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1) Covid 19 safety protocol

We at Little Dolphin Images are totally Covid Compliant and only partnered with Swim Schools who are also Covid Compliant. As each swim school is slightly different and their swimming pool designs differ we have listed each of our partners protocols on the Covid 19 page. As a general rule - There will be no spectators allowed. We can allow a second parent however. Please read the Covid 19 page on this site.

2) One adult per child in the water & sharing the session with others 

For safety we need one adult per baby or child in the water.

Shared Shoot Session - 5 Mums & Babies per 30 minutes maximum

Everything is designed to be as similar as possible to your usual lesson. A highly trained swim teacher will act as baby handler on the shoot and will be placing your baby underwater. There will be a maximum of five babies and mums in the water during your 30 minute session. This gives your baby or child a break between dips and allows your baby or child to feel relaxed while maintaining interest and enthusiasm. 

3) Siblings 

It is £ 45.00 per child to have your shoot, there isn't a sibling discount in the booking because you only pay for the images you actually want, not an expensive per child package that other photographers charge. My highly trained baby handler does all the dipping. 

4) Baby Skills needed 

Your baby should have attended one or preferably two terms of six weeks with your swim school. This is needed to build up the skills strength and stamina needed to get the best results from the photoshoot. Your baby will need to be able to do a minimum of 4, 2 second submersions in 30 minutes. 

5) Baby Handler Does the Dipping

After a light warm up my baby handler will take your baby from you and dip baby in front of the camera for a period of no longer than 1-2 seconds. She will consult with you on the day what your baby is happy with doing time wise, which relates to baby's training and fitness levels.

6) After the shoot - Private image viewing gallery - only you can see the proof images 

Three working days after the photo shoot simply visit the Little Dolphin Images site again and log onto the 'customer login' page entering your email address and personal password which you created earlier. Only you can see the images from your session. There is a personal private proof gallery for each mum or dad. No one else can see images of your baby, child or children.

7) Pricing explained - Booking fee, subsequent digital images, then buying prints and other extras

Booking Fee - In the first instance you pay a £45 booking fee which goes to the parent swim school. This is non refundable, however I can give you a re shoot voucher for another date (this lasts up to one year) if baby is ill as long as you email us to tell us before the shoot starts.

Subsequent Digital Images - (I spend up to 30 minutes on each individual image perfecting it and trying to turn it into a work of art for you). After you have your shoot and only if you like the images you have an opportunity to buy your digital images. The prices for your digital images are published on the 'Book your Shoot" page where you booked your shoot in the first place. Note there is a small London and out of London price difference. 

Buying Prints and other extras - Once you have bought your digital images which have been worked up to perfection by me (see above) you are then free to buy prints and other extras at the same time when you check out. You can also return to the check out page at a later date to buy extras at a later time if you wish.

8) Keeping time in the water

Please try to arrive on time, however we do understand that babies mixed with water causes the minutes to drift.

9) How many dips / shots do I get

My highly trained baby handler will decide how many dips your baby is capable of doing on the day. Usually if all goes well it will be between 3-5 dips and 3-5 shots per dip thats between 9 and 25 shots in total approximately.

10) Free retouching & eyes shut can be opened again

When you have made your image selections I retouch the images. I try to make the image of your baby into a work of art so that your baby is only surrounded by clean clear beautiful water.

Also eyes shut are usually no problem - If you have loads of good shots with great positions of your baby but the eyes are closed in some of them, I can re open them again using other shots of your baby. I can only do this as long as there are other shots of your baby with the face facing in the same direction and eyes open.

10) (and a bit) Three week turnaround on your order

From the date you place your order we produce and send your images to you within three weeks.

10) (and a bit more) Images and shoot info into your spam folders

If you can add our email address to your white list it will help to avoid important messages from us being lost.

10 (and a bit more still) Can my other child have a quick dip in the pool for a sibling shot for the same price as one child?

We love the idea, but practically it just doesn't work. We need to be fair to all the parents in the session who have paid to attend, and the 30 minutes is designed to get the maximum number of images per baby or child.
Also we now offer the option to buy as few as one image so 'a quick sibling dip' would not work for us I'm afraid.

Please see the FAQs page for any questions not covered here.