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FAQ

FAQ

What Does a Typical Photo Session Look Like?

All photo sessions are different and depend of what you are looking to capture. Nevertheless, a typical child or family session takes place at the location of your choice. It could be in your home, at a park, on the streets of Sydney, Melbourne or Perth city or some place that is special to you and your family. What matters most is that it is in a place where everyone feels comfortable and its even better if it is a location that is meaningful to you!

During a session, it is our goal to capture your family in a way that is natural and comfortable. Usually, when working with children, we will spend some time with each kid, chatting, playing and taking pictures. We may spend some time by a window or under a tree with your children and a favorite toy, throw everyone in a pile of leaves, or ask them to run down a hill. Its all very casual, relaxed and fun! Of course, we will do some posed shots of the kids and family together, also.

How Do I Schedule a Session?

Please contact us by email to inquire about a photo session. (When, where and what time!)
We welcome the opportunity to tell you a little bit more about the photo session via email. When you are ready to schedule a session, please let us know the date and time to see if we are available. We intend to book out most of weekends, so please book us early to avoid the disappointments.

What Should We Wear?

Please wear something comfortable on the day. It helps if everyone is wearing the same style of clothes, i.e. casual or dressy but please not matching cloth. We have also found that the photo images look better if we avoid loud and busy patterns, contrasting colours, big logos or character shirts. Essentially, clothes should complement each other without being too “matchy.” Layers and textures are awesome, as are accessories – scarves, hats and hair bows are all great choices. We found that colourful tops are always cute for kids. Please no black or white for outdoor photo sessions.

How Long Until My Images are Ready?

We understand that all our clients are anxious their photos after their photo sessions!
For the reason, approximately 3-5 days after your photo session, we will be in touch to let you know when your images are ready, so you can see all your images on our online gallery (password-protected) for you to view and select your favourite photos.

How do I receive my images? How big the images?
Once when you complete your payment of your favourite photos that you select,
we will send your images via dropbox within 24 hours. The size of images are printable up to
A4 size. If you would like to print bigger than that, please let us know!

Which area do you serve?
We serve all Sydney area, Melbourne and Perth.

Please contact us at info@sydneytreasuresphotography.com.au

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Newborn Photography FAQ

Newborn Photography FAQ

When should I schedule my newborn session?
ASAP! It is impossible to know how far out my schedule will fill up. Sometimes I’ll have availability in 3-4 weeks, and some months will be booked up several months in advance. After you find out you are expecting, call your parents, call your friends, and then call me.

I will tentatively schedule your session for your due date. As your due date approaches make sure to keep me filled in on any changes to your due date or if you schedule a c-section. Once you’re in labor you will need to call me so we can set a firm date on your newborn session! Please don’t wait until after you’ve left the hospital to call me… usually once the baby arrives family starts scheduling visits with you for when you get home and doctor appointments and lactation consultant appointments are made in the first two weeks.  It can become difficult to get your session scheduled on time. Not to mention I need to get you in my schedule asap!

If your baby was just born and is less than 14 days old, call me today!  I may have availability to photograph your little one.

At what age should my baby be photographed?
A newborn is BEST to photograph in the first 10 days of life. I prefer 5-12 days old. That way baby will be sleepy and mold-able. I can get the sleeping and peaceful shots MUCH easier that way. After 12 days old, baby is typically more alert and baby acne and colic are common at that age.

If baby is older than 14 days it requires a lot of patience on both our parts, as baby sleeps less and lighter. The finished product will be well worth it!

Where will my session take place and how long will it last?
I offer newborn sessions at your place.

I like babies to have a full tummy so they sleep. If baby doesn’t sleep, don’t worry! The milk usually kicks in and if we are patient we can usually get the shots we want! I love awake babies too though! A newborn session can take up to 3 hours. I know, that sounds like a long time. It takes a great deal of patience to coax baby to sleep and gently pose. A large part of the session is spent from baby taking breaks to eat.

Are sessions scheduled at a specific time of day?
I like to schedule newborn sessions in the mornings usually between 9:30am-12:30pm. I will schedule you for a specific time after your baby is born and we have a firm session date scheduled.

