I am very pleased and excited to be photographing children at Hedgehogs Nursery in Godalming on 18th June. I will be coming along and spending a couple of minutes with each child to capture portrait photos, hopefully outdoors. Below are some questions you may have before photo day.

What should my child wear?

Whatever they feel comfrotable in. Some wear something a little special, some are just in their every day nursery clothes, so anything goes! Please do send your child in already wearing what you want them to wear in their photo as it can get a little tricky for nursery staff to be changing many children in and out of things. If it’s very cold, we will of course manage the coat situation – I usually whip it off for the photo and then put it back on. If its very hot, I usually remove hats for the photos and then pop back on.

My child isn’t normally at nursery on the day of photos

The nursery will be inviting children who are not normally in on photo day and will have communicated that time to you. It is very important that parents drop their child off like any other nursery day rather than come in and watch their child’s photo being taken. Unfortunately when parents bring their children to the photo spot, taking their photo can become tricky and sometimes means my usual magic doesn’t work – and so it can also become a little time consuming. It also impacts other children if parents are watching nearby. Thank you 🙂

Will siblings be photographed together?

Siblings who BOTH/ALL ATTEND the nursery will be photographed individually and together.

Unfortunately siblings who do not attend the nursery are unable to be photographed. The set up for outdoor/natural style nursery photos is not always appropriate for small babies and newborns and time does not permit this either. If you would like photos of all your children together and they do not all attend the nursery, you could consider a family photo shoot.

What if my child doesn’t co-operate or becomes shy!

The beauty of natural style photos is that there is not a set pose or position for the children. I do however choose a specific ‘photo area’ that has good natural light with a good natural backdrop but unlike a studio, it feels very informal. I do my upmost to get them laughing and bring out all my silliness. I am also mindful of more shy personalities. Whilst beaming smiles are always lovely, so are the tiniest of smirks and even those that refuse to smile can have the best serious face! If a child becomes upset, we move on quickly and try again a little later.

Will you edit scratches, bruises, eczema, chicken pox, etc..

Typically no! But I can if parents request it.

My general rule is that I photograph them exactly the way they were on photo day and scratches, bruises, etc.. often tell a story for the future. The one thing I will edit out (if possible) is a runny nose but we will have tissues at the ready. If there is anything you would like edited on your child’s photo don’t hesitate to get in touch and chat to me about it. Small edits are free. Complex edits may cost a few pounds.

When will I see the photos and how do I place an order?

Within approximately 1-2 weeks of photo day, you will receive a proof card. The card will have your gallery website and your unique passcode on it. Once you have viewed the photos, you can place an order online via the gallery itself. You can order digital images or prints. Digital images are delivered to your inbox via a download link usually with 24 hours. Prints are delivered free to the nursery approximately 10 days after galleries close or you can choose to pay for postage to your home address.

Any useful tips for parents pre-photo day?

Treat photo day just like any other nursery day so children do not become nervous.

If it’s a hot day and photos are being taken in the morning, its best to apply sunscreen after photos in order to minimise shiny skin and greasy hair!

If its a particularly cold day, think about layers and warm jumpers as children are not typically photographed wearing their coats.

Really delighted with our beautiful photos – all of them. It’s going to be so hard to choose! C Betts

“I am so proud of the kids photographs. They are absolutely picture perfect!! S Edwards

“Thanks so much for the lovely photo. You have captured our daughter’s cheeky personality perfectly” A Lynes

“Amazing! You take absolutely beautiful photos” M Walsh

“These photos are the nicest ones we have of him. Thank you, thank you! K Jones

“The prints of our daughter are gorgeous – you must be a miracle worker to get her to smile and look at the camera at the same time, as I can never achieve it! S Morrison

I absolutely love the photographs you have taken of my cheeky boy. I’m constantly trying to take his photos and I love the naturalness of yours. I have received all of my digitals and constantly looking at them”  G James

If you would like to see more images and snippets of work, the best place to go is my Instagram account where I post regularly.

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