Including pets on your wedding day.

Oh pets! They are such a huge part of our lives, so why do we leave them out of our weddings, and our wedding photographs. 

Even if you aren’t into the idea of having your pet directly involved in the ceremony or such, there are other ways to include them! 

If you are getting ready at home, be sure to let me know who your pets are and I will grab photos of them! This cat couldn’t resist having a look at what was going on, and Bella (the border collie) kept trying to get in on the action. 

While you are at home, consider grabbing a portrait with your best furry friend! I’m happy to take it right at the start of your getting ready photos so nothing gets unnecessarily dirty or fur covered! 

Wedding Tips - Home or Salon for your hair?

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This one is going to cover two main discussions; whether to get the professionals to take care of your hair on the day; and whether or not to get your hair done at the hairdressers or at your getting ready location.

I am a big believer in utilising professionals; they know what they are doing, they can fix things that go wrong, and they are trained in all hair types, face shapes, etc. They will know what suits you, your face shape, and your hair type. 

You will feel pampered and like a princess; everything you deserve to feel on your wedding day.

Hiring a professional takes the stress out, and you can rest assured that they know how to deal with a variety of scenarios.

Not to mention, they can ensure longevity in your hairstyle, to make sure it lasts well into the night. 

I also recommend, when possible, to hire a hairdresser that will come to your getting ready location and style your hair.

Firstly, it means you are not going backwards and forwards around town on the morning of your wedding. You get a more relaxed, chilled out atmosphere, and you aren’t worried about rushing to appointments first thing.

 Secondly, the light in hairdressers is rarely the most flattering. The lights in the salon are suited to the stylists doing their work; whilst wedding images look universly flattering when we utilise natural window light. However in saying that, I am always happy to work with whatever is going to suit you best.

Thirdly, if your hair and makeup appointments are at home, that cuts down on travel time and gives us more time to get beautiful images. Whilst the make-up artist and stylists are working their magic, I will photograph all your beautiful details. I then move on to photographing the finishing touches of the make-up and hair. 

Your free wedding checklist.

Evening all! I wanted to share with you a new creation of mine; an ultimate wedding checklist! You are welcome to download this even if you don’t plan on using me as your photographer. Planning can be hard work, but lists make things easier! 

This checklist has everything you need; as well as everything you may want. I’ve even included blank spaces for you to fill in those little details that are unique to you and you alone!

Have I missed something? Flick me an email and let me know!

Download it here

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What's in my photography bag on a wedding day

On an average wedding day, there is usually a bit more in my kit than just photography gear! 

Obviously, there is my gear. Below is the gear that I take to a wedding. I have two full frame cameras. My 5D Mark III is my main camera, and what I shoot the majority of the day on. In the morning my 24 - 105mm lives on it, and it normally sits at around 35mm focal length, sometimes 50mm. This allows me to capture the morning preparations in a documentary style. 

Once the ceremony starts I switch to my 70 - 200mm, and that lives on my camera right through the ceremony, during the bridal party/bride + groom portraits, and into the reception. For the reception, I often switch back to my 24 - 105mm just so I can get those wide documentary style shots of the crowds reaction to the speeches. 

My second body is a 6D. It serves as my back-up camera, but it gets used during the ceremony and the bridal shots. During the ceremony I chuck my 24 - 105mm on it, and it stays at 24mm so I can get those wide shots of the ceremony, the crowds reaction, etc. During the bride + groom shoot, I'll chuck my macro on it, or do some free-lensing with my 50mm. 

The flashes are mainly used to get creative during the bride + groom shoot; whether I need to overpower the sun to get some even lighting at a specific location, or backlighting the bride and groom. 

The aaa batteries are for my flash trigger, and the aa batteries are for my flash. The brolly and light stand are also for my flash. 

Now, onto the rest! 

I always take  hair-ties and hairspray just in case someone in the bridal party needs them (but usually the hairdressers do such an amazing job that this is not needed, but I prepare for a worst case scenario). 

The sunscreen is obvious I hope - I'm a burner so I need it with me. I'm going to add a big tub for the bridal party too.

I've been thinking about putting together a big emergency kit that would cover every eventuality. Do you see anything I'm missing? 