How should I prepare for my session?
A full baby is a happy and sleepy baby! That’s how we want them! Sleeping babies are so fun! They let me mold and move them, curl them and pose them all while sleeping! This is a result of a full tummy and tired baby! If you can try and keep baby awake for about an hour before your session, it will make baby sleepier for me when you arrive. Also have baby fed before you arrive and I’ll ask you to feed baby again once you get here.  I totally understand if you are on a schedule, however we may have to tweak it a bit. More feeding, sleeping and such. Baby will be calling the shots! Keeping baby happy will ensure the best pictures!

Also loosen diaper & clothing an hour or so before our session, it will help prevent red marks or diaper creases from showing up on baby’s photos. Avoid clothing baby in socks or pants the morning of the session as this clothing tends to leave marks on skin. Footie sleepers are a great clothing option for baby.

If you are breast feeding or formula  feeding bring extra milk if possible. Babies always eat more during newborn photo sessions. We want your little one asleep and full, and running out of formula or milk with a hungry baby could cause a session to end short.

What should my baby wear?
The best outfit a baby has is their birthday suit! I love to photograph baby in little or nothing at all.  With that being said, I expect baby to make a mess on my blankets, floor and me. Don’t worry, it’s all washable! I have blankets, wraps, headbands and hats, and spend a great deal of time before your session coordinating colors, backdrops and props with accessories for each pose/shot.

Also, as mentioned above, avoid clothing baby in socks or pants the morning of the session as this clothing tends to leave marks on skin. Footie sleepers are a great clothing option for baby for the drive to my studio.

And you?
Something comfortable and light to wear while I photograph baby.
I will always make sure to do a family photo and/or a sibling photo so make sure to have an extra shirt for this part of your session. Short sleeve shirts or button-up dress shirts are great for dad. A basic cami or short sleeve shirt for mom. White or light/neutral colors are best. No graphics, bold stripes or prints.  Jeans for dad are great. Bring an extra change of clothes incase baby has an accident on you.

Expect baby to eat a lot during your session! Moms and Dads are always surprised at how much more babies eat while they’re here. It’s normal for a newborn to eat almost double what they normally would during a session.

If you want to know more, please contact Katsu.

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Cherish your doctor

Cherish your doctor

If you like and respect your doctor, make sure that you don’t miss appointment or waste time during the consultations. Always follow advice and encourage your children to be polite and compliant. A good doctor is a huge asset to a family, particularly in the early years, so show your gratitude through your family’s good manners.

If you don’t have to take the whole family to the doctor, leave them behind and just take whoever needs to go. Why expose everyone to waiting-room bugs if its not strictly necessary.

Keep it with your health visitor. Health visitors are not only for the early months, they are there to help you throughout your kid’s childhoods. If there’s something worrying you or you’d like to chat about a problem, seek their advice. They can offer invaluable support and wisdom for your children, babies and whole family.

Get information to help you decide whether or not to immunise your children or babies, and against which diseases. Try not to avoid the issue or delay the jabs because the experience becomes more uncomfortable and traumatic as your child get older and more aware of what is happening.

Give them a small piece of chocolate or another favourite snacks to treat your children after that.

Author: Katsu Nojiri

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Break the mould

Break the mould

If you are feeling stuck in a rut, try being more adventurous with the choices that are already available to you. Even small changes can be refreshing. Try different foods, or drinks, read a new genre of novel  or bush walking or take some photos with your phone, or visit the places that you have never been to before. (Don’t forget to take your camera to snap!)

Be selective. Commit yourself to whatever you feel is really worthwhile, but beware of saying yes to every request that is made to you. You can not take other people kid’s to school and help in the school library and go on the school outing and undertake fund-raising and ferry a bunch of kids or babies home for tea and you then be fresh for your own children. Only undertake what you can achieve comfortably.

Relax with a drink. If you like to chill out with a drink in the evening, save it until after your children gone to bed. Early evening is a busy time with kids, and alcohol can make make it less easy to cope with conflicting.

Get the professional photographer to take some family photos at least once a year as your children grows so quickly. You don’t want to miss opportunity!

