Christmas Photo Day

Shine On Edition

After a year like no other, Studio Sam has a jolly Christmas photo experience for you like no other.

Family gatherings maybe very different this year. You can still share your love and spread a little of the Sunshine State’s Christmas rays with your dear (and maybe not so near) loved ones.

Finish of 2020 with a burst of optimism. The photos are sure to put a smile on any dial and help you ‘Shine On’ beyond 2020!

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Here are a few of the other positive benefits:

An alternative to the typical Christmas Photos. No snow in sight (it is an Aussie Christmas after all!). Forget sitting 1500mm away from Santa this year, or the poor-quality prints, unwanted calendars, or kitsch photo frames.

Receive high-res digital photos direct to your inbox so you can print awesome Christmas cards or share the images with loved ones.

A range of fun, interactive props will be available* so you can relax into the photo experience, have fun and personalise you photos.

All sessions are private and held in our studio with COVID safe measures.

Designated times means less waiting. Perfect if you are super busy. Just pop in between your social engagements and end of year craziness.

Not just for the kids! The set is designed for all generations to enjoy.

Great for immediate families, house mates, individuals, or small groups*.

A stylish memento to display at home (year-round if you would like).

The set is designed by interior designer Sam Parsons and all photos will be taken by freelance photographer Claudia Ciapocha.

*in accordance with COVID Safe measures.

Terms and Conditions apply. They can be read in full here. By purchasing tickets to this event you acknowledge that you have read and accept these Terms and Conditions.

Shine on and share the joy!  Book now!

Location:  Studio Sam, 515c Sandgate Road, Clayfield, QLD 4011

December School Holidays

While Santa and the Elves are busy in their factory preparing for their magical night, we are busy in our studio preparing for our spectacular Christmas festivities.  We are overjoyed to launch our spirited Small Smiths December School Holiday Program.

We know parents have busy lives and it’s not always possible to stop during school holidays. So we are delighted to launch the Chill Sessions and Snack Attacks which are intended to recharge the kids and give parents a little extra time in their day.  How does an extra 1.5 hrs sound (or a full 5.5hr day)?

Let the kids refuel on their BYO lunch, enjoy the optional daily ‘Snack Attack’ and then have some chill time in the studio, including a relaxing craft activity.

And it gets better!  If you book your child into all three sessions in a single day we are offering a *special discounted price of $10 for the Chill Session.

Details (because there are always details)

The Chill Sessions are available as an extension to a morning and / or afternoon session only (not as a stand alone session) and are strictly limited to 15 kids. Please advise in advance of any food allergies.

Ages: Ideal for Primary School Aged Children. *Each class is designed to cater for varying skill levels.  Children aged 6 and under require an adult to participate with them.

Class size: Morning and afternoon workshops are limited to 10 participants each.  The Chill Sessions are limited to 15 participants.

All sessions have been developed by and will be facilitated by Sam herself.

All images shown are indicative only and may vary from the final projects.

More information 

In the countdown to Christmas we will release sneak peaks of each Christmas Project on Instagram @studioussam and Facebook. Following us on socials is a great way to stay up to date and to see other exciting festive activities we have planned.  Stay tuned!


To craft spectacular Christmas keepsakes and to create brilliant childhood memories book today.  Please call (0417 344 137) or email Sam directly to reserve your sessions or to ask any questions.  T and C’s apply.  Full payment required to secure bookings.

Photo Day T and C’s


Studio Code of Conduct

Studio Sam is always committed to providing a safe environment to avoid personal injury or damage whilst visiting the studio.  Subsequently, we require all visitors to the studio to agree to and adhere to our Studio Code of Conduct as outlined below.

Photo Day is designed to be a fun and memorable event.  We appreciate your participation and consideration of the organisers and other participants.

COVID 19 Precautions

The studio is spacious; we will be limiting the number of people in the studio at anyone time to a single group booking (along with us), and COVID 19 Safe measures have been put in place in accordance Government requirements.  We also require the following (it is 2020 after all!):

All participants and visitors are required to act accordingly and abide by the signage in the Studio and the current government regulations.

Please maintain a safe 1.5m distance between yourselves and others who are not in your immediate group.

If anyone is unwell, self-isolating or waiting on COVID 19 test results please notify Sam and do not attend.

Only registered participants in your group (who have provided their contact details) can enter the studio at any one time.

Please ensure that all members of your group are immediate family members and / or live in the same household, in accordance with current government regulations.

Please use provided hand sanitiser on entry to the studio.

Please refrain from touching the set. Please only touch the allocated props and seats, which will be cleaned at the end of each group session.  We will also have disinfectant wipes on hand for you use.

Participants are always to wear socks or shoes while in the studio.  Please ensure your shoes are clean before entering the studio so the set is kept clean for everyone.

Babies under 1 (or who cannot sit unassisted on a chair) will need to be held by a responsible adult.  Babies are not to sit or crawl on the set.

