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What to expect and useful preparation

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How long will it take?

We suggest allowing 2 hours for the session, although we may be finished earlier.

This means you can relax during the session, without feeling concerned about rushing to your next appointment.

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The studio

Your session will take place in my relaxing portrait studio downstairs at unit 4 / 27 Waterman Place in Ferrymead 8023.


We have parking at our door and our main entrance is off the courtyard between the buidlings.


If you have any difficulties finding us, please don’t hesitate to call on 027 523 3939.

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What to wear?

I have many maternity gowns, in a range of colours and styles, that you are welcome to use during the sessions. It would be helpful to bring smooth underwear that would suit these colours. You may also like to bring some lacy underwear if you would like to take some portraits showing more skin.

If you have something at home that you would like to wear in the portraits, or something that is special for your family or cultural heritage, please bring these along. I am happy to speak with you beforehand if you would like advice on outfits that photograph well. 

For families, coordinating colours tend to work better than completely matching outfits. Neutral colours and simple fabric patterns typically photograph best. I have outfits available for children to the age of 6 (approx).

You may like to read my blog on photographing Korowai here.

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Sibling studio safety

If you are bringing older children to the studio, we suggest making arrangements for someone who can attend with them and take them home or to the local park once we have captured your family portraits. This will enable you and your baby to relax without distractions during the remainder of the session. 


Please be aware that there is a lot of equipment in the studio and therefore, for their safety, we would prefer that older children are closely monitored and kept in the small viewing area when not involved in a photograph.


Engaging children in the session

I recommend talking to your older children about the session in advance. Tell them my name and explain what I will be doing. Lynley will also be present to help during the session so let the children know about that too. 


It can also be helpful to explain why you would like to have their portrait taken. Many families also find it helpful to have a "treat" planned for after the session.

We try to avoid asking children to 'smile' during the session as we find this often leads to an unnatural expression as they try to comply. We prefer to make them giggle and laugh so please let us know if there are any things your kids find funny and be prepared to get right behind me and make faces to get them looking towards the camera! 

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When will your gallery be ready?

An ordering appointment will be held at the studio 3-4 weeks after your session.


At this appointment you will be able to view your collection printed and ready for you to take home. You will select your collection and images for artwork during the appointment.


Artwork and albums will be delivered 2-4 weeks later and you will be invited to the studio to collect them.

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