Where is your studio situated?
My studio is situated in Nigel on the East Rand. (About a 30-minute drive from Johannesburg South.)
Please note that the studio is currently on the 2nd floor of the Building. Unfortunately, there is no elevator in the building. To date, none of my clients have had problems with climbing the stairs. If you suspect that you might find it difficult to climb the stairs or might be bringing an elderly person along to the photo session, please consider booking a location photo session. My apologies for any inconvenience caused by this – my studio is on the 2nd floor in order to get the best natural light possible for your photo session.
Do you travel for photo sessions or do you only shoot in studio?
Yes, I travel for SELECTED photo packages. The first 30km travel charge (from the studio in Nigel) are included in your package, thereafter an additional travel charge would apply R4,50 per kilometer. All toll-fees and location entrance fees will be for the client’s account.
For most of my outdoor sessions, I make use of a beautiful field, less than 2km from the studio. The field is lush and green during spring and summer months and has rich, natural, golden colours during fall and winter months.
Are you available on Saturdays?
I am available for photo sessions Monday to Saturday and on selected public holidays. The studio in closed on a Sunday.
Saturdays are the MOST popular days and fill up first – sometimes up to 8 weeks in advance.
How do I make a booking?
Kindly contact me to request the latest price list. (My price list is available on this website as well. Please refer to the “Packages & Products” link in the main menu.)
Once you have decided on your package, please email me to confirm my availability and request the booking form. A 50% non-refundable booking fee is required to secure the date and time you would like booked for your shoot in the Photographer’s schedule. Your shoot will only be booked once the 50% booking fee has been paid and the Booking Form submitted. No bookings will be held without the payment. Booking Fee needs to be paid within 2 days from submission of booking form or booking will automatically be canceled.
Are there private changing and feeding facilities at your studio?
Yes, there are. My studio has been equipped to make sessions as comfortable as possible for my clients.
Do you have props and clothing available in studio?
Yes, I do have a fair selection of newborn props (e.g. baskets, crates, etc.) as well as newborn clothing (e.g. bonnets, rompers, wraps, etc.) available for use during a posed newborn session. I also have a basic studio wardrobe for little girls (e.g. lace dressed, lace rompers, tutu’s, etc.), as well as a selection of ladies wear and maternity gowns available for use.
When should I book my photo session?
I would advise booking a session at least 4 to 8 weeks in advance to ensure the availability of your preferred date and time slot. Saturdays are the MOST popular days and fill up first.
Do not hesitate to contact me if you need to have your session scheduled earlier or your baby has been born already – I will see what I can do and try my utmost best to accommodate you.
Maternity Sessions – I suggest scheduling your maternity session between week 32 and 36, unless you are expecting multiples then the maternity session should be scheduled earlier, between 28 and 32 weeks. I would not recommend scheduling your maternity session within the last two weeks of your pregnancy as your baby might just decide to come early – causing you to miss your maternity photo session.
Newborn Sessions – It is best to schedule a newborn session within the first 10 days of your baby’s new life (if possible) – days 5 to 7 prove to be best. When you have booked you baby’s newborn session I will pencil in a date in my diary, once your baby arrived we can juggle the date and time to suit. I do leave room in my schedule to make adjustments to session dates once the baby arrives. Babies will arrive on their own terms, but at least we have some sort of a guideline to go by of what the session day will be. From there we can adjust the session date once the baby is born. Please get in contact with me within a day or two after the birth of your baby so I can make schedule adjustments if needed. Scheduling a newborn session between days 5 to 7 also gives us a little leeway, just in case we would need to reschedule your baby’s newborn session due to unforeseen circumstances. If you don’t feel comfortable bringing your baby that early, please call me to arrange the shoot as soon as you are ready.
