Frequently asked questions about our Photography services

How do we prepare for our session?

All of our shoots are pre-empted by a consultation to give you some hints and tips as to how to get the most from your session. We will also advise you on the type of clothing you may wish to consider. We will email you full details and a check list prior to your shoot. Equally important is that we get to understand exactly what you would like to gain from the shoot.

What should we wear?

The clothes you choose for your portrait are very important:
Wear something that you feel comfortable in.
Avoid very strong patterns or logos of any kind and anything that might date the images.
For families and couples, perhaps wear clothing that represents you as a family but please watch for anything that clashes with anyone else.

How long does each session last?

Usually about an hour. Our focus is very much on quality to ensure you get the most from the shoot.

What do we need to bring?

As well as a change of clothing, we would encourage you to bring favourite toys or musical instruments. We have a great range of props, including among other things, balls, hoola hoops, skipping ropes, drums, etc. all designed to make it a fun and interactive session.
Your hobbies, sports or your shared interests can all provide a theme for a portrait. So discuss this with us and bring along some personal items, which you think might help us to capture the essential character of you and your family. The personal touches make all the difference to your portraits.

How long will I have to wait until I can see my photographs?

At the end of your session, we will arrange a date for you to return for your viewing. Your photographs will have been edited using the most modern computer software. If you require additional airbrushing this would be the time to decide!
We will look to arrange your viewing and ordering session within fourteen days from the date of the shoot. This will be done in a relaxed environment and you will be able to choose your favourite photos, together with any additional prints or wall/display art depending on your requirements.

How much will it cost?

We have a range of packages to meet everyone’s needs. Prices start from as little as £50. Please visit our reception room to get an idea of the sort of wall and display art we can provide. A full list of packages is available on request from the site.

How do we pay?

Most popular debit/credit cards are accepted. We will require a £50 non-refundable booking fee to secure the photo session. Any wall/display art will be secured with a 50% non-refundable deposit – balance payable on collection. If paying via the site, Paypal is also available. Interest free credit options are also available on request. We also accept Bank Transfers – please ask for details.

When will we receive our order?

We use a local photo lab that produces wonderful, professionally finished products to studios all across the country. Wall/display art will take 2 to 3 weeks from the date of your viewing.

Can I buy Gift Vouchers?

Yes, vouchers can be ordered directly from our website, or you can purchase them at the studio.

A Happy Nanny and Dandy

We booked a sitting to get a photograph of 6 grandchildren as a present for their nan & grandad. The picture we got is fantastic. Simon & Mariella worked really hard to get what we needed and we couldn’t have dreamt that the finished article would be as good as it is. Thank you so… Read more “A Happy Nanny and Dandy”

Lyndsey Hayes

Surprise Photobox!

My sister and I and our 4 children went to Simon & Mariela as we wanted a special gift for our mums 70th birthday. We had great fun on the photo shoot – with two teenagers in tow I was little worried how they’d react. We all loved it and the photos show that. The… Read more “Surprise Photobox!”

Little Sutton

..the most amazing photographs…

I have the most amazing photographs of my family. The photoshoot was a retirement gift. At first i was apprehensive of having photos taken but the day was a lovely experience. The result was amazing photos and an amazing piece of wall art.the session was made really relaxed. Simon and Mariela made us feel at… Read more “..the most amazing photographs…”

Sandra Moran
Great Sutton, Wirral

Amazing Box Photoshoot

I can’t recommend these lovely people enough. We had a family shoot arranged for my mums 70th birthday of her grandchildren.
Unfortunately Covid delayed proceedings for a while but once back open there was nothing to worry about. We were all temperature checked upon arrival, hand gel is available and encouraged to use as… Read more “Amazing Box Photoshoot”

Suzanne Mylett

Totally approachable and professional!

I had my show dog who is a bedlington terrier photographed. Simon was professional and really welcoming and put my boy at ease from the word go! He got some fabulous images which we were made up with considering my dog can be difficult to capture his personality as his haircut can hide his eyes… Read more “Totally approachable and professional!”

Gemma-Christina Corcoran
Little Sutton

Lovely Experience!

I would like to say a huge thank you to Simon and Mariela for our toddler box photo shoot!
We were met by Simon who sat with Isla and made her feel at ease straight away. He showed us round the studio and had a big box on the floor for her to play… Read more “Lovely Experience!”

Leanne Marshall

Photos to treasure

I took my collie Dusty for a photo shoot at the studio & we both had an amazing time. Simon was so clever at getting Dusty to pose on the various props & it was a very enjoyable session. I went back a week later to view the photographs on a big screen & wow… Read more “Photos to treasure”

Sharon Leicester

Beautiful baby face experience

When we booked our little girls photoshoot we did not know what to expect, not only were we worried that as a 3 year old she may not ‘perform’ on the day, but with the pandemic we were also apprehensive about being in the studio with her. That soon changed when we arrived. We were… Read more “Beautiful baby face experience”

Gemma Alexander-Bloomfield

..could not have wished for a better session…

We happened to win a session with Simon and Mariela at a charitable auction that they had kindly donated to at Childer Thornton Primary School. I was not sure what to expect having 5 children and us. When I spoke to Simon I was reassured that all would go smoothly. I could not have wished… Read more “..could not have wished for a better session…”

