“He is so alert!”
“He’s been here before.”
“He’s an old soul.”
These comments started before we’d even made it home from the birth centre with our newborn son. And continued from just about every person who has ever met him since. When he is wide awake and alert at 3am, trust me, this doesn’t always feel like a good thing!! He barely slept during his first few weeks and months. I was nearly delirious with tiredness, my clothing decorated with second hand milk (or worse!), and battling rollercoaster hormones.
But his uncanny ability to look right into your eyes and make you feel like he is evaluating your soul is one of the traits I love most about my little boy. When I looked into those eyes, every exhausting moment felt worthwhile. I love that I have photos that take me straight back to those moments and remind me why being a mum is the absolute best job in the world.
In the middle of the lost shoes, spilt cereal and homework battles, I want to help you take a breath and fall in love with your family all over again. Gorgeous photos on your walls can pick you up on the tears and tantrums days, perfect the merit awards and milestones days, and make your children grow up feeling loved and cherished.
I take the time to get to know your children and connect with them, so that I can encourage their true personalities to shine through in the end result. Whatever the setting or the background, I like the focus to be on your family's connections and relationships and all the quirks of your personalities.
My studio is based at our family home in Te Awamutu. Everything is set up for children and babies. We have toys and books, lots of fun props, and plenty of space for older siblings to spread out downstairs during newborn shoots. You are welcome to sit down, relax, and put your feet up while we photograph your baby or children.
For sessions with toddlers or older children, our property includes a hilly paddock which has some great spots for outdoor photos. You are welcome to use it to get a combination of indoor and outdoor shots for your session – just ask!
Lifestyle session fees include travel to most of Hamilton, as well as Cambridge, Tamahere, Matangi, Ohaupo, Pirongia, Kihikihi, Otorohanga, and a range of rural areas across the Waikato. I am happy to travel further, including Raglan and other coastal locations, for an extra cost.
- Edward Steichen