It’s always good to begin with the end result in mind before we even start. How do you want them displayed in your home? What products do you want? What kind of images do you want? Once we know these questions we can start to create a plan for the session. This is where the fun begins and creativity abounds. The entire portrait process takes place in several different meetings starting with a pre planning appointment, getting it right before the event so we are all on the same page. This is where I can advise you what to wear and what to bring with you to the session. Next is the exciting part the photography session where we create those beautiful timeless pieces. This follows by an in person ordering and viewing appointment where you get to see a slideshow of all your images and then you get the chance to choose your favourites to purchase. The final process is the collection you get to take them home!  


“So, How Do You Want To Display Your Image?

Knowing the answer helps us create a plan for your session, photograph it in the best possible way to reach our end-goal, and show you images that thrill you to no end. So let us show you how the Portrait Process works.




First, want do you want? Your goals are what we are photographing for so how will we plan it? Start from what to wear, colours, location, what feel do you want, clean, modern, rustic, vintage or fine art? The pre-planning answers ALL your questions and helps us get to know you and your family. We will coordinate how we photograph the session with what the final outcome will be. Your session is carefully planned and fully designed. Pre-planning usually takes place in-person at my studio or for those that live outside of Taranaki or find it difficult to come in we can do skype or over the phone. Beautiful timeless portraits begins with building relationships telling us about your home your family and what matters to you.


Sessions can be a stressful time. Pressure to get there on time wondering if the children will behave agonizing over what to wear and convincing those that hate having their photos taken, it won’t be “that bad,”   Sessions with Helen are anything but stressful. Helen is relaxed  and very patient she knows how children behave, she been there done that. As a matter a fact, she like the children to be themselves and not to have pressure put on them, it’s better to let them be for their real personality to shine out.

Sessions take place in our beautiful home studio where you can feel relax and at home.   We work with natural lighting and a selection of simple props and set designs. The studio offers an alternative place to come if the weather is not favourable.  When the weather is warmer and the lighting is soft and beautiful we love to take the sessions outdoors! Taranaki offers lots of scenic spots for some amazing and unique images. We can recommend a spot for you or if you have a location that is special to you we can plan the lighting and time around that too.  We pride ourselves on exceptional customer service and are commitment to each of our clients to create a unique piece of art for their home.


This is the most exciting part, this is the time when you get to see sit back and relax and see all your beautiful images slowly being revealed to you one by one for the first time. Your images are shown on a 50 inch screen. We take the time to go through them one by one so you can choose the images you most love. From there we can design the right art piece for you and even show you exactly how it will look in your home. We are here every step of the way to help you through this process. This is the time when you will finalize your portrait order, so be sure to pick a time where the financial member can be there.  We specialize in wall series and heirloom albums, designed especially by Helenjoy. All of them you will fall in love with and will get you excited!


All the images you buy go through an art process that makes them unique to you. This takes about 4-6 weeks to produce from production to framing. We’ll email you to let you know when your order is ready and make arrangements for you to come and collect it. Once your portraits are hanging, you can sit back and admire them EVERY DAY and you’ll have those precious memories of your children that grow up so fast for ever to cherish.


You thought you were finished! We change, children grow, we have additions, children become teens, and they leave home. There will be times when you will want to update your portraits, so right from the start we can plan, knowing that more may come. The next time you work with us, we can design around the past session, so your images can co-ordinate with the ones we have already created for you in a way that works and you will take great pleasure in for the rest of your life.