Questions & Answers
What shall we wear to the photoshoot?
Smart casual generally looks good. Ideally I’d say no obvious logos or bold images/designs as they can detract from the photographs. If you can coordinate colours (think creams, blues etc) then this can bring a lovely balanced, cohesive look to the shoot, but it’s entirely up to you. And I am equally happy to turn up to a shoot and find everyone still in their pyjamas rushing around getting ready - there’s some awesome shots to be made like this!
How long is a photoshoot?
Photoshoots can usually take between 1 and 3 hours, depending on the kids, the weather and how much fun we’re all having.
Day In Your Life photoshoots can take between 2 and 14 hours (please contact me directly for more information about these.)
What time of day should we do our shoot?
Photographers love what we call the Golden Hour - that precious window of time just before sunrise or sunset when the light glows majestically and everyone gleams with an inner radiance. However, parents know that this delightful time is also aptly called the Witching Hour - that crazy time when you are wrangling tired kids, a vaguely nutritious meal, tomorrow’s logistics and a last-minute load of laundry.
And so, I choose to work shoot times around you and your kids. If you want crazy pyjama-wrangling Golden/Witchy Hour photos to document where you are in life right now - then let’s go for it. But, equally, if you want pretty trees and smiling kids, let’s work around daytime naps, school runs and snack time.
Where shall we do the shoot?
Often I come to a family’s home to take photos. We do some set up posed photos and then have a whole load of everyday family fun whilst making lovely images.
Alternatively I shoot in one of many gorgeous outdoor locations. If you have anywhere that’s particularly special to you and your whanau then please do let me know.
Do you photograph weddings?
I take on a very limited number of weddings per year. Prices begin at $1750. Please
get in touch for more information.
Can you tell us about Lifestyle Newborn Photoshoots?
More often than not travelling is the last thing you want to do with a newborn so I will happily come to your home. Don't worry that it doesn't look like a photo studio - I'm all about making memories that document the reality of those newborn days and can happily work around your home utilising the best light and backgrounds.
Newborn sessions are best done within the first 6-10 days of bubs being born, before they become too alert and uncurl. I recommend
Newborn sessions be held in the morning when babies tend to have their heaviest day sleep. My sessions take about 3 hours and are calm, peaceful, unhurried and relaxed. In addition, I am a trained Childbirth Eductaor, Doula and Breastfeeding Peer Supporter so am super confortable with babies and can also offer lots of support and guidance for mum and dad.
If you're looking for photos with a bit more dynamic interaction between bubs and family then I would recommend waiting until baby is at least 6 weeks old - when they begin to make eye contact, laugh, smile and gurgle more. It's a beautiful time to make some stunning interactive, documentary style memories with your new babe.
But my house isn't clean/tidy/new enough for a documentary family shoot!
I hear you! If I lived alone (so my thought process goes) I would have everything neat and tidy; the book collection neatly arranged by author and genre; the kitchen always swelling of sweetly baked bread; the floor clear of clutter and the demon laundry pile would never rear its ugly head.
However, in reality, I live with 5 kids. I can clean for 5 minutes or 5 hours - it makes no difference. The house is stil messy after half an hour. And you know what? There's always something more fun, interesting or worthwhile to do than the dishes - right?
So don't stress - these photos are for you and your family, not for some unobtainable display home showroom wall. It's the joy, frustration and memories of your glorious family reality we're documenting - mess and all!