It’s the small things in life that makes all the difference. The continuous small put downs that breaks ones confidence. The times you get told your opinion is worthless. That you are not pretty that no one will take you serious. And then the turn around!

I realised I am strong, I am worth it, I have my own back, and I can do this.
I am teaching my daughters to know better, to be confident that they are cherished and successful. I look up to the mountains and that is where my strength come from.

Psalm 139:14 I praise Thee because I am fearfully and wonderfully made

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And that brings me to the angels at STUDIO81 from the first communications with Annalise, to my big day, it has been an uplifting experience. Everyone was helpful….encouraging…fun and laughter to go around. They helped me to see and discover my fun side, even to bring out the pretty Lacey things in the bottom of my bag…. THANK YOU.”
– Magdalena Classen

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

Visit our #LoveYourself page to find out more about the campaign.
Book yourself a Glamour Photography session at our studio here

The moment I was informed that I was chosen to be one of the 50 women to have this #LoveYourself experience, I was so excited, and have been looking forward to the actual photoshoot. Counting the days until the time I will have the rare chance.

I am a wife of a loving husband, a Mum of 2 adorable kids, a very busy career woman and a typical lady who is always up and about. It’s not just the physical transformation of me being all dolled up to look fabulous for the photoshoot but more of that surreal feeling of being pampered. Having the make up colour and hairstyle of my choice.

I always keep in mind to look my best as soon as I step out of my home but it’s a different feeling when a team like STUDIO81 does it for you. You made me feel lovely inside out. The whole photoshoot experience was amazing. The highlight was a mix of emotions when I finally saw the photos. Like a rainbow in different colors, words will never be enough to express how wonderful I felt looking at how it turned out.

As busy as we Women can get, we should always keep in mind that looking after ourselves and looking our best gives us that everyday confidence. With inner beauty radiates an outer perfection. STUDIO81 you are absolutely fantastic. Kudos! and I will keep on saying you are Ahhhhmazing and Awwwwsome! My family & friends are in awe. Thank You!”
– Abby Hinlo

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

Visit our #LoveYourself page to find out more about the campaign.
Book yourself a Glamour Photography session at our studio here

“Kia ora! I am a 38-year-old mum of two daughters, aged 5 and 8. This year I started full-time work for the first time in almost 8 years. Prior to that I was a full-time stay-at-home mum, including five and a half years at Playcentre with my children. My new career is primary school teaching, and boy is it a whirlwind. It is busy and crazy but I love it. The biggest challenge this year has been balancing work and family life, which most of my friends have been doing for years. While I studied for my teaching qualification, we were extremely lucky to have my mum stay with us and do all the childcare, including belonging to Playcentre in my place. I always knew I was lucky, but once my younger child started school and both kids headed off to after school care every single day, I truly realised how lucky we had been before.

I hope that I am modelling resilience to my children – that life is not always easy but we can adapt, be flexible, and roll with the punches. I also want to model to them that it doesn’t matter what size or shape you are, you can be happy, healthy and fit. ‘Weight loss’ and ‘fat’ are banned words in our household. However, it’s easier to promote these messages than to believe them myself. I have never, ever seen myself as pretty or beautiful. Ever. I don’t know what possessed me to sign up for STUDIO81’s #LoveYourself campaign, but I am so glad I did.

I was very nervous, but couldn’t quite figure out why. I looked at their website and the campaigns from previous years, and it did look very impressive. I nearly backed out countless times (including on the way to the photo shoot!), but my husband supported me and was pleased I was doing something a bit different for myself. Annalise reassured me on the phone, and on the day of the photo shoot. She and Chloe were lovely, and so down to earth. There was much more laughter than I expected, but none of it was at my expense! I think that was one of my worries. I viewed all my photos and carefully chose two, as my budget was very limited. I nearly cried when I saw how happy I looked in the photos.

