Frequently Asked Question’s

To get the best out of your studio session I’ve included some information below and the answers to some frequently asked questions, along with comprehensive directions on how to find me.

Parndon Mill enjoys good parking and is easy to find, but is one of Harlow’s best-kept secrets. Our postcode is CM20 2HP.

Each family chooses something different for their portraits. there is no one size fits all, but when you come in we’ll find the perfect solution for you. You can choose as much or as little as you like. Families tend to invest around £500-£1,000 if they are looking for something substantial for their wall.

I will remind you of our appointment the day before, but I’d really appreciate it if you would please let me know if something changes before this, so that I can provide an alternative appointment.

Below are some frequently asked questions about my photo sessions. Click on the questions below to see the answers.

Before Your Photo Shoot

When is the best time to book a baby photography session?

Ideally when your baby is not fighting sleep or food, and everyone is at their best. Saturday slots fill up the fastest, so plan 2-3 weeks ahead.

Where do photo sessions take place?

At my studio in Parndon Mill, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2HP. Parking is plentiful, and full directions are sent with your booking confirmation.

Can you photograph the parents with baby?

Yes of course.

Can siblings be included?

Yes, but I do like to photograph your new baby first, before introducing siblings.

How long will the photoshoot last?

Please allow up to an hour for older babies, children and a family photoshoot.

For newborn babies (under 10 days old) please allow 3-4 hours.

I will be as quick as I can, but I do like to allow time for nappy changes, and time for shy children to get used to the studio.

Can we do photographs outside?

Yes, I offer an outdoor family photography using the private grounds at Parndon Mill.

What is your availability like for a photography session?

You can see my availability here.

What products do you sell?

Everything from prints, to wall portraits, albums and digital files.

There is no one size fits all, everyone chooses something different, but when you come in we’ll find the perfect solution for you. You can choose as much or as little as you like. My families tend to invest around £500 on their portraits.

Can I just get digitals from our photoshoot?

You can. Although I would highly recommend that you consider prints, wall art, or an album as printing is the best way to preserve your memories.

Do I need to tell you advance what products I would like?

It’s useful to know, but you do not need to make a final decision until you have viewed your photographs.

What should I dress my baby or child in for their photoshoot?

For babies that are still at the lying stage I prefer to do with shorts, a nappy cover, or with white body vest on, as I find clothes do not fit very well for this age group.

For older babies and children then solid plain colours are best for photographs and something that fits well. Avoid collars if possible.

Do bring a change of outfit, a hat or any other item that is unique to your child – their favourite teddy or toy for example.

What should I wear?

I always suggest to keep it simple and avoid busy patterns. A simple black or white cotton knit cami or shirt is always beautiful.

Do I need to bring props or blankets with me?

If you have something you would like included on the photographs then yes, please do.

People in the past have bought the soft toy they had as a baby, or a special blanket.

Don’t worry if you don’t, I have everything I need at the studio, and it is washed/cleaned between clients.

How do I book a portrait photography session for my baby or family?

You can book your photography session online, or alternatively call 01279 433392 to book.

What do I do if anyone falls ill?

Please let me know so that I can offer a suitable alternative appointment. I understand how easily little ones pick up bugs. As much notice as possible is appreciated, but I know this isn’t always how it plays out.

On the Day 

What of my child won't settle, or doesn't like being posed?

Over the past few years I have photographed hundreds of children and babies, so I have a few tricks up my sleeve to ensure the shoot is fun for them and we get some great shots as well. In terms of posing, I will always do what your baby or child is happy with, and capable of doing. For every baby and child this is different!

What if my baby/child is ill on the day of the photoshoot?

It’s not a problem, these things sometimes happen. Please get in touch so we can reschedule the session for when they are better.

When can we view our photographs?

You’ll come back to my studio and see your beautiful portraits projected onto the big screen – your own personal movie screening. Please make sure all decision makers are present, as we are not able to offer more than one appointment for each session.

Will my portrait photographs be in colour or black and white?

Mostly in colour (unless you have booked a specific black & white photo shoot), but a few will be shown in black & white, as you have the choice to order in this finish also.

How many photographs will you take of my baby?

A lot! Don’t worry I am not about to show you every single one. After your photoshoot, I will carefully curate the results to show you the best selection of unique photographs.

If you do love them all and want them all, you can in a custom-designed album.


Does the session booking fee include any products or digitals?

No. All photographs, digital files, and artwork products are to be purchased separately.

How long does it take for orders to be delivered?

Typically 3-4 weeks.

It is worth bearing in mind that my suppliers can take longer to complete orders during peak periods such as Christmas.

I will be in touch when your order is ready for collection from the studio.

When is payment required?

Your photoshoot booking fee of £125 is paid at the time of booking. Then once you have viewed your portraits, and completed your order you can settle the balance in full by card.

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