Photo Shoot Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

Photo Shoot Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of people come to Boutique Lifestyle Photography?   Can I have my portraits framed and mounted?

What type of photography do you specialise in?

  Will my portraits be retouched?
When is Boutique Lifestyle Photography open?   How long does it take to prepare my portraits?
Do you offer studio-based photography?   Why do you refer to photography as an investment?
Do you hold consultations with clients?   How much does it cost?
Do I need to bring anything to my consultation?   Will anyone else see my photographs?
I don’t know how to pose myself. Do you help us with that?   How do I choose my images? What if I don’t like any of the photographs?
How long does a photo shoot take?   What forms of payment do you accept?
What should I wear to my photo shoot?   How do I make a photo shoot booking?
Can I purchase digital images from my photo shoot?   Do you offer photo shoot gift vouchers?

What kind of people come to Boutique Lifestyle Photography?

We photograph people from all over New Zealand of all ages, shapes, and sizes and from all different backgrounds. We cater for individuals, couples, children, and families of up to 8-10 people comfortably within our Auckland portrait studio, located in Grafton.

Please note we specialise in studio portraiture, so as such we do not shoot weddings. However, we often photograph couples both prior to and after their wedding, followed by a pregnancy and newborn shoot at later dates. It is very common for families to rebook their family portrait photoshoots with us again and again over the years!

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What type of photography do you specialise in?

We specialise in professional portraits for families, children, couples, maternity, individuals, graduations, and glamour photography. We also offer professional headshots for your corporate needs, in addition to our professional product photography service. Please feel free to view our photography galleries for examples of our work.

We welcome you to call our portrait studio on (09) 522 5123 with any booking enquiries.

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When is Boutique Lifestyle Photography open?

We are open Monday to Saturday, with all photo shoot bookings by appointment. Saturday is our busiest day, so please take this into consideration. We kindly suggest making your booking in as far in advance where possible to ensure our availability for you.

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Do you offer studio-based photography?

Yes, all our photo sessions are held in our portrait studio in Auckland. We have a very trendy upmarket studio based in Grafton, only a couple of kilometres from central Auckland. Our studio is located at Suite 1, 231 Khyber Pass Road, Grafton, Auckland 1023 (just above Jaycar Electronics). Onsite free carparking is also available.

Our studio offers a range of different backdrops and props that you are welcome to use during your photo session, helping to create artistic and timeless portraits of you and your loved ones.

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Do you hold consultations with clients?

Yes, you may wish to come see us prior to your photo shoot. Our obligation-free consultations are held by appointment only and normally take around half an hour.

Consultation bookings are available Monday to Saturday. Please call us Monday to Saturday on (09) 522 5123 to discuss dates and times.

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Do I need to bring anything to my consultation?

Simply bring yourself to your pre-portrait consultation! However, if you have any ideas for your shoot, please feel free to bring them along with you.

During your consultation, we will happily provide you with ideas and concepts for you to consider. This is also a great time to meet our photographer and team, see our studio and begin planning your photographic journey with us!

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I don’t know how to pose myself. Do you help us with that?

Absolutely, our team will help you with posing throughout your photo shoot! Not many people know how to pose themselves naturally in photos. Our photographer will explain and show you all the posing that will be required to help show you look your best!

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How long does a photo shoot take?

Normally allow between 1 - 1.5 hours for your family photo session in addition to your portrait viewing, held directly after your photo session (on the same day). The length of your shoot depends on a few factors, including how many people you are bringing and the number of different combinations you would like photographed.

We can comfortably accommodate 8-10 people within our portrait studio. Please note our studio does not cater for pets.

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What should I wear to my photo shoot?

A smart casual theme works well in most instances. Please try to avoid clothing which has large logos or writing visible, as this tends to date photographs. Denim jeans and a clean shirt/blouse is a good example of a classic & timeless look that always photographs well. We generally ask you to consider more 'winter fashion', as this tends to look more professional, unless you are after a predominantly casual appearance.

What to wear will be discussed with you prior to your session. This primarily depends upon the themes and style of portrait you want to create.

