Frequently Asked Questions

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?
What days is your photo studio open?   How long does it take to prepare my portraits?
Do you do 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?

Here at 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 boutique Auckland 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 family portrait photography, children's portrait photography, couples portrait photography, individual portrait photography, glamour portrait photography, maternity portrait photography and graduation portrait photography. We also offer professional headshots for your corporate needs, in addition to our professional product photography service. We welcome your enquiries regarding any of our services.

Please feel free to view our photography galleries for examples of our work.

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What days is your photo studio open?

Our Auckland photography studio is open Monday to Saturday, with all 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.

Your pre-portrait consultation and photo shoot booking can be arranged by simply calling our studio on (09) 522 5123 and talking with one of our friendly staff.

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Do you do studio based photography?

Yes, we proudly offer studio based photo shoots. 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 shoot, helping to create artistic and timeless portraits of you and your loved ones.

You can find our studio's location on our about us or via our contact us page.

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Do you hold photographic consultations with clients?

Yes we offer pre-portrait consultations at our Auckland portrait studio. Our obligation-free consultations are held by appointment only and normally take around half an hour.

Consultation bookings are available Monday to Saturday. Please feel free to contact us to discuss available appointment dates and times.

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Do I need to bring anything to my consultation?

No, simply bring yourself to your consultation! However, if you have any ideas for your photo shoot, please feel free to bring them along. Photographic consultations normally take around half an hour and can be made by contacting us or calling on (09) 522 5123.

During your consultation, we will happily provide you with ideas and concepts for you to consider. This is also a great time to meet the team, see the 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, we help everyone with posing throughout their photo shoot! Not many people know how to pose themselves naturally in photos. We will explain and show you all of the posing that will be required to help show you look your best!

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How long does a photo shoot take?

The length of a photo shoot depends on a few factors, mainly being how many people you are bringing to your photo shoot and the number of different combinations of them you would like photographed. Normally allow between 1 - 1.5 hours for your family photo session in addition to your viewing.

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

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What should I wear to my photo shoot?

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

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.

Feel free to peruse our galleries to see the results of our other clients to help you plan for your photo shoot. 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 to purchase 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 photographic print collection and our trendy gallery style mounted images.

These presentation options will be shown to you during your time in studio with us. We are also more than happy to discuss and suggest ideas for your consideration during your image viewing.

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Will my portraits be retouched?

Yes, all of your chosen photographs 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.

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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, similar to 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 entirely upon what kind of presentation and size(s) you would like to invest in. However, 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! We also offer a great range of flexible portrait packages you are welcome to take advantage of, in addition to flexible payment options.

Be sure to visit our current photo shoot 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 too!

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Will anyone else see my photographs?

Only if you allow us to show them. For all of 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 photo shoot you will be shown through your photos and you will 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 that 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 an added bonus, the process of choosing your images is a fun and relaxing experience. Our fantastic viewing software is specifically designed to make viewing your images 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 is easy! You are welcome to contact us on (09) 522 5123 to discuss dates and arrange your session. If you are interested in booking a pre-portrait consultation at our studio, please give us a call or get in touch via our contact page. or likewise get in touch with us.

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Do you offer photo shoot gift vouchers?

Yes, we offer photography gift vouchers that are a fantastic gifting idea and always well received; irrespective of the occasion. Vouchers are available across our range of professional portrait services. Simply contact us to discuss all of the options available to you.

We also offer photo shoot vouchers with the option of including studio credit towards finished portraits in addition to the photo shoot sitting.

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“Your service is friendly, fashioned and fast”

I really appreciate how your team helped me to get such great photos. The process was conducted in a professional and friendly manner with lots of input from the team. It was such as easy process from start to finish. Your service is friendly, fashioned and fast.

Best wishes to you.

D.C.

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