Frequently asked questions...
What kind of photographer are you?
I am a Lifestyle Photographer with a relaxed, playful and natural style. I am passionate about lifestyle photography that tells your story in a considered yet candid way. I give each family a mix of life-inspired images along with more intimate details (close ups of hands, eyelashes, curls...) and plenty of warm, genuine moments of emotion and connection.
There will be very little posing, but I will direct your interactions so that you don’t feel awkward. I'm not searching for that "one shot" with everyone smiling at the camera. We may get one along the way, but if we do it will be because it happened naturally not because it was forced.
My work has been described as light filled and focused on emotion and connection. I have a clean, light editing style and I don't use props in my work (including my newborn sessions).
can I buy a gift voucher?
Choosing a photographer is a very personal experience. It is important to me that the person who is being photographed has seen my work, is comfortable with my relaxed and organic style and is not expecting something more posed or traditional. For these reasons I DO NOT typically offer gift vouchers. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss this further.
Can I book an extended or group family session?
My sessions are designed for immediate family only so I am probably not the right photographer for you. I never guarantee a group shot of everyone smiling at the camera and it’s important to me that everybody being photographed understands that my sessions are relaxed and organic - not posed. For these reasons I do not take extended family groups or multi-family sessions.
when should i book my NEWBORN SESSION?
The further out the better! I tend to book up 1-3 months in advance, so book your session as far in advance of your due date as possible to avoid disappointment.
I like to shoot newborn sessions when the baby is less than two weeks old, however this is not a deal breaker. I schedule newborn sessions for 10am on weekdays (my few weekend dates are reserved for Family and Fresh48 Sessions). Newborn sessions take approximately 2-3 hours, allowing time for settling and feeding breaks as well as getting a range of images of baby solo, with siblings and parents. If you wish to include grandparents in your session please let me know. When you book you will receive a detailed prep guide that helps you prepare for your session.
WHAT IS A SESSION WITH YOU LIKE?
I’m so glad you asked. Watch this quick video to find out…
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Ah the all important question! I want you to feel comfortable and be yourself. You don't need to go out and buy anything for the occasion, but following these simple wardrobe tips will make your images feel special:
Avoid logos, busy patterns or cartoon characters/pictures.
Tiny prints (very thin stripes, zigzags or checks) also don’t photograph well.
Think complimentary (not identical) when it comes to colour. Choose 2-3 colours for everyone to work with, and avoid being “matchy-matchy”.
Textures and layers are great (think cashmere, linen, cotton and flowy fabrics).
I love neutral tones or soft pastels - but ultimately you need to choose a palette you love.
I recommend premmie size bodysuits for newborn sessions (unless your baby is over 4kgs in which case a true Newborn size might be form fitting enough).
For your newborn session I recommend flowy tops or dresses or soft comfy knits. They flatter your shape and create a soft organic feeling.
And for in-home sessions don't forget to put a great bedspread on the master bed (I almost always shoot there). Choose something that compliments your outfits (if in doubt, go neutral/white).
For more inspiration, check out my PINTEREST BOARD. Or these snazzy visuals...
When & where will my session be held?
I am a natural light, on location photographer. I will capture your family in the comfort of your own home or I can work with you to select the perfect outdoor location.
Newborn sessions are always held in your home. I will email you with some pointers on how to prepare your home prior to in-home sessions.
I schedule in-home sessions (Newborn or Family) for around 10am. If you're keen on an outdoor session I recommend that we schedule it for what's known as "golden hour" (around 60-90 minutes before sunset). This is the most flattering time because the shadows are long and soft (not harsh under eyes) and the light is soft, golden and warm. Sunset times change a lot throughout the year, so you may like to consider doing sunset sessions with little ones between late autumn and early spring when sunset is earlier.
HOW SHOULD WE PREPARE OUR HOME/SELVES FOR OUR SESSION?
When you book I will send you detailed information about how to prepare yourself and what to expect.
What if my kids won't listen/sit still/pay attention.....
I have kids of my own. Believe me I KNOW what it's like! But here's the thing - I have no expectations of your children! If they are energetic kids who like to move and run and play, we'll do that. If they're shy and need some help to come out of their shell we'll ease into it gently. If they are exclusively into knock-knock jokes or will only smile and laugh if someone makes a fart sound - I'm A OK with that too. Please don't feel that your children need to be perfect angels in front of the camera. They don't. They just need to be them.
You'll just photoshop that out...right?
Please come to your session with the intention that what can be seen with your eye will be included in your photographs. That includes toys, logos, prints on clothing and hairstyles. I do not photoshop or slim bodies, superimpose people or do head-swaps. This is not to say that I don't edit your images! Your gallery will be thoughtfully and professionally edited to ensure that you get the most polished, beautiful images possible. This includes removing or minimising blemishes that are really intrusive (think acne, cuts, boogies, and bruises). I will also direct you into the best light and the optimal positions to flatter your body shape. This is all part of choosing to have your family captured in an authentically beautiful lifestyle manner.
I Just Want a Few Snaps OF THE KIDS - Do you offer mini sessions or holiday specials?
Sorry, I do not offer "mini-sessions" or "short sessions" as they are not conducive to my shooting style.
WHEN & How WILL I RECEIVE MY DIGITAL FILES?
Your images will be uploaded to a private online preview gallery within 3 weeks of your session.
How do you choose the images for my gallery and CAN I ASK FOR MORE IMAGES TO BE ADDED?
I look at every image I capture at your session and select the best images. I am looking for images that represent both my style as an artist and your wonderful, unique family. You can rest assured that I will not hold back anything that you might love.
CAN I ASK FOR RE-EDITS OR FOR RAW FILES TO EDIT MYSELF?
Respectfully, no. When you invest in photography you’re not just paying for a few snaps. You’re also trusting the photographer’s creative vision and technical expertise. Please make sure you've viewed my portfolio so that you're familiar with my creative shooting and editing style, after all this is a big part of what you're paying for! You can find my Portfolio Galleries here: FAMILY | NEWBORN | FRESH48
What does my investment cover?
As your photographer I provide a generous gallery of images. Your investment includes the on-location experience, my talent and time, and the high resolution digitals files from your gallery to keep and use as you see fit. Travel to locations within 30 minutes driving of Three Kings, Auckland is covered in this cost. Travel beyond this range incurs an added charge of $50 per half hour of travel.
Your Investment is broken into two parts, a non-refundable retainer (required to reserve your session date) and a final payment due on the day of your session. Images are only released once the final payment has been made in full.
How much does this cost?
Glad you asked! My pricing can be found here.