Photography Dunedin

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. 

What's a lifestyle portrait?

A lifestyle portrait is a documentary style portrait shoot. You get a beautiful mix of candid, posed portraits and documentary shots. They are taken in nature, and can be anywhere that holds significance to you, or simply a place you find pretty. 

It captures the in between moments, lots of cuddles, and kids at play. 

We also get those all important, big smiles shots that stay on your wall and are treasured for a lifetime. 

They can be captured in any season, and suit families of all ages. 

Check out my Pricing page for more information, or contact me for your no-obligation consultation. 

Why I did Start-up Weekend and why you should too.

I was a little hesitant at first, but I've heard about it for a few years and I was always curious. I thought at best, I might make something cool, make a few new friends and meet inspiring people.

What I got out of it was far more valuable than that.

I was reminded of how much you truly can get done in a short space of time, if you have the motivation. However much time you allow yourself to do something, is usually how long it will take. It truly reminded me how valuable and precious each second really is. 

I didn't just make something cool, I contributed to something truly valuable. I'm not slightly bothered if we never make a dime off it. I contributed to something that made me feel warm from the very depths of my soul, and you can't put a price on that.

I made some very cool contacts and had the privilege of spending my weekend with awesome people. Everyone has their own story, and it's always awesome to hear a new one.

As for meeting inspiring people, I absolutely, without a doubt did.

I am so incredibly proud of how my team did, the work that was put into it, and I'm super proud of the design work I did for our app and our presentation. Our presenters did an incredible job. I couldn't be prouder to be a part of my team.

Whilst our team didn't win the weekend, we did win peoples choice, and we had so much good feedback on our product, presentation and design. So that's a win in my book. Below is the logo for our app.

If you are thinking of participating in Startup Weekend next year, do it. If you are hesitant, do it. If you don't have a business idea, don't see yourself as an entrepreneur, it doesn't matter, still do it!

How to save money on your wedding - Stationery

Being a designer too (If you want to check out my stationery you can find it here), I have a fair bit of knowledge when it comes to wedding stationery. So today, I'm here to tell you how you can have beautiful stationery without compromising on quality, whilst saving money. 

Firstly, don't feel the need to have a RVSP card. I absolutely adore RSVP cards, but if you are on a budget, I do suggest they are the first things to go. That saves you not only on the physical card, but the extra postage for the stamped envelopes for your guests to send them back. 

Secondly, don't feel the need to have fancy envelopes - whilst matching printed envelopes, lined or metallic envelopes look beautiful and awesome - they often aren't kept (whilst heaps of people might keep a pretty invitation as a keepsake, I know I do!). 

Added to that, don't feel like it's necessary to upgrade to fancier papers. If you want to, by all means do it - linen, metallic or textured papers are awesome and absolutely stunning - but most invitations also look great on a good quality, thick white matte card. I design all my stationery to suit a white card - that way any paper upgrades are absolutely optional. 

Another tip for saving cash, consider getting something already designed from your chosen designer; these are sometimes called 'off the shelf' invites, or 'from the collection', 'pre-made', etc. This will save you custom made fees. 

Lastly, consider a digital invite! I provide digital versions of all my invitations, as well as custom made ones, which are more affordable than it's printed counterpart. This not only saves you on the actual invitation, but it saves you a bundle on postage. It's easy as to attach to an email for most of your guests, and because you have the invite, it's easy as to get a few printed for your elderly guests that maybe don't have access to a computer. 

I think that's enough text for today - next week, table stationery! 
 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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!