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Where should I have my session?

It's totally up to you! If you would like an outdoor session, I absolutely LOVE shooting at dusk during 'golden hour'. The light is incredible and we can certainly go to a favourite place of yours or I have lots of beautiful local locations up my sleeve that I can suggest. In-home sessions are very sentimental, as your home embodies so much of your story. It's a beautiful thing to have documented. Natural light makes for beautiful images so I'll get you to open up blinds and curtains, and turn off any bright overhead lights if needed.

What should we wear?

Beginning with the most difficult person to dress first. Plan all other outfits around that person, remembering to coordinate colours and patterns. Natural or neutral colours are always best a safe bet when it comes to taking photos in the outdoors. If you're unsure, try finding matching pieces of white and tan. When dressing children, make sure they are comfortable in their chosen outfit. If they're unhappy, it will show in the photos. Matching is great - until it isn't. Make sure that your family doesn't look exactly the same by including different types of clothing and different shades from the same colour palette. I personally am not a fan of whole family 'jeans and white shirt' combos. Bright pops of colours can add personality but I suggest that all children don't wear the same block colour. Please try to stay away from neon colours and avoid big logos!

What if it's raining?

I shoot outdoor sessions in any kind of weather, except the rain. So I'll make a call on the session day about rescheduling the session if the rain has set in.

Why are sessions so late in the day?

I schedule all of my outdoor sessions for late in the afternoon when the sun is low in the sky and about an hour or two from setting. Shooting during this 'golden hour' allows me to get that beautiful creamy, soft light in the shoot. Summer outdoor sessions usually begin around 18:30-19:00 and in winter I like to kick things off a bit earlier, usually around 16:30-17:00pm depending on sunset. This gives us a good 1.5 hours to do the session the beautiful afternoon light. I personally don't like shooting in harsh midday sun as I'm not a fan of shadows, squinty eyes and sunburn. Sessions in your home are much more flexible with time. I usually hold these between 10:00-14:00. If you have little ones that still sleep, I'll work in with the best times for them when they are awake so we can start earlier if needed. When choosing a time, it's important to consider what time of the day you get the most natural light in your house. I'll be shooting the rooms with the best light, so have a look around your house and see which time of day your home is the brightest.

Do you offer payment plans?

I am happy to offer payment plans where the session fee is broken down into four equal payments. Get in touch and I'm sure we could work something out. Please note, that no photos will be released before payment is made in full. Prices are subject to change without notice. Prices will be honoured at the time of booking, so book today to lock in the current price list.

When will I get my images?

The online gallery will be available within 4 weeks of the session date. Your images will remain in this gallery for 1 month. No images will be provided before payment is made in full. It is the clients responsibility to make sure the digital files are backed up and saved. I will hold images for 6 months and charge a $50 archival fee to relist old galleries.

How many images are included?

For a 1 hour session you can usually expect 40+ edited images. My packages will specify how many photos you will recieve. You can rest assured knowing that I never leave out any of the important moments when selecting your photos - but if you want all the photos, that can be arranged for a an addtional fee of $250. Images can be viewed via an online gallery and downloaded directly to your computer.

Do you give RAWs?

No, absolutely not. Editing is half the magic that goes into telling your story. I understand that my editing style is pretty unique, but that's exactly what I'm trying to achieve. All of my images are edited by myself using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. I have created my own collection of 'presets', which encapsulate 'golden hour' tones. I also ask that the images are not cropped or altered in any way.

What kind of equipment do you use?

It's not a matter of what camera I have or how long I have been photographing for, it all comes down to my vision and creativity. I shoot with a Canon 6D Mark II and a variety of L series lens. For video I use a DJI Ronin S Gimbal. I also love old school film and can shoot with my Canon 514XL Super 8 and or Polaroid if desired. Please note, that two photographers can stand in exactly the same place with the same equipment and still capture entirely different images because of how they compose and see through the lens.

 Ashley Nielsen would like to acknowledge the Awabakal and Worimi people as the Traditional Owners of Country. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present, and emerging. We extend that respect to all Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people of the local Newcastle community and we recognise their connection to land, waters and rich culture.