hi there lovely parent,
Thanks for stopping by and congratulations on your little bundle of joy (or their upcoming arrival) - exciting times ahead!
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 babies and plan to have our own little bunch one day, but for now we'll take all the snuggles that we can get from our nephews and nieces (in total we have 9 of them + 1 on the way!) and from all the babies who we have the pleasure of photographing.
Our journey with newborn photography started back when Hanna was 16 and photographed all the neighbourhood babies (thanks neighbours!), and then continued to photograph all the kiddies she babysat as her part time job back at university.
But our serious adventure with photographing babies started of course with our nephews - we did not want to miss a moment of their lives. Only then we truly realised how fast they grow and change, and how important and precious was it to have tangible proofs of it, which we can look back on and absolutely tear up when we do!
Would you like us to stop the time for you too?
We can’t tell you exactly what your session will be like, because each of our sessions is different. The aim is to tell your own, unique story. What we can tell you though, is that all sessions with us are authentic, relaxed and heartfelt.
Your baby is the star of the day and they tell us what to do. We go with their flow.
We’ll guide you through the whole experience and whilst we will give you tips and prompts, we stay away from stiff posing and we focus on creating fun and sincere moments.
Geelong Newborn Photography
New beginnings are so exciting.
Everything has changed dramatically and now is this short special time when all of you are adjusting to the new life you brought earthside.
Even though it may not seem this way, we can assure you that it is the perfect time to capture what life's like right NOW.
It won't last forever and this blur of the first few months will seem like a tiny drop in the ocean of time.
Unless you have photographs to look back on. The tangible proofs that capture the moment
where time stood still for a millisecond.
READ MORE IN THE FAQs AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE
OR GET IN TOUCH TO RECEIVE OUR INFO PACK
Geelong Newborn Videography
We know. Not a popular thing (yet!) to have the first moments with your baby at home 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 little one's life.
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 little arm and leg stretches and all the smooches on those little cheeks.
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
- The Cosy Shed Newborn Session
or At-Home Newborn Session
- all professionally edited
full resolution digital images
- 8x12" matted art paper print
or $50 towards any of our collections
starting at $600
Bump to Baby
- Maternity Session
- The Cosy Shed Newborn Session
- all professionally edited
full resolution digital images
- 2x 8x12" matted art paper print
or $100 towards any of our collections
Baby Milestone Session
- 20-30 minutes
- for three-, six-, nine- or
twelve-month-old babies only
- parents & siblings welcome
- all professionally edited
full resolution digital images
- happens at The Cosy Shed
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
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What are the prices of your packages and what's your availability?
Our newborn photography packages start at $600 - scroll up and you'll be able to see different packages we offer.
We're usually available for Newborn, Bump to Baby and Milestones Sessions during the week, and occasionally on the weekends.
To receive more information about our packages, please get in touch via the form at the bottom of this page or email us with your more information about your due date & location on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Newborn Session like?
The session is relaxed, simple and authentic.
We focus on your littlest one but there are two parts to the session - family time & baby only time.
We photograph you with your bub and if there are any siblings, we capture all of you together. We make sure to capture some special sibling photos - after all this is a big change in your older kiddies’ lives too!
The other part of the session is focused solely on the baby. We bring our comfy flat beanbag to every session - you can think of it as our portable studio.
Babies love our beanbag because it’s cosy, soft and we warm it up with our little fan heater. We then photograph your bub as they are, wrapped in cosiest blankety fabrics or if they don’t like to be curled up, we focus on their little body all stretched out.
None of our newborn sessions are the same - your baby is the star of the day and they tell us what to do. We go with their flow. The look of the photographs depends also on your house, your walls and the placement of windows will play a big role in what the photographs come out like. But whether you have a beautiful afternoon light or your house is quite dark, we’re confident that you will love your 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 baby and of your family.
