1 Hour Session
30+ Digital Images
1-2 Hour Session in the comfort of your own home.
30+ Digital Images
45 Minute Session
15+ Digital Images
5x7 Matted Print
30 Minute Session
20 Digital Images
*Available for June/July/August*
T'S & C'S
A $150 deposit is due at the time of booking to secure your session and quoted price. The remaining balance is due before the session takes place. Prices are subject to change without notice. A travel fee may be applied to locations further than 50km from my home in Christchurch. Frames can be upgrade from as little as $75.
Print your photo's
Family and Newborn Session's come complete with an 8x10 frame as a beautiful keepsake from your session. Our frames are hand crafted & NZ made by our professional print lab, Queensberry.
Your frame can be upgraded from as little as $75.
Melissa can help you design a frame that includes a small selection of images from your session, if it is too hard to pick just one.
Albums & Photo-books
Want to display all your images in one convenient place? Then our albums and photo-books are just what you are looking for! Simply create a favorites list in your personal online gallery, choose your cover and Melissa will take care of the rest!
Designing your Frame
There are so many options for our frames. Talk to Melissa about designing a beautiful frame that your family will love for decades to come.
Did you know we can also create package deals for purchasing two or more frames.
*Sizes shown above from smallest 8x10, 16x16, 24x24, 30x30
We have 7 different colors for you to choose from for your frame! Pictured above we have Black, Gold, Warm Metallic, Light Wood Grain and Dark Wood Grain
*Not pictured - White & Silver
What Locations do you recommend?
My top two favorite locations are Taylor's Mistake and the Halswell Quarry. I also often shoot at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Pines Beach in Kaiapoi and the West Melton Forest. Most locations are also dog friendly excluding the Botanic Gardens.
How long do session's take and who can be included?
Maternity Session's generally last around 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on how many people are involved. Maternity Session's can be just mum or the whole family! (please note, session's with just 1 person may result in less images)
Family Session's run for 45 minutes to 1.5 hours depending on how many people are included.
In family Session's you are welcome to include extended family, this can change the makeup of a session however and means there is a bit less time for creativy.
Newborn Session's run for 2 hours. This includes plenty of time for feeding/changing and cuddles when needed. The whole immediate family is included in Newborn Session's, grandparents are also welcome but please note this could result in less photo's in other areas due to time.
What time of day will our session be?
Almost all outdoor images on my website have been taken in the golden hour. This is the hour before the sun sets (please note it could be earlier for sessions at Taylors Mistake) As a mother, I know this can be a hard (and scary!) thought, but I would 110% recommend changing your child's routine for the day to have the session as close to golden hour as possible. It will allow me to deliver better quality images for your investment.
Newborn sessions generally take place in the morning, as I have found this is when they tend to be a bit more settled.
What equipment do you shoot with?
My main camera is a Canon 5D Mark IV, my back up is the Canon 6D. I shoot using only prime lenses with focal lengths ranging from 24mm to 135mm.
We are really shy and don't feel comfortable having our photo taken, should we still book a session?
Yes! Please, please don't let this stop you from booking in to have professional photo's taken. After having our own family photo's taken not long ago, I 100% know how you feel BUT not only will your portraits be special to you now, they will be such a gift to pass on to not only your children but for your grandchildren too! Our kids absolutely love looking at photo's of Shane and I from our childhoods. If our parents never took those photo's (or had them taken) we would never be able to share those moments with our kids.
To make things feel a bit less awkward, I will give you some prompts to create some fun family interactions where you can forget I am even there. The last 10-15 minutes of a session I always leave as "free time" so I can just document your family being, while still giving a few little directions here and there.