George Ablet
Childer Thornton, South Wirral


We won Otto’s shoot as part of a Christmas competition package, I was nervous bringing Otto (17 month old German shepherd) to the shoot as he’s an overgrown puppy!! But Simon made us both very welcome ! He was very patient with Otto both in his meet and greet and at the actual photo shoot!… Read more “Otto”

Viv Connor
Ellesmere Port

Stella’s 14 weeks Puppy Photoshoot

The Studio is in a beautiful setting near the Ellesmereport Boat Museum.
Simon greeted us at the door. Stella was a little shy at first but was given plenty of time in the waiting area to settle and get to know Simon before going into the Studio. Here she was curious and Simon created… Read more “Stella’s 14 weeks Puppy Photoshoot”

Jackie & Piers

Absolutely fantastic photo shoot.

Absolutely fantastic photo shoot. Simon was fabulous with Milo and really put him at easy with toys and treats.
Wow, what can I say the photos are amazing and so many people have asked where they were taken. Can not recommend Simon highly enough. We’ll be back and thank you once again.

Dawn Barnett
Ellesmere Port

Box & Bubble Fun !

What a great fun experience we had in the studio shooting the box! Our first family shoot together & memories captured for life . Simon & Mariela are so welcoming & friendly. They also did a great job looking after a bouncy boxer in between the shoots with our daughter. We Highly recommend going to… Read more “Box & Bubble Fun !”

Jessica Stevens

Excellent service

We recently had two shoots with Simon, one for the baby photo and the second for a dog portrait. On both occasions we felt completely relaxed, Simon was very patient as I’m sure working with children and animals can’t be easy!
The pictures from the baby photo shoot are excellent, I can’t wait to… Read more “Excellent service”

Toni Hawes


Thinking of capturing the moment and looking for some special photos, whether it is for yourself or a special occasion I would defiantly recommend Downing Lifestyle Photography. We attended a photo shoot at Downing Lifestyle photography and what can I say, AMAZING. I am not really a photogenic person and would normally hate having my… Read more “…Amazing…”

Yvonne Lewis
Little Sutton, South Wirral

Golden Oldie photos

I was lucky enough to win a photoshoot with Simon for my labrador Amber!
Thw whole experience from start to finish was a pleasure. Simon was very patient with Amber who sometimes didn’t want to play ball!
The photos he produced were absolutely stunning and tailored to my own taste.
I highly… Read more “Golden Oldie photos”

Alice Hodgson

We loved every minute!

As soon as I saw an example of the Family PhotoBox I knew that it was something I wanted to do for my family. I’d had family photos on my to do list for months but had not seen anything that really grabbed me…until I was introduced to Downing Lifestyle Photography. I wanted something unique,… Read more “We loved every minute!”

The Shiel Family

Truly Amazing Family Photo

I wanted to say a huge thank you for a truly amazing family photo. The box photo was a surprise present for my Mum’s 70th and it did not disappoint. We had 4 teenagers and a 9 year old whom you made feel completely relaxed. They had such a good time at the photo shoot… Read more “Truly Amazing Family Photo”

Katie Horswill

..I am in love! …

We recently got our photos from the photoshoot and I have to say I am in love!
The session in itself was fantastic, the studio was great, Simon and Mariela were really welcoming, they made us and the kids feel at ease (which is a hard thing to do with 3 kids under the… Read more “..I am in love! …”

Jill Galagher

A stunning reminder

I can’t recommend Simon enough, especially for his portrait photography. With his patience and skill he managed to capture the gentleness, wisdom and maturity of our 13 year old black Labrador at his studio shoot. Sadly only weeks later we had to make the difficult decision to say goodbye to Bailey and now, thanks to… Read more “A stunning reminder”

Joanna Highet

A really wonderful day…

We had a really wonderful day with Simon and Mariela. We had lots of photographs of our first child but none of us as a family and with our second child. The day was amazing and we received lots of help keeping our children interested who are 4 and 1. A really wonderful day with… Read more “A really wonderful day…”

Lorna Thornton Heaven
Ellesmere Port, South Wirral, Cheshire

Our Family Box photoshoot

We recently had a family box-shoot with Simon and Mariela. Absolutely brilliant. They made our girls feel very welcome and exciting about the whole shoot. We adults thoroughly enjoyed it too! The end product was of superb quality in terms of the photos and the wood it was printed on. It really is a novel… Read more “Our Family Box photoshoot”

David Lampkin


I organised a photoshoot to mark my wife’s 40th and the whole experience from start to finish was fabulous. All the kids had a great day and my wife and I have now got some beautiful images to remember this special occasion. Thanks to you both for making it a memorable experience.


Fun filled morning

Can’t thank Simon and Mariela enough for the beautiful photos they took for us. We had a fun filled morning,very relaxing, nothing was to much trouble for them .If you want to remember a special occasion,or just to have a wonderful photo to hang on your wall, l couldn’t recommend Simon more highly. We had… Read more “Fun filled morning”

Janet Evans

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From bringing down your pet to bringing your whole family we want your experience in the studio to be a memorable one. Please feel free to use our online booking system or you can call us on 07825 221 476

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