One of the best bits about what we do is handing over the finished product and watching the happiness on people's faces as they see their finished artworks for the first time.
"My husband and I had a maternity photoshoot last week and we had a great time. I had my hair and makeup done at their studio so didn't need to worry about going somewhere else to get that sorted. Admittedly I was a little nervous about having my "bump" photographed but Kim made me feel AMAZING and totally at ease. After the shoot we had a wee break and then came back to watch the slideshow and were blown away with the photos. We can't wait to get back our photo art work in a couple of weeks.They layout options they came up with for the photos takes them to the next level.We can''t recommend Kim and her team highly enough.
"Lovely relaxed environment, Kim connected straight away with our wee boy and he loved her camera (and the camera loved him!) A great personalised experience, enjoyed reviewing our photos on the big screen, very difficult to choose our prints as they were all great!" Stacey Paintin
We have now booked in for our newborn shoot and looking forward to that too xx" Gemma Aiken
"We came in for a newborn shoot a few weeks ago. I was nervous coz bubs was cranky but i was made to feel at ease. Nothing was a problem. When we needed to feed him i wasnt rushed or made to feel like an inconvience. It was a great experience, especially since we hate having our photos taken. The slideshow was so amazing that i was balling my eyes out with happy emotions to see my little family on the screen with so much love. You captured every feeling. I cant wait to see the finished products. Would recommend them to anyone!" Erin Corcoran
"Wow what an experience - right from the first contact the team were amazing. They were truly interested in our family and getting to know us before we came in. The info given was great to get everyone prepared and looking fab � the session was heaps of fun - the hardest part was choosing what art work we wanted! Thanks Kim & Crystal, can't wait to see the final products!!!" Laura Fairbrass
"Can't say enough great things about our experience here today. Was an absolute blast! Have never had anything like this before so to win your father's day competition and have the overall product to be so much better than we could have imagined was amazing. Thanks again so much team, we are so grateful for all you have done for us." Tim Barrow
"Where to start!? We had the best day today - thank you sooo much! Kim you really captured our perfect little family, you have such an amazing talent. Your work has gone way above our expectations. Thanks for taking the time to get to know us and come up with some amazing pieces to display in our home. Thank you so much Crystal for your time and patience with us in our decision making. We will definitely be back when the need arises to update our family portraits. Thanks again guys we are so grateful to have won such an amazing prize." Sammy Riddle
"The experience we had with The Portrait Studio was one we will treasure for a lifetime. The passion and talent of Kim really shows in our pictures, that she really loves what she does. We enjoyed every minute of the photo session. And the product were stunning. We can't wait till we hang them on our walls and show them to our family and friends. Best regards, Josman, Cherry, Emmanuel and Daniel."
"Thanks so much for today's session Kim, you're relaxed atmosphere and style and everything about it was just awesome, both Nikki, Zoë and myself enjoyed every minute along with the process afterwards sorting out the best photos was relaxing and am enjoyable time. You are amazing at capturing the moments. Thanks again." Mathew Lamb
"Highly recommend these lovely ladies, we went for a family shoot today and it was great! Such a lovely relaxed atmosphere, and the photos were stunning! So hard to pick the ones we loved most! Will definently be back once our baby is here! Thank you for today." Sammie Knight
"The Portrait Studio ... where do I start?
You've made our lives so much sweeter. Kim, your talent really spoke to me when I first started seeing your work. It's clear that you love what you do. And your awards and qualifications cement that. I've watched as you've grown from strength to strength and become such a stalwart in the photography community.
Our experience was just so unique. From our first phone call, you made me feel so special like I was your only client, and never rushed me to make decisions, in fact you really helped me to understand that nothing was a problem and that we were in control. My husband Rod was away overseas with the army, while I was pregnant with our first boy Gibson, and again with our new baby Reid! So I wanted to surprise him with a few photos of Gibson and I with one of your amazing maternity sessions. As we all know, pregnancy plans can swiftly change! Well I ended up needing to stay in hospital for 3 weeks prior to Reid arriving and you and your team came to me with hair and makeup and created the most gorgeous photos. You timed everything so carefully that when Rod was home to be by my side everything fell in to place minus the surprise element! The pictures you captured during our beautiful Avon river experience made this time so magical. Rod, Gibson, "the Reid bump" and I looked and felt incredible! Then it got even better ( if that's possible) when we returned for our expanded family photography session. Just wow. It's not often I see my husband so emotional, but your work really moved us during that viewing session. I cried immediately! Happy happy tears. My little family captured in time for us to cherish for the rest of our days. You'll never really know how much we love you, and your incredible team. All we can say is thank you. Thank you. THANK YOU!
