“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 was wide awake and alert at 3am, trust me, this didn’t 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 still one of the traits I love most about my little boy. When I looked into those eyes, every exhausting moment felt worthwhile. Two more children later, I still 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.
I want to help you remember the magic of being a parent.
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.
My mission is to turn your favourite memories into works of art that will make you smile every day.
My photography style is clean, simple and all about the personality.
I take the time to get to know you and your children and connect with them, so that we can get the REAL personalities and emotions shining through. I don’t want your photo shoot to feel like you are pretending to be someone you aren’t, with stiff, starchy photos that could belong to any family - this should be all about YOU and your family’s quirks, and capturing who you really are. Whether we are photographing indoors or outdoors, relaxed or semi-formal, the focus is always on your family’s connections and relationships and all the quirks of your personalities. I like to use locations and accessories to bring out the things you want to remember most, not to steal the show.
I also know how busy life is and how hard it can be to line up all your ducks. I’m a planner from way back (I’m a Chartered Accountant and spent years managing projects!), so you can sit back and just do exactly what you’re told, without stressing about coordinating everything yourself. I like to give you checklists and planners so that all the stress is taken out of your planning and it all goes smoothly.
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 if required. 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, Raglan, Kawhia, Matangi, Ohaupo, Pirongia, Kihikihi, Otorohanga, and a range of rural areas across the Waikato. I am happy to travel further, including Auckland, Tauranga, Papamoa, Mount Maunganui and other coastal locations, for an extra cost.
A portrait is not made in the camera
but on either side of it
- Edward Steichen