Since Valentine’s Day this year, we decided we wanted to invite women to Love themselves. Our #LoveYourself campaign’s aim is to provide our studio as a space for women to be looked after and pampered, and to shine light on their inner & outer beauty. Hopefully in the process, they remember to love themselves again. We looked for women in their 30s, 40s and 50s who have lost themselves in the midst of busyness being supermums, wives and career ladies, sometimes all rolled into one! We had a great time with these ladies and the feedback we received made it all the more wonderful. Here are some of their stories:

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“When I was scrolling through Facebook one day, STUDIO81’s advertisement appeared for the #LoveYourself campaign & it instantly appealed to me. I am a busy Mum to 2 awesome kids, my daughter is 10 & my son is almost 5. I also work a flexible job around these guys, but often my housework & my own personal self get left till last & I am often left feeling quite “overwhelmed” with life. This fuels my anxiety & can sometimes leave me feeling a wee bit lost & out of control, so I wanted to do something for me that I would appreciate & be left with a momento of the experience.

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On the day, I felt quite worried, especially as I had gone through my wardrobe & felt “nothing was good enough”….I took myself shopping the night before!! But when I sat down in Annalise’s chair to have my make-up & hair done, I felt instantly relaxed & part of the “team”. Moving on to my photographer, & what a laugh!! As unnatural as it felt to pose, she made me feel incredible & I couldn’t help but smile & have so much fun with it. The time was over so fast, but I knew she’d captured some wonderful images. The viewing was a teary event. Sometimes we are so focused on our family, our jobs, or just anything else to take the focus off ourselves, that seeing myself in such a totally different way was both beautiful & emotional, I cried openly as we viewed my slideshow. I couldn’t believe that was me up on that screen.

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So, to the team at STUDIO81. Thank you so much! Thank you for making me see my own beauty. Thank you for your kindness & fun hospitality. You are all wonderful. And Thank you for the opportunity to be part of this awesome campaign. xxx”
– Theresa Cleal

 

Photographer: Chloe Taylor
Hair/Makeup: Annalise Taylor
Location: STUDIO81 Newmarket

We are currently running our third and last installment of #LoveYourself. Click here to find out more, or how you can also experience this transformative photoshoot.

#LoveYourself

Since Valentine’s Day this year, we decided we wanted to invite women to Love themselves. Our #LoveYourself campaign’s aim is to provide our studio as a space for women to be looked after and pampered, and to shine light on their inner & outer beauty. Hopefully in the process, they remember to love themselves again. We looked for women in their 30s, 40s and 50s who have lost themselves in the midst of busyness being supermums, wives and career ladies, sometimes all rolled into one! We had a great time with these ladies and the feedback we received made it all the more wonderful. Here are some of their stories:

 

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I walked into STUDIO81 and my first thoughts of the place was ‘Wow this place looks cool.’ Beautiful photos on the wall and the feeling of excitement in a safe, relaxing environment. Then Annalise pops out from around the corner with her huge friendly smile,welcoming me by name. I loved the way she got straight into things: talking and explaining while doing everything.

When she had finished my hair and make up. I was very impressed on how she was able to enhance on my natural beauty with her talent. On to the photo shoot! That was an experience of a lifetime that I will never forget. The photographer kept reminding me that I am already beautiful. I felt relaxed and most of all, I was made to feel comfortable with the different poses and backdrops.

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To have been chosen to be a part of the #LoveYourself campaign, was a privilege in my eyes and a dream come to reality. It was like winning a Lotto. To take time out of my everyday life, to get pampered and told you’re a beautiful woman by people that do not even know me and my life Journey – was an absolutely wonderful feeling.

Raising two children to be young adults plus being a partner for over 21 years, you take the focus away from you and get on with raising your Whanau, school, working etc. One thing I learnt that day at STUDIO81 with the ladies there was – never forget you are beautiful, and let you inner beauty shine through. Thank you for the amazing experience of a lifetime, STUDIO81 you guys are an awesome team…Arohanui.”

– Tracey Hammond

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Photographer: Jeff Chan
Hair/Makeup: Annalise Taylor
Location: STUDIO81 Newmarket

We are currently running our third and last installment of #LoveYourself. Click here to find out more, or how you can also experience this transformative photoshoot.

