Frequently asked questions

General

We have a full car park out the front so you can pull right up front to come in. If the car park is full (which is rare), 2 houses down is the ‘First Choice’ car park where you can pull in and walk down.

babies

– A drink (milk for babies)
– A snack – but nothing too sugary!
– A favourite toy to entertain them in case they are not in all the photographs
– Anything personal and meaningful to possibly add in, such as a hand knitted blanket or a toy gift from an older sibling; all that would make the photograph more individual and special for your little one when they are older.
– The clothing we have figured out with you

Generational

Anyone and everyone in your family! It is very popular for the adult children to put in and get a generational shoot for their parents Silver or Gold anniversary; so by that point in their life there are normally quite a few members to include… the more the merrier!

families

It is better to try and co ordinate as much as possible so that your faces are the main focus of the photograph; rather than a bunch of patterns and colours. We know this can be easier said than done, but if everyone could try and come in either the agreed all lighter tones or all darker tones it makes for a fantastic shot; that way no one person is standing out more so than another. At the end of the day however, if you are all happy with the combinations then we are happy!
We suggest getting here about 5 mins before your session starts. This allows time for the kids to get used to their surroundings, get changed into their good clothes (many parents bring the kids in everyday clothes in case they get dirty in the car); and all going well, have a cappuccino!
All sessions are booked in for about 1 hour with your photographer. There is plenty of time for any different combinations you like, such as the whole family together, just the kids and just the parents etc; as well as a change of outfits for a different look and feel. We also like everyone to relax and actually enjoy the shoot! We have a great repertoire of bad day jokes and ways to loosen up so your expressions are natural.
At the end of the session, we will make a time to come back into the studio; roughly a week later, (this can be sooner if you need something in a rush) to have a look at all the photographs in our custom-built home theatre style viewing rooms, and order whatever you like from the shoot.
We are not high-pressure sales people. Whatever you feel comfortable getting is completely up to you, whether it be 1 or 2 smaller prints or various portraits (we do offer discount for larger orders).
This is very much you to you and what works for you and your family. Families with older kids (10+ years) usually have lots of extra curricular events to go to as well as work during the week, so many families book in on a Saturday morning.
Younger families (-10 years) quite often try for our first appointments around 10/10:30am when everyone is still happier and not getting tired in the afternoon.

You know your family best though – so just think when everyone is usually their happiest and we will try for then!

Kids

– A drink, of course, we have water for them here too!
– A snack – but nothing too sugary!
– A favourite toy to entertain them in case they are not in all the photographs
– The clothing and any changes we have figured out with you

pregnancy

We suggest getting here about 5 mins before your session starts. This allows time for you to relax on the couch and all going well, have a latte! If you aren’t having any caffeine, we have a yummy selection of herbal teas you can sip on too.
All sessions are booked in for about 1 hour with your photographer. There is plenty of time for any clothed look or a wrapped cocoon and anything else you may like. If you would like your partner or kids to be involved in the shoot they are more than welcome too!
Have a look at our gallery to see how some other expectant mothers have styled their shoot with us.
At the end of the session, we will make a time to come back into the studio; roughly a week later, (depending on your due date this can be sooner) to have a look at all the photographs in our custom-built home theatre style viewing rooms, and order whatever you like from the shoot.

couples

– Your lovingly gaze for each other
– Any clothing options
– Makeup if your need any touch ups e.g. lip stick
– Any accessories that you love, like a nice necklace or scarf to add your own flair

Location

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allure

– Confident attitude (don’t worry, if you don’t come in with it you will sure leave with it!)
– The clothing we talk about before your shoot
– Any nice scarves, hats or jewellery which can add something even more personal to the shoot
– Your clean face with no makeup on for a blank canvas

pets

– Treats
– A favourite squeaky toy
– Their bed or blanket if it helps them feel comfortable
– Lead
– Clothing for yourselves