
Yes, if you’d like to add a newborn image so you have one from each of your four shoots with me, then the upgrade fee is £20.
After each of your sessions, you’ll see you images in your private online gallery and you can order any you would like at this point. At the end of the year, you can choose your images for your frame – it’s best to choose them all at once so you can make sure that they will look great together on your wall. Here’s the link to the prices for prints and digital images.
At the end of the year, you will see all of your images from your sessions so you can choose your three favourites to go in your wall frame. It’s best to wait to choose them all together rather than choosing one after each session so you can make sure that they will all go together and look great on your wall.
I recommend booking your Joey Club when your baby has good neck control and can lift their head up when they are on their tummy. This can often be around the four month old but of course it varies from baby to baby.
The best time to come and visit the studio for your second baby photography club session is when your baby is able to sit unsupported but they haven’t yet started to crawl. It’s not too much of a big deal if they are already mobile but there’s a lot less chasing and resetting if they aren’t on the move plus we have a wider variety of props that we can safely use.
Your last baby photography club session is designed to help you celebrate and commemorate your baby’s first birthday so any time around then is perfect to come and visit. If you’d like to have the images for the birthday itself, then just come in a couple of weeks before so I have time to get everything ready for you. You’re welcome to make this into a cake smash and tub splash session if you’d like to – there’s no additional charge for this.
No, you’re welcome to celebrate your baby’s first birthday with a cake smash and tub splash session as your last visit as part of the baby photography club. There’s no extra charge for this – you just need to bring along a cake, bubble bath and a towel.
Of course, parents and siblings are welcome to join in with your baby photography club sessions.
A family portrait photo shoot in my studio includes your three favourite images and costs £95. There’s no sales or viewing session to attend, you simply view your images and order what you would like from your private online gallery.
My studio is quite small (but perfectly formed) and so family portraits are great for groups of up to two adults and three children or five children. If you have a group larger than this, just get in touch and we can talk over what options are available.
All of my portrait work is studio based but luckily, my husband is also a professional photographer and he does shoot portraits on location. You can reach him at VisualChaos Studios and he’ll be happy to talk over your on location portrait requirements.
It’s a good idea to coordinate outfits for your family portrait session as that makes a real difference to your finished pictures. Of course you don’t have to all wear the same (although twinning is quite in at the moment), but it’s a great idea to match colours or tones. Avoid bold patterns and logos as they can be distracting and also they tend to date quite quickly – plain colours can give you a more timeless feel. In the finished photos, you want the eye to be drawn to your faces and so long sleeves can help with that. If you have any questions, then you are always welcome to get in touch and I’m happy to help.
This is question that I get asked a lot and it’s a really tough one to answer as it depends on so many things. If I’m photographing a baby and they’re in a great mood, then you have lots of photos where if they are finding things a bit difficult then you get less. Gun to my head, if I had to offer an average image count, then I’d say that you can expect to find about forty fully edited images in your finished gallery but that can vary wildly so it’s probably not a very useful statistic for you.
When you buy a digital file from me, the copyright stays with me as it would with pretty much all other photographers out there. However, that’s just a legal term that I retain as the creator of the image. You’re able to print and share the image as much as you’d like to – the only things that you can’t do is sell the images or claim that you took them. Other than that, they are yours to do as you wish with.
It’s wonderful when children are really excited to have their pictures taken but of course it’s not always the case. Lots of kids feel a bit shy or nervous of being in an unfamiliar environment, and so sometimes it takes a little while for them to warm up. Gentle encouragement from you as parents, and any amount of singing, dancing and silliness generally gets the job done.
If someone in your party is ill, then you’re welcome to reschedule. If you can give me as much notice as possible then I appreciate it but of course that’s not always possible. I don’t offer refunds on sessions but I’m happy to hold your session fee as a credit so you can rebook at a more convenient time when everyone is back to full health.
Of course! I call this a ‘mix and match’ session. For example, if you are attending a session as two parents and two children, we can easily take images of everyone together, kids together, kids separately, parents together etc The maximum amount of images from one easy, fun session.
My studio is really flexible and I have lots of different backdrops and lighting options to choose from. They’re very easy to switch between so we can simply create lots of different styles of images for you within one session.
We have the session booked for an hour for a family portrait photo shoot. That’s actually a really long time to be shooting for so we don’t normally need all of that to get your images created but it means that we take things at a nice, easy and relaxed pace.
That’s quite a common thing that I hear at the studio and I guess it stems from a fear of those old fashioned portraits where everyone looks very stiff and formal. There’s always going to be an element of posing in the studio as I’m there to make you into great shapes and I also need to light you but that doesn’t mean that the resulting images need to look unnatural. In fact, I quite often set you up as a group and then we just let the action unfold and capture it as it goes. When it comes to kids, because of the requirements for good lighting (after all you’ve come to me for professional images), it means they can’t just run around and play with each other. Quite often this will result in lots of photos of the tops of their heads anyway so we take the same approach. We set them up with a location and then give them an activity and encourage them to interact. Don’t be shy in the studio – we will sing, dance, shout ‘poo’ and do anything it takes to get the fun going!