I'm also looking to add a wooden hanger (for the dress), wipes (for shoes, just in case), bobby pins, safety pins, and tissues. 

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Wedding FAQs

These questions get asked fairly frequently by enquiring wedding couples in regards to my photography, so I thought I would bring them to your attention and chuck them on the blog. 

How much are your wedding packages?

My packages are priced between $2200 - $3500 and include a selection of digital files. For more information contact me here

How long do the bride + groom portraits take? 

I generally allow up to 1 and a half hours for the bride + groom shoot. This allows us to go to different locations and explore a variety of poses and set-ups, and gives you time to relax. I do tailor my coverage for each and every client so we can chat more about this in our consultation. 

How long do my finished files take (Wedding)

Please allow up to six weeks for your finished files from the date of your wedding. 

What gear do you use?

I currently have two full frame cameras (A Canon 5D III and a 6D) and a range of L Series Lenses. My favourite lense is my 70 - 200mm. 

Do I need to feed you at the reception?

Yes, but we can chat about that during our consultation. It doesn't need to be the same meal that the guests are eating. Some venues do 'vendor meals' cheaper. Please sit me with your guests so I can capture any unexpected events and jump back in at a moment's notice if need be. 

What’s an unplugged wedding?

An unplugged wedding is where you ask the guests to put their cameras away and turn off all their devices, and be present in your wedding. 

Do I get copyright?

No, I retain copyright, but you get a license with your images that means you can use them for personal use, you can print them, and share them with your family. You can also tell me if you are uncomfortable about sharing your images on social media. 

Can we see the outtakes?

No, the only images that get taken out are repeat images, images where someone has closed their eyes, or where something technical has gone wrong. I will not withold a precious moment from you! 

Will you attend our rehearsal?

That depends on the wedding - we can chat about this in our consultation. 

Why should I have an engagement session?

Your engagement session is complimentary with your wedding booking, so more amazing images never hurts. But seriously, it helps you relax in front of the camera, it helps us get to know each other, and it captures an unique time of your life. 

I don’t see the posed family photos on your website - do you take them?

Yes, absolutely! I will take every combo on your list, if you think it's important, so do I. I simply don't have them on here because a) They aren't for me, they are for my clients and b) to protect privacy. 

Do you travel?

Absolutely. I cover the entire Otago/Southland area as a general guide, but I'm happy to travel all over NZ. 

Do you have a smaller package than what is listed in your price list?

Yes and No. I have smaller packages available but they are generally custom-made and only available on weekdays. Contact me here so we can discuss custom coverage. 

Do you have payment plans for weddings?

Absolutely! Contact me here if you are interested in one.

Do I need a second shooter?

I don't believe that one is needed because of how I structure my packages. I attend both the Bride's and the Groom's preperations in a full day package. However if a second set of eyes and images is something you desire, we can chat about that during our consultation. 

If I choose packages two and three, how long will I stay on the wedding day?

Packages two and three are all day packages, and I don't leave until after the last event of the reception. 

How many photos do I receive? Do you stop taking pictures once you reach the limit?

Contact me here for a full price list which gives details of how many images you recieve per package. This is a guranteed minimum. No, I don't stop taking images until I go home. 

Do you take photos of the Grooms preparation?

Absolutely! It's an essential part of the day! 

When do we get to see the images? 

The day after your wedding I will put a sneak peak on facebook. Within two weeks, you will see your wedding on my blog. Within six weeks, you will have your finished images. 

What if I don’t want my images on Facebook/Website?

Well that's totally okay, and we can chat about the usage of your images during consult. 

What albums do you supply?

I exclusively use Queensberry Albums

Do I get to finalise my album design before it is sent to the printers?

Of course! It's an heirloom, you need to love it!

Are you insured?

Absolutely!

Do you scout your location before you shoot it?

If I can and I haven't photographed there before, yes! 

What do you wear? 

I do my best to blend in with the guests whilst wearing something that allows me to get lie on the ground or climb up on chairs if need be. 

I’m super awkward in front of the camera, do you help me feel relaxed?

Of course! Part of my job is to make you feel relaxed. The engagement session will help with this. 

My fiancee hates photos - how do you deal with this?

I will do my best to help him relax, make him laugh, or make him forget I am even there!

I want to meet you, but I don’t live in the area?

