FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why should I choose Nerissa J Photography? I love what I do – I really do. I strive to provide my clients with the best photo shoot experience while creating wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.
What kind of photographer are you? My focus is on creating images that are candid, emotive and tell a story. Capturing beautiful moments is important to me and I want you to LOVE the experience. I want you to walk away feeling more beautiful or confident than you ever have in your life.
Where will our session be held? I am a natural light photographer, which means the majority of shoots are held outdoors. Together we will choose the perfect location for your session. We all have places that make us feel relaxed and at peace, or places that hold special memories and meaning. Choose a place for your photos that feels like YOU. I’m always happy to suggest ideas based on what you have in mind! I am happy to shoot at new locations and am willing to travel.
Some locations I frequently shoot at:
- SYDNEY: Hills District, Northern Beaches, Eastern Suburbs & Western Sydney
- OUTSIDE OF SYDNEY: Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands & Hawkesbury
Unfortunately, there are a few places that are strict about the use of commercial photography on their premises. This includes Bondi Beach, Balmoral Beach, Centennial Park, Queens Park, Moore Park, Royal Botanic Gardens, The Domain, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont Wharves, and Sydney Opera House.
What should we wear for our photo shoot? Click here to see my PINTEREST board for ideas on what to wear. “Be comfortable, be yourself!” The most important thing is that you wear your favourite clothes that make you feel the most confident!
I prefer photographing people in neutral colours and solids, because I want the focus to be on you, not what you are wearing! It’s a good idea to avoid really bright colours, because the light can bounce off your clothing and into the shadows of your face, adding a colour cast to the image! When in doubt, go with richer, deeper tones or neutrals. Deep reds, burnt oranges, creams, greys, soft or darker blues always look good!
Another consideration is some tight checks, high-contrast patterns can create an effect called a “moiré effect” where a weird pattern emerges. This mostly happens with shirts that have tiny, close together, contrasting checkers – so definitely avoid those! Layering also looks good, especially with pieces that are structured and have good texture, like leather or denim.
I feel awkward and nervous in front of the camera! Help?! Everyone feels nervous at first on a photo shoot, even me – but don’t worry. I’ll give you direction and a few little activities that will have you laughing and feeling comfortable in no time! I promise it will not feel like a photo shoot at all.
What happens at the shoot? We will meet at your selected location at the scheduled time and go over any special needs or photo requests. I want you to feel comfortable, so we will spend a few minutes getting to know each other prior to the shoot.
We will shoot with various backgrounds and explore our location to create different styles of images. I aim to keep the session relaxed and comfortable for you and your loved ones to capture a balance of both candid and posed moments.
I like to photograph newborn sessions within the first two weeks of life. These shoots are held at your home where you can all relax and enjoy precious moments with your new baby. I will give you and your family plenty of time on the day, as newborns can be unsettled and require feeding and this takes time. I don’t want you to feel stressed or pressured to have everything ready and perfect.
How long does my photo shoot go for? Depending on your type of photo shoot, the length can vary anywhere from 20 minutes to two hours, but typically sessions are 60-90 minutes in duration.
Do I need to bring anything with me? If you have young children, please feel free to bring snacks or toys along with you. Also take into consideration weather conditions on the day, as you may need to bring a water bottle if it is hot or a jacket or blanket between shots in cooler weather.
What happens after the photo shoot? At the end of the session, you will receive my price list to go over before booking your purchasing appointment at a time convenient for those attending.
How long until I can see the photos from our shoot? Once your session is over, I immediately transfer your photos onto my computer with double backups, before beginning the editing process. It takes approximately one week to edit and prepare your gallery of 40-60 images and once they are ready to be viewed, you will receive a text or email.
Why should I invest in a professional photo shoot? Today, it’s normal to flick through your phone quickly to see images of your children or to hardly ever see those family pictures again that are buried somewhere deep on your mobile phone or computer’s hard drive.
There is something so much more meaningful in being able to physically see and touch a tangible image. As a professional photographer, I provide you with stunning images that are carefully printed on to a museum-quality, fine art paper and beautifully framed. This fine art photography can literally last a lifetime, with the end product guaranteed to last 75 years, if not more.
Being able to display a physical reminder in your home of your love as a couple, the sense of excitement during pregnancy or the unique bond your family shares is priceless.
Investing in fine art photography is not just investing in a picture, but in lifelong memories that can be treasured and remembered forever. It’s not about taking a picture and hiding it away, but proudly hanging it on your walls – an investment well worth considering.
Can I buy additional photos and products? I offer one viewing session where you have the opportunity to choose your favourite images from your photo shoot from a generous gallery of images. I offer digital packages, prints and custom products, such as framed prints and fine art albums. Images from your session tell a story, capturing a treasured moment in time. These photographs will be an investment in your family history.
How far out are you booked? I am typically booked one month in advance.
How do I book a session with you? I am so glad you asked! You can email me directly at email@example.com or call me on 0452 474 686.
My goal is to capture your personality and your relationships through the images taken on the day. I strive to make your experience with Nerissa J Photography as easy as possible, and if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am always happy to help!