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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you define your style? Storytelling. Real life! Emotional, real, fun, detail focussed, whimsical, raw.  My photos tell the stories of the moments in life you want to cherish and treasure…

What is Lifestyle Photography? Lifestyle photography is about telling stories, about capturing the real moments – the connections between siblings, the love between a newly engaged couple, the laughter within a family, the hugs, the giggles, the tickles, the laughter, the sassyness, the serious moments too…. It’s not about capturing flawless posed photos – it’s about being real, authentic – being YOU! Showing the love that represents your life…  

Do you have a studio? No I don’t. I capture people in places chosen by them, places that have meaning to them.

How far in advance should I book? In order that I work to the highest possible standards I take only a limited number of commissions per month and so am sometimes booked up a few months in advance.

Do you sell digital files? Yes, they are available – in fact, the full digital collection has been my best selling boutique item since 2010 because so many people want ALL the photos from their session, and after all we live in the digital age. Digital files come with a print copy of each photo too so you have a tangible memory to touch and treasure.

What happens to my files? After a session I spend about an hour downloading and backing up files, both to disc and off-site to ensure they are safe – I’m super paranoid! I then keep them on file for a year.  

I read that you’re an Available Light Photographer – what does that mean? It means that I photograph only using whatever light is available – which is why we sometimes have to schedule outdoor sessions for very early morning, before the light is too bright. It also means if your home is very dark it might not be suitable for a shoot so we need to have a back up plan in place. I don’t bring lights to a session, and the only time I ever use a flash is at a wedding reception – nothing wrong with flash photography – it’s just not my style…

How can I pay for my session and my prints? I can accept credit card payments via paypal even if you don’t have a paypal account. I also accept cheques and cash.

My husband is reluctant to have photos taken – how do I convince him? Well, I don’t know your husband so I don’t know what methods work for him individually, but show him the website and blog, and how I’m not about catching people looking at the camera with cheesy grins, but more about interactions, relaxed fun and telling the stories of families just being themselves.

How long does it take to get my photos?

2-3 weeks after your session I’ll upload your online gallery

You choose what you want, and once payment is received I’ll start to process your order – this includes design of any customised items.

Prints usually take 3-4 weeks

Customised boutique products such as announcements and albums usually take 6-8 weeks

Do you photograph Weddings? Yes I do! I love weddings! I also shoot engagement photos for people to take home and show at their weddings. My wedding and engagement style is similar to my portrait style, candid and fresh so if that’s what you’re after, give me a call to chat about your big day!

How can I schedule a newborn session when I don’t know when my baby will be born? Let me know your due date well in advance (I recommend you contact me before your third trimester to avoid me being booked out)  and I’ll keep some time free around that time. Call me once your precious bundle arrives and we’ll finalise a day. Please don’t wait until your baby is born because I can’t guarantee to fit you in while they’re still tiny.

How many people can we have in our shoot? As many as you like in theory, but it may get a bit chaotic if you involve too many and that might prevent us from getting exactly the interactions and shots you’re after. My session fee covers up to 6 people.

How many photos will we get? Your online gallery (password protected) usually has around 50-70 fully retouched images telling your stories – I only show and spend time editing the ones that tug at my heartstrings because I know my clients only want to order the very best!

What shall I do with my photos after the shoot? I always suggest that you think about what you’re going to do with your photos before the shoot – do you want files or albums or canvasses. I also suggest that you follow my Pinterest board on Photo Displays as it’s packed full of ideas and projects to do with your photos.

These are just a few of the questions I get asked by clients – if you have more questions please email me, and if I get asked a particular question often enough I’ll add it in here – so check back again sometime,

Kirsty x

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