Here you will find answers to some of the questions I am often asked. If you have any other questions, please contact me.
WHERE ARE YOU BASED?
I am located in Yate, between Bristol and Gloucestershire. However, as I am lifestyle photographer and am mobile, I can travel to all areas in Bristol, Gloucestershire and Bath. I can also cover some areas of the Cotswolds, Somerset and Wiltshire.
HOW FAR WILL YOU TRAVEL?
I can travel 15 miles from Chipping Sodbury/Yate, however you are very welcome to come to me if you live outside of this area. I have many parks/woodlands/lakes around here that I use for my photo shoots.
I can sometimes make arrangements to travel outside of my area and around the South West. I frequently visit areas of Somerset, Wiltshire, and the Cotswolds. Please message me with your requirements.
WHERE DO YOUR PHOTO SHOOTS TAKE PLACE?
I am very much a lifestyle photographer and love to capture your memories at an outdoor location. This is usually a nearby park, woodland, lake or meadow, somewhere that means something to you and your family and will be discussed with you prior to your photo shoot. Other locations include the beach (Weston Super Mare, Clevedon, Severn Beach for example) or City (Bristol or Bath).
HOW LONG DO SESSIONS LAST?
My sessions usually last up to 2 hours, however this can vary and my sessions are unrushed and relaxed.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Just yourself and whoever is being photographed. You are welcome to bring any toys/teddies for children and for pets. You may want to bring a change of clothing for children sessions and some treats/water for your dog if you are having a pet session. Bring a drink and some snacks if you have young children.
For pet sessions, please keep your dog on a lead until I advise. Your dog should be wearing a collar. If he is use to wearing a harness, I may ask you to take this off during the session, as they can be distracting in photographs.
Please only bring the subjects being photographed to the session. Bringing lots of family members or friends often causes distractions and this sometimes means I cannot get the shot you want. Parents are always welcome to the shoot, however!
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE WEATHER IS BAD?
I will check on the weather forecast a few days before your photo shoot is scheduled and if in the unlucky event it should pour with rain or we have high winds, I will contact you to reschedule our shoot. Drizzly rain isn't usually a problem, as we can find a location with some shelter. Rain also provides some stunning photographs so you should not worry too much about this. Just bring your waterproofs. Snow and fog will usually not hinder our photo shoot - in fact it can make wonderful photographs.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
I will discuss this with you prior to your shoot, depending on the location we have chosen. Simple, plain coloured clothes work best, something that compliments each other. If it is soggy underfoot, please wear appropriate footwear and avoid whites. You are welcome to bring a few outfits for children and I can advise before we begin which one would work best.
CAN I BOOK FOR A WEEKEND?
Yes! I work every day of the week and will fit you in where I can - I do not charge more for weekend sessions, so they remain the same price as weekday sessions. There are particular times of day I prefer to shoot, so I will advise you on this when booking.
WHAT HAPPENS IF ME OR MY PET/MY CHILD IS POORLY?
If this should happen, I ask you to contact me asap so as we can postpone and reschedule our photo shoot. I will not photograph a poorly child, as this will be a miserable experience for them and I want them to have fun so as I can create the best photographs possible.
WHAT IF MY DOG IS NERVOUS/NAUGHTY?
Clients are often worried that their dog wouldn't sit still long enough for me to take a photograph. The truth is, that between the perfectly timed shots you see in my portfolio, there is chaos, adventure and a lot of laughter. I love nothing more than to see a dog in his natural environment, getting into mischief and being himself. I will often follow the dog around and capture him naturally. I have never come away from a session without any images.
It is also natural for your dog to be nervous in new situations. I will never force a dog to sit and pose for me - we will always go at his own pace. Please feel reassured that I am also a qualified dog behaviourist and I am familiar with working with nervous dogs and have ways of keeping them calm.
WHAT DOES THE PHOTO SHOOT COST INCLUDE?
I have recently introduced a variety of packages you can choose from if you wish. These can be found on the Investment tab. If you opt for the session only, the price for the photo shoot is for my time and talent, a 1-2 hour photo shoot, a hand edit of every single photograph and a private viewing gallery of approximately 25 beautifully edited photographs. Please note that the session only package does not include any prints or products. A full pricing brochure of artwork products available will be given to you should you want to order any images.
