Preparation Info: XMAS MINI SHOOT

Hello!!! Not long now until your session. I hope you are as excited as I am to be capturing these precious moments for your family this Christmas.


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My newborn and family photography studio is based in Sunbury Victoria and is a commercial space within the Sunbury Storage King.  The address is at the bottom of the above image. When you arrive, there will be someone to meet you at the gate. There is parking just outside the gate and you will be bought into the studio area inside the gated complex.  You need to first enter the long driveway and park right up near the gate.   It’s only a 50 m walk from the gate to my studio door though so easy enough xxxx

By following the below guidelines, I will set you up to have the best chance possible to get the very best images I can.


I have been photographing children and families professionally for 3.5 years.  Please trust in me and my skills on the day to get you the very best images possible, after all that is why you are coming to me!

I take the care, safety and handling of your children as my absolute priority.

Your package:

The Sessions are only $40 which you have already paid, and for this you get the 15 minute session – a styled vintage inspired Christmas set for your children (NO DAGGY SHOPPING CENTRE CHRISTMAS PORTRAITS THIS YEAR!!!! :0 ) and a neutral background for some family portraits with a couple of different posing ideas depending on your family size. You also receive a complimentary 5 x 7.5 inch enlargement from the session. The sessions are up to 4 children and 2 adults.
8 fully edited images from this session will be uploaded onto an online gallery for you to choose your complimentary portrait.

From here you will have the option to purchase the XMAS MINI package which is the entire 8 of these images in high-resolution digital copy for you to print, share and enlarge at your leisure. This package is ONLY $120. This is a massive saving off normal family photography portrait sessions.

NOTE*** Images are chosen by Studio Create to keep costs reasonable for you. I have found Editing of large numbers of images is not only time consuming for me (which has to drive costs up for you) it is often too overwhelming for clients to choose. I want clients to have all of their best images and I ensure I pick you a great variety whilst making sure every edited image is of the highest standard (focus, lighting, facial expressions etc). My clients trust me to pick them the best. This is my point of difference with all of my sessions as I do not believe in holding you to ransom over your precious images and want you to be able to afford the best of what I take on the day.

I will also design you a Christmas Card from the day which you can either purchase digitally to print at your leisure for a cost of $50 or you can purchase gorgeous fully printed cards with envelopes for the cost of 10 cards $25, 20 cards $40, 30 cards $50 or 50 cards for $75. There are 8 designs to choose from and you can see the examples of these on the day and choose your chosen card and what you’d like to say inside.


Please come prepared for a quick session that is hopefully running very carefully on time as I have a lot of sessions to get through. Your assistance with arriving on time would be greatly appreciated. I will however ask you to wait outside the studio whilst other families are being photographed, purely as many people are quite self-conscious being photographed. It also would be very distracting for the children if other families were in the studio.  These are only mini shoots, so you have been allocated 15 mins to get the 8 best images to upload to your gallery.  I will aim to do a good mixture of both the Christmas setup of your child/ren and of you guys as a family. Of course I will take a much larger number then this on the day, to ensure I have a good variety to choose from. I want to give you the very best of what I have.


If you are bringing a baby, I can not place your baby in certain positions and props when they are awake due to safety issues and I will not compromise my policy on this. This is for your baby’s utmost safety and comfort. If you do have a baby, please try to feed them well before you arrive, this will help them to be most comfortable during the session and more able to get good eye contact with the camera.



Please ensure you feed your children with some snacks prior to the session so they are happy and not hungry for me, and feel free to bring me some snacks to use as bribery. I will have some small treats there on the day, please let me know if you’d prefer I don’t offer these to your children or if there are any allergies I should be aware of.



People often ask what to wear for family sessions. Dad’s are best in a simple polo or t-shirt and mums in a nice sundress or jeans and neutral coloured shirt etc. Please ensure Dad’s do not wear large patterned or logo’ed t-shirts as they will date your photographs. Similar for large pictures on shirts etc.  Complimentary neutral colours also work best. A simple plain colour is best, and dark works best for dad’s. The optimum choice is a plain black t-shirt. If you only have a logo’d one, we can turn it inside out. Please don’t wear bold colours, neutral tones are best, cream, brown, black, natural, grey, navy, soft muted pinks if possible. I highly recommend on the day wearing items from a similar colour palette, no need to be too matchy, matchy but something complimentary between you all works best!   You can easily change the kids tops in between if you want them to have some christmas attire on for that portion.  The sessions will be quite quick though, so don’t bring anything too difficult. These are the colours I photograph mostly and will best compliment the neutral background I will be photographing you against.  For your children, please dress them in similar neutral tones that compliment the colours you are wearing.   There is nothing worse in a photograph that one child is in bright red or hot pink and the rest of the family in a total contrasting neutral colour. If your children are in bright, fluorescent colours or colours that clash, I think you will be disappointed with your images as it is my aim to create timeless images that will not age in years to come.  Mum’s please wear some light makeup if you feel comfortable doing so, as I know as a woman, you will feel more comfortable having your image taken with some light makeup xxxx


I need you to please trust me on the day to capture your children’s personalities, you’ll only be disappointed if in every image they aren’t looking at the camera so TRUST me to capture their attention and expressions by letting me have their full attention. It’s very tempting to call to them to try to make them smile etc but I’d hate in every image for them to be looking over at you guys. I’m sure you understand!!!! I’ll remind you on the day but do not wish to offend so please understand it is simply so I can get the best images possible for you.

Finally, there is no pressure on your children to perform at the session, natural shots are always best and I like to shoot in a very relaxed and easy manner so there is no pressure on them to be perfect or to be looking at the camera with big perfect smiles in every shot.

Thank you again for trusting me to create these beautiful memories of you and your children.

See you soon:

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact me.  If they are urgent questions feel free to send me a text  0427 077 771 xxx

I look forward to meeting you and your family at your session  . xxxxx see you then, Cheers xx Tracey


Here are the Christmas Card templates so you’ve had a chance to see them prior to the session.


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