hi there lovely parent,
Thanks for stopping by and thinking of having a family session with us, how exciting!
HandZaround, meaning ‘Hanna and Zach around [the world]', was born of our love to travel; the desire to be inspired by people’s stories; the need to capture the fleeting moments of life, big or small.
We’re a husband & wife duo and you'll usually find us walking with our doggo through beaches and rainforests, playing with our nephews & nieces, sipping coffee or beer with our friends or travelling through a new country that we decided to explore.
We absolutely adore children and plan to have our own little bunch one day, but for the time being we absolutely love spending time with our nephews and nieces - in total we have 9 of them (+ 1 on the way), aged 1 to 11 years old. Spending time with them makes us stay on top of the latest trends such as which nursery rhymes are the best, what kinds of bear hunts you can go on, who are the PAW Patrol members and why Fortnite is not a thing anymore. So don't you worry, we'll have plenty to talk about with your littles.
Our journey with family photography started when Caesar, Hanna's nephew, was born in 2016 and we would only see him and his brother Jacob, born in 2018, when we visited them in Europe. Every time we went back, we would organise a family session - it became our way of documenting how unbelievably fast the two boys have been growing and changing. Looking back at all the memories we captured for them, it feels like a journey back in time and we now truly acknowledge how important and precious it is to have tangible proofs of how little they once were.
Would you like us to capture the memories for you too?
We can’t tell you exactly what your session will be like, because each of our sessions is different and suited to your personalities.
The aim is to tell your own, unique story.
What we can tell you though, is that all sessions with us are based on play (which makes them really fun!). They're also authentic & relaxed and we think of them as an adventure or an experience.
Whilst we will give you tips and prompts, we stay away from stiff posing and we focus on creating sincere moments.
Geelong Family Photography
For fun & adventure seekers.
For those embracing their inner child.
For those valuing experiences over things.
For families looking for photographs of moments, feelings, kids' personalities.
For families who appreciate life's little moments and want to treasure them forever.
Time really does fly and there are so many things in life that are trying to get to the top of your 'to do' list.
Sometimes family photographs may not be #1 but we're here to convince you they should be.
You know the saying 'the days are long but the years are short'?
Well, we think it is so freaking true and we can't get over the fact that kids grow way too quickly.
We really think that one day, when you need to 'fight' for that snuggle with your oldest one or your 'little one'
is asking you to borrow the car keys, you'll enjoy looking back at the tangible proofs that once THEY really were 'little'.
We can guarantee that you'll be grateful you had found the 60 minutes to go and have fun with your family
and have that drop in ocean of time, where time stood still for a millisecond, captured forever.
Extended Family Photography
Would you like to grandparents, aunties, uncles or cousins to join? Do you have a special occasion that you'd like to celebrate together? Or maybe you just want to create an occasion so that all of you can meet and create new memories?
We love Extended Family Sessions and we'll be happy to help you organise one.
Get in touch to see our portfolio - for privacy reasons the photographs from our extended family sessions are available for viewing by request only.
Geelong Family Videography
A NEW WAY TO BOTTLE UP YOUR MEMORIES
We know. Not a popular thing (yet!) to have family adventures captured on video.
Hanna's dad used to borrow a big video camera from his friends to capture special occasions, like birthdays or holidays, on video. Now she's got all those moments collected on her very own VHS tape with 'Hanna' scribbled with a black marker on it. Well... mostly all moments, because her older brother recorded his favourite shows over some of her precious memories... Siblings!
That's why we are so determined to bring back this meaningful way of recording your family's adventures. Yes, we know - your phone records videos too. But we want to do something way more special than a few seconds here and there snapped on your phone.
We want to capture your feelings happening in the moment. Those deep belly laughs in slow motion. The sand in toes and mud on the knees. The little arms embracing you with all the strength they have. If this way of bottling up the special moments speaks to you, let us know and we'll add a video option to your session.
