I have put together a mix of the most FAQ I am asked for weddings , couples shoots and families, but please do not hesitate to ask me anything else that you cannot see answered here already.
• Do you do portrait sessions?
Yes! I love to take lifestyle couple and family portraits with a very natural and candid feel that is true to your wonderful, movement filled lives.
• How much is your booking fee?
A non-refundable booking fee of 250EURO is required for all wedding bookings to hold your date.
• What is your turnaround time?
Since I take on such a limited amount of jobs per year, I have a faster turnaround time than most photographers! The turnaround depends on how much I shoot, how busy I am, my travel schedule, and the holidays. Typically, for sessions it takes 3 weeks or less and weddings take 5 weeks or less. I try to get them back to you as soon as possible while making sure I give time to each and every image needs.
• What if we need to cancel/reschedule our shoot or wedding?
If you’ve already put a deposit down on a date then have to move/cancel it, the deposit is legally non-refundable and a new deposit will have to be made in order to hold your new date.
• elopement photography?
I can tailor a smaller package to suit your needs. Please send me a message with information about your elopement.
• CAN WE MEET WITH YOU?
Of course you can! In fact I love to meet couples before they book me, I will be with you for most of your wedding day so it is important that we get along, plus I do love a good excuse to meet people for coffee.
If you are not in the same area and coffee isn’t an option, no problem, that what Skype is for
• DO YOU TRAVEL?
YES, I love to travel and my passport is current so I can go almost everywhere!
• DO WE NEED TO FEED YOU ON THE DAY?
Yes please! Especially if I am at your wedding for over 10 hours, I am generally on my feet and moving around the entire time so it is greatly appreciated if you do send a meal my way.
Why do I need to pay a booking fee?
The booking fee paid protects both you and the photographer. You will have your shoot date and package price confirmed in writing, and the photographer will have a guarantee that the booking will be honoured. Your booking fee will cover the standard running costs that would otherwise cause the business to run at a loss in the event of a cancellation. Photographers often turn down several other clients to keep your date free after booking, with no booking fee a cancelled booking would result in a more than sustainable loss of income.
Here are some of the most FAQ for Family Sessions
Please do not hesitate to ask me anything else that's on your mind
• WHERE ARE YOU BASED?
I'm based in the inner west of Cork - but I'm happy to travel throughout Cork and its surrounds.
• WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING A SESSION WITH YOU?
Expect to have fun with one another! Expect to laugh, cuddle, kiss, play with one another! Forget about telling your kids to behave themselves and cooperate, forget about trying to force them to stay still and look at the camera! Let them explore, play, jump on the bed and be silly – embrace the chaos and the crazy WITH THEM and lets capture moments that you will look back on that will make you smile, laugh and cry! During the session, I might guide you into different positions, ask you to cuddle into one another or move you into spots where the light is the best – but that is about the extent of my involvement in directing you.
• I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A SESSION IN MY OWN HOME, BUT HOW DOES THAT WORK?
Firstly, YAY! In home sessions are THE BEST! There is something so special about capturing your family in your own cosy and unique space.
When I arrive at your home, I’ll have a quick walk through your house to find the rooms with the best natural light – we’ll generally use 2-3 rooms; often the master bedroom, living room and sometimes a kid’s bedroom – but this really is dependent on where the light is. Please don’t feel like you need to spend days cleaning and preparing your home – it is helpful if you can do a bit of de-cluttering in the rooms mentioned as we don’t want anything too distracting in the images. Your house doesn’t need to look like a show home!!
• WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO HAVE A NEWBORN SESSION? WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT THESE SESSIONS?
The best time to book in for a newborn session is during the first 6-12 days – but because lifestyle sessions do not depend on bubs sleeping through, we can schedule a session for anytime in the first 3 months after baby is born. Sessions almost always take place in the morning, (around 10am) as babies tend to be more settled in the morning and start loosing the plot come afternoon – if your baby is the exception to that rule, don’t worry, we can do a different time! I like to allow 1.5 hours for newborn sessions so we have time for nappy changes/feeding/settling. Be prepared to do some extra feeds on the day of your session as a baby with a full tummy is generally so much more content – well I mean, aren’t we all ;)
OH GOD, WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
The ultimate goal is that you FEEL amazing in whatever you wear, which means you also need to be comfortable. But, without a doubt there are choices you can make about what to wear that will make your session that little bit extra special to look back on.
Neutrals are timeless!
Flowy skirts / maxi dresses or simple, classic basics matched with textured overlays (scarfs, kimonos, cardigans) photograph really beautifully.
Pretty, pretty please don't wear shirts with big graphics / logos, / lettering - or mixing too many different patterns… and most importantly… please ditch the classic matching white or black t-shirt and jeans combo
• MY KIDS ARE RATHER ‘SPIRITED’, WHAT HAPPENS IF THEY THROW AN EPIC TANTRUM OR REFUCE TO COOPERATE, OR GO COMPLETELY CRAY CRAY ON THE DAY?
Well thank god I’m not the only one! Seriously, I get that young kids are almost NEVER going to do what they’re asked and that sometimes the most innocent comment to a 3 year old can send them over the deep end. Please don’t worry about the what ifs - we can have as many snack / drinks / tantrum breaks as your little ones need. But also, the fact that we’re not making your kids stand still and smile at the camera for an hour and aren’t forcing them to do things they don’t want to do, usually means the kids end up having a pretty good time! I do also have a couple of cheeky little tricks up my sleeve if things go pear shaped!
• WHAT HAPPENS IF ONE OF US IS SICK?
We’ll reschedule if you guys are sick, and we’ll also reschedule if I’m sick!
• WHAT IF THE WEATHER FORECAST IS LOOKING AWFUL AND WE HAVE BOOKED AN OUTDOOR SESSION
If it is raining, we will reschedule your session. If the forecast looks wet, we can either make the call the night before, or play it by ear and wait til morning. I’ll be in contact in the days leading up to the session to chat about our options.
• CAN YOU PHOTOSHOP ME TO MAKE ME LOOK A FEW YEARS YOUNGER AND A FEW KILOS LIGHTER?
Sorry – but nope! I’m all about embracing imperfections and celebrating our bodies as they are. I individually edit each of your photos to correct colour / contrast / exposure, and I will fix minor skin blemishes and marks if you want me to.