Yes, we have time for at least one outfit change during a session so you can create lots of different looks.
Most kids if you ask them to smile or say cheese will pull a face that is nothing like their normal, natural smile. For this reason, I don’t generally encourage you to do this in the studio. Instead, we will work to have some fun and get them to smile naturally – this can involve, singing, dancing, saying silly things, shouting ‘poo’ or ‘knickers’ – whatever works to get your little one giggling.
It’s difficult to answer this because airbrushing means different things to different people. I edit each image to make sure it’s looking it absolute best and I’ll remove any temporary blemishes like scratches, marks or spots. I don’t remove any birthmarks of anything that is part of your because that’s who you are, I don’t digitally enhance your body shape (we’ll sure as heck be using flattering posing and lighting though) or change the contours of your face. That’s not what I’m about and you’re perfect as you are.
This is one of two things that people regularly say to me, this and ‘I’m not very photogenic’.
Well, you’ve got to the studio and so it was obviously important enough for you to get the pictures and so you’ve already done the hard part. All you need to do when you get into the studio is just relax and let me guide you through the process of creating your images. I’m going to tell you everything you need to know to create great images, I’ll tell you how to stand, sit and pose and gently walk you through everything you need to do. It might feel a bit weird for the first couple of minutes but I promise, it will be much worse in your head and after a really short period you’ll be right in the swing of it. You might even (eek) have fun – pretty much everyone does.
Plus, as I always say, the very worst thing that can happen is that you look at the photos and don’t like them enough to look at them again. That won’t happen but if that’s the very worst case scenario, then it’s no big deal right?
My studio is a short walk from where you park and up several small steps. As such, I’m sorry to say that it’s not wheelchair friendly. I’m happy to help in any other way that I can though so if you have someone in your party who needs a little special attention to make the session fun for them, then just get in touch and we can talk over what I can do to make things work for you.
Life is busy and especially so when you’re raising a small child. I’ll send you reminders the month before your next baby photography club session becomes due so you have a little prompt to make your next appointment.
Of course, when you book a first birthday photo shoot, you are welcome to cake smash, tub splash, do both or do neither. Whatever works for you. I have some first birthday props such as number 1’s that you’re welcome to include.
Your choice of size and design of cake obviously totally depends on the style you like. Babies tend not to eat that much cake really although there have been exceptions so it’s not necessary to get anything too big (unless you fancy cake to take home with you and I’m not ever going to discourage that!). 6-8″ is fine.
My packages include travel throughout most of Sussex and parts of Surrey and Kent. I’m happy to travel further afield where you would like me to so if you’re marrying outside of this area, then just get in touch and I’ll let you know what my travel costs would be.
As part of the image editing process to prepare your finished gallery for you, I will naturally delete some of your images that just don’t work for any number of reasons. Your finished gallery represents the very best of what I have captured for you on your wedding day.
I don’t include an album in my wedding packages. Instead I give you all of your images on USB so you can create your own. However, if you’d like me to create one for you, I can work with any industry supplier to manufacture traditional or storybook albums.
I offer two wedding packages both including images on memory stick
Package 1 – from bridal party preparations through to your wedding breakfast £750
Package 2 – from ceremony through to your wedding breakfast £500
I don’t normally recommend having a professional photographer stay until your first dance unless you have something specific in mind that you would like to achieve or capture. Generally people want to relax during a wedding reception and aren’t keen to participate in any formal photography and having a professional photographer capturing folk sitting around chatting seems to me like a waste of money that would be better spent on champagne. However, if you do have ideas that you would like to make happen photographically speaking, then just get in touch and I’m happy to provide you with a quotation to stay for longer.
You can book your wedding photography with me with two easy steps, here’s the link to the page that you need that will allow you to complete the booking form and send over your £150 deposit.
The deposit I need to confirm your booking and secure your date is £150 with the balance being due two weeks before your wedding date. The deposit is non-refundable but I will always return it to you if I can resell your wedding date should you choose to cancel for any reason.
A deposit of £150 is payable on booking to secure your date, and your balance is due two weeks before your wedding date.
There’s no hard and fast rules for this but I would always say that it’s best to book as soon as you’ve made a decision on your wedding photographer. I can’t reserve or pencil in dates and weekends can get busy, particularly in the summer months and it’s best to book to secure your date to avoid disappointment. Having said that, I’ll always do my best to accommodate late bookings so get in touch if you need my help.
I don’t keep any hard copy work at the studio as it would be out of date too quickly so if you’d like to see my wedding photography, then my website is the place to view it. Here’s the link…
Over all the years that I’ve been a wedding photographer, I have worked at lots of wedding venues so there’s a good chance that I have been to your location before. However, I’m well practised in finding the best spots in a venue on arrival so there’s no need for me to visit a venue in advance of your wedding day.
My wedding photography coverage finishes as you sit down to your wedding breakfast at which point I’ll leave you and make my way home so there’s no need to provide any catering for me at your wedding. However, I might well need to take a few short breaks to grab water especially if the day is hot.
