Your family photo shoot step by step

How do I book? Where is my photo shoot held? Do I book my photo shoot and just turn up? Do I have to pose in front of the camera?

You’ve come to the right place for answers. Let’s get started!



Booking is easy, get in touch to let me know what dates you are available and we’ll find a date that suits you and get you booked in! Once we have a date in mind we will schedule a date and time for your pre-session call (this is normally a week before your scheduled session, you can find more information about this further down this page).

Once you have booked your session I will email you a link to your online client portal. Your client portal is unique to you and contains your photo shoot contract, your session fee invoice and also a questionnaire to help me gather information to help plan your session with you.

You can see a sample client portal (including contract and questionnaire) here.


Pre-session call

We may have already talked on the phone or perhaps you have booked your session with me via email .Your pre-session call gives you the opportunity for us to have a chat, it normally lasts 10-15 minutes and gives you the opportunity to ask any questions that have come to mind since we last spoke. We will talk a little bit more about the answers to the questionnaire you have completed and what images you would love for me to capture for you. Needing help figuring out what to wear? We can figure that one out too!



I am an on location photographer, this means I don’t work out of a studio. With me you have the option of an indoors session at your home or outdoors on location, you can even have a mix of both during our time together. For more information on the possibilities for your photo shoot location check out my blog post here.


I am always looking for good light and I will guide you to where the best light is and talk you through what to do while you are there, you don't need to worry about "acting natural" in front of the camera, I've got that covered!

I love capturing beautiful family photographs filled with connection and emotion. I will find a perfect spot for you to hold your little one on your lap (or sit next to depending on how big your little one is!) and through the giggles and the cuddles you will have some gorgeous photos that you will love.

When it comes to capturing natural images of your family we would get you interacting with each other, walking, playing, reading and you are photographed while you do these things.

The same applies for children on their own, get them climbing, reading, swinging, splashing, laughing and be there to photograph them. We will take it slowly, get the kids engaged and have fun!

Just had Catriona round to show us all our pictures. They are amazing!! They have captured everyone’s personalities and special relationships. Can’t recommend Catriona highly enough

— Lynne



I love the look of natural light so I choose to shoot portrait sessions during the day while it is light outside. If you are thinking of having an indoor photo shoot then where the sun is outside is unlikely to impact what time you will schedule your photo shoot.

If you would love outdoor photos of your family we will discuss what location(s) you are considering and talk about what time of day would work for that location. (midday on the beach with no shade will make for harsh shadows and squinting eyes).

Golden hour is the last hour before sunset and it can provide a beautiful backlight to your outdoor images. You can check out my blog post Why you should consider a sunset session here.

Separate to location it’s really important we take the needs of your kids into consideration here. Your little one may or may not nap, they may be full of beans in the morning but by late afternoon you know it would be best to avoid a photo shoot (raises hand, that would be me describing my son!). Every child is different, we’ll work out what time would suit your family and your location to find beautiful light to have your photographs taken.



This can vary, it depends on how many people are at your photo shoot or if you decide to stay in the same spot or go for a walk. As a guide I would advise to allow 1-2 hours.




Are you worried that your kids may not cooperate? I have two children and I can totally relate to why you may feel that way!

Kids are just that, kids, they don’t behave perfectly all the time and I don't expect them to. When it comes to your family photo shoot we want to avoid your child feeling under pressure. If they don’t want to swing on the swing, that’s ok, they may want to later but if they don’t, that’s ok too.

For me to capture your children being themselves I want them to be comfortable and happy, engaged in doing something they want to rather than feeling they need to do something as they are being told to. To avoid them being overwhelmed we will take it slowly and create a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for them to get on with the business of being themselves.

Every session is unique as every child is unique. I go into our session time together with a plan of action that is fully flexible and led by how your little one is feeling. Honestly, don’t worry, we’ve got this!

Catriona was lovely and worked really hard to get some fabulous pictures of my two girls,
despite the 1 year old being a little below par!! We are really happy with the pictures - beautiful natural images of our girls in the autumnal Baxter park. Can’t wait to get them printed and framed. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Catriona.
— Lynsey


I know how busy you are. That’s why I’ve made choosing and purchasing your photographs as quick and easy as possible for you. You’ll have a fully finished gallery of beautiful images to choose from within 14 days of your shoot and you can do all of this online, from the comfort of your own home.

You can also make a huge 15% saving if you order your package within 24 hours. But don’t worry, I let you choose when your online gallery goes live so you can make sure that you have the time and head space to look through them and take advantage of that 15% discount!

Once your password protected gallery is available to view I will get in touch to find out from you when you would like me to activate it. From there you choose which package you would like to purchase and make your payment securely online.

Your digital files will then be available for download after your payment has been completed.

Portrait Books contain 10 images over 10 pages, all you need to do is let me know which 10 images you would it to contain and I will design, order it and have it delivered to you within 21 days.