A magical mother & daughter session to end a beautiful Wellington Autumn… Continue reading
I adore Mummy & Me sessions…capturing special moments between Mother & Child is very dear to my heart. Continue reading
Sweet little Myra was only 10 days new when she came in for her newborn session. Continue reading
Meet Larsen. This gorgeous wee man is just 3 months old, but it seems he already knows how to charm the ladies and melt-your-heart! Continue reading
Sebi is a good friend of my daughter, the #babycreeture. Continue reading
Mother & Daughter sessions are some of my absolute favourites. It’s so much fun to bring the girls in, get them made up, pick out some glam frocks and then spend time capturing them together. Something they’ll be able to look back on years from now and treasure!
This session was Linda’s way of celebrating Bella becoming a teenager this week. It was pretty clear from the moment they walked in the studio they have an amazing relationship. They’ve been on huge overseas adventures together and with their fair share of challenges, their bond is super strong. But despite Bella being the one turning 13, Linda believes she is more the child and Bella acts like mum!
Bella is gorgeous now, but I can definitely see glimpses of the stunning woman she will become in a few more years, can you? Linda wasn’t so sure about being in the photos herself – but I managed to convince her we’d have a good time and she needed to exist in photos for Bella. Upon seeing the results, she knows she made the right choice!
These guys were so much fun to photograph, and both of them are gorgeous. Happy 13th Birthday Bella!!! You’re entering a whole new exciting chapter in life! You won’t remember me in 20 years time, but I hope you will have beautiful memories of this special day with your Mum 🙂
Thanks again to Keryn Ward Makeup Artist for her help on this shoot!
Bella’s Black dress provided by the Studio.
Fat, bad skin, stretch marks. Bloated, heaviest I’ve ever been, filled with fluid up to eyeballs, scarred. The first day I came home after having Rosie, I looked in the mirror as I stepped out of the shower and actually sobbed. What happened to my body? Bits of me were heading south for the summer and looked like they were never to return.
So it was the perfect time to get my photo taken right?? Probably the farthest thing from my mind, and most women’s minds when we look in the mirror and hate what we see. “I used to be so much slimmer/hotter when I was younger. Looking at myself now just depresses me, why would I want a photo of that”? Is the standard rational. (So I’m not really selling this whole ‘get your portraits’ taken thing too well am I? Well wait a minute, I’m getting there…)
So I sucked it up and did what I tell everyone else to do. I stopped hiding behind the camera and got back in front of it. I didn’t do this portrait for me. I did it for my daughter. And as it turns out, this now one of my favourite and most precious photos I have. I hope one day many years from now it will be one of Rosie’s too. I didn’t want Rosie to flip through pages of an empty photo album as I did, and question why I hardly have any photos of my parents.
So when I look at this photo I don’t see me at my worst – I see me at my best. It’s a completely different mindset. I see a beautiful image of a mother falling in love with her new little person. I see myself existing in photos for Rosie.
I am a mother, and a photographer. I am part of the “Exist in Photos” Movement. This is why I do what I do. I want you to love and exist in photos for YOUR loved ones.
This series of images are very special to me, and the hardest shoot(s) I have had to do so far! Introducing the reason I’ve been so quiet since May – my little girl Rosie was born 23 June and has been keeping me on my toes ever since!
Newborn shoots are never really easy and I have a new-found respect for all the new parents who have come to me in those first few sleep deprived days to get those precious shots taken!
Normally I would expect to get at least 20 quality images within the session (which can last anywhere up to three hours… but I was only able to manage around 10 images from my own, over a few different days (don’t even mention the time to edit!) …and hubby still told me off for the positions I put myself in post surgery… oops!
But seriously, I couldn’t miss capturing this fleeting moment in time. Now I have these gorgeous photos to remind me how tiny she was (and how much hair she had at birth for that matter!) 🙂
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you’ve all managed to have a fabulous start to 2014, whether it was restful or productive over the silly season. I managed to have myself a nice wee break, but now it’s time to get back into it… and one of my ‘resolutions’ will to pay my blog more attention this year!
As has become tradition, I like to look back and reflect on some of my favourite images from the past 12 months.
As I thought hard, and eventually whittled down my choices to a mere 10 out of over 2000 images from my library of ‘2013 keepers’, I began to notice a pattern emerging. Relationships seem to have been a strong focus for me in 2013. Capturing love in all forms, whether it’s a young couple about to embark on their next big adventure together, a parent and child’s unbreakable bond, or the love between an owner and loyal pet, each is truly special in their own way. This is why I love doing what I do…. Capturing the emotions of the moment, and preserving that precious memory in time forever!
Then there are the individual portraits, the one’s that tell a story with their eyes and body language. That moment when their guard is completely down, if I can capture that instant, then it’s as if I’ve got a glimpse into my subject’s soul.
I hope you like my selections for 2013, and I look forward to a very exciting 2014 ahead, with many ideas and goals to work on! I hope you’ll enjoy following (or even better being a part of) my journey!