FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT?
I love natural and unposed photographs. I love photographs where people connect with each other and/or the camera. I love it when people forget I'm taking photos and do what they would do if I wasn't around. There is beauty in the ordinary. At first you might feel a little awkward but you'll warm up. Generally my sessions involve us walking through the location and talking, letting the kids explore and having some fun. Please don't tell your children what to do unless it is a matter of safety. Too much instruction children tend to close down and we lose a little of the fun. My sessions are best when they are unscripted, full of life, connection and movement. At home it will be doing what you would normally do. At home it can be good to set up a few activities - baking, reading, painting, trampoline time, gardening, bath time, swimming - whatever your favourite things are. Don't plan too much - but we'll talk more if we are doing a home session. My style is very much fly on the wall. I will do a little posing sometimes, ask questions or play a game if I think it will suit everyone but basically I'm looking for connections.
WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?
Whatever you feel comfortable in and reflects you and your location choice. You want to feel good and relaxed. I always suggest you wear what you would if you were going to that location anyway. Some people like to have their outfits match for photographs, others don't. I'm a fan of co-ordinated but I don't recommend matchy matchy. Compliment each other. Be yourselves. I do ask you avoid heavy plaid, brand names scrawled across shirts and any solid red blocks of clothing just because it really draws the eye. That said if your favourite dress is red, or your 2 year old really, really, really must wear a certain shirt that day then wear it. We'll make it work. Most important is everyone feels good and happy. This also applies to partners - you can spot a partner a mile off who has been instructed what to wear. Be yourselves and your energy will come through. I'm alway happy to chat about your location and suggestion outfits so from me a line or call me if you want to chat.
WHAT IF MY CHILDREN HAVE A TANTRUM OR WON'T CO-OPERATE?
I have a 4 year old and a 2 year old myself so I know that you never can tell what will happen on the day so I really encourage people to keep it simple and fun. We'll work it out. My best advice is to let the children do what comes naturally. Too much fussing or instruction tends to result in tantrums or clamming up or they feel overwhelmed and everyone gets stressed. My best photos are the ones where the people are just being themselves without guidance. The moments will come. During the session you might worry we aren't getting the right photos but leave that bit to me. At all times you should take a moment out if you want to. There is no pressure to perform and if you want to take a few minutes out we'll do that. That said I'm a huge fan of real life - all the messy, chaotic, imperfect things that make up our lives. So if there is an epic meltdown in progress I might take a photo because there is beauty in those moments of connecting.
MY HOUSE IS TOO DARK/MESSY/NOT RIGHT.
People often think their house is not the right venue for a photo shoot. They are my favourite location to shoot because they hold so much meaning. Natural light is best - open up all the blinds and shutters and turn off overhead lights. I don't care about mess but a few areas cleared of too much stuff is good. I promise we won't be focusing on the laundry or the dishes in the sink. I'm a fan of real life.
TIPS FOR NEWBORN SESSIONS
My newborn style is very different from studio newborn photography. It is more relaxed and free flowing with a focus on simplicity, connection and storytelling. If you want sleepy newborn photos then 6-12 days is an ideal time to book your session. If you want more interactive photos with your babe's personality shining, then any time up until 12 weeks is great for a newborn session.
Have a few outfits handy for baby - a simple wonder suit, a beautiful print and a wrap or special blanket on hand. We can use a few different options throughout your session. I will always attempt to book your session time around the time you think baby will be most settle . I allow plenty of time for cuddle breaks and feeds, so we are never rushed.
DO YOU OFFER BABY MILESTONE SESSIONS AFTER NEWBORN?
Yes! You can book in a series of "mini" sessions within your baby's first year at various milestones. Usually at 4 months, 6 months, 9 months and 12 months. Mini sessions go for around 30-45 minutes. You can also book in a maternity session as a mini. Contact me for pricing.
WHEN WILL GET OUR PHOTOS?
Within 2 - 6 weeks of the session you will receive a link to an online gallery where you can view your photos. You will be able to share these with family and friends if you wish and also
download them in low and high resolution files. Depending on your package you will favourite a certain number (usually 15) for me to print in a 5 x 7 print set. I always try to do my gallery
delivery within 2 weeks but sometimes I just can't do it. I always share a few previews after the session.
CAN WE GET FRAMED PRODUCTS OR ALBUMS?
Once you have viewed your online gallery of images you can place further orders for printed products with your selected images. I offer large, framed prints, wall stories (a collection of various sized framed prints), custom designed boutique layflat albums, birth announcements, thank you cards and a range of other premium products depending on your individual needs.