Frequently Asked Questions
Family Photography in the Sutherland Shire
General Questions and Answers
Make sure you wear clothes that will stand the test of time, so avoid wearing anything that has a fad today.
Keep it simple, I recommend neutral or pastel colours. Avoid any clothing that has logos or outrageous images or prints on them.
Whatever you wear, make sure you’re comfortable and that the colours compliment the colours in your home where you’ll hang your photographs.
We can go to any place you like, within a one-hour radius of Engadine, Sutherland Shire.
I’m happy to recommend some of my favourite places. In the Sutherland Shire area, I like Wanda Beach (next to Cronulla Beach) or the Camellia Gardens in Caringbah. Stanwell Park Beach is another lovely spot.
Or if you prefer, the session can also be done in the comfort of your home.
Shooting time is up to 1.5 hours for baby (sitter sessions), family and pet portraits.
Your viewing, design and product consultation typically goes for about an hour following your photoshoot.
Yes, I love cake smashes for a baby’s 1st birthday!
I prefer to do these sessions in an outdoor location as we’ll have lots of beautiful, natural light and a lovely leafy backdrop.
Before we do the cake smash I always recommend some nice portraits and family photos first, then the baby can dig into their cake!
I’ve got some beautiful outfits that I’d be happy to supply, otherwise you can bring your own. However, due to health regulations, you’ll need to provide your own cake.
On my blog, I’ve got a fabulous example of how I do my Cake Smash Sessions.
Because I know you’re dying to see your images, I don’t make you wait. You get to see your unedited photos immediately.
And you get to see all the shots, which means that you pick the ones you like best – not the pictures I think you’ll like.
What’s more, I show you my studio examples so you see the quality of the prints you’ll get. This helps you to pick the right package for your needs.
Make sure leave enough time after your photo session for us to go through the photos. This consultation typically goes for about an hour and I do this in the comfort of your home.
The session fee is $200 and that includes your photography session either at your home or at a location that you love.
Products and Packages are purchased separately. Please be advised that there is a minimum spend of $500 on your order.
If you spend over $1000, your session fee is free and will be deducted from the total price of your product order.
Most of my clients invest approximately $1200 – $1500 on their photographs but, how much you spend is entirely up to you – there are no pressure sales. My packages and products include:
Elegant High-Quality Prints and Print Collections
Finished mounted prints available in a range of sizes. Print collections come with a custom handmade box.
You’ll love the Print Collection if you want to display your prints in frames – either to hang on the wall, or on a bookshelf, hall table, a desk, or whatever flat surface you desire.
Handcrafted Wooden Photo Blocks and Block Collections
Rectangle, square and circle photo blocks available in a variety of sizes.
Photo blocks are great if you’re looking for something different to hang on your walls. Or, the rectangle and square blocks can up on their own, on any flat surface you desire.
Custom Handmade Albums
Personalised 8×8 inch, magazine-style albums in a handmade Buckram or Asahi cover with custom embossing.
You’ll love the album if you want a gorgeous and accessible coffee-table-style book. You can enjoy all your images in the one beautiful album.
Gift Box Package for your loved ones
Six 5×7 inch loose prints, presented in a beautiful handmade gift box.
You can buy gift vouchers for this package.
Check out my packages and products if you’d like to see photos of the above items.
For detailed information on my prices, please give me a call. After we have spoken, I will then email you my full pricing guide.
Yes. Gift vouchers can be used for any portrait photo shoot the recipient chooses: newborn and family portraits, baby or pets – it’s entirely up to them.
Gift vouchers automatically include the Gift Box Package.
The happy recipient can opt to take this Gift Box Package – no extras or hidden costs! Or, they can put the voucher towards a larger package and pay the difference themselves.
Whats the gift voucher worth? A portrait photography gift voucher is $500.
No. I believe that photographs should be experienced through prints.
That’s why my portrait photography has a range of high quality prints you’ll cherish for a lifetime.
Just imagine how your family and friends will admire your photos when they visit.