READ MORE IN THE FAQs AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE OR GET IN TOUCH TO LEARN MORE
Pricing & Packages
Extended Family Session
- approx. 90 min session for your immediate family + grandparents, aunties, uncles, cousins
- all professionally edited
full resolution digital images
- an 8x12" matted art paper print
or $50 towards any of our collections
- approx. 60mins session for up to two adults + kids
- all professionally edited
full resolution digital images
- an 8x12" matted art paper print
or $50 towards any of our collections
- Maternity, Newborn and Family Sessions when baby turns 6 & 12 months
- all professionally edited
full resolution digital images
- 2x 8x12" matted art paper print
or $100 towards any of our collections
Special moments captured during your session on film and edited into a couple minutes long video to a soundtrack.
More information on the video can be found in the FAQ (scroll down) under 'What exactly are the videos (...)?'
Limited time offer - $350
What are the prices of your packages and what's your availability?
Our family photography packages start at $500 - scroll up and you'll be able to see different packages we offer.
We're usually available for Family Sessions during the week (early morning or late afternoon because right after sunrise or right before sunset are the best times of the day to create stunning photographs), and occasionally on the weekends.
To chat more about your family session or book your date, please get in touch via the form at the bottom of this page or email us with more information about your preferred date on email@example.com.
Feel free to tell us more about what you're hoping to take out of your session and what you're looking forward to the most, and ask us as many questions as you wish :)
What's the Family Session like?
Your family session will be relaxed, fun and authentic.
We’ll focus on capturing the connection that you have with each other and fun times that you all will share as a family.
None of our two family sessions are the same - we get directied by the personality and the rhythm of your family and go with the flow.
We photograph everyone and everything - kiddies on their own and hanging out with each other and with mum(s) and/or dad(s). We'll usually capture one 'posed' portrait to start off with but other than that, everything is about having fun, playing games, exploring the surroundings and spending time together.
The look of the photographs depends on the time of the day, location and the colours of what you're wearing, but whether we have a beautiful sunset light or a moody and cloudy skies, we’re confident that you will love your photographs.
Because there are two of us, Hanna photographs and Zach captures other angles, assists and interacts with the kids.
Our aim is to come up with natural images that will be timeless and that you will love in the years to come.
How long does the Family session go for?
Family Session lasts for about 60 minutes and Extended Family Session lasts about 90 minutes. Over the years we've been able to work out that these times usually work the best to keep everyone happy, interested and busy and by the way end up with a big variety of stunning photographs :)
During the session there is always enough time for soothing, changing, feeding and cuddling. We like to keep it relaxed and we never hurry. We don’t have a set schedule, we simply follow the rhythm of your family, the weather and are guided by everyone’s mood.
Where do the Family Sessions take place?
There are no rules really!
We are based in Geelong and do most of our sessions around Greater Geelong, Bellarine Peninsula, Surf Coast, Great Ocean Road and Golden Plains.
Occasionally we venture out to Melbourne.
First 100km is complimentary, after that we charge a travel fee of $1 per km.
We have an extensive list of wonderful locations such as beaches, rainforests, wildlife reserves, nature reserves and parks in those areas and we would be more than happy to work out a location that will best suit your family.
We like to be guided by your kids' ages, interests and everyone's personalities, as well as the time of the day you choose, when it comes to finding a perfect location for your session.
When it comes to Extended Family Sessions - we like to make sure we are aware of everyone's walking ability so that the session is fun for everyone!
We had also photographed families on private properties, such as farms or in their beach houses - we really are open to your ideas :)
What time of the day is best for a Family Session?
Family sessions with us happen either early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
The times change as the seasons change.
During daylight savings, morning sessions start around 6:30-7:30am and afternoon sessions start around 6:30-7:30pm.
Outside of daylight savings, morning sessions start around 7:30am-8:30am and afternoon sessions start around 4:30-5:30pm.
Even though the times may not always align with your little one's routine, we think that making an exception is so worth the wonderful outcomes.
The light that we get at those times of the day makes all the difference in the look of your photographs, and whilst we can create stunning photographs at any time of the day, photographing you in the early morning or in the late afternoon will take it all to an absolutely next level :)
We've had an extended family session with a family of 13, including kiddies as little as 1 year old and as mature as 8 years old, meeting us all ready for their session starting at 7am on the dot, so we believe it is totally doable haha!
Do you use props, baskets or any cute furniture on your sessions?
