FAQ

Q : WHAT KIND OF PHOTOGRAPHER ARE YOU ?

A : It’s important that you choose the right type of session for your family. I am a lifestyle photographer and I want to show you how beautiful your family is, how happy and lucky you are . Images from your sessions often tell a story, capturing a treasured moment in time. I do not try to make you look perfect, stiff, or unnatural. I will not ask your children to smile. I am not after that "one" shot with everyone looking at the camera and smiling. Sure, I may get some with everyone looking and smiling, but I promise if I do, it will be because it happened naturally, not because it was forced.  

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Q : WHERE WILL MY SESSION BE HELD ?

A: We will discuss and choose the location together.
I have been leaving in Edinburgh for over 8 years now and have a great knowledge about amazing locations perfect for your photo shoot. Our session will be held outdoors, in natural light. Newborn sessions “Baby welcome home” are held at your home.

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Q : IS MY HOME SUITABLE FOR THE PHOTO SESSION?

A: Your house is perfect for a photo shoot. I do not need much, just one window to make your pictures perfect.

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Q: DO YOU DO NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY ?

A: Yes I do! I photograph newborns in two ways. One is called “FRESH 48” and it is held within 24-48 hours of your baby’s life. It takes place at the hospital, birth centre or at home. Second is called “BABY WELCOME HOME”. It takes place at home and I photograph your new baby in the same way that I photograph other children and their families; natural, authentic and in their natural environment. So I don’t do the beanbag, hat shots that you may have seen on other photographers’ websites.

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Q : WHEN DO NEWBORN SESSIONS "BABY WELCOME HOME " OCCUR?

A: I like to do newborn sessions within the first two weeks of life but it can be done up 2 months although remember your baby is growing and changing very fast.

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Q: WHAT IS "FRESH 48" SESSION ?

A: Fresh 48 Photography is a special session for those new families who want the first few hours of their baby’s life captured. It is held within 24-48 hours of you baby’s life, these lifestyle sessions are perfect for remembering that first day FOREVER.
Shots of your little one’s first yawns, cute little baby feet, fingers will be documented. All of those amazing family meetings. I will capture those quiet moments between you and your new little BABY.

I will come to your place of birth within 48 hours. This is not a traditional newborn session. I will not pose the baby or bring props or lights. This will be just me capturing your Baby’s new moments in a FRESH natural way . The Fresh 48 session take place when you ready and feeling good after you birth, during a daylight hours. I like to be there as quick after the birth as possible, so the sooner the better. Session take place at the hospital or birth centre and will last approximately 60-90 minutes.

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Q: DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH WEDDINGS ?

A: Yes. Small wedding reception with up to 30 guests. Please contact me for more information.

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Q: DO YOU USE PROPS?

A: I do not use props. The only thing I would use is a blanket. So please feel free to bring one.

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Q: HOW LONG DOES A SESSION LAST ?

A: My family portrait sessions usually last about an hour. It can take longer if needed. 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.   

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Q: CAN WE INCLUDE GRANDPARENTS ?

A: Yes! It’s wonderful to include grandparents in family portrait. Just remember that the session price includes up to 5 people. If your family is larger, add an additional cost of £50 per person to the session fee.

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Q: WHAT IF THE KIDS ARE MISBEHAVING ?

A: Umm, hello? When does this not happen?! I’m a mum, I get it. We’ll all work together to keep them entertained; we can keep them moving and doing things THEY enjoy. Keep a couple of favourite toys and books handy so we can pull them out if needed. And if all else fails, misbehaving kids really do make great photos! The little wrinkles on their faces when they frown are oh-so-cute!

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Q: WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT DURING OUR SESSION?

A: First of all, I’ll spend some time getting to know your kids.  So please don’t be offended if I walk through the door and say hi to them first. It’s super important they get to know me, and become comfortable around me. If we are doing an in-home session, I’ll need someone to give me a tour through your home (usually the kids!), so I can work out the best areas to shoot in. If we’re outdoors, we start exploring straight away! I will gently guide you. Sometimes it might just be to move to a particular area of light, or placing a hand on someone’s cheek. Super easy. That’s it! Of course, if we are working around newborns or toddlers (or grumpy teenagers), I don’t mind staying the extra 20-30 mins to ensure we get everything we need.

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Q: WHAT IF WE ARE SICK?

A: We can reschedule, no problem. And I’m in the same boat as you, if I’m unwell, I don’t want to be bringing that into your home.

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Q: RETOUCHING ? DO YOU DO IT?

A: No, not really. I’m not going to change how you look by whitening your teeth or make your arms slimmer.

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Q: WHAT SHOULD I WEAR ?

A: 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.

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Q: WHAT ABOUT AUTUMN AND WINTER FAMILY PHOTOS ?

A: Autumn is perhaps my most popular time of year for family photos, with rich golden tones from the leaves on the trees and the sun low in the sky in the late afternoon. The light is soft and warm and is so flattering for skin tones. The added benefit is that even little children are still awake for the sunset, unlike in the summer months! Winter, with it’s frosty mornings and pale sunlight, is also lovely, if you can brave the cold! I recommend wearing knitwear, layers, furry gilets and thermals underneath. Cute bear-hats are optional!

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Q: CAN WE HAVE THE RAW OR UNEDITED FILES ?

A: I take huge pride in my work and will only give you beautifully edited, finished photographs that look their very best. For that reason the RAW, unedited images are not available for purchase or otherwise, simply because they are only "half-baked" and not the finished product the way I envision it to be. Only I know how the images are designed to look - and my editing process is as much a part of my artistic skill as the way I take the photograph. 

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Q: DO YOU TAKE DEPOSIT?

A: Yes, I do. Deposit of £50 is due on the day of your booking to secure your date and the outstanding balance must be paid on the day of the session. You may pay via cash, bank transfer or paypal.

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Q: WHAT HAPPEN AFTER THE PHOTO SHOOT ?

A: Within 2 weeks from your session , a private gallery will be available to view. I will choose the best images for your gallery. I look carefully at each and every image I capture at your session and hand select the best images. I am looking for images that represents me as an artist and your family, as each is radically unique. I guarantee minimum of 50 images, but there are usually many more included. Lucky you! Your gallery will be active for viewing and downloading for 14 days. Please back up your files. You may share your gallery link with family and friends.

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Q : HOW MUCH DOES ALL OF THIS COST ?

I have 3 simple packages to choose from:

 CLASSIC | just to try if you like me | £180
Up to 30 minutes photo shoot
5 digital images of my choice
Professional image editing
Private online gallery

 DELUX £280
| Family | Fresh 48 | Newborn | Maternity | Travel shoot |
Up to 1 hour photo shoot
High resolution digital files (minimum of 50)
Professional image editing
Beautiful sideshow to preview your photos
Private online gallery for viewing and sharing

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 ULTIMETE £530
|for something more special | extended family |
Up to 2 hours photo shoot
High resolution digital files (minimum of 80)
40 prints of my choice (7x5) in stylish wooden gift box delivered to your home address
Professional image editing
Beautiful sideshow to preview your photos
Private online gallery for viewing and sharing

I also have a Maternity + Newborn package. If you want to know more, please let me know .

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Q: HOW DO I BOOK A SESSION WITH YOU, DOROTA ?

A:  I am so happy you asked! You can e-mail me directly at dorota@markowskaphoto.com or via contact form on my website

See you at the photo shoot!

Dorota

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