I receive lot of emails daily that tend to ask me a lot of the same questions about Babies, Children & Family Photography. I sure don’t mind!… but I think you may find it helpful to be able to browse my most frequently asked questions (FAQ) from past clients.
WHY CHOOSE PHOTOKRAFT?
Honestly, Children & Family photography is different from Wedding or Other genres. Have a good look through my portfolio. Photo Kraft is known for creating an enjoyable and giggle-filled experience, while delivering stunning portraits of the highest quality. My style is fresh, creative perspectives, and portraiture that celebrates the love and joy of families. I love capturing genuine emotions, Joy or beautiful intimate moments of Mom, Dad & Child. If you like my style and If that is what you are looking for then Photo Kraft is for you.
There are lots of different styles of children photography: Relaxed and intimate lifestyle images, bright novelty images using colourful hats and props, formal studio images or soft, classic, gently posed images. The photographers style has to suit you. Depending on the type of photos you want to take you may want to look for a photographer who specializes in children photography, or newborns and family portraiture.
And, when you commission Photographer, you aren’t just hiring him to “snap” a few pictures. His exquisite use of light, deep passion and understanding of photography, understanding of children, and desire to provide you with timeless works of ART are all part of the package.
WHAT IS CUSTOM PHOTO SESSION?
Well, it is not like popping in to Sears and snapping your photos with minimal planning and creativity. A custom photo session is designed around you and your family. I strive to make the experience as easy as possible and help and guide you as much as you would like me to. Each session is different, from the client needs and wants, location, outfits, style, feel, and ultimately the end product. Each session is different. We chat on the phone before the session so I can find out all about your family and we can decide on a location that suits your family perfectly. Then the session itself lasts around 60-180 minutes, but there is no real time limit, so if your little ones take a long time to warm up then I’m not going to stop shooting just as they do!
A custom session is perfect for you if you want a bespoke service from start to finish, and are looking to purchase beautiful products to put on your wall or stunning albums to have as heirlooms in your family.
WHAT DOES THE SESSION FEE INCLUDE?
It cover pre-consultation time, my time and travel (within Bangalore) on the day of the shoot, and the time I spend digitally perfecting your images for your gallery after the shoot and complimentary (if included) as per the package.
time/talent of the photographer
custom edits for jaundice, acne, scratches, blotchy skin
edited high resolution images for download as per package
WHAT’S THE BEST AGE TO PHOTOGRAPH MY BABY?
Newborn photo sessions are best within the first 2 weeks of birth. During this time, your newborn will likely sleep most during the day, which will allow us to move her/him around without waking easily.
The next good time for baby photos is around 3-4 months when babies have good head control – babies get giggly at this age which is great for photos.
Then again when babies are between 6-8 months – there’s a window of opportunity at this age that is ideal for photos – right when baby is able to sit-up unassisted but not yet crawling.
Then of course, around 12 months when babies are on their feet! Additional milestones are at 18 months, 2 years old, and then yearly around the holidays for some awesome family photos.
12 – 18 months – Lots of playing with throwing and catching, building blocks etc…
2 – 3 years – Ride a bike, peek a book, daning, running etc…
5+ be the star of the show, dressing up, cheeky character, playing games, running jumping, catching and simply having great time!
10+ Cool kids, its all about accessories and cool cloths, natural images capturing their personality
WHERE AND WHEN WILL THE PHOTO SESSION TAKE PLACE?
The most important factor in a location is that it is a place where you and your family feel happy, relaxed and comfortable. For children’s shoots we ask that you try and choose somewhere where your child is comfortable and won’t get bored easily. I have lots of ideas for great local places to shoot and always welcome new ones!
I’M INTERESTED IN AN AT-HOME SESSION, BUT HOW DO I KNOW IF MY HOME IS A GOOD SETTING FOR PHOTOS?
For at-home sessions, I generally look for locations with larger windows (the more the better) and plenty of natural light. In addition, larger rooms (or an open floor plan) and simple, uncluttered decor are best. Even otherwise, we can use strobes and flashes with backdrop for the shoot.
Please note, newborn sessions are typically held at-home and in this case all that’s needed is an area large enough for me to set up and a good-sized window for natural light (ideally) other wise I’ll bring strobes and flashes along with props etc.
I WANT AN OUTDOOR SESSION, BUT WHAT IF THE WEATHER DOESN’T COOPERATE?
In the case of inclement weather (rain, storms, etc.) we will simply reschedule to another open day/time. I do leave open spots in my calendar for just such events.
However it’s important to note that We do not reschedule simply because the sky is overcast or the temperature is cool. We love doing a photo shoot when it’s overcast because the lighting is great any time of day! We ask clients for all sessions to dress their children appropriately for that day’s weather.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PREPARE BEFORE THE PHOTO SHOOT?
