The experience

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Welcome to Milk Photography Studio.

We are award-winning family photographers, dedicated to delivering you absolutely beautiful artwork albums and collections that your family will cherish forever.

To create a bespoke experience for each of our families, we meet with just a select number of clients each week. This means we can put our time into discussing your ideas and expectations before your session, so we can make sure we’re the ideal photographers for you.

Step 1 - Book your session

Knowing what styles you like (and don’t like!) is the key to getting images you truly love. Take a look at our work and figure out which style you like the most – you can find our most recent work on Facebook and Instagram.

As you look through the shots, it’s a great opportunity to work out if you prefer the studio look or on location best. There is a great article on our blog which will help identify what works best for your family and the aesthetic of your home.

Once you’ve decided which you prefer, we can chat over the phone about what to expect, and start planning your portrait session.

Before we book your session we charge your session fee –

  • $200 for a weekday booking
  • $250 for a weekend booking
  • $250 cake smash booking
  • $300 if on location

This covers our photographer’s time, editing and creative input into your photographs and products *All products are purchased additionally.

Before booking with us, please make sure to speak to your partner, all grandparents and people involved about a suitable time and date that works, keep in mind when your children are in their best mood and have slept well.

Booking with a gift voucher

If you have a gift voucher to use, we require a $50 deposit at booking to secure your date. If you wish to shoot on location, then a deposit of $100 is required.

Please note that these deposits are non-refundable and are used toward products (digital packages, albums, artworks, collections) on the day of your design consultation. If you wish to go on location $50 is kept as a location fee.

Please make sure you have read the terms so you understand how your voucher works.

Step 2 - Before your session

A successful portrait session comes down to preparation. Make some time to research the type of shots you love – send us some inspiration of photos you like from our website, or elsewhere! If you have a pic of your family, send that through too. It helps us plan the portrait session, interactions, and setting.

Another handy tip is to take a photo of the wall space where you think your portrait might hang. This can help us with the layout of your photos, which we discuss further at your design consultation. Take a look at the stunning products we can create for you.

Please make sure you’ve read the booking letter we email you, before your session – there’s valuable information in there. Please also sign the terms and conditions, which are included in the booking letter.

Step 3 - Your photography session

Now for the exciting bit! Your photography session times vary depending on which session you choose.

  • Mini sessions are 15 minutes
  • Newborn sessions require a considerable amount of time and settling, so we advise 1.5-2.5 hours
  • All other sessions we allow up to 1 hour

At the end of this appointment we’ll show you some artwork and album options – this is where we’ll book your design consultation, which is included as part of your package.

Step 4 - Your design consultation

Where the magic all comes together! As part of your booking we invite you back to our studio for a design consultation. This enjoyable session is like a private screening for you and your family, and it is essential to view your photos. Normally we show you around 30 of your best photos, depending on which shoot you have booked.

This design consultation is your opportunity to choose the images you love and any artworks or albums you want created. Parents are often overwhelmed at how much they love their photos, so we find it’s pretty important for both parents to be there to make a decision together, as this design consultation only happens once.

We will help guide you in selecting the best artworks or collections for your home. Our products are real works of art and come finished and ready for the wall.

If you have a specific wall in mind you want to fill, make sure you’ve sent us a photo so we can accurately work out the sizing during this design consultation.

  • Wall Art Prints start at $300
  • Individual framed artwork starts at $700
  • Framed wall collections range between $1000-$3000
  • Digital file packages start at $1300
  • Albums are a great option for other family members or if you’re low on wall space. These start at $1500 and come with the matching digital files.

We also offer finance options. Any or all of these products can be purchased for as little as $14.95 per week with Gilrose Finance. If you’d like the option of finance, you’ll need to fill out the paperwork before your session. Please get in touch if you’d like the forms.

Step 5 - Pick up your artwork

Approximately 4-6 weeks after your session, your digital file packages or artworks will be ready to collect or be sent to you.

Our artworks and albums are beautiful quality, all produced in New Zealand by talented photographic printers and framers. For over 10 years our products have always exceeded our clients’ expectations.

As soon as we have your artwork back, we’ll be in touch about pickup or delivery.

To make the most out of your experience, please read our FAQs and T&Cs page.


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