Not at all. I’d politely ask a guest to move over a bit if they are standing right in front of me but everyone wants to create their own memories of your wedding and so I have no problems with this at all.
Yes I do. I offer a 10% discount on my package prices if you are marrying Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays)
I don’t really as we’re going to talk through everything the week before your wedding and you’ll already have let me know about any special requirements (those that would fall outside of the normal scope of the day). I can’t work with bits of paper on the day as I’d run out of hands so a shot list isn’t necessary from my point of view. You’re welcome to give one to a Best Man or Usher to check through if you feel that you want to.
Of course, the copyright legally remains with me as it would with any professional photographer but you have the licence to print, share and distribute your images however you wish to.
That’s such a difficult question to answer as it totally depends on how long I am with you and how your wedding day is structured. There’s no hard and fast rules as to how many photos you get in your finished collection – if I see it, I’ll take it but a reasonable number to expect in your gallery would be 250 pictures.
Yes of course. Although the fashion is for reportage and candid wedding photography, I’m a classically trained wedding photographer which means that I ‘grew up’ learning how to pose and take wedding groups. I still think that they have a part to play in your wedding photography day although I also love the reportage style. They don’t need to be stiff and formal but they do need to be done professionally and with all the attention to detail you should expect from your photographer.
No, I work alone. I’ve never found the need for an assistant (though I did try it again when I first started). They just ended up hanging about doing nothing and so I decided that I’d just work with myself.
I’m going to be honest and say that, if I die on the way to your wedding, there’s not a whole lot that I can do about that. However, if I were to fall seriously ill (and it would have to be very serious) then my first port of call would be my husband who is also an extremely experienced wedding photographer and then I’d get in touch with trade organisations to find a replacement of comparable quality for you. That said, I’m pretty healthy and very careful and I’ve never had to miss a wedding yet in nearly 20 years.
I don’t, it’s a completely different skillset to photography and do I leave it to the professionals.
Most of your images will be presented in colour but I do also include some black and white images where I feel that they are suited.
No, that stays with me as the photographer. However, you will have the license to print, distribute and share as you wish so not having the actual copyright won’t affect your ability to do what you want with your wedding photos.
Sorry no. I don’t know any professional photographer who would ever consider giving away their RAW files and you are, at the end of the day, paying me to deliver you with a finished image gallery.
I don’t like to talk about it as it makes me feel quite old but about I’ve been a professional wedding photographer for about 18 years.
You need to pay for your photo shoot when you book it. If your session is more than two weeks away, then you have the option of paying a £20 deposit with the balance being due the week before your session. Otherwise the full balance is due on booking.
My online gallery should be fairly familiar to you if you shop online but in case you need a bit of extra assistance, you can click on the button below to access a help document that walks you through how to access your gallery, choose your favourite images and place an order. Of course, if you are having problems, just get in touch and I’m always happy to help.
This is quite a common question that I get when folk are booking their baby photography club photo shoots. The answer is as many as you want.
I’m down with creating whatever images you would like as part of your photo shoot – I don’t limit you to one style of photography. For some people, this means they have several outfits that they want to include so go right ahead as far as I’m concerned.
However, where this system can fall down is when it comes to your baby’s tolerance for getting changed. Therefore, if you have multiple outfits to include, we get them all out before we start the session and prioritise them. That also lets me see what I’m working with and get out any complementary blankets and props that I think would work well with them. When we have the in priority order, we then work out if we can layer stuff up to minimise the changing fuss. Then we get going and get through as much as we can before your baby gets the hump with us changing them! Simple as that…
My baby photography club offers you three photo shoots in your baby’s first year. For the sake of ease of communicating the package details, I say that these are at four, eight and twelve months old.
That’s not entirely accurate though and here’s why. For your first session, your baby is going to be very limited in what they can achieve from a physical point of view – that’s not a criticism, just a fact of four month old life!
Of course, all babies develop at different rate and I have occasionally had four month olds that can sit up by themselves, but most of them are still pretty flopsy when it comes to sitting without at least a little bit of support. I do have a special posing cushion that supports them while they are on my beanbag and allows them to ‘sit up’ so we can and will use that. Our second option is to take pictures of them as they lie down on their backs.
However, and this is the part where timing of your first baby photography club session comes into it, I think it’s really nice to have a third posing option in your finished image gallery. This is when your baby is on their tummy. For this reason, I recommend waiting to book your first Joe Club session until your baby can lift their head while they are having some tummy time.
They only need to be able to do for a short period of time and we do have a choice of ‘ramps’ I can give them to offer them a helping hand but my advice would be to wait until they can look up at your pretty consistently.
This will give you a lot more variety in your finished images and it’s a lovely set of shots to have in your finished gallery. You are also more likely to be able to get those cute ‘happy baby pose’ photos if you wait that little extra time for your baby to discover their feet while they are lying on their back.
Like I say, all babies develop at different rates – some babies will be doing all of this at three months and some will get to it a little later. The four month age suggestion for your first baby photography club photo shoot is just a guide – hit the ‘tummy time confidence’ development stage for the widest range of images from your session.