Studio (allow 1 hour) £40 Local Location Maternity £75 (allow 90 minutes)
Maternity Milk Bath can be added on to your studio shoot for £35 extra.
(Maternity & Newborn session fee combined £90) (Plus a 8×6 inch print included in your fee for each session)
Minimum order £225 with each shoot (Enquire about our interest free payment plans)
What happens in the sessions……..
- Initial telephone consultation
- The studio shoot
- Up to 3 outfit changes
- Posed Images taken of the mum alone
- Posed Images taken of mum and partner/siblings (if required)
- Post Production (Removal of stretch marks and blemishes etc)
The ideal time to get in touch and to book in your Maternity session is straight after your 12 or 20 week scan. We can then schedule a date and time for your shoot when you are between 30 ~ 34 weeks. This is a great time to really show off your baby bump and for me to capture the beauty of your pregnancy in all it’s glory. However, I am flexible with the weeks gestation as no two pregnancies are the same and it depends on how you may be feeling. If you have been gifted a voucher there is a minimum order of £225.
2-3 hours £65 -Twins £85/Triplets £95 allow up to 3-4 hours
Minimum order £225 (Saturday shoots are double sitting fee) (Enquire about our interest free payment plans)
- Initial telephone consultation
- The studio shoot starting late morning
- Posed Images taken of newborn with hats and without/props
- Posed and natural Images taken of newborn with parent(s)
- Post Production (Removal of any blemishes or scratches)
You can not schedule your Newborn session too early, so we can book a tentative date and time in the diary and then work on the specifics after your baby has arrived. Sessions are unhurried, totally private and relaxed allowing time for your baby’s needs. The ideal time for a Newborn session is between 4 to 14 days old. During these very early days I am able to capture those really cute curled up poses as this is when your baby is very easy to manoeuvre as their ligaments are still soft and flexible. They also tend to sleep through the whole shoot too! Do still contact me though if your baby is already slightly older than this as I may be able to fit you in due to postponing booked session for any reason. Between 4-6 weeks old it is bit more challenging to accomplish such poses but NOT impossible with my experience. I have accomplished many of the same cute images of babies up to the age range 5 to 8 weeks although if you want to almost guarantee those images you will need have the session before your baby is 4 weeks old. Multiple babies can be up to 8-10 weeks old if they have been in hospital care up until this point. Do get in touch if you are unsure and think you may have left it too late as I can discuss Newborn sessions in detail with you. If you have been gifted a voucher there is a minimum order of £225.
Three week day studio sessions over the first two years £100 (All shooting fees only)
Minimum order of £225 from every portrait shoot undertaken (Cake smash has a higher min spend) (Enquire about our interest free payment plans)
Capture special milestones with in the first two years of your baby’s life by joining our Baby Club which can include Maternity,Newborn, Smash & Splash shoots and sitting up shoots (around 7 months). Your baby’s first birthday or their second birthday. Important memories and milestones to capture and cherish forever at a fantastic price.You will also not only receive either a complimentary set of three beautifully handmade wooden 12×8 inch wall photo-blocks (one image from each of the three chosen sessions) at the end of the three shoots but an exclusive 15% discount on your last two order sessions! (Alternatively to the blocks you can choose to receive three 12×10 inch gift prints-one from each session). Please note that all three sessions must be completed and are exclusive to The Baby Club members only. You will have two years to complete the membership.You can of course partake in this special ”Baby Club” when your baby is older if you have only just discovered our services but you must complete three sessions whilst your child is under two years of age. Please call to discuss this option or you can discuss this with us after your newborn session. If you have been gifted a voucher there is a minimum order of £225 from any session that we offer. We can offer our clients a bespoke payment plan that can be split and paid with in a six month period if required. Please enquire about this plan.
Portrait weekday studio sessions – 1 hour £25 (Saturday £75 shooting fee)
Location Portrait sessions £100 – allow up to 2 hours plus 45p per mile (Saturday shooting fee £200)
Minimum order £225 (Enquire about our interest free payment plans)
- Initial Telephone consultation
- Studio shoot or (location)
- One change of clothes
- Posed and natural Images taken of child ~ children ~ family members
- Post Production
Portrait sessions are kept short, fun and informal. If I am photographing children I aim to keep the session totally fun, using toys and playing games. I can shoot up to 6-8 family members in one group within the studio. Larger groups if on location.
You can of course wear whatever you wish for your portrait session but as a polite guide try keep things simple and maybe the colour scheme the same. Very bright /dark colours/logos and stripes can detract the eye from the subject (person) so it is good just to bare this in mind when dressing for your shoot.
