When is the best time for pregnancy portraits?
In a nutshell, whenever you are big but still comfortable. You want to have a nice rounded belly, but not be too far along to show the possible signs of late pregnancy. Around the 35 week mark is a good time, it really depends on the individual. Note, you will get bigger earlier with subsequent pregnancies. In saying that, I have photographed women who are on their due date, and even overdue, and they still looked amazing.
When is the best time for newborn portraits?
To document the curled up, sleepy stage the best time is between 5 and 10 days of age. Babies in the first 10-12 days generally sleep quite a lot and are less alert to being moved.
My baby is older than 10 days, is it too late?
No, absolutely not. While the absolute best time for newborn portraiture is before day 12, anytime is a good time for portraits and I have worked with many babies around 3 weeks of age and have given parents a beautiful portfolio.
How far in advance do I need to book?
For newborns, I can be taking bookings 5-6 months in advance. I only accept a certain number of newborns each month to be sure I am there for everyone as they need me as we all know a newborns arrival can be unpredictable. Sometimes I can fit newborns in if your newborn is here and you haven’t booked, its best to always ask. But if you can, I would suggest booking as soon as you are happy to.
Sunset sessions on Saturdays book out fast, especially towards the end of the year. Week days are available though if Saturdays are booked. Sunset sessions are often booked 2-3 months in advance.
Do I need to book a package before my session?
No, wait until you have seen your portfolio before you decide on anything you wish to order.
I wouldn’t want to buy something I haven’t seen, and I wouldn’t expect you to either 🙂
Where is your natural light studio?
My natural light studio, Dragonfly Atelier, is located in the gorgeous Mount Hunter valley, just 12 minutes from Camden.
My purpose designed and planted outdoor studio is in its early stages of growth and I hope for my half acre garden to be ready to photograph clients in by 2019.
What is the best location for an outdoor sunset session?
We are so fortunate to have many wide open spaces and beautiful locations here, in and around Camden. I always look for light over location and to be honest, I can hold a session pretty much anywhere. Light and love are my priorities over a pretty section of a garden. I will have suggestions for you for your sunset sessions but I am also always open to your ideas.
What about clothing?
All clients will receive my Welcome Pack and in there you will find clothing information. Clothing is actually quite important when planning portraits, but I will be here to help you.
What if a family member is shy?
Please don’t worry. Part of my job is to make you all feel so comfortable you will be able to be happy to be yourself, the locations I choose will help you feel comfortable also. Genuine, tangible emotion and your comfort is my responsibility as your photographer. I create a safe, fun environment and your portrait session will be a beautiful experience in itself 🙂
What happens after our portrait session?
I will be in touch roughly 2 weeks after your portrait session has been held with your portfolio. Once you have seen your photos our focus shifts to preservation. I will help you with this process also, I love helping you choose display options and plan featured artworks and heirlooms. I don’t follow any trends at any point in my work… your clothing, my photographic style and my editing of your images are all handled in a classic and timeless manner so your photos will look amazing on your walls, and also (very importantly) on your great grand childrens walls.
I would love to organise a portrait session, how do I do this?
Call me, send me an email, fill out my contact form below, we can discuss what your heart desires and start planning your portrait session together. I am really looking forward to hearing from you.