Lydia Shaw Photography | Commercial, Portrait & Travel Photographer | Melbourne | FAQ

How do I book a portrait session?

You can book your session by emailing me directly or calling me on +974 5514 6828. Going through What'sApp or my Facebook page is not the best way to reach me.

When do I pay?

The session fee is payable on the day of your session by cash or cheque. You may also pay online in advance.

During busy seasons (leading up to Christmas and summer holidays) you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of QR300.

What location do I choose?

Outdoor locations offer more space for children to relax and be natural, while indoors at your home or a studio is more constrained, although I still aim to capture candid moments regardless. I can provide a contemporary white, grey or black background for a studio session, while outdoors offers its own unique backdrops such as Souq Waqif, Katara, The Pearl, West Bay Lagoon, desert dunes or beach settings. You may even prefer the comfort of your own home.

Seasonal climate and temperatures may also influence your choice. If I'm not familiar with a location I'll arrange a visit to ensure it's suitable, and to advise on the best time of day to schedule your session.

Can you arrange hair and make-up?

Yes...I work with a couple of lovely ladies who I can put you in touch with.

What do we wear?

This is a very common question! Once you've made your booking with me I'll send you out an information pack that will help you on your way. I can also pop round to help you raid your wardrobe :)

How long does a session take?

An average session takes between 1 - 2 hours depending on how quickly we all work together to create a beautiful set of images. Small children usually get tired (and bored!) after an hour. To keep everyone happy I will allow time for breaks to have a snack or a drink.

When will I see the photos from the session?

One week after your session I will upload the edited proofs for your review. Once the final images have been selected I will produce the final set to present to you in person one week later. You can order your products during this viewing session. I will also upload the final set of images to your Client Area to share with family and friends.

How do I order products?

You can order prints at the time of your viewing session. Payment can be arranged via my website using a credit/debit card. I can also accept cash or cheque.

How long will it take to receive my products?

It will take up to two weeks to arrange mounted or framed prints. Canvas printing and books/albums may take three weeks or longer depending on the workload of my suppliers. Digital images and gift prints can be arranged within one week.

Can I arrange my own printing?

Yes...if you purchase the digital files you will receive the high resolution image files and you can arrange your own printing. If you choose to print yourself I can only guarantee the quality of the digital image files and not the printing.