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What to expect and useful preparation

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How long will the session take?

Typically a baby session will take under an hour - particularly if your baby is awake during the session. However, on the day of the session, please plan on being at my studio for up to 2 hours.

This means we can have plenty of time for feeds and cuddles without any time pressure.  

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The studio

Your session will take place in my relaxing portrait studio downstairs at unit 4 / 27 Waterman Place in Ferrymead 8023.


We have parking at our door and our main entrance is off the courtyard between the buidlings.


If you have any difficulties finding us, please don’t hesitate to call on 027 523 3939.


Wear comfortable light clothing as the temperature of the studio will be quite warm, for the comfort of your baby.


Pack a spare change of clothes just in case there are any little accidents.


Bring a pacifier – only if you are using one, as they can be very helpful during the session.


If you are formula feeding bring some extra bottles, just in case.


Bring a snack for yourself and any older children (drinks will be available at the studio).


For older children bring along a couple of their favourite toys or books to keep them entertained.

Shoot day preparation

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Baby studio safety

An assistant will be present throughout the session to ensure the safety and comfort of your baby.


I strongly believe that no image is worth sacrificing the comfort of your baby and I will be led by your baby and will adjust the session according to their needs.


Sibling studio safety

Please be aware that there is a lot of equipment in the studio and therefore, for their safety, we would prefer that older children are closely monitored and kept in the viewing / toy area when not involved in a photograph.


Engaging children in the session

I recommend talking to your older children about the session in advance. Tell them my name and explain what I will be doing. Lynley will also be present to help during the session so let the children know about that too. 


It can also be helpful to explain why you would like to have their portrait taken. Many families also find it helpful to have a "treat" planned for after the session.

We try to avoid asking children to 'smile' during the session as we find this often leads to an unnatural expression as they try to comply. We prefer to make them giggle and laugh so please let us know if there are any things your kids find funny and be prepared to get right behind me and make faces to get them looking towards the camera! 

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What to wear?

For families, coordinating colours tend to work better than completely matching outfits. Neutral colours and simple fabric patterns typically photograph best. 


I have a range of adult dresses available if you would like something more special to wear and clothing for older kids up to age 6/7.

If you have something at home that you would like to wear in the portraits, or something that is special for your family or cultural heritage, please bring these along.  You may like to read my blog on photographing Korowai here.

I am happy to speak with you beforehand if you would like advice on outfits that photograph well. 


Props and clothing for your baby

I have plenty of props and outfits for your baby to use during the session. 

However, if you have a special item that you would incorporate in the session, I would love for you to bring it along.

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When will your gallery be ready?

An ordering appointment will be held at the studio 3-4 weeks after your session.


At this appointment you will be able to view your collection printed and ready for you to take home. You will select your collection and images for artwork during the appointment.


Artwork and albums will be delivered 2-4 weeks later and you will be invited to the studio to collect them.

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