Frequently asked questions...
What kind of photographer are you?
I am a Lifestyle Photographer and my style is relaxed, authentic, fun and natural. I am passionate about lifestyle photography, which is about telling your story in a considered but candid way. Each session is unique because it’s about photographing your family as you are, in this moment.
I aim to give each family a mix of life-inspired directed images along with more intimate details (close ups of hands, eyelashes...) and plenty of warm, candid, genuine moments ofemotion. I will direct you a little in your interactions, but I'm not searching for that "one" shot with everyone smiling at the camera. We may get one of those along the way, but if we do it will be because it happened naturally, not because it was forced.
As your photographer I will provide a generous gallery of black and white and colour images. You will receive 30+ images that can be displayed in your home or made into a beautiful heirloom album.
My work has been described as light filled and focused on emotion and connection. I have a clean, bright editing style and I don't use props in my work (including my newborn sessions).
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 that is meaningful to your family. 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.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
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.
- 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, as are neutral, soft and muted tones.
- I recommend true newborn or premmie size body suits for newborns.
can I buy a gift voucher?
Choosing a photographer, especially for intimate Newborn Sessions, is a very personal experience. It is important that the person who is to be photographed is comfortable with the style and nature of the session. Also, gifting Session Vouchers for Newborn Sessions often does not allow sufficient time for the recipient to book their session in advance of their due date which can lead to disappointment. For these reasons I do not offer gift vouchers. Sorry about that folks!
WHEN DO NEWBORN SESSIONS TAKE PLACE?
I like to do newborn sessions when the baby is less than 2 weeks old. However that is not a deal breaker as lifestyle sessions lend themselves well to older newborns too. Newborn sessions fill up fast, so I do recommend you book your session as far in advance of your due date as possible to avoid disappointment. If you're booking a newborn session I will send you a detailed list on how to prepare for the session. Please note that Newborn Sessions take place exclusively during the week as my few weekend dates are reserved for Family and Fresh48 Sessions as required.
HOW FAR OUT DO I NEED TO BOOK A NEWBORN SESSION?
The further out from your due date the better! I tend to book up 1-3 months in advance, so the sooner you get in touch the better.
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. 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 and beautiful images possible. I do edit out blemishes (think baby acne, spots, cuts and bruises), however I do not perform head or body swaps or body slimming. I will however 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.
WHEN & How WILL I RECEIVE MY DIGITAL FILES?
Your images will be uploaded to a password protected online gallery within 2-4 weeks of your session. When your images are ready you will receive an email link to the private gallery. I offer simple, all inclusive collections where you receive all the high resolution digital files delivered via direct download along with a print release. A minimum of 30 images will be made available to you (but usually many more!). You will also have the option to buy a la carte products such as prints and albums.
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.
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. I guarantee a minimum of 30 edited images, but there are usually many more than that included and 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 investing in shooting time alone. You’re also trusting the photographer’s style, creative vision and technical expertise. Please make sure you've viewed my portfolio galleries 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 and why you select a photographer!
Do you offer mini sessions or holiday specials?
I do not offer "mini-sessions" or "short sessions" as they are not conducive to my style.
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 (30+ images) 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.
Your Investment is broken into two parts, a non-refundable retainer deposit (required to reserve your session date) and a final payment due within 7 days of your session. Images are only released once the final payment has been made in full.
How much does this cost?
My pricing can be found here.