Frequently asked questions about our portrait and wedding photography

We are asked many questions about portrait photography, our procedures and about portraiture in general. Here are just a few of the most frequently posed. If you have a query about our services, our products or work practices we would be delighted to hear it, please feel free to contact us via the contact page of this website. As they come in we will add them too this page.


Are you a member of a professional body for photographers?

Kevin is a qualified member of the British Institute of Professional Photographers.

It is advisable to choose a photographer who is a member of the two UK professional organisations. The British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) and Master Photographers Association, (MPA). These are the only two photography organisations whose members must be qualified and who must adhere to a strict code of professional conduct.

The BIPP code is detailed below.

Code of Professional Conduct.
This Code of Professional Conduct is published by the Board of Directors of the Institute in accordance with Article 61 (g) of the Institute’s Articles of Association. The Code shall have effect from June 2007 until amended or replaced.
By accepting membership of the Institute, each member agrees to be bound by this Code. If a member is or has been, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, guilty of any conduct which breaches this Code, the Board may in its absolute discretion expel or suspend that member for such period and on such terms as it thinks fit.

The Code:
• Members shall do nothing that may damage the reputation or standing of the Institute and in all their professional dealings and works shall:
• Act professionally, fairly, courteously, honestly and with the integrity reasonably expected of a member of a professional body.
• Maintain the confidentiality of information supplied to them or obtained by them in confidence.?
• Exercise all reasonable skill, care and diligence in carrying out their duties and where those duties are discretionary, act in good faith.
• Act in accordance with the law and all regulations applying to them including the Articles of the Institute and any regulations issued there under.
• Uphold the high professional standards reasonably expected by the Institute of its members;??6) Not knowingly condone or assist another member to breach this Code.
• Co-operate with the Institute and any person appointed to it in an investigation into an alleged breach of this Code.

How would you describe your style of children and family portraiture?

Our working methods and procedures are not about your children having to sit still and behave. Neither does it have to entail your family unnaturally prancing about in front of a white background.

Our style is contemporary but not at the expense of traditional quality and we don’t disguise poor photo’s behind a multitude of effects. We present memorable, natural images, simply and effectively.

We aim to capture real, honest portraits, focusing on your family, combining beautiful lighting with real expressions. Portraits you will never tire of and be treasured by your family, for generations.

We understand that every child is different. There are the performers, the spirited, the shy, the doleful. We adapt our approach to the personality of your child to ensure the session is fun and stress free for all.

We don’t necessarily need a smile to prompt us to press the camera shutter. A soulful look, a wistful or contemplative glance can result in some of our clients favorite portraits of their children.

Border Collie puppy in meadow

Will you photograph our pet dog too?

Absolutely. We create professional animal portraits of dogs, cats and all kinds of pets and animals. Animals can at times introduce a certain amount of chaos into the proceedings but that is no bad thing. If the dog cat, horse, guinea pig or rabbit won’t sit nicely for a group shot it is probably best to let it do its own thing. Pets which are clutched tightly, to keep them in order, always look uncomfortable in the final portrait.

You can include your pet in a family portrait or have a stand alone portrait
done. Pets make wonderful subjects for animal fine art photographs and wall art.

Follow the link for more information about pet portraits in Broadway.

Where is your portrait studio based?

Our portrait studio is located at Perrins Farm in Childswickham, a small rural village close to Broadway on the Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire border. We are an easy, twenty minute drive from the M5 and within half an hours drive of the M42 and M40 motor ways.

Cotswold Portrait Studios is ideally located within easy reach of the M5, and close to Evesham, Stratford upon Avon, Cheltenham, Worcester, Oxford, the South West and West Midlands.

We often shoot portraits in the village, it is blessed with some lovely locations and backgrounds for photography.

About our Village

Childswickham is situated within the ‘big skies’ landscape of the Vale of Evesham, lying between the Bredon and Cotswold Hills, It is two miles from Broadway. It is an area known for market gardening, fruit orchards, arable and pasture land; the fields bordered by ancient hedgerows.
The village’s location on the edge of the North Cotswolds results in a mixture of building styles, from Cotswold limestone to red brick, and the more traditional Worcestershire black and white half timber and thatch. The earliest buildings are timber framed with wattle and daub and Cotswold limestone. All make wonderful backgrounds for portraits if you want that rural village look.

The name Childswickham is thought to have derived from ‘Child’, the young son of a nobleman, ‘wick’, a clearing in the wood and ‘ham’, short for hamlet. On old maps the village name is split into two parts Childs Wickham.

Its history can be traced back to Roman times as coins and pottery of this era were found in fields on the old Roman road from Worcester to London which came through the village. In fact, our photography meadow is on the site of a Roman Villa and settlements dating back 4000 years. We often find roman coins roman broaches, pottery in abundance and other artifacts on our land.

The 15th century spire of the Norman church, St Mary the Virgin, is a local landmark which can be seen from the Cotswold escarpment and from miles around.

We were a part of Gloucestershire until 1931.

What makes Cotswold Portrait Studios so different from other social photographers in Worcestershire?

Just what makes us different from our competition? Well, our aim is to build upon our reputation which is based on our creativity, the quality of our portraits and quality of our service.

Quality of our photographs
We have many years of professional experience between us. Take a look at our portrait portfolio to experience first hand the style of our portraiture. The finished products are printed and finished by true professionals. Only the highest quality work gets past our strict quality control – if its not right, it is redone.

Quality of our service
We promise that you will strive to ensure you are 100% satisfied with every aspect of our service. In the unlikely event that you are not, we will resolve any issues to your satisfaction quickly and professionally. We always aim to completely deliver your portraits on schedule even in the busiest of times.

Ample and free off-road parking right outside our studio doors
We have up to the door parking and our premises is wheel chair friendly.

Personal service
Anthea and Kevin Smith are the  photographers at each and every portrait sitting and wedding we are commissioned for. You can be assured that we do not contract out our portraits or wedding bookings to others. Any dealings you have with us regarding your photography will be personally handled by either Anthea and Kevin. We will work with you before, during and after your portrait session to ensure your full satisfaction.

Value for money
We can promise you a true “value for money” experience. We have created our pricing to ensure every budget is catered for.  For that reason we do not restrict you to purchasing only fully framed pictures. Our portraits presented in  beval aperture mounts are very popular and very affordable. Our customers can buy a series of portraits and drop them into their own frames. Of course if you want us to frame your images for you, we have access to one some of the best quality professional framing services in the country.

No pressurised after sales
We don’t get involved in pressure selling. You are given the space to review your portraits on an online slideshow in the comfort of your own home before coming in for your viewing. Of course we will delighted to advise and explain the advantages of certain products. We aim to develop a long-term relationship with our clients based on trust and quality of our service.

Your children are only young once
We can never go back and recapture those memories in the future. Now is the time to capture these special memories! Whether you’re looking for classic and timeless portraits or you want more dynamic images, we’ll create the photographs that capture their personalities in a beautiful and creative way. Portraits you will love and treasure forever!