#LoveYourself

Since Valentine’s Day this year, we decided we wanted to invite women to Love themselves. Our #LoveYourself campaign’s aim is to provide our studio as a space for women to be looked after and pampered, and to shine light on their inner & outer beauty. Hopefully in the process, they remember to love themselves again. We looked for women in their 30s, 40s and 50s who have lost themselves in the midst of busyness being supermums, wives and career ladies, sometimes all rolled into one! We had a great time with these ladies and the feedback we received made it all the more wonderful. Here are some of their stories:

Being picked to be part of this campaign and participating in it has been one of the best things that has happened to me. The whole experience was exciting, fun, nerve racking, confronting and liberating all at the same time. As a career professional and single mum with two teenagers I very rarely find time for myself. In fact I ended up fitting this photoshoot in between two trips to Australia and my Nan’s unveiling. It was an insanely busy time but I am so glad I made time for it.

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I come from very humble beginnings so being independent has been hugely important to me. Dad and Mum instilled in me the importance of an education and out of nine siblings I was the first to graduate with a degree. I am enormously proud of what I’ve achieved so far in my professional career. From a personal perspective, it has been quite a different story. The hard lessons from my childhood overflowed into adulthood and as a result my personal life has at times felt like a series of train wrecks.

Everything came to a head recently when I lost my Mum two and half years ago and my Dad last year, both of whom I was very close to. Depression set in after Mum’s passing and I was lost for a long while, my children and career the main things keeping me afloat. After Dad’s passing last year, I knew I had to change something. I was broken.

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The timing of this opportunity has been uncanny and doing this photoshoot has been such an important part of my emotional and spiritual healing. When I look at the photos I see a bright, happy, confident, beautiful and dare I say sexy woman. Loving myself hasn’t come naturally and I think part of this is because I believed that loving myself was vain, selfish, egotistical and superficial. Today I think of it differently. Learning about me, embracing who I am and truly loving myself is the most important thing I can do. The biggest shout-out to STUDIO81 for not only being an amazing business, but for also improving the quality of lives of others along the way. Big loves to Annalise, Jeff & Kirsten xxx

– Rose Johnson

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Photographer: Jeff Chan
Hair/Makeup: Annalise Taylor
Location: STUDIO81 Newmarket

We are currently running our third and last installment of #LoveYourself. Click here to find out more, or how you can also experience this transformative photoshoot.

#LoveYourself

Since February this year, we decided we wanted to provide our studio as a space for women to be looked after and pampered, and to shine light on their inner & outer beauty. Hopefully in the process, they remember to love themselves again. We looked for women in their 30s, 40s and 50s who have lost themselves in the midst of busyness being supermums, wives and career ladies, sometimes all rolled into one! We had a great time with these ladies and the feedback we received made it all the more wonderful. Here are some of their stories:

Thank you so much for your warmth and friendly approach and while I realise this is your business to me, you go above and beyond ensuring that everyone that comes through your door feels special. Here is my story: I am 52 years old. At the age of 38 my life changed forever when my husband came home one afternoon and told me he was not happy and was leaving. Did not see that coming at all, I was blind sided.

This then triggered lots of new beginnings – I drove long distance by myself for the first time to attend a job interview, and moved with my two young daughters to a new town hours away from all my family and friends to start afresh. Fast forward 14 years and my girls have grown up into beautiful strong young women and I now have two beautiful little granddaughters. My greatest joy is being a Nana.

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I have also fulfilled my dream of travelling and completed my big OE in my 40s as never got to do this in my 20s. Am proud of the fact that I have brought my girls up to be good humans and yes there has been many ups and downs along the way but we have survived. I have changed over the years and am starting to find myself again after years of being a Mum and wife and losing my identity somewhere along the way.

I still struggle with my self confidence at times (feeling that I am not good enough or worthy) and have never done anything like this before but am starting to open up to going outside my comfort zone more these days. Finding and embracing my true self and letting myself be happy. Life can get lonely some days and it is a constant struggle to put myself out there so when I saw the opportunity to do this photo shoot I saw this as a chance to feel confident and beautiful and be able to show my daughters and granddaughters and most of all myself that I am strong and resilient and that beauty is so much more than being perfect.

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I want these photos to become a legacy for my girls to show them I never gave up despite the many hurdles along the way. When I walked through the door of STUDIO81 I knew I had made the right decision and was put at ease from the start. I am not used to wearing a lot of makeup but was talked through the process and made to feel very special and pampered. The photo shoot itself was not as daunting as I expected and once I relaxed I could not stop smiling. What did catch me off guard was at the viewing session afterwards. I was a little nervous to see myself on the big screen and was not ready for the outburst of emotion while watching the slideshow – I started to cry……it caught me so off guard. I did not realise I could look so relaxed and happy – why had I not seen this woman staring back at me in the mirror previously?

