• What does eclectic mean? eclectic - adj. Not following any one system, but selecting and using what are considered the best elements of all systems

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If you’re thinking about whether to get baby portraits, I hope this post will give you some inspiration! Meet this gorgeous baby girl and her brother we got the pleasure of photographing in our natural light studio.baby portraits

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Getting baby portraits around 2-4 months is a great time as they are starting to hold their heads up for longer periods of time, along with plenty of first smiles and giggles. This gives you more variety in poses as well as for interactive moments with siblings!sibling and baby portraitssibling portraitsbaby portraits

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What to wear for your family portrait session? We get this question time and time again so we thought it was timely to get those questions answered in a blog post!

The first question most people ask is: Should we all wear matching outfits such as jeans and a white shirt? It’s important to think about coordinating your outfits but you don’t need to match all your clothes so everyone looks exactly the same.

family portraitChoose 1-3 colours for your group portrait, ones with similar tones that go nicely together and have everyone work within that colour palette. That way, the photo is unified because the colours all work harmoniously and they don’t distract either.


Here are our top tips

  • Dress to the occasion and season
    eg. If you’re having a beach session, don’t dress in formal wear with heels and heavy make up. Wear light, smart casual clothes.
  • Eclektic_20130712_0291Smart casual clothing always looks best but of course we want you to comfortable and confident in what you wear so that it shows who you are. Neutral colours like white, grey, cream, black and denims always work and don’t date.  Patterns are okay in moderation but try to limit it to one or two people wearing patterns. Our top tip is to steer away from large stripes, logos and text on clothing.


Textures (ruffles, buttons, jeans, knits, wool) look great in Autumn and Winter.Eclektic_20100802_1371Layered clothing with textures works well for the cooler months.


Bright colours and accesories are great for young children and can add a lovely pop to your photographs!



  • Consider your home decor
    Consider where your portrait may hang in your home as it may influence your choice of colours that you wear. This will also influence your framing choices too.


  • Shoes
    Wear shoes that match your outfits and guys pay attention to the socks you wear too as they might be visible! (no bright white socks!) If your shoes are not practical for walking around you may consider bringing a pair of flats to slip on and off throughout the shoot.
  • Hair
    If getting a haircut or new hairdo, make your appointment at least 2 weeks prior to your portrait session – again this seems like a no brainer but you’d be surprised! Fresh hair cuts rarely look their best the same or next day. Allow some time to live with your new look before your portrait session.
  • Accessories not only add to your outfit but they can be a fun way to personalise your photos. e.g. Fruit, necklaces, hats, scarves, flowers.



  • How about ask the kids to bring some props along such as one of their favourite items to play with whether it is their favourite book or ukelele! This can be a beautiful way to remember them at the age they are at.



  • Think Timeless
    You want to be able to look back on your photos in several years time and be able to enjoy them and not think- “I can’t believe that was trendy back then…” Trends always come and go. It is therefore important that you dress in a classic and timeless fashion so that your photos will never age.
    As much as these are guidelines to help you decide what to wear we don’t want to stifle your personality. Quite the contrary, it is your personality we want to bring out and shine! If you have a crazy idea for a particular look or theme that you want then by all means go for it! Wear what reflects your personalities and shares the story of your family. What matters at the end of the day is that you and your children are comfortable with how you look together. We encourage you to bring a change of clothes just in case of any mishaps, spills or accidents on the way. This will also allow you to have a greater variety and looks to your photos if we need a wardrobe change.
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You may have seen a sneak peek collage we posted on our facebook page recently. Everyone seemed to love the photos and I suspect it was because of this beautiful white German Shepherd named Oakley. Check out the fun we had with this gorgeous couple at their Centennial Park engagement shoot!



Oakley was all dressed up for the occasion as well 🙂

We were blessed that day to have warm weather and beautiful afternoon light that just kept getting better as we got closer to sunset.

Here is a favourite spot through the pine forest in Centennial Park.



Want some portraits with your pet? If you would love to have photos with your pet at your next portrait session or engagement shoot, we would love to chat with you and hear your ideas! Call us on  1300 88 36 30 or click here to drop us a line.

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Stuck for a Mother’s Day gift that’s meaningful, personalised and keeps on giving? Check out our Mother’s Day Family Portrait offer below!

We know mums can be tricky to buy for! So, we’ve put together a special gift for Mother’s Day that won’t only show your appreciation for her, but will give her something she’ll be able to cherish year after year. Our Mother’s Day Family Portrait Gift Certificate ticks all the boxes so we’re sure mum will love it:

  • Time spent with loved ones? Check!
  • Something uniquely individual to your family? Check!
  • A gift she can cherish forever? Check!

mothersdayofferMother’s Day Family Portrait Special Gift Certificate
A family portrait session (on location) to capture special moments with loved ones
A beautiful 16×20” framed wall print of her favourite portrait photo
ONLY $390
Valued at $700

contactusbuttonPurchase your Mother’s Day Gift Certificate by 30 April 2016 to ensure it is ready to give on Mother’s Day. Certificates bought after 30 April 2016 will be in an email format only and can be printed out by yourself if desired. Portrait Session bookings are to be made Mon-Sat and must be fulfilled by 31st July 2016. The Mother’s Day Gift Certificate is not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

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Dunbar House Watson’s Bay was the perfect location for Jo + Josh’s wedding reception. Overlooking Sydney Harbour, Dunbar House affords amazing water views looking back towards the city. Jo + Josh’s wedding reception felt intimate but not cramped at Dunbar House.

Dunbar House is conveniently located to close to Camp Cove which is a favourite photo location of ours. We’d been wanting to take a bride and groom to the top of South Head for a while and were so stoked that Jo + Josh readily agreed to take on the challenge of walking up there. From the top, there is the most amazing view of the Sydney harbour and skyline.

Enjoy this gallery of images from Jo + Josh’s Dunbar House wedding reception below.  Make sure to check out their exit photo… it was one of our favourites from the day.



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    Would you like to book a session or get more information? Give us a call on 1300 88 36 30. Alternatively, drop us an email at info@studioeclectic.com.au