This is how I roll.......

First of all I want to you know that each and every session I do, I am ever present and I promise to make your session unique to you. The thing I love about photo's is the power behind them. I can find myself sipping a cup of tea holding images of my mother and me as a child and getting lost in it. She is no longer with us and the warm feeling that washes over my body when I relive these memories is like no other. If I stop to take notice I'm smiling without even realising. That is why I do this. 

So, we show up. We have already met. And time stops still for an hour or so while I fade into the background and you be with your people. No technology, no chores or washing to do, no distractions. Just take this time to slow down and be. Breathe in every moment. 

After having five of my own children I believe my patience is at a whole new level so I promise to be calm and heavily focused on the moments as they unfold. When the wind blows your hair, don't stress - let it go. It creates movement that can't be orchestrated. And if your child gets upset, that is perfectly fine. Hold them and sing to them softly while their little body moulds into yours, that right there is a pose no one can set up. That's what this is about. No awkwardness, no saying 'cheese'. Just a whole lotta love and lounging around being close with those you love most. 

What I want for you is to be seen. I want your family to see and feel these images when they pick them up in years to come. I am an extremely emotional being and so will work my butt off to bring all that emotion into these images. It's all about the details for me, the chubby hands, the smile with the missing tooth, the way they look at you and scrunch their nose, the details. Details are everything.

Lastly, I won't let you feel lost and awkward - you are so safe in my hands, all you need to do is trust. I got you.

Vida Story Collection

60 minute session (family/couples/motherhood/maternity/newborn/Fresh 48)

In-home or outdoor location

Outfit and Styling Assistance

40+ professionally edited images via digital download

(high resolution & web friendly size)

Includes a slideshow of your images for download

$550

Let me make printing easy for you
12in x 18in Wall Mounted Minimal Elegant 
Enlargement

20 6x4 Matte Prints presented in a personalised linen gift box

Wooden USB for you to stash your treasured memories away in a safe place
Additional $250

 

Please note: These sessions are for immediate family only. See my FAQ for Extended Family rates.

by the time your session rolls around we are already friends  - you've told me what makes your heart skip a beat - we've discussed all things styling and i know your individual 'look' is - there is no awkwardness - you just get to turn up and hang with your people... i'll do the rest

Expecting Vida Collection

45 minute maternity session (in-home or outdoor location)
60-90 minute newborn or fresh 48 session

60 professionally edited images via digital download

(high resolution & web friendly size)

Includes a slideshow of your images for download

$850

Let me make printing easy for you

12in x 18in Wall Mounted Minimal Elegant Enlargement

20 6x4 Matte Prints presented in a personalised linen gift box

Wooden USB for you to stash your treasured memories away in a safe place
Additional $250

Weddings & Elopements

Do you want to break all the traditions and just make it about you two for your wedding? Or, do you have a small intimate wedding with your people in mind? Do you love to think big and this is a day you have been planning forever?

 

Whatever your dream is, I am here to help you carefully plan your moment and ensure it is documented exactly how you see it in your mind and exactly how it felt on the day. 

Prices start from $900

Commercial & Corporate

Lookbooks, catalogues, and product shoots are something I’m passionate about. Social media and marking imagery is also an extremely important part of your business and something I want to help you create. These projects are given custom quotes so they fit exactly your wants, needs, and budget.

Question Time - Let Me Shed Some Light

Alright - I'm ready to book - what do I do?

Awesome! I am so pumped to meet you. Once we have chatted and work out a date and time you will receive an email from me with all the details of our session. 

The questionnaire is super important so don't hold back when completing this bad boy. The more I know about you and your crew the better our session will flow. The contract covers us both and the invoice will also be attached; payment of the deposit is required at the time of booking via PayPal or direct deposit. Boom - done!

I'd love some other family members to come along also

No problem! I just ask for an extra $50 per family member outside your immediate family. And keep in mind we’ll still stick to the scheduled time. It’s too long for the littlies otherwise, so try not to bring too many people along due to time constraints.

Is there a deposit required?

The retainer to secure our session together is 50% of your session fee. The remainder is due one week prior to our session and I am more than happy to work with you to come up with a payment plan that works for you if that's what you need.

What do we wear?

Such a good question! As soon as you've booked your session with me, I email you with all the outfit help you need.

 

Wear clothing that is complimentary in colour tones with the people that will be in your photos. Think about the location, and choose clothing to compliment and stand out from the background. Soft earthy colours in my opinion always photograph the best and don't be afraid to break it up with some prints. In saying that, sometimes overly loud prints and bright colours can be distracting in photos and also avoid fluro. One more thing I try to avoid is everyone in white shirts and denim... I think that is one fashion statement that needs to be left in the 90s.

I will explain things like what colours and tones to look for and what textures and patterns to avoid. Any questions you have I will happily answer, and you are welcome to send through photos of your ideas too! And the most important thing to me is that you feel and look like yourselves, so you can be as comfortable as possible during our session. Be you.

Do we choose the location?

Ok, so there are two options. First one is in the comfort of your own home. Think coffee, snuggles, your kids favourite teddy and bottling every little detail of your home for years to come. These sessions are normally done between 9am - 1pm.

Or, we can go on an outdoor adventure. Slap on your sun protection and little bug spray and grab a water bottle. We can climb the hills and have our session on the red rugged outback landscape. We can venture out to the water or find a field of golden grass. Whatever your heart desires! It does pay to throw in a few snacks, a towel, spare clothes etc in a bag and we can just pop it down while we make some magic!

I'm a little worried about my wildlings....

I have kids, five of them actually. So, I get it, they all have their moments. What I won’t do is force them into a pose or pressure them into something they don’t want to do. That’s never fun for anyone and can be stressful. I’ll base the session around getting them to feel comfortable, having fun and getting the natural moments of connection between you all. Let kids be kids!

Are all of our images edited?

Yes, all images delivered are edited to my artistic aesthetic.

 

However alterations to clothing, body shapes, freckles/birth marks and other similar physical attributes won’t be. Things like baby spit on Mama’s shoulder will be (unless otherwise requested).

RAW Images will not be delivered.

Ok, the session is done. What happens next?

Shortly after the session I send you a small sneak peek, and then email you a link to your online gallery two weeks after the session. This is where you select your included images, depending on which package you have chosen, and can purchase products through your online store. At this stage, if you haven’t already done so, you can also choose to upgrade your package. 

To make it easy for you, when you receive your online gallery you also gain access to your own personalised online store, where you can purchase a wide range of products including matte & fine art prints, framed prints, canvases and albums. All prints and products are produced by the most experienced and professional photo lab in the country and are of the BEST quality. Custom orders are also available upon request.

RENEE JOHNSTONE - LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER - MOUNT ISA, AUSTRALIA

  I am a natural light lifestyle photographer based in Mount Isa and striving for authenticity. I specialise in family photography, maternity photography, newborn photography, portrait photography, intimate wedding photography and elopement photography. Servicing Mount Isa, North West Queensland. I love to travel so wherever you are - hit me up and together we can turn your creative vision into memories you will hold forever.