22nd November 2015

How do you get two crazy boys to pose for photos? Book a shoot at The Studio!


I don’t often put myself in front of the camera – so when I am asked for publicity shots for the features I write or campaigns that I am invited to work on, I always feel embarrassed as I attach a couple of selfies to the email and click send…

I decided it was about time to get some professional pictures taken – so having seen some great shots of friends taken at The Studio in Al Quoz, I decided to book a shoot.

The Location

The Studio is located right opposite the entrance to Bounce and around the corner from Tom & Serg in Al Quoz, with lots of parking on the road. You need to walk through the front doors of The Courtyard and out the building again in the doors opposite – and you will find the entrance to The Studio on the right hand side as you enter the garden area.

How it works

Each shoot lasts an hour – and you can change outfits if you want to. You can have pictures taken alone for promotional reasons, with your kids, or with the whole family (or a combination of all of the above). The choice is yours. You can see their various packages here – and scroll down to the bottom of this post for an amazing special offer for Mum of Boys readers.

I’ve spent a lot of time in studios in the past, as I used to work in fashion styling for magazines and papers in London – so for me, this place was a home from home. For my boys, however, it was a big, white, exciting play area – and seeing them run riot on arrival didn’t give me high hopes for getting any decent pictures. What I hadn’t taken into consideration was how talented and brilliantly family-friendly our photographer Nikka would be!

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The shoot

We had an hour booked in the studio – but after 20 minutes, we had all the shots we needed. Nikka was simply amazing, using tactics of tickling, making funny faces, flicking on a bubble machine, and being super quick with her camera.

Thank goodness too – as after 20 minutes, my boys were going a bit nuts and running around the studio and tripping over wires. She was confident she’d got some lovely shots, so my husband scooped a boy under each arm and we left the building before they caused any damage!

The pictures

Just a couple of days later, I was sent a link to an online gallery to pick my pictures. An impossible task, as I was so happy with so many of them – and she had been right, she really had managed to take some amazing photos in just 20 minutes!

I selected one photo of me with the boys, one for promotional things on my own, and one of the boys together as I just loved the shot. If I’d wanted more, I could have upgraded the package.

A few days after that, my perfectly edited pictures were emailed to me – and now I have the high-res images, I can print them, create gifts, print canvases, or create photo books. If I preferred, The Studio could get them printed for me or create the gifts.

I highly, highly recommend heading to The Studio!


Special Offer

The Studio is offering Mum of Boys readers a studio shoot (including one high resolution image) for just AED195 (instead of AED295). You will also get 100 AED saved on your first order too, making it an amazing deal .

Quote “Mum of Boys” when making a booking – there is still lots of availability in the run-up to Christmas (bar weekends) and you can book online at www.thestudiodubai.com