1. BOOK YOUR SESSION FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE
What is the first step of your photography experience? It is very simple. You reach out to me after your initial enquiries and go ahead and book a session. Yay!
I always require your deposit payment of $200 to secure and confirm your session date. Unfortunately I can’t hold availability based on enquiries alone. Once that is done the fun begins. For all sessions we will schedule the session date and time and find a suitable location. There is one exception though! For newborn sessions I book you in tentatively on your due date, knowing that your baby usually arrives 1-2 weeks on either side of this date. Once they have arrived all you need to do is make contact and we can then finalise a date and time.
2. HOW WE PREPARE FOR YOUR SESSION
Once your session is locked in we move to the planning stage. Please let me emphasise that you are free to ask me as many questions as you like, I am here to help after all! I want the photography experience to be perfect. We will email as many times as you need. I am even happy to give you a call in the planning stage. I want you to be as prepared and ready for our time together as possible. To get the very best out of your session I am also happy to style you for your big day so please feel free to send as many links or images as you need.
I generally send you a confirmation email about a week before your session. This confirms all the details – time, location address, any necessary preparation required, what to bring and an account summary. Here is a sample checklist of things to prepare for your session:
- Lay all your outfits out and see if there is anything you want to add or is missing.
- Dress kids after they have eaten and just before getting in the car (for location sessions).
- Pack CLEAN snacks and water, wipes, a brush and bug spray.
- Talk about me as a friend and not just a photographer to your kids. Make sure they know this will be fun.
- Bring towels and a warm change of clothes in the car for the ride home in case there is any water at your location and you are ok with getting wet!
3. WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR SESSION
Our session day has arrived. You have likely spent many hours planning for our time together. There is no pressure involved. Whatever happens now, know that when I arrive you only need to relax and love on your family. Don’t stress, I will make your photography experience come together – it is my job! When we finally meet in person we will chat for a few moments before I get my camera out. But I will begin shooting shortly after we meet so that we take advantage of the initial excitement and wonder.
You will find that I actually arrive a few minutes early to set up. That’s either on location or in my studio. I love exploring the location you have chosen, hunting out the best light. Locations that mean something to you mean you love your photos all the more! At in home sessions I’ll look around your space a bit and work out the most beautiful corners of your home and where the best light falls.
To get the most out of your photography experience, I have a loose workflow I like to follow. I usually do the “stand and smile/everyone looking” shots straight up to get them out of the way first. As I mentioned earlier, at this stage I take advantage of the kids attention and co-operation. They are still normally a little wary of me so are well behaved and full of smiles.
Next I will work on a few “combination” portraits – siblings, parents, that sort of thing. I’m aware young kids have a very short attention span for sitting, smiling and following instructions so I like to get this done super quick.
Once we have these safe shots it’s fine to let our hair down and let the kids run free. This is the part where I encourage you to play and have fun. I can’t capture those genuine interactions if everyone is sitting stiffly smiling at the camera. So be prepared to play chasey, throw kids in the air, roll around on picnic rugs, tickle, cuddle – you name it. I will also encourage us to move to take advantage of all the natural elements of the location. And of course follow the gorgeous light.
Remember the key to looking good in photos is to relax and have fun!
Illness and really bad weather are the only reasons I see for cancelling a session. If it rains we reschedule. I usually like to wait until the actual day, the forecast is often wrong! Or the bad weather may only last for an hour and have no impact on your session time. If I am concerned about the weather I will be in touch beforehand to discuss options.
If you, your kids or I am sick, we should definitely postpone. Sick kids and photographers are not at their best. It isn’t fun and you won’t get those smiles and tender moments you have hired me for. I also don’t want to share germs with you guys or vice versa. Also, if any of you have a running noses or spots all over, I’m not going to photoshop every image to try and “fix it”. I am much happier for you all to look your best from the start – let’s pick another date.
4. WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE SESSION
Your portraits will be culled to include the very best images. I will individually hand edit these images, colour correcting and fine tuning until they are ready for presentation.
Within two to three weeks you will be presented with your private online viewing gallery to look over with your family. At this stage you will have two weeks to review the images and make your selections for the included files or a package upgrade if applicable. Once the final payment has been received I will prepare your order.
5. YOU RECEIVE YOUR IMAGES FROM YOUR PERSONALISED PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE
Once you order is is ready, you will receive it either digitally direct to you inbox or on a timber USB shipped to your address. This is the final step of your photography experience with me!
All your gallery images will be archived for at least one year. However, I strongly advise and encourage you to copy and back up your session files to several locations. With the continual advancements in technology your USB may become outdated if is has not already corrupted before then. I recommend you print and copy files to all devices, and ideally a cloud based storage option too. If you lose your files and contact me later, there will be an admin fee to replace them if I still have them stored. So please do take care to store and back up your files carefully.
My products are all digitally based as I know you want to leave with digital files to do as you please with. But I ask please print off some of your photos. A tangible product to look at and adore is so much more special then snuggling up on a couch with your USB! You are welcome to look through my selection of fine art printed products that I have researched and sourced from around the world. If you do select a printed product delivery times vary due to the special, hand made nature of these products. But I will contact you as soon as your art arrives (postage options are available).
Sharing of images on places such as Facebook, twitter and Instagram is encouraged and very much appreciated. I do request that you include photographer credit on any image posted. Any creative changes (like filters) made to the images may lower it’s quality and subsequently damage my reputation so please do not alter them. Thank you for respecting the creative works.