Booking

If you would like to hire us to provide photography services for you then the following procedure applies; You complete the booking form on our website Upon receipt of the enquiry form, duly completed, we will reply to you as soon as is practicable with an estimate for the provision of the Services (“the Estimate”) which will contain both the estimated fee for the provision of the Services (“the Payment”) and a brief description of the Services. This is not a binding offer by us to supply the Services. If you accept the Estimate, you must then email us and make the Initial Deposit Payment described in the Estimate. Once we receive the confirmatory email and the Initial Deposit Payment, we may email you to confirm that we will provide the Services. No contract shall be deemed to exist between us until that time. No variation to the agreed Services shall be permitted thereafter unless we expressly agree in writing to such variation.

Services

In providing the Services, we shall use such reasonable skill as is standard in the photography industry. We shall provide the Services described in the Estimate. In the event that you require services above and beyond the agreed Services, we may provide such services at our sole discretion and at our then applicable hourly rate.

Payment

Currencies accepted for payment are United Arab Emirate’s Dirhams. Methods of payment accepted – Visa and Mastercard (cardholder must retain a copy of transaction records and Merchant policies and rules). You must make the Initial Deposit Payment within seven (7) days of the issuing by us of the Estimate. If you do not do so, we reserve the right to withdraw the estimate. Any payments made – you will receive payment confirmation from us by email. The Initial Deposit Payment is non-refundable. The remainder of Payment, after the Initial Deposit Payment has been made (“the Balance Payment”) must be paid on or prior to the provision of the Services, [or the Balance Payment must be paid within 14 days of receipt by you of our invoice, failing which we reserve the right to charge you interest at the rate of 12% from the date the Balance Payment was due until the date the Balance Payment is made.] We will not trade with or provide any services to OFAC and sanctioned countries. The Client agress that, when / if Tax is introduced to the United Arab Emirates – this quote may be required by law to have an additional 5% added, payable by the client.

Your obligations

To enable us to provide the Services, you must accept and follow our reasonable requests and directions both prior to and during the photo shoot. If you fail to do so, we reserve the right to immediately terminate the provision of the Services, but you will still remain liable for the entire Payment. Customers using the website who are minor/under the age of 18 shall not register as a user of the website and shall not transact on or use our website. User is responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of his account.

Intellectual Property Rights

All intellectual property rights in the photos that we take, including copyright, remain with us, unless specifically agreed otherwise with you. You consent to our use and licensing of the photographs [for the purposes of advertising our services] You agree that we may keep, show, exhibit, communicate, distribute and/or publish any photographs that we may take.

Cancellation

In the unlikely event that we must cancel the provision of the Services, we shall refund all payments made by you minus deposit. In the event that you wish to cancel the provision of the Services, you must provide us with no less than five (5) [working] days’ notice prior to the scheduled date for the provision of the Services. If you don’t provide the required notice, we are entitled to charge you for the entire Payment. If you do we will refund you minus deposit payment.

Liability

Under no circumstances shall our liability to you exceed the amount of the Payment actually made by you.

Governing law and jurisdiction

United Arab of Emirates is our country of domicile. Any dispute arising out of or in connection with any agreement deemed to arise between us, including any question regarding the existence, validity or termination of such agreement, shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre (“the DIFC”). You agree that you shall submit to the jurisdiction of the Small Claims Tribunal (“the SCT”) of the DIFC in any case where the SCT shall have jurisdiction in any dispute arising out of any agreements deemed to arise between us and in particular, the payment of any monies due. [The confirmation of this Agreement shall be taken as the Parties written consent to the SCT having jurisdiction in any such matter.] These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Emirate of Dubai.

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Delivery Policy

For a more detailed description of what you receive from us after the shoot look here.

Refund Policy

Once deposit payment is made, this is NON refundable. Any payment made will be returned, if you cancel the shoot within the 5 working days (payment will be made back through your original mode of payment).

Contact Us

PO Box 5000014, Level 14, Boulevard Plaza, Tower 1, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid boulevard, Downtown, Dubai, UAE Tel : + 971 4 368 0959 Fax : + 971 4 455 8556 Email: love@barefootdubai.com

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ can be found here.
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Newborn FAQ

We photograph newborn babies regularly and we often get asked many many questions. At Barefoot Dubai, you are in safe hands, from premature babies as well as twins, we have photographed in the largest Palaces and tiniest apartments, but there are some bits of advice that remain constant though. Read on to know more…

Please read on to get some great hints and tips to help you prepare for your Newborn shoot, firstly though, have a look at our new ‘behind the scenes’ video, we made at Andy and Lucy’s home.

The Experience

Being a parent myself, I know how little, fragile and also beautiful newborns are. But I also know it can be quite a daunting project, planning and arranging a Newborn shoot and letting your little prescious new miracle be in the hands of a stranger, this can be even more so if there have been complications during the pregnancy or even if your little one came early as ours did – Aya, one month early.

Planning and preparing for a newborn photo session – you probably have a million questions about how a newborn session works.

To help you, and us, using our experience of many shoots and the frequent questions we are asked, we have compiled a few tips to help us both get the best from your upcoming newborn session!