Feel free to peruse our portrait galleries to see the results of our other clients to help you plan for your session. You can also view our blog post preparing for my family photo shoot for tips and advice.

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Can I purchase digital images from my photo shoot?

Digital images are available only for the images which are first purchased in a physical format. That is, digital images are not available as a stand-alone product.

Please note our digital image options are not available as a high-resolution format for printing purposes (as mentioned in our booking terms), but rather a 'personal format', suitable for personal uses such as social media and phones etc. If you have any questions regarding this aspect of our service, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Can I have my portraits framed and mounted?

Absolutely! We have a great range of presentation options including our contemporary portrait prints that are available in an assortment of fabulous sizes, in addition to our trendy gallery style wall portrait options.

These presentation options will be shown to you during your image viewing, with examples available to see.

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Will my portraits be retouched?

Yes, all of your purchased portraits receive our portrait retouching that ensures fantastic and flattering results. We will discuss with you during your image viewing what you would like to have retouched. This can be a little or a lot; it’s just up to you!

Unwanted blemishes, pimples, scratches, and bruises are just some of the things that can be removed from your photos with our professional retouching. This is just another way of making your beautiful photos even better!

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How long does it take to prepare my portraits?

This can vary depending on the number of orders we are simultaneously processing at the same time as yours. Once you have placed your order, please allow approximately two to three weeks for us to retouch and produce your chosen images. Please have this in mind if you require your photos for a specific date, and please mention this to us when making your booking.

We kindly ask that clients choose their images carefully, as we cannot reduce the size of orders once we have commenced their production due to the time and attention each image receives during post-production. We are of course happy to supply a remedy under the Consumer Guarantees Act should there be any fault with your images.

You can read about our terms and conditions including our refund policy and call us with any queries.

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Why do you refer to photography as an investment?

An investment refers to something that appreciates and gains value over time, like a house or shares (hopefully!). Sometimes they go up and sometimes they go down. We offer you something far better than that and with a guaranteed upside.

Photography is a way of capturing special moments between you and your loved ones forever. These are images you will never tire of! So, like a more traditional form of investment, your photos will increase in value to you for years and years to come. The only time you lose is when you fail to invest at all!

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How much does it cost?

The cost of your portraits depends upon the size and quantity that you would like to order. As an indication, we have products to cater for all budgets – both big and small, with print options starting from as little as $149.00. The only images you purchase are the ones you love!

Be sure to visit our current specials to see some of our latest offers. If you have any questions regarding our options or pricing, please feel free to get in touch with us. You can also enquire about our flexible payment options for your portraits!

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Will anyone else see my photographs?

Only if you allow us to show them. For all our promotional images (including on this website) we have obtained a signed release from the client allowing us to use their photographs. You are under no obligation to have your photos shown to anyone else, and if this is the case, you will be the only one to see them.

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How do I choose my images? What if I don’t like any of the photographs?

After your session you will be shown through your photos, and have the chance to select your favourites. We can discuss with you during this time our range of presentation options and sizes for your consideration. We kindly ask that all decision makers are present during your viewing session, as this is when you will select your final images.

The only photographs you invest in are the ones you love! You have no obligation to purchase any images that don’t feel like the right ones for you. But be prepared, you will have many gorgeous and memorable portraits to choose from!

As a bonus, the process of choosing your images is a fun and relaxing experience. Our fantastic viewing software is specifically designed to make selecting your portraits easy and enjoyable!

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What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept EFTPOS, Visa and Mastercard payments as well as cash. We also accept Farmers Card.

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How do I make a photo shoot booking?

Booking a photo shoot with us is simple! You are welcome to contact us on (09) 522 5123 Monday to Saturday to discuss dates and arrange your photo session. You may also send us your contact details via our contact page, with one of our team getting in touch with you shortly.

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Do you offer photo shoot gift vouchers?

Yes, we offer a range of awesome photography gift vouchers that are a fantastic gifting idea and always well received. Vouchers are available across our range of professional portrait services. Call us today on (09) 522 5123 to find out more and order your portrait gift voucher.

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