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Neurodiversity Project

 

I was an adult when I realized not everyone experiences the world the same way I do.

It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with ADHD and ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) at 40 (after my two children’s diagnoses as well) that things started to make sense.

I was relieved. Finally, there was a name for why I felt so different from everyone else. Finally I truly understood my children as well.

But that relief was quickly replaced by loneliness and isolation.

I realised that unless you’re neurodiverse or have children who are, it’s not always easy to find others who understand the unique challenges you face.

One of the most rewarding parts of my journey has been discovering I’m not alone in this process.

Through photographing many Canberra families, and sharing my journey freely, I’ve found so many other people who are embarking on this same adventure, particularly mothers who are discovering the same about themselves.

This is where I found the inspiration for this project.

The stories of neurodiverse families are something that we should hear more often.

You have a unique and powerful insight into the world, which you deserve to share and shout loudly and proudly in your own way, without fear or judgment.

This is the space I hold for you and your family.

Your family is unique and amazing, and this project is all about celebrating you.

Your session will be a space to be your true selves. To capture you and your family authentically. To be real. A space to feel safe to express your true personality.

Your family is beautiful, and perfect just the way you are. Your session will be a place where I’ll create images that tell your story. Images that capture your little magic moments. Images that show you just how perfect your uniqueness is.

There’s no need to put on a facade or pretend to be something you’re not. Come as you are, and let me capture the magic that makes your family unique.

 

Your Session

These photography sessions are for you. To make you feel special. To take beautiful portraits of you and your family to capture your story.

I’m here to help you with creating beautiful photos and help you to print and preserve these images so you can see them every day in your home.

What’s Included

  • a makeover session with our amazing hair and makeup artist;
  • a family photo session either in the studio or on location;
  • access to our client wardrobe for studio sessions;
  • One-to-one photo reveal where we’ll help you pick out your favourite photos to display in your home;
  • a 12×18 fine art canvas print of your choice included complimentary with the purchase of any package;
  • $150 of print credit to spend on your photos.

This project is by application only, 10 places are available. Simply fill in your details and a member of our team will be in touch to take you through the options.

 

It all started on the day 

I Received The Booking Call

 

Without even realising, Mallie managed to talk me off a ledge. Talking to her was like I had a friend.

It was the first time in a long time, in a very long time that I didn’t feel totally alone.

Then coming into the studio, we were greeted like lifelong friends. the way every single person in the studio totally embraced my little family, my extremely wild little girl, my very quiet teen, my special little babe and my total awkwardness. 

Just wanted to say thank you for being some of the most amazing people I have ever met. Thank you for my beautiful photos.

Thank you for embracing the different personalities of my family.

– Kelly

THIS PROJECT IS PERFECT FOR

  • families who have put off getting photos because they think their kids might not “behave”. These sessions are child-led and play-based! The focus is on having fun.

  • want to feel special, appreciated and have an amazing experience connecting with their family and celebrating what makes them authentically them,

  • parents who treasure photographs of themselves with their children and want to display their love and family in their home as artwork. 

IS THIS FOR ME?

This project is designed to celebrate the positive side of neurodivergence while also giving families a voice to talk about the challenges too. We would love to be able to use these photos online and share your story publicly. But if this is not something you’re comfortable with and you would still love to work with us, check out our other session options! We’d love to talk to you!

Answering

Your Questions

Have questions about your photography session? Here are all the FAQs you need to know!

Who Can I Include In My Session?

Everyone is welcome! Grandparents, friends, mums groups and fur babies, whoever you call family!

How Long Will My Session Go For?

Your session time will depend on what session type you’ve booked.

  • Family Sessions are approximately 1 hour
  • In-Studio Newborn Sessions are approximately 2-3 hours
  • Extended Family Sessions are approximately 1-1.5 hours
  • Mini Sessions are 15 minutes
  • In Studio Baby Sessions are approximately 15-45 minutes
  • Maternity and First Birthdays 30-45 minutes

How Many Images Will I Get To See?

Depending on your session type, we try to provide as many images to choose from as possible without making it an arduous process for you. A standard full-length family portrait session with at least three family members  (two parents and a child or one parent and two children) produces approximately 70+ photos.

Your 15-minute mini sessions produce approximately 30+ photos.

What Is Required To Book My Session?

All sessions require a non-refundable session fee to reserve your date. After your session, you’ll buy the photos you love, in a format that works for your family.