Scheduling

We recommend that parents schedule their newborn sessions before the baby arrives to make sure they have a spot on our calendar, but more importantly, it is one more item crossed off your list of things to do. Contact us during your first or second trimester and we can agree a suitable date. It is best to shoot between 5 to 9 days after your due date. We know that sometimes babies do not arrive on that date, but it gives us an idea of when the session will actually happen.

Arrival Day!

Newborn sessions MUST be scheduled within the first 14 days of life. Though, the best time is between 5-9 days after their arrival into the world. This is because in the early few days of their life they are quite sleepy and easier to work with on shoot day. The more they sleep the easier it is for us to move them around into the sweet sleepy newborn poses. Keep in mind that colic and baby acne starts to appear around 14 days.

Location

From experience Barefoot Dubai have realised that the best newborn sessions take place in your home. Don’t be worried if your house is a mess; we understand that you JUST had a baby! You probably have dishes in the sink, baby items all over the living room and dirty clothes piled up. We will work around everything. We just need a small space to set up a small shoot area with good window light.

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Props

Please let us know if there are specific colors you would like to use in the images. We have a collection of blankets, wraps, baskets, knit hats and headbands available for us to use. Parents often have some of their own props too. Items with color and texture help make unique images. If you have toys, hats, props or family heirlooms you would like to use in the session, please let us know so we can advise on what will work best.

Parents and grandparents

One of the most frequent questions we are asked – “can we have / will there be time for 1 or 2 photos with mom and dad?” Well, whilst we are aware that many photographers do not allow this, we disagree with this view. In Dubai, often grandparents come to visit or help at this time and parents too – we feel it is essential to involve you in the shoot for 1 or 2 images at the end of the shoot. Clothing advice – we suggest short or long sleeves to flatter. Light colored, solid tops. Long dress with a light pattern for whimsy and softness. The significant other can wear a solid shirt complimentary to mom’s color. A subtle pattern on the shirt can add interest, like a striped button down. Siblings should be in solid, neutral colors (cream, white, grey) to keep focus on the baby. Baby will be naked for some of the images. This is the one time in their life it is ok to be photographed nude. Wraps, blankets and diaper covers can be used on the baby. Keeping everyone else in neutral colors will keep the focus on baby when they are swaddled in a colorful wrap. We do not recommend using newborn outfits because they tend to be too big and cover their face when parents hold them. However, if grandma made a special outfit, let’s take a few shots!

Before we arrive

We Love Light!

One of the first things you may see us doing, when we are invited into your home, will be looking for the best place to shoot – it is usually a place in the lounge, close to a window with great light. Natural light is the most flattering. Before we arrive, please have all your curtains and blinds open. Once we arrive we will do a quick walk through of your home looking for the best natural light for us to set up our mini studio.

Temperature

Newborns are used to being in 98.6 degree temp of your womb. We want them to be comfortable and sleeping when we get those cute naked baby shots. Heat also helps them sleep better. We will be a little warm, but the baby will love it! Don’t have the AC on, ensure the room is very warm.

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Prepping Baby

About 30 minutes before the session, please loosen up your baby’s diaper. This allows the little imprint marks time to disappear. Your baby will be naked in some of the shots, so we want the red marks to go away.

Because we want the baby sleepy for the session. We recommend that you try to keep your baby awake for a while before the session. This will help the shoot to go smoother.

We love ‘milk drunk’ babies! Please feed and burp the baby right before the session to ensure baby is happy and sleepy. There may be a few times during the shoot where you will nurse (or feed) the baby if they start to get cranky.

Which reminds me – we are aware that some photographers insist on the parents not being around for the shoot. We are of the opposite view. It is ESSENTIAL that you are around, newborns need to smell and snuggle with mom or dad regularly and this applies to the shoot time also, we will stop during the shoot regulalry to allow for this.

During the shoot

During the shoot we need to have the apartment / villa quiet to keep the baby asleep (we will be bringing some white noise also). If you have other children that might create noise, try to find a sitter that can take them from home for a few hours. If you have a pet, you may want to do the same. If you plan to have children a part of the session, we recommend bringing them in at the end of the session and then have someone take them. I know it may be hard, but do try to relax! We are comfortable working with newborns. The baby may get fussy, but we will get great shots; sometimes it just takes time to calm down the little bundle of joy. We let the baby take the lead.

Sometimes the baby will need to eat, get a new diaper and just need to cuddle with mama. Babies know when the parents are stressed, so keeping the environment mellow and calm helps to keep the baby calm.

There will be poop or pee, we are used to this. We clean up and move on. There is no need to feel embarrassed. Please have ready for us – 1. A plastic bag (for used tissues, diapers etc) 2. Wet wipes 3. Tissues 4. Soft warm blankets.

Your baby is in safe hands. If there is ever a point during the session where you become uncomfortable, please let us know. We will not put the baby in unsafe positions. If you want the baby squishing into a plant pot or anything like that, we are not the photographer for you, there are plenty around, but we do not do that. Have a look at our portfolio here.

To summarise, here is a short check list:

  • Schedule your shoot as soon as you can, for 5 to 9 days after your due date.
  • The shoot has to be held before the baby is 14 days old.
  • Heat up the room and allow natural light to shine.
  • Feed baby before session and loosen up diaper.
  • Gather towels, wipes, blankets.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Barefoot family.

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