Everything happens in your favourite places. You can cuddle up in your bedroom, living room, nursery. You can walk around the kitchen if that’s your favourite spot. If your kiddies feel like a snack, feel free to feed them. Don’t feel like there is anything special you need to be doing - we love documenting your life as it is and you can think of us as friends coming in for a visit.
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 Newborn session go for?
The session times vary but it’s usually 1 to 3 hours.
The time depends on the size of your family and your baby’s rhythm.
Sometimes when it’s just mum, dad and the baby, and the bub sleeps for most of the time, we’ve got enough of stunning photographs after an hour or so.
Sometimes when e.g. the baby needs a few changes, a few feeds and the siblings are hungry or need extra cuddles, the sessions lasts about 3 hours. We never hurry though and make sure we captured enough of beautiful moments and the love between the whole family, before we leave.
Where do the Newborn Sessions take place?
Our newborn sessions happen at your home. You don’t need to worry about traveling anywhere, we visit you.
When is the best time to schedule Natural Newborn Session?
We recommend scheduling your session before your baby is born as it can get pretty busy when you bundle of joy arrives. The sessions happen usually when the baby is between 5-15 days old as babies are the most sleepy and the most squishy in that time of their life :)
This said, we’ve photographed quite a lot of premies around the 3rd up to the 6th week of their lives and they were still tiny and slept a lot.
Do you use props and baskets? Do you dress babies up?
We capture babies as they are - we never use any baby props, little beds, buckets, headbands. We only photograph babies with things that hold a meaning to you - their first teddy bear, the outfit that you wore when you were a baby or the knitwear that baby’s granny knitted.
The only props that we bring with ourselves are the bean bag that the baby will lay on for their natural portraits and a couple of our ivory knit fabrics, which are always freshly washed in a hypoallergenic & grey water safe washing liquid, to use as a cover for the beanbag and to swaddle the baby (if they like being swaddled).
What if my baby (or their siblings) cry and are unhappy?
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 uncomfortable, scared or something is not right so together with you we'll look for a solution (usually a feed, a nappy change and cuddles solve the problem for the littlest ones).
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 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 mum and/or dad. So as long as you're ready to give your toddler lots of tickles, play hide and seek or build a castle, we'll join in and before we know it, your toddler 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 50km of travel from Geelong is covered as a courtesy. For over 50km from Geelong, we charge $1 per km.
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.
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 edit all of our photographs and/or videos?
Absolutely yes! We never outsource any of our editing work and we hand pick and edit each and every one of your images and your films.
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 with your Newborn, Bump to Baby and Milestones Packages?
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 & siblings. 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 and 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 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 Newborn Session Guide with useful information + Styling Tips on what to wear for your session.
6) You can contact us anytime to chat about anything that comes to your mind.
7) Before your due date, you fill in our Newborn Session Questionnaire which will help us know all the what/who/when/where.
8) Once your baby is born, you get in touch with us and we schedule in your session (usually 5-15 days after baby's birth).
9) We photograph/film your bub and your family and we deliver your memories via your own personalised online gallery, once they're all edited for you!
What's the videos & images 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 2 to 8 weeks depending on the month your session is happening in.
How can I prepare my house for the session?
You may be feeling tired and busy settling in your new role as a parent so don’t feel pressured to have your house spotless but keep in mind that if there’s a lot of clutter, it will show up in the photos.
So here is our general advice:
- Clear floors and surfaces of clutter, and remove any items you don’t want appearing in photographs.
- Make beds, and generally clean your home - only if you feel like it :)
- Check your side tables/bedside tables. Usually we photograph you cuddling up on your bed and sofa so you may want to stand in front of your bed and see if your bedside tables or side tables don’t have anything that’s distracting to your eye (e.g. red vase, a blue Nivea cream box, very green nose drops, etc).
- Show us around. When we arrive, we’ll ask you to show us around so that we can see which of the rooms would be the best to take photos in. We will usually select rooms with plenty of natural light for our photography. Even if a space looks uninteresting to you, please show it to us as it may be perfect in terms of light and space :)
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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