As woman we tend to be our own worst critics and I was definitely in that category – but what I realised is that you don’t have to have the perfect figure or face or you could have lots of Binkles (my granddaughters pet name for my wrinkles hehe) but despite all that beauty can radiate through via your smile, your expressions and your personality. If you get a chance to do this please take the opportunity to do something for YOU and most of all love your self and see the beauty within radiate.”

– Sharon Pickering

 

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Photographer: Jeff Chan
Hair/Makeup: Annalise Taylor
Location: STUDIO81 Newmarket

We are currently running our third and last installment of #LoveYourself. Click here to find out more, or how you can also experience this transformative photoshoot.

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We recently ran our STUDIO81 #supermum campaign to acknowledge the supermums around us. From Mum, to taxi, to chef, to doctor, they are the pillars of their households and as a result it can be very easy to put themselves on the back burner. This is why we wanted to give them this special opportunity to allow themselves to be pampered even if it’s just for the day! Here is a beautiful story or triumph over trials from one of our #Supermums:

This is me at my daughters wedding seven years ago. I’m a mum, a wife, a sister, a grandmother and a daughter. I adore my husband and my children and nothing gave me more pleasure than doing life with them. We had a pretty normal family life and rarely had any dramas. Then eleven years ago everything changed.
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My husband’s father passed away just before Christmas 2006. That night I had my first panic attack. I had no idea what was going on. I thought maybe I was having an asthma attack. As days went by I couldn’t eat anything as I felt like I couldn’t swallow. I ended up at the doctors and he explained that it was anxiety and put me on some antidepressants.

I had a horrible reaction to them and then I pretty much just fell apart. I had always been the strong type, you the one who can do anything and help everyone and then all of a sudden I couldn’t leave the house! I ended up in the office of a psychiatrist who put me on medication and referred me to a psychologist. The first thing I said to my psychologist was “I don’t want to talk about my past or my upbringing because I’ve moved on and forgiven everyone.” Well…..you probably already know that didn’t happen!

Long story short I am a survivor of rape and sexual assault from a doctor along with a string of other crap. As I tried to claw my way back to normal, more and more stuff came up. The medication saved my life but at the same time it made me gain 55kgs in 12 months!! I was in darkest of dark places. I was extremely suicidal and had to fight with those thoughts every day to survive. My family, my psychiatrist and psychologist were all amazing. They never gave up on me no matter how bad things got. I was well on my way to recovery, losing weight and walking my dogs every day.

But wait!! Just when everything seemed to becoming back together, I was walking two of my dogs around Panmure basin and we were attacked by two vicious dogs that were being walked by their owner. My dogs survived but I was knocked over and broke both bones in my wrist in half. Fast forward, the bones didn’t set properly and I needed to have a bone graft, plate and screws. While I was waiting for this surgery my gallbladder ruptured on a flight back from Sydney after attending my daughters engagement.

Seriously!! I had surgery to remove my gallbladder (obviously) but some of the stones were left behind and I’ve had to undergo a bunch of procedures and a long recovery.

A couple months after that I had my wrist repaired. I tried everything to lose weight but it was just too hard so I decided to have a gastric bypass. I had that in May 2011 and everything went really well. I didn’t have any complications and I lost all the weight I had put on. It was awesome!! I had my confidence back, I got a part time job, I was scared to go anywhere or do most things anymore. I was almost back to being me!

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Then…..I started having problems going to the toilet. I was referred to gynaecologist because I had a prolapsed rectum. She did a posterior and anterior vaginal repair, hooked up uterus and fitted me with a TVT to help with mild urine inconstancy. So…..she put the TVT tape on too tight and I couldn’t pee at all! I had a catheter directly into my bladder. She loosened the tape 6 days later but I still couldn’t pee. They had to leave the catheter in. I was extremely ill with constant infections. Everything she had done didn’t work at all. I started bleeding into the bladder bag and ended up in hospital again. I saw a different gynaecologist who decided to remove tape. The tape had travelled up to the top of my urethra and twisted and nearly severed it. I missed my sons engagement party because I too ill to leave the hospital. I ended up under a colorectal surgeon who fixed up all my bowel issues after 3 operations.

Everything was going well again until I passed out on the kitchen floor. Long story short again…..I had developed hypoglycaemia as a direct result of the gastric bypass. Who knew?!!! Over the next couple of years it became so severe that I would pass out and have seizures regularly. I went through a bunch of tests and specialists and it was eventually decided the best thing to do was reverse the gastric bypass!

What!! Are you kidding me!! I was terrified of getting fat again. I could believe my luck!! Seriously, this was so not fair!

