Having your children or family photographs taken is something that needs a lot of thought, as if you are like most people, you don't do it very often. Only you will know when the time is right and I would be honoured to create those beautiful family photographs that you will treasure for a lifetime.
Every time I pick up my camera, the challenge for me is to truly create a portrait that is an honest representation of the people I am capturing.
I don't think there is a secret formula to making good protraits but first off, I try to engage with whoever is in front of my lens. If it is children, I'm down at their level - looking into their eyes, drawing their smiles out, finding out what they like to do and their favourite activities. Often it's in these little conversations that the unexpected happens and the 'picture that speaks to you' is captured. I'm realxed and informal and photograph in a similar style.
And if it is toddlers, teenagers, parents and grandparents, I'll continue to chat in the same relaxed and informal manner.
I love being able to read the mood and feelings of people I'm photographing and translating that into a beautiful piece of art that a family will treasure forever. I believe the love and emotion that links children and families together should be documented through story telling and I want my photographs to all that story.
If we start at the beginning, a baby is only 'so little, for such a little time'. The newborn phase is over so quickly and they will never be this sleepy or tiny or curly again. This time is magical and beautiful and these moments deserve to be cherished.
And little people grow into big people, so I like to capture them being kids . . . jumping in puddles . . . playing in dirt . . . walking the dog . . . cuddles with Mum and Dad . . . and turn these occasions into more lasting visual memories.
Every moment in our journey of life reflects beauty and magic . . . and deserves to to be captured so that future generations can cherish these moments forever.
When I talk photography with friend and visitors, I try to educate them on the importance of family photographs for the generations to come. There is life long pleasure in retracing our activities, celebrations and just living, by looking at photographs.
Keep these memories alive for your family.
To enquire about a photography session, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 027 47 33 038.
I can do any of these for you:
Your photography session
My studio is located in my City-based house. I love working with natural light as often as possible but I can supplement this with soft studio lighting. I am not limited to studio work and enjoy getting out to different locations which can be anywhere of your choice - a beach, a park, your home or just somewhere that has special meaning for you.
For newborn and toddler photography sessions, I want them to be the centre of the photograph so I don't use a lot of gimmicky props, My preferred style is natural and pure, but full of emotion - whether it's in the studio, or outside on location.
While I give a time guidance to my sessions, in reality time is unlimited - I will take as long as it takes to capture those images that you will treasure for ever. Sometimes little people need to be coaxed out of their shells - we can do this together, so that I can capture the connection and love within your family.
After all, it only takes one hero photograph of your and your family to make your heart melt.
Brand new, soft and silky, with that distinctive aroma of a newborn baby.
There is nothing more delectable than a photograph of a newborn baby. With each newborn baby I meet and photograph, the beauty in their expressions and small, delicate features continually amazes me.
The ideal time to photograph newborn babies is between 7-12 days of arrival as they are still lovely and sleepy. I ask Mums to get them 'milk drunk' so they are easy to mold and curl into different poses. If you can’t manage a photo session within this time frame, it doesn’t matter – I can still capture the beauty of your baby at a later date.
You should allow up to three (3) hours for a newborn photo session. Some of the time is taken up with preparation – including feeding and settling baby. But I will work with you to ensure baby is warm, safe and settled so the session is an enjoyable experience for you.
To book your newborn photo session, email me at email@example.com before your due date.
If your baby arrives early, contact me as soon as you can afterwards so that I can make a session available for you.
Older babies are difficult to photograph - there's no denying it! So when is the best time to capture them?
Ideally, from three months onwards when they are stronger and can hold their head up and are also comfortable on their tummies.
Six to eight months is another good milestone as babies can sit up and they are starting to discover and explore everything around them.
Dress them in their special outfit or bring a few changes of clothing that you particularly like - hats and caps look pretty cute on babies. If we're doing a studio session you might also like to bring a few of their favorite toys or books, or even their special cuddly to include in the photograph.
If we're photographing outside then we'll rely on the natural beauty of the outdoors or whatever your favourite location is.
Toddlers and children
As your little one leaves the baby stage we often forget to keep photographing them. They are really developing their own personalities now . . . remember to capture the joy, the fun and their own unique traits in fabulous portraits in and out of the studio.
I am happy to go to a park or to the beach, or another of your favourite outdoor locations.
There's so many ways to capture the essence and uniqueness of family ties. I would be delighted to tailor make a family lifestyle session for you and can travel to locations within the Auckland area.
Photographs are best captured in a natural environment such as a park, the beach, your favourite City landmark, or your home and garden.
Auckland has an abundance of beautiful locations and most of them are usually right on our doorstep!
I have a huge passion for photography, but the passion goes deeper than just 'loving to take photographs'. It’s a love to capture a special moment in time, and a love to create!
It's a privilege for me to get to know each individual and family, and it's an honour for me to create beautiful portraits that I know will be cherished for a lifetime to come.
Getting married is a lifetime commitment and a once in a lifetime event and your day deserves to be captured in a unique way.
Like reading a book - from the time you open the front cover to the time you close the back cover, I view wedding photography in much the same way - telling the story of your beautiful day and capturing everyone's attention from the first photograph, to the last.
Your wedding day is a special day to you and it is only natural that you want every aspect captured, from start to finish and all the little details in-between. The love, the laughter, the tears - I can capture these so that you have the memories of that day to last your lifetime together.
It would be a privelege to document your special day and am happy to discuss this with you.
Feel free to contact me for a no obligation conversation on 027 47 33 038 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org