Common Questions


Nikki McLennan has Fine Arts degrees from the University of Sydney and National Art School, and a Postgraduate Diploma in teaching from the University of Melbourne, which qualifies her to teach Photography and Visual Arts and English/ESL.

Nikki’s photographic career began in 2001, after graduating with distinction and awards from National Art School in Photography.  Following this, she opened a portrait & event photography business operating from Incubator Studios in Surry Hills, Sydney. The technical and artistic strength of her images has led to several exhibitions in Sydney and Melbourne.


31 Princes Highway, St. Peters NSW 2044 Australia


+61 424 344 842


In the studio you can bring several outfits for each person. If you would like to have creative input, please bring images or digital Pinterest moodboard. Bring something sentimental, like jewellery, teddy bears, blankets or even an object or ornament that has meaning to you. For example,  special fabric can look incredible in maternity shoots, or a Christening outfit that belonged to a Grandparent may be worn to create an stunning image that has meaning for your family.

Hair and make up can be arranged for a fee of $185 and can be applied at the studio. Nikki works with a number of talented Sydney make-up artists.

For tiny sleeping newborn shots, the best time is 7-12 days, while they are still able to fold up as they were in the womb. After 12 days they stretch out and wake up can be too unsettled. The next optimal times are 6 weeks (capturing smiles and bright eyes); 3-6 months (baby can hold its head up and is showing family resemblance); 9-12 months (baby can crawl and stand) and of course anytime after 12 months is wonderful also.  Cake Smashes are available! We tend to do walking babies outdoors in a park, beach or home setting.

A viewing appointment will be scheduled around one week after the photo session. It will be held at Tortuga Studios or via zoom if you prefer and takes about one hour. This is the time that you make decisions about which photos you would like to order and how you would like them to be presented. We determine paper choices, frame colours and finishessuch as canvas, metals, acrylics blocks and whether you prefer black & white or coloured portraits. Once an order has been placed and full payment is received, your prints will be ordered. Allow up to four weeks for production.

The photo session costs $200 and then retouched, art-mounted prints ready for framing start at $175. Special offers will include discounts, along with referral programs, repeat clients and the purchase of a group of images reduces the individual price. For a detailed price guide please call the studio on 0424 344 842.

Digital files are available with the purchase of a print. These are colour corrected for web along with another folder optimised for print up to a size of 8 x 12 inches.

As a guide, sessions last from one to two hours, depending on the location, number of people photographed and the brief. Headshots can be done in an hour, while a newborn shoot will take up to three hours, allowing for feeding and settling time. 

Generally an outdoor family portrait with five people would take 90 mins.

The purpose of Lion & Cub Photography is to create images that capture journeys through childhood, parenthood – the essence of families being together sharing their unspeakable bond. 

Our commitment is to produce for you an enduring artwork that best captures the significance of the present moment. Photographs of you family memories displayed creatively are treasures that enrich your home. Children who see images of themselves on the wall are reminded every day just how much they are loved. To be involved in this process is what drives our team.

We have a range of digital packages, canvas, mounted prints, photo books and gift cards on display to guide you in your choice. All of the work is presented on the highest quality of professional paper and canvas and are on display in my studio.

Lion & Cub Photography reserves the right to use any photograph in any form such as, but not limited to the use in reproduction, competitions/exhibitions, advertising display and copyright. All the digital files, proofs and copyright remain the property of Lion and Cub Photography. No refunds will be issued and at least 50 % deposit of the photo session is required one week before the shoot. Payment can be made by Paypal, bank deposit or credit card.

Cameras or recording devices of any kind are not permitted at your photographic session.  Please leave all camera equipment and devices at home.

Basic retouching included. Beauty retouching is outsourced and billed at an hourly rate for digital slimming, wrinkle reduction, teeth whitening, etc.

Ordered images will remain on file for one year from the date of your portrait sitting. Unordered images will be purged after 30 days of the first viewing.

Due to the custom nature of the products and services provided by Your Studio Photography, all sales are final. Items cannot be returned or exchanged. You may add on to your order at any time, but a sale is considered final at the time it is made.

 Custom designs, layouts, and albums will be proofed to you within two weeks of your order. You are granted one opportunity to make up to three changes to your layout. All requests for changes must be made at the same time, as only one additional proof will be created. We reserve the right to make final decisions on artistic layouts.

 I take the utmost care with respect to the proper exposure, retouching, and archiving of my digital images.  In the unlikely event of data loss, camera equipment malfunction, or photographer illness that prevents the undertaking of the session, the photographer’s liability will be limited to the refund of all session fees, or a new session can be scheduled at no additional cost to the client.