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WELCOME

 

I want to thank you again for giving me the opportunity to capture gorgeous photographs of you and your loved ones. It’s heartwarming to know that individuals like yourself relate to my style and see something special in it.

 

I might not be able to stop time but I am able to capture who you are in this present moment. Each photograph will be unique to your family as it will embody the love you share.

 

My aim is to capture every honest, organic moment, leaving you with images that will become works of art you’ll proudly display in your home. I want you to look back at these photographs in the future and really feel what it was like at that precise moment in your lives – every touch, smile, laugh, embrace… feel it in every sense of the word.

 

You have invested in creating works of art that are one-of-a-kind. Art that is truly you.

LET'S GET STARTED

So you're probably asking yourself, 'What now?' Let me answer that with a bunch of information that will hopefully answer any questions you may have about your upcoming photoshoot.

 

You have accessed this link through an email confirming your booking date and that your deposit has been received. If you haven't already, you will also receive an email with a link to my contract that you can e-sign so we don't have any messy paper work. Got to love the wonders of the internet, right? Once you have read through this information and answered the questionnaire I have for you below, we will be able to work out some of the finer details.

 

About a week before your photoshoot, I will email you again just to check in and confirm the date, time and location once more. It's a great chance to have any further questions answered or to get any worries off your chest. I'm also here if you would prefer to chat over the phone - tell me a time that best suits you and I'll get in touch.

 

The day before your shoot, I'll get in touch via email again to confirm the time, give you my phone number and check the weather is looking fine for our session.

 

 

LOCATION AND TIME

Together we will decide on a location that is best suited for your family. I have a number of places I shoot at regularly or you may have a location that is special to your family. Choose a place that suits your style and makes you feel comfortable. If you're still not sure, I can always help you with your decision.

 

For outdoor sessions, I take sessions just after sunrise or just before sunset. It's what we photographers call Golden Hour. The light is magical at this time of day and provides a gorgeous glow. I keep mentioning light because it really is important - it adds another dimension to a photograph. If your session is during Summer, sunset shoots do require your kids to be awake a bit later. However, I don't want you to stress about this - professional photography sessions aren't something you do every day. It's special and the kids are often really excited to be a part of it.

 

In preparation for the session, I ask that you bring some baby wraps or blankets with you that you'd like to include in the session. I'll have some on hand too, just in case. Have all the gear you need for bub in your car in case you need it - bottle, nappies, wipes etc. If you have other children and they are going to be up a bit later than normal, a mid arvo nap and a snack or early dinner is a great idea.

 

 

THE SESSION ITSELF

I like to start every session with a chat. Each day with a baby can be so different and I want you to be comfortable before we start. Get your worries of your chest, share all those lovely moments so far... whatever you like. Not only do I want to chat with you, but if you have other children, I want to chat with them too. Kids are very intuitive and like to know what to expect. I like to ask them a few questions, tell them (and you) what we will do and explain that they just need to be themselves and have fun. And yes, it you're wondering and feel comfortable with it, I'd love to cuddle bubba!

 

An outdoor newborn session is quite a bit different to what you'd usually get of an in-home newborn shoot. For starters, we won't be able to get photos of bub naked as it's just too cold for them. You'll also be holding bub the whole time with the exception of some individual shots of the little bundle of joy. If you have other young children, your sibling photos will be of them lying down to ensure bub's safety.

 

There will be times throughout the shoot I won't need to say a word and I'll just leave you to bond and do your thing. There are other times I may give you some cues or a bit of direction - move over into this light, turn your head this way, maybe move your hand here... that kind of thing. You might need to stop and feed, change nappies, etc. - that's absolutely fine! This session will be led by bub so do what is needed.

 

 

WHAT IF...

It rains - we will reschedule.

Someone is ill - we will reschedule. This includes myself.

 

 

WHAT TO WEAR

First and foremost, wear what makes you comfortable and feeling your best. But if you're after a bit of inspiration, here are some tips:

- Select colours and tones that complement each other. Neutrals or earthy tones are always winners but if you like pops of colour, go for it.

- Textures look amazing in photos. Think linen, denim, corduroy, knits (particularly the chunky ones). This is also true for accessories including the baby wraps and blankets.

- For bub, stick to neutral tones too. Since we are outdoors, layers are a great idea to cater for all weather conditions. Think about the little knitted jackets, button up tops and cardigans, linen onesies etc.

