Milestones

SIT December Graduation

At the beginning of December I had the absolute pleasure of capturing some portraits of my lovely husband and some close friends of mine as they celebrated their graduation. 

To be entrusted with documenting such an amazing time in someones life is always a huge honour. 

I also had the pleasure of capturing the graduates with their families. Undertaking study is such a huge decision, and completing studies is an accomplishment worth celebrating, and who better to celebrate it with then those who supported you through it. For once I got in front of the camera, so I could have an image of me with my incredibly talented husband. 

Thank-you to all who entrusted me with this honour - and congratulations on graduating from SIT! 

Introducing - "Watch Me Grow" Packages.

Being an auntie, I've had the pleasure of watching little people grow, from the newborn stage and throughout their childhood. I can't wait  to see the rest of their journey. However, so much of this growing has to be watched from afar; through pictures, facebook posts, videos, skype and yearly/bi-yearly catchups. 

The plus side of this is that it's easy to see their growth - in those early stages, they are almost a whole different person from when I last saw them. I've got the memory of how they last looked, so it's a surprise to see their growth. 

This past year, I've had the absolute priviledge of watching a little person grow in front of me. I knew her before she was someone. I see her all the time, so it's easy to lose track of her growth. 

Knowing I was going to watch her grow up so closely inspired me to put together this latest package. I asked her parents when she was born if they would mind her being involved, and it grew from there. 

Obviously I knew she had grown from newborn, to six months, to one year, but when you put the images together side by side it's actually crazy to see the growth. 

Having watched my nieces and nephews grow up from afar, I know how important it is to capture this growth. I would have missed mine growing up if it wasn't for photos. 

It's also so important for parents to capture this too, no matter how many children you have. Everything flies by so quickly, having proof they were really once that tiny and squishy is amazing. 

I've put together a little gallery so you can truly see the beauty of the watch me grow package. Our first session is the newborn session, and we can choose between the 'classic' newborn shots or I can offer a more natural and documentary style 'lifestyle shoot'. 
The second session is taken at 6 months, and it doesn't matter if they are sitting on their own yet or still lying down - I can work with either.
The last session happens around their first birthday. 

Other family members are welcome in the photoshoot - it's a great time to update your family portraits, or portraits of their older siblings, afterall, everyone is growing! 

Lili's One Year Old!

Over the last year I have been capturing the beautiful Lili as she grows, mapping the changes from squirmy newborn to her own little person, and boy does this girl have some personality!

She's just at that stage where she is really getting the hang of walking, so understandably she wants to practice!

I did some portraits of her big sister too - since she's grown a lot in a year herself. She's gone from an inquisitive kindy kid to a intelligent school kid in the last year. Her hair is shorter and she has an awesome little sister to help take care of and protect. 

These two girls have so much love for each other. Dali loves showing Lili the world and Lili absolutely adores her big sister. 

I took the time to update their family portraits too, as well as capturing all the beautiful candid moments that come with family portraits and keeping babies happy. 

One of the joys of being a documentary, on location style photographer is that I get to capture one of the best parts of childhood; Curiosity, play, and wonder, and the ability to make a game out of almost anything. I can enter into a world not always seen, and capture all the real moments that make life beautiful. 

My favourite locations in Invercargill

Today I wanted to write from my soul, so I thought I would chat to you guys about some of my favourite locations to shoot in in our wonderful little city!

Queens Park is a huge favourite, and with good reason. I've never had a dissapointing shoot in Queens Park. It has multiple spots for shooting and they are all equally beautiful. My absolute favourites are the blossoms, the trees behind the playground, and the little path of the main entrance!

Another favourite place to shoot at is out at Oreti Beach. The sand dunes, the long expansive shore line and the beauty of the waves makes for breathtaking photos. I can't get enough of shooting out there, I can't imagine ever tiring of it!

The water tower,, Sandy Point, The Cabbage Tree, and Hawthorne gardens are also some locations I love. There are so many other little spots in our beautiful city that I can't wait to explore too! 

How to display your family portraits - Some ideas.

How many of you are guilty of using a photographers services, and never getting around to getting them printed? Are those precious images just sitting in a drawer? 

I recently switched my services over to include a reveal session. This is where the client and I go through the images together, the client picks their images that they wish to purchase, picks their products, and leaves knowing they are getting high quality, long lasting products that they can proudly display on their wall, with complimentary matching digital files to share with family and friends. 

I have products on hand so they can see various options. My personal favourite are matted prints, and family portrait albums. 

Matted Prints are available in a Folio Box, or individually. They come printed on beautiful lustre paper, matted in an off-white mattboard, ready to either be framed, or kept in their beautiful keepsake box.

