We begin with the end in mind. Before any photographs are taken, I need to know how they will be displayed in your home. Creating a plan and shooting for it results in a session that creates artwork that you will love. Listening to you and discovering how you’d love to portray yourself or your family is the first part of a wonderful journey towards having an anchor to your truth – your own personalised artwork. The entire portrait process takes place in several different meetings with me – the Pre-Session Consultation, the Shoot, the Preview & Ordering Appointment and Collection. 

“How Do You Want To Display Your Photographs?”

Knowing the answer helps me create a plan for your session and shoot it in the best possible way to reach our desired outcome – to create artwork that your children’s children will love.

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First, let’s talk outcomes! What final result are we shooting for and how will we plan it together? From what to wear to how photographs will be displayed, color design, location planning and look and feel of the session – the pre-consultation answers ALL your questions and helps Amanda get to know you and your family. We will coordinate how we shoot the session with what the final outcome will be. Your shoot is carefully planned and fully designed. Pre-consults can take place in-person or on the phone.

Getting to know you is key to the type of art Salt Mama Studio creates. You need to feel confident in  Amanda’s skill and professionalism and she needs to make sure that she can hold a space that will allow you to be comfortable being you. Amanda is always aware of the magnitude of trust involved when creating a portrait for someone. Great portraits begin with a great relationship.


Photo Sessions can be somewhat stressful for families. From wondering if the kids will behave, to agonizing over what to wear and convincing Dad that it won’t “hurt that much” – it may have been challenging for you in the past. Sessions with Amanda are anything but stressful. Fun-filled, happy and relaxed, Amanda doesn’t care about crazy kids! As a matter a fact, the crazier, the better for their real personality (the one you love most) will come out. In Amanda’s 10 years of experience with kids, she’s seen it all and can handle anything kids throw at her. She is a passionate advocate for the Montessori ideology and you will notice that the children are given a lot of choice and respect.  On top of that, when you work with Amanda,  proper planning, a clear goal and knowing exactly what will happen, you will feel confident with your choices and Dad will be amazed at how “easy” it really was.

Sessions take place in Amanda’s private studio in Woodend.  She works with controlled studio lighting and simple props. The studio offers a relaxed environment where we create a look that is sophisticated no matter what the weather. In late Autumn & early Spring, let’s take it outside! Sessions at either one of Amanda’s favourite two scenic spots in Ipswich make for some amazing and unique images. 

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Amanda takes great care to maintain the same exceptional customer service throughout the entire experience and beyond.


The moment you have been waiting for – the time to see the gorgeous photographs that we have created together. Available in the studio only, you will experience a cinematic, heartfelt slideshow of your photographs and have my help with your decisions in regards to portrait choice and artwork options. Salt Mama Studio offers seven different finishes for wall art, two different types of heirloom albums and a variety of print collections and custom boxes. This is the time when you will finalize your portrait order, so be sure to pick a time where both Mum and Dad can be there. Salt Mama Studio accepts payment by eftpos, cash, and credit cards. Feel free to ask about other options if you would like to spread your payment over time.

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About 3-4 weeks later, your art piece will be ready for pick up. Amanda will call or email you to let you know it’s here and make arrangements for you to take home the final result. And if you need help with installation, she will gladly provide details for someone who can help. And once those portraits are hanging, you can sit back and enjoy them EVERY DAY.


It doesn’t stop there! Salt Mama families often come back year after year. As your children grow and change, it will be time to update your portraits. So right from the first year’s portrait we plan, knowing that more may come. And we design around that! The next time you work with Amanda, not only will we create art that coordinates with sessions past, you’ll also be able to take advantage of her exceptional Returning Client rates so you can build on to what she’s already created for you in a way that works and delights you, year after year.