Frequently Asked Questions

cumbria portrait photography penrith photo studio fine art cumbria carlisle penrith

Each session includes Roxana`s time & creative talent, extensive post-session editing, order preparation & fulfillment and custom design work.

All portraits are printed on high quality matte finish paper with a lustre coating for longevity and fingerprint resistance.

Additional print sizes, custom finishes and mountings are available upon request.

Acceptable forms of payment are cash, check, credit card or Paypal.

All sessions require a signed consent form.

Due to the custom nature of the products, all sales are final.

Thank You !!

We aim to give you clear and thorough answers to all of your questions.

However, if there are any remaining inquiries not covered, please feel free to reach out to us via email at .

We will make every effort to assist you and provide the information you need and we’ll do our best to answer it.


When can I book a newborn photo shoot?

A.The sooner the better! The newborn photo session is booked during pregnancy, preferably at the beginning of the third trimester of pregnancy. It is better to have a place reserved in advance, than to look for photographers available in the few days after your baby was born. The appointment of the photo session is made based on the probable date of birth, and when the baby is born, you will contact me to set the day of the photo session.

What is the ideal age for the newborn photo shoot?

A.Anytime but the best is between 1-14 days because in the first days after birth the newborn is very sleepy, has not yet adapted to the ectopic environment and is very malleable, being able to be placed in the specific positions of the newborn photo without waking up easily or being disturbed by various stimuli (noise, light, touches). After this age he begins to adjust to the environment and becomes more alert, and the periods in the waking state become longer. At the same time, after 14 days, the period of colic usually occurs.

Where will the photo shoot take place?

A.It will take place in my studio, which is located in Penrith, Cumbria and is fully equipped for photo shoots with newborn babies.

How long does a newborn photography session take?

A.The photo session generally lasts two-three hours, if the baby is calm, sleeps well and does not wake up at every touch. In these two-three hours he/she will be fed, changed, rocked asleep, photographed. That is why such a photo shoot takes time.
We all know that babies, in the first period after birth, are quite unpredictable, not having formed a sleep program. Although a newborn generally sleeps 16 to 17 hours a day, he may have more restless days, either because of overstimulation, or because of a growth spurt, or perhaps because of abdominal pain. If these things happen even during the photo shoot, it can sometimes last up to four hours. Try not to schedule anything on the day of the photo shoot, so as not to be overwhelmed by time and to have a relaxing experience. You'll only enjoy your baby's first photo shoot once, won't you?

How many outfits are included in the photo shoot?

A.In the case of newborns, because the photo shoot is done with the sleeping baby, we can not talk about a number of outfits. Changing the baby two, three times means waking him up and then falling asleep as many times, which would lead to an extension of the photo shoot. Babies are so different! Depending on how the baby "cooperates" I will use a variety of accessories such as wraps, caps, headbands (for girls) and costumes specially created for small models.

How do we prepare the baby? What about us, the parents?

A.In order to have an easy and relaxing journey with the photo session, here are some tips:
*If your baby is breastfeeding, try to exclude from your diet foods that can cause abdominal cramps. Avoid spicy food, caffeine, sour juices, cruciferous vegetables or other foods that you know can cause your little one abdominal cramps.
*Try to keep your baby awake for at least an hour before the photo shoot.
*Feed the baby before we start of the photo shoot, so he will be tummy full and will sleep well from the beginning.
*Dress him in light clothes that can be easily taken off. Avoid bodysuits or blouses that come off the head. The most suitable are bodysuits or overalls with staples or zippers. Avoid tight clothing that can leave marks on the baby's skin.
*If the baby is fed formula milk, bring enough with you to feed him in the studio.
*Parents usually think their baby needs to be awake for their session when it’s actually more difficult to pose the baby in certain poses while they are awake. My goal is to keep the baby warm, comfortable, asleep, and happy for the best photo opportunities.
Even if you haven't given the baby a pacifier at home so far, this will help me a lot in calming him when I make the transition between positions, so I recommend you bring one. It will be used only for the photo shoot and I assure you that the baby will not learn from this unique experience.
When it comes to parents choosing their outfits for family newborn photo shoots, white, light grey, or neutral tops tend to look great. It's a good idea to stay away from fussy patterns and bright colors, since they can look distracting in photos. Siblings can also wear neutrals and light colors, but it's also important that they feel happy and comfortable in what they wear. As long as they don't wear anything too bright and loud, it should look great in the final photos.
Because family photos can't be missed from a photo shoot with the newborn baby, I suggest you, the parents, be prepared too. A light hairstyle and a discreet make-up for the m

Can the baby's siblings also participate? in the photo shoot?

