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QUESTIONS

About your Family Photoshoot 

If you can't find the answers you need, just scroll to the bottom of the page and contact me!

Do you only photograph families in Surrey?


Being based in Surrey these are the natural areas for me to promote my business however I can travel further afield when needed. It may be that we look to find a photoshoot location equidistant from us or I could come to you. My session fee would need to change to reflect my costs and time to get there and back. Please call me on 07967 112607 or email to jo@jotemplephotography.co.uk to discuss how we can make this work.




What should we all wear?


I will send you a guide before the photoshoot. I advise complimenting the locations colours with what you wear, so it depends on where your shoot is of course. The guide I send you will show you. I tell my families to avoid logos, stipes and patterns as it can be very distracting in your photographs. Adding no more than 2 - 3 colours to your families clothing as a whole can look great. Different hues of the different colours also looks fab. You can send me pictures before the shoot and we can talk through it.




What happens if someone is ill?


Just let me know as soon as possible and we'll reschedule the shoot.




What time do the sessions take place?


The best time is either at sunset or sunrise as this is when the most amazing light occurs. It depends on the time of year you book but here’s a rough guide to the best times related to what season you book in: Spring – as early as 6.30am and as late as 7pm
Summer – as early as 6am and as late as 8.30pm
Autumn – as early as 8am and as late as 4.30pm
Winter – as early as 8.30am and as late as 3.30pm

As I said, these are the best times, however sunrise and sunset shoots are not always ideal for families, so when you book, pick a time that suits you and your family.

Typically young chldren are at their best first thing in the morning, and that is what we want to see in your family photos. If you have young children, perhaps book an early slot that is also convenient for the whole family.

If you have older children who can manage being up later in the summer months, then book one of the later shoots. All my open availability can be viewed and booked via my online booking sytem.




Do we need to bring anything?


Yes! Anything that you know would keep your child happy and content between shots. Drinks, snacks, nappy changes, etc. If your child has a favourite cuddly toy that you wouldn’t mind featuring in some of the shots, then feel free to bring it along too.




Can I bring my dog?


I LOVE dogs so my reflex answer is YES PLEASE!

However, as you know, all dogs have different personalities. If your dog is well behaved and wouldn’t be a distraction to you during the shoot, then by all means bring them along. By distraction, I don't mean giving you cuddles and wanting to be near you, I mean.....

Does your dog behave well around other dogs? Will your dog keep running off? Does your dog bark a lot?

I will leave it to you to decide.




What if it rains?


I will keep an eye on the forecast from two days before your shoot. If we do need to reschedule due to heavy rain or strong winds, you will have plenty of notice. I do ask you to be flexible on the day of your shoot as sometimes we may have to adjust the time we had planned to avoid a shower or two!




What if my kids play up?


Then that would make you a normal family! I have plenty of ways to help keep little ones engaged. There's also no awkwardness or airs and graces with me. If they have a melt down or play up, we'll deal with it and move on. Sometimes kids won't play along no matter what you do. In the unlikely event all hell breaks loose, then we'll reschedule at no extra cost to you, so don't worry!




What if I'm camera shy?


In my experience, people only feel camera shy if they've been plopped in front of a camera and asked to pose or smile, with no direction and nothing to focus on. Sitting there, wide eyed and feeling embarrassed - I get it! I really do! I work in a way that enables people to forget about the camera. A lot of my best shots, you may not even have noticed I took.




Will I like my photos?


In my 9 and half years of photographing families, I am yet to have a complaint. The main concerns are usually 'Will she capture me at a good angle?', 'Will I like my expressions?' I have a great deal of experience posing and capturing families looking their best. From using the right lighting to positioning you all, I promise, you are in good hands!




Will I be pressured to buy?


No! The only payment you will definitely pay for is your session fee before the shoot. Once you have seen your edited gallery, via an online slideshow, you will have the choice of three digital packages to purchase your images. All sales are online, without me being there, so you can take your time. You do not have to purchase anything if you don't want to.




I don't look good in photographs and I'm a bit worried about having them done


With nearly a decade of experience behind me, I know how to choose the right lighting & poses for all body shapes. I will know instantly when looking through my cameras' viewfinder if someone doesn't look quite right. I have learnt over the years to recognise what shots people will love and what they won't. You are in safe hands. I've yet to have someone complain, but I am always aware that some people won't like the look of themselves in photos no matter what I do. This, I'm afraid, is out of my control.




My child is super active, will you be able to get a good shot of them?


My camera and I are super active too! I have a high end professional camera and fast lens', plus many tricks up my sleeve to work with your super busy children! You will get sharp, full of fun images of your energetic kids, dont worry :)