Frequently Asked Questions
Where are the the photo sessions located?
Portrait sessions will be held at Tomato Lake Kewale, on the far side of the lake, when coming from the city.
Park in the Tomato Lake carpark located near the roundabout - corner of 170 President Street and Jeffrey Street.
What do I wear for my session? What do I need to bring?
General tips: The selection of clothing for your portrait is very important. If the clothing is noticeable or overbearing in a portrait, it can become a distraction. Dark clothing tends to slim. Try and tone down bright colours, as bright colors attract attention away from the face. When choosing lighter colors, stick to pastels. Pale yellow and pale blue work well, especially with jeans or kaki pants. These colours work great in nature. Light clothing can look great. If you are worried about not appearing slender then it is safer to avoid white. White can look beautifully simple and fresh. White shirts and/or blouses under a dark jacket work really well. Prints, patterns and logos are NOT recommended. Try and avoid prints of any kind and patterns. Avoid short sleeve clothing and short pants. Large or heavily noticeable accessories can be a major distraction. Simple and minimal works best.
Maternity - The aim is to show off the growing baby bump. A black or white button down top in which the bottom area can be unbuttoned easily to expose your belly works best. Or a long flowing dress. Please encourage the father (and your children if you have others) to come along if you wish (they should also dress in solid black or white). Bring along any props you wish to have in the photos, gifts, little shows, something to hint the gender of the baby.
Family - Keep your clothing simple and coordinating. Avoid loud or busy patterns and large logos. Solid colors are best. Jeans are the timeless choice and they’re great for fun, casual pictures because they are flattering. Lighter shirts on top give the pictures a more casual and bright look. Black or other dark shirts on top give the portraits a more serious and thoughtful feel . Everyone should have color coordinated outfits (Not a uniform necessarily, but there should be a theme). For the children, choose outfits that fit well, not too baggy. Jeans / khaki’s and white or black tops are always very nice for a family portrait.
Newborn - My style is to keep these as natural as possible. See general tips if you wish to be in a few photos yourself. Wraps, headbands, hats work best. Have any special clothing or blankets ready if you wish to have them in the photos. If you would something more staged, flowers, baskets, please discuss your ideas prior.
Athlete Portraits - Wear what you would normally wear for competition, plus any other equipment you feel you would like to have in the photos, remember to mention sponsored gear if you are required to focus on this.
Business portrait - Wear what you would usually wear to work, uniform, better to dress more formal than casual. Ensure you present yourself as you wish to be seen in your images, how you normally would like to present yourself - beard or no beard, have your hair styled,up, down, freshly cut and so on. If you do not usually have a uniform, see general for tips on colours and styles.
Children's Portraits - Individual children's portraits. It is important to have the children wearing clothing as recommended in the family portrait clothing tips. I recommend, no large logos or branding, cartoon character images, this is a major distraction and can date the images. If you wish your child to have a change of clothing during the photo session, this is fine, however, I would limit it to 2-3 changes. Some props might work okay, hat, glasses or toy, should you like to try. This depends on the age and temperament of the child. I recommend bringing a favourite toy or promise of a treat usually works well to help with cooperation.
Engagement - See general tips.
Cake Smash - A main outfit that will probably get cake on it, a change of clothing for afterwards. It works best if the outfit matches the cake and colours of the session. The colour schemes I can provide are pink/green and blue/purple bunting and a few accessories. You will need to provide the cake, I have a glass cake stand that I provide if you wish. Other accessories that work well are optional but recommended are; balloons, bunting, streamers, bubbles.
How do I pay?
Full fees are due at time of session cash, or proof of bank deposit. Account details BSB 923100 ACC 64245517
Why do I need to pay a deposit?
$50 non refundable deposit to confirm booking of session so no one else can book that time. 24 hours notice must be given to cancel booking and deposit will be refunded. Account details BSB 923100 ACC 64245517
How do I receive my files?
You will receive all edited digital files sent via dropbox website.
How long will it take to receive my photos?
Your photos will be available within two weeks of session. There maybe sneak peaks available on social media earlier.
What do you mean by edited?
Your photos will have basic touch ups, cropping, some conversion to black and white. No major editing options are available at this time.
How many photos will I receive?
Depending on the type of photo session you book. Most session you will receive approximately 30 digital images. Event style images you may receive more.
Can I get prints ordered through you?
No prints options are available at this stage. However, I can recommend places should you wish to print your own images.
The prices say from. What does this mean?
Prices may vary, depending on; location, most images are taken at Tomato Lake. If another location is requested, this might incur an added fee - around $50. Travel time will be calculated if I need to travel for the booking. The amount of people at the session may also change the price. Final price will be confirmed when booking.
Why can your prices change?
Prices are subject to change on without notice, your session price will not change once booking is confirmed. However, in the future prices may change.
What if I don't want my images displayed on your social media pages?
Please tell me at time of booking if you do not want your images on social media or my website.