I love meeting, talking with and photographing everyday women. To spend a day with one woman, get to know her and bring out the fire and spark the hides within. And Tracey is one woman whose spark is contageous. Her love for life and people is incredible.
We create hundreds of photos of our family when the are young and then they grow up, have their own life, their own kids and photographs are forgotten. This weekend Chantelle pulled her lovely family together; herself, mother, father and two teen sons. All of them as welcoming and heart warningly friendly as her. It was so amazing to capture images for them that will last for another three generations
We spent yesterday with the incredible Darelle, someone who had never been professionally photographed before. And I am so glad she decided on a 'spur of the moment' that now is the time, not to wait any longer. Becouse she is captivating, inspiring, loving, kind and someone you just want to be friends with.
Laurel is an amazing women someone who calls herself just a mum but is so much more. She is a gorgeous soul, with an incredible smile and is on an amazing self care journey. We all feel torn between kids, work, life, housework and as women we put ourselves last. Sacrificing our own happiness or health for everyone else's.
But I preach don't forget yourself, if you are happy in life within yourself your happy with life outside. Sometimes you need to remember you are the most important person to you... like Laurel did.
Transformations are something amazing, to see what happens when we add a little hair, make up and styling. Direct them into a flattering pose and watch the light shine out from them.
The beautiful family below are Sarah, Leann, Gaynor and Joce. And together they are a barrel of laughs and love. It was such an amazing day to capture them and I'm in love with their images. Aren't they incredible?
As a photographer here in Whangarei, Northland. I am so proud of the work I get to produce, the people I meet and the transformations I create. I love making portraits but I love glamour most. Not old school blur and feathers but modern magazine styled art, full of strength and elegance.
I love the dress up, the make over, the smiles and here is mine. My before and after for you.
In my heart of hearts I believe the best gift a mother can receive is beautiful images of herself and her children. Sarah came into our studio last week and I am so glad she did. Not only did I get to meet her gorgeous little family but create images that I know will be passed down through the generations.
It is so important that we come out from behind the camera to be with our children in photos and be photographed as individuals.
One woman, one bump and one wedding gown. The beautiful Briar has such a strong feminine way about her; from her incredible red hair to her passion for delicate florals and lace. It was so inspiring to take her wedding gown, add a little wind and some billowing fabric (thank you to my special assistant Sharleen) And watch the magic that emerged from the back of the camera.
This is just one of the many favourites I have from her shoot, and I'm so excited to show you how incredible the rest are too.
The beautiful family below are three of seven that came into the studio last week to capture four generations of their beautiful family with incredible family photos. From great-grandparents to a gorgeous baby girl. And this family is one of so much fun, laughter and love. To capture images for them that I know will be passed onto the next four generations fills me with so much joy. It is such an honour and I'm dying to show you them all x.
On Saturday I was busy getting ready for an interview with Shirley Dulton for her tv and radio show. Thank you so much to my amazing make up artist Kasey George - Makeup Artist.
I firmly believe that everyone should be photograph especially those who spend most of their time behind the camera. So it was my time to be made over have photographs and even do a before and after. I can't wait to show you.
This week the beautiful Lynne and her husband Andrew came into the studio to capture beautiful couples shoots. Like so many of the people I photograph they had a very low key wedding and now want images that showcase their love.
This is one of the images we created of her individually, alongside the couples shots.
I absolutely loved working with you Lynn, and I can't wait to show you the rest :)
This beautiful soul is Sharleen, on Saturday she came into the studio to celebrate her birthday her way. This kind, gentle, loving woman has a quiet power and unspoken courage.
So many of us secretly really want to do something but feel we shouldn't. You should. I am so grateful to be the one to photograph you Sharleen, I love your style and I can't wait to show you the rest of your images.
A mother and daughter bond is so special and when Tracey and Kensa came into the studio yesterday I knew we were going to have some fun :)
These ladies have smiles that fill the room with joy and shine brighter every time they look at each other. So sweet.
Not to mention Tracey has the most gorgeous long grey hair, just perfect to add some wind too and really look incredible.
Meet the beautiful Stacey and her gorgeous nana Marg. Stacey is a fellow portrait photographer so I was very honoured to be asked to create such important images for her. It it so lovely to give the gift of an amazing experience and beautiful portraits. We should all take time to capture moments with the ones we love.
On Saturday we celebrated and shared June's 85th birthday. This gorgeous and beautifully stylish great-grandmother was given the photo shoot as a present from her daughter Sharon, and they brought with them Leigh and Robyn. To create portraits of such loving, fun and beautiful ladies, was an honour.
And they brought with them champagne, cheese, coffee, chocolate and a whole picnic worth of treats. An amazing day for all involved
Peggy is such a gorgeous woman. And like so many of my clients said she had nothing to wear. Then she showed us this phenomenal green dress that's been hiding at the back of the wardrobe. It's often the outfits that you love but are not sure about any more, something that you might not wear in public that just look incredible in photographs.
And Peggy - you definitely look incredible!
Three generations is so special to capture, many years of love and care, many different tastes, and so many laughs. The beautiful Wills family made time to come together (some all the way from auckland) to create images that will last. For them to keep, cherish and pass down to the next three when they come along. Thank you Mary, Megan and Melanie for a beautiful day together.
Last weekend we photographed the beautiful Sharon and her daughter Laura. I loved working with these two, they brought great outfits with them; something casual, something dressy and the most gorgeous black dresses.
They came into the studio to create portraits together before Laura heads off to university next year. A great time of change is always a moment to capture.
I can't wait to show you your behind the scenes video!
Maria is one of those people you can't help but just want to be her friend. Her laugh is infectious and her love for her family is unwavering. Always smiling, just being around her made my day.
Maria was gifted a voucher for a photo shoot with us from her lovely sister as a way to say thank you for all she has done for them, it was their way of giving back to her :) And I can't wait to show her all the images, she look fabulous! Love the Red Lipstick, classic elegance!
Yesterday was one of the loudest, wrestlingist, fun days. The beautiful Julie brought her two sons, Jamie and Caleb with her to create a family portrait. I love photographing family with boys their energy is just contagious and it never ends. And to see the way they look at their mother with love and awe is heart warming.
If you have been hiding behind the camera, nervous to put images of yourself out there, I promise to take the best photos of yourself you have ever seen. Something you will be proud to hand down to your children, images that tell stories of their childhood with their amazing parents.