As I left the studio with a smile on my face, I suddenly realised what I had been worrying about. I had been worried that even after the makeup, the hair styling, and the expert photography, that they wouldn’t be able to make me look as good as everyone else. That there was something fundamental about me that meant I couldn’t be made to look beautiful. In all my life, I have never learned to use makeup or do anything with my hair. I am not a feminine person. But when I do try to make a bit of an effort, I feel it ends up being a disaster. The thing that lightened my heart was feeling that I really did look beautiful in those photos. That when my husband tells me I’m beautiful, he must really mean it because perhaps that’s what he sees when he looks at me. I know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and that it is only skin deep. I know these things. But it made me feel so special that I could look beautiful too.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the wonderful people at STUDIO81. I’m so glad I went ahead and didn’t back out.”
– Shirley McDougall 

 

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

Visit our #LoveYourself page to find out more about the campaign.
Book yourself a Glamour Photography session at our studio here

 

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I am 35 years old and I have 5 children aged 11,9,6,5,3. I am a stay home mum and have just recently found out that I have a mutant genetic gene passed on from my dad’s side of the family: BRACA 1. That means I have got an extremely high chance of developing breast and ovarian cancer.

I have opted to have a full hysterectomy and a double mastectomy done with expander reconstruction. It wasn’t an easy choice to make but then I didn’t want to sit back and think ‘What if?’ either.

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I now feel my photo shoot has given me my confidence back and has made me feel like a real woman especially once I loose my breasts. I will be able to look back at the photos and think I’m one of the lucky ones who got the chance to know I was BRACA 1 positive as not many woman out there do.

So please if you feel any changes with your breasts get them checked or if you have a large family history of breast or ovarian cancer push to be tested as that will also save a life.
– Vanessa Morton

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

Visit our #LoveYourself page to find out more about the campaign.
Book yourself a Glamour Photography session at our studio here

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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“It was a beautiful and remarkable experience. I can’t believe that I made it. I couldn’t have done it without your encouragement and the love and support of my boyfriend. Honestly, I was so shy but when I was there all I thought of was  giving the best that I can and was prepared to do,  be more confident and love myself as I love other people.”

– Wena Canoso

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“Oh what a experience it was. Loved Annalise’s make up  and hair do, Jeff’s photos and chatting with Dorin – an absolute amazing team at STUDIO81. I have had a tough year so far, felt lost and weighed down. STUDIO81 was exactly what I needed to lift my spirits up. Felt like a princess for a day and it was totally worth it. Every woman should feel like that once in while. It made me realise how much we neglect ourselves sometimes. So all thanks to STUDIO81 and the team , I might just do this once in while to remind myself how much I love myself. The photos swept my husband off his feet :)” 

– Shristi Achari

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“I was fortunate enough to be part of this wonderful, amazing campaign. I am Samoan, and a single mother to my beautiful kids. I definitely have responsibilities, day in-day out, but having some time for myself added into my routine is a must. Therefore I thank you STUDIO81 for all the love and for giving me this awesome opportunity to participate. I had so much fun with you all. God Bless.”

– Aiga Mataia

Visit our #LoveYourself page to find out more about the campaign.
Book yourself a Glamour Photography session at our studio here

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Thank you Annalise and the team at STUDIO81 for making me feel special and pretty for a day. I saw my beautiful friend’s video and photos and thought ‘WOW if they could make me look that good that would be amazing’, so I decided to give it a go. I avoid getting my photo taken as I think they always look terrible but when I saw them all I cried I couldn’t believe how amazing they looked.

I have been put down all my life by a very controlling and verbal abusive father who always said I was fat and ugly and never amount to anything and that they never wanted me, my self-confidence hit rock bottom. I had an eating disorder in my teenage years thinking that this would make him happy and he would love me but nope made things worse. Over the years I have put everyone else before me and never really took care of myself, I have in the last 8 years broken away from the family and their controlling ways and it was the best thing I have ever done. I have felt a huge weight lift off my shoulders and I am free and that feels so good. Family maybe your blood but you don’t have to put up with their rubbish. I have amazing friends and they are all that I need.