Boudoir Sessions – I do recommend scheduling your Boudoir Session at least 4-6 weeks before you would like your finished product, especially if you are planning on giving it as a gift. If you might be in need of it sooner do not hesitate to contact me – I will see what I can do and try my best to accommodate you. However, additional charges will apply to rush jobs. I would also recommend booking your session 3 to 4 weeks in advance – giving yourself ample time to plan your wardrobe, etc.
Why do you do a newborn shoot that early?
The age of a baby can sometimes make a big difference in what type of poses you are able to position them in and whether they will like it or not.
I have done successful posed newborn sessions up to the age of 8 weeks. I however strongly encourage parents to schedule sessions when babies are under 15 days of age, days 5 to 7 prove to be best, if they would like the posed, curled up, sleeping newborn portraits. At this age, babies are more likely to curl up in “womb-like” poses, stay asleep for longer periods of time, don’t mind being unclothed (as long as they have a full tummy and are kept warm).
Babies older than two weeks tend to be more awake, hate being unclothed and most often cannot curl up into the typical curly, newborn poses anymore. Round about the two week age mark, babies go through a growth spurt and will start stretching their arms and legs and will not be as keen to curling up, which is needed for some of the poses and portraits in props like a bucket.
For older and fussy babies I would recommend a lifestyle newborn session.
If you do not feel comfortable with having your baby photographed that early – you are more than welcome to get in contact with me to reschedule once you feel ready.
What should I wear to my photo session, what should I bring and how should I prepare?
Once you have booked your photo sessions, I’ll forward all additional info to you in regards to preparing, outfit ideas, etc.
Do you offer makeup services?
Yes, I can source the services of a makeup artist for your session. Charges will be for the client’s account. My preferred makeup artist and I have been working together for over 3 years. She is FANTASTIC in her work and I trust her completely. To ensure the availability of the makeup artist, please book her services when completing your booking form or get in touch with me at least a week prior to your photo session.
Do you edit the photos?
Yes, I do. All my images go through my editing workflow process to beautify your images. I do not do any image manipulation e.g. remove or add people to photos, adding artificial backgrounds, etc. Upon request of the client I will remove or at least minimize (if practically possible) stretch marks, acne, scars, blemishes, etc.
Any special requests or re-editing of images will be assessed and quoted for by the current hourly rate.
When will I receive my photos?
Your images will be available in an online password protected gallery, 15 working days ( 3 weeks) from each of your portrait session(s). The Client can then select the images to be included on the CD (as per package) and/or the images that need to be printed. You will have 3 weeks to place your order.
What will happen if I’m late for my photo session?
Most of my clients travel quite a distance to the studio. If you are running late, please phone me immediately and let me know how late you will be. If you are more than 30 minutes late, we may have to reschedule your shoot. If you are late for your session, I, unfortunately, cannot accommodate you with more time due to other bookings scheduled directly before and/or after your session. The remainder of your session will be shot in the remaining time available OR rescheduled to a date and time that suit the studio with a R500 rescheduling fee.
What should I do if my baby is sick on the day of the photo session?
If you have a sick child on the day of the session please call to reschedule. If you try to keep the appointment, I will most likely request that you reschedule if we notice your child is sick. Sick or uncomfortable children do not like to be photographed and I know that you will not love your portraits nearly as much as if he or she was in good health. If you need to postpone your session, please do so 24hrs prior to the session as set out above or as soon as you see that your little one (or yourself) is not well, in the case of illness. R500 sitting fee will be charged for sessions not canceled or rescheduled as set out above.
Do you photograph babies only?
No, I love to photograph people…and pets! I photograph people from all ages – babies, toddlers, kiddies, families, etc, etc. You are never too young or too old to have your portrait taken. I do still photograph boudoir sessions, glamour sessions, corporate shoots, corporate headshots, model/actor’s portfolio’s, etc.
Do you still photograph weddings?
As of 1 April 2015, I will only take wedding bookings from a direct referral of past or existing clients, e.g. their relatives or friends or vendors, e.g. venues, videographers, etc. that I have been working with on a regular basis.
I hope to have answered all your questions. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.