Mini session fees are $49
Full experience session fees are $150

How Long Will It Take To See My Photos?

We will book you in for your ordering session at the conclusion of your photo session. This will depend on your availability and ours, but typically we have our clients return to the studio for their photo reveal approximately 1-4 weeks after the session date.

What Will I Spend? I Only Want Digital Images, Is This An Option?

Once you've seen your images at your ordering session, that's when you'll choose and purchase your package

Mini Sessions:
We offer a range of packages that are created to give you a balance of finished artwork and your favourite photos digitally. Packages start from $490. Our most popular package is $990, this includes 10 of your favourite photos in digital format and a beautiful wall piece ready for display in your home. (Upgrade option to get all the digital images for an additional $400 is available).

Full Sessions
Most families work with us because they want someone to create heirloom artwork for their homes.  In this case, if you spend over $2900 on heirloom artwork to display in your home, you’ll receive the entire gallery of digital images in high resolution as well. *70+ images provided with a family composed of three or more family members.

 
DIGITAL IMAGES
Yes, digital images are available as well.
Your Full Experience: 
  • The entire gallery (over 70+ images*) $2400
  • Artwork & Digital Image Packages start from $2900.
Your Mini Session:
  • 5 digital images are $490
  • 15 digital images are $990

I'm on a budget, do you offer payment plans?
Yes! No Interest Payment Plans are available via a PayRight. Let’s discuss your options early in the process so there is transparency for all parties involved. We recommend a Limited Edition Mini Session if this is the case!

What Should I Wear To My Session?

While it might feel easiest to go out and buy new outfits for everyone, there’s no need to – coordinating your outfits from the clothes you have in your wardrobe is perfectly acceptable. And they don’t have to be designer clothes!

The goal with your clothes is to ensure that they complement and aren’t distracting. Wear clothes that flatter your body and that make you feel comfortable and that you know your kids will be okay in.

For your Maternity & Studio Sessions, we have a large client wardrobe of flattering outfits for the whole family.

Choose a colour palette of 2 to 4 complementing colours that are going to suit the location.

What If My Children Are Shy And Need Time To Warm Up?

We are very good at working with children with all sorts of attention spans, temperaments and energy levels and will always work to get the best out of your children whatever their mood. Our photo sessions are child-led with a focus on play, which works well for family members who are reluctant to have their photos taken. Sometimes it can take up to 5-15 minutes for children to appropriately warm up to someone they’ve just met but we are very good at connecting with kids and helping them to relax.

I Want Photos Of Us All Looking and Smiling For The Camera, Can You Do This?

Absolutely, in every session, it is my goal to get photos of you looking and smiling at the camera as well as playful and interactive shots. However, if you’re more set on these traditional-looking photos, then it’s possible we may not be the right fit for you as our style of photography is to capture family connections through play-based prompts and have you interacting with each other and your environment.

What Is The Best Location For My Photo Session?

Our studio is located in MacGregor. We have a number of locations already scouted in Canberra, to suit a variety of needs. We are constantly on the lookout for unique, special and beautiful locations that factor in good lighting and are tactile so that kids can explore and play easily. We have a range of locations that we will suggest after consultation with you based on your personal aesthetic and vision.  If a particular image of ours resonates with you, let us know, as certain images have been taken at certain locations and times of year.

What Time Is The Best For An Outside Session?

Your session will be booked for 1-2 hours before the sun sets. Why? Because that’s when the lighting is soft, flattering and golden. The sun is low in the sky, which means there are no harsh shadows on people’s faces and we can get that gorgeous warm glow that will make your photos look magical. Morning Sessions are also available and will be booked for 1-2 hrs after the sun has risen.

What Is The Best Time For A Maternity And Newborn Session?

For your comfort and mobility, we recommend your maternity shoot be at your 30-34 week mark.

For newborn sessions, you have a choice between a posed or lifestyle look or a blend of both. We recommend your baby be between 1-3 weeks if your preference is more posed or up to 6 weeks of age if you’re looking for a more lifestyle look.

What Are Your Rescheduling Policies?

Check out our terms and conditions regarding rescheduling to be across all of the details. We will absolutely accommodate you in the instance of genuine need - ie sickness.

Weather

We know you’ve got everything crossed for good weather on the day of your session, however, we can’t control the weather we can only read the forecast and make decisions based on that information. I have seen skies clear on rainy days and thunderstorms come out of nowhere, therefore I will make a call on whether we need to reschedule your session 4 hours beforehand. We may end up changing the location to work around the weather.

