Family session information

Step One: Scheduling your session

Spring family photoshoot St Albans

In order to secure your shoot date, you need to sign some paperwork and pay your session fee of £125. If we haven’t already, the easiest way to compare calendars is to give me a call then once we find a date, booking is done 100% online and is super straightforward.

As you grab your diary, here are a few things to consider:

  • Many families who work during the week, find that by scheduling a shoot early in the morning or late afternoon they lose almost no time at the office, which is especially doable in the longer summer days.
  • Given the beautiful colours of autumn and spring flowers, these are often the busiest time of year so if you’d like a session during one of these times get in touch as soon as possible,
  • If you have a particular date or holiday by which you need photos or gifts, then please ensure you have your shoot 4-6 weeks in advance so you have sufficient editing and printing time.
  • Babies and young kids are almost always at their best first thing, and bonus it’s great light too. If your kids are under five I encourage you to encourage a session as close to sunrise as you can reasonably be ready!
  • If you have older kids or the rare kids that you can’t bribe out of bed then late afternoon or early evening (usually 1.5 hours before sunset) works perfectly.
  • Generally avoiding the middle of the day is best for everyone.
  • Great photos can be made in any weather but I appreciate that pouring rain isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. I always love shooting in your home however and light drizzle isn’t a deal breaker as it can’t be seen on camera.

STEP TWO: The session itself

newborn baby being cuddled after home birth in st albans

Once we’ve decided on a time and date and officially put your session in the diary, I’ll send you a shoot guide that will answer every question you might have from choosing outfits to strategies for getting kids to cooperate. I’m sure it’ll answer 95% of your questions but we can always chat if you think of anything else.

A few days before the shoot, I’ll be in touch to confirm time and place… at that time, if the weather looks dodgy or you’ve got a sick kid we can chat about a reschedule. Otherwise, it’s the perfect time to ask any last minute questions or discuss any last minute ideas you’ve had!

little boy licking his plate at home in st albans

On the day of the session, please block off 2 hours. Typically we’ll have loads of lovely photos in an hour but I don’t charge by time so if your kid needs a bit longer to warm up then I like to have a bit of time for flexibility. 

And then take a deep breath and relax…! It’s going to be fun, honestly 🙂 You can have breaks as and when you need them and we’ll just have a laugh, being your awesome selves and capturing your family exactly as they are. Plus if you’re super nervous and have a mimosa for breakfast, well I won’t tell!

St Albans family photography in Verulamium Park

STEP THREE: the fun part!

Within 14 days of your shoot, you’ll receive an email from me letting you know that your photos are ready. You’ll get a slideshow with your photos in and once you watch it for the first time you’ll have 24 hours to watch that as many times as you like. Of course, I’d love it if you all sit down and snuggle up and watch them together, but that’s the romantic in me!

Once you’ve had a chance to see them and marvel at how fab your family are, you’ll let me know which collection you want to purchase. Don’t forget, that slideshow expires within 24 hours!

After that, you’ll have a full month to select the specific digital files and print items you want to use to fill that collection… zero pressure! If you’re like me and like to see things in person then give me a call and arrange to swing by my home or chat on zoom and I can show you some of the items in person.

What you choose to do with your images is perhaps the most important aspect to consider when planning your shoot but it’s all too often the aspect that’s overlooked. All the time and money invested deserve a better return than photos gathering dust on a hard drive. You will NEVER get the same feeling looking at your photos on a screen as you will seeing them on your wall or flicking through an album.

That’s why I include complimentary print credit with every shoot!

Below are just some of the items you can choose from:

professional print example

Professional lab prints

Your favourite images are professionally printed on archival quality photo paper in a lustre finish.

These full bleed prints are perfect for framing and hanging on the wall or giving as a special gift.

6×4 | £9

9×6 | £11

12×8 | £13

fine art framing

Framed prints

The perfect way to show off your favourite image from your shoot!

A minimalist frame with a beautiful mounted print will complement modern or classic homes perfectly.

These frames come in a choice of black, white, silver, natural, or walnut and are delivered ready to hang on your wall.

10×8 (print 8×6″) | £145

16×12 (print 12×8″) | £195

20×16 (print 16×12″) | £225

fine art prints

Fine art prints

A signature print product – like nothing you’ve seen before.
Printed on beautiful, tactile 308gsm photo rag paper this premium print offers incredible colour reproduction. This paper is also acid-free making it extremely age-resistant.

5×7 | £16

9×6 | £28

12×8 | £36

lay flat album

Albums

I offer two types of albums; a hard bankbook or a lay flat album. Both have beautiful papers and customisable covers.

10 spreads (20 pages) are included in the price below. Additional spreads can be added.

 

Hardcover books

8×8″ | £165 – – 10×10 | £195  – – 12×12″ | £225

Layflat albums

8×8″ | £325 – – 10×10″ | £550 – – 12×12″ | £455

St Albans family photographer Sopwell Nunnery