After lots of talking, crying, and morning I decided to go through with the reversal. The hypoglycaemia was so debilitating I couldn’t be left alone at all, I couldn’t drive, I had to inject myself 4 times a day to try and keep my blood sugar but nothing worked. So I had the reversal with the amazing support of my husband and family and my doctors and specialists. I am happy to say it was successful and I’m not fat!!

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Rewind….. all I ever wanted was to get married and have kids. I never wanted a career. I had 4 kids under 5, Jessica, Alyssa, Andrew and Madeleine. I love them all to pieces. It’s because of them and my husband Ray that I never gave up the fight! Life has thrown a lot of challenges at me in my 51 years but with the help of those around me I have fought back with everything I have within me and I’m still here!

I’m still a mum, a wife, a sister, a daughter and a grandmother! When I was in the most darkest place it was my family that I fought for. Even though the pain was so bad both physically and emotionally and I couldn’t see a future for myself, I could see one for my kids and I wanted to be there with them!! So here I am! Celebrating my life, my children’s lives, my husband’s life and my grandchildren. I am so grateful to STUDIO81 for the pampering me, helping me to see the beauty both within me and out. I had so much fun and felt like the beautiful and strong woman that I am.

– Tania Edward-Paul

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Location: STUDIO81 Newmarket
Photographer: Jeff Chan
Makeup/Hair: Annalise Taylor

Check out our other #supermum stories here on our online magazine.
Find out how you can do transformative photoshoots here on our Modern/Glamour page.

What I gained from the photoshoot was a feeling of freedom to be me. The confidence I gained showed me that I can do what my heart desires. The minute I walked in the makeup artist did an awesome job and made me feel at ease. The photographer was extremely accommodating and guided me to be myself and relax -I felt like an angel that day.

Overall my day was brilliant and exciting. Thank you for giving me the perfect day.

Thanks, Naz.

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Location: STUDIO81 Eastside

Photographer: Jeff Chan

Makeup/Hair: Alyssia Atonio

When I saw an opportunity to do something for myself with the STUDIO81 post on Facebook about #Supermum, I took the chance. I am so glad that I did! I put myself on the back burner all of the time – I don’t do a lot for myself but I do do a lot for others. I usually put others first before me.

There are so many reasons why I decided to have a makeover and photo shoot. Our family has had a rough couple of years – we lost three of our family members, while I was pregnant each time. One of those special people was my mum. I am a mum who works full time: full time study, a taxi driver for the children, nurse, etc. My husband also works full time (shift work), and does dialysis three times a week for five hours each treatment (waiting for a kidney transplant).

Everyone at the studio was so welcoming. The makeover and photo shoot was something for me to have time to myself for a couple of hours. Annalise made me feel beautiful being the strong woman that I didn’t know that I was. Annalise listened to my story and shared her experiences with me which put me at ease and relaxed me even further. Jeff made me feel at ease and guided me through the process, which was a calm environment.

After the shoot was finished, I  was called in to see the photos. I had a little tear as it felt like the person in the photo wasn’t me; I looked like a whole new different person.

The whole experience made me feel like I am, and will always be a SUPERMUM.

-Natalie

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Check out our other #supermum stories here on our online magazine.
Find out how you can do transformative photoshoots here on our Modern/Glamour page.

 

I tried to find my story but couldn’t, however I found a old email when I was doing all I could to help Michael fund the money for his treatment. Feels like a long way my family and I have come. It brings painful memories but knowing Michael and I have passed that point has made us stronger.

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My name is Mele Siniva and my husband has Stage 4 melanoma and we are needing the drug Keytruda. We have been married for 2 years and have a son who is 6 months old.

The reason I’m writing to you is because I wanted to see if you could help me and my family. I’m another voice fighting to get Keytruda government funded. So I am left to try and fund the drug Keytruda please check out our give a little page at givealittle.co.nz/cause/keytruda4michael

My husband who has always had issues with his health, from birth he was known as a blue baby and was later diagnosed with a complex congenital heart disease at 8 months. At the age of 2 he had a stroke and lost the use of the left side of his body but was able to regain most of these functions back. At the age of 12 he contracted pneumococcal meningitis and was able to beat it. Due to him not being born with a spleen (making his immunity very weak) he got very sick and was taken into hospital on the 1st of December 2015 with a unknown flu/infection and then on the 14th of December after what seemed like a myriad of tests we were told that this was not a flu but they had found a tumour 8cm wide(about the size of an avocado). My husband and I left the hospital on the 16th of December a day just before his birthday with no news on what it was just that there would be a appointment later with them to tell us what they had found so we left hoping and praying that everything would be okay. On the 23rd of December my husband was diagnosed with Melanoma but due to the specialities of the doctor it’s unfortunate that the one who gave us the news, the doctor being his long term heart doctor could only provide what it was but no information on stage or severity. After this visit we were told to just to enjoy the holiday without thinking about the cancer until the next year (2016) he would be able to see Oncology. During that visit the best option was surgery, so on the 22nd of March 2016 my husband had bowel surgery and unfortunately the tumour was not able to be removed due to it been attached to a main artery providing blood to the small intestine making any other attempts life threatening and thus inoperable then and in the future.

