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.
These sessions are held in the studio.
I provide all the styling elements needed for your session, including outfits, wraps, headbands and bonnets.
I 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.
I have a range of poses and set ups that I move through in this time. If there is an example of my work that you are particularly fond of, or if you have special ideas for your own session, please let me know with at least 24 hrs notice.
Due to the nature of detailed preparation required for your session, I cannot accommodate out of the ordinary requests without prior notice.
HOW LONG WILL THE SESSION GO FOR?
I work very quickly during these sessions. There is usually a 20-30 minute window where baby will be happy to do what I need to with them to capture their amazing photos.
I do allow an hour and a half in my diary, this is to allow time to comfort baby and allow us time to breastfeed if needed. Sessions typically last approx 30 minutes.
I 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 I cannot guarantee that I will have captured what I need to for a full gallery for you if you need to leave early.
WHAT TO WEAR
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 neutral 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 me know if you’d like skin on skin images.
Mum, if you like, you’ll have access to my gorgeous range of gowns to flatter your changing body. Alternatively, my selection of wraps make beautiful tops for you to wear too.
Just remember…simple, solid and neutral works best and helps keep the mood soft, with the focus on bub.
Avoid prominent logos, licensed items or writing on clothing. A bit of makeup and a blow dry will make Mum feel comfortable, beautiful and ready for photos.
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. For the sibling images, I’ll wrap girls in a matching wrap, and boys I’ll take their top off so they go bare chested.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR SESSION
There are some things that I ask that you do before you arrive at my 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.
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.
My studio will be warm. Really, really warm. The temperature will be set to keep bub comfortable in a light wrap and nappy.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I’M UNWELL?
Babies have little immunity during their first year. I take their health and safety very seriously, and your session will not take place if I am unwell. If this is the case, I will let you know at the soonest opportunity, and will reschedule your session when I am better. Your baby’s safety is my first priority. Particularly important is that my whooping cough and flu vaccinations are up to date.
It is also very important that if your baby or your family are unwell in any way, that you also please let me know so we can reschedule. If baby has a runny nose and is under the weather, I’d much rather reschedule to when baby is fully recovered.
WHEN WILL I GET TO SEE THE IMAGES FROM MY SESSION?
Within 4 weeks of your session, we will schedule an ordering session in the studio.
This is where you will get to see the amazing images I’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 (You’ll view approx 40-50 images)
I 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. This is where you will make your decisions, choose what products you want and buy what you’d like to buy.
You’ll choose a variety of heirloom quality products including albums, folio boxes and wall pieces. I’ll expertly guide you through the best products for your lifestyle.
This is not a hard process! Time and time again, clients have told me how easy I’ve made this process for them. The only hard part will be choosing your favourite images.
I 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. I 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 me. The software will do the rest for us!