I'm a mum of two boys.
Because of this, I get them more than I get girls.
I get that they are constantly on the move, and their attention span is minuscule, they love to get dirty, to dig, to explore.
I also get that they also love their mum. They might drive her mad, but they love her to bits and hopefully when mum sees these photos she will forget the hard times and her heart will melt for just a teeny moment :)
All I ask of my families that I photograph, is that they are themselves.
Yes, it may seem stiff and a bit awkward at the start, but I assure you that every family can share a laugh and some cuddles. Family is fun and full of love, so that is being themselves.
It makes my job so easy at times.
I don't know many people who enjoy those last few weeks of pregnancy. Particularly when it's not your first. Your body is hurting. Your body is puffy or bloated. Your body is being asked to care for your unborn baby while still looking after your older children. It's tough.
It can also be tough wanting to get in front of a camera lens. You aren't feeling your most attractive but you are in anticipation of what is coming and getting to meet your new baby.
So while it's tough, I still recommend get capture the moment. Your family is about to change so capturing the pregnancy and your family at this stage is special and unique. You will look back and remember what things were like 'before' while still having the opportunity to spend time with your family and enjoy each other.
I live in a part of Auckland that offers the most spectacular view of the city. Yes it's at a distance, but it can't be escaped as when you leave Te Atatu, it's very hard to avoid clocking the harbour bridge, Sky Tower, Rangitoto or city landscape. The view never gets old on me, or many locals for that matter.
So when a local family asked me to capture them, we found a local park that basks in this view and had a play together. Thanks, Revell family for getting me back again and spending more time with you. See you on the school run!
I know that family photographs seem like a chore, and an uncomfortable one at that. Yes, it can be like that at the start, but as soon as you are you, and you let your family be themselves, photos are never boring.
We smile, we play, we giggle, we cuddle, we tickle.
Everyone leaves with a full heart. Even me.
While this was a destination wedding - halfway between Auckland and Christchurch - for many of the guests, the Blenheim location held a special place in the bride's heart from her childhood.
The scenery was superb - damn I am lucky to live in this stunning country - as was the wine and food. All of which was thoroughly enjoyed over the weekend. The bride and groom organised so many details for the occasion - logistics of travel, accommodation, entertainment - but everyone enjoyed themselves and many (me included) did not want to get back to reality! Blenheim is beautiful!
This olive grove backyard wedding was pretty special. This young couple shared their day with their young son along with less than 80 people - friends and family - some who had travelled from UK for the day. The smiles flowed, the devotion was evident, the months of organisation paid off and the bubbles kept on flowing. xx
A family photo session doesn't need to be formal and posed. It can be a simple Monday afternoon at the beach. That is what this was. We splashed, we explored caves, we jumped, we cuddled.
This was this family, on Pt Chev beach, in November. Love them.