Posts in behind the scenes
Northland Portrait and Glamour Photographer

As a photographer here in Whangarei, Northland. I am so proud of the work I get to produce, the people I meet and the transformations I create. I love making portraits but I love glamour most. Not old school blur and feathers but modern magazine styled art, full of strength and elegance. 
I love the dress up, the make over, the smiles and here is mine. My before and after for you.

In front of the camera

On Saturday I was busy getting ready for an interview with Shirley Dulton for her tv and radio show. Thank you so much to my amazing make up artist Kasey George - Makeup Artist

I firmly believe that everyone should be photograph especially those who spend most of their time behind the camera. So it was my time to be made over have photographs and even do a before and after. I can't wait to show you.

I did it too.... (I did the fidgeting, the nervous smile and the fake laugh)

It's feels strange to be the one sitting in front of the camera. Taking direction and smiling sweetly. But I want you to know that I'm so happy I did it, I love this photo. This image alone will pick me when I feel down and in years to come I can look back and say that was me.

That at this point in my life I have smile lines, camera lines (must remember not to squint when shooting), you can see my birthmark, my smirk and my crocked nose. There's the back drop that took me 5 hours and two stiff knees to paint. One single photograph can create so many stories. This is me, as I am today, things will change, I will change. But I know looking back I can say I am PROUD OF WHO I AM. 

I'm releasing beautiful new products in Jan 2017

It's time to re-invent ourselves, we're going super luxe and glaming it up. I have sourced some of the most beautiful new products to bring to you, my incredible clients. Released Jan 2017.
All folio boxes are being upgraded to the 'Black asahi silk bound clamshell with a ribbon closure' and I will be offering add-ons including; vintage and standard framing, duplicates and custom cards.
A few more pieces of the puzzle to put into place but I can't wait to show you them in person xx
Which one do you like most?

So much white space...

It has been three months in the waiting, 3 weeks in the move and setting up and years in the dreaming but I am so happy that it has happened. My beautiful new space at 3/5 Rust Ave is complete and I couldn't be more proud. 
A grand hair and make-up space, legacy wall of vintage frames, curtain divider for privacy, wardrobe of sequins and lace and gigantic windows with beautiful light. I have barely spent anytime at home this week because I just don't want to leave. 
A little bit more signage to addd : 'Open by Appointment Only' along with the coolest swing sign in town and it's complete!

What I find myself doing in my downtime... creating more beautiful

Confessions of an obsessive compulsive creative.  
Last week I found some beautiful, albeit dusty, cream faux flowers at a second hand store. And I dug out an old empty ink cartridge, broke it open, added it to a bowl of water. And started dipping. 5min and some pink stained fingers later, their looking fantastic.  
I can't wait until I can use them as a head-dress or shoulder piece or even pinned to an outfit. I simply love transforming things :)

Something Absolutely Amazing is Coming....!

For the last few months I have been working on something big, something amazing, something I'm finding really heard to keep a secret, Eeek!

Grand Opening Labour Weekend

And of course we'll be celebrating with a grand opening and would love for you, our VIP followers, to join us, to be one of the first through the door. Your personal invite will be hand delivered via email in the coming weeks. 
I will be posting before and afters of the transformation of the new studio, to get your feedback and share the creativity.

A Life on Purpose

From working with all the beautiful ladies I get to work with I'm slowly learning to open up and share mine. The interview below with Philippa Ross was me sharing a little of myself and the lessons I've learnt in life. There's insight into my drive and the reason I started Sarahlee Studio... 

Take a journey behind the lens of Sarahlee’s camera and discover how she reframed her life to dissipate her pain to become an Inner Beauty Ambassador - capturing the essence of a persons essence in her photography.
— Philippa Ross
Life Skills Patrol Interview

A few weeks ago I was very flattered by being interviewed by Wayne Roycroft of the life skills patrol fame. Wayne reaches out to people in the community and produces short interviews with them, asking invaluable questions that may help youth and young people with life skills. I am very grateful to be part of this and I hope everyone that watches it gains something from it. 

Published on Jun 12, 2016

Would you love to get good at photography? Would you like to make money from it? It's not as easy as figuring out how to use a camera. Sarahlee from Sarahlee Studios finds "your beautiful" and captures it photographically. She has studied photography to diploma level, how models do their job so that she can coach her clients (who are not trained models but do still have any number of "model-shots" in them worth capturing) and learned how to direct her clients skillfully so they show their best to the camera, and is also rapidly becoming an expert in running not just her business but, technically, any business she cares to run by learning how to correctly systematize her photography business optimally. She knows it will take more than a diploma to be successful and she will be successful. FInd out how she is doing it here.

The most exciting part...

I love the reveal, the moment when my clients come back into the studio to see their finished images. It's the most exciting part. Sometimes there's tears of joy. Sometimes there's the disbelief of "is that really me?", Sometimes there is just silence as they take in seeing themselves as beautiful and look from one image to the next scanning for their favorited.

So today I would like to share the reveal wall of a shoot I did last year, although my client did her photo shoot by herself, she brought her sister along to view them and help her choose.

I always welcome close friends and family along, it's important to have support and a second opinion when we want one. So if you are coming in for your reveal/viewing make sure those you love come with you !