Frequently asked questions
How do I make a booking?
Get in touch via the contact page here and we will discuss the details of your required session. You will need to complete a booking form, and make payment of a deposit to confirm your session.
When should I book for a newborn session?
The best time to book is after your 20 week scan. I schedule your due date in my diary, and ask that you contact me 24-48 hours once your baby has arrived. We then schedule a definite date at this point.
Newborn sessions usually take place at 7-14 days old. Booking in your second trimester helps me know how many babies are expected on a monthly basis. I can sometimes fit in additional babies for bookings, but it is advisable to do so in advance.
What should I wear?
I will provide you with a styling prep guide to help you choose outfits or colour combinations for family photos, and this is sent to you once your deposit is paid for the session. I also have my studio stocked with materials for maternity sessions or Mum and baby shots, wraps, headbands, hats, accessories, textured layers and more for newborn sessions. My aim is to make the session as easy as possible for you.
How long is the session?
Maternity or family session – one hour or less
Cake smash – up to an hour
Newborn session – approximately 2 hours
What if my baby has acne? Do you retouch?
Yes, basic retouching of skin flakes, colour correction and blemish removal is included. Additional charges apply for retouching including head swaps, tattoo removal etc.
When can I see my photos after the session has taken place?
Viewing appointments are typically scheduled approximately 2 weeks after your session. You will view a ‘soft proof’ version of the images. This means that your images will be cropped and have minor lighting adjustments. Your images will be retouched ready for print when you have chosen your final images and paid the deposit for your order.
How many pictures do I get?
No images are included in your session fee unless you purchase a package with digital files (specified on the session fee guide). Your deposit covers the time and talent of the photographer for the session only. You can choose how many images you wish to purchase at your viewing appointment.
What can I expect at the viewing appointment?
Now you will get to see your own gorgeous images! All decision makers should be present at the viewing appointment. We will look over the images from your gallery, and choose what you would like to have on display in your home.
Digital images are often desired from the way the world has developed with technology, but many of my clients don’t know the best way to display images. I am trained and experienced to help you with this process and I love seeing your beautiful memories in print.
My clients have expressed how it is such a wonderful feeling to pick up your chosen product, ready to hang or enjoy straight away, taking out the stress of ordering from unknown companies, and the uncertainty of knowing the quality you will receive.
What if my baby doesn’t sleep or do certain poses?
My preparation guide helps to guide you with how to prepare ahead of the session. I have spent years perfecting my workflow, and trained in baby wrapping so your newborn feels cosy, safe and warm, along with expertise of soothing techniques. I have been called a ‘baby whisperer’ many times by parents from sessions with their newborn.
Even with these skills in mind, your baby still may not sleep, but rest assured, I will follow the lead of your baby, and the images achieved will still be stunning and precious. I will never force baby into a position they are not comfortable in, and I will always use extra pairs of hands to ensure your baby is completely safe. I do not have a set list of specific poses to work through as each baby is different, and if you are not comfortable with a certain pose, always just let me know, or if there is a particular pose from my galleries you would like achieve from the session, let me know this too!
Choosing a photographer who specialises in newborn photography should be top of the list; the safety of your baby should always be first. That may mean paying a bit more, but specially trained newborn photographers are worth it when entrusting your child into their hands.
Is it an additional cost for family or sibling photos?
Parents and siblings are welcome to join in the session at no additional cost. I include these within the standard full newborn sessions. This part is usually pretty quick. Feel free to bring along something to keep young children entertained during a newborn session. I also have toys available in the studio (sanitised after each use).
Can I share images of my baby on social media?
Yes, images that are posted on my online portfolio may be shared, providing it is a direct share. The watermark must remain visible as the copyright belongs to Kelly Bond Photography. No screenshots are to be taken. You may of course share any of your own digital images once they have been purchased. You are not permitted to digitally edit or add a filter to any image taken by Kelly Bond Photography.
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