Families - Ideal Photos

Families / Lifestyle Photography

We offer family photography / family portraits as well as individuals, models and pet photos from our brand new purpose-built photo studio in Stanley, Co. Durham, but we often shoot on location and we can also shoot in your home by arrangement.

Family photography / Lifestyle Photography can include bump to baby, baby, child & toddler photos as well as all ages throughout the family including large family groups.

Family photo shoots or for couples / pets are charged at £29 including one free 8x6 print. 

Our popular 'watch them grow' package includes two photoshoots every year with a free 9x6 print of your favourite photograph and 25% off all products purchased from those shoots. This is a 'membership' scheme and costs £49 one off fee to join. You will then also receive a whopping 20% discount off all future purchases at your shoots. You can't loose! 

If you have already booked a shoot and have any questions, please see below for a list of FAQ


What to expect on the day

When you arrive you will be greeted with a friendly welcome, and offered a choice of hot & cold drinks. You will start by introducing yourself and your family to us, and giving us a brief of what you are looking for from your photographs. You will then be asked to review our terms and conditions and sign paperwork to say that you agree with this, and in the case of photographs for under 16 year olds, that you consent to our taking their photographs. We will then begin our shoot which will last between around 30 mins and 1.5 hours.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

If you would like to be featured in a number of different clothes, or with different make-up, hair & accessories or posing props then you should bring these with you. We have a hair and make up artist in the studio ONLY BY PRIOR ARRANGEMENT AND BOOKING. If you are bringing pets then basket or blankets, leads, toys and treats are a good idea to bring! If you would like to bring clothes, toys, books etc for your child(ren) then please do so. We also have a 42" LCD TV so that if you would like to bring a DVD for your child(ren) to watch then please do so. It is also a good idea to bring any music CD's with you that may help to relax you or put you in the right mood.

What should I wear?

Something  you feel you look good in, that is comfortable and that you are happy to be photographed wearing. Try and avoid illuminous colours or high-vis. Feel free to bring hats, jewellery & accessories.

What happens next?

After your shoot you will be invited to return to our studio for a separate appointment, at your convenience, to view your images.  This appointment can take anything from around 10 minutes to an hour. You will be invited to have a look at our products and decide whether you would like to purchase any of these. There is NO COMMITMENT to buy, and there is NO HARD SELL. If you choose to purchase any of our products then we will arrange payment via any method as shown below, and we will arrange an approximate time for you to pick up or for us to deliver your new products.

How much does it cost and how can I pay?

Costs vary dependant upon the prints/products, sizes and quantities. You will be given a full price list at the end of your studio session. Our prints start at just £16.99 .We take payment by any of the following methods; Cash, Cheque, pay pal (1.0% surcharge), Debit Card(2% surcharge) – Credit Card (3% surcharge) – Interest Free Credit for 6 & 12 months is also available (On purchases over £250 and £500 respectively)

What about my deposit?

Deposits are sometimes taken to secure your booking date & time. If for any reason you are unable to make your booking then please call up to rearrange, and 95% of the time your booking deposit will be transferred. Your deposit is fully refundable on the day of your viewing but most people simply put their deposit towards further purchases.

What happens to my images if I choose not to purchase?

Your images will be saved on our secure hard drives for 30 days. If you choose not to purchase at the viewing then we will remove your images from our hard drives in order to save space (unless you ask us to hold onto them for 30 days)

What happens with my free prints?

If your deal included a free print or multiple prints of the same image, then you will choose this image at your viewing, and you can collect this from the studio at your convenience, or pay £2.99 for P&P and we shall post the images to you.

Any further Questions?

Please feel free to contact us by email to: info@ideal-photos.co.uk telephone at: 01207 235255 or drop into the studio. 

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