The only 'prop' that we bring with ourselves is a blanket so you can swing your kids or sit down and cuddle up on it.
We like to think about our sessions as gentle adventures in the nature, anything bigger than a blanket would slow us down :)
What if my kids cry or throw a tantrum?
Crying is a way of communicating for babies and for the kids in general so we are not phased by that.
They're trying to tell us that they're hurting, are uncomfortable, scared or something is not right, so together with you we'll look for a solution (usually a feed, a nappy change or cuddles and games are a perfect way to navigate through it and change the vibe to a positive one).
If your toddler is having a tantrum, that is totally fine - after all this is #toddlerlife and eventually the tantrum will pass and at one point or another your toddler will be content and we'll make the most of it :)
We've had so many shoots and some of them involved very shy toddlers or older kids who were afraid of strangers.
But, we take our time, don't force them to do anything and the whole experience is based on having a fun time with their family.
So, as long as you're ready to give your child lots of tickles, play hide and seek or build a castle, we'll join in and before we know it, they will be playing together with us.
Are you both vaccinated?
We both have had our whooping cough booster vaccination in September 2019 (it's recommended we renew it every 10 years), we also get a flu shot every year and we have all other vaccines up to date (actually probably all vaccines there exist because Hanna's parents are both doctors so we can't escape them!).
Do you travel? What's your travel costs?
We definitely do and we love it!
Let us know where you'd like us to come and we'll let you know how much extra it will be - we always try to keep our travel cost as minimal as possible.
First 100km of travel from Geelong is covered as a courtesy. For over 100km from Geelong, we charge $1 per km.
Metro Melbourne may incur additional fees because of parking/tolls.
Do we get all the photos?
Yes - you will receive all the photos minus eyes closed or blinking ones, technically not up to our standard ones or ones showing someone in an unflattering way.
There is no minimum or maximum but on average we deliver 100-300 photographs from a family session.
Are our digital files watermarked?
Nah, that was a 2010 thing haha!
In your online gallery you will be able to download both - low resolution files and full resolution files.
Low resolution is perfect for sharing online due to its smaller file size.
Full resolution files are perfect for archiving and printing.
Do we receive raw, unedited files or raw video footage?
We don’t provide you with raw images or footage. You probably wouldn’t be able to view them due to the format they’re created in and if you were to see them, they would appear grey and 'lifeless' :)
Editing is a vital part of our style and providing you with unedited images or footage would be the same as a baker providing you with raw ingredients for you to create a do-it-yourself wedding cake.
Do you do both, photography and videography?
Great news - yes!
We can do both at the same time. And since we've worked with each other for years, things go smoothly when we work together.
During your sessions Hanna will be your photographer and Zach will assist and use his tested tricks to become friends with your older kiddies :)
If you're booking us for photography & video, Zach will be your videographer - but you won't even notice. He'll have a camera that looks just like the photo camera and is really non-intrusive.
What exactly are the videos that you offer as an add-on to the Family Session?
To be honest we're still working this one out and testing what's the best way to go about it, hence the low price for the video add-on.
At the moment the footage we capture during sessions lives as a collection of shots edited to a soundtrack but we're working a way to make it even more meaningful by adding voiceovers by parents & kids. We're still developing this idea and we'll update the website as soon as we work things out :)
How about music or the soundtrack for the videos? Is it included?
It’s totally included and it's so important to us!
We pay a membership that gives us access to a wonderful website with thousands of amazing and properly licensed soundtracks.
We never use popular songs or songs of famous artists that we are unable to license but our music library (musicbed.com) features a lot of extremely talented & up-and-coming artists and bands.
Can we add videography at a later date if initially we had only booked you for photography?
If you change your mind and wish to add videography before your session, just let us know (just don't leave it till last minute because we need to make sure we bring the right equipment with us :).
What's the booking process like?
If you like the style of our works and our philosophy, and if you feel like we're a good fit & you're happy with one of our packages, get in touch - we'll send you more information and answer any questions you may have.
Our availability is limited throughout the year and we only have a selected number of dates available, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
We require a non-refundable deposit of 25% to secure your date.
Once you're ready to book:
1) We will prepare a contract and an invoice.