Love, Carly, Rod, Gibson and Reid Rurehe-Blank."
"My dogs had a wonderful photo-shoot and the photos are so beautiful! Thank you!!" Johanna MacDonald
"Choosing to have our photos done with Kim is the best decision we could have made. Not only was the shoot fun and super comfortable, but the quality of the work she produces is mind-blowing. Her presentation of our photos brought me to tears and I cannot speak highly enough about her. She is caring, professional and really works to get a strong understanding of the story her clients want to tell. Thank you again Kim for making our 5th anniversary one for the memory books (which we will now have!)" - Nicole Knapp
"I've been meaning to email you since collecting our albums on Tuesday to say thank you - we just love them and will treasure them forever. Please extend our thank you to Kim for the gorgeous photos and the memories she has so beautifully captured. We can't wait to give our parents (grandparents) their own little albums for Christmas. Wishing you both a wonderful Christmas and all the best for the coming year.
Penny, Michael, Henry and James Fisher"
"Thank you so much for your patience and going to the extra mile with us yesterday. Staying later for us was above and beyond your call of duty and we really appreciated being able to view them together.
"Lovely to meet you today too and thanks for the portraits they are AMAZING! You are so talented! I love them all ! I can not wait for our album as well - It will be treasured FOREVER.
"I'm so excited about getting the photos! Thank you so much for taking such beautiful photos, you really did such a stunning job! I love how natural they are of niarose and how they capture her personality. I also really appreciate the extra photos, it was sooo hard to choose! Thanks again!"
"Amazing amazing experience, I was so nervous having a maternity photo shoot (isn't something I would usually do) BUT I'm so so glad I did. Kim captured such beautiful photos of myself and our wee family and was absolutely fabulous with our two other children.
Angela captured our precious newborn and family photos and they were just breath taking. We have had so many wonderful compliments on the photos. No words can express how thankful we are for the wonderful talent these ladies have. I also have to mention Antonia and how stunning photos become perfect with a bit of editing. Such a wonderful team would highly recommend.
Our stunning collection of photos was worth every cent thank you ladies so much". - Jennifer Sullivan
"Awesome...thoroughly enjoyed the photo shoot with our 16month little girl and photos are beautiful." - Laura Biddlecombe
"I got your photos in the mail yesterday, I love them!! (Arjen does too!)
I have been showing them off to everyone all weekend. Thank you so much". Amy Schouten.
"Wow our albums are truly stunning! The portraits look fantastic in them! There's something about good quality albums.. I love it! Thank you so very much for capturing such a special time in our lives! We can treasure it forever now!
Enjoy the rest of your week and thank you once again!!
Cheers, Emily Toth"
"Just want to say thanks again for the beautiful pics! We are so happy with them and will be recommending you to everyone we know! We'll see you again for Ava's next photos.
