What happens at a photoshoot?
We work hard to make sure that every photoshoot is a relaxed and fun experience. First, if you're having your photoshoot at our studio, we'll make some tea or coffee, then chat through the kind of images you'd like.
You can get changed in our dressing room, if you wish, then we'll go through to the studio. Geoff will take the photographs and Jane will make sure that outfits are perfect and kids are happy.
A photoshoot can be quick (twenty minutes) or lengthy (two hours), depending on how happy everyone is at being photographed, and how many people are in the shoot.
Which package is best for a newborn baby photoshoot?
Babies, newborn and older, often need breaks in the session to be fed or changed. For that reason, we recommend our Silver package, which includes two hours of studio time.
When will I see my images?
Post-production editing is important to us. These are images to be passed on through the generations, so we want to make sure they look perfect. We therefore spend a lot of time after the photoshoot removing scuffed knees and cradle cap, whitening teeth or subtly softening facial lines. All this means that the images will be available for your viewing session a week after your photoshoot.
How will I get to see my images?
Our studio in Llandudno has a lovely viewing room, where you get to settle on the sofa and see your images on our large screen, high definition TV. You then get to choose which images you'd like, and if you wish, we can discuss framed artwork and canvases.
If you can't get to the studio, we will upload your images to an online gallery. This enables you to see all your images and download the ones you'd like to keep.
How many images will I get?
That depends entirely on you! We're happy to photograph you for as long as you'd like to be photographed for, within the constraints of the time you've paid for. Then we weed out and discard all the unsuitable images - such as where people's eyes have closed - in post-production.
If you would like to try lots of different outfits, or have lots of combinations of people to be photographed, we often have 30-40 perfected images for you to choose from. But if you want a single family portrait, with no changes, you might end up with 10 or so images to choose from.
How many people can your studio accomodate?
We welcome groups of up to six adults, plus as many kids as you can round up! If you have a larger group, we're happy to come to your house, hotel or favourite outdoor place to photograph you all. Our largest portrait to date is of 35 family members!
Can I bring friends and family to be photographed with me?
Absolutely! We're happy to photograph everyone in any combination you wish as part of your photoshoot, such as parent-child groups, groups of kids and people on their own.
Can I bring my pet?
Yes, well-behaved animals are very welcome. Make sure you sign up for our email newsletter at the bottom of this page, as we like to do mini portrait sessions on behalf of animal charities.
What's the benefit of using the studio?
Our favourite thing about our studio is the spacious dressing room, which means that you can change outfits from, say, a casual look to a more formal one.
There's also access to our props, the soft, flattering lighting in our studio and, of course, a supply of tea, coffee, soft drinks and biscuits!
What props do you have?
In addition to a Christmas set, a Frozen set and a football stadium set, we have contemporary white and grey backgrounds. Then there's a vintage white brick background for an urban vibe, and a gold backdrop for added sparkle. We also use the floor length curtains in our dressing room for romantic maternity poses.
Babies are kept comfy on our specialist baby posing beanbag, and in our hand-woven willow basket. We don't believe in elaborate baby props; instead we keep our babies natural with a selection of cosy blankets, cute hats and pretty headbands in cream, pink and chocolate. Of course, baby's own blanket or favourite toy can be incoporated into the photoshoot too.
Kids are happiest with their own toys, musical instruments or hobbies, though they do love playing with our bubbles, while tweens go for our ornate picture frames and sparkly feather masks.
Just let us know before your photoshoot if there's anything specific you'd like to use.
Do you go on location?
Yes, and travel is free within 10 miles of our Llandudno studio (45p per mile after that). We love going on location, and so are happy to visit your home, hotel or favourite outdoor spot.
Do you sell gift certificates?
Yes, and they're presented in a smart ribboned box so you have something to hand to the recipient. Click here to buy one.
There's also more information on our gift packages here.
Can I print out my images?
Absolutely. All our digital images are print-ready and are extremely high resolution, so you can print them to a very large size. Home printers aren't always the best quality, but if you don't want to buy artwork from us, retailers such as Boots and online printers such as Photobox are good options.
What type of prints do you supply?
Our wall art is heirloom-quality and is available in a good range of sizes and hand-crafted frames. We also provide top quality canvases and unusual items such as aluminium wall art. Because we strive for the perfect quality, we don't offer unframed or tiny (e.g. postcard size) prints. You can see our wall art price list here.
Is your studio accessible to disabled people?
We're on the first floor, up a flight of 14 stairs, so unfortunately we have limited accessibility. We're happy to come to you, though, or your favourite outdoor place.