to the other side (of the camera)

    While Melanie and I were shooting material for this year’s New Zealand Post annual report there was a hic-up with the models for the cover shoot. NZ Post wanted a ‘real Kiwi courier at a real Kiwi front door’. The upshot? Melanie in front of the camera, as our son answers the door. As you can see, he was pretty excited to find out what might be in the box from the nice NZ Post courier! It’s a great day when photography is real!
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    Red tie, blue tie, bow tie, no tie!

    In a decade and a half of photographing Peter Dunne, he never once asked us to retouch his image.                 Yesterday I posted a photograph of Winston Peters and his election billboard. Jim Mora mentioned my post on RNZ National’s show ‘The Panel’ during a discussion of our society’s expectations of photographs. It occurred to me that Peter Dunne is another politician who has never once requested any photo retouching in the decade and a half in which we have been photographing him. As Kiwis I sometimes wonder if we appreciate just how much access we have to our politicians. As a photographer I’m pleasantly aware of how wonderfully plain (as in the Amish compliment plain) so many of our corporate and government leaders actually are when you get them on their own to photograph them. This is something I hope our society does not lose.             We have never been press photographers, Chris just loves to photograph people and discuss ideas.    
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    Not one single click in Photoshop. Thank you Winston! I need to say right from the outset that I’m not much of a follower of politics. I like to take photographs that meet my client’s brief. As a photographer it’s always fun to see your work out there in the public eye, on a billboard, a magazine cover, a website, a package, a menu or a cookbook. And it’s really refreshing to see one of your images out there still intact as an egalitarian photograph! What’s an egalitarian photograph? This election’s billboard photograph of Winston Peters is what I mean by an egalitarian photograph. How is that? Well, I shot it, I downloaded it to my computer, and I gave it to the client, in this case the NZ First Party. I didn’t hand it to a PR company or spin doctor. I didn’t turn it from a photograph into a painting or an illustration. I was driving. I saw Winston’s billboard. I pulled over. I got out. I got up close to the billboard. Every pore and wrinkle was intact. I silently thanked the graphics designer who laid out the billboard. Thank you for leaving my photograph of Winston true!   […]
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    Autumnal Fun!

    We love it when our clients come back for more photographs, it’s like catching up with old friends! It’s a time to laugh, have fun and most importantly to take some more photographs! Two years ago we had the pleasure of photographing Melody and Justin throughout their pregnancy and the anticipated arrival of their baby Master A. It was a special time and we enjoyed creating some cherished images of Melody and Justin as they eagerly prepared for parenthood. Jump forward 18 months – and well just look at them now! Master A is a delightful, curious, loving, adventurous little boy! Melody and Justin are taking this parenting gig in their graceful stride and we also had Melody’s parents join us for the portrait shoot – an added bonus! Grandparents are awesome! It only seem appropriate to photograph this beautiful family on Mother’s Day. The sky was clear, the air cool and crisp, we had autumnal light and it was perfect. I thoroughly enjoyed Mother’s Day – I was woken with handmade cards, drawings and excited faces; I was able to do what I love – photographing people, all while our own children were playing happily in the playground nearby. Best […]
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    …and then he was five

    Our ‘little’ baby started school last week… I remember holding him in my arms (all 10lbs of him) and thinking in five years you’ll go to school… back then it seemed so far away… and now he is five. I said in an earlier post that on his first day I’d probably skip down the school driveway… well I did… and saved my tears for when I was back in the car! He was ready and so excited to be starting school. Bubbling with bravery and confidence. This morning he called out “Mummy!” across the playground… I turned and he waved, blew me a kiss and said “I love you Mummy!” I knew at that moment that we’ve done a good job (so far!) Our kids are a little blasé when it comes to cameras and being photographed, I admit that I was THAT mum outside the school gate taking the obligatory ‘first day’ photos on my phone, he wasn’t phased, he took it all in his stride. He hauled his oversized school bag onto his back and said “Let’s go!” His school days have begun!
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    Wee Poppet