- Mumma, you just had a baby so I'm going to remind you again of comfort. Wear what makes you feel good but be comfortable! Flowy dresses are always popular and are often flattering to our bodies post-baby. Layering is another great option if you're not into dresses, particularly if you're a little self-conscious. Think loose knits (particularly for Winter) or light cardigans over dresses or jeans and a top. Simple and classic.

- Consider breastfeeding when selecting your outfit. I'd love to capture breastfeeding photos for you and with that, you have two options. Either wear a top that is breastfeeding friendly or, if the location is suitable, you're welcome to remove your top if you're comfortable. They can be some of the most beautiful photographs - a truly organic connection between you and your little one.

- Avoid wearing identical colours and matching outfits. Find complementary colours and coordinating outfits rather than matching.

- For the gents, a nice pair of pants or jeans with a plain top or something collared looks great. Team it up with a cardigan or top over the top and you're golden. I want you to be comfortable but hoodies and trackies are a little too relaxed. On the flip side, business attire can look too formal. Find that middle ground... the smart casual look.

- Large images and logos on the front or back of clothing can be distracting. I want your photos to look and feel timeless. I have a feeling you do too.

- Clothing with a pattern can also look terrific but avoid having everyone in different patterns. Bit of a pattern overload then! Make sure some members of the family are wearing a block colour if you want to add a pattern or two into the mix. Alternatively, you can go for a textured fabric like linen or lace. They can look stunning.

- Baby onesies can often be the culprit for bold patterns so think about balance when coordinating outfits.

- Mumma, I'm addressing you again. This is a time to celebrate you and the family you have created. If you're stuck with what your family should wear, start with your outfit. The rest will fall into place.

 

Still worried? Send me photos of your clothing options and I'll help you out where I can. I'm working on a Pinterest board as we speak. The moment it has adequate content, I'll let you know.

 

 

PROPS

In preparation for you shoot, I encourage you to gather a few muslin wraps or blankets that work with your baby's outfit. Again, those gorgeous earthy, neutral tones look amazing. I will carry these items too in case you're unable to find what you're looking for as well as a large blanket for the whole family to sit on. Always good to have a spare outfit for bub and a spare top in the car for the parents.

You might also have a special toy for bub, a family heirloom or just something of significance you would like to include in a few of the shots. If so, please have them ready for the shoot also.

 

 

PETS

If you would like your pet to be in the images, I'm more than happy to accommodate them. They are part of the family too. I love animals so as long as I get a cuddle, I'm happy.

 

 

CONNECTION

You may have noticed when looking through my gallery that I encourage people to be physically close. I'll be asking you to play, tickle, kiss, cuddle and hold hands. I understand selecting a photographer is a very personal process and you and your family want to feel comfortable with me behind the camera. It is important for you to know that I am not into things being overly posed and I rarely will ask you to look at the camera - I'd much rather you be engaging with one another.

 

The best way for me to get to know you in such a short period of time is to answer a few questions I've listed at the bottom of this page - a fun little questionnaire that will get you really thinking about your family and what is most important to you. If you'd like to skip straight to it, just click on the button below.

 

MEGAN... WHAT IF MY OTHER KIDS DON'T WANT TO COOPERATE?

It's absolutely fine! Honestly, we will work together to keep them engaged. Nerves are very common for many kids as well as the over-excited child. Trust me, I've seen it all! The last thing you need to be worried about during your photoshoot is how your kids are behaving. The key is to stay positive and not sweat the small stuff. With the information you provide me in the questionnaire, I'm sure I'll be able to engage with them. Fun fact: I'm a qualified primary school teacher too!

 

Kids are pretty cluey. They get that this experience is something a little different and because of that, they're pretty well behaved. But in all honesty, I don't mind a little choas, or as I like to call it, 'honest'. Just let your kids be themselves and I promise I'll get some great shots.

 

 

AFTER YOUR SHOOT

I'll have your photos ready for you to view in a private online gallery within two weeks after your shoot. However, I like to give you a little sneak peek before then so keep an eye on your inbox.

 

Once you have access to your gallery, you can select the photos you love as part of your collection. You will also have the option of upgrading your collection at this time. These photos can then be downloaded in high-res straight to your computer or device.

 

Currently, I'm only providing digital images but I plan providing an online store for purchasing items including prints and USBs in the near future. In the meantime, please consider your photos as an investment into your family's history. They’re telling your story. Photography is just like any other form of art. These images are meant to be shared and proudly displayed in your home. When printing your images, please consider the quality of your prints and select a printing provider wisely – it makes a huge difference to the colours and longevity of your photographs.

