Below you will find the most frequent questions and answers about photo sessions, what to do in case of rain, how to be dressed etc. However, should you have any more questions or concern, and you can’t find an answer, please let me know and I’ll be happy to help!
To book the photo session, a minimum deposit/retainer of £25 has to be paid in advance; this will count towards the final payment and is non-refundable in case of last minute cancellation. Deposit fee for parties and events is £50 and for Weddings £100.
Initial photo selection (culling) is always done by Gorgeous Moments and basic editing (e.g. correct colours, white balance, cropping, etc.) is applied to all good photos. In the next step, photos (its number depends on the package) are then fully processed through Photoshop imaging software, with all the bells and whistles, and artistic vision of Gorgeous Moments. For most of the sessions (e.g. family portraits, graduation photography, etc.) you will be able to choose the final photos to be processed.
Every photo session results in exactly the same professional approach. Captured photos are professionally edited and high-res JPG digital images (photos) are placed into your personal online gallery, for you to download or order prints and other photo products. All original (and processed) RAW files stay in Gorgeous Moments’ possession and are not for sale.
Photo session (including weddings and birthdays) can take place anywhere in the UK (suitable locations, though) and I am happy to travel to any such place. However, for most photo sessions (agreed in advance, if otherwise) a travelling rate of 75p/mile is charged for locations further than 10 miles from West Drayton – postcode UB7. For wedding locations more than 150 miles away from West Drayton (UB7), an additional £100 cost will be added for accommodation and time. The fastest route is always chosen and calculated with Google maps.
Before any photo session, I will get in touch for short consultation and to discuss the session details, location and any other questions you might have. Depends on the session, this might be done via email, phone or even in person and when needed, a photography session plan (e.g. wedding, birthday) will be created with you.
Every photo shoot is different and it might require very different preparation, skills and style of photography. This is why the filled in questionnaire and consultation are so important. For example, when having a portrait photo session in nature, it is important for me to know age and names of your children, any special needs they might have or if they are being really shy. Coming prepared (sometimes with helium balloons, special props, etc.) can help to relax them faster and get the smiles we need for the photos. On the other side, it is also crucial for me to know if there is any dress code, a theme for your child birthday party perhaps or if I need a shirt for the Hawaii-an wedding. Also, bear in mind, the session duration is for guidance only, sometimes it can take a bit longer, sometimes we can finish early – it really depends on the weather, your children and other factors.
If the weather forecast will be really bad for the day of shooting I will notify you the day before the session to reschedule it, if possible (for example, a wedding cannot be just rescheduled). Intermittent rain does not cancel the session as cloud photos can be just as gorgeous (if not even more), however, it might delay or extend the session. On such day, wear suitable dress and shoes too. At the moment, these MINI photo sessions (only)also do not require a retainer/deposit, however, please be fair and book only if you really plan to come.
Photography is supposed to be fun and relaxed event, therefore, you are welcome to wear comfortable clothes and shoes, appropriate to the photo event, time and weather. Don’t forget to coordinate your colours and patterns with the rest of your family or friends and try to avoid green for photo shooting in nature (e.g. grass), white for “snowy” photos etc. Think “out of the box” and use scarves, hats, umbrellas and don’t forget to bring your dogs or other pets – they are family members too! And when on graduation photo session or other special sessions (e.g. maternity), you are welcome and encouraged to wear academic hat and gown or any maternity dress for a maternity session, respectively. Depends on the session and location, there might also be time to change the dress. You are welcome to call me anytime to discuss this in more details.
Except if agreed otherwise, every voucher is valid for a maximum of 13 months and can be used only once by a person/family whom it has been given to. Where applicable (subject to voucher terms), vouchers can be added together, however, if the total sum of all vouchers has greater value than session itself, no money is given back.