Author: Katsu Nojiri

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Eat safe

Eat safe

It pays to know the basics of food hygiene (which are mostly common sense). Always wash your hands throughly with soap and warm water before preparing food. Wash fresh fruit and vegetables, wrap or cover raw meat and store different foods separetly. Keep all food preparation surfaces and equipment clean and use a separate chopping board for raw meat for your children.

Don’t be too keen to wean. Health professionals now generally recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months. Since babies develop at different rates, however you may wish to consult your healthcare professional about the best time for your baby to start solids. Wearing before 17 weeks is always inadvisable as the baby’s kidneys and digestive system are still too immature to cope with solid food.

Have simple fare. First foods should be soft, smooth and sloopy is texuture. Breast milk or formula can be blended into the food to give it a runny consistency. Start with a very simple food, such as baby rice, and introduce others slowly, one at a time so as to observe whether any produce an allergic or intolerant reaction in your baby.

Don’t forget to photograph your babies on a regular basis as they grow up so quickly.
Obviously, you can always contact me for some great professional photos.

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Tackle Takeoff

Tackle Takeoff

Buy some sweets – boiled sweets for older children – and suck them on take-off and landing to help to alleviate ear discomfort when the cabin pressure changes. If you don’t have any, tell your kids to yawn rather than to hold their noses and blow (which will only make the discomfort worse).
Allow babies to suckle during take-off or even just to suck your clean finger.

Take distracting toys when flying with babies and toddlers.  Toys with lights and movement are particularly effective in averting crying. Other passengers may not enjoy them, but most would agree that they are preferable to screams.

Shape your days. Every minute of the holiday is precious for your children, so give each day some shape or focus. You need not pack your days with activities, but a whole day at the pool or on the beach can be too long for kids. From the point of view of sun exposure if nothing  else. Some families find that having an outing in one half of the day and a rest in the other half works well for adults and children alike.

Hope this article was helpful. If you are looking for a children photographer in Sydney,
please contact Katsu for beautiful photos.

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Top Tips Breast-Feeding 2

Top Tips Breast-Feeding 2

Steer clear of eating citrus fruits and curry, and avoid caffeine and other stimulants if your
breast-feeding baby is unusually wake or colicky.

Lean back to breast-feeding if your milk is coming out too quickly for your baby to swallow comfortably.

Wear a practical top for breast-feeding – either loose fitting one than can be lifted up or a nursing top with openings for feeding. Button-up tops and shirts that you have to open down the middle tend to be much more revealing.

Buy a breast pump only if you know it’s a really good one. Using a poorly designed hand pump can be very demoralising. Ask your friends and family members for their recommendations and talk to your health visitor or contact a breast-feeding support woman find that they have greater success with an electric pump. There are pricey, but can often be hired.

Start to express milk while your baby is still a few weeks old and gradually introduce the occasionalfeed in a bottle.
Older babies, who are already well used to the breast, can be as much milk as possible gives you some freedom and allows your partner to spend more one to one time with the baby including the odd night shift!

If you are planning to have your newborn photo session with me, please email me while you are still pregnant and let me know the due date. So you can pre-book for your session as the newborn session need to be done within 10 days.

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Top Tips Breast-feeding

Top Tips Breast-feeding

Learn about breast-feeding while you are pregnant.
If possible, get advice and tips from recent mothers and if you go to an antenatal group,
ask questions so as to prepare yourself to give breast-feeding your best shot.

Don’t be put off breast-feeding by well-meaning people who tell you that you will drained of energy,
have no time to yourself and have your freedom severely limited. Although there is a grain of truth in these arguments, the bottom line is that breast ilk is the ideal foodstuff for your baby, it helps get your body back to it’s pre-pregnant state and it is free, portable and always available.

Unless there is a good reason to use formula, stick with breast milk. Even a month of exclusive breast-feeding will benefit your child’s immune system, brain development and long-term health.

Mixed feeding, where breast milk is supplemented by formula, should be delayed for as long as possible, particularly when babies are born into a family with a history of eczema, asthma or hay fever.

If you feel that breast-feeding isn’t working for you, consult your doctor, midwife or health visitor before you stop: they may be able to offer you the support and backup you need.

If you are planing to have your newborn photo session done, please book us while you are still pregnant!

Hope this article was helpful.

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