FAQ

What kind of photography sessions do you do?

I specialize in working with families, kids, and newborns. 

I do Maternity, Newborn, Baby, Kids, Family, Christening, Sitters, Cake smash, and Party photography.

What’s your experience?

I am a family and newborn photographer with more than 10 years of experience.

Do you do studio photography?

Yes, I do all kinds of sessions for babies up to 1 year in my studio in Stanhope Gardens. I offer Newborn (1-4 weeks), Baby (3-4 months), Sitters (6-8 months), and Cake smash (1 year) photography.

Where are you located?

I’m a photographer based in Hills District, Sydney. All newborn studio sessions, milestone sessions and cake smashes are to be held in my studio in Stanhope Gardens, 2768. For all other sessions, I am happy to travel up to 45 min with no extra fee.

How long does the photo session last?

My Family and Maternity sessions typically last about 1,5- 2 hours. In-studio Newborn sessions can last anywhere from 3-4 hours. Lifestyle newborn sessions take between 1,5-2hours. Cake Smashes and Millstone sessions (3-4 or 6-8 months) lust up to 1 hour.

When is the best time to take outdoor portraits?

The outdoor photography sessions are held on location using natural available light. The best time is “golden hours” in the evening (about 2 hours before sunset) when the light is soft and beautiful.

What if it’s raining?

Due to the bad weather conditions, we’ll reschedule our photo shoot.

Do you provide the maternity gowns?

To make it easier for you I have some maternity dresses in different colors to choose from.  All dresses are made from very soft and stretchy jersey, they are adjustable and fit multiple sizes.  No extra fee for the dress.

Do you provide the newborn props?

To make it easier for you I have some maternity dresses in different colors to choose from.  All dresses are made from very soft and stretchy jersey, they are adjustable and fit multiple sizes.  No extra fee for the dress.

When and how should I book my session?

It’s never too early to book! Book your session in advance to make sure you can choose a convenient date and time.  

If you are expecting, I highly recommend booking your Maternity and Newborn session as early as possible. The best time for a maternity photoshoot is 28-35 weeks of pregnancy and Posed newborn sessions are best done during the first 3 weeks (up to 8 weeks for Lifestyle newborn session).

 A $150 booking fee is required at the time of booking.  After the booking fee is paid I lock your date in my calendar.

For the newborn babies, the actual session date is confirmed after your baby arrives.

What happens after our session?

Your images will be ready for your viewing session within 1 week of the shoot. From there, we can arrange an in-person viewing appointment. You will be able to choose photos and products you’d like to purchase.

Do you deliver every image you shoot?

No, I do not. I eliminate duplicate images, test shots, missed focused shots, shots with bad expressions, etc. Sometimes I take a few extra shots to make sure I have the perfect focus or good expression. I don’t expect you to spend the time to zoom into each image to select the best photos, so I spend time doing that before the viewing session.

Do you retouch the images?

Yes! The photos you are purchasing are professionally edited and retouched.

Do you offer digitals?

Yes! I have digital collections delivered in both high-resolution watermark-free and web size.

Do you offer prints and albums?

Yes, sure! I strongly believe in the value of print products. I offer professional photo lab quality products in a variety of sizes. It’s just amazing to have images printed and placed on your walls. That feeling of holding the high-quality album with beautiful images showcasing the happy moments of your life instead of seeing them on a screen is such a special thing. It’s the best outcome for your session!

What if I lose my images?

ДThere is a $75 replacement fee for an additional USB. I highly recommend making at least one copy of your digital collection when you receive it from me.

I want to book, what’s next?

ust let me know about the kind of photo session you are after and preferable days.  I will then send you the information I need for the contract and payment details for the $150 booking fee to confirm your booking.

How do we get in touch with you?

That’s really easy.  Call/ text me 0434966573 or use the contact form 

Please allow 24 hours for a response. I always answer the enquires so please check your spam folder if you don’t see my e-mail.

FAQ. Sydney family and newborn photographer Alla Darkina. Hills District

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