Other packages are available and can be tailored to meet your needs. I currently have a print package and also a digital package for you to choose from. All artwork products are available to you whatever package you choose.
I WOULD PREFER A STUDIO SESSION - DO YOU OFFER THESE?
I am primarily a location photographer, however I may be offering studio shoots in the near future. If you would prefer an indoor session, I may be able to offer a limited amount of these at my studio in the Yate area. These will primarily only be available for pets. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss a studio session.
HOW MANY IMAGES WILL WE BE ABLE TO CHOOSE FROM?
I pride myself on capturing and producing a variety of images of incredibly high standard. On average, I will present you with 20-25 beautifully edited photographs from your shoot. This can vary and sometimes you will get more. For mini sessions, you will have a gallery of 5-10 images.
HOW LONG DO I NEED TO WAIT UNTIL I CAN SEE MY IMAGES?
I know after a photo shoot, you are impatient to see the images. I aim to get your gallery to you within 14 days. I often post sneak peeks on my Facebook page for you to see within 2 days.
Finished galleries will be presented to you at a personal viewing or an online gallery.
WHAT PRODUCTS ARE AVAILABLE TO ORDER?
I offer a variety of beautiful wall art products, ranging from acrylics to canvases, as well as framed prints and albums which tell a story of your photo shoot with me. These can be found on the artwork page under the Investment tab.
I very much recommend purchasing the finished product, however digital images are available to purchase if you wish.
DO YOU SELL THE THE DIGITAL IMAGES?
The answer is yes. However, the digital images are the most expensive product on my price list and there is a reason for this. They are a premium product. I took those photographs. They are my art. My work. When I hand them over to you, you have full control on how many get printed, where they go, what happens to them. You receive full printing rights to be able to print the images however many times you would like, at whatever size. You have them forever.
If you purchase the full set of digital images from your shoot, these also come with a set of black and white images of every photograph. I cannot discount digital images. They are more expensive than a single piece of wall art because of the reproduction purposes. Digital images are for personal use only.
WHY DO YOU PREFER THE FINISHED PRODUCT TO DIGITAL IMAGES?
I like to supply my clients with the 'finished product'. A piece of stunning wall art that you can place above your fireplace. I know clients often prefer digital images these days however, when I hand over a USB of digital files, they will likely end up in a drawer, only to be looked at once, maybe twice a year. Those images will more than likely never get printed, and they will be memories which end up being stashed away, only for technology to move on and you may no longer be able to print from them. This leads to a generation forgotten.
Even if you are able to print from them, the quality from a high street store will never be the same as from as professional printer. They can suffer a loss of quality and fade.
My motto is to print everything. Keep your memories printed so as you can see them every single day. Do not stash them away. Photography is so important to me and I could easily sell every client the digital files - but this isn't about money, this is about memories and I want you to be able to look at them every day and to have them on your wall.
WHO OWNS COPYRIGHT OF IMAGES?
I will always retain copyright of all images, at all times.
If you purchase digital images, you will be given a printing license which means that you can reproduce and print these images in unlimited amounts, for personal use only or to give to family and friends. You will not be allowed to copy, edit, crop, enter these images into competitions, use them on social media without a watermark or sell these images.
IS THERE A BOOKING FEE?
Yes. I require a 50% booking fee to be paid at the time of booking, with the outstanding balance payable on the day of your photo shoot.
DO I NEED TO SIGN A CONTRACT?
Yes. The contract will be sent to you at the time of booking. The link to this contract is valid for 7 days and your booking will not be confirmed until I receive this along with your booking fee. Your booking is not secure until I receive the contract and booking fee.
WHAT IS THE AVERAGE SPEND?
My clients usually spend anywhere between £300 and £2000. Please be advised that there is a £50 minimum spend on products when choosing the session only package. My most popular package is the £200 package which includes 5 unique bordered prints.
HOW DO I BOOK A SESSION?
You can book a session by calling me on 07825 683524, completing the Contact Form on my website or by emailing me at the following address:
I look forward to hearing from you!
Dog Photographer & Portrait Photographer in Yate/Chipping Sodbury. Covering Gloucestershire, Bristol, Bath, Somerset, Wiltshire & The Cotswolds.
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