What To Expect

Hi there—and welcome to The Picture Box.

I’m so pleased that you seized this opportunity to have a collection of beautiful portraits taken of your nearest and dearest. Time is fleeting and little ones change and grow so quickly—more so the younger they are.

I’m really looking forward to welcoming you to our lovely studio and this page contains lots of useful information on how to find us, what will happen when you arrive and what to expect from your whole photography experience with The Picture Box.

Where is the studio?

We are literally just a two minute walk from Brough railway station with a direct connection to Hull in the east and to York, Selby and Doncaster in the west. Leaving the station, head along Station Road and you will find us on the right hand side of the road, just after the Buccaneer pub and directly opposite Lara Bella’s takeaway.

If you are arriving by car, we are just a five minute drive from the Brough junction on the A63. When you turn onto Station Road we are on the left hand side opposite Lara Bella’s takeaway.

There is on-street parking for a limited number of cars directly outside of the studio, or on some of the residential streets around (but please check for time restrictions on the street where you are parking). Alternatively, there is parking available at the railway station—but this is pay and display. (You can pay for this parking using the Apcoa Connect app for Android or for iPhone.)

There are shops and amenities within half a mile or 10 minute walk of the studio. The Ferry Inn, just across the road from the studio, serves good food for after your photo shoot if it’s given you an appetite.

What is the studio like inside?

It is better to be early for your shoot. We do have a lovely waiting area where you can relax beforehand. If you are late, this may have a knock-on effect for the other appointments I have booked in on that day, so please do let me know as soon as you can if this is the case. If you are very late, we may have to reschedule.

When you arrive at the studio we will briefly chat about what to expect from your photoshoot and what shots and poses we will do. I’ll then take you upstairs to the photography studio itself. We do have a ‘no shoes’ policy upstairs to keep our floors safe and clean for little ones, so if you want to bring slippers or socks to wear, please feel free.

How long does a photoshoot take?

Depending on the type of session you have booked, it will usually take around 30-45 minutes. Newborn and cake smash session will take longer. If I am photographing your baby and you need time to feed, this will be factored in as well—I want you to be as relaxed as possible and not feel rushed.

What should I wear for the photoshoot?

Please wear something as plain as possible. Large or bold patterns detract from the subject.

If this is a family photoshoot, try and coordinate your outfits. You could choose one colour so that you can all wear different tones or hues—such as blue for example. Another good choice might be for you all to wear pastels or white—or all wear primary colours, or all muted colours. If you would like some moodier, darker shots then please bring a change of clothing in more muted or darker shades.

Adults should makes sure that their arms are covered at least from the elbow up. This tends to be more flattering.

Babies photograph their best in very simple, light or bright clothing. It’s best to avoid collars, especially frilly ones. The best photographs of babies are when they are just wearing their nappies, so if you have something that will cover up the nappy such as frilly pants, shorts, dungarees or a tutu without a top—that should work great. Hats can also be a great prop. We do have some things you can use for this as well.

What should I bring?

If you are having your baby photographed, do bring along any of your own props, toys, blankets—or anything of sentimental value—that you would like them to be photographed with. It all helps to personalise your photoshoot.

If you are bottle feeding, please bring at least two bottles with you. Babies can suddenly decide they are cluster feeding that day without any prior warning!

If you have small children with you, bring a few small toys from home. If they need some downtime from the session it’s best not to give them an iPad or phone as it can be hard to tear them away again. Bring drinks for children and some kind of snacks that they love.

What happens after my photoshoot?

After your photoshoot I will book you an appointment to come back to the studio for a viewing. You will get to see your portraits on the big screen and you will have the opportunity to choose your favourites. It’s like a mini trip to the cinema—so if you want to bring other family along with you to view the images then please do! Around 75% of my customers buy one of our great value packages, but we also have individual items for sale as well—there is a very wide choice available.