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WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FAMILY SESSION

Before your session

I’m really looking forward to creating some beautiful images for you! To break things down and make it super simple for you to understand the process for your upcoming photoshoot, I’ve outlined how everything will work and share my top tips below to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible and so you’re confident in what to expect.

ONCE YOUR SESSION IS CONFIRMED:
I will touch base and send you through your invoice, contract and any questionnaires relevant to the session so I can get to know you and your family better! Your deposit will be due within 7 days so I can lock in your session date and then the remaining amount is due to day prior to the session.

THE WEEK OF YOUR SESSION:
I will touch base and make sure you are all ok to go ahead for your session and answer any further questions you have. We will also make a wet weather plan if it’s looking a little sketchy weather wise on the session day.

THE DAY BEFORE YOUR SESSION:
Your final payment for the session is due. I’ll also touch base with you via email or text and confirm the session details one last time. I will also give you my phone number so you can contact me for anything on the session day.

The day of your session

OUTDOOR SESSIONS:
We’ll meet up at our arranged location. If you’re delayed or stuck in traffic, please text and let me know. Once at the location, I’ll show you around and let you know where we’ll be shooting. If you have children, I’ll spend some time getting to know them and helping them feel comfortable with me before I get my camera out and start the session.

I’m very intuitive with children and have three young ones of my own! I totally understand that they may be shy, nervous, tired or just having a bad day. I’ll do my very best to make the session super fun and as relaxing as possible for you all! If there’s any tips or info you would like to provide prior to the session about any of your family members, please do so in the questionnaire I send you.

IN-HOME SESSIONS:
When I arrive, I’ll introduce myself and spend some time getting to know you and your children. Then I’d love for you to give me a little tour of your house so I can have a look at the best areas in the home that have the best light. Natural light makes for beautiful images so I’ll get you to open up blinds and curtains and turn off any bright overhead lights if needed.

The rest of the session will be really fun and relaxed; I’ll give you some direction about what to do and where to go in the house depending on the style of shoot we are doing.

All family sessions will last for around an hour, give or take a bit of time depending on how everything is going and whether I have all the shots I need.

What to do to prepare for your session

WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?

Once you’re all booked in, no doubt you’ll start thinking about what to wear to your photo session.

The biggest tip is to find something that you feel amazing in because if you’re uncomfortable or self-conscious in your outfit, it will show in your images.

Pair together complimentary colours, muted tones, throw in a variety of textures, such as linen, denim, lace and also some pattern if you like.

Here are a few key tips about what photographs beautifully and a few things to steer clear of ~

Anything with movement looks amazing, think dresses, long skirts, flowing tops.
Start with one piece you love, your dress for example which may be plain or patterned and then use this to colour coordinate the clothes for the rest of your family.
Consider your surroundings and wear clothes that work well in that environment. If we’re at the beach, steer clear of blue or if we’re in a field don’t wear lots of green and blues. Muted colours that contrast with the environment will look the best in your images.
Steer clear of large brand names, ‘jeans & white shirt’ combos for the whole family, dressing everyone in black or all dark colours. Try to mix up the colour palette.
These photographs are going to be images that are treasured for generations to come so take time to find something that you love and that captures your personal style.

If you need some help i’m always happy to help you out, just get in touch.

Here are a few ideas for you 

Ideas about what to wear

FAQS

• What if it's raining?

I shoot outdoor sessions in any kind of weather except the rain so I’ll make a call on the session day about rescheduling the session if the rain has set in.

• What happens if we get sick?

If you or your little ones are sick on the day of the session, I will happily reschedule for another day. Same goes for me, if I’m not well I’ll let you know asap and we will find another date. I’ll never turn up to a session unwell especially if you have a new born bubba. There is no fee to reschedule your session.

• Why are sessions so late in the day?

I schedule all of my outdoor sessions for late in the afternoon when the sun low in the sky and about an hour or two off setting. Shooting during this golden hour allows me to get beautiful creamy soft light to shoot in that is much more flattering than harsh midday sun. In summer sessions usually begin around 4 – 5pm and in winter I kick things off a bit earlier, usually around 3.30pm. This gives us a good 1.5 hours to do the session in the beautiful arvo light! I know this isn’t the ideal time with young kids but it’s totally worth mixing things up for one day. Bring snacks! They often do the trick.

• What time are in-home sessions?

Sessions in your home are much more flexible on time than outdoor sessions. I usually hold sessions in the morning or afternoon around 10am and 2pm. If you have little ones that still sleep, I’ll work in with the best times for them when they are awake so we can start earlier if needed. Another thing to consider when choosing a time is the best time of day that you get the most natural light in your house. I’ll be shooting in the rooms with the best light so have a look around your house and see which time of day your home is the brightest.

• What should I do to prepare my house?

I love doing in-home sessions because a home is full of everything that you love and it holds so many memories as that’s where we usually spend the most time. To get your place ready, tidy and clean up but don’t feel like you need to make your home sterile and lifeless. Just remove clutter and distracting objects but I still want your home to feel lived in and embody everything that you love!

I usually shoot in a few main rooms during the session, which will be the living area, the main bedroom and your children’s rooms. It’s also fun heading outside or hang out on a deck or verandah so focus on these rooms the most.

• When will I get my images?

A few days after your session, I’ll post a sneak peek, usually on Instagram and Facebook so head over and follow me there if you don’t already.

Two weeks after your session, I’ll contact you via email and deliver you your online gallery of images! This is the best part; I love sending you the gallery. You will be able to log in to your own online gallery and view and download your images here. You can also send this gallery to family and friends if they wish to view or download your photos as well. Your images will remain in this gallery for one month.

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