At this stage we are not accepting pets for the photo shoot.

Bookings and Packages

Bookings are essential.  We are unable to accept walk ins on the day.

Full payment prior to the event is required. Additionally, a signed agreement to these Terms and Conditions is required on the day to participate. Payment at the time of booking also acknowledges your acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

Studio Sam understands that sometimes cancellations are unavoidable. We offer a full refund if we are notified in writing at least 14 days out from the session (less the Eventbrite fee), a 50% refund (less the Eventbrite fee) if we are notified 7 days before, and no refund if less than 7 days before the session.  We can offer an alternative session where there are vacancies.

Our packages are based on the qty of people in your group and / or the qty of digital photos required.  Double sessions may need to be booked for groups larger than 8 people.

Please ensure you adhere to the ‘group size’ you booked.  If you would like to book in additional participants, please notify Sam in writing 2 days prior to your allocated time and we will confirm if this is possible.


All digital images will be sent to the provided email address as a Dropbox link.

We will endeavor to provide a mix of different photos (eg group, individual photos, different props and actions). This will vary from group to group and depend on the time required to set up each shot.

Photos will have basic editing, but will not include touch-ups such as blemish removal and the like. The final post production, editing styles, and overall look of the images are left to the discretion of the photographer.

A contact sheet of images will be provided after the event for you to select your chosen photos, according to the package you have purchased. If you would like to purchase additional photos please contact Sam directly. Each additional photo is $20 and will be sent once the invoice is paid. Alternatively, you can upgrade to a larger package with more images prior to the event.  Unfortunately, it is not possible for larger groups to book into a smaller package.

Preparation for your photos

We have found that plain, white, or bright clothes work particularly well with the set, but please feel free to dress in your Christmas gear and bring your own handheld props.  Please come dressed and made up.  There are no change facilities (and we only have a small, single toilet).  There is no full height mirror, but we will have a small mirror if you would like a last-minute check of your hair and makeup.


Can we please request that your whole group arrive in a timely manner to allow adequate time and COVID safe precautions and introductions?

There is free on-street carparking in the area.  Weekends can be busy due to the café so please allow a few extra minutes in case you need to walk a block.

We will have a waiting area (with limited seating) outside the studio.  There are also several food outlets in the area.  My Mistress Café is next door but closes after lunch on the weekend.

Please switch off your devices before entering the studio so you can fully enjoy the experience.

Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your time slot and please wait outside the studio, and be ready to enter when you are ushered in.

You will be ushered into the studio and given a brief rundown of procedures.

For everyone’s safety and for light control please no not open the studio door or enter without being ushered in.

Each 15-minute booking allows for 1) a 5 minute welcome / positioning; 2) a 5 minute shoot and 3) 5 minutes for your group to leave and for us to clean before the next group.   We kindly ask that you adhere to your time allocation. We will be strictly adhering to the 15-minute timeslots.

If you are late your session, time may need to be reduced (depending on the bookings prior and after your allocated timeslot).  There will be no refunds or reshoots for a no show.

Supervision (for children 15 years and under)

An adult is required to stay with and supervise children at all times whilst in the studio (even if the adult does not wish to be in the photos).  Children are not to be dropped off at the studio unattended.

Adults are responsible for watching the children in their group at all times to ensure the children do not climb on furniture, touch the photography equipment, run out onto the street, or remove items from the shelves. The studio is a working studio.  There are tools, equipment, and craft creations.  So please watch kids under 3 with extra care.

Props and Set

We have a range of props for you to use.

Please do not move the set around or take the props from the studio to ensure everyone can enjoy them.

Please do not touch any of the photography or lighting equipment. You agree to be responsible for any damage occurring to studio, photography or lighting equipment or property as a result of the actions of any session attendees.

It is not possible to have your photos taken without the set due to time limitations.   We would be happy to book in another session at the studio if you require photos with a white background.


The toilet is shared with a small adjoining office (separate business to Studio Sam).  All visitors, must be quiet and considerate at all times when using the bathroom.

For everyone’s safety, there is strictly no access to the Studio basement.  Please abide by the signage.

The Studio has an amazing Cyclorama wall.  We kindly request that everyone stays off the curved wall to avoid damage.

Participants are responsible for their own property and Studio Sam cannot be held responsible for lost / damaged property.

Can we kindly ask that you do not eat or drink in the studio to ensure the set stays clean for everyone?


Appropriate behaviour of all attendees is the responsibility of each participant. We strictly enforce a zero-tolerance policy. If the event organisers or any participants experiences any inappropriate, threatening, hostile or offensive behaviour, then the offending person will be required to leave the session or the session will be terminated immediately. Under no circumstances will any monies paid be refunded.


If the organisers cannot perform this Contract due to fire or other casualty, transportation issues, strike, government declared state of emergency, act of God or other cause beyond the control of the parties or due to organisers injury, illness or emergency, the participants agrees to relieve and hold organisers harmless as a result of incomplete photo shoot session and shall have no further legal or financial liability against organisers with respect to the Contract.