I work long hours and never really have time for myself and the team at STUDIO81 made me feel very comfortable and special for the day. It was an amazing experience very much out of my comfort zone but well worth doing it. Would recommend this experience to anyone.”
– Sue McLaren

 

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

Visit our #LoveYourself page to find out more about the campaign.
Book yourself a Glamour Photography session at our studio here

 

Upon seeing this amazing #LoveYourself campaign opportunity on Facebook I thought, ‘Wow, I’ve been through so much in my short 30 years on earth, my confidence & self esteem are extremely low, so hopefully this will allow me to appreciate my life and to love myself again.’. I PM’d STUDIO81 my journey and to my surprise – I was selected. It felt like an angel had been sent to me to bless my life, all before I turned 31.

I’m only 30 years old, yet I’ve faced a lifetime of set-backs which have shattered dreams and broken my heart into a million pieces. Despite facing childhood obstacles, being raped in my late teens, I still continued to press on, I gave my life to the Lord & planted myself in church where I found lifelong friends (and cherished every minute of it). I still do. I continued to finish school, graduating Year 13 and began working fulltime. I then moved myself up to Auckland, when I turned 22 to attend church & for a new career.

A few years later, in 2012 I decided to try having my first relationship, which utterly destroyed me, it felt like deja vu of my teen years where I was faced with another curse, just this time it resulted in being just as bad if not worse. This relationship backfired & after only 7 months, I was financially screwed over by $130,000, this is what shattered my credit rating, and my dreams of having my first holiday, travelling the world and buying my own home when I turned 30.

It didn’t stop there, I’ve been through abusive relationships since then and hit rock bottom however the Lord stepped in and held on to me, preventing me from giving up altogether, which I was very close to doing.

I am now despite being very sensitive, working my way toward freedom again. I have a wonderful partner of 2.5 years and am beginning to love life again, he truly completes me and is my best friend. I continue to chip at the debt I was left in, and strive to be the best young lady that I can be little by little. My goal is to be the best role model I can be.

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I honestly thought I would never be able to be me again, let alone love myself! However my experience at STUDIO81 has proved me wrong. You are all amazing and I loved my time there. All my doubts & nerves simply vanished. Thank you Annalise, for enhancing my hidden natural beauty, I looked and felt absolutely stunning! This experience has allowed me to love myself and feel confident again.

It truly feels like one dream has come true for my 30th, and that is to finally love myself again.

Lord Bless All of you amazing and beautiful ladies.
– Tracey McMillan

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

Visit our #LoveYourself page to find out more about the campaign.
Book yourself a Glamour Photography session at our studio here

I am mother of two, a Subway Franchisee and Mortgage Adviser – a mother who is always on the run. My kids have grown up seeing all the hard work I have put to give them a good life.

My life is always under construction. I have always challenged myself by choosing to do things out of my comfort zone, like successfully running a restaurant 350km away from my home. Here, I ended up discovering about myself: I always had a weight issue and being overweight makes me conscious all the time on the clothes I choose to wear. My self esteem gets low when it comes to how I look.

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Recently I have taken a weight-loss challenge and started lifting 50kg weights not because I want to look beautiful at my age but I choose to live a healthy life from now on. Since the last two months I am loving my self more as I am losing weight and feeling more confident. STUDIO81 gave me this opportunity for a photo shoot and makeover session, and the photos are so beautiful I ended up falling in love with myself.

STUDIO81 are not just a photo studio, when you enter the studio you are treated like a Princess. I enjoyed my time with them and really appreciate the time they give to busy mothers in encouraging them to love themselves.”
– Roshni Patel

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

Visit our #LoveYourself page to find out more about the campaign.
Book yourself a Glamour Photography session at our studio here

As I nervously stepped trough the doors of STUDIO81 with my little bag of garments, the warmest welcome and most beautiful environment instantly set me at ease. Annalise took my outfits and shoes and arranged them neatly on a trolley, making me feel like a professional model in FashionWeek!

