What should we wear?
I love to see lots of textures and layers when we dress for pictures, not fancy, not formal, not stiff – but something that you can feel comfortable and great when you wear. Many clients go out for fun shopping about two weeks before the session and bring much more outfits than needed for the session. I would like 2-3 outfit changes and that is all, but when we have choices, we will have a lot more fun! Accessories including scarves, hats, rain boots, umbrella, and kids costume that they love to be in are great, too.
For family/group shots, coordinating without overly matching is important. for example, everyone wears jeans and white shirts. you could choose a different shade or hue that are complementary to each other. also try not to mix the style of clothing like daddy wears a tie and jacket while the son wears a T shirts and jeans.
I have been pinning our favorite outfit suggestions on my pinterest board and I guide you through the what to wear process.
Where should we get our session done?
Including my beautiful little home studio located at heart of the Sunshine Coast, there are tons of great locations around this area, and of course there is Malaney and Noosa!! Depending on the age group of our subjects, I can suggest multiple locations including urban setting, country session, rustic setting or even beach location. Many clients take advantage of staying in their home and use a nearby park, back yard and the living room for their sessions. The goal is to capture the most wonderful memory of you and your family, not a great landscape anyway. It really helps if you go through my website and learn what setting attracts you the most and we can definitely discuss it when we book your session.
How long will our session last?
Portrait experiences can take one hour to three hours (especially for newborns) depending on how it is custom designed to fit your need and style. It is best recommended not to schedule other engagement right after the portrait session so that we are not in a rush to finish up the session. Lifestyle sessions are more fun and relaxed and take one to two hours.
What if it rains?
It happens less often than you’d imagine, but if it does sprinkles, I am happy to reschedule. I will make the judgement call at 8:00 AM for morning sessions and at 12:00 PM for afternoon sessions on the day of the session. I may postpone the session till it gets clear or move the location to our studio where we can still get beautiful images while it is raining outside. The only thing I really dislike is a very windy day for portrait sessions.
What should we bring or prepare for the session?
Whatever means a lot to you and you want to photograph with is a must. From a hand me down blanket, family treasure, a special gift from family and friends for newborn session to bottled water, snack, favorite toys, extra diapers and all the necessary stuff to make your little one nice and comfy. sometimes, the parents go creative to add a huge lollipop that is as big as a child’s face or rainbow color balloons to their session to bring the happiest smiles out, too. we are all about making your session fun and happy!
What are difference between LIFE STYLE experience and PORTRAIT experience?
Both experiences are designed to capture the essence of the subjects. Lifestyle portrait experience is focusing to the connection, interaction, candid, and organic life. It can be done at the studio, other locations, or at your house. It is best for family, newborn, maternity, siblings portraits.
The Portrait experience is more focusing the current passion and talent of a subject. The sessions are more creative and focus on the face. These sessions are great for 6-16 years old child with lots of fun activities that she loves. Your child will feel like a star of the day while being photographed in commercial lighting and backdrops and have fun doing what she is passionate about.
Do you offer any mini sessions?
I do offer very limited occasion mini sessions at select locations including our studio, near by gardens, or at a special event. It is up to 20 minutes and has a particular theme or setting. they are announced by my NEWSLETTER only and does fill up quickly. (click here to sign up our private mailing list). It is great to get quick updates of your growing child at a significantly low investment.
Do you offer any baby plan COLLECTION to document the baby’s first year?
Absolutely! it is one of my most popular packages among our expectant moms and new moms. I have a wonderful baby plan that is offered at your newborn sessions. Please inquire for more details.
How long does it take to view our images after the session?
within 2 weeks from the session date, you will be coming back to the studio to view the images from the session. Viewing meeting is scheduled during the day or evening hours of weekdays. Viewing the gallery is highlight of the entire portrait experience. no on line gallery is available. If packages are purchased I will personally deliver them to you or we will arrange a collection day.
How many images will I see from my session?
The experience may vary depending on the session type . These details are tailored to the session you choose. Generally Portrait sessions include 20 fully edited images and lifestlye session receive 50 - 100 images.
How long do you archive images?
Ordered images are archived and for up to a year.
How much so your clients typically spend?
most of our clients spend an average of $500~$1500
Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes, of course I do! A gift certificate is fabulous for mothers, grandparents or young people growing up!! When payment goes through, I will put your gift certificate in the mail. If you need it sooner, I can also send you a pdf via email.
Do you offer payment plan?
I do offer an amazing payment plan for all orders of $500 or more. The payment can be split into three or 6 , interest-free monthly installments. You can secure your first payment with a credit card, and your signed agreement will permit us to bill the same card for subsequent payments. you will be getting more information when you are ready to place your order.
Do you have a referral program?
yes! I not only very appreciate our clients’ word of mouth referrals to friends we graciously thank our clients for sharing positive experience about the studio and your time with us. when you tell your friends about us and they book a session, you will automatically receive a $50 gift certificate, good towards your next session at the studio towards session fees, products or design services.
When is the best age to have my baby photographed?
For newborn sessions, it is best to photograph within the first week of life. 4 month, 7 month and 12 month old are good as each time the babies reach a very special milestone.
Do you offer a session packages including just digitals?
Fortunately, I do not! I pride myself in the work I create. To put them on a flash drive, toss them in a drawer, maybe make a holiday card, or post a few on social media is not why I do this? I am not just point and shoot photographer, I want so much more for you! I want you to show off your artwork, decorate your homes, and give the gift of memories that can be showcased for generations to come.