P O R T R A I T S
What do you charge?
A photo shoot (whether indoor or outdoor) costs £99. Although there is no time limit, most sessions will last anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 hour. You'll receive 20 high resolution digital images on a memory stick, perfect for printing in larger formats if you wish.
How, where and when?
All on location portrait sessions are shot at an outdoor venue of your choice, with natural light. That's not to say I might not use a flash, a reflector or other light sources for creative purposes, but your photos will look 100% natural. When shooting outdoors, the best time is early morning or evening, as the light at that time of day is generally very flattering and warm, especially in the summer months. Of course this is not always possible, especially with younger children. I'd recommend scheduling the session for early to mid-morning or perhaps later afternoon, into the evening and dusk.
We'll also take advantage of any natural light in your home for these sessions; it's remarkable how little light you need to take a great picture if you know how! It's more likely that I'll introduce some non-invasive artificial light into these shoots, but always in a way that looks natural. Shooting near a window or by a patio door makes for a great look. Unlike on location portraits, these sessions are best shot in the middle of the day; any time between 10am and 3pm works, depending on the time of year. I'm often asked by families if they should tidy their homes before I turn up. My answer would be, "only if you really want to!" My aim is to capture your family in a completely relaxed and fun (and therefore possibly messy) way! I always aim to make the whole experience a pleasure, not a source of stress. As long as I have a little bit of room to work, then the rest is up to you.
What happens if we're on location and it rains?
Operating a photographic business in the UK, means that I'm fairly confident shooting portrait photographs whatever the weather! Many of my best pictures have been taken outdoors, with cloud-cover and drizzling rain. It's a cliché, but photographers tend to prefer a dull day to a bright sunny one when shooting portraits, as the light is often more flattering.
If it's absolutely pouring with rain on the day of your shoot, then don't worry - we'll reschedule for another day.
What should we wear?
Simple, plain-coloured clothes tend to work very well. It's best to avoid bold stripes and checks or large logos as these don't work well in pictures and can be distracting. Some families like to choose a colour theme for the group, such as blues and grays – they will blend together and help to produce a great result - I'd highly recommend this approach. Most of all, please wear whatever you feel comfortable in! Appropriate footwear is essential, especially if the ground is wet.
My child has Special Needs. Are you happy to photograph them?
More than happy. I understand that a shoot may take more time; I'll never charge extra to accommodate any member of your family. Artificially posed shots aren't my thing, so I won't expect children to follow constant instruction or to even look at the camera if they don't want to. Every child is different, so I'd aim to speak to you (and to your child if appropriate) ahead of the session to better understand any sensory needs or health concerns you may have, and about whether accommodation needs to be made for adaptive equipment if we're on location.
I hate having my picture taken!
Me too! But my style of photography is very relaxed and unobtrusive. I'll offer tips and advice on how to stand/sit individually and together to look your best, but I want to capture the natural interactions within a family or between a couple, and these can never really be directed. It isn’t unusual to be nervous in front of the camera! We can talk through the shoot at the beginning, and chat about any special request or reservations you may have.
Who has the rights to the images?
You have the rights to the images for personal use, and Kairos Photography maintains the rights to use the images for promotional purposes. If you have looked-after or adopted children and would prefer not have their image used on a website or social media, then please do let me know.
How long after the session can I expect to receive my photos?
Delivery times can vary depending on the time of year, but 14 days is the standard. Of course, I'll always do my best to deliver your photos to you as soon as possible.
How do we book you?
If you're ready to book and would like to discuss the dates, please contact me via the contact page. I can accept payments via PayPal or bank transfer. A non-refundable booking fee of £29 is required at the time of booking, with the remaining balance being paid at any time up until the day of the shoot itself. The shoot cannot go ahead until payment has been made in full. In terms of location, I'm happy to drive up to 35 minutes each way from DL5 for your shoot. anything beyond that may be subject to additional travel costs.
I've been given a Gift Voucher.
Hurrah! Have a think about some possible dates and locations that would work for you and your family, and when you're ready, get in touch via the Contact page. I'll get back to you and we can have a chat about what you'd like. Then we'll get together and make it happen!
If you'd like to purchase a voucher as a gift, please get in touch via the Contact page and I'll get one sent out to you.