The Photoshoot Experience

Just have fun!

Seriously, let’s have fun. There is no reason for a photoshoot to be stressful, scary or disheartening. One of the most common pieces of feedback I get from my clients is how surprised they were at how easy and fun the photoshoot experience was. Here’s what you can expect from your photoshoot when you work with me.

  1. Style and Concept Consultation

Before I pick up the camera, I’ll take some time to get to know you and understand what you want from your photos. We’ll do this in your home, at a local meeting spot or over the phone. The planning session will take about half an hour, and we’ll discuss:

  • what you would like from your photos

  • what is the best location for a photo session

  • what to wear in a photoshoot and how many outfits to bring

  • what types of photo products you would like to take home with you

  • a suitable date for the photoshoot

  • whether you would like to book a hair and makeup artist for the day of the photoshoot.

When you’re happy, I’ll send over a contract for you to sign and you’ll make the deposit payment.

2. Photography Session

Now the magic starts. On the day of the photoshoot, all you need to do is come prepared to have fun. Arrive on time, breathe and let me help you feel relaxed. We’ll start with hair and makeup (if you have chosen this option), then go through your outfit selection. My goal is to help you feel comfortable in front of the camera. This is how we’ll get the magic shots.

3. Post Production

After the photoshoot, I will get to work editing and polishing your images. I don’t go overboard with editing because I believe beautiful photography is photography that captures the truth of who you are. But I will make sure the photos offer the highest quality lighting and composition and add touches where needed. Post-production will take about a week, and I will phone you to tell you when the portraits are ready.

4. The Presentation

Finally, we get to the big reveal. I believe this is the best part of your photography experience. I will present your photographs so that you can “ooh and ahh” over your beautiful images. This is the first time you will see your photographs and we will take some time to select your favourite portraits before finalising the order. The presentation session takes up to an hour, and I’ll be there to help you every step of the way. You may be able to take home your order the same day, or additional prints or enlargements will be available a couple of weeks later.

Ready to book your photography?

It is wonderful to have these memories captured. I have received so many comments about how stunning and very unique the photos are. I am truly grateful to have these amazing family portraits.
— Therese

Frequently Asked Questions

I hate getting my photo taken

Most of my clients do! Most start out saying they are nervous but by the end of the photoshoot they are saying “that was fun!”.  It’s my job to put you at ease and show you how to sit and stand so that you look your best in front of the camera. I promise to take the best photos you have ever seen of yourself. And… we’ll have a few laughs along the way.

What should I wear for the photoshoot?

Most importantly you should wear something that you feel comfortable in. Classic styles in mid-tones are the best for standing the test of time. Fitted clothing is better than voluminous outfits (yes, really!). It’s a good idea to start planning your outfit a few days before the shoot, particularly for family groups where you need to avoid outfit clashes. Consider the location; in the studio or outdoors? I’ll provide you with a detailed guide on what to wear once you have booked your photoshoot.

What should I bring?  

There’s nothing that you need to bring on the day apart from your selection of outfits. In some cases, you may want to bring specific items to use as props in your photos. For example, a musical instrument, sporting equipment or items that tell a story for personal branding shoots.

Should I get my hair and makeup done?

It’s up to you. I work with a professional hair and makeup artist who comes to the studio on the day of the photoshoot. Often, women find that they feel more confident with a professional polish from a hair and makeup artist. The make-up artist will be guided by how you want to look, ranging from a natural to a more dramatic look. If you choose to do your own hair and makeup, use a bit more than you usually do. Defined eyes and lips can make a big difference to your photos. If your photos are outdoors, remember it might be windy, especially at the beach

Can you help me select my photos after they are taken? I’m not sure what I want to do with my portraits.

Of course! Your session fee includes an in-person design consultation where we will go through your photos and select the ones you like the best. This is held at my studio where you can see and feel each of the products I sell. I can show you mockups of how your photos will look on your walls and help you select the right size and finish. It’s worth considering where you want to display your photos before the photoshoot. Do you have much wall space, would you like a keepsake box to hand on to your children, or perhaps an album to proudly display on your coffee table? Do you want gifts for your parents or other loved ones?

How much will professional photography cost?

Typically, my clients spend between $740 and $3000 for a professional photography package. There is a $175 booking fee which also covers your planning consultation (in person or by phone), photoshoot session and design consultation on how to style your portraits in your home. See products and pricing.

Do you sell digital files?

I don’t sell “a CD with all the pictures”. Instead, I focus on quality instead of quantity. All of the images I show you are carefully selected and edited to look their best. Every printed portrait you buy includes the matching digital file. Digital-only collections are not available for portrait sessions. I do offer digital-only packages for headshots, business and personal branding. See products and pricing