– FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS –
Where are you based?
Our studio is located in the quiet little village of Copthorne (RH10 postcode) right between Crawley and East Grinstead on the West Sussex and Surrey border.
Do you only do newborn & baby 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 portraits 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 (we're right on the border between the two) 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! Our on location portraits and lifestyle photography can take place anywhere in the UK.
What can we do to get the best baby portraits?
Once you book any type of portraits shoot with us, we'll send you all the information you'll need to help us take the best baby portraits for you.
What's included in a photo shoot?
All portrait sessions include a pre-shoot consultation to help plan your portraits experience, our time and talent during the session itself, use of any studio props, full retouching and editing of all images purchased, and a viewing and ordering session so you can choose which images and products you would like to buy from us. All products or images must be purchased separately.
– MATERNITY FAQS –
When should we arrange a maternity shoot?
For the best maternity portraits we recommend arranging your maternity photo shoot between 7 to 8 months - based mostly on how big your baby 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 to include a few portraits taken of you with your partner, they are 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, that 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 best 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 portraits 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 portraits for you.
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.
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 provisional date so we can organise our schedules – then if baby arrives early or later, we'll adjust the date and time for your newborn portraits if needed.
My baby is already born – Am I too late?
If your baby is already born, please contact us as soon as possible - we can't promise to be able to fit you in at short notice, but we'll check our schedule and let you know as soon as possible.
If your baby is already older than 2 weeks we can still take some beautiful baby pictures for you... but 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, our newborn portrait sessions last around 1-2 hours… but we allow up to 4 hours for all newborn portraits 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 pictures for you, and we'll use a combination of careful posing, and retouching where needed, to hide tummy tags from view.
Can we add parent or sibling photos?
Although we concentrate mostly on just baby, so we can get the best newborn portraits for you, we do also usually include a few family portraits as standard as well.
– AFTER THE SHOOT –
How do we view the images after our portrait session?
After we've taken your portraits for you, we'll schedule a viewing and ordering session at our studio, usually within 2 weeks of your shoot, after your images have been edited and retouched. This is when you'll choose which images and products you would like to buy from us.
Do you do any retouching?
Yes indeed... we'll utilise our extensive Photoshop skills to fully edit and retouch every single beautiful portrait we supply - 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 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 typically show around 20 beautifully finished and fully edited photos for you to choose from.
Can I buy the digital files?
Well... if you absolutely want to buy just digital files from us, then yes you can... however, for the overwhelming majority of our customers you won't need to buy digital files because we include a complimentary digital copy of every single image purchased for a wall or heirloom collection at no extra charge.
Do you sell gift vouchers?
Yes, we do offer gift vouchers. Please contact us directly if you would like to purchase a gift for a friend or loved one.
Do you still have qUESTIONS?
If you still have any further questions at all after reading the FAQs or are unsure about anything prior to booking your newborn, baby or family photography, we’re only a phone call or email away so please don't hesitate to contact us and we'll be happy to answer any questions you still have.
Karen & Rob. x
Are we the best baby photography studio for you?
If our experience, personal service, archival products, and beautiful baby portraits haven't already convinced you...
We don't charge for our portrait sessions... all booking fees become credit you can use towards purchasing any of our products after your session.
...and if you don't LOVE your images enough to want to buy any after your session - we'll simply give you your money back.
Location and areas of coverage:
West Sussex baby photographers providing fine art newborn photography and luxury baby portraiture in Sussex, Surrey and the south.
Our nearest towns include Crawley, East Grinstead, Horley, Horsham, Redhill, Reigate, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Burgess Hill and Brighton.
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