Portrait FAQ


Preparing for your shoot

It’s not everyday you engage a professional portrait studio to capture your family’s moments. For this reason it is important to prepare for your session with Marque Brand Studios. We pride ourselves on creating photographs that represent your sense of style whilst maintaining a classic look. There is no limit to the number of people in your shoot, however one family per session is ideal as the photographer can maximise shooting time. Family pets are also welcome to be included.


Choosing classic clothing that will remain timeless in your photographs. Plain clothing without logos works well. Try to avoid heavily patterned clothing and stripes as this can date. Wear colours that compliment each other, for example all wear bright colours, or neutral colours and denim work well. Natural make-up has a greater longevity in photographs.

With small children / babies bring an extra set of clothes. Bring warm clothing for children just in case. Bring along a favourite toy (but keep hidden).

Choosing a location

There are many locations to consider. A home study is a portrait session created in the comfort and privacy of your own home. A favourite beach or park provide beautiful natural backdrops and can often hold special meaning for you.

Suggested locations include; Whale Bay, Raglan  – versatile with a beach, rocks, trees or grass backdrop.

Enjoy a coffee after your shoot at the beach Wainui Beach , (Raglan Surf Club)– beautiful trees and shade, large grassy areas, large driftwood, toitoi backdrop, and a beach with a lots of room to run.

Hamilton Lake – Rose gardens, Playgrounds, Ice-cream Stands, board walks, Ducks to feed.

Innes Common – Boat sheds, bush walk, mini jettys, views over the Lake.

Taitua Arboretum – Free range chickens, ducks, geese, large bush tracks, farmland views.

The Point Ngaruawahia – Vast open spaces, Large old Oak Trees, River views, River walking track.

Cambridge Domain – Beautiful Victorian style Gardens, Lake views, Sheltered spaces.