The Experience


Before Your Session

Prior to coming in for your session we will start planning your portraits over the phone. This is where we discover what is truly important to you and we begin to design how your finished portraits might look. Things to think about are – do you love interactive portraits which are more candid in nature, or do you like a classic style where you see everyone’s faces?  You may want to think about where and how you’d love to display your finished portraits, so we get an idea of how to photograph you. For example – do you love the idea of a classic feature WOW! Piece above the couch or does the thought of a series that tell a story appeal to you more?

This is also where we answer and questions you may have and guide through what to bring, what to wear and styling ideas.  (Click here to read more about what to wear).

Handy hint – think about the colours of the room you want to display your portraits in – then choose colours to incorporate into your session so that the finished portraits blend seamlessly into your décor. For example – if you have red cushions or accents in your chosen room, consider bringing a pop of red into your clothing to tie in with your décor.

Your Portrait Session

Your session will be at our beautiful natural-light studio and will take 30-60 minutes.  During this time you will be styled, guided and photographed while we capture the details that you love about your family.

Our style is guided and we will pose you as needed to ensure that your portraits look great but also keeping that natural connection as well.

Newborn sessions tend to take a little longer so that there is plenty of time for feeds, cuddles, changes and more cuddles as bubs needs.

Your Design Appointment

Your design appointment is THE best bit of the whole experience. This is where you get to see the moments we captured, and your portraits are projected larger than life in your own private movie screening. (Handy hint – tissues are often required as this can be beautifully emotional)

During your Design Appointment you will be able to select as few or as many portraits as you desire (Be prepared to love most of them!) and then you choose how you’d like them to be presented.

Designing Your Artwork


If you are planning on designing something specific for a room in your home – be sure to send a photo of the wall / space you have in mind. We can then design your artwork directly onto the wall so there is no guesswork about the end result. 

We suggest that all decision-makers are present at this appointment as we have found the parents are often overwhelmed with how much they love their portraits and then find choosing can be a lot more difficult without the other parent present.

Your finished artwork will then take between two and six weeks before it is ready for collection.


Award winning newborn, maternity and family photographers. Based in Christchurch, The Portrait Studio specialises in maternity, newborn and family portrait photography that is pure, simple and timeless.


133B Farrington Ave


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