My other personal favourite is a family portrait album. Photo albums aren't just for weddings, they are perfect for telling a story whether it's the growth of your family, celebrating the new addition, or recongising a milestone, I love being able to tell your story through portrait albums. Albums can include words or photos only. Words can include your favourite quotes, family details, names and ages, etc. 

These are my favourite ways to display those beautiful portraits. Living in photos is so important, as is having beautiful, high quality wall art to display, remember, and cherish for a lifetime. 

Moana - Six Months Old!

Two weeks ago I had the priviledge of photographing the beautiful Moana and her big brother at their home. At only six months old Moana already idolises her big brother, and he has nothing but love for her in return. I love that my job allows me to capture the unconditional love of siblings. 

After that, it was time for some shots of just Moana. This little girl was so expressive, and such a pleasure to photograph. 

My names Kat, and I create memories

These last few years, I've dealt with a fair bit of death, but not in the way you think. I captured some of the last portraits of the living. A last afternoon tea with mum. An unveiling of a man-cave for the bravest kid I've ever met. A renewal of vows to a loving wife. 

These moments have been both some of the hardest and most rewarding moments of not just my photography career, but my life. They have shown me humility, and taught me to be grateful. Grateful of my art, of my skills, and my life. Grateful for the loved ones that I have not lost. Grateful that I could preserve cherished memories for those left behind, and those who didn't get to meet someone who was great. 

After a meeting with colleagues last night, and sharing stories like the ones above, I took some time to reflect how truly grateful I am. I was privileged enough to preserve a memory for someone. They have images of that event to see that it happened, and the person now gone could say "I was here!" 

Having also lost people suddenly, I know not everyone has a chance to cherish their 'last'. Not every family will get that final amazing memory. Which brings me to the point of this post. 

Please, please, exist in images for your family. 

If you died tomorrow, are there pictures of you? Beautiful, professionally taken portraits? Photos with your kids? Photos with your parents, your siblings? 

Unfortunately, I have lost some people that never had a professional photo taken. In fact, they barely exist in photos. The few snapshots they are in are some of the most precious things I have now. 

So take snapshots frequently. Take heaps of photos of your kids. Take a selfie with your sister. Sneak a photo of your spouse, of your mum or dad. 

Because one day, your loved ones will be gone, and you will cherish every photo they were ever in. One day, you will be gone too, and your photos will be all thats left. 

Update that family portrait, and include the whole family. Has it been 20 years since you had photos with your parents? Include them in your next portrait session. Consider a big extended family portrait, and capture each generation. Photograph your dogs and cats. 

But don't just do it because you are someone's mum, dad, cousin, sibling or child. 

Do it because YOU. ARE. SOMEONE. 

Someone that deserves to be remembered. 

Do it so you can say, "I was here". 
 

Fifty Fine Years - The Heydon Family

In June I had the amazing priviledge of capturing a 50th Wedding Annivesary for the Heydon's. To see a couple exemplify a successful marriage, and to be an inspiration to their children, grandchildren, neices and nephews, was beyond words. The love this family has for each other shows in their images, and laughter was definitely the theme of the night! 

Marvelous Milestones.

Last month I photographed a couple that had just both celebrated their 80th Birthdays - how awesome is that! Having children, grandchildren and now great grandchildren, the love they still have for each other is phenomonal! Well I think it is - but take a look for yourself!

Look how fast they grow! Lili - 6 months.

Remember about eight months ago when I showed you that adorable little newborn girl? Here's her updated portraits! I've put her newborn and her six month side by side, so you can see how much she has grown and changed. 

I think it's a safe bet that she would no longer fit in that basket. 

She has her own little personality already. 

She's sitting on her own, she has teeth, and she can melt your heart with a smile. I think it's so important to capture these moments regularly, you never really realise how quickly they grow until they do, so it's amazing to be able to look back and see it. 

I'm so honoured to be able to capture this little girl as she grows. I'll update again at a year, and I really cannot wait! Now I'll leave you with an image, in what was clearly a private moment I caught her in!

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A beautiful little girl to behold.

About a month ago now, I had the absolute pleasure of photographing a precious little girl's newborn shoot. As well as that, I got to photograph her equally adorable big sister, and capture the families first portrait with their new addition. So without further ado, meet Lili, at just 12 days new!

A very sleepy caterpillar.

About two months ago now, I had the absolute pleasure of photographing a wee little newborn who was only 7 days new. He was such a lovely, relaxed little fella, as were his parents. You know a newborn shoot is going to be fun when the baby comes with his own 'Very Hungry Caterpillar' outfit. Without further ado, here is the very sleepy caterpillar!