Q. What type of photography to you do? Posed newborns or lifestyle shots or both?
A. My work is both, posed newborn photography. My style is more posed than lifestyle for newborns. I do like to offer at the end of the session usually unless baby is having awake time during the session, awake time I like to capture their facial expressions, get to see there eyes open. I tend to prefer more natural poses for babies instead of the more complex poses.
Sitter and children sessions I will had props set ups and ideas and poses to try but sometimes sitters and toddlers don’t want to sit or lay in all the props I have planned for which is totally fine, I just adjust the session to suit them.
Maternity sessions are a bit of both, studio sessions are more posed then lifestyle, location sessions are more lifestyle with some poses.
Family sessions are lifestyle if there's some ideas we have discussed regrading poses then we do those but family sessions are more relaxed and capturing the family in the moment and being together.
Boudoir sessions are more posed with a relaxed feel.
Q. Why are you different from some of the other newborn & family photographer’s around?
A. Because I will be there for you, for any questions you have, help in deciding which package, and products that will suit you, your family and your budget the best. I am available for you to MSG, email or ring me at any time, If your awake nesting at 3am and think of a question to ask me then text me ( I may not reply at 3am but you never know, and if I don’t reply straight away I will do as soon as I can. I am here to help in anyway I can.
Q: Do you offer payment plans?
A. Yes, two payment plans options, 1st is in house payment plan, where you make fortnightly payments ( either leading up to your session or after your session ) via bank transfer once final payment is received you will get a email with your gallery link to download your images and any prints and products will be then ordered. 2nd is we can use Payright Interest free finance. If you’re depending on using this payment method, we will need to submit your information for pre-approval before selecting a date. It’s really easy to do and doesn’t take too long to get an answer back from payright.
Q: Can I just buy the minimum package?
A. Yes you can, but once you see all of your amazing images you may not want to stick with the minimum package. I ask all my clients to share the investment guide with partners and/or financial decision makers. The best way to remember all of the perfect details of what your baby looked like is have all these images in an album and our 10x10 album displays them perfectly.
Q. What if my baby won’t sleep and is/or unsettled?
A. Sometimes this happens, That's just part of working with babies! They run the show, They are the boss, I will work with them, If baby is awake then I will take awake photos for a short amount of time, and then I will wrap baby and comforted back to sleep. I will try all the tricks I know, I like to use white noise, shushing, pacifiers if needed, but if that fails I will ask mum to try a top-up extra feed, and sometime dads just have that magic touch too. Only babies that are in a deep sleep can be unwrapped and posed in naked or semi-naked poses. I will not force them to do poses they’re not comfortable doing. If your baby is crying and we can’t settle them with what we know usually works, we will discuss rescheduling. But we will focus on getting those beautiful photos.
Q. What type of camera and equipment do you use?
A. I use Nikon camera, I do have a few different lenses I like to use, some I will only use on location and some I will use in every session type and in both studio and location sessions. In studio, I use a strobe light, that way I can control my lighting a lot better than if I was using natural lighting. On location, natural lighting is the only option for me, and because of the sun can be quite harsh at times, I find the best time to do location sessions is later in the afternoon when the sun isn't as harsh and gives that beautiful light.
Q. How long does a session usually take?
A. Newborn sessions, It really depends on the baby. But typically last between 2 and 4 hours. Sometimes babies are more fussy and need longer for settling and feeds to be happy for their images. I never rush my sessions and follow baby’s lead. Sometimes you need a lot of patience to get the variety of images you want for your gallery. It’s always worth it when you see the end result.
Family, Maternity & Children sessions a mini session is 30mins and a full session is 1 hour. Sometimes with children sessions can take a little longer than planned and sometimes they can do an amazing job and fly straight them.
Boudoir sessions anywhere from 1-hrs just depends how many images we are aiming for, how many outfit changes and how many ideas both myself and my client come up with, these sessions are based on empowering yourself and are fun sessions
Q. Do you take the shots in a studio or in the client’s home?
A. Newborn sessions take place in my studio in Lowood. At my studio I have a comfortable area where parents can sit and watch their baby and have a cuppa and relax and watch a movie while I work with their baby.
Maternity and Children Sessions can be in studio or on location. Boudoir sessions are done in studio, and Family sessions take place on locations.
Q. How do you ensure an area is warm enough for the babies?
A. I always make sure there are no drafts in the studio, My continuous lighting provides nice warmth for the babies but I always pre heat the studio before my clients arrive so the studio is a nice temperature for when they arrive, and I keep an eye on the temperature throughout the session, if I need to turn the heat back on I will until the studio is warm enough again.
Q. How do you ensure an area is cool enough for the babies?
A. In the summer months I will have the air-con on during the session, and keep an eye on the temperature and sometimes need to turn off the AC while I do the wrapped poses on the beanbag.
