What is included in my shoot price?
• Please email Karen on email@example.com for a pdf version of our price list plus any further details that you may need.
• Our packages don’t have any hidden costs and should you wish to purchase more prints, you’ll find our prints are half that of most of the competition.
• We do not partake in the common photographer practice of offering cheap prices for your session and then catch you out on overpriced prints afterward. You’ll know what we charge BEFORE you shoot.
• You have the full use of all of our beautiful sets.
• You have the use of our wardrobe, corsetry (size dependent), accessories and props.
• We help you with your styling, dressing and posing. You will be guided every step of the way.
• During your session we take plenty of images and you will have anywhere from 100-150 to choose from for editing and printing.
Will my images end up online for everybody to see?
Most certainly not!
Some of the images in our gallery are of models but most of them are regular clients, just like you, who are so happy with their final images that they allow us to use them on our site. Not everybody is happy to have their images online and we respect that 100%. We will never publish any images without permission. All private sessions remain just that – Private!
Can I purchase additional images later?
Yes. All sessions are backed up on hard drives so if you would like to purchase additional images at any time in the future, or if you lose your prints or DVD, simply contact us and we will email you an online gallery to choose extra images.
Can I mix styles?
We shoot a lot of styles of photography so a great benefit of that for you is that you can mix it up. You can do a few nudes, some boudoir, pinup, fashion, glamour, portrait styles and you can also grab your partner/husband/boyfriend in a few shots at the end of the session. (digital backgrounds are an added cost if required)
Where are we?
We are conveniently located at Tanah Merah, half way between the Gold Coast and Brisbane and where the Logan Motorway meets the M1. Our studio is a home studio which our clients love. This means there is complete privacy for you, with no chance of somebody wandering into your session. Our home is large and on 2 levels. Downstairs we have a our dark studio for our artistic nude, fashion and commercial work. Our natural light studio is also downstairs. Upstairs we have our makeup area, costume room and our boudoir room with our gorgeous imported red & white chaise lounges. We also have a pretty garden, sandpit and swimming pool outside. We do not have any children unless you count our beautiful Samoyed, Sammie (who will be present during your session and is often requested to make an appearance in photos) and our pussy cats. You will feel relaxed and completely at home with us.
Is the photographer male or female?
A common question that we are asked from time to time.
We are a husband and wife team. Dean is the photographer & retoucher and I (Karen) assist and style your session. I am present at all times, unless you wish otherwise, and both Dean and I pride ourselves on creating a relaxed environment so that we can capture the best possible photos during your session.
Many women feel very nervous about the thought of being naked or in underwear in front of a strange man and they feel that they must have a female photographer. My advice would be to go with the photographer whose work you like the best. The session is only a few hours but the images will last a lifetime. Almost everyone is nervous before a session but those nerves fade very quickly as you focus on poses and ideas. Our focus is on getting the very best image for you with the right pose to compliment your body, the right lighting and styling. One of our clients posted her images in a wedding forum and was asked the male/female photographer question. I think Belinda’s answer says it better than we ever could.
“I know what you mean about having a female photographer, it wouldn’t have bothered me either way but Dean’s wife Karen was there the whole time choosing jewellery and demonstrating poses etc and having her around did make me feel really comfortable. Mind you, Dean was all about the lighting and his sets and where my hand was and was I pointing my toes etc, I don’t even think he NOTICED I was in underwear LOL!!!”
Hair and Makeup
You can do your own hair and makeup or you can choose to have it professionally done here in our studio. We will arrange for one of our talented artists to be here upon your arrival for your professional makeover. This consists of a makeup style of your choice to suite your session and person styling ideas plus your hair either straightened or curled. All of our package prices include the makeover so if you don’t want that service please let us know and we will reduce the price accordingly.
Preparation for your shoot
If you have decided to have your hair and makeup done by our artist please arrive with clean dry hair and a clean face without any makeup at all. Please wear loose fitting clothing without a bra to avoid marking your skin. This is particularly important for artistic nude sessions. If you are doing your own hair and makeup please arrive made up and ready to shoot.
How long will my shoot take
Arrival time is generally 9.30am if you are having your hair and makeup done with us with you being ready to shoot by 11.00am. If you are doing your own makeover then you can arrive at 10am.