Russ

“Janet is an absolutely amazing photographer with real passion. We’ve had photoshoots for the kids with a number of other photographers and none of them compare to the beautiful outcome Janet is able to get. Very grateful to hear and capturing my favourite pics of my girls for a lifetime”

Lyssa

"Janet was amazing with our son during his newborn shoot. So happy with how our photos came out we have already booked for his 1st birthday 'Fruit smash'! Highly recommend"

Mel

"Janet did two sessions for me. A maternity and newborn session I was so impressed by the quality of the photos. I did email Janet a lot regarding what I wanted many times and nothing was too much trouble. She has excellent customer service skills but the photos are just beautiful and I am still amazed at how beautiful they are"

Tenille

"Janet is an absolute baby whisperer. Her experience in working with children and her expertise in the field has ensured each time we have worked with her that we not only receive the most beautiful images of our family but it has been a super fun, efficient and easy process. Janet is fantastic is working with you to learn and adapt to your visual tastes and end presentation needs. Particularly love her immense prep work, communication and use of digital forms to make everything so easy."

Azelia

"Thanks Janet for the lovely images you captured of our family - it is a joy to have them on our wall!"

Casper

"Janet is a great photographer taking very high quality photos. She also communicated clearly what the process was going to be from setting up the meeting through to the delivery of your chosen product. I highly recommend her services!"

Kate

"Not only are Janet's images breathtakingly beautiful, she has a way of making you feel relaxed and calm- not easy for new or pregnant mummas! Highly recommend"

Ashleigh

"Fantastic! Caring and a beautiful package from the first family shoot, to maternity, newborn session in hospital and family shoot. Can't wait for the next installation when bub is bigger"

Meet 

Your Photographers

Hi There! I'm Janet. I'm a mother of two fierce, highly rambunctious, primary school girls and an award-winning Canberra family photographer.

I've been capturing Canberra families of all shapes and sizes since 2014 when I established Moments Photography Canberra. Between me and my phenomenal team, we have over 15 years of experience photographing families of all shapes and sizes. 

Our mission is simple. To hold a safe space for your family to be your true authentic selves. To tell your story, to capture your little magic moments. To fill your home with photos that show how loved you are, and how much your family loves you in return...

We're also a unique team who are all neurodivergent. It certainly makes for a creative, fun if not sometimes chaotic workplace!

 

Mallie

Hannah

Get Started

Fill in this form to become part of this project!

We’d love to make sure you’re across all the details you need for this! You can see all the details of this project here

Special Offer Details

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Is This By Application?

We want to make sure that you're fully prepared for the special experience coming your way!

We want this to be special for you. We want to create photos that your family can see of you. We want to make sure that you can see how much your family loves you back in return.

We want to tell your story.

We want to make sure you and your loved ones exist in tangible, printed photos...

Should you not be successful in being selected, you're very welcome to book a session at any time! You can find info here about the experience.

SPECIAL OFFER TERMS AND CONDITIONS

We produce high-quality images that our clients fall in love with. Please consider the experience included with your session and make sure we are the right photographers for you – For more info on pricing, please click here Moments Photography Canberra Pricing and Products

Digital images are not included in your session but may be purchased at your in-studio ordering session at our studio in Macgregor, ACT.

Offers are applicable to new session bookings only and not combinable with any other offer or gift certificates, sessions pending a reschedule and not transferrable as cash. One (1) offer per family.

Your included product is our gift to you with your purchase of printed products and digital images.

Special Projects/Giveaways - The payment you make to book your session is returned to you as a credit to spend on your portraits. (not applicable to fundraising projects as the payment will have been donated.)

Package Specials (including by not limited to - Season Special/Maternity & Newborn Special) the purchase package payment covers those products only.

If within three (3) days of your payment you change your mind and wish to cancel, you may receive a full refund. You may request a refund of your payment if you do not wish to proceed with your portrait session provided you give notice with more than four weeks to your session.

If circumstances outside of the control of the photographer and/or client occur you will be invited to reschedule your session to another date. If circumstances outside of the control of all parties occur and photos are not able to be obtained, you will receive a full refund of your payment.

If you are dissatisfied with your photos and do not wish to claim your credit or complimentary printed product, we will refund your payment in full.

The offer is for one session only and is not able to be split between multiple sessions.

Valid for 3 months from date of purchase.

Full Terms & Conditions can be found here

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