 


PROPS

 

In preparation for you shoot, I encourage you to gather a few muslin wraps or blankets that work with your baby's outfit. Again, those gorgeous earthy, neutral tones look amazing. I often carry these items too in case you're unable to find what you're looking for. As I mentioned earlier, you might want to capture a moment like bath time so consider what you need (fresh towel, facecloth, bath toy, etc.). I also love to get photos of a nappy change or even a change of outfit.

 

You might also have a special toy for bub, a family heirloom or just something of significance you would like to include in a few of the shots. If so, please have them ready for the shoot also.

 

 

 

 

 

PETS

 

If you would like your pet to be in the images, I'm more than happy to accommodate them. They are part of the family too. I love animals so as long as I get a cuddle, I'm happy.

 

 

 

 

 

CONNECTION

 

You may have noticed when looking through my gallery that I encourage people to be physically close. I'll be asking you to chat, cuddle and hold hands. If you have other little ones, tickling and playing is really important too. I just want you to have fun and enjoy this time together. I understand selecting a photographer is a very personal process and you and your family want to feel comfortable with me behind the camera. It is important for you to know that I am not into things being overly posed and I rarely will ask you to look at the camera - I'd much rather you be engaging with one another.

 

 

 

The best way for me to get to know you in such a short period of time is to answer a few questions I've listed at the bottom of this page - a fun little questionnaire that will get you really thinking about your family and what is most important to you. If you'd like to skip straight to it, just click on the button below.

 

PROPS

I don't bring any props with me to in-home family sessions as it's all about you in your own environment. Depending on some of the moments you'd like captured will depend if you'll need any items at the ready. Once you've completed the questionnaire, you'll have a better understanding of what I mean.

If we're outdoors, I often bring a blanket for you to sit but that's it. However, I can't assure that my blanket choices will go with your outfits so it's great if you have your own that you love.

 

 

PETS

If you would like your pet to be in the images, I'm more than happy to accommodate them. They are part of the family too. I love animals so as long as I get a cuddle, I'm happy.

For outdoor sessions, you'll either need to have someone extra come along and mind pup or be happy for pup to be in the car with the window cracked for a while (but I don't recommend this in Summer).

 

 

CONNECTION

You may have noticed when looking through my gallery that I encourage people to be physically close. I'll be asking you to play, tickle, kiss, cuddle and hold hands. I understand selecting a photographer is a very personal process and you and your family want to feel comfortable with me behind the camera. It is important for you to know that I am not into things being overly posed and I rarely will ask you to look at the camera - I'd much rather you be engaging with one another.

 

The best way for me to get to know you in such a short period of time is to answer a few questions I've listed at the bottom of this page - a fun little questionnaire that will get you really thinking about your family and what is most important to you. If you'd like to skip straight to it, just click on the button below.

 

 

HOW DO YOU SELECT WHAT IMAGES GO IN THE GALLERY?

There are lots of factors in selecting the right images for your online gallery. In short, I select the images that best represent you as a family and me as an artist. You will have a lot of variety to choose from.

 

 

RETOUCHING - DO YOU DO IT?

If I see something that really shouldn't be in the shot, like a fly on your face, I'll edit it out. Unfortunately, things like little scratches, bra straps or runny noses can take an extremely long time to edit, particularly when they have the potential of being in every shot. For editing such as this, additional fees do apply so I encourage you to keep an eye on these things throughout the shoot (and if I see anything, I'll try to let you know too).

If you're wondering whether I'll do a little chin or tummy tuck.... NOPE! You are beautiful just the way you are. Don't try to convince yourself otherwise! We can all be a little self conscious at times. But trust me, when you look back at your photos over the many years to come, you won't be focusing on how you looked. You'll just remember how that moment with the ones you loved made you feel.

 

 

WAIT! I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS!

No problem. Just send me an email: info@meganbrownephotography.com.au

NEWBORN SESSION QUESTIONNAIRE

 

Grab a cuppa, snuggle up on the couch and answer the questions below (preferably with your partner).
This is a time to really dig deep. How deep is up to you but the more you share, really focusing in on what is important to you, the more connected and emotive your photographs will be.
Think about all the little, ordinary, everyday moments that make you smile – that is what we want to capture.

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MEGAN BROWNE - LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER - MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA.

Megan Browne is family and newborn lifestyle photographer, celebrating love and life through authentic, heartfelt photographs that capture genuine connection. Based in Doreen, Megan provides her services across Melbourne and throughout Victoria.

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