Hello, I’m Helen. I am a natural light portrait photographer based on the beautiful NSW Central Coast. I photograph on the Coast and Sydney’s North Shore.
I have been described as having a gift for bringing out and capturing natural relaxed beauty and genuine affection. I aim for minimal staging and intervention, preferring authentic, candid images and portraits. I aspire to capture you and your loved ones being yourselves in a relaxed, comfortable location, resulting in timeless images that you will cherish for life.
I have had a passion for photography since childhood (thanks to a patient neighbour with a darkroom), however Helen Lamont Photography was officially born after I had my own three children in 2011. Something that was important to me in establishing this business was making it stress free, fun and affordable. Many photographers retain rights to images and production service, and profit through production of prints and other photographic products. It seemed that many people I knew who were seeking to capture their family in photographs were either ending up spending above their budget, or putting off taking photos because the cost was too daunting. What Helen Lamont Photography offers is an affordable fixed fee for the photo shoot, then you are given full ownership of your photos, allowing you a cost effective and flexible way to get great photos. After editing, the photos will be given to you on a private link for downloading in both high and low resolution formats. There is no formal sit down or hard sell, just a simple fun and relaxed photo shoot, and then images for you to keep forever.
If however you would like further photographic printing services to manage post shoot production of photos I happy to assist, examples include prints of all sizes, photo books, and canvas prints.
Photos are a wonderful way to celebrate and preserve timeless images of your life and loved ones, and a lot of fun to do. Contact me anytime to arrange an easy, relaxed photo shoot, to update your family album, give a gift, or just capture this precious time in your life.
Helen Lamont Photography is proud to donate services to chosen charities, such as Toxteth Kindergarten, St Thomas Willoughby, Willoughby Roos (Rugby), St Pius X College Chatswood, Chromhurst Lindfield, Central Coast Grammar School, and Amnesty International.
Helen Lamont Photography offers high quality yet accessible and affordable photos. You will find the pricing of the shoots below very reasonable due to the fact that they include ownership of the images, which otherwise can cost upwards of $1,500. The pricing of prints, books and canvas are also kept reasonable. Often photographers can charge an exorbitant mark up for these due to the fact that they retain ownership of the images. At Helen Lamont Photography, we want the whole experience of participating in a photo shoot, and creating beautiful lasting products with these images to be easy, enjoyable and affordable.
All photos taken during photo shoots will be professionally edited, which can make a real difference to your photos. I like to include a selection of colour and black and white images, however I can tailor this to your liking, then – the photos are yours to keep, print and share! You will be given a disc or drop box link with both high and low resolution images to cater for all you needs. Most shoots you should expect to receive a minimum of 50 photos.
All newborn shoots are best taken from birth to fourteen days old. It is best to book in a date before the birth to avoid disappointment. The newborn shoot can be taken in the client’s home, or in the photographer’s home. If in your home please consider if there is a room with excellent light, where the baby can be placed for photographing.
Helen is a mother of three, an Auntie of seven, and adores babies. She is gentle and understanding that newborns don’t arrive with a built in schedule, and she will fit in to your needs to make this a peaceful and enjoyable experience.
If your dream wedding involves natural, candid, photography with very few posed shots, and no staged shots, then Helen Lamont Photography is the perfect choice. Helen will meet you before the wedding to get to know your ideas and plans for the day, that way on the day she can be as unobtrusive as possible. Clients have commented that they hardly knew she was there, and yet loved the candid images produced.
As with all shoots, Helen will digitally edit your images and give them to you to keep. Every wedding produces a minimum of 100 beautiful photos.
Helen Lamont Photography has been increasingly involved in freelance photography including simply shoots to update your social media (e.g. LinkedIn) profile, to shoots used to develop her clients own business web sites or marketing material.
As a guide Helen charges $350 for the first hour for freelance work, followed by $200 for every hour thereafter. Naturally this includes editing which as a minimum is hour for hour against shoot time.
Profile & Professional Portrait
Whether you would like to update your LinkedIn or online image or you require a portrait for other purposes, Helen Lamont Photography offers a Profile Shoot including images and editing for $150. This is done at the photographer’s home in Holgate. You are promised a minimum of 5 images, edited and enhanced to keep and use in low and high resolution.
All prints are carefully edited the sent to professional photography printers using quality print paper and equipment. (Please request a price for any other sizes not quoted below).
Beautiful custom design and laid photographers selection photo books:
Collaborative co-created photo books where you get to help select and edit book:
Canvas and Framed wall artContact me for a quote, however as a guide:
Here are some things to consider before we meet for your portrait session.
I shoot on location. This can be at your home, the beach, a park or even just down a local laneway or street. If we meet in your home, we will make the most of all suitable spaces inside and out, taking advantage of suitable light and interesting props..e.g a favourite toy, a comfy lounge. My aim is to create images that are real, reflect the personalities in them, are fresh simple and modern.
Your choice of clothes can make a difference to the overall look and feel of your images. Consider how you can compliment each other in colour scheme and style, without being perfectly matched. Its great to have the photos reflect your true selves!
Perhaps try to avoid clothes with logos or emblems on them. Simple clothing choices in solid colours often work well. When choosing clothes, remember colour and texture will add interest to your photos. Feel free to bring along, or have on hand some interesting props or changes of clothes, such as hats, boots, shoes, dress up for kids..I am more than happy to chat about clothing, props or location before the shoot.
Allow a couple of hours. The shoot should be a lot of fun. If there is something you love doing as a family/ couple we can certainly consider incorporating this for a fun natural shoot, such as coffee at your favourite park, scootering, ice-creams at the beach. I love the opportunity to capture who people really are, feeling happy, comfortable and being themselves.
For a newborn shoot, bring along any favourite toys, clothes, and especially blankets, beanies or textiles you love. I like to keep the images simple and modern, with the baby being the main focus, but some of these items incorporate very well. Don’t worry about when your baby needs to sleep or feed or change, I completely understand these needs and we will simply and gently work around your baby!