Sarah, Petera and Ava
I was so scared to get our photos done but i new they needed to be. Kim made this so easy. i will and would recommended Kim to anyone looking for a photos. The photos were fantastic and brought me to tears as she captured every loving bit of my children's spirits." - Anne Robinson
"It's not just baby's Kim is amazing at photographing...fur baby's too. I love my photos of Ruby they are simply magical. For a dog who only has one speed which is lightening you captured her true bubbly spirit and personality. Ruby is usually quite wary o strangers put you but her at great ease and in the short time you were with her so fell in love with you and the camera. Thank you so much!"- Jennifer Shepard
"Wow what an experience and not only to share it with my husband but also my mum and dad too. Kim did the most amazing job I had tears of happiness watching the slideshow my wee son is very photogenic. Thank you Kim we are both very proud parents and love the great job you did on our photoshoot will definetley be back for another shoot when he is a bit older". - Jacinta Jenkins
"Absolutely loved meeting Kim when it came to my maternity photos she was so lovely and easy to get along with and super nice and when I had my little boy and came to his new born shoots he was so calm and relaxed and had such an amazing time. Kim really has a gift xx" - Shannel Rudkin
"Kim is such a beautiful soul, she made us feel so relaxed, my babies loved her too. She specially worked her magic on our 3 year old who was still adapting at the time to not being an only child lol ; ), kim totally made him feel special, which really warmed my heart. And not to mention last night we got to view our pics WOW what can I say she's amazing. We would definitely recommend her to any of our family and friends !!!!. Thanks again kim can not wait for my new wall art !!xx" - Melissa Iosefa
"Completely impressed and blown away by our experience with Kim! The whole process from the beginning has been personalised and relaxed! We had a wonderful morning capturing our wee man and now have timeless, gorgeous pictures to cherish forever! I would highly recommend Kim to anyone! We can't thank her enough!" - Nicky Robertson
"An absolutely stunning morning hanging out in the studio! We all loved every minute x you are such a gentle soul Kim you made the morning something to remember forever! Thank you so very much ..... We can't wait to see all your amazing pics xxx "- Hayley Ahpene
"I highly recommend to everyone. Very relaxing and enjoyable experience for mum and bub." - Sarah Hanington
"What an amazing experience and outcome! I am in love with my family portraits and I will treasure them forever! Kim was amazing and so lovely about working around my family and payments to suit our needs. I highly recommend her! Thank you so much again Kim!! "
x Makesia Fabian
"We had a family shoot with our two year old daughter and her grandparents. Kim made us feel comfortable as well as letting our daughter run and be herself. The result was some great pictures that captured her personality when smiling and running, as well as after when shy and a little tired. We will treasure the photos always". Clinton Smith
"I just adore our photos they mean the world to us and there hasn't been a day yet since we got our album that I haven't looked through it - I will always treasure the beautiful photos you created of our darling boy". Katrina Evans
"Kim is one of the talented photographer I have ever met. She captured some unforgettable photos of both my children in 4 years. Thank you Kim". Cherie Martin
"Thank you not only for the amazing work you did on our photos but for being so kind and supportive when we needed it most. Forever appreciated, Megan, Brett & Dexter."
"Thank you so much for everything! The Queensberry Album, the newborn session. the wedding photos everything! It was fantastic!! Thank you for coming to Akitio and celebrating with us and all our wonderful memories that you captured. Tim and I had an amazing day and we simply love the photos - everyone that has seen them are absolutely blown away by them. Tim keeps asking if you will come up and photograph the farm for us maybe like a photographers retreat!! I have told him that if you came up its first and foremost a catch up! Much love, Erin, Tim & Tasmin"
"Hi Kim, Just wanted to say a big thank you for yesterday. You are a pro dealing with kids and made it such an enjoyable experience. I say a couple of photos on your facebook page and I just love them. Can't wait to see the resst. Looking forward to seeing you soon, Thanks again!" Masako Uno
"Hi Kim, The Photos are AMAZING!!!!! We LOVE, LOVE,LOVE them!!!!!
Your passion for your art really shows in the finished products. You have captured a piece beauty in each photo (which I know can be quite difficult given your subjects..lol) I wish I could sit and tell you which parts of each photo I just love, but i'm sure you have been over them nearly as many times as me.
"Hi Kim , Just thought I'd let you know the photos look amazing we are so happy :)"
"Wow kim the photos are amazing. Thanks so much for the wonderful job you did! you even managed to stay calm when Riley was running riot... not many people can cope with that haha!! these photos are priceless and i cant wait to show them off!! thanks heaps xo" Karina Duckmanton
"OOOOOOOHHHHHHH Kim! The photos are just absolutely fantastic, I love them so so much!!!!!!!!!!! What a fantastic job youve done, I just love them love them love them!!! They are everything and more that I have dreamt of!!!! I cant write enough descriptive words. Thanks again for an amazing job Kim"
Tracey and Craig
''Having your photo taken can be quite stressful as you want to get the good photos. Kim puts you at ease, and are able to forget the camera so you become more relaxed and enjoy yourself which is reflected in the photos produced"
Denelle & Cam Jamieson (portrait session)
"To say that I am uncomforable in front of a camera is a total understatement. You made me feel fantastic & it was too easy. The photos are going off to my family who I left in the UK in 2003, and you really captured the real me and my happy life in NZ. You are awesome and I thank you deeply for the fantastic way you captured the 'freaky me' in your lens"