Saturday, December 26, 2009

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays to one and all!

I have a few blog posts to catch up on at the moment and will be back to posting once the deluge eases off.

Until Later..... K

Friday, December 4, 2009

Laura and Jock - Auckland Wedding

We recently photographed Laura and Jock's wedding. It was one of those will it or won't it rain type days... and Auckland - as it is - didn't surprise us - so we got a bit of both.
Laura and Jock had a wonderful wedding party and all played to the cameras like true professionals.
After the ceremony at the Diocesan School chapel - we headed high into the hills (and clouds) above Drury to their wedding reception at Four Oaks, where we also took the location shots.
Flowers were supplied by Cartier for Flowers in Newmarket , and Laura's gorgeous gown and bridesmaids dresses were from Modes. Jock and the men's suits were from Exclusive Suit hire.
Thanks again so much Laura and Jock for having us to photograph your beautiful wedding. We will catch up again soon.

Monday, November 30, 2009

After the Wedding - Sunset photos with Nick and Cara

When I met Nick and Cara for the first time - they loved the sunset shots that we take often at Karioitahi. We thought about how we could factor in sunset shots for their wedding day photo session - but distance was an issue as the wedding was not held very close by...
So we set up a date, not quite a "drown the gown" session- but very nearly, if Nick hadn't been so steady on his feet with his lovely new bride in his arms heading into the tide!
We watched and waited - with weather in "dicey" mode -low cloud hanging over the coast and hills for days and then a strong and cold wind.
Finally we had a date and we had a great time for an hour on the beach. Cara was very brave in the cold - but I wrapped her up anyway in my baby shawl - which luckily for all - was clean and "baby bits" free.
Thanks so much for the session - it was lovely to see you both again and our very best wishes to you for a great future :)

Jai - Baby photography lifestyle session

Catching up with the blog posts - as I am a wee bit behind!
Had a fantastic lifestyle photo session with Jai recently - and the results are wonderful. Jai will celebrate his first birthday early in the new year and was full of laughs (and strawberries at one stage) with wonderful expressions from those big blue eyes and long eyelashes.
We held the session at a park very near his home and Jai was let "loose" to explore and play games with the "silly" photographer and parents who were great "baby wranglers". A great time was had by all - and look forward very much to photographying Jai again in the future
Outdoor shots with children (if weather permits) is my location of choice. We work around sleeping times for childrens sessions - as it is very important that the child is not tired. I would rather postpone a session if a child is tired or unwell.
Everyone should enjoy the experience and the results will speak for themselves

Monday, November 16, 2009

Cara and Nick - Auckland Wedding

A great wedding this past weekend - held at the Nathan Homestead, Manurewa with a favourite couple Cara and Nick. History was a great part of their day - especially with the bracelet that Cara wore, where she was the seventh generation bride in her family to wear this on her wedding day.
The huge family bible, 150 years old, also came out into the gorgeous sunshine that filled the Nathan Homestead garden - where Cara and Nick were married. The homestead grounds were emaculate as always. Many of Cara and Nick's family were involved in the wedding preparations for the day and the wedding certainly had a lovely family vibe to it.
Cara looked stunning in her gown - and makeup for her and the bridesmaids, was by Shelia Rama. Cara and Nick's wedding rings were from Grace Jewellers in Papakura.
After the family photos we headed along to the Botanic Gardens for a fun location shoot with the bridal party. The day brought sunshine, wind, cloud and eventually a few spits of rain , which held on to it's arrival until well after the start of the reception

We had assisting us for the first time, Sally, who I have known for many years during her time playing for the Waiuku Womans premier football team. Recently though she has been studying at Whitecliffs and has chosen photography as her major for her BFA. The last five images in this set are Sally's and she has made a great start with us and will come again for a few more local weddings later in the year.

Our congratulations to Nick and Cara - what a lovely day, great family and a very cool wedding party!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Winter and Lincoln

I met 2 week old Winter last week for a newborn session. Sweet little man who slept quite well and bravely ignored "toe" distraction courtesy of his big brother Lincoln:) But what a gorgeous distraction Lincoln was, with his big blue eyes! It was great to meet the family and take a few casual shots of them all together too- which is the style of family photography I enjoy and do best. Hope to catch up with you all again soon.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Maria - Newborn Art session

Another newborn session and what a lovely little sleepy girl Maria was. She did wake briefly a couple of times - but was so placid and asleep again quite quickly. Don't you love all that hair!
It was a pleasure to photograph this darling little girl. Her big brothers were great in the "helping" department too and very interested in my car's auto side-mirrors!
Lovely to meet you all and look forward to seeing you all again.

Friday, October 30, 2009


Floyd - what a lovely little fella - the youngest of three boys (Floyd was thought to be a girl until his arrival!). I had a blast at the photo session, Floyd was great, with gorgeous eyelashes and blue eyes - mostly wakeful as he was nearly 2 months old:). His older brothers played "assistants" for me at times, drew me pictures and were a great helping, carrying in the gear and props!
It was a very cool day, had fun and a beautiful drive to Pukekawa - high up on the hill overlooking the Waikato river.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Happy Anniversary to Us and New look Website

A busy week and weekend, between house sitting (or rather Max sitting) while Ash was holidaying at the Fafa' resort in Tonga with Chris, I was catching up on processing, driving to photo sessions, lugging heavy gear, shooting , driving again, shooting again .. (Gee, I feel tired just thinking about it).

Then more processing, backing up files and much uploading of resized images to our new look website which has now gone live.
For those of you who will have a look (I know, I just tend to go to the blog too :) ) - it will take a wee while to load the first time - due to the number of larger images, but don't those images look so much better now on the big screen.

There is the option to go full screen the website - by clicking the little icon at the lower right hand side - it's an oblong with a square in it.
The client galleries now have a direct link in there too - which is good as it shows a thumbnail and not just a name on the page. I have also kept a link to some of the older galleries, with wedding photos taken at a few different wedding venues.
Nothing quite like copy and paste... plus a bit of html tweaking here and there...
A celebration also - as it is 10 years since the start of our company and photography business.

Glad to be home after a week of the "Vista" laptop... but I will miss that large flat screen TV and recording and watching MySky... and of course now I am back to sharing the remote...(well almost)..
Being back home in the old bungalow, where our large country garden, which is quite stunning at the moment, is rather nice too - as she is "peaking" :) That is where I like to be - - when I am not here....

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Jake - newborn - aged 10 days

Jake's newborn session was fun -and we held it in his lovely newly decorated bedroom. He did sleep for a wee bit - until all the moving around got a bit much for him - and then we were wide awake again. But I got the chance to try out the new blue baby pod I knitted for his session! Many thanks to Kirstin and Mike for the opportunity to photograph their precious wee son . See you all again:)