A.Sure! Sisters and brothers are welcome at the photo shoot. Happy baby in the arms of the family!

How will we receive the photos?

A.The photos will be handed in an online gallery that can be accessed through a link. Photos can be downloaded at high resolution.

Will we also receive unedited photos?

A.Will we also receive unedited photos?
Unedited photos will NOT be handed over because they are not the final product you pay for, but only the "raw material".

How long will it take to see my final images?

A.Usually between a week and one month depending how many pictures you chose and what products you ordered.
If you need to rush the order for birth announcements, let them know in advance so we can do our best to get everything ready for you to give them to your family members.

Do you offer prints and wall art?

A.Yes, I do offer a wide variety of prints, wall art and handcrafted albums, please check the products section of the web site.

Can I come and visit the place where the photo sessions are taking place before hand?

A.This will happen most likely during the pre-consultation. This is the best time to come over, see all the products available, like canvases, albums and portraits as well as other details like the contracts, preparing for the session, pricing, and policies. It’s also the best time for you and me, the photographer, to chat about what are your desires, what colors to avoid and ensure that the color palettes we both choose for your portraits will complement the colors at your home.
In my case, I like to go over this during the pre-consultation and I will write notes to make sure the final images complement the home décor or the baby nursery so that way we can order any wall art that you may like to showcase your favorite photos.

Can I pay you with a credit card?

A.YES, I accept cash ,credit card or bank transfer.

FAQs Maternity Photoshoot

Why should you book a Maternity Photoshoot?

A.Booking a maternity photoshoot is an excellent way to capture this special time in your life and create memories that you can cherish for years to come. Here are a few reasons why you should consider booking a maternity photoshoot:
1. Celebrate your pregnancy: Pregnancy is a significant milestone in your life, and a maternity photoshoot is an excellent way to celebrate this momentous occasion. You can showcase your baby bump, and capture the joy and excitement of this special time.
2.Create lasting memories: A maternity photoshoot allows you to create beautiful, timeless images that you can cherish forever. You can look back at these photos and remember the anticipation, excitement, and love that you felt during your pregnancy.
3. Bond with your partner: A maternity photoshoot is an opportunity for you and your partner to bond and create memories together. You can involve your partner in the photoshoot, and capture the love and connection between the two of you.
4. Share with family and friends: Maternity photos can be shared with family and friends, who can also share in the joy of your pregnancy. You can display these photos in your home, or use them in birth announcements, baby shower invitations, or other mementos.
Overall, a maternity photoshoot is an excellent way to capture this special time in your life and create memories that you will treasure forever.

It’s important to note that natural parts of the pregnancy, like stretch marks, weight gain, and swollen feet, are nothing to worry about. I will use my skills and expertise to accentuate your beauty and create images you will be proud to display and share with your loved ones for years to come.

When is the best time to book a Maternity Photoshoot?

A.The sooner the better!
You can book your maternity photo session after your 20 weeks scan, with a minimum of 6-8 weeks before your desired date. The ideal time for the photoshoot is typically between 28 and 34 weeks of pregnancy when it is still comfortable to pose and the baby bump has a lovely shape. However, if you’re interested in a maternity photoshoot and are past this time frame, don’t hesitate to contact me. I may still be able to accommodate a last-minute booking.
I work 5 days per week, by appointment only. So if you have a certain date in mind, let me know ASAP. I get very busy of a weekend, so pre-booking is vital to get the date you want.

Should I bring my family to the Photoshoot?

A.Having your family present during the maternity photography session can create truly unique and intimate photos. Whether it’s a tender embrace with your partner or a playful interaction with your children or pets, these moments will be captured forever in your photos. So, it is highly recommended to bring your husband, partner, children, or pets to the photo shoot. They are a crucial part of your story, and their presence will add to the joy and magic of the experience.
Including the whole family in a maternity session also creates a wonderful opportunity for bonding and creating new memories together. The excitement and anticipation of the new arrival is a time to cherish, and having the whole family present for the photo shoot will create memories that will last a lifetime. So don’t hesitate to bring your loved ones and furry friends for an unforgettable maternity session.

What to bring to my Maternity Photoshoot?

