If a picture is worth a thousand words, then imagine how much it can say about you. We love working with individuals to express their personalities, capture their best moments and tell their stories. At the Acorn Studio, we love collaborating with aspiring, up-and-coming models on their portfolios.
We offer model test shoots with professional studio backdrops and lighting. Bringing together our experience from fashion, wedding and commercial shoots, we can guide you through moving and posing so you can showcase a range of shots in your portfolio. You may have a clear idea of what you want, or if you need some inspiration, we’re more than happy to brainstorm with you, and link you up with hair, makeup and wardrobe contacts.
Talk to us today about a model test shoot, we can’t wait to see you in the Acorn Studio!
Dunedin, New Zealand
A studio shoot is a simple but strong way to tell a story. It puts the spotlight on a person or products, and allows them to really shine. We collaborated with a few our favourite businesses to bring our backdrops to life; local Dunedin fashion designer Charmaine Reveley, talented florist Estelle Flowers, New Zealand footwear brand Kathryn Wilson, and the brilliant Kyle from Crave Hair Dunedin. Jana modelled the dreamy, feminine looks perfectly with the bouquets and made us feel ready for spring!
We are so excited to present a wide variety of studio backdrops and provide more than just the basics. The Acorn Studio has your classic range of neutrals, as well as an array of gorgeous, punchy colours. We encourage you think outside the box and embrace colours, as it can bring a new perspective, a fresh look or create the vibe that you need
Studio: Acorn Photography & Cinema
Clothing: Charmaine Reveley & Co
Flowers: Estelle Flowers
Model: Jana Ehls
Makeup: Makeup: Kyle Williamson from Crave Hair
Dunedin, New Zealand
We jumped into a caravan and drove off for an adventure with creative and travel photographer, Carmen Huter. The two days were full of chatter, giggles, gorgeous landscapes and of course, a plenty of snaps! We went off the grid and into nature, exploring beautiful places like Fiordland, New Zealand. Finding some hidden spots in Knobs Flat, we settled down and made ourselves comfortable in the tussocks.
It was the perfect location for a creative portrait shoot. The scenery was amazing, but it was Carmen’s energy and ability to work with the elements that brought it to life. We played amongst the fields and waded into the river. Water played a winning part, where the splashes and waves added exciting and enchanting movement to the photos.
Give yourself an excuse to have your portrait taken, whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, life achievement or simply because you’re feeling it! We are proud to be New Zealanders and know a few special spots and stunning backdrops. If you are looking to capture some memories with a New Zealand portrait photographer, get in touch with us!
We love the challenge in storytelling when it comes to commercial and fashion photography. Playing with not only clothing and location, there are also moods, expressions and personalities to capture. This studio shoot channelled cool Scandinavian vibes with a glamourous edge.
Corcovado, a specialist homewares and furniture store based in Christchurch, New Zealand, set the scene with their unique and distinctive products. Rouche Clothing, a luxury fashion boutique, styled our model in gorgeous local and international brands; the elegant Miss Crabb Berlin dress in white silk, the edgy Maurice Jacket by Nue 10.04, and the lovely Loretta Dress by Karen Walker. These two businesses worked hand-in-hand, and together we produced some beautiful imagery perfect for social media, website and print.
If you are a Christchurch-based business looking for a Christchurch photographer or cinematographer for your next project, get in touch with us and see how we can work together.
Novia Brides is the perfect boutique for something a little bit special, and a little bit different. Tucked in Hawea Flat, Wanaka, the scenic drive will get you into a relaxed, inspired mood. Walk through the doors and you’ll instantly be in dress heaven; their romantic, bohemian, couture dresses will be sure to make you swoon.
We spent an afternoon amongst the luxe silks and lace, mesmerized by the delicate details and gorgeous shapes. Along with the perfect bridal hair and makeup looks, a collection of gorgeous floral bouquets and to-die-for accessories, we were all wishfully thinking about walking down the aisle (for some, again!).
A Queenstown winter is a must-have experience in New Zealand. We helped Avoca tell this story in our second campaign shoot with the New Zealand made brand. It was amazing to work with them again, as we felt connected to their passion and purpose, and collaborated closely on the concept and execution of the shoot.
Their Winter 2017/18 collection was inspired by, and designed for an alpine getaway. Something to keep you sheltered from the elements, but feeling effortless, comfortable and luxe in any scene. There were misty scenes at Moke Lake, and we shot as day turned dark on Coronet Peak. A morning walk along the Shotover River was followed by a cosy, relaxed afternoon at the lodge. A perfect little holiday, if you ask us.
Queenstown, New Zealand
With sangria at every meal, and a siesta every afternoon, how could you not love Spain? Granada was a very aesthetically pleasing, and historic experience. We jumped on a walking tour with a very enthusiastic guide, bought Spanish cookies from nuns through a church trapdoor, and watched a flamenco dance as the sun slowly set over the city.
A highlight of Granada was definitely the must-see Alhambra, a Moorish complex with a beautiful garden, breathtaking palace and historic monuments. We spent a whole day here, getting lost in grounds and palace chambers. My two friends made perfect models, as I had them standing in pockets of light and pretty corners and corridors. We had the best day there, running our energy and camera batteries flat.