2) You can review it and either e-sign it or suggest changes.
3) We countersign it.
4) We receive your deposit.
5) You receive our digital Session Guide with useful information + Styling Tips on what to wear for your session.
6) You fill in our Family Session Questionnaire which will help us know all the what/who/when/where and so that we can find a perfect location for you.
7) You can contact us anytime to chat about anything that comes to your mind.
8) We photograph/film your family and we deliver your memories via your own personalised online gallery, once they're all edited for you!
What's the images & videos delivery time?
All the videos or photographs included in your package will be delivered to you within a timeline specified in your contract.
This usually is 1 to 8 weeks depending on the month your session is happening in.
How can I prepare myself for the session?
Read our Guide & look through our Styling Tips - you'll receive them both once you book with us.
This will help you understand the way we work and how to make the most out of your session.
Chat to your partner, ask them to read through the guide.
And most importantly, chat to your kids and let them know you all will be going on a fun adventure with us and we'll be taking photos so that they have lovely memories to look back on :)
How do we buy prints, heirlooms & product collections?
Your online personalised gallery will not only act as a place where you can download your files from, but it will also act as an online shop where you can view and order personalised products. It’s pretty much like any other online shop that you’ve ever used, but with your own photographs!
If you prefer, you can also email us and we'll be happy to help you move around the online shop or prepare a custom order for you.
Do you price match other photographers or filmmakers?
We are not able to match another package or company because our works and their works don’t match each other. We love quite a few other photographers and filmmakers in the region and worldwide but they all have different styles, suitable for different people and different wedding vibes. Everyone’s unique and we take the utmost pride in our work and use our skills and creativity, that we have developed over years of hard work, to capture moments that are supposed to turn into your dearest memories that you will hold on to forever.
Do you hold Public Liability Insurance?
Absolutely. We hold full $20m in Public Liability.
Will you customise print & product packages for us?
Yes, we’re happy to do it!
Have a look through our shop first and just let us know what are the ideal keepsakes from your session and we’ll come up with different options.
When placing a big order, we always try to save you as much as possible by bundling the deliveries and making discounts whenever possible.
Should we buy prints or albums from you or just print them ourselves?
We're big geeks when it comes to prints, frames and albums.
We're so fussy and personally have been looking for the best of the best products out there.
We love when our photographs start their new life on print and that's why each of our packages includes some sort of 'physical' keepsake :)
The prints and albums we offer are printed on the highest quality art or fine art paper which means they won’t decompose or discolour with age.
More than that, the style of our editing goes beautifully with the paper we choose to print your images on.
This means that we cannot stand the thought of printing the photographs we've created for you at Kmart or Target, soz! Haha! We promise you will see the difference! If you print them ar Kmart, just don't tell us haha!
Also, our screens are colour calibrated to the style of our editing, so the results in print are the closest they can be to what's seen on the screen.
This means there will be no disappointment with the photograph being too orange, or too green or with the image having less or more contrast than what it originally actually does.
And the cropping... this may sometimes be confusing if you’re trying to squeeze a 4x6" image into a 5x7" print and it may result in cropping important parts of the photograph - whenever you place an order with us, we always check your chosen crops and either adjust them for you so the image looks its best, or suggest an alternative when adjusting is not possible.
We also know the struggle of visualising the frame sizes and looks on your walls. It's so hard! That's why we're more than happy to create mock-ups of frames, sizes and compositions, be it one or five, using your own photos (yep, that's right - you can grab your smartphone and snap a photo of your wall or room and we'll prepare a visualisation for you so you can be sure you're ordering what you imagined!).
Do you offer any discounts?
Tell your friend about us and receive a 5% discount on the photo album & all other products, if they book any photo session with us, or a 10% discount if they book a wedding package with us.
Simply remind us about it via email and tell us who's your friend :)
Also - if you book a Bump to Baby or Milestones Packages, you'll notice that it's a big saving in comparison to booking each of the sessions separately.
Can we pay in a few installments?
We require 25% upfront to secure your session but in terms of the rest of the payment you can tell us what's your ideal scenario (number of installments and how you'd like them spread out) and we will do our best to accommodate your request :)
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