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Jodi Byles Photography, Session Information

Session Information

Where do we start?

As we start planning your session, we’ll discuss the details & set the session date.

Please complete the relevant contract & session forms for your booking and I will need your session fee, which is non-refundable, to secure our time together.

If you have chosen an outdoor location, I’ll keep an eye on the weather forecast. I’ll contact you on the day before or day of your session if I feel the session may need to be moved earlier or later in the day or rescheduled due to bad weather. Additional fees may be incurred in the event of a client reschedule at short notice.

We will then meet for your photography session, have loads of fun and capture great images. 


What happens after the Session? When do I get my photos?

A week or so after your session I will send you an online gallery to preview the images and choose your favourites to place your image order. Once your image selection & any additional payments have been received I will send you a download link & you can save your images directly to your computer.

If you would like to create a product order please let me know on your order form. Once I’ve received your order deposit (Min. 50%) and any additional payment arrangements have been made if needed, I will order your print package; this may take up to 2-3 weeks to arrive. I will then package and deliver your customised photo album and any additional products you’ve ordered.


Any tips for the day of the session?

Just have Fun!

I like to capture images of you & your family having fun & smiling naturally. Yes we all want that standard smiling family shot to send to Grandma but for the rest of the time I’ll encourage you to tickle, dance & cuddle for some beautiful family connection photos

Please feel at ease at your session. Feeling pressured to “smile” may lose your natural expressions. Many of the great images we capture are the “in-between” shots when the subject relaxes and smiles.

Relax, it’s your day!


What on Earth do I wear?



I have maternity dresses available for you to wear but you are welcome to wear something else if you prefer. 

Nude underwear – knickers & bra, are recommended as that will suit all outfits.

Black or white underwear can also look good if it matches the dress you will be wearing.

Strapless bras are a good idea if wearing a strapless dress or we can simply try to hide the straps of your bra.


This one is entirely up to you, comfort will be your goal on the day. 

Some like to wear a bra or crop top for a bit of modesty, but a lot of women will end up naked towards the final stages of labour as they are simply too hot to wear anything. 


Good choices in clothing are one of the key elements of a great photo session!

For group sessions, clothing can have a theme, or just a similar colour. Clothing should be simple and timeless. Favourites are jeans, khaki coloured pants, white, black or neutral coloured shirts, sundresses, gowns, hats and bare feet.

Please avoid checkered patterns and geometric designs & loud logos as don’t photograph well & distract from the beautiful faces in the photos. 

Once you’re happy with your choices, make sure they are clean and wrinkle & fluff free, and then set them aside for your session.

Most importantly dress comfortably, if you feel uncomfortable in your outfit it will show though the photos.


Can I bring something to include in the photos?

If bub has a favourite toy that may help them to feel more comfortable or even one that may encourage happy smiles the please do bring them along.

Props are generally not necessary as I have plenty in my studio for Newborns & babies. 

If you do have something special such as a knitted blanket from Grandma or a sentimental item from your own childhood I will certainly  include them where I can. 

If you have a specific theme in mind for your session please let me know & we can discuss prop options.


Tips for Cake Smash Sessions:

If your little one has never had cake or icing before it might be wise to let them eat/play with a cupcake from the same cake supplier as your smash cake. This will help to prevent some shocked expressions & hopefully encourage them to eat more on the day. 

Don’t feed them up before coming to your Cake smash session, please don’t make them starve either but a full  bub won’t be interested in eating cake!

Cake smash sessions are supposed to be messy so please remember to bring clothes to take him/her home in as I’m sure you won’t want icing all through your car. It may also be wise for Mum/Dad to bring a clean shirt also if you plan to go anywhere straight after the session, some little ones feel the need for a cuddle in the middle of a session & that icing spreads easily.


Is there anything else I need to know?

If you have any questions at all please feel free to drop me a line via the contact form or email me directly.

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