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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?

Now, I'll leave this totally up to you. I am in no means 'the fashion police' but here's my take: Natural or neutral colours are always best 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. 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. Although if it is raining on your wedding day, the show must go on. Please know that this is actually considered good luck! My suggestion for you is to bring a clear umbrella and let's capture some romantic photos. Heck, let's imagine you're on the cover of a Nicholas Sparks book.

Why are sessions so late in the day?

Outdoor Sessions: 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 hour in that 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. In Home: 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 (similar to afterpay) 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.

When will I get my images?

You will recieve a sneak peek of your gallery within 72 hours (unless otherwise specified in your package) The online gallery will be available within 6 weeks of the session date. Excluding Public Holidays. Your images will remain in this gallery for 6 months. It is the clients responsibility to make sure the digital files are backed up and saved. I will hold images for 6-12 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 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. A raw file format means that the file has not been altered, compressed, or manipulated in any way by the computer. In other words, it's a very big file that has not yet been edited. 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.

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 R6 and Canon 6D Mark II and a variety of L series lens. 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.

Business Information

Ashley Nielsen Photography has both Public and Product Liability Insurance (Limit of $5,000 000) Australian Business Number ABN: 23274929702

Where are you based?

I am living and working on Birpai Land, Port Macquarie. Although I service Newcastle, Hunter Valley, Forster and surrounds. A small travel fee may apply.