My basic family portrait shoot package, which includes the cost of the shoot, my time and talent professionally editing the images, and a £150 credit towards products ordered after the shoot, is £300. This price is for a shoot for up to 5 people. Extra people are charged at £10 per person.
The package price covers travel within 15 miles of Halstead, Essex. I am happy to travel further, however I do charge 50p per mile unless otherwise agreed.
Please take a look at my blog to see if there are any special offers available.
Duration and timing
A shoot lasts between 1 and 2 hours and in that time I take lots and lots of shots. The most beautiful light for photography is early in the morning and late afternoon but we can get great shots any time of day depending on what is convenient for you.
Prior to the shoot, we can agree a suitable location. I have some favourites that have a variety of lovely settings but if you have something in mind, like your own garden, please let me know.
I shoot all year round, weather permitting including through the winter months when the light can be gorgeous; images with hats, scarves and wellies and splashing in puddles look great!
What to wear
Clothes without logos or strong distracting patterns work best. If you choose to have colour images, it is a good idea for everyone to wear colours that do not clash. A change of clothing half way through the shoot can also give some variety to the images. You may even want to bring along a favourite toy or other items as long as they can be easily carried!
Please let me know before the day of the shoot whether you would like black and white or colour images. If you wish to have a selection of both in the final edited selection, this can be arranged for an extra charge of £50 due to the extra editing time involved.
It is really helpful to discuss in advance whether you have particular spaces in your house where you want to display the finished products and whether you have a preference for framed prints, canvases or metroblocs (see Your Prints for more about products) as I can then tailor make your slideshow to take account of this.
After the shoot
Within two weeks of the shoot, a slideshow of at least 30 edited images will be emailed to you. This slideshow will include some brilliant ideas on how to show off your images in the best combinations and sizes. You will also receive a printed contact sheet of the images to help you in your selection process. A full list of all my products and prices will also be sent at this stage.
Advice and help for wall art
Your slideshow will include lots of suggestions on how you could display your images but if you are still having trouble deciding what you want, let me show what the various options will look like in your own home using a digital ‘mock-up’. For this, I use a photo of your own house interior as the backdrop with your images shown hung on the wall. Clients find this service very useful.
If you see a wall art display that you like in the slideshow but want to see it using another of the edited images, please just let me know.
I ask that orders be placed within two weeks of receiving the slideshow unless otherwise agreed. I am happy to receive orders in person, by phone, email or post.
When you place an order, an invoice will be emailed to you containing details of how to pay by bank transfer or Paypal.
Orders will not be processed until full payment is received from you and are usually ready for delivery within four weeks.