He started Dacarbazine (Chemotherapy) yesterday as we did not have the funds to buy the drug we were after but due to the cancer being Melanoma the treatment has a 20% chance to slow down the growth and even less of a chance to stop or kill the cancer. Keytruda raises the chance from 20% to 50% but due to it not being government funded it will cost $50,000. We need the first four treatments (1 treatment cycle) to know if this would help treat his cancer. I don’t want to feel like we didn’t try our best to attack and win against this cancer. I am scared he will never get to know and see his son grow up and that our son will never know who his dad was. For the first time in my life I have never felt so worried and helpless about my husband health struggles and I have also never been so unsure and scared for our families future. I know that my husband is a fighter he has beaten many life expectances and has struggled with his health all this time but he is still here and still living his life with and for his family. 

I would appreciate if you could help us.

This email was from last year and I wanted to come to you guys to make me feel beautiful as I was tired and overwhelmed with sadness. I honestly just wanted to feel positive and do something for myself. The experience I felt when I first entered was scared – to be honest I have never had my photo taken and was just nervous. I got my make up done by Annalise and I felt sooooo beautiful! I just really wanted to learn how to put the make-up on as she did such a great job. Honestly I still want to come in and learn how to achieve that beauty! Once I got my make up and hair done when it came to getting the photos done it was like I was a pro. Jeff was so lovely! He was telling me how to pose and I felt like a natural. Afterwards I met the lovely Dorin who was so cheerful and we all looked through the beautiful photos – was so hard choosing one. This experience was amazing and so worth it! It made me feel stronger! If I had to do it again I wouldn’t change a thing.

Thank you so much to the team at STUDIO81 – you guys rock xo

#LoveYourself STUDIO81 Mele Glamour

 

Photographer: Jeff Chan

Hair/Makeup: Annalise Taylor

Location: STUDIO81 Newmarket

Click here for more details on the transformative glamour campaign #LoveYourself

 

I didn’t expect to be chosen when I entered my name for the #LoveYourself Campaign. I was so excited & nervous, as I’m anything but confident in front of the camera. I personally love taking photos (as a hobby), but not having my photo taken. We are after all, as women, our own biggest critics, right?!
I come across as confident, but really, I have a lot of insecurities. I admire women who are confident, as it is awesome.

Growing up, I was always the skinny little runt that nobody took much notice of. I had bad skin, bad teeth, bad hair & hid behind a secret that not everyone knows about. As a victim of child abuse, I don’t think that I’ve ever fully accepted that I too, can be beautiful. Having my innocence taken away from me at a very young age, I still see my scars as being worn on the outside & although nobody else sees them, I most certainly do.

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Walking into the studio, I was all flustered with hardly any sleep & Annalise was a breath of fresh air. She knew my name, grabbed the hangers I was holding, gave me a warm hug & made me feel at ease. Once my makeup was done, I felt like a princess, what with everyone making such a fuss over me, how could I not! And they all loved my hair, thanks to my amazing hairdresser, Devona, for hooking me up (#HouseOfBrown).

I was introduced to Jeff, who immediately told me what he wanted me to change into & started working on my poses. He was awesome, stepping in to show me what to do if I didn’t quite get it LOL. I mean, I’m no model so most of what he said left me with a “huh”!!! He complimented me, made me smile & helped me relax. Thank-you Jeff, for being so patient. One photo captures my personality in a nutshell (sitting on the floor, foot up & staring dead into the camera) … so many have said “wow, he captured the real you right there”. I felt sexy too when he made me don my little black number, yep, because all my hard work is slowly starting to pay off, yay.

Looking at all my photos on the big screen, I still couldn’t believe that it was me. WOW. I really did feel beautiful & here was the evidence to prove that my “scars” were not shown on the outside.
Thank you so much STUDIO81 for helping me feel beautiful. I guess life really does begin at 40 something – Nat

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Photographer: Jeff Chan

Hair/Makeup: Annalise Taylor

Location: STUDIO81 Newmarket

We are running another #LoveYourself campaign – click here to find out more on how you too can win a glamour photoshoot.