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Session information

Session information and pricing

Digital Packages

These prices are for Newborn, Family and stand alone Maternity sessions.

 

You decide which package you want to buy after you see your photos, this gives you the peace of mind to know you have a choice.

If you are looking for a smaller session e.g. Newborn mini session,  Baby milestones, Cake smash, Grandparent session please click here.

Choosing a photographer can be confusing, please do not choose on price alone. 

Ensure you use a photographer who is trained in newborn safety (I hold the NZIPP certification)

and who has a good portfolio of images to show you - your sweet baby will never be this small again and going through a whole session only to receive mediocre images is devastating.

Choosing an accredited professional photographer will ensure your photographer is trained to a professional standard and competent with your precious newborn.

Gold collection

  • Session fee

  • Includes family photos

  • 2 - 3 hours

  • Props, posed and unposed images

  • All of the edited files (30+)

$599

Silver collection

  • Session fee

  • Includes family photos

  • 2 - 3 hours

  • Props, posed and unposed images

  • Your choice of 15 edited digital files

 

$499

Bronze collection

  • Session fee

  • Includes family photos

  • 2 - 3 hours

  • Props, posed and unposed images

  • Your choice of 5 edited digital files

 

$399

Bump to Baby collection      $749

  • Maternity session of 1 hour, includes use of studio gowns if desired

  • Newborn  session of  2-3 hours

  • Both sessions include family photos

  • All of the edited files from both sessions

  • (15+ from Maternity session, 30+ from Newborn session).

These are the prices you will pay to have a full service photo session and your choice of digital files. There is no obligation to purchase anything else, and no shocks

 

STEP 1: SCHEDULING YOUR SESSION:

In order to reserve a date, you will complete some paperwork and pay a session fee of $150 (this is included in the collection prices above - it is not an extra charge). If we haven't already, the easiest way is for me to email or call you with a few dates and once we find a date, booking is 100% online and takes just a few minutes.

As you pull out your calendar, here are a few things to consider:

  • The studio is at Taieri Mouth, this is a pleasant 30 minute drive from Dunedin or Balclutha. We can do in studio and outdoor shots during your session.                                                                         

  • All shoots take place at the studio with the exception of  Family location shoots - which often take place at a beach or forest area. Due to the vagaries of the weather, between April and October Maternity shoots take place at the studio - and if the weather is ok we can shoot at the beach, bush, forestry, lake - which are all within a 5-10 minute drive of the studio.

 

  • Weekend dates are limited and popular, they do not incur an extra charge, but do book out quickly, so if a weekend date is important to you please book as early as possible.

 

  • Newborn sessions are often shot in the first 4-14 days after birth, but I am happy to work in a newborn style until 6-8 weeks.                                                                                                                    

  • Sibling and parent photos are included in all sessions.

 

  • I book out your due date as your placeholder session date, then you ket me know when baby arrives and we organise a proper session date. This ensures that I do not over book newborns, so that you can get your session as soon as it suits you.

 

  • If you have a particular date or holiday by which you need prints or gifts (Mother's Day, Father's Day, Christmas, etc.), be sure to book a date at least one month in advance of that date to ensure sufficient processing and printing time.

 

  • Babies and young children are almost universally at their very best first thing in the morning, which is why my newborn and baby sessions take place at 10 am. Maternity sessions can take place during the day (studio) or in the late afternoon/early evening... usually around 1.5 hours before sunset, when we get that beautiful light.

 

  • Newborn photography is my specialty - a newborn session runs between 2-3 hours depending on baby. The typical session has 2-3 props (of your choice), some simple beanbag poses, and family photos.

  • $150 is due on booking to confirm your session (this is included in the collections priced above - it is not extra!). You choose your collection after you have seen your photos. The session fee will be refunded if you do not like a single image. 

  • The session fee covers:

  • - planning and set up

  • - 2-3 hours in studio

  • - family and siblings are included

  • - use of props and clothing

  • - editing and post production

  • Payment can be made by bank transfer, credit card online or interest free time payment with GenoaPay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEP 2: THE SESSION ITSELF:

Once we've decided on a time and date and officially put your session on the books, I'll send you a getting ready guide that will walk you through everything from choosing outfits to strategies for getting children to cooperate.

That guide has been created and refined over years of experience, so it typically answers 90% of the questions that come up, but I'm always happy to set up a time to chat if you want additional help.

 

A few days before our session is scheduled, I'll reach out to confirm our time and location... at that point, if the forecast is questionable or someone seems to be coming down with a bug, we can talk about our rescheduling options. Otherwise, that's the perfect time to ask any last minute questions or let me know if you've come up with a fun idea we haven't discussed.

 

The day of the session, please block off 2 hours (3  hours for a newborn). Typically we're done within 45 minutes for maternity and older babies and 2 hours or so for newborn , but I don't charge by the hour, so if there's some kind of wardrobe malfunction or child meltdown, I like to stay flexible. 

If a parent has to leave for an important meeting but the rest of the family is still available, that's fine... just let me know ahead of time so I can focus on getting that parent in the frame while they're still available.

Finally, take a breath and relax... I promise to give the grown-ups (and kids) breaks throughout the session as needed, and to make it as painless as possible for everyone involved. 

 

STEP 3: THE FUN PART!

Within just a couple of weeks of your session, you'll receive an email from me letting you know that the slideshow of your photos is ready. Once you've had a chance to see the slideshow and marvel for a bit, you'll let me know which collection you want to purchase. 

 

After that, you'll have a full month to select the specific digital files and print items you want to use to fill that collection... zero pressure! If you're like me and like to see and feel things like frames, box fabrics and paper types in person, I have samples of all the physical products I offer at my studio, so you can touch them and understand their qualities.

Check out a sample gallery here

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What you're going to do with your images is perhaps the most important aspect to consider when you're planning for a photo session, but it's all too often the aspect that's overlooked... all that time and money invested deserve a better return than photos gathering dust on a hard drive somewhere. 

*You'll never get the same feeling looking at your photos on a screen as you will seeing them on your walls.

Below is a sample of some of the items you can choose from :

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Framed fine art prints

These gorgeous prints have a hand torn edge and floating mount which presents them in a beautiful handcrafted way. With a choice of seven different frame colours there is something to suit every decor. 

Prices start at $300

for the 8 x 10" size

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Loose print box 

Our memory boxes are handmade by Queensberry in New Zealand. They are covered and fully lined in the fabric of your choice, with a monogram on the lid. The box contains 50 of your favourite images printed to 5 x 7.

$400 - $600 inclusive of 50 5 x 7" prints

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Birth notices

One of your beautiful images, customised to your baby's details. Send to friends and family, these last so much longer than a post on Facebook.

$50 for 10 cards