John Francis Photography | FAQ Studio

Frequently Asked Questions - Studio


Where are you located?

We are located on Ribby Hall Village Wrea Green between Preston and Blackpool Lancashire. Our post code is PR4 2PR. As you enter Ribby Hall Village we are on the left above the Lavender Tea Room. There is plenty of free parking next to us.

What facilities do you offer?

We have two air-conditioned studios. Studio 1 has 24ft white infinity cove with Elinchrom strobes, perfect for portraits of children, babies, bumps,pets and family groups. We have baby changing facilities in our studio, gallery and play room too. Studio  2 is fitted with Photoflex continuous lighting and also perfect for portraits and group shots.
Next door is a hair salon and below us is a new tea room and coffee shop. We are located on a 5 star holiday village which offers two swimming pools, boating lake , starbucks, equestrian centre, luxury spa hotel, golf courses, leisure centre and numerous bars and restaurants. We believe that our studio, together with the facilities here on the village are unequalled in the area.

What are your prices?

Our studio session is £35. This is payable at the time of booking. A session will last anywhere from 30 mins to an hour, depending on how it goes. We then offer a variety of products from albums, prints, canvasses, acrylics, metallic wall art and digital ownership of images.

What should we wear?

You can wear pretty much wear what you want, however we suggest bringing a selection and if you are only being photographed in our white studio then colours work better than white. If you are using our black studio then white looks good in there.

Why don't you included a free print with your sitting fees?

We looked at what some studios offer and sought views of our clients. Some studios offer a free 7x5 print, but then charge significantly more than we do for everything else. We therefore keep our pricing low rather than offering a free product that you may not necessarily want.

Can you provide outside portrait sessions?

Yes we offer outside sessions at Ribby Hall or nearby in Blackpool, St Annes and Lytham or beyond.

Do we need to book?

We advise booking at all times, as we can prepare for your sitting in advance, however we can sometimes cater for clients who just drop in too.

We are on Holiday at Ribby Hall Village for a short period, how can you cater for us?

The sitting fees and pricing structure is the same for everyone. We can print here in our studio and provide framed pictures quickly, but if you are heading home and we are not able to meet your requirements then we will offer you a online gallery where you can order prints, framed prints, canvas wraps and many other items from the comfort of your own home.

Do you provide Training?

We do provide training all year. We offer a 4 hour photographic training course here in our studio every month  which covers all the areas you need to know to get the most from your camera, including lighting, composition, retouching and a practical exercise. The price is £95. 

 We take up to 8 students per course. We also provide one to one training for £75, based on specific cameras or skill

Who do you cater for?

We cater for expecting mother bump shoots, newborns, babies, toddlers and older children too. We can cater for large groups inside and recently photographed a wedding party here in our studio due to poor weather. We welcome pets too. Having two studios allows us to offer different options to you. We also provide model sessions, makeover shoots including makeup and hair and party sessions for children and teenagers.

What equipment do you use?

We are registered with Nikon Uk as professional users and use professional Nikon cameras and lenses. We currently have three Nikon bodies, a D600, D3S and D800E. We have numerous Nikon lenses.

Can you provide us with a disc of images so we can print ourselves?

We can and we frequently do. However taking these images to some high street printing facilities may not offer you the best quality prints. We have invested considerable time and resources into buying and calibrating monitors and printers that produce high quality images when used together. We are currently using NEC wide gamut professional monitors and professional Epson printers. We only use professional paper and Epson inks guaranteed for longevity and superb results.

Are you vetted?

Yes we are vetted over and above CRB checks for your peace of mind. We also have professional insurance including public liability and professional indemnity.

Do you provide home portrait sessions?

Yes we do offer this service locally, however for the best results we recommend using our studio, which has better lighting and photographic facilities than any photographer could offer at your home.