It's relaxed, intimate, and not heavily posed. Lifestyle photography is the modern love child of two classic genres: documentary photography and traditional studio portraiture. It's the happy medium between having no direct input or impact on what is being photographed, and having tight control over details like posing, lighting, set, and wardrobe. Lifestyle photography is the best of both worlds: mostly observational with gentle direction.
Why would I choose a lifestyle photographer like you?
The thought of rigid posing and studio lighting makes you cringe! The convenience and comfort of being in your own home (or meaningful place) sounds ideal. While you appreciate the craft of 'baby in a basket' photography...it's doesn't appeal to you personally. You're not looking for stilted, smile-at-the-camera family photos. Instead, you want a collection of images with connection and meaning that combine to tell a story of your life right now: your family, your home, your love, and the way it all combines into a beautifully imperfect mess that's all yours!
What's a home session?
Instead of travelling to a photography studio or shared public location, a home session allows you and your newborn to conveniently remain in your personal space to be photographed. Few places will have more meaning for you than your own home. Few places will be easier for you and allow you to feel most relaxed. And those factors combine to create the ideal environment for capturing newborns and their families in an intimate and meaningful way.
Is a home session right for me?
ABSOLUTELY if you are: comfortable in your own skin and space, happy to be photographed in a mostly candid and informal way; if you want to have your connection with your baby and to each other captured (rather than simply a record of how your baby looks), and if you're happy to have seemingly 'ordinary' things and doings in your home photographed.
PROBABLY NOT if you: want your baby photographed with props and costumes, you prefer things to appear 'perfect' (including the state of your home) and find it difficult to relax unless they are. A home session may not be right for you if you are very self-conscious and/or don't want to be photographed unless you're smiling and looking at the camera.
Can siblings be included in our home session?
Absolutely. I photograph family-focused newborn home sessions so whomever your immediate family includes: a solo parent, a couple, families with multiple children etc. Home sessions are photographed mid-week however so if you have school-aged children you can either give them the morning off or book a limited weekend session during the school holidays. Please contact me ASAP for availability.
How can I book a newborn home session BEFORE my baby is born?!
Easily! (And I recommend booking early in your pregnancy to ensure availability.) Just contact me to make a booking (please note a session is secured only upon full payment of your session fee.) Let me know your location and estimated due date, and I'll make sure to accommodate you come the time your baby arrives (knowing that some babies come early, some 'on time', and some 'late.') Then, once your baby is born and you have the chance to let me know, we'll coordinate a specific session time for you (on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday within the first two weeks after birth, and usually mid-morning.)
Do I have to clean up before our home session?!
No. Two things: 1) life with a newborn is a busy time and cleaning will likely be towards the bottom of your list of things to do (as it should!) and 2) how your home looks is nowhere near as important as how it feels. As long as there's a loving and connected family inside, that's all I need for a successful home session. If your home is tidy and stylish, wonderful. If your home is lived-in with dishes in the sink, washing on the couch, toys all over the floor and so on, wonderful! As long as you're comfortable, it works for me (and it'll reflect in your photos.)
Where will you go in my home?
Wherever you spend most of your time! Typically that means the living spaces (lounge and kitchen etc.), the nursery, and the master bedroom. Weather permitting we can go into your outdoor space if relevant too. The idea of home sessions is to capture a snippet of your life at home with your baby so whatever that entails and you'd like to preserve, I will photograph.
How experienced are you?
By the start of 2019 I'd photographed more than 110 home sessions! I also have plenty of first-hand experience dealing with babies and children as a mother of three. Over my decade-long professional photography career, I've also photographed dozens and dozens of weddings, 15 births and about as many maternity sessions. I was a faculty photographer at Monash University (Clayton) for two years and have photographed countless corporate events and headshots over the years. I also regularly have my own family professionally photographed at home (thank you LJM Photography!) so I know exactly what it's like being on the other side of the camera...and trying to wrangle delightfully unruly children!
What formal qualifications do you have?
I'm an Accredited Professional Photographer Associate of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AAIPP), have a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism (LaTrobe University/James Madison University), a Diploma of Arts in Applied Photography (NMIT), and a Certificate IV in Small Business Management (RMIT University.) I also have my current Working With Children Check (WWC.) That's all the fancy pants stuff but perhaps the most valuable education I've got going for me is that I'm a mother of three...so I get it! I know the joys and the struggles of it all.
I just want digital files. Can I purchase those?
Yes and they come with permission to print rights, which means unlimited DIY printing for personal use. Digital files start at $95. If you'll use them, digital files are excellent value...but if you have a sneaking suspicion you might not get around to organising DIY printing, you might be better off investing in ready-made professional products from your personal online shop.
What payment options do you offer?
Payments can be made via your private online client portal by credit card or direct deposit via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT.) No-interest payment plans (of equal monthly instalments) are also available upon request.
Like to know more?
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