Most sessions will take around 3-4 hrs which includes your makeover time, session and time after the session to go through the images and choose your favourites for editing and printing. Actors/corporate headshot sessions take less time.
Please be sure to leave your day free for your shoot to get the most out of it without having to rush off to work or to collect children. Allow yourself to be pampered and enjoy the experience.
What do I need to bring?
For artistic nude shoots you only need to bring yourself (please see the preparation notes above).
For boudoir/lingerie shoots please bring any lingerie items you would like to wear along with accessories. You are welcome to use our corsetry (listed below, size reliant) and accessories also. If you are using our corsetry it is important to bring your own knickers, 1 pair in white and another in black, preferable lace with lacy sides which gives a more flattering line than a thin string. Black heels are useful if you have them. Bring anything that is unusual and stands out just in case. You never know what will look great in a shot and our experience and expertise will help when working out what will work with which outfit.
For fashion sessions you need to bring all of your outfit changes with accessories and shoes. You are welcome to use what we have in jewelry and accessories/corsetry but for fashion it is best to bring everything you need.
What do we have for your use?
Large cable knit jumper.
Ripped jeans & oversize t shirts.
At least a dozen different corsets to fit size 8 – 14
All of our corsets have clip fronts and lace up backs for better size adjustment. We can use them for size 6 – size 14B by adjusting the back. If you have a particularly large bust they may not fit so please discuss this when booking.
Swimwear & some lingerie.
Various pinup outfits, hats and accessories.
Shoes: pointy toe heels in red and white, size 8. In red, black & white in size 10. Thigh high boot lace up boots size 8 and 10
Feather boas, red, white & black. 2 large feather fans, hats, gloves, fishnets in black & white, various items of jewellery. Top hat, cane, cat’o nine tails, riding crop, cowgirl hat & guns.
Various masks, American Indian outfit to fit size 6 – 12, plus the fringe suede boots in size 8 & 10 (you need to bring your own skinny leg jeans for this outfit).
Helpful information for the Beautiful Baby Package
Professional hair and makeup (for mum): Whilst we usually recommend you use this service for most of our shoots I believe it is a little difficult and not entirely necessary for the baby package. If you can do a nice job yourself then that is the way to go for this package as the hair and makeup will take an hour, in which time you need to have a sleepy baby or a partner to care for the little one. We do require makeup though so if you cannot do this yourself then you will need to try to work out the timing and we will book the artist for your arrival.
You will be at the studio for around 3 1/2 hours which will allow time for feeding and settling your baby plus viewing the shots afterwards unless you are having the make over which will add another hour.
What age? This is your personal choice as each age is different. New borns are sleepy and we can get that lovely sleep look between day 7 – 12. Around 12 weeks they are starting to get cheeky and smily. Older than that and they are moving around a lot more so that is more difficult.
What to wear? Clothing wise a white outfit each and a black outfit each would be basic. T shirts or singlets for dad and tops or dresses for mum. If you want a traditional portrait with a nice outfit be sure to bring that but try to compliment the colours for each of you. Don’t go for distracting patterns as baby is the focus, not a loud shirt.
For baby. Bring plenty of milk if bottle fed, Dummies and toys, nappies. Please bring a few cloth nappies for accidents as there will definitely be some of those. Also a change of clothes (mum & dad) for the trip home as you will certainly be wet.
How to prepare your baby. Ideally your baby should have a sleep just before coming into the studio, including the car trip, then awake when you arrive wanting a feed. We want baby to arrive rested and then feed here right before the shoot. You will also have time during the shoot to top up if needed. We want a happy baby so we will do whatever baby needs to achieve that during your session.
Payment & Terms
A deposit is required to secure your booking which is usually your session fee. The remainder of your package price is due on the day of your session after you have made your selections and before your images are retouched. You can pay by direct transfer, credit card, paypal or by cash. Please speak to us if you need payment terms.
We will only book the makeup artist for your date once your deposit has been received. Please choose your date carefully. We know that sometimes things pop up that will cause you to have to change your date but it causes a lot of work once a makeup artist has been booked and both the artist and ourselves have possibly turned down other bookings only to have your date changed.
Please note that deposits are transferable to a different shoot date but not refundable. Your shoot date can be changed only once and up to a week before your date. If you change or cancel within 24hrs of your session date or if you fail to turn up on the day you will lose all of your deposit.