What is Photo Hive?
Photo Hive is a boutique photography studio based in Parnell, Auckland. We have developed a style that gives you a complete experience, not just a photo shoot.
What types of photography do you offer?
what photography experience do you have?
Our head photographer Julia Bielan has been photographing families for over a decade embarking on a career that has spanned the globe. Julia was trained by American photographer and mentor Joe Craig, where she learnt the importance of connecting with her subjects and how to use light creatively.
Our Studio Manager Michael Parks graduated with a Diploma of Contemporary Photography from Unitec in 2010 and has held various portrait and studio manager roles since.
Do I need to book and how do i do it?
Photo Hive Experiences are by appointment only. Book online by clicking here or give us a call on 09 930 7242.
How long does a Photo Hive Experience take?
We limit the number of experiences we schedule each day to make sure we focus on you completely and not the clock. Experiences can run anywhere between an hour up to four hours. Remember great photography can't be rushed.
How much does it cost?
Each Photo Hive Experience has a base sitting fee starting from $99.99. This covers the photographer's talent and time. It also guarantees the time allocated to your chosen experience. We include a voucher to use towards your collection. To find out more about pricing visit our pricing page.
What happens if we need to change the time and date of our experience?
Changes to times and dates can be made by calling us on 09 9307242. For changes made 48 hours before your scheduled appointment, you will be offered a one time free change to another time and/or date that's available and convenient for you. After this time we are unable to make any changes to your booking.
What happens if I'm late to my appointment?
It depends, if we are still able to accommodate when you arrive we will. However if we can't, you may use your free one-time change to select another time and/or date.
Where is the studio?
"The Hive" as we call it, is conveniently located at 130 St Georges Bay Rd, Parnell. We are at The Strand end, look out for the big 130 sign on the building entrance.
Can I buy all the digital files?
Photo Hive has packages customised to suit you. We do offer digital file only packages. To find out more about pricing visit our pricing page.
How long do I have to wait before I can see the photographs?
Once your Photo Hive Experience has taken place, we will book you in for a Ordering Session in the studio usually within 14 days. Here you will view the finished photos and make your selections.
Do you sell gift cards?
A photo experience is a great gift to give to a loved one to celebrate an achievement or milestone in their life. You can purchase any of our experiences online to gift to friends and family. If you would like to add-on additional credit please get in touch with us.
What if I decide I don't want any photos?
We have a no-obligation policy - if you are not satisfied with the quality of your photos during the post session consultation you are not obligated to make any additional purchases.
When is the best time to get Newborn Photo's done?
We recommend photographing your newborn within 10 days of birth as this will guarantee the best results.
When is the best time to book?
We highly recommend that you make a booking before giving birth as we only have a small window for newborn photography (10 days) and our sessions are usually booked out well in advanced.
can you photograph a newborn over 10 days old?
Yes, we can take great photos of your child any time! We can photograph your baby making his/her first achievements such as holding their neck, smiling, crawling etc.
do you provide props and wraps?
We will style a unique photo shoot for your newborn using our every-growing library of hand-crafted props, wraps and baskets. We know the best ways to use colour and creative lighting to get the best from your newborn photo shoot.
Can you come to my house?
Yes! We are mobile. Contact us for more details.
how long does the session last?
A single Newborn Experience can last anywhere between two to four hours or more depending on how settled your baby is. We have ample experience in photographing newborns and know the best ways to make your baby calm and sleep for the session.
What is the temperature in the studio?
We keep our studio very warm so your baby can feel cosy and sleepy during the session.
if i end up delivering earlier or later than my due date, what happens to my appointment?
We always take this into consideration when making our appointments and will earmark other possible dates if this were to happen.
Do you offer a first year or milestones package for my baby?
Yes we offer a First Year Package for your baby - it includes a Maternity Experience (33 weeks) and/or Mid-Milestone Experience (5-8 months), Newborn Experience (10 days) and a first birthday Cake Smash Experience (1 year). The package includes over 60% in savings*, all edited digital images and a bonus 50% off our premium 8x8" flush mount album. Click here to purchase.
*when compared to individually purchased photo shoots.
Can you do our family shoot in our family home?
Yes, we are mobile so can come to your home and capture your family in your own environment.
How many people can I include in a family experience ?
Our family experiences are based on your immediate family (Mum, Dad + Kids and Grandparents). Additional fees apply to larger groups and extended family. Please contact us with your requirements.
We want a photo of our whole family, can you do that?
Yes we do have custom sessions and pricing for a whole family photo. Please contact us with your requirements.
Baby And Kids Photography
When is the best time to get baby photos done?
Your baby will reach many different milestones during their first year. Their first smile, sitting up, walking ... these are all important achievements that you'll want to remember. A popular shoot is a cake smash session to celebrate their first birthday and create fun, playful photos you will treasure.
Do you provide a cake for a cake smash shoot?
Yes we can provide a designer cake for your baby's cake smash photo shoot for an additional fee. Cakes start from $49 depending on the complexity of the design.
Do you photograph older kids?
Yes we can photograph kids at any age.