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FREQUENTLY ASKED PORTRAIT QUESTIONS

How long does a session take?



"Session durations depend on the number of subjects and type of shoot.
Maternity, Family and Childrens sessions generally take no longer than one and a half hours, with one hour being the most common.
For newborn sessions a four hour block is set aside, this is to allow ample time for nappy changes, feeding and settling. "


What is the best time for my photography session?



"Children and often adults get much better results in the morning, after a good nights sleep, having eaten and are feeling happy! Although this all depends on your usual routine. We offer shoots Monday-Saturday.
Newborn shoots are best done in the first two weeks after birth. This tends to be when they are most flexible, settled and at their tiniest. They change so fast, and capturing all the little details of your new addition is so important."

  • Our Natural Light Studio is of course only effective during daylight hours.
  • Our Black and White Indoor Studio is available during all opening hours.
  • Our Outdoor Studio options are of course weather dependant.

"We are on hand to discuss what the right time and option is for you. Give us a call to discuss what's the right option for you."


How many people can we include?



"There is no limit to the number of family members you can include. During the shoot we will photography each person individually as well as combinations ie Mum and Dad, Mum and Kids, Dad and Kids, Siblings, The Whole family. We understand that each family is unique, and we will discuss the images and combinations you are wanting during our design session."


Can I bring my pets along?



"Have you heard the saying... Never work with children and animals? Well, we love a challenge and get great results! We understand that pets are a part of the family and have photographed everything from snakes to horses. Photographing some animals requires special preparation so let us know who will be coming with you to the shoot."


What if my child is ill on the shoot date?



"If someone is not feeling well, we will simply re-schedule. We just ask that you let us know as soon as possible"


What happens if it rains?



"If you have selected an outdoor session and mother nature does not play along we can still get great images. Bring along a brollie and some gumboots and make some memories, or head inside and take advantage of our indoor studio options. If you have your heart set on an outdoor shoot we can reschedule to another date. We will contact you prior to your session time to discuss your preferences."


What should we bring with us?



"We style your session to suit your personality. We suggset you bring things that represent your style, personality and hobbies. Do you or your family play any sport or musical instruments, what are your hobbies, do you collect anything, what is your favourite way to spend your spare time.

For young children, think of what you would bring along on a day out. Snacks, wipes, favourite toys, blankies. Steer clear of snacks like cheezles, that stain faces and fingers.

For newborns, bring along your nappy bag, we have a microwave for heating bottles if required and quiet areas for feeding and changing. We have a variety of blankets, hats and other items to include in the photographs. We do encourage you to bring along any of your favourite blankets and toys, or anything of sentimental significance.

These are all things we discuss during your design consultation. See our Generel section on the FAQ for more information."


What should we wear?



"We suggest bringing a few changes of clothes with you on the day to give you a few options. Natural earthy tones are suggested, blues, greens, browns, creams all work well together. Steer clear of bold patterns and logos. You dont want to distract your faces. Go for texture over pattern and layering is a great way to add interest and gives you the ability to change the look of your outfit quickly by removing a layer or two. Everybody wearing the same thing, such as blue jeans and white shirts, can smetimes resemble a uniform. Of course these are all just seggestions, if bold patterns and bright colours are part of what make you wonderful, wear it! "


Do you offer hair and make-up services?



"We do not offer hair and make-up services for your shoot. Why? Everyone is different and we want to celebrate that! We recommend you do what makes you feel your best, after all, when you feel you are at your best it shines through in the photos. If you get your hair coloured do that before the shoot, if you like having your nails done, do that. Make-up, we suggest doing the same as your would for a nice night out, although if you love to be pampered and made up by someone else and feels this is what makes you shine, go right ahead! Gents, have a shave before you come in, or don't it all depends on how you feel your best. Just remember the old rule... two weeks to a good haircut!

For the kiddies, full make-up on a child is unnecessary, hair out of eyes is suggested. Pay special attention to nose, eyes and mouth, make sure there are no remenants of breakfast, snacks or the backyard :) Wet wipes are always a great asset."


What happens after the shoot?



"At the conclusion of the shoot we will make a sales appointment. This will generally be a week after the shoot date. This is where you will view your photographs from the session and decide which images and products you wish to purchase. For more information head to the General section on the FAQ page."