At Lifeworks Photography we like to know what you are looking for in your portraits; what would you like, and where and how you wish to display your photos. We have lots of images and ideas we can show you but we are mostly guided by you and what you would love to achieve by your session. The images we produce can be designed to fit perfectly in specific locations in your home, just like furniture. Beautiful moments do occur naturally, having the ability to pre-empt and visualise these before they happen is what we’re great at – we capture the little looks, the glorious giggles, the true personality of your family and children.
For a majority of our photos sessions, we have two professional photographers participating. One to photograph, concentrate on framing and capturing the decisive moments that make an incredible image, the other to help you to look your best and achieve the best expressions from your family/children. This is a rarity, as most photographers work alone. Over the years, we have heard many times, your photos just have that something extra, they look “alive”, it is our firm belief it is due to this combination of skills, experience and talents. By doing this, we capture the best memories for your family.
Our location and studio options
We are in Northcote, situated in a leafy residential street, which means it is usually very easy to park out front and safely get small children out of the car. We have no timing restrictions at our end of the street.
We have the lovely option of a Indoor Studio with the latest lighting system and a range of backdrops, and a purpose built Outdoor Studio with rustic backdrops, utilising available light.
Kids love our Outdoor Studio, and it’s a great option and if you have a four legged family member. Both options are safe and secure for dogs off lead. Alternatively you may prefer to have the photos taken at your home or another location of your choice.
Duration of sessions
We prefer to allow generous session times of up to 1.5 hours for most sessions, and 2-3 hours for newborns.
We set the time aside for only your family to give you the best service possible and in return ask that you do not have other appointments that require you to be rushed.
Making a booking
To secure your booking, they are best made by contacting us the old fashioned way by calling us on (03) 9482 2006. That way we can find out best what you are after and discuss with you how to prepare for your session. You are very welcome to make a time to come in to chat and plan your session with us.
All bookings require a pre-paid Session fee to ensure your requested date and time are confirmed. This will vary slightly from Weekdays to Saturdays which are premium and most sought after for families, to locations which may incur travel fess. This covers our professional time and expertise in taking your portraits, time spent in post-production afterwards editing, designing and creating a show for you to view at your purchasing appointment. This ensures you will have our undivided creative attention for that specified time. Payments can be over the phone or at our Studio. We accept Visa card, MasterCard, Eftpos (if you are present) and Bank transfer if within the required time. It does not include any photographic prints.
Styling and dressing for your session
Styling hair or providing makeup is not our domain, however you may like to read our post on What to Wear to a Family Photography Session, which provides tips on colours and outfits. We suggest you have your hair styled by your hairdresser who knows what you prefer best, most ladies we find are quite expert at applying their own makeup. If you feel you would like to engage a professional stylist, please do so or just ask and we can quote you on this service.
Most of all come to your session relaxed and ready to enjoy it, be prepared for anything to happen, kids will surprise you in many ways!
Viewing & Purchasing Photographs and Products from Lifeworks Photography
At the conclusion of your session we invite you back to our studio, usually within two weeks for a no-pressure presentation of your images. Projected at actual sizes we find this a great help to assist you in choosing what is right for your home. We can even provide a virtual viewing experience…just ask us how!
Personalised Sample Creation
We will show you all the best images from your session (we edit the bloopers that no-one wishes to see) plus select our favourites and design layouts to suit styles we have discussed with you if required. We find this helps greatly in making decisions.
We believe it is best if all decision makers are present so that you can make your selections together as Portrait selections and purchases are made at this time. We require a 75% deposit to proceed with your order or we offer Lay-by options. We accept Cash, Visa card, Master card, and Eftpos or Bank deposits can be arranged.
Framing and Finishing
We offer you a complete one-stop service having working closely with the best professional framers and finishers for many years. We offer archival: custom framing, canvas printing and a number of mounting options to ensure your portraits compliment the style of your home. This is generally selected at your viewing appointment guided by our expert advice and your tastes. All of our work is covered by lengthy guarantees, for example, our canvases have a 75-year guarantee!
The Magic In-between
After making your decisions your portrait order is commenced under the skilled, highly trained eye of our Digital artists. We retouch blemishes, scratches and other imperfections. We also pay particular attention to colour and tone, ensuring that each and every portrait is printed to the highest possible quality standards and add our special Lifeworks touches. If you are a returning client we always open previous jobs from our archives for comparisons. We have very observant, highly trained quality control check off prior to printing.
Once your portraits have arrived back from our professional printer, mounting services and/or framers they pass our quality assurance checks, (and we take a moment to stand and admire them) we then phone or email you to arrange collection of your beautiful artworks at our Studio.
They are then yours to take home and enjoy!
Contact us to enquire about a photography session with Lifeworks on (03) 9482 2006.