Piper's Style Studio Shoot

Piper had a plan: A Cross-fit competitor and aspiring model, she came in to the studio to get some head shots for a modelling portfolio -as her mother says: "This will pay for her to get though Uni!”.  Piper needed a shoot that could deliver on several fronts. If she was going to invest in professional photography for her portfolio, she was going to do it right. That's the beauty of a Studio Photo-Shoot: Come in once, bring in different looks, and there you have a body of work that has many different uses.  

Piper recently represented New Zealand in the Oceania Weightlifting Champs in Suva, Fiji, where she placed 4th with a 51 kg 'snatch' and a 71 kg 'clean and lift'.

For her first look, she wanted to be natural and relaxed, so hair and make-up had to be minimal.

For the second part of the shoot, emphasis was on looking edgy, using make-up to transform this lovely young woman from sporty & fresh-faced to smoky-eyed beauty for her modelling portfolio. Sandi, our photographer, did the rest. "Now that she is a bit older, she can really pull off the edgier shots.", says Sandi, who has photographed Piper in the past. "The Shoot was at lot of fun-  we laughed so much!"

Thanks Piper for coming in to our Studio again- we loved having you and wish you all the best.

The Team at Woolf.

Simon's Monthly Top Tips

Every month, Simon Woolf shares some of his photographic wisdom. You won't want to miss this:


July-August 2016


Perspective is a valuable piece of a photographer's repertoire. Eye level often does not cut it!  The need to get up high and look down, or get down and dirty, and look up is often an essential in gaining that X-Factor shot!

  • Just remember if you are going to get on up high, take care, you do not wish to fall and injure yourself. It has been done I can assure you!
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times. That is also an essential ingredient of being a great photographer. When taking photos from perspectives on slippery or potentially unstable surfaces, be aware you come first.

On returning my leased car I apparently popped a dent or two in the roof. It cost me! The shots I did achieve from the cars roof were well worth gaining  different and unique images.