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– FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS –

Where are you based?

Our studio is located in the quiet little village of Copthorne, (RH10) right between Crawley and East Grinstead, on the West Sussex and Surrey border.

Do you only do newborn photography?

Not at all... although we specialise in newborn photography and baby photography, we also offer maternity shoots, and photograph infants, toddlers and children of all ages - including family photo shoots both in the studio and outdoors on location.

Do you only offer baby photograpy in West Sussex?

Although most of our customers come from West Sussex or Surrey, they're certainly not just from our local Crawley and East Grinstead areas - in fact our customers come to us from all over Sussex, Surrey, Kent, London and other surrounding areas including overseas!

What can we do to get the best baby photo shoot?

Once you book any type of photo shoot with us, you’ll have full access to our client area which has all the tips and information you'll need to help us take the best baby photos for you.

What's included in the shoot fee?

All shoot fees include our time and talent during the shoot itself, full use of any studio props, full retouching and editing of all images after your photo shoot, and a free viewing and ordering session so you can choose which images and products you would like to buy from us. Our shoot fees do not include any images or products, all images and products are sold separately.

– MATERNITY FAQS –

When should we arrange a maternity shoot?

For the best “baby bump photos” we recommend arranging your maternity shoot for somewhere between around 7 to 8 months - based mostly on how big your bump is. We want you to look visibly pregnant, but also be comfortable in yourself.

How long will a maternity shoot take?

Because we understand that everything is hard work when you're heavily pregnant, we aim to keep our maternity shoots down to no more than around an hour - and we'll do our very best to keep you as comfortable as possible throughout your maternity photo shoot.

Does my husband/partner have to come?

No this isn’t compulsory... but if you'd like a few couple shots of both parents-to-be together, your partner is welcome to join us for your maternity shoot.

Do I need to bring props or maternity gowns?

We have a selection of specially made gowns which have been produced exclusively for use as props during maternity photo shoots, and which you are welcome to use during your maternity shoot... so all you need to do is turn up! If you'd like to bring along your own gowns and/or a few props though, you're more than welcome to do so.

– NEWBORN FAQS –

What’s the ideal age for newborn photography?

Our experience has shown us that the perfect age for the best newborn photography is usually between 5-7 days old, so we strongly recommend booking your shoot for around this age – or no later than 2 weeks old if you are unable to visit any sooner.

If baby is already 2 weeks or older, we can still arrange a newborn shoot for you, but may need to adapt our shooting style to suit your baby, so newborn shoots for older babies may involve simpler poses, more wrapping/swaddling and more photos of baby awake and/or with parents.

Why so early?

After just two short weeks, your baby will be bigger, much less sleepy, less flexible, and may also develop some minor temporary skin complaints such as flaky skin and milk spots… and without a deep, soundly sleeping baby it is impossible to pose baby in the super-cute poses we know you'll love... for this reason, it’s important to book early if at all possible so we can schedule your shoot to get the best photos for you.

So when should I book my newborn photo shoot?

As early as possible! After your 20 week scan is a great time to book, but certainly before your baby arrives if at all possible: our pre-booked clients get priority when finalising shoot dates - which means we may be unable to schedule your newborn session if you haven't already booked before baby arrives.

But what if my baby arrives earlier or later than expected?

This is no problem: when you initially book with us, we’ll pencil in a rough date so we can organise our schedules – then as soon as your baby is born, we'll pin down the exact date and time for your photo shoot then.

My baby is already born – Am I too late?

If your baby is already born, please contact us as soon as possible telling us how old your baby is, so we can check our schedule and get back to you – and be prepared for a short notice appointment if we can fit one in early! If your baby is already older than 2 weeks we can still take some beautiful baby pictures for you... although these may not be quite the same style as our super-curly posed week old newborns.

How long does a newborn photo shoot take?

Ideally, your newborn shoots take around 1-2 hours… but we usually allow up to 4 hours for newborn shoots just in case baby needs extra time for feeding and cuddling between sleepy sessions.

What if my baby’s umbilical cord is still attached?

This is no problem: we can still take your photos for you, and we'll use a combination of careful posing, and retouching where needed, to hide tummy tags as much as possible.

Can we add parent or sibling photos?

For standard newborn photo shoots, we concentrate on baby alone, taking the best newborn photos we can, without other distractions... but if you'd like to include a few parent and/or baby with sibling shots, this is no problem and you'll find an option to add these when booking.

– AFTER THE SHOOT –

How do we view the images after our photo shoot?

Approximately 2 weeks after your photo session, we'll have finished processing your images for you. At this point, we’ll invite you to a personal viewing and ordering session where you’ll be able to view all the finished images, and choose which products you would like to buy from us.

Do you do any retouching?

Yes indeed... in fact, we'll utilise our extensive Photoshop skills to fully edit and retouch every single beautiful photo we present to you - so no need to worry about that milk spot, pimple, or patch of flaky skin on baby's hands or feet - we'll take care of all that before you ever get to see the finished images... at no extra cost. 

How many images do you take?

With the emphasis always on quality over quantity, and producing only the very best examples of each particular pose we arrange for you, we'll typically create a gallery of around 25-30 beautifully finished and fully edited photos for you to choose from.

Can I buy the digital files?

Yes you can buy digital files if you want to… in fact this is our most popular product.

How much do most people spend?

Most of our customers spend somewhere between £350 to £1000 with us.

Do you sell gift vouchers?

Yes, we sell Electronic Gift Cards, which can be used to purchase any of the products or services we sell. To purchase an Electronic Gift Card, please visit the booking area of our website.

STILL GOT QUESTIONS?

If you still have any further questions at all after reading the FAQs or are unsure about anything prior to booking your newborn or baby photography, we’re only a quick phone call or email away so please don't hesitate to contact us and we'll be hapy to answer any questions you have. :-)

Karen & Rob. x

Our main areas of coverage:

We are West Sussex baby photographers providing all types of Sussex newborn photography and baby photography in Surrey, Sussex and across the south. Our nearest towns include Copthorne, Crawley, East Grinstead, Horley, Horsham, Redhill, Reigate, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Burgess Hill and Brighton. We are located just 5 minutes from junction 10 of the M23 motorway, which is just 15 minutes south of the M25 motorway, circling London.

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