That's cool, we can skype! 

How do we arrange your travel?

I arrange all my own travel and accomodation, you don't need to worry about any of that! 

I don’t live in your area but I want to use my free engagement session?

That's cool, you can still use it but there will be a small mileage charge to cover my travel. 

How I structure my photography on your wedding day!

I know that picking a wedding photographer can be overwhelming and confusing to say the least. There are a multitude of styles when it comes to editing, shooting, and running a wedding day. So I thought I would take you through how and why I run my day the way I do; and hopefully it might help you to structure your own timeline!

My middle and largest package include a full day of shooting; but what is a full day? What does that entail?

I cover both the bridesmaids and groomsmen preparations. If your hair and make-up are being done in the salon,  I come and capture this first. I don’t stay for the entire appointment, I usually capture the end of the hair, and the start of the make-up. 

If not, I will start with the boys. I always photograph their shoes, ties and jackets separately (you can read all about what I ask to have prepared for me on the wedding day here).  Once the boys are ready we do a few quick portraits, and we will usually grab the groom with mum and dad, or kids if you have them! I’ll typically spend about 45 minutes with the boys. 

After the boys, I will go to the girls. Here, I photograph the veil, shoes, flowers, perfume, jewellery, the bridesmaids and flower girl dresses, and of course, the wedding dress. I always ask the bridesmaids to be ready first, so they are dressed and ready to help the bride in to her dress. I will usually create little moments, like getting the bridesmaids assistance with doing the dress up, getting mum to put on your necklace, etc. I also get Dad to wait outside and we do a first look with Dad. Once everyone is ready, we will grab some quick portraits with mum and dad, kids (if you have them), and do a quick shoot with your bridesmaids. I’ll typically spend about an hour and a half with the girls.

I usually leave a little bit before the bridal party has too, to give them time to relax for a wee bit just with each other, and I head off to the ceremony. Here I will get the boys waiting at the aisle, greeting guests, guests mingling. Then of course, the all important bridal entrance.
After the ceremony, I capture the recieving line, then it’s straight into family portraits, then it’s usually time for the bridal party to head off to their photoshoot. The bridal party shoot generally lasts around 1 and a half hours - but if it’s in all in the same location, we can usually cut this down to an hour (and give you more time with your guests).

After this the reception begins, and I usually stay until the last main event of the reception; the events I cover are cutting of the cake, speeches, and first dance. If you’ve got a wedding full of dance floor lovers, I will sometimes stay for the second dance too!

I hope this has helped you in some way. Here is a quick timeline that sums up the above, based on a 3pm ceremony. 

10:00am: Hair and make-up.
12:00pm: Boys getting ready. 
1:00pm: Girls getting ready
3:00pm: Ceremony. 
3:30pm: Family Photos
4:00pm: Bridal Party Photos
5:30pm: Bridal party returns
6:00pm: Reception begins.

Getting the most out of your Wedding Photography

Your photography on your wedding day is (in my opinion) on of your most important purchases. It’s the tangible representation of your memories, and the immortalisation of a special day and all those people that you love most in this world. Which is why I’m here to tell you how to get the most out of your wedding photography!

Firstly, preparation is super important; and no, I’m not talking about being primped and perfect! Research, research and research your photographer! Meet with them, make sure you connect, and don’t ever be afraid to ask questions!

Which brings me to my second point; once you have made that important choice; trust them completely. You have chosen them for their style and their artistic eye, so trust that eye and let them do their thing on your day!

My third tip, is more preparation. Write a list of super important family photos. Concentrate your time and energy into ensuring you’ve instructed the photographer on important people that you absolutely must have captured. 

Consider an unplugged ceremony. I’m a big believer in unplugged ceremonies; partly because it means nobody is getting in my way, but also because it allows your guests to actually live in the moment rather than worrying about getting a photo. Most guests at weddings are taking images with good intentions, but there is no need. It’s my job to ensure your ceremony is beautifully and correctly captured, not theirs! Let them enjoy your day through their own eyes, and ensure them they will be able to see the images once they are ready. 

Have fun. It shows in your images.

Ensure you let your photographer know of any special moments, and tell this to your family too; e.g. - you want a special family member to put on your necklace, your girls are helping with your bodice, Nana is going to do a reading at the reception, you are going to dance with your dad or grandad, etc. 

