Before your session

In the lead up to your session we exchange a handful of emails and there are a few items to complete.

You will be sent a questionnaire and a session agreement via your client portal. Your questionnaire answers are super helpful for me to learn a little more about your family and what you are hoping to achieve from the session.

The session agreement is to ensure we are all on the same page and also contains a model release. If you would rather opt out of this that is absolutely no problem!

Before your session, apart from exchanging emails, we also have the opportunity for a pre session phone call where we confirm location, timing and outfits. I can also answer any questions that have been on your mind that may not be answered here. And don't be shy. Here are some common phrases I get all the time AND I've got solutions to them all:

  • I am worried about my kids being able to sit still and participate in the photos
  • My husband/partner isn't keen on photos
  • Sunset is the worst timing for my family

I've been in your shoes and have felt all of these feels too. I am here to tell you that there is a workaround for them all. We will chat through all of this and more.

All of the above generally happens in the 3-4 weeks prior to your session so if you are booking well in advance you may not hear from me until then. I always send a text the day before or the day of your session just to make sure all is well on your end.

This was the second time we have had photos done by Elli! She is absolutely amazing! So kind, caring, patient and full of ideas. Elli is calm and very easy to get along with, with great communication prior and after the shoot.

She made the entire experience so fun! The kids had a ball, as did we. And the photos… wow! We couldn’t be happier.

Thanks Elli, we will see you in a couple of years for our next lot of family pics.


What to wear

This can feel overwhelming especially when you are not only organising an outfit for your self but it's likely that you are doing so for the rest of your family. Let's dive in a little further but I want you to remember that the bottom line is go with something tried and tested.

The number one thing to remember is that being comfortable is key. You should look and feel like yourself. So don't feel as though you need to make a new purchase. Go with something tried and tested.

Texture is great in photo sessions too! Think chunky knits, cords and waffle fabric in winter and tulle or broidery anglaise in summer. Which brings me to my next point of matching your outfit to the season and to some extent the location. Especially with kids. Warm kids are happy kids. Unless you have a spirited 2 or 3 year old who refuses a jumper like mine does! I feel you and sometimes it ain't worth the battle. And in that case we will keep them warm with games. However, in winter and the cooler months please feel free to throw some jumpers in a bag for me to carry and for you guys to pop on when the air becomes cool as the sun dips low.

Colours. Aim for neutrals, earthy tones as these colours compliment the outdoor environment almost anywhere you go and look damn fine as printed, framed photographs. And to clarify, by neutrals I don't mean all beige, I mean sage green instead of emerald green and rust orange instead of bright orange. For families it is best to keep your colour scheme limited in colours. Choose one person to wear a feature colour and/or pattern and everyone else's outfits to revolve around that. In a nutshell, complement each other, don't match each other!

For maternity sessions you are welcome to show as much or as little skin as you like. We chat about this in the lead up to your session to ensure that you are at ease!

For newborn sessions I have a variety of blankets and props on hand that you are welcome to use however I find that most families choose their own items to include in the photos purely on sentimental value.

Some other things to consider:

  • If we are shooting at the beach or in your home then please feel free to come with bare feet as I feel that this look best compliments these two environments.
  • Natural makeup or makeup that you usually wear is the way to go. Don't feel as though you need to go out of your way to book professional hair and makeup.


Location isn't everything but it certainly can add to your family story. I have loads of beautiful locations I am happy to recommend on the Sunshine Coast and in Brisbane. Here are some ideas that might help to point you in the right direction.

Head to the beach

Living in such a beautiful part of the South East QLD corner it is no surprise that for me, shooting at the beach is an all time favourite. The colours, textures and endless options for impromptu activities is pure gold. I find that the waves, wind and dunes and just generally being immersed in nature help to put everyone at ease and feel relaxed. You can also achieve a wide variety in your gallery by using the water, sand and dunes for your family portraits. And if you don't mind getting a little wet in the shallows at the end, you will most definitely win the parents of the year award! Having said that if you are not a beach family then cross this one off your list asap.

GO exploring

If you have high energy, adventure loving kids then this is the perfect option for you. Exploring somewhere, new or old with your favourite people will make for an incredible shoot. One where you look back on the photos in years to come and you can't wipe the smile off your face. It could be the rockpools at your favourite beach, a short hike to a waterfall or anything in between. Just remember that adventures are hungry work so pack some extra snacks and water!

Stay at Home

They say home is where the heart is and it couldn't be more true for documenting your family in their everyday surroundings. And so, it goes without saying that the comfort of your own home is not to be overlooked. Often the kids can feel most at ease here with the added bonus of having snacks, water, books and favourite things on hand to truly capture your family in it's authentic glory. Not only that but there are plenty of activities that can be captured in and around the home like watering the garden, coffees and books on the deck or playing with the dog. Whilst these activites might seem very low key and part of everyday life, I can assure you that in years to come they will be some of your most treasured photographs and memories.

Plan an activity

Everyone loves a job right? When the kids have a job they are happy.Take the photo below for an example. The kids had the best time filling the tub, and splashing the parents whilst they were at it! Then, there was the playing in the bath itself, which if I am honest didn't last all that long. And finally the clean up. Like most of the other options here, an activity can really be anything. Ice creams at the local gelato shop, beach cricket or swim in the ocean The options are endless! .