Where will our family session be held? Choose our Studio for glamorous lighting.
Our studio is based in the inner city, in Grey Lynn, just up the road from Motat, we have customer car parking up our driveway and right beside our studio entrance so feel free to bring your car up. You are also able to park on the roadside in the bus lane after 10am weekdays or anytime weekends and walk up our short drive. Our studio is home based, and glamorous, with an array of framed images to view many combinations of sizing, framing and finishing. Choose from or our fabulous, art-paper (heavy grade water-colour paper) with ripped edges, canvas wrap or consider our textured and washable matte paper. We love putting series together and creating combinations that tell stories. Our viewing room is right next door to our studio room and has been recently renovated and styled to be a special viewing experience.
What is On-Location?
We know Auckland well so let’s have a chat about the right outdoor setting that will make your images delightful. This can be anywhere you like, whether it’s a local beach, forest, park, cafe, or your own home environment. Places you connect to are great for capturing that special memory and are delightful areas to shoot. You can also take a look at our website, Facebook, Instagram and blog to give you inspiration!
Considerations: Considering the environment is paramount for capturing the right tone for your picture. For instance, a beach setting is great in the morning for little children, or later in the evening with the setting sun for older ones. If local parks are your favourite we can come to you, or you can come to ours. We’re ony 1 minute walk from Western Springs park the shadowy atmosphere suits darker shades, like black, navy, greens. This tone is perfect for forest imagery as well along with brighter colours, like reds and pinks are fun with the green contrast. For pregnancy later sunlight and beach imagery is gorgeous being dressed with flowing lighter pastels and full length images outline the body shape. Consider the season with seasonal flowers and bushes in colour tones and match your clothing colours to what is out, like pinks and whites for blossoms. Autumn and spring are often magnificent at parks.
What to wear
Simple, casual clothes are what most wear, the plainer the better. Jeans causal attire have a cool family feel, and are comfortable. Consider layers too, can be great for a winter rugged up look, light scarves, jackets, hats etc.
Darker shades like black, navy, brown, purple, etc, match well with our darker backgrounds and creates a striking piece. Lighter shades are whites, creams, pastels, etc, these go well at the beach, or in our studio with our lighter brighter backgrounds.
Please try to avoid clothing featuring words, logos, and pictures as it can be very distracting.
You’re welcome to bring along a few outfits that make you feel good and any personal items that have sentimental value, especially things handcrafted by family for small ones.
Toddlers and young children: We have a wide range of beautiful clothing for Toddlers, girls and boys. So it’s not a problem if you feel you don’t know exactly what you’re little one needs to wear.
Newborns: If you’re booked for a newborn session, please consider bringing a change of clothing for yourself however we do have towels at the studio. For your newborn we have a wide range of clothing and accessories, so you don’t need to bring outfits for new babies as we have a huge range in every colour-way.
We want you to wear what you love, and feel comfortable in, no matter what our core principals above are, so do come dressed as you desire or love.
Also makeup and hair should be applied a lot heavier for images, or you can book our stylist to come to your home prior to your session or to our studio, this can take 45- 60 minutes and can be done while we are doing your newborn baby poses at our studio.
Capturing your pregnancy is best after 28 weeks when your shape is visible. Bring your children and your partner if you can, as this will make for extra-connected images. Please come prepared with a selection of nude-coloured underwear, we have a range of outfits/dresses and accessories like fabrics you can wear if you prefer. You could also consider booking our stylist for makeup and hair or alternatively contact your own. Below is all our studio clothing and we are always sourcing more each year.
Newborns are best photographed under two weeks old or when they are 5-10 days old. Therefore, the best time to book your newborn session is while you are still expecting, you can pencil in a time and then touch base with the studio after baby has come to confirm you are all okay, that way we can be certain to photograph your bub at the best possible time. This time frame means babies are often sleepy which allows greater scope for artistic poses. However, we are able to take babies at any stage as we can offer perfect images of babies on their own or in family imagery. View our gallery Newborn sessions
We do newborn sessions generally Wed – Fri at our Grey Lynn studio where we have an extensive prop collection for you and controlled lighting and temperature. You are not required to bring any outfits however if you have sentimental items please bring them along and we will make every effort to incorporate them into your session, we have all outfits, wraps, blankets, accessories, headbands etc at the studio, so you don’t have to bring anything at all. We have lots of gorgeous colourways of background blankets and flowered wreaths, and beds, so discuss what colours you like and what you think might suit your baby and decor.
Sessions last varying length of time depending on the package selected/paid for, but are generally of 2 hours, sometimes 4.5 hours! Allowing ample time for a variety of studio set-ups, as well as the important things like feeding, settling and cuddling. Sometimes we will have time to fit in a viewing and purchasing session, but otherwise you can come back another time within two weeks to make your decisions.
If you are bringing siblings for photographs with your newborn baby, we accommodate one pose into the session, but please ensure they are well supervised, and perhaps have a second person come to pick them up afterwards to avoid them becoming bored as that could disrupt the flow of the session. We also love to do parent shots with the baby, and like to get these done at the beginning of the session, so please let me know if you plan to have these done, as we will set up the studio accordingly.
