Studio Photography FAQ's

Studio 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. The more details you give me, the more I can prepare for your session. 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 your quote, an invoice will be generated for your booking retainer. Bookings are not secured without a paid session fee. 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 we can photograph newborns up to approx. 12 weeks. 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 in-home 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.

What should we all wear?

Try selecting outfits in neutral colours which work well together and dress everyone in those tones without all looking exactly the same. I always say that comfort is key and it should reflect you. You should also steer clear of crazy bright colours, logo's or image branded clothing, or mismatched patterns (e.g. one person in spots and another in stripes). Personally, I love soft neutrals if you have more of a plain simple style, or I adore bold earthy colours together such as navy blue with plum red and mustard colours. 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.

My studio maternity clients can select from one of our gowns available to wear. If you were wanting something a little different, you could bring along some gorgeous maternity lingerie and have a boudoir maternity session. Our studio is heated and extremely private.

For newborn sessions, it's best to dress baby in a nappy that isn't too tight and a loose onsie. Some of the set-ups will require baby to be nude and so this will minimise any lines showing from tight fitting outfits.

What time of day is best for our session?

Studio sessions start promptly at 10am, ensuring plenty of time for our session. If you are running late, please text or call to let me know. 


What if we don't want to be in any photos?

I can completely understand being a little camera shy, especially after just giving birth. I do still try and "include" you in some images, even if it just shows your hands on bub. This way, your connection with your new baby is still being documented, while keeping the focus on your baby.

What if rain is forecast on our session date? Do you have undercover studio parking available?

Yes, you are welcome to use our covered parking which then has direct access to our studio space..

What if we are sick on our session date?

If you or any of your family who will be attending the studio 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 that young 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?

Immediately after your session, I will download and quickly cull your images so that we can go through them together on the day. This saves you making another trip out to select your images, and while you are enjoying the creature comforts of our studio, you can look at all the printed goodies on offer and decide what will suit you and your home. We can go through your image gallery together, selecting the images you wish to showcase and discuss your space available to work out which products will best suit. Once you have made your selection, a deposit of 25% of your order will be paid, with the remaining balance split into 3 payments over the weeks leading up to delivery. Then the printed options which you selected 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 the digital + print collections, or up to 8 weeks if you select the entire gallery options. I promise you they're worth the wait!

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.

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

Absolutely! You can select our Bump to Baby Session Bundle which gives you 2 studio sessions at a discounted rate. I also gift you a free session which you can use towards a 6 or 12 month milestone session if you spend over $2000 at your design & purchase consultation.


Can we combine our Maternity and Newborn order session into one?

Each studio photography session you have has it's own ordering consultation immediately after the session, and these cannot be combined. That WOW factor with your gorgeous images is just not the same if you view them 4-6 weeks later.


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