Otago Photographer

Building a community - My current project.

At the moment I am working on something very special - A community wall for my shared office! 
I've been the lead designer on this project - which means creating and designing the wall, how it looks, how it will be mounted, arranged, etc.

I've also had the priviledge of photographing a number of buisness' for the wall. 

Which also means a bunch of new head-shots to share with you! 

Angus runs Lucidus, a company who create strong customer relationships by connecting through social media.
Beverly runs Dunedin Literary Walking Tours, a company that provides walking tours through the historic University of Otago campus, alongside stories about famous past and present New Zealand Writers. 
Varsha and Hena work for Weta Capital, a company that invests in Real Estate and Start-ups. 

These four boys work for Geia - a company who helps business' make sustainability easy, clear, and profitable. In order from left to right we have Casey, Alax, Michael and Tapabrata. 

This is an ongoing project - so I'll have many to share with you in the coming weeks! I love this wall, and I love the sense of community it is helping to build. 

Kat. 

Finding the love in everyday - Week One

Week One in my March photo challenge has absolutely flown by! I'm loving the challenge of actively going out everyday and photographing something that I love, whether that be one of my pets, a hobby, or a building I find particularly cool. 

Summer in St Bathans

At the end of last year I had the privilege of spending a few days in a tiny town in Central Otago called St Bathans.

If you haven't been here yet you simply must. It's a town full to the brim of rich history. From the beautiful Blue Lake, to the haunted pub. Just like the rest of Central Otago, most of the town is postcard worthy. 

The views kept me more than busy, but I still had an incredibly relaxing holiday. If you are holidaying through Central Otago, I highly recommend stopping here at St Bathans!

I saw an old ruins of a school, some 76 year old graffiti, and a plethora of cool old buildings. 

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! 

Weddings - Your Day, Your Way!

Today I am going to write from the heart, and I'm going to talk about doing weddings your way. One thing I can't stress enough to future couples is the importance of doing a wedding your own way. 

Too often people get caught up in the commercialisation of weddings, and worried about pleasing everyone. 

Well I say, don't.

A wedding is the celebration of YOUR love story. The only two people you need to please are yourselves. 

If someone is pushing you to have a church wedding, but your dream is an intimate ceremony in a forest, then do it. 

If someone is pushing you into traditions and formalities, but you are more 'jandals on a beach' kind of couple, then embrace it. A wedding day should be a direct representation of your inner most self. 

Don't want to wear a white dress? Don't wear one! 

If you are a bride, and your bestie is a guy, have him in your bridal party. The tradition of the 'identical' bridal party only started in ancient times to scare off and confuse potential kidnappers and evil spirits as they wouldn't be able to identify the bride and groom. 

If you want to elope, go for it! Have a party later on. 

What I want to say is that you shouldn't be scared to break tradition, you shouldn't be worried about others thoughts and feelings - this is your love story! 

Some of my favourite weddings have been 'non-traditional' - one bride got married at the top of a playground and made all her guests slide down the slide in celebration. She even arrived by (kids) train! 

As always, I can't leave you without an image. Here is a shot from a wedding that reperesented what it means to be family, a community, and to be full of love. 

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. 

Shooting for myself and how I keep passion alive.

One thing I cannot stress enough about the creative industry, is the importance of creating for yourself. No matter what part of the creative industry you are in, it's so important to make things for yourself for no other reason than wanting too. 

Don't get me wrong, I love client work. I love creating beautiful works of art I know will be treasured for a lifetime.

But what helps keep my passion alive is shooting for myself and creating art outside of my client work. It inspires me and keeps me going. 

Some of that work is my award work. 

The tree was an illustrative piece about my family tree/history, and earned me a 'Bronze' in the Student Assistant Category in the NZIPP IRIS awards in 2012.. 

The flowers on the right were simply me wanting to create something pretty and different with the brides details, and they earned a 'silver' in the Wedding Creative Category in the NZIPP Iris awards of 2015.

Sometimes I go looking for an image, and upon exploring I am lucky enough to come across some beautiful scenery. By lucky I of course mean travelling through the countryside and 7:00am on a Sunday. The below shot earned me a 'Silver' in the Student/Assistant Category in the NZIPP Iris awards in 2012. 

Other personal work includes when I want to try out a new lighting technique or perfect one I've been thinking about for months, or create some beautiful deep character portraits of friends. 

Lucky for me I had some very willing models and I was able to bring my vision to life.

Actually I was very lucky to go to UCOL.

I was taught right from day one the importance of creating for yourself.

I was shown that it was okay to have multiple interests.

It was okay to squeeze in beautiful landscapes, falling apart buildings and cute cats in with my everyday work. 

Which is really lucky, because sometimes my client work includes pets (Not an unusal request at a wedding)

Some days, my personal work involves me wanting to update the portraits of my pets, and portray just how nuts my cat is. 

Whether you are lucky enough to be able to live your dream everyday like me and be able to create beautiful things for clients, or you work a more regular job, creating things for yourself to keep your passion alive is truly important. Whether thats knitting a cool toy, baking an awesome cake, taking photographs, painting a canvas, or making an app for a game, its going to ignite a fire inside you that nobody can extinguish. 

You can't put a price on that. 

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!