Older Babies – Sitting Up
Older babies are best photographed between 6-8 months, when they are just sitting stage. Therefore, the best time to book your older baby session is while your baby is just starting to sit but a little wobbly, that way we can be certain to photograph your bub at the sitting stage before they take off crawling, which can be a couple of weeks window. Older babies are a key stage of baby photography as they are super cute, their personality is showing and they’re giggly with huge smiles. Take a look at our baby imagery.
We have an extensive prop collection for you with controlled lighting and temperature. You are not required to bring any outfits however if you have sentimental items such as knitted blankets, special clothing items or hats you would like included in your images, please bring them along and we will make every effort to incorporate them into your session.
Sessions last for varied times, sometimes your baby can only take 20 minutes, sometimes longer even 30- 40- or 60 minutes, depending. Often we will have time to fit in a viewing and purchasing session but otherwise, you can come back another time within two weeks to make your decisions.
These aren’t posed so much, but are fast running around, jumping up, and playing types of images. Consider your toddlers energy when they are at their best and definitely in between their sleep times… also travel time to our studio. Forward planning and being well-organised will enable us to get the desired images we need in around 20 minutes. Just bring some snacks and a drink to keep your toddler happy, and we’ll take care of the rest.
Pets are part of the family, so it’s important that you include them. We use an assistant to help entertain them, some treats and have lots of squeakers/toys/balls, things to get their ears pricked.
Dogs: We are unable to photograph a newborn with a dog on their own, but happy to include adults holding the new baby. Our environment has an outdoor studio space where dogs are fully fenced, can roam and go to the toilet, also a drink of water will be supplied to your dog on arrival. We also have Western Springs Park, our local, that you can take your dog down to that’s just 1 minute walk from the studio. Feel free to view our dog imagery and our people with dogs imagery.
Cats: Typically you will bring them in a cage, we try to sit them up high on stools on our backgrounds so they have difficulty moving off. We use entertaining tricks to get their attention… this includes some food. If you are bringing more than one cat, we may photograph them individually and artwork them together, this will have a $200 body swap fee added.
Horses and Farm Animals: If these buddies are a part of your family, do consider prioritising the investment of what we offer, including them in a session or a piece of art on their own view our horse imagery.
We come from the love and connection of our parents and our greater and older ones, so valuing them and capturing them in professional image making is important at the right time. I can assure you they will feel so honoured to be invited into your family session or to be individually captured. They can enjoy dressing up, and even consider a gorgeous makeup and hair session as an appreciation of all they have done. We do more extensive retouching work on our images however we make sure everything is natural.
Makeup & Hair Session
Your hair and makeup needs to be just you… if you would like the pampering and perfection of this done, you can choose to book our skilled stylists who attend the session just for you… we don’t do this ourselves.. If you would like us to schedule a makeup and hairstylist this is paid at the time of booking and is also non-refundable as all our makeup artists reserve this time for you and we are employing a third party business. Please have your hair dried, and moisturise your face only, and wear no makeup for the stylist. All makeup artists apply makeup heavier, for the photographic technical requirement, however if you would prefer it more natural do tell the stylist exactly this, as they must do what you want even if it will impact the final images… feel free to do your own and just apply heavier. You are welcome to book your own stylist, or go to places like Farmers and Mac that offer makeup only.
Bianca Fallon Beauty, Hair, Makeup has 29 years of international & national experience. Bianca listens to implement your requests towards personal style and natural beauty image development for real women. Delivering photographic standards in a timely manner that assists you to shine in every picture. As an indigenous practitioner, Bianca acknowledges client priorities for cultural, religious and spiritual tikanga activation.
We love the stylists at the Beauty Hub, the team are all experienced, highly qualified professionals, makeup artists, hair stylists and clothing stylists, with over 15 years of experience.
Please check your makeup and hair after a session and ask the stylist to change it while they are there if you are in any way not happy with it. The stylist must do what you have asked, if you prefer natural then that is what you will have. However most stylists do a heavier look as this is often what is required for photographs, it gives a deeper outline of features from a distance, that is why a professional will always apply heavier makeup. With your hair, please make sure it is how you normally wear it, put your hands through it and sort it to your liking whilst the stylist is there. You are able to ask them to fix any areas you think aren’t the way you normally have it. The stylist doesn’t know you personally, so don’t be afraid to make your opinion heard so you can ensure you get the look, you after after.
We style our sessions beautifully so it’s very helpful to meet you first prior to a session, this way we can chat at the studio and you can view all our art-pieces, framing and we can chat about what you like and style something that will suit you. So just email us to book a pre-shoot styling session and presently there is no charge for this. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, If you are interested in using our preferred stylist, we have been working with Lulu Wilcox, she lives close to the studio. She can view your wardrobe, do a cull and sort and also take you shopping. Speak to Lulu direct repricing for this service, available on 021336983, or email@example.com, Instagram or website
If you want to find out more details about the shoot, the viewing and purchasing session, session fees and other FAQS you can find it on our Experience & FAQs page.