Sitting down on the plush couch discussing the different options available opened my eyes to a world I never even knew existed. As I kept looking through the portfolios as well as wall pictures, I realised one thing: these women all have a story, a past that aches, an unsure future, challenges every single day. I’m part of an incredibly difficult society and I can relate to them in so many ways.

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Watching my transformation in the mirror taking me from exhausted Mom to gorgeous Bombshell at the talented hands of Annalise the Make-up Artist and Hair Stylist gave me a sense of confidence I have lost many years ago. Jeff the Photographer introduced himself and was extremely calm and utterly professional throughout the shoot. Towards the end I even plucked up the courage to take off some layers and pop on a pair of pantyhose and heels as I felt incredibly safe and comfortable! Most of all, I felt super sexy!!!

Sat down with a lovely cup of coffee having time to reflect on the amazing opportunity I was blessed to have been picked for. Then the powerful photo reveal session: I was beside myself, an emotional wreck, completely taken by surprise of how beautiful I looked on film. Proof I undoubtedly needed to appreciate my body and all its wonderful glory. I was lost, but STUDIO81 had found me.

Every single woman needs to see herself for the powerful and beautiful person she is. I would not only recommend this fantastic experience, but urge each and every woman to allow herself.

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Amidst the journey of entering womanhood, I had to do so without a father figure. He left us for another woman and her family. My Mother had to work morning to night, travelling hours on connecting buses in order for us to have a roof over our head and food in our bellies. She came home every night and still had a smile on her face. She was and is the strongest person I know till today.

I chose the wrong life partner and spent nearly 8 of my most vibrant years begging him to love me. I tolerated extreme psychological abuse and believed that I was dumb and insignificant. Add the fact that I could not conceive, I was basically a useless woman. He had numerous flings with other women. I ended up in hospital with severe stomach problems due to nervous stress and I realised this could not go on forever. I prayed and prayed and God gave me the strength to pack my things and leave for good. There was not a thing I didn’t try to salvage our marriage.

Today I am married to the kindest, most loving man and am blessed with two beautiful children. I smile and laugh every day now. Not a stomach problem in sight. I had a second chance on living life as it is intended, feeling like a human being.

Sadly immense pressure from the world forces us to try and be perfect Mothers, Lovers as well as have the perfect body. Yet globally we lack one thing: Support.

We focus on all the wrong things. Don’t take enough time out for ourselves. Don’t compliment each other enough on doing a fabulous job with our children or in our workplace. We don’t encourage each other, instead we look for flaws to make ourselves feel better.

Let’s be the change. NOW. Every opportunity we get. Build her up. Support her. Tell her she is worth it. Say she is beautiful and strong and smart and doing a wonderful job. Thank you to the wonderful women at STUDIO81 and the great men that support them.”

– Mickey Calvert

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

Visit our #LoveYourself page to find out more about the campaign.
Book yourself a Glamour Photography session at our studio here

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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Everyone has their story – I do as well, but one thing I have learnt from life – It can be as smooth as an untouched lake, or as tough as a tornado spiralling out of control. It is just up to you how you deal with it. My life is not perfect but it’s beautiful in it’s own way.

My two little daughters and husband keep me busy, and time to time remind me that their life is around me. When I got a chance to be a part of #LoveYourself campaign, I was totally thrilled and nervous at the same time.Pooja glamour pose

It was my very first professional photo shoot. The STUDIO81 team made me feel extremely comfortable. Thanks a ton STUDIO81 for the opportunity. I had me time which was absolutely much needed.

‘To be beautiful means to be yourself’ that’s what I am taking with me from the #LoveYourself campaign.

Pooja

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

Visit our #LoveYourself page to find out more about the campaign.