Ensure you have set aside enough time to get some amazing photos of the two of you. After all, your union is the most important aspect of the day, and we have to celebrate and cherish that for years to come

Lastly, relax. I know it can be hard when you are camera shy, but the majority of the day is going to be captured in a documentary style.

Take up offers of engagement shoots. It will help you relax, it will re-assure you that your photographer knows what they are doing, and it will give you and your photographer a chance to bond before your day. You’ll get to know your photographers shooting style and see how much direction you are given with posing, how at ease they are able to put you, etc. 

My grandma - Multiple Generation Portraits

I can't stress enough how importrant photos of your loved ones are; they are the only thing you have left once your loved one is gone. 

I grew up with a mum who took a lot of snapshots, and a brother who was into photography as a hobby; and I am so grateful for that. It meant that as an adult, I have so many images of my childhood to look back on, to admire, and to help recall memories of the event. 

Which brings me to this; one of my favourite photos. 

That is me, my mum and my grandmother. 

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I know it's a snapshot, and I know it's blurry; but I absolutely cherish this image. 

My grandmother passed away when I was three, so fuzzy memories and photos are all I have of her. 

My grandfather died before I was born, so photos and stories are the only way I know him. 

Live in photos. 

For you, your kids, your grandkids, your nieces and nephews, your mum and your dad, your brothers and sisters, your friends, your cousins.

Take snapshots frequently and unapologetically. 

Invest in portraits, and invest in your memories.  

Weddings - Family Portraits!

Ahhh, family photos at a wedding. I’m sure you have all heard horror stories about family unable to be located, or being difficult, or important groups being forgotten. But fear not, as with proper preparation your family photos will fly by with no fuss, and you will come to treasure these beautiful images as important family heirlooms. 

My two biggest tips for the family photo portion of the day involve preparation. Before the wedding, email your photographer the list of family photos you are wanting so they can check them off, and also appoint someone (often it’s the MC that this falls to) to organise your family and call out the order of images, e.g.; calling the grooms side when it’s his turn, calling for his aunties/uncles, etc. 

The last tip I can give you is to hire a good photographer; one with experience and plans.

Personally, I start this part off with the big group photo; that way anyone not in the family photo portion can head off to the next portion of the wedding. Then we do the brides entire side, then down to Aunties/Uncles Grandparents, then just the parents and grandparents, then just parents and siblings; then we take any extras; etc - friend groups, just siblings, just mum and dad (although this will often be taken in the morning), just nana, etc. Then we do the whole thing again with the grooms side! 

Before and during the wedding, it’s also good to let your photographer know if there is someone special that you want your own photo with. This can often wait until the reception or when you are mingling with guests; but it’s usually someone that has special meaning to you; eg - a good friend who isn’t in the bridal party, a special auntie, a favourite sibling.

Don’t be afraid to ask your wedding photographer for special requests with family photos; or any part of the day for that matter. There isn't much we haven’t seen, there isn’t a family too big or too small that for a good photographer to handle. 

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Family Portraits - Macandrew Bay

A few weeks ago I had a stunning drive out to MacAndrew Bay to create some beautiful portraits. 

It was a stunner of an afternoon, so without further ado, lets show you some beautiful portraits!

Their gorgeous dog jumped in some portraits too!

Why I keep business hours - Wedding + Portrait Photography, Dunedin.

As an entreprenuer, it can be really hard to keep regular business hours. My entire job, much to my dismay, doesn't involve exclusively photographing beautiful weddings + portraits all year round. 

Much of my job is planning, writing blogs, posting on Social Media, balancing my accounts, and answering emails/facebook messages. 

Which is why I endavour to keep regular business hours, and only answer clients during them.

If it's something really urgent, like a last minute reschedule or cancellation, I will answer it immediately. 

Most of the time however, I answer between 9 - 5, Monday - Friday. 

One of the main factors for me getting an office space in town was to seperate home from the workplace. When I'm home, I'm home. I'm there for my husband and my pets. 

What do you do to keep yourself disciplined and keep work at work? 

My new branding - the why, what, how and who.

