Session Information - Captured Dreams Photography
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Session Information



Captured Dreams’ maternity photography captures the joy and anticipation of an expectant mother’s pregnancy. Clients have the choice of booking a studio or an on location shoot for their maternity photography session. On location shoots can be held on the beach, in a park or in bush land. For expecting mothers’ comfort and mobility, we recommend that clients are between 32 to 36 weeks pregnant at the time of their maternity shoot. This timeframe usually circumvents any unpredictable baby arrivals. Furthermore, Melanie has a small collection of props and outfits available for clients to help create a stunning photo shoot.

Captured Dreams offer a Maternity Package for expectant mothers who wish to professionally capture their pregnancy transformation. The package includes 9 one-on-one photography sessions. In each session, clients are photographed in a consistent pose and additional posed shots are also taken. These sessions occur every 3 to 4 weeks, for 10 to 15 minutes. Ideally, clients should be photographed at 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36, 38 and 40 weeks. Siblings are very welcome to pose in these photographs.



Where is your session held…

Newborn sessions are held in Melanie’s home studio, located in Cleveland (Brisbane South). You can come and relax in her studio, which has a comfortable lounge area where you can enjoy watching your little one’s first professional photo shoot.

When to book your session…

If you are expecting, it is essential that you book your session before the baby arrives. Melanie usually gets bookings months in advance, and only takes on limited bookings per week to allow for moving sessions due to baby’s birthdays changing.

Please feel free to contact Melanie at any time during your pregnancy to provide her with an estimated due date and make a tentative booking. Once your baby has arrived, you can contact Melanie to arrange a suitable day and time for your session.

If your baby is already a few days old don’t worry Melanie can still photograph your baby at any stage.

$200 deposit is due at the time of booking to secure your date. This is not refundable if you change your mind as Melanie only books a few sessions a week. If you need to reschedule for reasons of sickness, the price quoted at the time of booking will be honoured for 6 months only. After this time any pricing increase will be applicable.

The ideal time to photograph a newborn baby is within the first 14 days. They are easily settled, often sleeping and therefore most comfortable during sessions. Babies older than two weeks are a little harder to settle as they are becoming more alert. If you are seeking posed shots, newborns usually sleep more and are happy to be wrapped up, as they were in the womb only days earlier.

What to expect on the day…

Sessions last from 3-4 hours, allowing enough time for a variety of studio set-ups, as well as the important things like feeding, settling and cuddling.  It is extremely important that your babies safety comes first as well as not to over stimulate your baby during the session.

All props including blankets, beanies, bonnets, wraps, throws, wools and headbands are sourced from the finest local and international suppliers and are available for use during your session.

What to bring to your session…

If you have sentimental items such as knitted blankets, special clothing items or hats, jewelry you would like included in your images, please bring them along to your session and Melanie will make every effort to incorporate them into your session.

Please bring a dummy to newborn sessions. This is extremely helpful to transition your baby between setups, and used only for a few minutes.

It is also helpful to pack just a few extra nappies. You can never have to many nappies.

If you are bottle feeding it is suggested you make sure you have packed enough for the time you are here plus a little extra incase more is needed for comforting.

Packing an extra shirt for both mum and dad is a good idea just incase you get a surprise while changing outfits.



wedding packages include:

  • Wedding day photography captured in a natural and candid style by two professional photographers
  • A sneak peek of your photos on Facebook within 24 hours
  • High-resolution photographs (edited and without watermarks)
  • All packages come with a complementary mini engagement photo shoot. This offers everyone the opportunity to get to know each other.

A deposit of $300.00 is required within 7 days of booking. This amount is non-refundable. If travel is involved, domestic or international, a 20% non-refundable deposit is required.


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