Family Prep Guide

Edinburgh Family & Newborn Photographer


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So you booked your session. What happens now?

Via e-mail we will discuss location selection, wardrobe selection, and answer any questions you have. I will also email you on Monday before your session with a remainder.

I am excited to capture you and your loved ones. Custom photography is unique because it not only captures what you look like at a certain point in time, it captures who you are. I aim to capture honest photos of your family and children. The goal is not to get a stiff and posed shot with everyone looking at the camera, but to capture the true essence of your family. I take a documentary approach to photography and use my understanding of my equipment and natural light to create images that will become works of art that you can hang in your home and pass down for generations. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your session with me.

Location

Together, we will decide on the best location for your photos. We can shoot in your home as long as your home has adequate natural light. Many clients prefer their home because of the intimate and personal feel it provides. I have many locations that I love to shoot at regularly but I am always open to new locations as well. You should choose a location that fits your style and personality. I can help you along with this decision.

Time

If we are shooting in your home, I prefer late morning, because that is when homes are usually lit up the best. If we are shooting outdoors we will shoot either in the morning or in the evening. The light is typically too harsh mid day.

If your children are up for it, shooting one to two hours before sunset provides gorgeous light and atmosphere. Many families tell me that they simply have the kids take a late nap or have some down time prior to their evening session.

Length Of Session

The good news is, I am super fast! My family portrait sessions usually last about an hour. Do not worry we are not going to rush anything. I want you to have fun. I will make sure you all relaxed and happy with me capturing your memories.

Behind the scenes


A family session should be fun and stress-free. During the photo session, we create not only beautiful photos, but also memories of the moment. It is extremely important to me that you have fun and positive experience of the whole process. I will not force anyone to smile, I will make you smile. I always give my best to make you feel at ease, so you can be yourself not anybody else just real you.

What To Wear

Wardrobe should be comfortable and reflect who you are. I do not recommend  matching but rather coordinating. Try to choose plain tops, shirts with no imprints on them so they don’t distract. Your photo session will depend on your well-being and how you feel in your clothes. I want you to be relaxed while I am working on creating your memories during the shoot.


Edinburgh photoshoot , what to wear for a family photoshoot


Props

 I do not use props during my sessions, however if you have something in mind please let me know.

Your Children

Remember that children are not usually fond of being told to pose or smile. It is best if we just give the children time to relax and try to capture their natural self. Don't worry if your child is running about and active, most of the images you see of young children on my site were captured while the child or toddler was busy playing and exploring. To get the family shots, I usually direct the adults to simply "be" with the child, or hold the child and we go from there. To get the most out of your session, make sure that your little one has rested and has had adequate snacks and water. We can take breaks for snacks and play, however I will probably still shoot during the breaks. Bring dry, non messy snacks so their little faces stay clean during the session. Prepare the child for the session by letting them know that a friend will be taking some photos of them, it's best not to surprise them.

Please arrive on time or be ready to start on time Remember, your session is scheduled according to light. It is important that we start on time. Please plan for traffic or parking constraints. It's best to arrive early.

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AFTER THE SESSION

Your online gallery is ready!


I aim to deliver your online gallery within 2 weeks after the photoshoot. You’ll receive a link to a beautiful online gallery where you can view and download and order your product.

After seeing viewing you beautiful photos you will be able to choose one of the following collections : SWEET , KEEPSAKE, STORY, STORY ALBUM (see prices )


HOW TO CHOOSE FROM ALL THE IMAGES ?

You don't have to choose! My pricing has been created in a way that you get the very best savings when you purchase all of your images.  Personally, I can never choose a few images from a gallery of my own children so I don't want you to have to choose either! I also offer a lot of images within your gallery so that when purchasing all images you get a lot of value from your investment.


Your gallery will be available for viewing and ordering for 2 weeks. You may share your gallery link with family and friends. Please be prepared to back up your files. Your images can take up to 4 GB of space on your computer.

If you do not have enough space on your device you can buy an USB with your images for additional £50.



No RAW files available for sale.


Photos that languish on a hard drive break my heart – I love to see how you can use the images we create together to really make your house a home. 

Depending on your location, you’ll also be able to order high quality prints and photo album directly through your online gallery .

Your photo shoot is just the start, next you get to choose how you want to share and enjoy your beautiful pictures.

Products which you can order after receiving you gallery

Prints


Bring your photos to life on the finest-quality paper designed to be enjoyed for a lifetime. Printed on professional-grade archival paper for increased colour gamut, excellent skin tones, sharpness and brilliant image quality.

Prices examples:

  • 6x4" - £2
  • 7x5" - £3
  • 10x8 - £5
  • 12x8" - £6
  • 18x12" - £10

Postage fee might apply .

Photo Album 12x12''


A book that tells about the most important moments of your family. This premium quality Photo Album, designed exclusively for professional photographers, is far-and-away above what is commonly associated with photo books. 


10 thick, 800 gsm spreads in this luxury Photo Album. A lay-flat binding allows you to show your photo uninterrupted over a double-page spread. 


If you would like to create this beautiful keepsake simply let me know and I would be honoured to create this amazing memory book from your session.


1+2 Album Family Package available.

This package includes 3 identical albums.

One main album 12x12" and two smaller down scaled versions 8x8".


The perfect gift for grandparents or other loved ones.



Price from £350

Photo TRIPLEX


A tri-fold centrepiece with the look, feel, and quality of our Photo Albums.


The perfect compliment to any home. Perched upon a bookshelf, fireplace mantel, dresser, or desk the Triplex makes the ideal add-on to an album or other large print product purchase as gift for a friend or relative.

It also makes for the best photography display for wedding, newborn, and pet photography.


Price: £60

Click on the photo and see short video about Photo Triplex

I CANNOT WAIT TO MEET YOU AND YOUR FAMILY !


Feel free to email dorota@markowskaphoto.com with any questions you might have.

Thank you, and I look forward to capturing you and family!


Dorota xxx


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