We will then chat on the phone in the week leading up to the photo session about details clothing, location tips and more and plan the shoot together.
I’M WORRIED ABOUT MY KIDS BEHAVING. WHAT IF THEY ARE A NIGHTMARE DURING THE SHOOT?
I think many parents worry about this. The great thing about my style of photography (lifestyle photography as it’s known) is that it takes place outside or at your home. So instead of your children feeling under pressure in a hot studio, they can run around to their heart’s delight! I have photographed many families & kids so I’ve experienced many different types of children, and I pride myself out of getting the best out of each different personality.
I will chat to you on the phone before our shoot and find out all about your children so I know how to get the best possible photos of them. Although shoots tend to last 60-180 minutes, I don’t have a set time limit. So if your little one decides to throw a mega wobbly half way through the session, it’s no problem. I’ll just start shooting again once they’ve cheered up!
WHAT IF MY BABY/CHILD IS ILL ON THE DAY OF THE SHOOT? CAN WE RESCHEDULE?
Yes absolutely, a poorly baby/child isn’t very conducive to happy photos! I am happy to reschedule your session to another date at no extra cost, please try and give me as much notice as possible. Please note if the session has to be rescheduled a second time due to illness, there is a 30% re-booking fee will be applied.
CAN WE BRING OUR DOG / PETS TO THE SHOOT?
Yes absolutely! I love photographing children with their four-legged friends. Please let me know in advance if you wish to bring your dog along to the shoot so I can ensure we choose a suitable location for the shoot.
CAN I GET ALL THE RAW FILES FROM THE SHOOT?
I’m sorry, but we don’t provide any RAW files. It is entirely possible that I took eight or nine shots– sometimes more– before knowing that I got what I wanted. Making sure that the client only sees the best of the best actually makes their job much easier when it comes time to make their final selections.
Clients are hiring me not only to provide a product– the finished image– but a process as well. Without the process there actually is no finished image. “Getting your money’s worth” has nothing to do with the number of images shot, but everything to do with the quality of the images delivered.
For example:- The price tag of a painting or sculpture does not include all of the author’s rough drafts. Paintings and sculptures do not come with the artist’s initial sketches.
HOW LONG DOES THE BABY / CHILDREN SESSION TAKE?
Depending on the child usually it is between 2-3 hours depending on how settled the baby is on the day. This length of time is allowed to ensure that you have ample time to feed, change and comfort without feeling rushed.
We only book one or two children session a day to ensure that we have as much time as necessary. We leave extra time for the little ones to get comfortable with the new surroundings and to change if they need to.
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY SESSION?
Currently our session dates and times are limited, we are offering limited sessions in a week so that we can provide our clients with exceptional personalized service and attention, so book your session as soon as possible!
When planning your session it is ideal to schedule your time around your children’s feeding and sleep times. We want to meet your children at their best!
Your fee includes our time, creative skills, editing, and travel fees (up to 30 KM of Bangalore). We accept payment in cash, check, online transfer for your convenience.[/toggle]
WHAT IF MY CHILD DOES NOT LIKE TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED?”]This is part of the reason we allow so much time for sessions. We want to ensure your child has time to get used to us, get used to the space, and to relax and be themselves. For some children this takes longer than others and that is ok, we can wait! We have many years of experience working with children of all ages and has lots of ways in which we engage children and help them to open up.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY SESSION?
Feel free to bring a change of clothes for babies and children. Sessions will typically take 1-3 hours based on your package and outdoor sessions may involve some walking, so comfortable shoes (for you) and a stroller are helpful. Water, juice and snacks may help keep your child happy and if you’d rather I didn’t offer candy to your child please let me know ahead of time. Also feel free to bring any sentimental items (loveys, teddy bears, a special book, blanket, toy, etc.) that you would like included in the pictures. For toddlers, staying still for pictures can be difficult so any singing toys, singing toys, moving trains, books, etc. can keep them interested.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
It is most important to keep dress casual, jewelry and accessories to a minimum, and your look as close to ‘everyday’ as possible.
As a general rule, bring anything you think might work (a great shawl, your favorite dress). We can help style your session, and will help you to choose the most suitable from the items that you bring.
For your children, bring the clothes you love to see them in.
DO YOU HAVE A STUDIO?
Nope! I shoot 100% on location. That means our session can take place almost anywhere, from the comfort of your own home, to one of the beautiful parks in our area.
DO YOU SHOOT BIRTHDAY EVENT?
Yes! I do shoot Children Parties / Birthday Events.
WHEN CAN I GET MY PHOTOS?
Approximately 3-4 weeks after your session. I will email you a link to a private online gallery. Individually processed images will be available for you to view. Feel free to share the link with family and friends.
DO YOU PROVIDE PHOTO BOOK ALBUMS?
Yes, all the photo books are from Canvera which is one of the best that we have seen in the album industry. Please contact us for further information.