Baby, Toddler, Children and Teenager Session Information
We offer styled studio sessions for babies who are sitting independently but not yet crawling and outdoor on-location sessions for babies who are established crawlers and walkers.
Our approach is simple. We engage children on their level by engaging them in activities that appeal to their senses and stage of development. Toddlers are busy little bees who love to explore everything. Authentic smiles and candid expressions come naturally when they are given the freedom to explore their natural surrounds. We're well equipped for to capture busy little bees and find shorter power sessions work best with younger children.
We've worked with a number of children with special needs ranging from Autism, Sensory Processing Disorders, Prader-Willi Syndrome, Cystic Fibrosis, Physical disabilities and vision impairment. From time to time we offer themed mini sessions, glitter sessions and street or sports themed photography for teens.
Sitter sessions are for babies who are sitting independently but have not yet mastered the art of crawling. Sitter sessions are held in studio and include a number of props, accessories and backdrops to choose from. Shorter power sessions work best with this age group and generally last up to one hour.
Despite the label, these illusive little creatures are far from terrible and produce the most stunning photographs. By age two, most children are walking and establishing their language and gross motor skills. With this comes a new sense of independence which can often be confronting for children who do not yet understand their feelings and don't quite know the words to express them. There is a inner conflict happening between their need for independence and their need to still feel close, as they have done for countless hours as a baby snuggled against a parent. We draw on those two needs to produce genuine, authentic, un-rehearsed smiles and are well equipped to capture them candidly exploring their world. Shorter power sessions work best for this age group and we aim to have the session finished in under an hour.
Enter the world of imaginary play. During our pre-session phone consultation we aim to find out a little about your child(ren) and their interests. We learn about their personality and those funny little things about them as parents we want to remember. We incorporate our knowledge of your childs personality into imaginary play, nature play and fun activities to draw out your child's personality and make the experience less of a "sit here and smile" experience and more of a fun adventure for them.
Teens have a greater sense of independence and like toddlers are establishing their own personal identity, self-esteem and working out where they fit in the world. It can be an extreemly confronting and challenging time for them and for you too. We involve teens in the creative process designing a conceptual shoot exploring the emergence of identity with the aim to make teens feel good about themselves by changing how they see themselves on the inside by showing them the amazing person those closest to them see on the outside.
How we help you prepare
Regardless of what stage of life your family is at or how your family is structured, the countless little moments you share make your story unique. Our first step is to talk to you. What adventures have you shared, what family stories do you have, what traditions do you share, what funny little things do your kids do, what struggles have you faced and how would you like to remember those moments in years to come? We'll find out a little about the decor in your home so that we can guide you on locations that best suit your lifestyle. We'll help you coordinate colours and textures and assist you to style your families wardrobe from things you already have. We can provide advice on natural looking hair and make-up and guide you on what bring and how to prepare young children. We will also have an open and honest discussion about self-perception so that we may photograph you in an authentic but flattering way.
When will our photos be ready
Most of the magic happens before and after the session with the largest portion of your session spent post-processing your photos. We custom edit everything by hand rather than use a one click process to retouch your photos. We individually correct tiny skin imperfections, adjust colour and light then enhance the overall artistic feel of each individual photo consistent with our portfolio. Proofing galleries are presented in an online proofing gallery approximately 20 business days after the session for you to make your final selections.
What products do you offer
We offer digital only collections or a combination of print and digital collections. Clients may also purchase add-on printed products form our wide selection of standard prints, fine art prints, torn edge fine art prints, matted art-mount with print, framed prints, acrylic prints, metal prints, albums and canvas.
Our fine art prints are printed on museum quality Hahnemühle Photo Rag made from 100% cotton using archival pigment inks making them incredibly detailed. Our standard prints are printed on premium paper offering amazing colour, exceptional quality, durability and longevity. In our digital world today, often the starting point of the desire for the digital product is higher than that of the desire of the printed product and while you may be able to print them yourself (if they don't stay on a usb forgotten in a drawer), you simply can't buy many of the products at the same quality retail. Digital files are not the best representation of our work or of your investment and while digitals might seem convenient, the longevity of the devices you store them on, the data contained in a jpg file is unknown.
How to book your session:
When you're ready to secure our sevices with an initial payment, simply complete our online booking or contact us to express your interest and discuss your needs. We respond within 24 hours to establish dates. On receiving your initial payment to secure our services, we confirm your session by email, sending your comprehensive session information. We then commence planning and pre-session services with you.