ABOUT SESSIONS

How our sessions work.
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Prior to each session, we will have a chat with you about the feel and look for your portraits, you will then have the choice to select from a range of backdrops or props that suit your taste. Children and family are always welcome to change clothing, and we can’t resist tasteful baby nudes. We have a collection of suitable props in the studio such as baskets, benches, little chairs, coloured balls, cars, fabric flowers, vintage books, cast iron keys, and lots more. We also have various clothing items such as nappy covers, tutu’s, little hats and whatever else we can’t resist finding. You are always welcome to bring favorite blankets, keepsakes, jewellery or other cherished items that you would like in your photos.

Note: If your child is sick, please reschedule your session as soon as possible.

After your photography session we will schedule you a viewing session usually 1 week after your photos were taken. This session is 1 hour long. We suggest that the decision makers always be present as placement of orders happen at this appointment time. Viewings are scheduled in 1 hour time slots, with appointments scheduled before and after your session, so we really appreciate honouring your allocated session by arriving on time. This is your main ordering opportunity, with one viewing session allocated per client. All orders placed at subsequent meetings may incur an extra viewing session fee of $50.

Preparing for your photo session

Portraits are an absolute investment and are history in the making that will be enjoyed and viewed for generations to come. To ensure for the best result it is important to plan your session carefully.

Family

Co ordinated clothing always produces the best portraits. Keep your clothing simple and logo free, the less distraction from your clothing draws the onlookers eyes to the beautiful subjects in the portrait. Busy stripped shirts on one subject and polka dot dress on another, may be beautiful in an individual photo but together makes an image confusing and distracting. Just remember, outfits aren’t the focal point, they are enhancements to the subject.

Newborns Up to 14 days old

Birthday suit is best. They are so fresh and new and have plenty of time to wear clothes as they grow. We use blankets and wraps to keep it simple, and rarely shoot a newborn with clothes on.

Babies

It does get confusing for parents to decide what to dress their baby in. Babies aged 2-5 months are often just in a simple wraps or nappy cover.

What to avoid:   Avoid socks and shoes or jumpsuits that cover their feet, we want to capture those tiny toes! Also avoid restricting jeans that make your baby feel uncomfortable, we often like to place this age group in baskets and tight skinny jeans make it difficult for them to bend at the waist or grab their toes. Collard jumpsuits, shirts or dresses always make it hard as they tend fold up and cover their cute little face. Make sure you take off singlets as they always end up visible no matter how hard you try to hide them.

Kids

For individual portraits, picking clothes that reflect your child’s character is great! Fun colours, overalls, jeans, shirts, dresses. It’s all fantastic! Just make sure that if your doing siblings together that you have outfits for your children that work cohesively together! (See notes on family for more details)

What to bring.
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Keepsakes are adorable in photos for babies and children, they can give your portraits that special personal touch, that will be treasured as your child grows and reflects on the photos they see. Bring along a tattered comfort toy or teddy, knitted blanket from nan, a quilted throw that was hand made, hair ribbons, particular toys that are just really special at the time of photos. Brings collection of outfits if you just aren’t sure! We recommend 2-3 at the most. Our photographers will spend time going through your clothing at the beginning of your session for the best results.

What to wear maternity sessions… click here

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Define your colour pallet to suit your home and taste, here is a helpful pallet guide to get your creative juices going!

 

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  • Tips for everyone…
  • choose muted tones that are a bit subdued
  • choose similar tones for your top and bottom (both dark or both light)
  • choose 1-3 colours for your group portrait, ones with similar tones that go nicely together and have everyone work within that colour palette. For example: dark green, navy, and burgundy – all dark jewel tones.  OR tan, a lighter olive green, and denims – all lighter, softer tones.
  • Think in black and white tones; if everyone wears dark blue and one person wears white, the eye will be drawn to the person wearing white.
  • If there’s a reason that one person should stand out, then do it. If not, change your color selections.
  • Denim in any color for pants and jackets works well. It’s classic, it’s informal and it comes in lots of great colors. Best of all, it never goes out of style.
  • choose a top with sleeves at least to the elbow
  • choose long pants for men/ladies or a skirt below the knee for ladies
  • choose dark socks and footwear (however I mostly shoot in barefoot )
  • keep jewellery simple and minimalistic
  • do your hair the way you’d normally do it while wearing these clothes
  • if getting a haircut or new hairdo, make your appointment at least 2 weeks prior to your portrait session
  • Groom your hands and nails; they usually end up in some pictures.
  • Avoid patterns, logos, branding, and busy designs
  • Stripes, plaids, checks and busy patterns like paisley all tend to be distracting.
  • Try to avoid anything shiny or reflective for example: shiny objects like belt buckles, bold jewelry and reflective watches.
  • Unless your watch has a story, it’s best to take it off during your portrait session. In fact, it’s best to take it off well before you arrive so the marks on your wrist have a chance to fade.
  • Classic, elegant jewelry like pearls always looks appropriate.

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