Please do give me a call to discuss anything that may need clarifying. Evenings are best as I am usually in the studio most days .Please note there is a minimum order of £225 with all sessions as stated above and this does NOT include the session fee. You will return to view your images with in two weeks of your shoot and this can take around 90 minutes. This is when you see your wonderful images and your ordering process begins with full payment taken at the time. You are more than welcome to bring along any family members who might like to see the images too. Grandparents and relatives are very welcome. If you have been gifted a voucher there is a minimum order of £225
Cake Smash & Splash weekday sessions £45 Allow 1 hour (Saturday shooting fee £90) Minimum order £225
. Initial Telephone consultation
. Studio shoot
. Outfits and props provided (you may bring your own too pre arranged)
. One set up background with two prop changes & bath time
. Post production
. Giant Cup Cake provided (at an extra cost OR you can provide your own cake)
Birthday Cake Smash shoots are kept really fun and last an hour. Your baby/child does NOT have to actually smash up the cake . Your young child can just have some cute posed birthday cake shots with props as some children do not like to get messy ! The choice is of your child but he/she can be encouraged to bash the cake with an added wooden spoon for the smashing up part. We end the session with some clean – up bath time fun as these make great images too. Your baby will be handed back to you nice and clean and wrapped in a bath towel ready for you to redress them.
You will return for your ordering session up to two weeks after the shoot. This is when you can decide how you wish to display your wonderful child’s birthday images . A special digital package is available with Cake Smash sessions and a large framed multiple montage print which can either be framed or put onto an amazing quality canvas. If you have been gifted a voucher there is a minimum order of £225.
What is the true value of Professional Custom Newborn Baby Photography Services?
Why are Professional Photographers so expensive?
I often get asked why professional custom photography can be seen as expensive, especially as we are seeing more photographers appearing who aren’t charging the right prices and so I wanted to share with you something I read and thought it may help people understand.
This article has been very well received by the photography community, and is published Professional Photographer Magazine.
In this digital age where everyone has cameras, scanners, and home “photo printers,” we hear this all the time: How do professional photographers charge £20 for an 8x10 when they cost just much less online? Simply put, the customer is not just paying for the actual photograph; they’re paying for time, expertise and investment that photographer has put into their business to create a successful business.
The average newborn session. First, let’s look at the actual work involved:
- Setup, preparation, talking to the client, etc.
- 2 – 4 hours shooting the photos
- Clear up, and wash all blankets
- Load images onto a computer
- Back up the files on an external drive
- 2 – 4 hours of Adobe® Photoshop® time, including cropping, contrast, color, sharpening, and backing up edited photographs.
- 2 – 3 hours to talk to the client to create session plans, answer questions, receive order and payment, order their prints, receive and verify prints, package prints, schedule deliveries, and post.
You can see how a newborn session easily turns into an eleven-hour day or more from start to finish. So when you see a newborn photographer charging a £80 session fee for a newborn photo shoot, the client is not paying them £80 for just the 2-4 hour session.
Offering a professional photography service is a skill acquired through years of experience. Even though a DSLR now costs under £500, taking professional portraits involves much more than a nice camera.
Most professional newborn photographers take years to go from buying their first camera to making money with photography. In addition to learning how to use the camera, there is a mountain of other equipment and software programs used to edit and print photographs, run a website, etc. And don’t forget backdrops, props, training / personal development, rent, utilities, insurance, etc.
In addition to the financial investment, photographers actually have to have people skills to make subjects comfortable in front of the camera. Posing people to look their best is a skill by itself. You could argue that posing is a more important skill than actually knowing how to use the camera. A poorly exposed photo can be saved, but a badly posed photo cannot.
Chain stores do have their place. For a very cheap price you can run in, shoot some quick photos, and be done with it. But you get what you pay for.
Consider the time and effort that a professional newborn photographer puts into photographs, compared to a chain store. Store sessions last just a few minutes. If a baby is crying at a chain store, they often don’t have the time (or the patience) to wait because everyone is in a hurry.
Professional Photographers are just that— professional. A personal photographer often becomes a friend, someone who documents a family for generations with professional, personal photographs of cherished memories.
Maybe we need to help clients look at it this way: A pair of scissors costs £1.50 at the supermarket. Still, most people will gladly pay a lot more to hire a professional hair dresser to cut their hair. The added attention and quality that a personal photographer gives is worth every penny.
Hopefully this will help you understand why Professional Custom Photography is more expensive, In the long run you get what you pay for in this life. All photographer’s have different styles of photography, so not everyone will choose the same photographer, but just make sure you choose your photographer because you love their work, and not because they may be cheaper, Remember they are creating your memories which you will have forever, We want you to love your images as much as we love them.
Please feel to contact Julie on 07769 658 832 to discuss her newborn baby photography services along with any questions you may have.