Copyright and Privacy

The ‘Family Christmas Photo Day – Edition 1 Shine On’ has been developed by Sam Parsons of Studio Sam and all backdrops, set design, props, promo and designs are copyright to the Sam.

We kindly ask that visitors to the Studio do not to take photos of the set, the studio or of other children.  We will provide you with great photos of your experience.

Claudia Ciapocha is the talented freelance photographer joining us for the Photo day.

If you would like to share the images of your group on social media or for any other forms of press or publicity please kindly acknowledge Studio Sam, Sam Parsons and Claudia Ciapocha accordingly.

Studio Sam, Sam Parsons and Claudia Ciapocha have permission to use the photos taken for marketing purposes on our websites, on our Social Media pages (eg Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest) and occasionally in printed media.  If you do not wish for any images to be used for any such purpose, please notify Studio Sam in writing prior to the commencement of the session.

Studio Sam is committed to protecting your privacy and will only use your personal information for our own purposes and will not provide to others.

For future enquiries or just to find out more about us, please see our below details:

Sam Parsons

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Instagram – @studioussam

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Claudia Ciapocha

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Instagram – @claudiaciapocha

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New studio space

Yeah! We are super excited to announce that we have a fab new studio space.

As you can see we are still setting it up.

Please drop by to have a look.

We are also updating our website and refreshing our brand.  Stay tuned!

Small Smiths

What is Small Smiths? Small Smiths is a hands on, craft based club for school aged kids and pre-prep.  Sam developed the program to: plant the seed for creative thinking, feed curiosity, provide inspiration to kids and their loved ones, promote community connections and to have FUN.

Why the name Small Smiths I hear you ask? Good Question! A Smith is a skilled person who makes things.  Often smith is added to the end of a word to signify a type of craftspeople or occupation.  For example a locksmith makes locks.

A small smith = a small person who makes things.

Typically each Small Smith session  explores, and is subsequently be named after a different type of craft (eg Book Smith, Colour Smith, Plant Smith and the like).


Colour Hunt

We teamed up with Brisbane Open House in 2018 to curate an engaging kid’s adventure throughout the inner-city. The Kids Colour Hunt!

“In amongst the hard, built environment, colour is just waiting to be discovered.  From mesmerising stained glass windows, to mysterious tiled baths, to vaulted doors and maybe even a fire truck.  Search like a detective to see if you can discover the super powers of colour.  Be careful though, colour has the power to brighten up your day! This free colour journey will be sure to keep the kids entertained as they join the adults on their own journey around BOH”!


Yarn Yurts

Sam was engaged by C&K to create a temporary breakout lounge and creative activity for their 2018 QLD Early Education and Care Conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The lounge, titled the ‘Yarn Yurts’, was created to celebrate the conference themes of: cultural diversity and inclusivity; inspiring imagination; and cultivating language.  It was provided to spark conversation, the sharing of ideas during and after the conference and to promote peer to peer learning, collaboration and a sense of community amongst the 800 delegates.

The space was inspired by the floor living cultures of the world.  Gathering and residing on the floor for everyday activities such as eating, cooking, resting, socialising and crafting is a common tradition between cultures around the world. Sitting on the floor is one of our most natural positions (being a favourite with children) and there are many benefits.

The ‘Yarn Yurts’ lounge was set amongst artisan made yurts on a bed of floor rugs.  It provided a casual space for delegates to relax, have a yarn and contribute to a collective, modular artwork using the global languages of colour, pattern and smiling.

For more images please visit us on instagram @studioussam and #yarnyurts.

photography Sam Parsons

Jurassic Jungle

Several years ago now Sam created and facilitated a kids workshop at the Queensland Museum titled ‘Jurassic Jungle’.  The workshop ran during school holidays and coincided with the Explore-a-saurus exhibition.  For more images please visit us on instagram @studioussam.

Millions of years ago when the dinosaurs perished so did a vast majority of the plants they ate and the habitat they lived in.  What would their landscape have looked like? Lush, tall, jungle like? What plants would have flourished?

Using paper and cardboard help craft and watch the jungle grow.  Who knows the dinosaurs may even come to visit!

photography Samantha Parsons

Creative Direction

We are pleased to share with you a photo from a photo shoot we styled and directed.  Thank you to the amazing Brisbane children’s photographer Maddie from Etta Photography.  Welcome to the world little man.

Bespoke Bookscapes

Sam was invited to participate in the QLD Museum’s 2013 ‘Bespoke’ exhibition.  Sam designed and developed a new series of works titled ‘Bookscapes’, which explored interior surface topography.  The pieces were a culmination of Sam’s design background and her passion for folding, colour, fabrics and form generation.  These undulating wall surfaces, like Bookscreen, utilised discarded hardback book covers.

photography Sam Parsons