Welcome to Your Portrait Experience

Your Session & Covid-19

A few months ago one little virus snowballed into a global pandemic, one that we’ve had to learn to live with. In order to ensure your safety and be aligned with government regulations, I’ve put a few Covid-19 policies in place. Those details can be found on my website via the button below.

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What to Wear

The 90s were awesome; not so awesome was the matching white tees and jeans trend that emerged for portrait sessions. If you’re stuck on what to wear for your session, I’m here to help.

  • Big, bold logos/wording, character tees and the like quickly date your photos and should be avoided. Instead, opt for solid colours.
  • Avoid patterns that are big, bold and loud ’cause they’ll end up wearing you in your photos; opt for smaller, dainty prints instead.
  • For couples and families the trick is to co-ordinate and not match colours.
  • Layer it up- layers add interest to an outfit.
  • When it comes to accessories, remember the wise words of Coco Chanel- less is more.

For an in-depth guide on what to wear, be sure to see the style guide by clicking the button below.

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Preparing for Your Session

Professional cameras and lighting show so much more than a cellphone snapshot, that’s why its important to pay attention to those little details.

  • When you package includes complimentary makeup, it’s best to arrive at my studio with a clean and moisturised face. Please remember that false lashes are not included in packages (you’re welcome to bring your own) and to disclose any allergies to makeup products or their ingredients.
  • If you typically get your nails done, schedule your next nail appointment for a few days before your session. For those with natural nails, ensure they’re clipped and clean.
  • If you groom your brows, check for any stray hairs or schedule your next wax appointment for a few days before your session. For the guys, facial hair is like your makeup- don’t forget to groom your facial hair if you want to look your best on camera.
  • Don’t do anything drastic to your look in the days leading to your session. Those days are not the time for wacky haircuts or a chemical peel.
  • Give your skin glow by keeping well hydrated, exfoliating, moisturising and don’t forget your sunscreen.
  • Eat light on the day of your session. A heavy, salty meal will leaving your looking and feeling bloated but you don’t want to feel shaky from not eating at all.

A Note for Parents

Your child may be an angel but sometimes they like to throw you a curve ball and simply not be in the mood for a session. Here are a few tips to help prevent that:

  • Schedule your session for after their nap time. As a parent myself I totally understand and would be happy to work with you on this.
  • Bring along water and any non-messy treats. It’s much easier to bribe a child with a treat if they can see it.
  • It’s often the smallest thing that can set off a toddlers bad mood; one typically been clothing tags. You’re welcome to bring an extra change of clothes if it becomes an issue for your little one.

While I do try my best to get picture-perfect portraits of your little one, sometimes it’s just not on the cards if they don’t want to co-operate.

If It Rains

As much as I may keep track of the forecast in the days leading up to your outdoor session, I can’t control the weather. If it looks like it’s turning to rain in the hours leading up to your session, I will be in touch to suggest options. These are typically to reschedule at no extra cost or take a chance and see what the weather offers.

What Happens at Your Session

It’s session day- yay! When you arrive for your session we’ll go through the sanitizer and temperature reading routine before we start. From there we’ll chat about the session and what we’ll be doing.

My number one goal is to get you comfortable so we can capture natural, emotive photos. I’ll guide you through poses that will get you looking your best in photos, along with guiding you to interact with your loved ones for beautifully composed photos.

Before you know it, your session is wrapped and you’re on your way to choosing your photos for hand editing and retouching.

What Happens After Your Session

With your portrait session wrapped, your photos are backed up with the best photos being selected and lightly edited. These are then uploaded to a private online gallery for you to view and select your photos for final editing and retouching; you’re guaranteed of receiving access to your selection gallery with 48-72 hours of your session.

Using the heart icon found on each photo in your online gallery, you can select which images you would like for your completed package. While your package is for a set amount of images, you’re welcome to purchase additional photos. Once your selection has been received, each image is carefully hand edited and retouched in preparation for final delivery.

Delivery

Gone are the days of CDs and USBs! With digital delivery, your photos are in your hand on any device as soon as they’re ready. Your 30 day online gallery is password protected and  you can instantly share, download and print your photos.

Your photos will be ready within 7-10 working days from when you submit your selection.

Still have Questions

If there’s anything you want to still ask or chat about regarding your session, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and I’ll be happy to help you.

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