HOW DO WE ENQUIRE?
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in the contact form.
HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE?
Family sessions start from $880 (incl gst). I also offer packages which include discounts on my fine-art albums if you book in advance. Please contact me for a detailed price list.
CAN WE MEET FOR A CHAT BEFORE THE DAY?
Absolutely, it’s a must for me! We can organise a Skype or phone call. It’s really important to get to know each other before the shoot.
HOW LONG DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH FOR?
My family sessions are 90 minutes. If you are interested in ‘Day in the life’ series, these sessions go for 5hours.
DO YOU TRAVEL?
Yes… I sure do. I love travelling to new locations. If you live out of Melbourne and would like your session at your family home a small travel fee will apply. If you would like me to suggest a location in Melbourne I can do that also.
WHAT TIME OF THE DAY DO YOU RECOMMEND?
The first thing in the morning or if you have older children I recommend as the sun is starting to go down. The golden light is always my favourite time. In the winter for example I love 4pm-5pm. In the summer it might be more like 7pm-8pm. With newborns to 2year olds 9am is always a better time.
I love photographing outdoors. I always have. If you are thinking of family photography against a white wall in a studio I’m probably not the right photographer for you. Beaches, parks, forests, country fields, snow or an urban backdrop are just some of my favourite locations. I would like the location to reflect your family and what you like to do together. This is why most of the time there is no place like home. Everyone is relaxed at home and we can always wonder out into the backyard or local park to get more outdoor shots if you like. I think it’s pretty special to look back on photographs where the kids first home was. This is another reason why I only shoot newborns at home.
WHAT DO I WEAR?
Earthy and natural colours please. Think brands like Seed and Country Road. Please no big patterns or brand names. Also, white t-shirts and jeans for the whole family is sooo 80s! I like people to feel relaxed and comfortable. T-shirts or knitted jumpers. I’m not a massive fan of shirts on dads as it looks like they are off to work. Jeans always look great, but its whatever you feel comfortable in and also the time of the year.
THE SHOOT – WHAT HAPPENS?
I’ll arrive 15min before your shoot to meet everyone in the family and have a quick scout around the house. Now the fun and games start. I might break you up into groups or keep the family together, it will be dependent on the children’s moods. I give direction but only slightly as I would like the shoot looking as natural as possible. If I see a nice window or if we are out in the park and there is a nice tree I might get you to cuddle the kids and talk to them. Ages 2-6 are very active so it’s always about movement and interacting with others.
HOW OLD DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR NEWBORN SESSIONS?
In the first 2 weeks please. That way they are still very sleepy and we can wrap them in special blankets and have them sleeping on mum or dad. If you are after first smiles, around 8weeks is a great age.
CAN WE BRING GRANDPARENTS ALONG TO OUR SESSION? YES!
I would suggest at the end of the shoot or at the start if you would like them to help out with younger kids. Please note I would increase the time of our session by 30min to allow for extra people. The additional cost is $110 ( Incl GST) which also includes the editing.
WHAT IF IT RAINS OR MY CHILD IS SICK?
Unfortunately some things are out of our control. I will shoot on sunny days and overcast days but if your session is planned for outside and its pouring rain we will reschedule. Also if your child is unwell. Health always comes first. Please give me as much notice as possible though. There is no fee to reschedule your session, provided it is rebooked within 30days.
HOW WILL WE RECEIVE OUR PHOTOS AND HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
It will depend on the time of the year but my usual turnaround is 4-6weeks. You will receive an online slideshow sent via email first, followed by your USB and prints beautifully packaged and sent via post. How many images you receive will depend on the coverage but a 90min session will include 50-100 images in total.
DO YOU EDIT YOUR IMAGES?
Yes, every single one. I believe it’s part of my craft. You receive images in high resolution and low resolution format. High res images are perfect for printing and low res for sharing online with your family and friends.
DO YOU RETOUCH OUR PHOTOS?
All my photos are professionally edited to the highest quality for print. Examples of my style can be found on the website. I do not whiten, retouch skin or make people look skinnier. I would like the photos to look as natural as possible. That said, if you get a pimple a day before the shoot, talk to me and maybe I can offer a small retouching job on an hourly rate.
DO YOU OFFER ALBUMS?
Most definitely, there is something special about seeing your images in print. I offer 10x10inch fine art albums with your choice of material or leather covers. These museum quality art books include up to 100 images chosen by you.
DO YOU OFFER FRAMING & CANVAS?
No, I only supply prints, USB and Albums. You will have complete control over printing your photographs and how many you like as your digital images will be in high resolution format and not watermarked.
DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE AND PUBLIC LIABILITY?
Yes and yes.
HOW DO WE LOCK IN A DATE & TIME FOR OUR SHOOT:
To start with, fill in the contact form with the date and location you would like as well as any other details that you would like to discuss. If we can work out a date and time that suits the next step is to arrange a skype or phone call to talk about the family and get to know each other better. We will also discuss clothing options and colours then too.
HOW FAR AHEAD DO I HAVE TO BOOK?
Limited sessions are available as I also shoot weddings. I recommend 6-8 weeks notice.