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Shelley Mills PhotographyWhat to Expect

Your photo session won’t be anything like a traditional, formal portrait session. It will be relaxed and fun, & hopefully won’t feel like a photo session at all! I won’t ask you to look at the camera & smile, but I will ask you to talk & interact with each other (and hopefully you’ll forget that I’m even there).


Family sessions start at $599. Please contact me for a detailed price list. Payment plans are also available.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Lifestyle Photography?

Lifestyle photography is basically unposed portrait photography capturing people in a relaxed, natural way (ie. there’s no forced smiles & no saying “cheese”). The main focus of Lifestyle Photography is to tell people’s stories/document real life events in an artistic/creative way.

  • What should we wear?

The most important thing is for you all to be comfortable! I often suggest that Mum should choose her outfit first (so that she can look & feel her best), then everyone else can choose complimentary colours to fit in with Mum’s outfit. I also love layering of clothes (ie. necklaces, scarves, cardigans etc) but this should be totally to your own tastes….(Please don’t wear a scarf if you would never normally wear one!)……If you’d like some colour & clothing inspiration, please take a look through my “What to Wear – Family Portraits” Pinterest board.

  • Where will the session be held?

All sessions are either held in the comfort of your own home (usually in the morning around 10am), or on location in the Canberra area (usually in the evening just before sunset to capture the most beautiful light).

  • How long will the session be?

An in-home or on location family lifestyle session will usually take 1 – 1.5 hours. We’re usually finished after 1 hour, but I always allow up to 1.5 hours just in case….

  • What if we don’t know what to do in front of the camera?

I will direct you into the best possible light & will be talking with you throughout our entire session. I’ll also give you gentle directions & things to do, and ask you lots of questions to help bring out natural expressions. You don’t actually need to look at me at all unless I specifically ask you to (which tends to make people feel more at ease).

  • How long until we see our images?

Your fully edited images (and selected professional prints) will be ready for you within 3-4 weeks. However, you will receive a sneak peek via Facebook within 1-2 days of your session.

  • Can we also get the unedited (RAW) images?

All images provided will be fully edited and consistent with my style. Unfortunately I don’t offer RAW/un-edited images as the editing & processing of images is a big part of my branding & product. As a professional photographer it is important for me to hand over professional products. My Contract also states that my images cannot be altered or edited in any way.

  • When do we need to pay for our session?

A session booking fee of $200 is required to secure your session date. This amount is then credited towards your chosen photography package. Full payment of your chosen package is required prior to your photo session.

  • How do I pay for my session?

Payment can be made either in cash or via direct deposit.

Please contact me if you have any more questions or if you’d like to book a session. I’d love to hear from you!