Frequently Asked Questions

Wedding Business & Details
Maternity & Newborns


What type of photography do you do?

Jodi’s style of photography is relaxed, fun, and elegant. She has a natural ability to relax the bride and groom. With her natural approach and elegant poses are some of her key ingredients. Jodi also believes in capturing the precious details of the wedding, which is often forgotten about.

Do you work with a second shooter?

This depends on what coverage you book her for. Most of the time Jodi works with an assistant who carries her equipment and assists with the family portraits.

Do you edit the images?

Yes. Every image you receive will be edited one at a time. This is done by colour correcting and enhanced your images, which produces the professional finish.

Where do you live? Do you travel?

Jodi lives near the beautiful town in Emerald, Victoria. Her experience rangers from weddings in the Yarra Valley, Gippsland Region, Tasmania and even Hong Kong.

Yes she does travel. If airfare and hotel and rental car are required you will be charged for these requirements.

Do you include black and white images?

Yes, Jodi includes black and white images. She selects certain images that she knows looks best in black and white.

How long does it take to get our images?

It takes about six to eight weeks from your wedding date.

How many pictures will we get?

The number of photographs taken depends on a few factors, but you can expect around 50 to 100 images per hour.

Do we get to keep the files?

Jodi provides you with the selected, edited high-resolution digital files. When the files are given to you, she will talk to you about suggested printing services, this way you will maintain the quality to your prints.

How does the album design process work?

Jodi is a qualified graphic designer and designs stunning wedding album. You will need to select no more then 50 of your favorite photos. An album design should be simple and not busy. You have a minimum of 20 sides to an album.
You will then have a chance to preview your album design, allowing you to make up to three rounds of changes before extra fees. You will then need to sign off from it before it goes to print.

Do you do engagement sessions?

Yes she does. These sessions are included in some of her wedding collections. Couples often say this helps them relax more for the big day.

Wedding Business & Details

How long have you been doing photography for?

Jodi started her photography career back in 2002 and studied at Photographic Imaging College. Jodi is a qualified photographer and graphic designer.

Can you hold the date for me?

To be fair to everyone we can’t “hold” a date without a deposit.

What is your payment schedule like?

A booking fee is a third of your total balance to reserve your date. The second deposit is required a few months after booking and final payment is due the week prior to your wedding.

I have to cancel my wedding. Can I have my deposit back?

The deposit fee paid is non-refundable. The deposit guarantees that she will hold the date exclusively for you and turn down all other work for that date.

When should we book?

Since Jodi cannot “hold” dates or “pencil you in” dates need to be booked as soon as possible. Most brides make contact one year in advance. So I would suggest doing this ASAP.

If we run overtime, will you stay?

Jodi is happy to stay over time on the night within reason, as she understands how sometime schedules change. Other wise an overtime rate is charged if you wish for further coverage. This would be billed for those hours after you return from your honeymoon.

Can our family and friends take pictures?

Yes this is fine, but she request that they not get in her way, she’d prefer all eyes facing her in your images, but she doesn’t mind at all if they snap away from the background.

Maternity & Newborn

When is the best time to schedule a Maternity Session?

Maternity sessions are best held when you are around 32 weeks.
These can be done in the studio or on location.

When should I book my newborn session?

Newborn sessions are ideally held between 4-10 days after birth, when babies are still sleeping for a significant portion of the day.

Ideally, your newborn session will be booked as early as possible. With newborn sessions, you should aim to book based on your expected due date. Then, when the baby actually arrives, Jodi will re-confirm the actual appointment date.

Capturing your baby after the suggested time is still fine, just when you also feel comfortable. They grow so quickly and all stages are amazing!!

How long does a session typically last?

Session last between 1.5 -2 hours.

Do you do Gift Vouchers?

Yes I do gift vouchers. There is something special about giving a friend or family member ever lasting memories, which is exactly what a gift voucher from Jodi Bouma Photography will do. You can simply phone or email me your request and a gift voucher will be posted either directly to you or to the recipient after payment is processed.

Where is the session held?

Newborn sessions may either be held in the convenience of your own home or alternatively in the studio where I have a selection of fabrics, backdrops to select from. The Studio is located just out of Emerald Victoria.

If you prefer for me to come to you, I am fully mobile and able too transport all necessary camera & lighting equipment and a selection of props based on your preferences. If you choose to have the session at your home, the ideal room would be a room with lots of daylight.

How should I prepare for the session?

Your input in planning your session is invaluable in assuring the session is created on par with your thoughts. Have a think about what you want, any particular poses or props you would like to include.
Have a look at my website or perhaps a parenting magazine for inspiration! Brainstorm some ideas to included in the session, such as a favourite blanket, toy and accessories. If you feel you need direction and simply want to allow Jodi to guide that’s fine. You are in certainly in good hands.

If you are interested in nude or semi-nude photographs it is a good idea to have baby wrapped in a warm blanket or towel so that your baby is not disturbed with undressing once they go off to sleep.

If you are opting for a clothed shoot, make your selection of clothing in advance. If you would like multiple “looks”. A simple onesie can be updated with beanies, jackets or simply background blankets.

What if the baby just won’t settle?

There is plenty of time allocated to these sessions to allow for whatever measures are required to settle the baby and no-one needs to feel rushed or anxious.

When and how to I pay?

50% of the total package is required to secure your date. Payment can be made either by cash or by direct deposit/internet transfer.
The final payment can either be done before or on the day.

What if the baby just won’t settle?

There is plenty of time allocated to these sessions to allow for whatever measures are required to settle the baby and no-one needs to feel rushed or anxious.

What happens if I need to cancel or postpone?

People get sick and circumstances change and occasionally postponements are unavoidable. Wherever possible, I require 24 hours notice of any changes to your booking and I will show you the same courtesy. 
I require a 50% deposit upon booking to hold your session appointment and if this will be forfeited in the case of an outright cancellation without mitigating circumstances. Subject to availability, I am happy to reschedule to accommodate changes due to illness.