If you would like to enquire about photography, please provide me with all the details below – as well as any other extras you think might be beneficial.
ALL PRICING & EXTRA INFO IS AVAILABLE IN THE PRICING TAB.
These will generally suit the needs of most families/couples, have been tailored to suit my business and therefore are not able to be customised.
Where are you based and where do you travel?
I am based in the Lockyer Valley, QLD.
Any photography within a 50km radius of my location is included in my pricing and a $55 fee applies per 50km outside this radius.
What do we wear?!
Number #1 most common question i’m always asked when my clients book. I’m not a stylist but i’ve included some tips below! (Maternity clients - I have a selection of dresses that I lend to mums for studio/milk bath sessions).
Comfort is key. Take into consideration the season, your personal style & what footwear suits your location etc. I often ask people to stand, crouch, sit and even lie down at sessions so really short dresses, shorts or clothing that doesn’t allow movement aren’t ideal.
Matching is NOT essential but a general theme can often help. I have created a private gallery of ‘Outfit Inspiration’ that I can link to you for some ideas for your session - please request this if you would like access. Pinterest is also a great way to browse ideas for sessions.
THINGS I DON’T RECOMMEND WEARING
- Shirts with slogans, logos, banners -
These can be very distracting.
- Really bright colours -
Colours throw light and reflections on to skin - for example a red shirt on mum can make the child they are holding look slightly sunburnt. With this in mind, keep your skin tone and shade in mind in relation to colour as well. Muted tones are often the best.
- Everyone matching -
This trend is slightly out-dated and makes images look a little 2D
- Bold shoes -
Draw people’s eyes to the bottom of the photos first and not to faces.
- Hats -
Not totally opposed to these (especially if the person being photographed literally wears one all the time and it’s their natural state). Keep in mind they will shade faces and I may ask they be moved slightly back.
Online gallery? Can we just have a USB?
The quickest and easiest way for me to deliver images is via online galleries (the way of the future! Ta DA!) linked straight to your email inbox. Step-by-step instructions will guide on on how to download all your images to your computer. I can link multiple emails and you can share this link with family to register and download as well! If you do not have a computer and would like your images posted to you on USB - a $20 charge applies.
Will a watermark be on the photos I get?
All of your high-resolution images are delivered to you without a watermark or branding for you to print and share as you wish. If work shared online please tag or link me - my business thrives on word of mouth and social media shares.
Can we order prints and other items?
Yes! Having physical copies of your images to display on your walls or give as gifts gives me the warm fuzzies! I now have an online store you can access directly from your gallery of photos when they are uploaded.
Do I need to pay a deposit?
All portrait services: $100 deposit.
Remainder of payment due 2 business days before scheduled session.
After 2020, I definitely realise that some things cannot be helped when it comes to rescheduling. You will not have to pay your deposit again if you need to reschedule for valid reasons or we have unfavourable weather on the day/s of your bookings.
When will we get our photos?
I do my best to get your images to you as soon as possible - I know how badly you want to see them!
For portrait, newborn and maternity session please allow up to 4 weeks.
Can we customise your packages?
Short answer - no ;)
Hours have gone into formulating this costing and I promise you are receiving value for money. Keep in mind, you are not just paying for someone to aim a camera at you. All professional photographers have just as many expenses as other businesses (insurance, household utilities, subscriptions, website etc). I often ask people to put value to their memories and look at them as an investment. What monetary value would you be prepared to allocate to have photographs of your family this year?
I may offer specials, mini sessions or discounts throughout the year so keep your eyes peeled if your budget is a reason you haven’t pursued photography services in the past.
Do you offer payment plans?
Not at this stage. My advice to most clients who like to pay things off is to book in advance & pay your invoice off in the weeks leading to your session (most of my photography services need to be paid in full 2 business days before the booking).
We have a Pinterest board of things we love and some ideas!
Excellent! Feel free to send this to me. This helps me to get an idea of the end results your family would like from your session. At all my sessions I capture a mix of posed & candid moments.
How is it best to prepare children?
Please chat openly about your session with your little ones to prepare them. I was a teacher aid in my former profession and still love working with kids. Things like bubbles are great to bring to outdoor sessions! I have some little tricks up my sleeve as well to get them comfortable and engaged to be photographed. Please do not expect your children to be perfect angels for the session - I’m a photographer but also a mum and you don’t need to feel embarrassed if your children are a little bit out of sorts or uncooperative at times.
Children know when they have expectation placed upon them and tend to push back a bit when they are feeling uncomfortable. Particularly at outdoor sessions, we pace ourselves a bit. For example, i’ll take some photos of parents when children get a little restless and let them have a play in the background or off to the side to relax. Tell them I’m super friendly, I’ll talk to them about their favourite things and we will be great buds by the time the session is over i’m sure.
P.S. I’m a big Captain America/Marvel fan if this helps too!
OUTDOOR PORTRAIT FAQS
Where should we have our portraits taken?
I always find it lovely to capture portraits at places that have meaning. If you have acreage, a beautiful home that you built with a special backyard or a family farm locally - let’s explore those options! Keep in mind that for portraits, the background is just that - the background. So paddocks full of dry grass can make a stunning backdrops as much as trees and gardens.
I can send suggestions for people looking to go somewhere different or don’t have the above options. Please let me know when booking if you need help!
What if the weather is bad on the day of an outdoor session?
Typically, I don’t reschedule a session unless storms/hail or extreme weather is on the cards. In Queensland, we usually have passing weather and - if the weather is cloudy and beautiful for photos! - I will push sessions earlier in the day to try to avoid having to reschedule. Also, if you have a brave family, drizzly rain photos can be fun and i’m game ;)
What is the best time of day for outdoor photos?
Always leading to sunset. Timing depends on the seasons - in summer this can mean as late as 5:30pm so please keep this in mind. Lighting is really the key to beautiful, flattering images so please chat to me about the best timing upon booking. For weddings, an hour before sunset is usually when we try and sneak the bride and groom away for the golden light moments together.
SUNSET TIMES - varies from start to end of month
January - 6:45pm
February - 6:30pm
March - 6pm
April - 5:30pm
May - 5:15pm
June - 5:00pm
July - 5:15pm
August - 5:30pm
September - 5:45pm
October - 6pm
November - 6:15pm
December - 6:30pm
NEWBORN SESSION FAQS
Will the rest of my family be included in photos?
I have a studio at Plainland where I photograph styled newborn sessions. I also offer un-styled, in home documentary style sessions too! I always take a variety of images just of baby as well as images with siblings & parents regardless of which session is booked.
What do I bring?
When booking a newborn session of Earthside Journey package - additional info will be sent through to you to give you some hints and tips! Special family heirloom blankets or toys are lovely to include. For sessions booked in my studio I provide props, wraps and outfits for babies.