As a Mother myself to now teenagers,I know that feeling when you look back over photos from over the years and more common than not there is always someone missing. Yes you guessed it, Mum! It’s a heart sinking kind of feeling. And let me ask you this – how many photos do you have of you and your own Mum growing up? I feel this ‘missing mum’ happens for many reasons. Firstly we are usually the one taking the photos but over the years for me, and I know many other Mum’s we were waiting for the time that we didn’t have those bags under our eyes. Waiting until we lost those last few kilos, waiting until the kids were a better age. Waiting for a time we weren’t so harsh on ourselves. Even with this outdoor Mummy and Me shoot which was my beautiful sister, she said to me I have to lose 6kg before I get photos (BUT she loved them!) We are SO hard on ourselves! And we are busy and sometimes we are always ‘going’ to do it.
Whatever it is, we are always waiting! It wasn’t until quite recently after some tragedies flashed across our news that I really realized how precious these photos are. We NEED to be in the photos with our babies, and if it’s not for us then do it for your babies. Stop putting it off. It’s not just the gorgeous smiles we want to remember, it’s how they hold your hand, how they look into your eyes, how they hug you so tightly you think your eyes are going to pop out! When they are older they will LOVE looking back at that special connection you had. And what better time than Mothers Day!
Last week I posted a video announcing the impending release of my Mothers Day outdoor sessions with a sneak peek from my first Mummy and Me session for 2018. I have been inundated with enquiries from lots of Mothers wanting to know more so thought a blog with a run down would be the best way to cover all of the common questions.
I will be running both studio and outdoor Mothers Day sessions during the month of April and possibly into early May (dates for May will be released at a later date if they go ahead). They will be a little different (outdoors to studio) so it’s important to get a good understanding of each and what will best suit you and your child/children. They are only for Mum’s and children at this stage. I really want to make an emphasis on Mum so sorry Dad’s, family photos can be done another time or feel free to book a full family session and who knows I may do some Daddy and Me sessions for Fathers Day 🙂
Studio sessions will be set up especially for my Mummy and Me sessions (as seen here). The will be available as mini sessions meaning I have some smaller and shorter time frame options available (15 minutes or 30 minutes).
They are suitable for all ages however best suited to younger children/babies due to the set up (as seen in these images). Babies under 6 weeks of age are not suitable for either these studio or outdoor sessions due to the time restrictions (if this is you, you can incorporate Mummy and Me images via a full session for newborns).
For babies under 6 months, or children (or Mum) who are extra shy I recommend the 30 minute session so you both have more time to relax into the session. Anyone wanting more than 1 digital image, it will work out more economical to book a 30 minute session, so something to think about when selecting what is right for you.
Studio sessions will be shot during the daytime with the latest timeslot being 4pm. Multiple dates (some during the school holidays) will be announced.
There will be 2 options available when booking.
- 15 minute session – includes 1 digital image with print release, they will be $75
- 30 minute session – 3 digital images with print release and will be $150
Options for upgrades after you have viewed your gallery will be available. For full digital upgrades, a slideshow will also be included.
With my outdoor sessions, my emphasis is really to capture the personality of the children and that connection with the parents (or in this case Mum) in fun environment. Outdoors allows more freedom to play which of course bring some gorgeous natural images. They tend to tell more of a story and when brought together the images make for a beautiful keepsake.
My outdoor sessions are always very popular with my Christmas mini’s selling out in record time. However I have made a decision since then (after much deliberating) to scrap my ‘mini’ sessions for outdoors out and this is for a few reasons. With the 15 minute sessions, I just found between fighting with trying to time the sunset and that lighting I want for every client. I just feel like I wasn’t capturing the whole story for each and every family in that short time frame. So as a professional photographer capturing the story is the most important thing to me. I have made the decision not to do this with my outdoor sessions again as it just wasn’t congruent with what I want for my clients. So for these reasons, sessions will be classed as ‘full sessions’ and run for approx. 30-45 minutes with no time limit as such. This way I can concentrate on capturing the beautiful connection without worrying about the lighting and timing for my next client. This also give the clients more options with different locations available depending on what you would prefer and what is best suited for your family.
Because I am so passionate about getting more Mum’s in front of the camera with their babies, I am doing them at heavily discounted rates compared to my full sessions just for Mothers Day. They will be strictly limited due to the time of day they are shot (close to sunset), meaning I can only fit 1 session in per date.
Outdoor sessions will be $195 which will include 3 hand crafted digital images with print release
2-3 location options will be available within the Rockingham area
Those who book an outdoor session will be given the option to upgrade to all images before the session at a discounted rate.
I hope that this gives you a better understanding of what session might be best for you and your family.
HOW DO YOU BOOK?
Sessions will be released tomorrow morning the 15th of March in my Facebook VIP group with all left over dates going live on my facebook page 7pm Thursday the 15th. You will need to comment with your preferred date and time (for studio sessions) and then message me. If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact me direct.
Session fees are due within 48 hours of booking. Any session not paid for within this time will be released back to the public. 50% deposit for outdoor and 30 minute studio sessions is suffice if needed with remaining to be paid before your session.
I hope to see you in front of my camera for my Mothers Day Mummy and Me Sessions.
I know it’s hard Mama.
I know it can be hard to get up every day and have these little people rely on you.
I know it’s hard to feel like sometimes your world is so small.
I want to remind you, you are the world. You are the world that those little ones revolve around.
You are their nurture, their home, and their comfort.
You are everything to them, and I hope even on your hard days you know how special you are.
Especially to your little people.
– Author Unknown