Your Shoot Experience
How Long Does The Shoot Last?
About 2 hours but I am happy to be flexible and will often keep shooting for a little longer whilst everyone is having a good time. There is always some time taken up initially, especially if I am shooting at your home, we might have a coffee and chat allowing me to get to know everyone a little before getting the camera out. This way, especially with small children, a rapport has been established which I can build upon as we shoot. Teenagers often benefit from a discussion about their photographs, any ideas they have and how to incorporate these into the shoot.
Where will our shoot take place?
Usually we will do your shoot in or around Ilkley, however, I am more than happy to come to your home for the shoot or even visit a favourite location of your choice. I have particularly enjoyed shooting at Harlow Carr, Brimham Rocks, Ilkley Moor, Fewston Reservoir and Bolton Abbey. Note that should you wish for me to come to you or go out on location there is an additional charge (£100) to over my time and travel.
What Happens if it Rains on the day of the Shoot?
The British weather is, needless to say unpredictable! I have shot the most beautiful shoots on cold winter days with low light yet had to postpone Summer shoots if they have fallen during a particularly wet August. A dark sky or even slightly damp weather is never a problem…younger children don’t mind as long as they are all wrapped up and sometimes a shoot is easier if we aren’t fighting with a bright sun at midday in the Summer. If we are shooting in the Summer I prefer to make an early start (particularly if your children are small) but for teenagers it can work better to shoot in the early evening to capture the soft “golden hour” light and also give them chance to wake up, do the things they need to do and then have the shoot.
If it is properly wet on your shoot day we will reschedule but a decision about this is made on the morning of the shoot as forecasts often prove inaccurate!
Do We Need to do Anything to Prepare for our Shoot?
By the day of your shoot we will have spoken on the phone, had a chat about what to expect and about any particular shots you’d like me to take. We will also discuss clothing and locations and set a time to meet for the shoot.
Do We Pay Your Travel Expenses?
Travel within a 20 mile radius of LS29 8BG is included. Additional miles are charged at 45p per mile.
How Do I Book Our Shoot with You?
The two easiest ways are with to fill in the contact form here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Summer can be very busy so it really is worth getting your date in the diary well in advance. Your date is only secured once the shoot has been paid for (which occurs at the point of booking). Preferred dates cannot be held without payment in full.
Is It OK to bring our dog along to the shoot?
Of course! I love dogs and they are part of the family after all! In fact, if you have a look through my galleries you’ll notice that all kinds of animals have made it into the shoots including pigs, chickens, dogs and rabbits!
What Happens After Our Shoot?
Within 10 days of your shoot I will put a selection of around 70 edited images on to an online personalised gallery. A lot of time will have gone into selecting and editing these images, giving them my signature feel and look so they are ready for you to start making your selection. The images will be available to be viewed for 7 days and you can use the gallery software to show me your favourites.
Once you have selected your 15 images I will put them on to a new gallery for you from which you can download them in both their colour and black and white versions.
At this stage you are welcome to come to the studio should you wish to purchase an album, framed images or canvases. I do love it when my clients decide to have their images professionally printed and framed or laid out in a fine art album to show the story of the shoot. Pricing for albums, canvases and framed images is available on request and are purchased additionally to the shoot and the 15 included images.
Is it Possible to Reschedule the Shoot due to illness?
Of course! A little notice is always great as it might allow me to give your date to another family but if someone is ill they won’t photograph well and the results won’t be what we would want them to be. There is no charge to reschedule once.
If you have any questions which I haven’t covered here please do get in touch.
I like to keep things straight forward and transparent so have chosen to offer a fixed collection at £495 payable at the time of booking and which includes all of the following:
My skill and expertise built up over 15 years of shooting families in Yorkshire and throughout the UK.
Telephone consultation a week before your shoot.
A two hour family shoot in Ilkley.
Images processed and edited by me.
A private on line gallery of approx. 70 images from which to select your favourites (15 images)
Set of 15 fully edited high resolution images (supplied in both colour and BW and edited in my signature style) These will be downloadable from the gallery within 2 weeks from when your selection is made. The Galley remains live for a month.
A beautiful signed and mounted 10 x 8 inch fine art print of your favourite image from the shoot.
Additional fine art prints £95.
I have a selection of frames and other finished products at the studio from which to choose should you wish to purchase framed images, canvases, or framed canvases. These are available additionally to the above.
Please Note-If you would like me to come to you in order to have your children photographed at home or at a place of significance close to you I charge an additional £100 to cover my time and travel expenses. If you live outside a 20 mile radius of LS29 8BG then standard mileage charges apply.
“Hi Suzy, I just wanted to say a huge “Thank you” for all the beautiful photos we have of Matt and Rebecca from our shoots since they were little. Whatever age and stage they’ve been, you’ve completely put them at ease and captured them at their natural best; totally unposed, just out and about doing things they love with our beloved pets in tow! We’ve got such beautiful images spanning their childhood with the expressions which truly show their personalities at the time and evoke such fantastic memories now they’re older.
The images are priceless and make me smile every day.”
“I was so moved when I saw the beautiful pictures of my children, being themselves, laughing and playing together. Suzy cleverly captured the very essence of their characters and the expressions that I know and cherish. I carry these images in my head as every mother does but to be able to have them in print and on the walls is amazing. We can’t wait to do it again as soon as the children grow up!”
“I booked Suzy to take our family photographs as a birthday present for my wife, I thought it would be a nice present. It turned out to be so much more than that. The photographs for our parents went down so well that my mother in law was moved to tears when she saw how wonderful they were. I can’t recommend Suzy enough. If you choose one person to capture your family as they are then pick Suzy, you won’t be disappointed.”
“Suzy’s signature photos capture elements only a parent recognises in their child- a certain tilt of the head, the unstoppable rise of laughter or even a mood filled frown. Thanks for the great photos, Suzy!”
“The large portrait of my 4 and 6 year old still make me smile every time I walk into the kitchen 12 years later! More than that though, the photos that Suzy has taken of our children over the years are my favourite works of art.”
“Suzy immediately set our young teens at ease; they really enjoyed their shoot and the photos she took have such a relaxed and natural style which show the children at their best. The results have given us so much pleasure and importantly the children love them too!”
“You have captured them brilliantly. The only photos I tend to see of them on Facebook are wild nights out clubbing. Your photos make me feel as if they are still my girls. Thank you”
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