Newborn

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! 

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. 

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!