What are your charges?
$900 for 90 minutes. Newborns can be quite finicky and temperamental, so it's always good to have some spare time to settle him/her down and 90 minutes is a comfortable-enough timeframe for our session.
What do I get?
A soft-copy of all final, fully-edited images which are delivered in JPG format via a password-protected online gallery. You can download the images in full-res (for printing) or web-res (for social media). Photos will be up on the gallery for eight weeks.
How many photos should I expect?
You can expect a minimum of 40 images, though I always end up delivering more than that. Please note that there is no cap on the number of final images upon delivery - generally you'd get around 20-30 images from most photographers and you'll have to pay for each additional image, but I don’t do that because I feel you should get all the moments from our time spent together.
Do you provide any photo books?
No I do not, but if you're looking for a local printer to make large prints I can recommend one to you. He's very good - I've sent many clients to him and they've all come back with a positive response. Or if you want to make a photo book, there a few online (overseas) printers who are very decent. Let me know and I'll shoot you the links.
Do you do studio sessions?
Alas, I do not. I'll be shooting at your home - your newborn (and you) will be much more comfortable and relaxed there.
What's your shooting style?
My style is very hands-off and documentary - I don't get you to pose or look at the camera, except during portrait shots - I won't direct you too much, but will guide you along so you're not completely clueless. It’s more about you interacting with each other than about me having you look at the camera. I don't do aspirational photography and I don't want you to perform for the camera - I want you to be yourself. I also work predominantly with natural light.
What can I expect in our session?
I'll be getting you to be as you are with your newborn. I'll also look around your house for one or two spots with good light, probably position and direct you with him/her - just a little bit. How the session goes depends on your newborn - he/she is the diva of the day. If he/she is feeling cranky and won't settle down and you need some time to sooth him/her, no worries. We can make some shots of that moment. If your newborn has a food coma after a feed, even better, we can do some shots with him/her sleeping. It's all about doing what we can with the time we have.
Is there anything I need to prepare before our shoot?
A plain-coloured swaddle cloth (or two) and a few of your newborn's favourite toys on hand. We are also likely to be shooting in your bedroom (if you don't mind), so please make sure your sheets are light-coloured and plain. White sheets are my favourite, but grey works very well also. It might be a good idea to have a mattress protector underneath the sheets too.
As your newborn is likely to poop/pee during our session, sometimes on you as well, having a secondary outfit ready for the both of you is ideal.
I also have two older ones. Can they be included in the session?
Of course! I love doing newborn sessions with older siblings! The bond between your kids can be really powerful and that is what I really want to capture, so they'll definitely be involved in our session.
What do we wear?
Clothing that reflects who you are, is comfortable and does not restrict your movements, and has the same "code" (e.g. casual).
Colour-wise, pastels, whites or greys but no black. If you prefer dark colours, navy, maroon, forest green are a safe bet. Linen and chambray are also great. Prints are fine,
as long as they are microprints. No logos, thick stripes, plaid, or clashing colours. In essence, don't wear anything that will trigger an epileptic fit - the colours should complement the photo, not distract from it. Also, no matchy-matchy outfits please.
For your older kids, I'd like them to be their authentic selves, so if you're willing, let them pick their own outfits!
If you're still unsure of what to wear, have a look at my family gallery for ideas.