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Central Coast Portrait Photographer Questions and Answers


What are your prices?

The cost for a portrait session is $150 with print products and digital files sold separately. Please click here for my product pricing.

How do your sessions operate?

Ok, here is the plan.

Step one - we discuss your session, agree on terms and book in a date.

Step two - I email your contract and invoice and you sign and pay your retainer to lock in your date.

Step three - Photo session day.

Step four - approximately two weeks later I will invite you to my home so you can view your images and place any orders.

Step five - you hear a knock at the door. It’s the postman with your products!

What is an in person reveal and ordering session?

After the images have been edited, I invite you back to my home to view 20 to 30 relaxed, natural images on a large screen. The ordering session can take around an hour to establish your favourites and decide on the presentation, in albums or wall art. We encourage you to think beforehand where in your home you might display the images so we can make better-informed decisions about presentation. We need all decision makers to be present in this appointment, as this is where you make your purchasing decisions.

Do I have to place an order at the reveal and ordering session?

This is your only opportunity to select and purchase your products. Your images are then archived for 12 months in case you need to place any emergency follow up orders. A small fee is charged under these circumstances.

When will I receive my images?

Your prints and digital files are generally delivered within 3-4 weeks after your reveal and ordering session. Photo books can take up to 6-8 weeks for delivery.

How long does a photography session last?

Depending on the number of people, poses and locations, a session can last from 60 - 90 minutes.

What should we wear?

- Wear solid coloured clothing so that we see all of your faces and no one person stands out. If you wear stripes or flowers, you will stand out from the rest of your group.

- Choose muted tones that are a bit subdued so that you are the subject not your clothes and you don’t stand out from the group. Bright colours project (especially reds, oranges, and yellows), which also makes you look larger.

- Choose similar tones for your top and bottom (both dark or both light) so that one doesn’t look bigger than the other.  White top, dark pants will make your top look bigger.  White pants, dark top will make your butt look bigger.

- Choose 1-3 colours for your group portrait, ones with similar tones that go nicely together and have everyone work within that colour palette. For example: dark green, navy, and burgundy – all dark jewel tones.  Or tan, a lighter olive green, and denims – all lighter, softer tones.  So that we see the people first and your portrait looks stunning. Wedding group photos look so good because they’re all wearing the same colours and the people stand out!

- Choose a top with sleeves at least to the elbow because your arms take up more skin area than your face and will draw attention and it may also make your arms look larger.

- Choose long pants for men/ladies or a skirt below the knee for ladies so that your legs don’t take attention from your faces, and you will be able to sit and bend without showing too much leg.

- Choose dark socks and footwear (unless it’s a barefoot photo on the beach) because white just sticks out like a sore thumb and that’s all you’ll notice in your portrait.

- Keep jewellery simple and minimalistic because too much draws attention from your face.

- Do your hair the way you’d normally do it while wearing these clothes – no fancy dos with jeans, no ponytails with evening gowns, etc.

- If getting a haircut or new hairdo, make your appointment at least 2 weeks prior to your portrait session – again this seems like a no brainer but you’d be surprised! Fresh haircuts rarely look their best the same or next day. Ladies need time to practice working it, men need it to grow out just a little. Allow some time to live with your new look before your portrait session.

What locations are best for a photo session?

We are so fortunate to have so many amazing locations on the Central Coast. We can meet up at the many parks, beaches and scenic areas, however, I do have a few locations up my sleeve if you are stuck in making a decision.

Can I see all the images taken on the day?

I aim to provide you with only the BEST images taken on the day. This means all test shots, blinkies, unflattering images and any others which don't meet my criteria are deleted.

What is the best time of day to take photos?

Photography is all about LIGHT. Great light consists of even, soft and flattering light. This means either early morning or late afternoon. Bright sunny conditions don’t lend to good portrait images as they can cause harsh shadows to appear, which can look very unflattering. If circumstances require your session to be held during the midday sun we will need to find a location with suitable shade.

What is your photographic style?

I love to capture the real thing! I like to get kids to go out and play so I can capture them candidly in their natural environment. There will be some standard family posing, however, I love capturing REAL people. You are beautiful the way you are, be it tall, short, thick or thin. I aim to pose you so you are looking your best in your photos, however, I don’t want to magically alter your appearance, This means the dirty word ‘Photoshop’ is not used around clients.

Do you touch up the images?

All images will be professionally colour corrected and edited using the highest quality programs. Scars, moles and lines are REAL. That means they stay, unless notified prior. Some basic corrections like skin softening is made in line with my style, however, should you wish for additional re-touching it will come at a small fee.