Session Specifics:

Where will our session be held?

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My studio is based in the inner city, in Grey Lynn, just up the road from MOTAT. There is customer car parking up the driveway, right beside the 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 the short driveway.

 

The studio is home based, and glamorous, with an array of framed images to view many combinations of sizing, framing and finishing. 

There is an range of various background papers, and many props and accessories for all ages and stages..

 

The viewing room is right next door to the studio room and has been recently renovated and styled to be a special experience. 

 
 

What is "On-Location"?

I 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, FacebookInstagram and blog to give you inspiration!

Considerations: 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 I can come to you, or you can come to mine. It's only 1 minute walk from Western Springs park, and the shady 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, especially  being dressed with flowing lighter pastels and full length images to outline the body shape. Consider the time of year, 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 is a Viewing & Purchasing Session?

The viewing and purchasing session is a time designed for you to view and select what you want, and is personalised held with me,  to give you my advice. The viewing room is right next door to the studio room and has been recently renovated and styled to be a special experience.

You can book this session straight after your shoot itself, which is what I try and offer most customers so you don't need to come back at a separate time, but on occasion if I have another shoot straight after, I won't be able to.

Viewings are to be done within a two week session of your shoot, this is to keep operational. At this session, you do need to make a final decision, sign off on the invoice and pay in full.  Please make an effort to look at our price guide, discuss with family/partner, and spend within your desired budget.  This saves remorse after the viewing session and using our valuable time. We have our price list on our website, in emails, and available to view at the studio,

Do consider making the effort to just visit the studio and meet me, there is no charge and you can have a good look around prior to any booking, and view the product range so that you can better work out what will suit your style, your home, and your budget. 

 

Pregnancy

Capturing your pregnancy and maternity is best after 22 weeks when your shape is visible but you are not too large.

I love doing a varied styling when you come to the studio. There is a large range of outfits/dresses and accessories and floating fabrics, so you do not need to bring anything to wear for the images.. Partners can be shirtless/topless if keen, or a t shirt or polo neck shoots well, plainer without logos or patterns please.

 

Consider painting your nails for that glamorous look. If you have a baby scan, or baby things you would like to add to the images as props, bring these too as these are about your story.

 

You could also consider booking my stylist for makeup and hair at $150   or alternatively contract your own. Just let me know you would like this pampering service. You are worth it!

 

Bring your other children and involving them is a wonderful family memory, as this will make for extra-connected images.

 

Please come prepared with a selection of nude-coloured underwear, strapless bra, wear leggings which can work under some of the outfits, however I do have everything at the studio. 

 

Below is some of the studio pregnancy clothing, and new dresses in all colourways are always arriving.

 
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Newborn

Newborns are best photographed under five weeks old. You can do a session anytime you feel comfortable, from 7 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 I can be sure 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, I am able to take babies at any stage as I can offer perfect images of babies on their own or in family imagery. View our gallery Newborn sessions for some examples.

I do newborn sessions generally Wed – Fri at the Grey Lynn studio where I have an extensive prop collection for you, and controlled lighting and temperature. There is also an option to photograph them at your home also. I will just bring a smaller range of colourways and props. You are not required to bring any outfits however if you have sentimental items please bring them along and I will make every effort to incorporate them into your session. I have all outfits, wraps, blankets, accessories, headbands etc at the studio, so you don’t have to bring anything at all. There are 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 vary in 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 there will be 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, I accommodate a few poses 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 busy siblings can disrupt the flow of the session. I do have a kids room with a dvd tv screen so can entertain them for a wee while if they are interested. I 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 I 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 I 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.

There is 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 I 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 I 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.

 
 

Busy Toddlers

Series of 4 photos of a toddler having fun with props while posing in the studio of Angela Scott Photographer

These aren’t posed so much, but are fast running around, jumping up, and playing types of images.

 

Consider your toddler's energy when they are at their best and definitely in between their sleep times… also travel time to the studio.

 

Forward planning and being well-organised will enable me to get the desired images in around 20 minutes.

 

Just bring some snacks and a drink to keep your toddler happy, and I will take care of the rest.

 

Pets

Outdoor location family photo by the pool with pet dog

Pets are part of the family, so it’s important that you include them. I use an assistant to help entertain them, some treats and have lots of squeakers/toys/balls, things to get their ears pricked.

Dogs: I am unable to photograph a newborn with a dog on their own, but happy to include adults holding the new baby. The environment has an outdoor studio space where dogs are fully fenced, can roam and go to the toilet. Of course a drink of water will be supplied to your dog on arrival. There is also 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 my dog imagery and people with dogs imagery.

Cats: Typically you will bring them in a cage. I try to sit them up high on stools on the backgrounds so they have difficulty moving off. I use entertaining tricks to get their attention… this includes some food. If you are bringing more than one cat, I 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 I offer, including them in a session or a piece of art on their own.

 

Parents

Couples portrait photo in the studio

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. I do more extensive retouching work on the images, however I make sure everything is natural.

 

Makeup and Hair

A woman having makeup applied by a professional makeup artist

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 my skilled stylists who attends the session just for you… I don’t do this myself..

 

If you would like me to schedule a makeup and hairstylist this is paid at the time of booking and is also non-refundable as all the makeup artists reserve this time for you and you are employing a third party business. Please have your hair dried, and moisturise your face only, and come to the studio without any makeup applied.

 

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.

 

Professional Clothing Styling

Woman in pink showing professional clothing styling

I style your session 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 of the art-pieces, framing etc, and we can chat about what you like and style something that will suit you. So just email me to book a pre-shoot styling session. Presently there is no charge for this. Email angela@angelascott.co.nz.

 

If you are interested in using my preferred stylist, I have been working with Lulu Wilcox, who lives close to the studio. She can discuss your theme and advise you by attending your home and choosing the right mix of colours and styles for the shoot session, and she can also take you shopping.

 

Speak to Lulu direct re pricing for this service, available on 021 336 983, or lulu@luluwilcox.comInstagram or website.

 

What to wear?

Location photo at the beach with family standing in the sea

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, which 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 the studio with 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: I 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 there is a wide range of clothing and accessories, so you don’t need to bring outfits for new babies as I have a huge range in every colour-way.

I believe it's best that you wear what you love, and feel comfortable in, no matter what the 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 at the studio. This can take 45- 60 minutes and can be done while I am photographing your newborn baby poses at the studio.

 

Model Call

Pregnancy maternity photo of woman in black flowing dress with flowers

Expecting a new addition to your family? Every now and then I am looking for models to assist me in creating my galleries and for my marketing material, so you will need to sign off that we can use a few of these images for this purpose. These sessions are available at odd times throughout the year.

Pregnancy 5 1/2 months-7 1/2  months or 22-32 weeks. Yes you can include your partner.

Newborn, any age through to 6 weeks. or older baby through to 1 year.  Yes you can include your whole family, partner, siblings welcome.

Model calls are not paid sessions, and you will receive 3 social media files (these are low resolution, un-retouched and come with our watermark, bottom right hand corner).

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