A.My studio hosts a huge selection of beautiful and unique gowns for you to wear during your maternity photo shoot. The gowns vary in colour and sizes so there is something to suit everyone.
I also have flowing fabrics that look beautiful. If you need help to decide, we will discuss this with you after you have booked. To ensure the best results, I recommend bringing along skin-tone, black and white lingerie (bra) that will match the dresses you choose. A white shirt with long sleeves and a pair of jeans .
My goal is to make you feel comfortable and confident during the shoot, so you can focus on enjoying the experience and creating beautiful memories. While I offer a range of stunning outfits, I suggest bringing along a comfortable and casual outfit for your loved ones to wear. Rest assured, my aim is to provide everything you need for a successful pregnancy photoshoot, allowing you to relax and let the magic unfold!
Let us take care of everything you need for this pregnancy photoshoot, allowing you to unwind and enjoy the magic!

How does the Maternity Photoshoot process work?

A.My goal is to make the process of having a maternity photo session with me simple and stress-free. To help you understand what to expect, here is a step-by-step guide:
1. Contact me to confirm availability: Get in touch with me to check if I’m available on the date that works best for you.
2. Secure your booking: A £50 non-refundable retainer is required to secure your booking, which will be deducted from your final order.
3. Choose your package: During the booking process, you’ll have the opportunity to choose your preferred package. We’ll also have a phone consultation, going over all the important details, such as clothing options, desired poses, and where and how you’d like to display your wall art.
4. Preparation: On the day of the photoshoot, ensure you bring a skin tone or white and black lingerie set to match the dresses you choose. Also, bring an elegant/casual outfit for your loved ones if they will be joining you.
5. Final balance: Your balance will be due at the end of the session, and you can pay by card or cash.
6. View your images: About 1-2 weeks after the photoshoot, you’ll have access to a private online gallery where you’ll get to view your light-edited images and select your favourites.
7. Order additional products: If you’d like, you can purchase additional digital images, fine art prints, and wall art. A detailed price list for these additional products will be sent along with your gallery.
8. Delivery: Delivery of digitals prints, or wall art will take up to 3 weeks.

FAQ`s Milestone /Smashed the Cake/


A.A cake smash & splash is normally done for a little one who is celebrating their 1st or 2nd birthday.

Each session includes a mini portrait session, cake smash followed by a splash in
a little bath tub .

Your chosen setup, the use of props and outfit are included in the photo session.
The mini portrait session consists of a few photos of your child before the cake is introduced - you may bring one of their outfits along for this.

The cake smash is where we introduce the cake to the set - the messy part!
We let your little one get tucked right in (sometimes they may need a little encouragement so this is where mummy and daddy can help too)

Once I have a good variety of images we will then move onto the splash part in the bath tub.

We then fill the little bath with water and bubbles and let your little one have a good splash whilst I capture the last part of the session. The splash is also a good way for you to give them a good clean down too.


A.I work 5 days per week, by appointment only. So if you have a certain date in mind, let me know ASAP. I get very busy of a weekend, so pre-booking is vital to get the date you want.

I recommend booking 4-6 weeks before their birthday if you would like the photo order to be done in time for their birthday so you have it to display for their birthday.
I recommending booking in advance for all my sessions.
I do take limited amount of bookings each week so if you want a specific date or close to one, I recommend booking in advance.
I need more than two weeks notice when booking to make sure there is availability with the cake baker.


A.Depending on what you would like to get from your session, along with your budget, I will help you decide what options may be best for you.


A.Your chosen cake whether it's from a local cake baker or supermarket the choice is yours.
*A little outfit for your mini portrait session or you could just do it in the outfit they are doing the cake smash in.
*You also need to bring a towel and some bubble bath for the splash part of the session.
Unless we have discussed anything extra you want to bring there is nothing else to remember.


A.Yes you do, for the best results try and purchase a cake which will compliment your chosen setup.
You don't have to bring a cake. There are other food options which work just as well too.


A.First choose whether you would like your set based around a colour or whether you would like it themed.
From there, if you let me know whether you would like a simple - minimal decoration or a full setup with lots of props, I will know what to create for you and if you have specific props you want me to use also.
You may send me any ideas you have seen for inspiration too.


A.For baby and milestone sessions, I love whites, pinks, blues, grey's and pretty dresses (nothing with writing or logos). I also do "milk" baths with flowers or leaves, which they absolutely love! So when your baby is 6 months or over, a "milk" bath is a lovely part of the session. If you need help to decide, I will discuss this with you after you have booked.


A.Session Fee £50


A.In the rare occasion your child is ill before your photo session, please let me know in advance of the session and we can reschedule your photo session.




We respect your privacy.