Early Childhood photography
“The child has a hundred languages, a hundred hands, a hundred thoughts, a hundred ways of thinking, of playing, of speaking.
A hundred, always a hundred ways of listening, of marveling, of loving.
A hundred joys for singing and understanding. A hundred worlds to discover, a hundred worlds to invent, a hundred worlds to dream.”
What is Early Childhood Photography?
Early Childhood Photography is all about acknowledging all the juicy, authentic learning moments and social exchanges that naturally occur throughout the child's day within the Early Childhood setting.
Some may argue this style of photography is the same, if not similar to lifestyle or documentary photography, however having a unique perspective as a qualified Early Childhood Teacher means I am tuned in to the moments that others may find ordinary, but in fact they are far from it.
They are the teachable moments, the subtle social exchanges, the underlying learning that is unfolding as children engage with their environment. It's acknowledging the intention behind the movement, the spoken word, the gesture, even the gaze. It's peering through the lens of the child, catching that split second when the idea evolved, or the understanding unfolded. It's rich in prior knowledge, cultural contexts and delicious theory making, and it excites the heck out of me!
I truly geek out on everything Early Childhood because it is such a privilege to work with young children - and they tell it how it is!
What do you offer?
A consultation via phone or in-person with the service Director
2hr photography session in your Early Childhood setting
A combination of indoor and outdoor photographs
25 - 30 professionally hand edited digital images
An online gallery where you can select and download your digital images
*5x7 staff photo prints available at a small additional cost
**a non-refundable payment of $200 is required upon booking to secure your spot.
Why would we need your services?
Great question! While volunteering on my son's preschool committee, the director mentioned there was a need to update their marketing/website materials, however, wouldn't it be great if a photographer knew what to look for when taking photos of the children? This sparked the the concept of 'Early Childhood Photography' - where the photographer is an Early Childhood trained professional who understand how to capture authentic learning moments and social exchanges.
My services could be utilised for;
• Fundraising (family/child photography sessions)
• Updating marketing/branding material (web, brochures, banners, info booklets)
• Professional Development (Photography 101 for staff - how to enhance your observations of children by taking photographs that tell a story)
would you be obstructive through the day?
No not at all. I have a range of camera equipment and lenses that allow me to capture close up shots while standing far back from the children. My aim is to be a fly on the wall, however if the children notice me clicking away, I bring them into the conversation and invite their curiosities and questions.
do you have a working with children check?
You betcha! I have all the documents required when working with young children, including a current working with children and criminal history check, and can provide these to you prior to our session.
How do I make a booking or ask more q's?
That part is easy! Head over to the 'Contact' page and fill out the enquiry form. I'll be in contact with you within 24-48hrs via email or phone to discuss your enquiry further.
Do you have insurance?
Yes absolutely. I am insured with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography and can produce a certificate of currency to you upon request.