WHAT TYPE OF IMAGES WILL BE CAPTURED AT YOUR SESSION?
An important component of the session is bub’s relationship with their family. Images with mum, dad, siblings (human or furbabies!) form a standard part of your gallery. If you’d like to include grandparents, please bring them along.
We provide all the styling elements needed for your session, including outfits, wraps, headbands and bonnets.
You’ve chosen us as your photographer because you have fallen in love with our images. We take time to style your session beforehand, and every piece of fabric and other styling element have been carefully selected to match colours and tones.
This is a process that needs preparation beforehand, so if you’d like a particular setup, please send us a screenshot of our work before your session so we can make sure to include it.
We have a range of poses and set ups that we move through in this time. If there is an example of our work that you are particularly fond of, or if you have special ideas for your own session, please let us know with at least 24 hrs notice. Due to the nature of detailed preparation required for your session, we cannot accommodate out of the ordinary requests without prior notice.
HOW LONG WILL THE SESSION GO FOR?
We work very quickly during these sessions. There is usually a 20-30 minute window where baby will be happy to do what we need to with them to capture their amazing photos.
We do allow an hour and a half in the diary, this is to allow time to comfort baby and allow us time to breastfeed if needed. Sessions typically last approx 30 minutes.
We will take your bub’s lead and allow him/her to be the focus of the shoot.
Please do not schedule other commitments after your session, as we cannot guarantee that we will have captured what we need to for a full gallery if you need to leave early.
WHAT TO WEAR
To ensure your photos have a timeless look and feel, please wear clothes without logos or designs when coming to a session. Please wear clothes that complement each other well; we suggest choosing a coordinating colour palette and avoid clashing patterns. Please do not bring more than one outfit. As far as what to dress you and partner in, keep it simple. Plain, solid colour t shirts are best. Throw in colour if you’d like, but stick to plain colours.
Dad, wear a plain t-shirt (no logos, writing or pictures, no collars or buttons that could disturb bub) and don’t hesitate to let us know if you’d like skin on skin images.
Mum, if you like, you’ll have access to our gorgeous range of gowns to flatter your changing body. Wear something you feel comfortable in, and also, don’t hesitate to let us know if you’d like skin on skin images. A bit of makeup and a blow dry will make Mum feel comfortable, beautiful and ready for photos.
Just remember…simple, solid and neutral works best and helps keep the mood soft, with the focus on bub.
An important reminder. Avoid prominent logos, licensed items or writing on clothing.
If siblings will be at the session, it is best to dress siblings in solid, neutral colours (eg: black, navy, cream, white or grey), so that the focus can still be on bub.
Watches these days are amazing. They’re smart, and they keep track of your life. The trend these days are large watches, with large faces. These can become very distracting in a timeless portrait. Please leave these at home, as they can’t be edited out after the fact.
Please leave your phones in the car. Phone Photography is not permitted during your session, as it can be very distracting for everyone involved, particularly if we’re trying to photograph your family, and they’re distracted by the person using the phone to photograph at the same time.
This is your time to be present with your family. It’s your time to take a step back from the whole world and to be present with your family.
Guys, this one is for you in particular. Phones in pockets, particularly in front pockets, can look like other things!!! Unfortunately, isn’t easy to edit these choices out after the fact.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR SESSION
There are some things that we ask that you do before you arrive at the studio to help ensure a successful session:
- Try and make sure baby is rested and fed before arriving
- Before leaving home, dress bub in clothing that does not have to be taken off over their head.
- If bub is on solids, bring a snack or two.
- Please make sure to arrive ready to be photographed! It can disrupt the flow of our engagement with the baby and eat into your session time if you’re not ready to go.
DURING YOUR SESSION
These are active sessions. Bub’s need for mum, dad, and familiar things, is high during their first year, and they may not be happy if you’re not close by. Be prepared to sit on the edge of the set to be close to bub and provide comfort.
The studio will be warm. Really, really warm. The temperature will be set to keep bub comfortable in a light outfit and nappy.
WHAT HAPPENS IF WE’RE UNWELL?
Babies have little immunity during their first year. We take their health and safety very seriously, and your session will not take place if we’re unwell. If this is the case, we will let you know at the soonest opportunity, and will reschedule your session when we are better. Your baby’s safety is our first priority. Particularly important is that our whooping cough, COVID and flu vaccinations are up to date.
WHEN WILL I GET TO PURCHASE THE IMAGES FROM MY SESSION?
We’ll schedule your ordering session at the end of your session. It is usually within 4 weeks of your session that we’ll be able to get you in the diary, depending on your availability aligning with ours.
Please note that ordering sessions are held during the week, as weekends are held for photography sessions.
Your ordering session is where you will view amazing images we’ve captured for you for the first time. These will have been narrowed down to show you the best of the best from your session.
We will help you shortlist your favourite images, discuss your requirements and use visualisation software to show you how your images will look best on your walls.
You’ll choose a variety of heirloom quality products including albums, folio boxes and wall pieces. We’ll expertly guide you through the best products for your lifestyle. Your ordering session is where you will choose your printed products and digital images; and make payment for your purchases.
This is not a hard process! Time and time again, clients have told us how easy we’ve made this process for them. The only hard part will be choosing your favourite images.
We realise that it can be difficult visualising the size of your products in relation to where you’d like to display them in your home. We use software that makes this a breeze, simply take a photo of an A4 size piece of paper against the wall you’d like to use, and send a photo to us. The software will do the rest for us!