In-Home Photography FAQ's

Album Packages available from Elysium Photography Sydney

We've viewed your Behind the Scenes clip, seen all your beautiful images and we're wanting to book! What happens next?

Hooray, great decision! Here's how it works. Once you' ve contacted me, I'll send through a quote, client agreement and short questionnaire asking about your family, what are some things you do together, your kids quirks. The more details you give me, the more I can prepare for your session. If little Lucy loves collecting flowers, or young Cooper loves pretending to be Superman, I want to know about it. Not only does it give me insight into their personalities, but it's also a great ice breaker for kids who are shy and take longer to warm to new faces. Once you approve the quote, an invoice will be generated for your booking retainer. Session dates are not held without a paid booking retainer. We can then have a chat about the look and feel you are after for your session, discuss locations, outfits and go over any questions you may have before the session.


When is a good stage to have our Maternity or Newborn session?

Maternity photography sessions are best when scheduled for around the 32-34 week mark. This ensures that you have a beautiful bump to show off and it is also early enough to avoid that late pregnancy exhaustion and discomfort. 

For newborns photography sessions, I recommend booking when you are in your second trimester. I make a tentative booking around your due date, so that I'm aware there will be a newborn session around that time. You then notify me as soon as baby arrives and we lock in the first available session date which is guaranteed to be within their first 2 weeks of life. It's important to try and photograph newborns before they pass that 14 day mark, as that's when they begin to uncurl, develop infant acne, and have their first real growth spurt (so they get very hungry and a lot less sleepy). This age is just a guide though, and in-home sessions are perfect for babies of all ages. It's important to remember that there will be a difference in the way a brand new baby is, compared to a baby that's a lot older. Older babies will always be much more awake and alert during their session, which is great if that's the stage of their life that you are wanting to document. Alternatively, you can find info on our studio sessions HERE.

What if our baby doesn't arrive on their due date?

This happens in most cases. Did you know that only 3-5% of babies actually arrive on their due date? This is why I take only a limited number of newborn photography booking each month, to provide you with flexibility and convenience once you actually give birth. It's important to contact me as soon as possible once baby arrives so that we can schedule your newborn session within those first 2 weeks.

We don't have a house big enough to have our session. What should we do?

I have shot sessions in such a broad range of homes, all shapes and sizes. Never have I come across a home that was "too small". I have a super wide-angle lens which allows me to make rooms look deceptively large, and all I require for your session is a room with a window. The rest of the session requirements are simple - I just need you and your loved ones to connect naturally and have fun. That's the convenience of an in-home session. You can walk around barefoot in your comfy clothes, curl up in bed with your little ones, the kids can play and have a tickle with you, even the fur babies can be included. It's a fantastic way to capture the raw natural beauty in your everyday life!

What should we all wear?

For in-home sessions, comfortable clothing in neutral colours always looks good. For kids outfits, try selecting around 3 outfits that you'd like to see them in and then let them "choose" one that they want to wear. This makes them feel part of the process and excited about our session. Have some fun with your outfits and if you are unsure, you can always send me some photos of your options and I'd be happy to advise you on what works best.

What time of day is best for our session?

In-home sessions work best from around 10am. This gives plenty of daylight and time to maximise your session. This start time alsogives us some time at the start to have a tour of your beautiful home, pick out the best lit areas, and have a coffee together before the fun really begins.

What if we would rather a studio session?

Perfectly fine, I offer those as well! You can find all of the info on our studio photography HERE.

What if we are sick on our session date?

If you are sick, we reschedule. Even if I have the slightest hint of a cold, we'll reschedule. It's not worth taking any risks when small children and babies are involved. There is no fee to reschedule, provided that the rescheduled session takes place within 1 month from the original date.

When can we expect to receive our photos?

You'll receive a link to your password protected online gallery within 2 weeks from your session date. There, you will be able to view your entire gallery and select the images you would like as part of your chosen package. You also have the option to purchase the entire gallery if you find it just too hard to choose. After you've made your selections, any printed options which are part of your selected package will be ordered, your hi-res and web sized image files will be prepared and everything will be posted out to you in a neat little package. The entire process can take anywhere from around 4-5 weeks for digital + print packages, or up to 8 weeks if you select the entire gallery with album option. I promise you they're worth the wait!

How should we prepare for an in-home session? 

No home is ever too small! All I require for a successful session is a window and a bed, it's that simple. I have shot in hallways, kitchens and stairwells - as long as there is some light, I can shoot there! Your home does not need to look like a double page spread from Home Beautiful magazine! As a parent of 2 little ones, I understand the chaos that is called home most days. Just a general declutter of the master bedroom and lounge area are usually enough. I adore rocking up to homes that are "lived in" - the messed up sheets with kids playing hide-and-seek, the boys room with cars everywhere, the girls room with books strewn on the bed. The main areas where I usually focus on during the session are the master bedroom, lounge area and kids rooms, but we will evidently centre the session where the best light is.

Can you retouch my images to make me thinner/remove my wrinkles/change my outfit colour?

The level of professional editing invested into each and every image is done in a way to enhance what was captured and bring out the optimum colour and tone. For further high-end editing, an additional hourly rate is charged.

How far do you travel?

I service all of Sydney and surrounding areas, but anywhere outside of Sydney (further than the Central Coast/Lower Blue Mountains/Wollongong) will incur additional travel fees. I keep these fees reasonable as I do love to travel, so I only ask that you cover my costs.

Do you offer discounts if we book more than 1 session?

I certainly do! Ask me about my Bundles options when making your booking. The ideal times to capture your baby's milestones in the first year are Maternity to capture you in all your pregnant glory, Newborn, 6-9 months when they can sit unassisted, and then as they turn the big O.N.E!


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