Cairns Maternity, Birth, Newborn, Baby and Everyday Family Life
Let's be courageous and confident together to capture you and your unique story in truthful photographs.
We are super passionate about capturing you and your family in real memories and providing you photographs that tell your story of interaction and connection, in a way that is relevant to you.
Our lifestyle photography sessions are relaxed and natural, taken in your happy place whether that be your home, beach or park or a combination of these.
We love to create collections of images that document your story. We include the directed shots for your wall but we generously give so much more than this in all our sessions....we document a story of you and your family's bonds. We don't limit how many photos we give you, giving you a very generous 100+ of edited images on a USB. We spend a substantial amount of time with you, roughly 1-1.5 hours, so the session is not rushed and we make the most of opportunities as they arise naturally. For those with small children, the children can relax and play in between having directed photos and when the time is right, we will make the most of getting a directed shot but not force it.
We offer maternity, birthing, newborn, baby and family lifestyle sessions.
We want to give you a collection of images that tells your story and evokes feelings. A collection of images that become a beautiful memory of your uniqueness and moment in time. We provide the collection on a USB and if you want an album too, you can add that into your package for a small fee more.
It is our passion and we would be honored to come to a place special to you to capture moments in time of your family being present in each other's company.
It is priceless to capture images of your family on a regular basis and there is no “going back” to get them once the time has passed.
Family Lifestyle Package - $400
Session in your home or somewhere special to you, doing something lovely with your family, being present in each other's company. We can travel and cover Cairns, Gordonvale, Cairns Beaches, Palm Cove, Innisfail, Atherton Tablelands and Port Douglas. See below FAQ for further information on travel costs.
Minimum of 100 edited high resolution photographs in colour on a USB for you to print how you please.
We don't put an exact time quote on how long we spend with your family to capture images for the session. We understand family life is dynamic and things happen. We encourage and try to facilitate a relaxed feel to the session. As a rough guide in the order of 1-1.5 hours.
Price applies for single family unit. If groups of families combined - $500 for approx 10 members, $600 for over 10 members. For large groups over 12, we provide 2 photographers so that we can capture all the candid moments that happen during a family shoot well.
Maternity + Newborn Combined Package - $550
The Maternity + Newborn Combined Package includes two (2) separate sessions and is $550 all up for both.
Similar to a single session noted under the "Family Lifestyle Package" you receive your photographs on USB. Both the maternity and newborn sessions are combined onto one USB. Prior to issue of the USB, you will receive an online folder for you to access your files.
We spend about 30 minutes at your maternity session (mini session) and the newborn session is similar to as noted under the "Family Lifestyle Package".
Unscheduled natural birth - coverage of birth + newborn shoot at 3-8 weeks + album - $2,100. Birth coverage for planned natural births is not available outside of the package at this stage.
Scheduled c-section birth - coverage of birth only - $500
Can include a newborn shoot for $400 and an album for $500.
Take out the stress of getting around to making an album yourself and have us take care of it for you.
Designing and ordering an album can be one of those jobs that you just do not get around to with the other demands of family life.
You have invested money into having lovely professional photos taken, consider investing a relatively small amount more to have the photos professionally designed in an album so you can enjoy them.
We offer a range of affordable album options with prices starting at $500. Please refer to further information on our Album page
Recent Real Lifestyle Shoots on the Blog / Cairns Family Photographer
Baby Toby Newborn Session
Jen + Scott + Liam Family Session
Jo + Matt + The Boys Family Session
Lou + Brad Birth and Newborn Session
Carol's 70th Birthday - Palm Cove Family Shoot
Opening Up - A Bit About Me, Tam, and How I Work Best
It will be me, Tam (pictured below with my daughter), who will be the photographer at your family lifestyle session. I am the owner and manager of Tamara Kate Photography. I would describe my images in this area of lifestyle photography as honest, real, meaningful, vulnerable, truthful, authentic, special, unique, precious and most of all full of heart.
I feel doing this type of photography work represents what is important to me. I love family, being fully present for family and living moments that are real and truthful.
I love all of life, the unruly and the ruly. I fully believe the simple real everyday moments of today become our very special, treaured memories in the future.
I work best if:
We have a chance to chat before the shoot and I can learn a bit about your family and we do have a rough concept plan in place.
If the shoot is going to be in your home, you prepare a little for the shoot by representing your environment, how you would if you were having a guest for dinner…..to whatever standard of tidying up that might be for you. Everyone is different.
We both relax and allow things to unravel. There is no list of shots from Pinterest of other people’s families we want to recreate. We create something unique together on the day.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is a good time to have a family lifestyle photography session? Often Milestones like being pregnant and having a newborn baby prompt us to take photographs but you don't need a major milestone to document your family. In my opinion, life slips by so quickly and it is so special to flick back through images to remember periods of your life, particularly the ordinary everyday parts. Any time is a good time to have a documentation of your life.
What age do we recommend for newborn sessions? To reduce stress on you and so the baby is slightly more interactive and has some neck strength, newborn lifestyle sessions work well when your baby is 3-8 weeks old. You can have the photographs taken earlier or later than 3-8 weeks, this is just a suggestion. Unlike posed baby studio portraits, with a lifestyle session you don't need to stress about getting photographs within the first 10 days. Better still, we come to you and you can relax at home and work to your normal routine with your baby. Parents with more than one child find this extra beneficial.
You don't live in Cairns and wonder if we can travel to you? Yes we can travel to you, not a problem. We don't charge extra for travel within Cairns. We cover from Cairns to Palm Cove free of charge. There is a small fee for travel elsewhere: $200 for travel to the Atherton Tablelands (Mareeba, Atherton and Yungaburra), $200 for travel to Innisfail, $150 for travel to Port Douglas.
Are the photos edited? Yes, all your photos will be sorted and edited for colour and exposure. We don't do crazy photoshop manipulation of your body, skin or the environment. We like to get things looking great in camera and only do "polishing" of beautiful images. Our philosophy is embracing you how you are and truthful photographs.
Do you get the photographs on a USB? Yes, you receive the high resolution (print quality) on your USB. You will receive a full set of colour.
Can you print the photos anywhere? Yes, you can enjoy them and share them with friends. I'd love to hear that you have printed them and not left them on the computer.
How long before you receive the USB of our images? We aim for 4 weeks unless something unforseen happens. Do we offer albums? Yes and we love doing them.
Is a deposit required? Yes, a $200 deposit is required to make a Family Lifestyle booking. When your deposit is paid and agreement signed, the date and time will be secured for you. This does not apply for birthing photos.
What happens if you need to cancel or reschedule your booking? If you need to cancel your booking entirely the deposit is not refundable but can be transferred to another service if 2 weeks notice is given. You can reschedule your booking with 2 weeks notice. If it rains and we had planned to be outside, we can reschedule on the day at no cost to you.
For newborn sessions, you only need to book an approximate date and this can be changed at anytime with 4 days notice. We understand that the arrival of a baby can be variable and unknown.
Do we offer birthing photos? Yes.
Don't like having your photo taken and posing! No troubles, don't be concerned. We love to capture candid moments and only do minimal posing for family lifestyle sessions.
Should you send me a pinterest board? We work best when shooting to our own style and not reproducing someone else's work.
Cairns wedding, maternity, birth, newborn, baby and family lifestyle photographer also providing photography at Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Atherton Tablelands, Mission Beach and Fitzroy Island.