If you follow my facebook page, you would know that I have redeveloped my branding. I have felt my photography business has outgrown it's current branding, and was time for a refresh. 

Not to sound silly, but it's got some very similar touches as the last logo, but is at the same time, completely different. 

I felt I had outgrown my watercolour logo, and I wanted something simpler, monochrome, and something that was easy to make a 'social media' version of. 

I wanted to use a serif font somewhere on it, as I feel this communicates a high end, vintage feel more effectively. 

I wanted to incorporate lavender on their somewhere, as lavender is my favourite flower, something i get from my mother and grandmother. By incorporating it into my branding, I feel like I can keep my grandmother closer to me. 

So, it's still a handwritten/script font paired with a standard font. But there is no watercolour background, and I've gone from a san serif font to a serif font for the 'photography' part. 

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Distiller Open Day! - Event Photography

So last Tuesday The Distiller hosted their first open day. The idea was to raise the profile of the space, and hopefully attract some new residents. 

With over 150 new faces shown through, four hours non-stop cooking, music pumping and over 300 sausages given out, it's safe to say it was a roaring success. 

After getting a few images to document the event and capture the energy, I jumped behind the table and ended up on the BBQ. Although I did spend a good part of the morning standing on the corner and enthusiastically promoting our sausage sizzle! 

What to have ready for me on your wedding day - How I photograph.

I get a lot of funny looks when I request things like shoes, ties and cufflinks at weddings. They are the first things I photograph on the day of a wedding, and there is good reason for this. 

Firstly, it gives you a chance to relax with your friends, it gives the guys a chance to get into their shirts and pants, and it often passes the time while you get the finishing touches on your hair and make-up (or in some cases, while that portion gets started). 

Secondly, they help tell the story of your day; each part is so important, those little details you have carefully picked, and they all contribute to the overall story of your day. 

Mainly, I ask that the guys have their jackets, shoes, ties and cufflinks ready for me to photograph; plus any cologne or special presents the two of you have exchanged. 

I will ask the girls to have their shoes, perfume, veil, and jewellery ready for me to photograph, as well as their invitation. 

I also photograph the dress, flowers and rings; but I'm going to do a seperate blog on those. 
I hope you enjoyed this, and I hope it helped you to understand why us photographers sometimes have odd requests for your wedding day! 

TEDx Dunedin - Event Photography

Last weekend I had the privilege of running a photobooth at the TEDx Dunedin event.  One of my friends was talking on stage, so I also decided to do some stage photography as well (and lets be honest, I can't resist good light). 

The theme was 'making a difference', so we decided on Atlas pages for the background, as making a difference involves a) everyone on this earth and b) saving the earth itself. 

For the stage photography, I decided to shoot in monochrome and really utilise the stage lighting. There were some fantastic speakers and performers there! Heidi from Innov8 HQ was the main MC, and Ray was the organiser and licence holder for TEDx Dunedin!

Ashleigh spoke about the importance of involving youth in youth discussions; an incredibly important and relevant issue, and I totally agree with her. Our world is forever changing and evolving, and nobody except the current generation understands what it's like to grow up right now. She had some great metaphors involving a sponge. 

These perfomers are a duo, that 'jam' together by drawing to the beat of the others guitar. Quite cool to see in person I must say. 

Richard talked about high sporting achievements.

As part of the TEDx event, Hena ran a small workshop called 'quick ideas', where audience members had to write down what they would do a Ted talk on if they were asked too. There were some super awesome ideas (which we will see the conclusion of later!) She did an awesome job of getting the audience involved and was also part of the organising committee. 

During the break, attendees had snacks and coffee for mingling, canvas' to write messages to the speakers, my photobooth they could jump in (see above), or they had this absolutely stunning canvas they could colour in. Not to sound like a broken record, but you need to check this girls page out; Cenara Davies-Bell Artist. This is hand drawn!

After the break, we had George talking about why all generations suck. He provided a very entertaining speech and the crux of his talk was about the need for generations to listen to and work together, rather than blaming each other for various issues. 

Next up we had Emere entertaining us with songs in fluent Te Reo. She had an absolute stunning singing voice; this is one of the ones that to get the full idea of, you really need to wait for the video. 

Next up we had Casey from Geia talking about the power of your dollar, and how the spending decisions you make everyday are you voting with your wallet. 

