Why are you the photographer for people who don't like being photographed?
Every client I've worked with has said a variation of the following to me after their session...
"I hate having my photo taken but our session was so relaxed I forgot that a camera was even there!".
This is my goal for every shoot, that not only will you feel comfortable with me being there, but that we'll be having so much fun you'll forget I'm even taking photos. I take a candid, photojournalistic approach to my photography which means that I'm not looking to have everyone forcing smiles for the camera, but I'm looking to capture real moments between you and your loved ones that show genuine smiles & true personality.
How much does a session with you cost?
Sessions with me start at $700. A non-refundable $250 booking fee is payable at the time of booking your session to secure your date and the balance is due (less the booking fee) on or before your session date. I offer flexible payment plans so you can pay for your session weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Please click here to see what packages & prices I offer to families.
Why does professional photography cost so much?
When you book a professional photographer you're paying for not only the photographer's time, but for their expertise & the peace of mind that comes with working with a professional. I've spent years learning the art of photography (with both informal learning and formal learning in the form of a Diploma of Professional Photo Imaging which I completed with top honours) and along with my professional qualifications I also have insurance and a current Working with Children check.
I have small children and my house is a mess! Do I have to clean up before you come round?
Absolutely NOT! I have two small children of my own who like to leave visitors in no doubt that people live in my home, in the form of toys, clothes, paper and biscuit crumbs being liberally spread across every surface of my house! In the course of photographing my children in my own home I've gotten very good at finding creative angles and ways of minimising the amount of mess & clutter that shows in the final image.
We're just normal people who do everyday things. Won't this be too boring for a photo shoot at home?
Before your session I'll get you to fill in a questionnaire about your family and the things you like to do together. We'll then have a chat about your questionnaire answers (either over the phone, via Skype/FaceTime or in-person) and chat about what you might get up to while I'm at your house. Some people like to plan an activity or two (such as cooking/baking together or arts & crafts) to do during their session, but even during everyday things like reading stories, playing outside, eating lunch together or wiping vegemite or biscuit crumbs off the kids' faces can yield beautiful, timeless images.
Do we have to have our photos taken at home?
No. Short story sessions can take place at your favourite park, playground or reserve instead of at home. If one of those places is very nearby or within walking distance of your house we can also incorporate a visit during the longer sessions I offer.
I have nothing to wear! Help!
My best advice is to wear something comfortable and don't worry about matching outfits or complementary colours. Let the kids wear whatever they want as this will make them happy during your session. When you wear something comfortable you won't be worrying about how you look in the photos so much. The only thing I suggest is to steer clear of stripes & patterns as the camera really doesn't like them, and aim for simple, block colours as we don't want to take attention away from your lovely faces by the witty slogans splashed across your partners's shirt (unless the shirt is really important to them, in which case let me know and I'll make sure I include that detail in your photos).
Do we have to order prints & albums through you?
While professional print lab prints are always going to be much better quality and last longer, I understand that not everyone has the money to spend on prints & albums, which is why I include digital photo files in all of my packages. When I deliver your photo files to you I'll also send you a list of some of the places I use and recommend for prints & photobooks (please keep in mind though that I can't guarantee the quality of any prints/photobooks/photo products that you choose to order elsewhere).