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A Photo Experience, not just a photo shoot!



When it comes to capturing milestones there is no one better then Photo Hive. We are the Auckland Specialists in Newborn and Family photography, covering everything from pregnancy to family portraits.


Our unique style has been crafted over many years and many satisfied families sharing their treasured moments all over the world. Head Photographer Julia Bielan was trained by American Photographer and mentor Joe Craig in this Missouri, USA studio. There she learnt the importance of light and how to use it to achieve stunning photographs.


Our professional service and attention to detail has allowed us to grow Photo Hive as the leader of Maternity Photography and Newborn Photography in Auckland. We are centrally located in Parnell with easy access by all motorways making it an ideal choice for families throughout the greater Auckland region.


From the moment you walk through our big character doors into our studio, you will take comfort in knowing you are in good hands. We understand that to our families, time is precious and for our newborn photo sessions they really are a once in a lifetime experience.


Don't leave these memories to unqualified amateurs or weekend warriors, trust the Auckland Specialists - Photo Hive.


We will capture this special time in your life for you. Stay with us - Expect more!




How it works



1. Choose your Experience

We offer Maternity Photography for the expecting mum, Newborn Photography for the new family, 100 Days Photo Shoot to honour tradition, Family Photography for everyone and Cake Smash Photo Shoots to celebrate.


2. Get ready for your Experience

Once your booking date is confirmed and your booking questionnaire is received your photographer will schedule your phone consultation to go over everything on the day, discuss the shoot with you and help you prepared.


3. Have your Experience

The day has arrived! Whether you chose an in-studio, on-location or mobile studio at your home shoot we create something unique for you!


4. Premiere Session

Usually within two weeks of your photo experience we will host your Premiere Session. This is the first chance you will have to see the photos and where you will be able to make your selections!



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Meet the Team















Julia Bielan


Head Photographer


Our head photographer Julia Bielan has been photographing families for over a decade and was trained by American photographer and mentor Joe Craig. Julia specialises in Newborn and Family photography and will capture moments to treasure during your photo shoot.














Michael Parks


Studio Manager


Our Studio Manager Michael Parks graduated with a Diploma of Contemporary Photography from Unitec and has held various portrait and studio manager roles since. Michael is your first point of call at Photo Hive and will design a photo experience to suit your family.

Give him a call today!

What we offer



Photography is a form of art and we truly believe that you must continually refine your style to keep up with trends and even create them yourself. We are not a one stop shop for all types of photography, rather choosing to focus on providing high quality work for newborn babies and families. This allows us to really refine the process, something our clients are able to put trust in when it comes to capturing these once in a lifetime milestones.


Our experiences can be enjoyed at our convenient, luxury Parnell photo studio, in your own home or at a location across Auckland.



All-inclusive collections



Milestones Collection


There's no better way to record your babies first year than our Milestones Collection.

This great value all-inclusive collection includes 4 shoots throughout their first year plus all edited digital negatives from all 4 photo shoots!

A Maternity Experience, Newborn Experience, Sitter Session and First Birthday Cake Smash.

Bonus: Includes all edited digital images from every session and 50% off printed collections!


Learn more about our Milestones Collection >


Bump to Baby


Celebrate the journey from bump to baby!

This all-inclusive collection includes a Maternity Experience and a Newborn Experience plus all edited digital negatives from both sessions!

Bonus: Includes all edited digital images from every session and 50% off printed collections!


Learn more about Bump to Baby >



Individual  sittings



Maternity Photography


A celebration of the soon to be and the marvels of what humans can create. This is where their journey begins and nothing will be the same once your bump is gone.

A baby fills a place in your heart that you never knew was empty.


Learn more about our Maternity Photography >


Newborn Photography


Our niche is newborn photography, we absolutely love it! From the creation of all our handmade props and wraps to the way we creativity use light to show off the softness and serenity

that only newborns sessions can provide.

Little feet make the biggest footprints in our hearts, newborns grow so fast you'll want to remember every second.


Learn more about our Newborn Photography >



Family Photography


To capture the love of a family is what makes us so successful! People are always telling us how natural our family photographs look. This all comes down to the process we take with each and every family. Our style is not to pose you, rather let you pose yourself - naturally.

The love of a family is life's greatest blessing.


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100 Days Photography


Created as an alternative to our Newborn Experience, for parents that have missed the all important 2 week window after birth. The end of the first 3 months is cause for a big celebration as you welcome your baby into your family! 100 days for 100 years.


Learn more about our 100 Days Photography >


Cake Smash Photography


What a fun and playful way to celebrate your baby on their first birthday! Couple this with the elegance and style we create for you and you have amazing photographs that will last for generations.

This is just the first of many “happy birthdays” for you. Have a deliciously fun 1st birthday, little cutie!


Learn more about our Cake Smash Photography >



Baby And Kids Photography


People often ask us when is the best age to have their child photographed. The thing is from birth children are going to change so much over the early years of their lives, so there is not really a "best time" - it all comes down to what milestones you want to capture.

And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling.


Learn more about our Baby and Kids Photography >

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130 St Georges Bay Rd, Parnell | 09 930 7242


Boutique Newborn & Family Photography Studio