what is lifestyle photography?
Lifestyle photography is a kind of photography that aims to capture people in situations, real-life events and the art of the everyday. The primary goal is to tell stories about people's lives. I try to control a few things: light is the main one, location (I might move items or furniture to get a better shooting environment), and action. I won’t pose my subjects. I will give them something to do, or a game to play together, and then will let them BE. I want them to act as naturally as possible, and interact with each other as they always do. This style of photography is FUN. Children can be themselves, there is no need to ask them to say 'cheese' or to sit still.
Where are you located and where does our session take place?
I am located on Sydney's North Shore, and my sessions typically take place all over the North Shore, Northern Beaches and Hills District, simply because I know these locations best. This does NOT mean I won't travel outside of these locations, in fact I love new locations. We will work together to come up with the best possible location for your family and for the feel of what you want from your images. Outdoor sessions are alway scheduled for an hour before sunset as the light is at its most flattering.
Newborn sessions will take place in your home. They are usually scheduled for morning time and last 1-2 hours. I am very flexible with whatever time suits your baby/family and naps etc.
I typically book one to three months in advance. If you are interested in newborn portraits, please inquire while you are pregnant. Already delivered? No problem. I try to leave openings in my schedule for last minute newborn sessions.
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Do you use props in your newborn session?
No. The only props that are allowed in the frame are those that are already in the family’s everyday environment, like a child’s favorite toy, a favourite blanket or a book. I really prefer a session without any props, to fully focus on the emotion.
We are having an At home session. How do we get our house ready?
Don't worry your home doesn't need to look like it is from a magazine. One thing I do urge you to do is try and declutter as much as possible. Clutter can be a distraction so its best to minimise that. I will typically shoot in your master bedroom, the kids' bedrooms/nursery and living areas. When I arrive I will have a quick look at these rooms and assess the light. Your home will be a feature of the shoot, and if you have any quirky areas or furniture I often include it in your photos. As I will be photographing you on your bed, don't forget to consider what bedding you use, it should compliment your clothing. If in doubt, use plain neutral coloured bedding.
What do we wear?
Being relaxed and at your best will make you feel more comfortable during the session. As far as clothing goes, keep it simple, you don't want to be matchy-matchy. Try to stay away from prominent logos or writing on clothing. Don't worry though, when you have booked in, I will share my What-To-Wear guide and my Pinterest board which has lots of ideas on it.
What if the weather is bad or we are sick?
If it is pouring with rain and dark we will have to postpone outdoor sessions to another date. If your home gets very dark on rainy days then I usually recommend that we postpone an at-home shoot too. If you or I are sick, then we reschedule. There is no charge to reschedule your session due to illness or bad weather.
No; mini-sessions are not conducive to my style. Like I said, I am not after that one great shot but rather a collection of images for lifelong appreciation.
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When do we get our photos?
Around 2-3 weeks after your session, we will arrange a time and day that suits you to view your images in person with Tara. It is at this point that you may decide which of the packages you wish to purchase. All Maternity & Newborn sessions are combined into one viewing session at the time of choosing your images