HAYLEY MASOM Photography
Tuesday, Wednesday & Fridays 10:00am to 8:00pm
Thursdays & Saturdays 9:00am to 5:00pm
As Saturdays are also taken up with weddings these dates are likely to go quite quickly, so it is advisable to book these in advance.
Evenings are also a popular option for older families and portrait sittings.
With young children or babies, please book when they are at their most happiest during the day.
The studio is based in the middle of the village of East Leake at the Olde Post Office site,
there is free parking in front of the studio Building.
Duration of a session
For young children under 2 their attention span may be limited, so a 30 minute session is recommended.
For older and larger groups where a number of different shots wish to be undertaken it is advisable to allow for a 1 hour session.
During the 1 hour session lights can be varied and clothes could be changed.
There is a changing room facility at the studio. There are toilet facilities.
Before your session
It is good to get an idea of the type of print, portrait, style that you’d like from your session.
You will end up with a CD slideshow with lots of images to choose from.
It is useful to understand whether you would like a single family portrait,
lots of different images to go in one big frame or something very modern in your style,
this will help the photographer during your session.
There is a big choice of frames available, if you would like to see these in advance of your session,
please call and ask for a frames brochure and price list.
How to choose?
All images taken during your session are viewable at the time on a computer screen.
Within a week of your session these will be supplied to you on a computer CD.
The images will display in a slideshow they will be in colour, black and white with some special effects.
In the comfort of your own home you can select the images that you would like to order, these can be as prints, canvas’s or in frames.
How quickly do we have to make a decision?
Your images are kept for 1 year, so you can order immediately and re-order again near relevant birthdays or Christmas’s or if relatives see your images and would like copies this is all possible.
Pale colours look better on small children—try to avoid large motifs that detract from your child’s face.
Babies and toddlers look best in bare feet, rather than clumpy shoes (unless outdoor photography).
•Beware of new clothes bought “to grow into”
Shirts hanging from shoulders and cuffs turned back can look untidy, dress your baby or child in a favourite outfit.
•Please don’t warn children to behave themselves
Either before or during the session as this tends to put them under pressure and may detract from capturing their true personality.
•Bring along some toys or a CD or tape
If you want an everyday shot of your child, then bringing along favourite toys will distract them from the photography.
Remember toys could be in the shot so you need to be aware in case a favourite toy is also the oldest toy.
With young toddlers removing the toy from them a few days beforehand and introducing it on the shoot can immediately keep their interest.
Tapes or CD’s of favourite music can get them in the “dancing” mood.
•Fun Items & Dressing up Clothes
Children love dressing up and playing imagination games, so be sure to bring a supply of dressing up clothes and accessories if this is the type of portrait you’d like.
•Babies to small toddlers
We generally shoot small babies lying on a fluffy white rug or a brown fur rug.
However, if you have a form of favourite chair or toy, this can be used during the shoot.
•Time of the Day
We try and catch the best from your child/baby so selecting a good “awake and alert” time for the portrait will suit everyone.
•Bring some wipes and a brush
It is usual for babies to dribble and for youngsters to fluff their hair up so we ask that you bring along some wipes and a brush!
If your child has a special hobby—football, playing the violin, karate,
then we do recommend bringing any accessories and clothes that may yield the best portraiture for this effect.