What should we wear?
This is the main question I get asked, so we’ll start here and move onto some other questions you might have a bit further down this page.
Most importantly, I want you to feel wonderful. This is essential to my process. So that’s step one. Find something you feel fabulous in. You need to be comfortable and able to move around easily, I want you free and ready to play with your babies without needing to adjust what you are wearing.
Once your outfit is chosen then you can worry about everyone else. Choose complimentary colours that flow with your clothing choice. Just to be super clear, you do NOT want everyone in white tops and blue jeans. We are leaving this style of family portrait far behind us in the 90’s and will never be revisiting it again.
Aim for simple, avoid anything with writing or logos. These can be really distracting but can also date your images really quickly as fashions change.
Look for textures, I am all for textures, it photographs so well. Thick knits and anything linen will personally keep me happy forever.
Yes to outfit changes, whatever you want. This is your session. I want to see your style!
Below is a screenshot of a Pinterest board I have created to help you if you need. Click here to visit this page and see many more ideas.
What to expect
These sessions are super relaxed and about you and your family interacting and being your wonderful selves. I’m there to document that.
We’ll chat, I ask a lot of questions. This helps me understand you and gives me ideas about how I will tell your story through the photographs we take.
There are generally small people involved in my photography sessions who are perfectly unpredictable and totally in charge. That’s the way I want it. Please just let that flow. The more you allow that, the more opportunities I have to capture their pure, free, wild selves.
Your health is my main priority. Muka Portraits has completed and will be following a COVID-Safe plan when photographing you and your family. If you would like to see a copy of this document I am happy to email it through to you. I will be using hand sanitiser before and after your photography session and all of my gear will be sanitised between sessions. If you wish for me to wear gloves as an extra precaution I am happy to do this. I will also be restricting my bookings to one family a day during this time.
While being professionally photographed you are exempt from wearing a mask. However, anyone over 12 years old will need to put their mask back on as we walk between locations.
As of the 19th October, 2020 you are not allowed to travel outside of 25km from your home. Please let me know if the location we have chosen is further for you than this and we will find an alternative. Currently, I can also only photograph up to 10 people from one household. From the 1st November, 2020 I am allowed to photograph you in your home, but you are not allowed to have any other visitors during this time.
Please let me know if you or any of your family members have been unwell recently or overseas in 2020. I also assure you I will only ever be photographing your family when I am in 100% health. If any health concerns arise we will reschedule your booking. I never want to put you and your family at risk.
Where will my photographs be taken?
All of my family photography sessions are at a location that is relevant to you. This might be your home, local park or at the beach. Where do you go often as a family? You are not restricted to just one location either, we can travel to different places during your photo session.
Should I bring props?
I’m not big on the props but I love a good rug or picnic blanket. This is your story so if you have something in mind let’s chat.
Bad weather …
I am really flexible when it comes to weather, and happy to reschedule sessions if we get a rainy day. It is so important to me that you are comfortable during your photo session. If you are organising a large group of people and rescheduling the session is not an option we can choose a location that has some cover from the rain.
We’ll reschedule. We want everyone feeling the best that they can.
What time would my photo session be?
The sessions are either in the morning or evening as this is when we will get the very best light. There is flexibility here depending on the location we decide to use and if your kids are still having day sleeps. The most important thing is that everyone is feeling great.
What days are the photography sessions?
I run my photography sessions on weekend days only, Saturday and Sunday.
How many photographs are taken during the session?
I have no set number of images that I take during your photography session. I photograph until I know I have a beautiful range of images, generally this takes an hour to an hour and a half.
When will I get the images?
You can expect to receive your images within three weeks of ordering.
Where is the studio?
I only photograph on location, no studio photography. Viewing appointments are through Zoom and for the collection of your images please come to 27 Patty Street, Mentone. I operate by appointment only so please call before popping in.