Isabella and Johan were married on the prettiest autumn day in Arrowtown. The leaves were the perfect shades of amber and gold, the air was crisp, and as they walked out of the church, all eyes were on them. Drawing a crowd, the pair were absolutely stunning against the backdrop of the charming town. Their intimate reception took place in the stunning Stoneridge Estate, Queenstown. Amid the vineyards and gardens, the setting was rustic and romantic, which was a perfect match to Isabella and Johan’s love story.
I fell in love with Venice on the 6th of July, 2017. Beyond the sticky heat and crowds of tourists, it was definitely love at first sight. The slightly sinking buildings, painted in gorgeous pastel and muted shades, kept my camera constantly clicking. Boutiques were tucked amongst bakeries, gelaterias scattered around monuments and museums. There was something to see around every corner.
We jumped on the vaporetto and jetted off the main island to Burano and Murano. Known as one of the world’s most colourful destinations, Burano certainly did not disappoint! The bright shades were so much fun, and many of the houses were decorated to a theme. Arriving in the afternoon, Murano was a little more peaceful, with little shops filled with Venetian glass.
One morning, we decided to beat the heat and tourists, and woke up for the sunrise. The streets were perfectly peaceful and undeniably beautiful, and we saw Venice in a very different light. I would definitely recommend this to anyone, as although I was a little sleep, I was inspired at every canal and alley.
When in Thailand, it’s a given that some time is spent at the beach or by the pool. With the sun shining, there’s no better way to cool down than with the water. Chelsea and Kirk tied the knot with a beach wedding, and at the end of the night they spontaneously jumped straight into the pool! The next day, we did it all again. Embracing the ‘Drown the Gown’ movement, the couple dove right in. Chelsea looked ethereal in her dress, with Kirk right by her side. The results are dreamy, beautiful, inspiring pieces that might push you into the water on your wedding day.
It began as a rainy Friday in Southland, but this didn’t dampen any spirits as the clouds opened up to bring bright skies and a brilliant sunset. The wedding was beautiful, the perfect summer soiree set in a stunning marquee. As day turned to night, the light came on, music was turned up and the dance floor filled with the happy couple and their guests. They left, hand in hand, as husband and wife, to a procession of sparklers and it really was magical.
I was over the moon to shoot one of my favourite couples on their special day: the beautiful, caring, fun, lovely and adventurous, Tom and Jess. Tom, you are an incredible brother. And to Jess, you are gorgeous on the inside and out, and we are so excited to have you in the family.
This wedding was featured in New Zealand Weddings Magazine, Winter 2017.
The Hideaway 201, Winton
Beulah and Jeremy celebrated their love in a way that was uniquely, entirely, perfectly them. It started with an idyllic beach ceremony; waves kissing the shore, a soft sea breeze and a dreamy sky. There was a hike to a hidden setting, where the magic of a waterfall met the magic of a marriage. It wasn't easy, but the daring and spirited Beulah and Jeremy were up for it. The adventures continued, with an entrance to their reception that took everyone by surprise, a rocking party, and an epic ‘Drown the Gown’ moment.
I don’t have enough words for how amazing, exciting and totally authentic Beulah and Jeremy’s wedding was. They got caught in the waves, laughed and loved, and danced right into the night with their nearest and dearest. They are the perfect example of making your day truly yours.
Dip your toes into the warm sea, and feel the tropical breeze of this Thailand wedding. Kind, generous, fun-loving and Chelsea and Kirk are an epic couple who are a perfect match.
Chelsea and Kirk, along with their guests, partied under the palm trees, dined on the beach and danced under the night sky. At the end of the night, still dressed in all their finery, they jumped into the pool and straight into their honeymoon.
We didn't want to stop snapping or filming their journey. We had the most incredible time in Thailand, seeing Chelsea and Kirk in their element, celebrating their marriage and just making the most of every moment.
With longboards in one hand, and spouse in the other, Erika and Cam took it to the hills of Christchurch and let loose. Possibly the most well dressed skaters in the country, we loved that this couple let their personalities and hobbies come through in their creative shoot. We were happy to report that bride nor groom were harmed in the shoot, and we ventured down to Sumner beach to ‘Drown the Gown’. Being a nature and adventure loving pair, they welcomed the water and walked straight in. The elements are so inspiring, and it was the perfect setting to show their love, commitment and strength as a couple. The only thing you won’t be able to see... the little nippy crabs in the water!
Godley Head & Sumner, Christchurch.
Rebecca and Julian are a story of high school sweethearts. They are the ones lucky enough to fall in love and find their soulmate so early in life, and the smart ones to hold on. A couple that’s full of life, laughter and unconditional love, it was such a joy to get to know them and document their journey.
Planning their wedding in 10 days, they dedicated it to their 10 years of love, but also their parents, who “demonstrate daily that it is possible”. It was a modern, urban celebration in Dunedin, with a harbourside ceremony and an intimate dinner party. It was a gorgeous day that seemed like it had been planned for years. To quote the words of the couple, their “perfectly imperfect day was a dream!”
This wedding featured in New Zealand Weddings Magazine, and Paper + Lace.
Dunedin, New Zealand