The Who Shoots Experience
TOGETHER WE WILL CREATE ART. WE’LL TAKE ONE MOMENT AND MAKE IT LAST
a lifetime
A beautiful photograph is made with your magic. Your story. The string of fate that ties you to everything around you.

 

I work to capture that special story that you have woven, and collaborate with you to create something truly unforgettable. It is my passion, and my absolute joy to be there to document your unique and incredible celebration of life.

Because I love to put so much of my own heart and soul into journaling your own tapesty, I take a limited number of commisions a year, and I endeavor to work closely with you from the moment we connect, to beyond me delivering the beautiful art created for your own space.

Whether you want to surprise your partner on the day you plan to propose, take your partner and yourself out to your favourite spot with your dog, or even something as simple as a relaxing day at home, I take the utmost joy in working with you to capture these moments that make up your life. Perhaps you are someone who is a little bit shy in front of the camera and all this sounds mighty daunting; fear not, you have come to the right place!

I guarantee you a great time and photos which you will adore for years to come. This is more of an adventure than a photoshoot. Sure, I’ll be there, but as a companion, documenting your incredible experiences.

BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK A SESSION WITH JAMES?

We begin with the end in mind. Before we shoot any images, we need a plan for how they will be displayed in your home. Creating a plan and shooting for that plan results in a session that makes magic. The entire portrait process takes place in several different meetings with us. The Pre-Session Consultation, the Shoot, the Preview & Ordering Appointment and Delivery.
“SO, HOW DO YOU WANT TO DISPLAY YOUR IMAGES?”
Knowing the answer helps us create a plan for your session, shoot it in the best possible way to reach our end-goal, and show you images that thrill you to no end. So let us show you how the Portrait Process works.

THE PORTRAIT PROCESS

THE PRE-CONSULTATION

THE SHOOT

THE ORDERING APPOINTMENT

DELIVERY

YOUR LONG-TERM PLAN

What is your style?

First and most importantly of all, does my style of photography suit what you are after? I offer authentic and fine portraits for families, in a candid and unposed style. I love people to ‘come as they are’, and I do not ‘skinny tool’ anyone. You are naturally beautiful as you are.

The Pre-Session Consultation
Let’s talk goals! What final result are we shooting for and how will we plan it? From what to wear, to how images will be displayed, color design, location planning and look and feel of the session, the pre-consultation answers ALL your questions and helps me get to know your family. We will coordinate how we shoot the session with what the final outcome will be.

Pre-consults can take place in-person or on the phone.

Great portraits begin with a great relationship. Tell me about your home and your vision and I’ll add in our creativity to make it happen.

Shoots On Location

Shoots can be somewhat stressful for families. From wondering if the kids will behave, to agonizing over what to wear and convincing dad that it won’t be “that bad,” it may have been challenging for you in the past.

Sessions with me are anything but stressful. Fun-filled, happy and relaxed, I don’t care about crazy kids! As a matter a fact, the crazier, the better for their real personality (the one you love most) will come out. In my many years of experience with families, I’ve seen it all and can handle anything throw at me. On top of that, when you work with me, proper planning, a solid goal and knowing exactly what will happen, you’ll feel confident with your clothing and will marvel at how “easy” it really was.

Shoots take place in a location of your choosing, whether it it is at home. I work with natural light and you are welcome to bring whatever props or personal items you’d love to have on the shoot, which we can discuss and brainstorm in the pre-shoot consultation. This approach offers a stylish and relaxed environment where we create a look that is sophisticated no matter what the weather.

Sessions at one of Canberra’s scenic spots make for some amazing and unique images, especially if the location is special to you. So consider carefully where you’d like to have your session, or we can recommend a spot for you. I focus the portrait experience around just that, an amazing experience. I pride myself on exceptional customer service and a commitment to each family’s relationship and the creation of unique art for their home.

The Ordering Appointment

This is where the fun finishes! The Viewing & Ordering Appointment is the time when you get to see all the fruits of the session pay off.

Your images are brought to life with a simulation of your chosen artwork in your home and we take the time to design the right art piece for your home. This is the time when you will finalise your portrait order, so be sure to pick a time where both of you can be there.

I’ll help you sort through the images and make final decisions on what will look best with your decor. I’ll show you actual size and pair images together for a stunning album or wall gallery. We can add textures and design elements, or just let the portraits shine on their own. Specializing in wall series and heirloom albums, some of the products we offer are one-of-a-kind. All of them are sure to get you excited about what lies ahead!

Delivery & Installation
About 3-4 weeks later, your art piece will be ready for pick up. I’ll call or email you to let you know it’s here and make arrangements for you to take home the final result. And if you need help with installation, we will gladly provide someone who can help. And once those portraits are hanging, you can sit back and enjoy them EVERY DAY.
A Long-term Plan
And that’s not the end! My families often come to me year after year. As your family grows and changes, it will be time to update your portraits. So right from the start we plan, knowing that more may come. And we design around that! The next time you work with us, we’ll create art that coordinates with sessions past, so you can build on to what we’ve already created for you in a way that works and delights you year after year.