Barbara spoke about the importance of knowing your history so you aren't doomed to repeat it. 

Fi, who started her own brand Senorita Awesumo, talked about the importance of knowing where your clothes come from, the perils of fast fashion (including the shocking 2013 factory collapse of the Raza Plaza in Bangladesh where 1129 people died), and making the most of out of your clothes (mending, re-suing and recycling fabric, and utlilising textiles). 

Before the dinner break, we had Hena back with the conclusion of her audience activity, and her winners gave a brief description of what they would talk about if they had to give a Tedx Talk. 

After the dinner break (and in case you are wondering, the food was amazing), we had Scout speaking about Gender, politics, the importance of fighting for what you believe in, and how minorities are often likely to be systematically disadvantaged. 

Then we had the absolutely amazing performer Josh; Josh is a dancer that does fire spinning in his spare time, and he provided an incredibly cool performance with some LED lights. He also talked about the importance of being brave and trying new and cool things, so I took his words to heart and tried out some slow motion photography for the first time in years. 

Last but certainly not least, we had Mark talk to us about the importance of having conversations that matter. He touched on some of the issues talked about by Ashleigh and George; such as involving youth and the importance of inter-generational communication. 

And that's a wrap. If you ever get a chance, I highly recommend attending a TEDx or TED event. Watching them on youtube just doesn't have quite the same effect; being there, living the experience and hearing the talks live is an unforgettable experience. 

Hitting 500 likes on Facebook! - Wedding + Portrait Photography

So a couple of weeks ago, I hit 500 likes on my Facebook Page!

Although it's a relatively small achievement in the grand scheme of things, it's still something that I wanted to celebrate.

I wanted to say thank-you to my long time fans, my new supporters, and at the same time encourage new fans to my page. 

So I created a giveaway! 

I just want to say one big thank-you to everyone that has ever read my blog, supported me, encouraged me, hired me for their photographic needs, or bought something from me. Thank-you so much for helping my dreams come true!

Building a Community - Part 2 - Portrait Photography

A few months ago I chatted to you about the importance of building community. 

That work for me has being continuing; as the community here at the Distiller grows, so does the community board. 

Photographs help create the community. They put names to new faces for new residents, they educate people passing by about who we are and what we do, and it helps to instil a sense of pride in residents; pride for themselves, for their space, and for their friends. 

Geia added some of their employees to the wall - for now this cool company is just taking over the community wall, but tomorrow it will be the world! 

These guys are all doing cool things too, and all out of the Distiller, how cool is that! 

A letter to my student self - when I was on the cusp of my beginning.

Right now, you are a student.
You are in your third year. 
You are putting the final touches on your Iris award Prints. 
You are getting excited about attending the NZIPP conference, spending time with your friends, seeing amazing prints, listening to inspirational speakers and having the time of your life. 

You are excited about seeing some of your 'heroes' in person but terrified of speaking to them. 

But what if I told you that two years from now, when you next attended, those 'heroes' are now your peers. Some are even your friends. You will be sitting at their table, sharing jokes and clinking glasses with them. 

You are nervous about whether your prints will do well. But what if I told you that you got a bronze this year (see image on the right), and in two years you are going to come back and get your first award in an open category, and it will be for a wedding image (another first). You are going to get re-assured that you are at an industry standard with your wedding work when you walk away with two 'professional standards' for your work. 

You are nervous about starting your business. But what if I told you that, even though it might take a while, you are going to end up on a journey you never thought possible, and your work will take you to the most amazing places. 

You will shoot weddings in the stunning central Otago on crazy hot days. You will photograph a wedding in Queenstown with the Remarkables as your backdrop. 

You will make contacts you never could have dreamed of. 

You will get to wake up and know that you are doing what you want to do in life. 

Mondays will be so good they feel like Fridays. 

 

 

 

10 Facts about me that you may not have known

So as you may have seen last week, I am doing the #feelgoodblogging challenge. It involves writing a series of blogs surrounding a theme. 

Technically, I'm jumping ahead to number four. Number two was about why I do what I do, which I've touched on three previous times; How I got started and why I do what I do, The first day I called myself a photographer, and Exist in Photos

Number three focuses on teaching you something, and I've got a cool tutorial planned for that next week; how to create gorgeous, instagram worthy flat-lays with your camera phone! 

