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“Mariella took photos (a range of black and white) of my sons football themed birthday party. She captured beautifully the fun that they all had in a series of shots and the action shots were superb. The photos were natural and not posed, thereby capturing the true ‘in the moment’ shots.  I highly recommend her!” Ruth Beuchamp, Hong Kong

While I do believe in different kinds of photographic approaches, I also believe it is important when investing in a photo session to pause for a moment and think about what you want to get out of it. In this sense it is extremely important ,and I know this from personal experience, to find the right photographer to match your vision.

I offer two types of sessions.

 

Child/family (including maternity and newborn) in home portrait session 

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In home sessions offer an intimate, very personal background to your family portraits.After all, what is more personal or comfortable than your own home? When shooting families at home,I encourage people to let go of the idea of perfection.Perfect house, perfect clothing. Although I love to photograph spaces I am not there to photograph the decor, I am there to photograph YOU in your natural environment. Home sessions have a distinctive documentary, photojournalistic feeling and they are very much suitable for both families and newborns. There are certain conditions though that should be met in order to have a successful in home session.

Adequate space, for the family to move around and hang out together and for me to move around with my camera.

Adequate natural light. I don’t use artificial light as it doesn’t really suit the type of photography I am most drawn to so it is absolutely essential for me to work in an environment that is adequately lit by available light.

Child/family (including maternity ) outdoor session

To me the key in photographing children is movement so my ideal photo session takes place in a space that allows freedom of movement while at the same time offering a beautiful scenic background. The choice of the location can be made together and I will be happy to give suggestions. You can choose a place that is meaningful to you or let me go on”location scouting”. It is totally up to you. Outdoor sessions work best for family,children and maternity portraits, not recommended for newborn.

Standard portrait sessions

Portrait services (including professional head shots) are offered upon request, please enquiry for availability and prices.

Mixed media sessions

I plan to start offering sessions that are a mix of video and stills. Stay tuned!

 

 

 

What to expect:

If you have already decided we are a good fit that’s great! Please get in touch here ,but please make sure you read on to learn some essential information about the custom photography experience I offer.

The consultation

An essential part of my process is to set up a pre session consultation. I know you’re very busy but I really would love to have a chat prior to our session to get to know you and your family better and design a great photo experience for you.We will brainstorm ideas about the session and if we are still happy with each other we will schedule the following steps.  I will then be in touch during the time leading to the session with a few reminders about how to best get ready to have a great time and make the most of it.

 

The session

Session can last anywhere between 1 to 2 hours. Most of the details would already be covered during our consultation time so this is usually just a time to have fun and create some magic. I will explain more in details about how to prepare yourself and your kids for your photos but as a general rule of thumb make sure kids are not overtired, bring some snacks with you and please please relax. Kids will feel it if you’re nervous and this generally causes them to be less cooperative.

 

The online gallery

About two to three weeks after the session pictures will finally be ready for you to view on a private online gallery . This is the time for you to either order a digital collection or any other art products you wish to create with your photos including books and fine art prints.