    I had the pleasure of photographing this wee poppet recently… Miss Greta. Oh my, the milky newborn smell, the snuggles, the perfectness of her little hands and feet… I was instantly transported back to when my babies were newborn babies! Our ‘little’ baby started school this week… blog post to come! Treasure your little ones, hold them tight, let them be, play with them, stare in awe and take in their beauty. They are capable, so very capable. And take photographs, lots of photographs – they won’t be this little for long!
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    300+ Weddings

    I love a good wedding, so I’m lucky that a large part of my photography career has been photographing weddings! Over the years Chris and I have photographed somewhere in the order of 300+ weddings… that is a lot of weddings! We have met some incredible people, photographed in some amazing locations and witnessed people in love committing to marriage. We remember all of our wedding couples, the quirks and highlights of their wedding day and the people who surround and support them. For me it is a privilege to be present and witness the declaration of love and intent of marriage – oh and of course to take photographs too! I’ll admit to shedding a tear or two at every wedding as well – I did say I like a good wedding! What does stand out to me as an observer of weddings is that no two weddings are the same – ever! And there is no right or wrong way to have a wedding! We have photographed young, old, same sex, trans gender couples, couples who have been together for years and others that have know each other a short time.  Bi-cultural weddings, second time around weddings, blended families, and […]
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    Print More Photographs!

    I’m not really one for New Year’s Resolutions (being February I think it’s a bit late now!) … but IF I were to make one for 2017 it would be to print more photographs. This week I have finally got around to printing some of our personal family ‘summer’ holiday photographs. I use the term ‘summer’ loosely… Wellington hasn’t had the best of summers this year! We’ve had the odd fantastic day where my hopes are raised and we get the paddling pool out for the kids, then the next day I’m hauling rain coats out of the cupboard again and looking at the deflated paddling pool on the lawn… sigh… Anyway! Print more photographs. Every time I do a print run I’m really pleased that I did. I’ll admit that we are a little like the cobblers kids in that we print and attend to all of our client’s photography needs and tend to neglect our own! Once in a while I’m spurred into editing and printing our own family photographs and each time I tell myself that I should do this more often. A long time ago in the days of film I lived (I mean worked) in […]
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    Besties!

      Besties, BFF’s, whatever you like to call them, I’m pretty sure we all have someone in this world who ‘gets’ us, who we can be ourselves around, goof off with and it can feel like they have known us forever! I’m pretty lucky, my husband Chris is my bestie, but I also have a girl friend that lives at the other end of the county who is also my bestie! We have known each other since we were eleven and although we don’t see each other very often we seem to just pick up where we left off… good friends are like that. In our line of work we photograph a lot of people for many various reasons – but some of my favourite shoots are of people (and groups of people) who really know each other, who are comfortable in each other’s presence and want to capture that. Sometimes these people are related, sometimes they are BFF’s, sometimes they are married (or are in the process of getting married!) and are head over heals in love with each other… With the current technologies in our smart phones the selfie has evolved… we take selfies of ourselves and selfies […]
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    Family…

    I love to photograph families. What I also love is photographing the families of our wedding clients! To witness and photograph two people committing to their marriage and a life together is very special, and when they return to be photographed again with their babies… well, it is an honour and it gives me warm fuzzies! Recently I had the pleasure of photographing Katie and Brett with their two boys – aged 3 years and one week old (respectively). In 2011, Chris and I photographed Katie and Brett’s wedding in the stunning hills surrounding Wellington. It was a wonderful wedding, intimate, well planned, it was truly a day all about Katie and Brett and their families. So you can imagine my heart melted as I watched them interact so tenderly with their boys; their love, respect and gentleness for each other was beautiful to observe. Thank you Katie and Brett for opening your home and family for me to photograph once again, it is always a pleasure!    
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