So this week I'm jumping ahead to number four, going behind the scenes a little bit, and giving you 10 facts you may not have known about me. 

1. I have two bachelor degrees.

If you've read my about me, you may know about my Visual Imaging Degree. But before that, I was studying Expressive Arts and Journalism at Massey. Expressive Arts focused on Creative Writing and Drama. My favourite subjects was Writing Poetry, Advanced Fiction Writing and Drama/Creative Processes. 

2. I was a huge Drama nerd at High School. 

I took drama throughout my senior years, and was in every single school production. I even took private lessons as a kid. Anyone who knows me personally may not be surprised; or it may give clarification for where my enthuisium and general exuburence comes from. 

3. I took Violin/Viola lessons for three years. 

Why did I do both? I started off with the Violin in Year 7, then halfway through Year 8 I switched to a Viola, as I'm quite tall with long arms, and my teacher thought it may be better for me. 

4. I become instantly obsessed with any cat or dog I meet. 

I must make friends with any and all pets I meet; especially when they are cats and dogs. I love animals, and I sincerely believe that every dog is a good dog. 

5. I am a huge Harry Potter nerd. 

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I have read the entire series a multitude of times (and currently re-reading it and on the Deathly Hallows), and have watched the movies so many times I have lost count. I'm on Pottermore, I've been sorted into my house (I am in Gryffondor, cheers for asking), my patronus is a Silver Tabby cat (see above fact), I've read every Harry Potter fact there is, no matter how small or inconsequential, I devour every new piece of reading on Pottermore, and I am a massive fan of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

6. I am also a huge fan of A Series of Unfortunate Events. 

You know that crazy fan that spends hours reading on theories and analysing how the smallest details are linked? That's me. The world of ASOUE is incredibly large and intricate, and is growing. Just as I am with the world of Harry Potter, I am the same with ASOUE. If you haven't read it, I highly suggest checking it out. The series on Netflix is a pretty bang up screen version. 

7. I would love to live in Canada. 

I love New Zealand, but for some reason, the thought of Canada has always drawn me. I've never actually been though!

8. I might be addicted to curry. 

Honestly, the hotter the better. 

9. I love to swim

I mean I'm not good at it at all, but I love being in the water, I feel right at home.

10. I've never travelled further than Australia

This kills me; I'm absolutely itching to travel. Another trip to Aussie is on the cards first to see my family, but I have to go to the UK and Europe sometime soon. Then Canada, then maybe somewhere hot; then I'll just let my heart take me where it takes me. 

A re-introduction of sorts - Portrait + Wedding Photographer

I decided I would partake in what is called the #feelgoodbloggingchallenge. Basically, I get a list of questions that I have to answer, to help you understand who I am and what I do just a little bit better.

Who are you?
I'm Kat, of Kat Hill Photography. I'm a photographer, and a designer. I'm a wife, a daughter, a sister, a niece, and aunty and a friend. I have the privilege of being married to my best friend. I also have the privilege to capture life's most important moments and milestones through my lens. I have three cats and a dog, who I love to bits. I love to read, and I'm a totally Harry Potter nerd. My favourite bands are Breaking Benjamin, System of a Down and Nirvana. I collect Vinyl and wear far too much flannel. 

Why did I start blogging? 
I started blogging to open my world to my clients and my followers. To give you a peak behind the scenes, a hint to my inner self. To show you my work, my style, and an insight into how I run my business. I strive for authenticity and transparency. 

Who is my blog for? 
My blog is for anyone who needs a milestone captured. They are for future clients that need their family beautifully captured, an updated portrait after a new addition or family growth. They are for anyone that needs a milestone celebrated, a celebration captured, and a moment in time frozen. It's for future clients too see a hint into my personal life, or for past clients to stay in the loop. It is for you. 

What's something you have been working on lately that you are really proud of?
I have been continually working on and updating my website, to ensure it is the most authentic reflection of my work and my style, and I am extremely proud of it. 

What's one message you want people to take away from your blog.
Follow your dreams and don't give up on them. Don't give up on yourself. Celebrate the milestones, share love and laughter with those who matter most, and exist in photos.