Q. DO YOU SUPPLY THE PROPS FOR THE SESSION?
A. Yes I supply all props wraps, for newborn sessions, however if you have something special please feel free to bring it along. Maternity Sessions I supply all gowns and headpieces, however if you have something special please feel free to bring it along. Sitter sessions I do supply props but if there's something you would like to use please feel free to bring that along too, outfits tho, I do have a small selection so if you have any you would like to put your baby in please bring that to your session.
Q. FOR MATERNITY SESSIONS, DO YOU SUPPLY MATERNITY DRESSES AND HAIR/MAKEUP?
A. I have a wide variety of dresses/sashes that you’re welcome to wear, but you’re also welcome to bring outfits that you’d like to be photographed in. You can view our range of dresses on my website under the Maternity Tab. I do have an option for hair/makeup add on, if you would like this option contact me before your session and I will contract the make up artists I use.
Q. DO I GET TO CHOOSE THE PHOTOS IN THE DIGITAL PACKAGE?
A. Yes you choose your packaged images straight after your studio session ( location sessions we will set a day for you to pop into the studio to choose your packaged images ) You will get to see them on the big screen and we will go through them together for you to select your images. You can expect to choose from a gallery of 40-60 images for full sessions and around 20 images for mini sessions. Any extras can be purchased when your viewing your images or at a later date.
Q. ARE FAMILY/sibling PHOTOS INCLUDED IN YOUR newborn SESSIONS?
A. All of our sessions except mini newborn include family photos. I always encourage them but it is your choice whether to capture them as well. Same goes for sibling photos.
Q. HOW MANY DIFFERENT PROPS/DESIGNS DO YOU SHOOT FOR A NEWBORN SESSION?
A. I like to have between 5-7 different set ups, and I usually get a variety of shots for each set up
Q. If I choose and pay for a smaller package, can I upgrade when I view my images?
A. Yes you sure can. All you need to do is pay the difference. And if you are unsure if you want the silver or gold package or the gold or platinum package, that's ok, all you need to do is pay your deposit and let me know that you are unsure which package you really want, we can wait until you view your images then decide.
Q. ARE YOU VACCINATED?
A. Yes I have all my vaccinations up to date. A newborn is at the stage where they are too young to have vaccinations, so it is really important to ensure your newborn photographer has their vaccinations up to date.
Q. CAN I BRING ALONG FAMILY OR FRIENDS?
A. For studio sessions I ask for immediate family only who's attending the session for the duration of your studio session. But if my clients are bringing their baby/children by themselves and would like to bring their mum or friend along that is totally fine.
Q. DO YOU SUPPLY PHOTOS ON A USB DRIVE?
A. No, I send your images to you via download. You will receive a email with your download link and password, then you download them straight to your computer or hard drive. If you would rather a USB then then can be purchased or you bring your own USB to your session for me to pop your images onto for you.
Q. I HAVE NOTICED THAT PRICES HAVE INCREASED SINCE I HAVE BOOKED, DOES THIS AFFECT ME?
A. No, your pricing remains the same as at the time that you booked. Once you have booked in and paid your deposit then you only pay the prices that you booked in for, not any increased prices.
Q. WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO BOOK A NEWBORN SESSION?
A. The ideal time is when you have a due date. I do only take on a certain number of sessions per month, so if you have a due date then we can book you in, we book in a tentative date I will keep in touch with you as your due date gets closer, we will discuss your session and what colours, props, ideas you would like. Then once your baby arrives if you or your partner contacts me then we will confirm your session date.
Q. WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO BOOK A MATERNITY SESSION?
A. The ideal time is when your are between 32-36 weeks when you have that beautiful round belly, but not too close to your due date. If you are having twins your session will be best when your between 30-32 weeks. But this is something we will discuss more when you book your session with me.
Q. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR PRODUCTS AND THOSE FROM A BUDGET PRINT STORE?
A. Our products are from professional printing labs that only sell to photographers. They are professionally produced by people who obsess over finer details of the product to ensure it is a quality product that you are delighted with. All of the products I offer are displayed throughout my studio, you are welcome to take a closer look at them, when you look and feel them you will see and feel that quality in them. If there’s a product that I don't offer please contact me as I will do my best to source that product for you.
Q. MY NEWBORN’S SKIN IS BLOTCHY OR FLAKY, SHOULD I WAIT LONGER BEFORE HAVING THE PHOTO SHOOT?
A. Most newborns don’t have great skin. We retouch the photos to remove any temporary blotchiness/flakiness or blemishes, jaundice, to ensure nice even skin tones. The sooner you have the newborn shoot, the easier it will be to capture those great sleepy and curly poses.
Q. HOW DO I BOOK MY SESSION IN WITH YOU?
A. Wonderful news you want to book your session with me, first up ill get you to contact by Facebook, Email, Phone or by my website ( there in a ‘click here’ button on each session type tab that will take you straight to my booking page) when you contact me if you could send me your email address so I can start the booking process straight away. Then we select a date or your due date for newborns, then you select your package ( if you know which one your wanting ) then you pay your deposit and then your all booked in.!
Q. MY QUESTION IS NOT ON THIS LIST.
A. Please contact me with your questions, I’m happy to help!