Moreover, prints are perfect for sharing your beautiful memories with your loved ones. High quality prints are an excellent way of creating precious family heirlooms that can be passed down from generation to generation.
Now, of course, I provide high-resolution JPEG files for all the images you purchase. But the focus of my photography is quality prints you cherish for a lifetime.
So many people leave their special photos sitting on their computers, rarely looked at and never enjoyed. It’s such a waste. Don’t make that mistake, too. When you invest in prints, you’ll get to enjoy your photographs every day for the rest of your life.
Contact me directly for more information on photo sessions, pricing and availabilities.
I am typically booked 1 month in advance, please keep this in mind when scheduling your shoot.
0412 149 237
Please note that I’m not always available to answer my phone. However, if you leave me a voicemail, I’ll return your call on the same business day.
Monday: 9am – 6pm
Tuesday – Thursday: Closed
Friday: 9am – 6pm
Saturday: 8am – 1pm
Engadine, Sutherland Shire, NSW 2233
Newborn Questions and Answers
The best time to photograph a newborn baby is when they are under two weeks of age, after two weeks babies are a little harder to settle.
Also at this age, we’re still able to put them into those little squishy poses that we love.
Newborn sessions are best booked in while you are still pregnant.
Please call me at any time during your pregnancy. I will then make a tentative booking based on your due date. If your baby arrives a little early or a little late, we can simply adjust the date accordingly.
When you arrive home from hospital, you can contact me to confirm your session date.
If you’ve already had your baby, don’t worry – I’ll do my best to squeeze you in as I know how precious those first few weeks are.
Only if you want to, although I do try to encourage all parents to be in their photos.
Sometimes we forget to include ourselves in our family photos and, when your babies grow up, they’ll want to see you with them.
By being in the photos, they’ll become a wonderful keepsake for your children to own and pass down to their children – family photos become our heirlooms.
However, this decision is completely up to you. Even if you decide to have your photos taken, and you really don’t like them (highly unlikely!), then you don’t have to include those photos in your package.
Your newborn photo session is carried out in the comfort of your home. Or, you can come to my studio in Engadine, Sutherland Shire.
I bring my newborn gear and props to your house so we can create exactly the look you’re after.
The only thing I need? A room with lots of beautiful natural light and a heater close by to keep the baby warm.
Allow 2-4 hours. This gives us plenty of time for those unexpected delays that crop up with babies – feeding, cuddling, and set up changes.
Plus, this allows me ample time to set up my gear and tidy up your room once I’m done.
Also, make sure leave enough time after your photo session for us to go through the photos. This consultation typically goes for an hour.
I’ve got lots of beautiful handmade props available for your newborn session.
My entire prop collection available for you to look though.
You choose the props that you love so, when you see a prop that you like, let me know and I’ll bring it along with me to your shoot.
I sure do! With every newborn shoot booking, you’ll receive a free maternity photo shoot if you would like to have one.
Maternity photo shoots are best done when you’re around 30-35 weeks pregnant and I prefer to do these sessions at an outdoor location – sunset is simply beautiful and it’s my favorite time of day!
My style for these shoots is very simple and natural but, also very elegant and timeless. I have a great example of how I like to photograph my maternity sessions up on my blog.
I don’t provide any clothing for maternity shoots. You are welcome to wear anything you like. I recommend something very simple and comfortable.
Once your baby is photographed, you can review all your photographs (maternity and newborn) to choose the images for your package.
Please note that maternity sessions are only provided when your newborn photography is booked with me. I do not do standalone maternity shoots.
Yes. In December 2016 I updated my whooping cough (pertussis) vaccination. I also had blood tests done which revealed that I have an immunity towards measles, mumps, rubella and varicella zoster virus. This has been done to ensure that your brand new baby is protected and safe with me.
I also have a ‘Working with Children’s Check’ obtained by the NSW Government – Office of the Children’s Guardian.
Have I missed anything?
Please give me a call on 0412 149 237 for any further questions or enquiries.