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Take two of the ball dress

10.5.17  POST CATEGORY  :  Celebration | Teens | Portrait | Portrait Couture | Beauty
In the States it's normal, almost a right of passage to have photographs taken of you in that final year of school either by yourself or with your friends, or both. That's hasn't been the case here in NZ but there's no reason that the States should have the monopoly on teenage portraiture!! I am sure we value and love our children every bit as much as American parents do we just haven't thought of the photographic possibilities that are open to us to explore before our children leave home.

One option is to have photos taken in your ball dress again where you really get to show it off.Maybe do some fashion inspired shots in it too. That's what we did with Hannah. She brought three ball dresses with her and we ended up using two of them for her shoot. We did studio shots before lunch and then after a bit of sushi we headed off on location for some final shots. 

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30 Things

3.5.17  POST CATEGORY  :  Together | Lifestyle | Celebration | Portrait

Lauren is turning 30 this year, and as part of the milestone birthday celebrations she has set herself the goal of doing thirty different things by the time D-day rolls around. There's all kinds of things on the list from travelling to Italy, going to South Africa, doing a hot air balloon ride, hosting a dinner party etc etc. One of the items on the list was 'participate in a photo-shoot' which is exactly what happened in the autumn leaves on Saturday. Lauren chose to invite her cousins and sister 'n' laws too (which meant two gorgeous babies as well)

Lauren spent quite a few hours in the evenings leading up to the shoot making some 'pinterest' inspired props (that didn't fail!!) and gathering all the other heirloom bits and pieces she knew she wanted to include in the shoot. Potentially there was even her Mother's crystal wine glasses that she didn't know Lauren had...

The girls all had a lot of laughs which when you're wearing 'Lion King' t-shirts as 'grown ups', I think it just might be impossible to have anything but fun!

 

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Christmas Portrait Surprise

5.1.17  POST CATEGORY  :  Children | Family | Portrait | Portrait Couture | Beauty
Lois's sister surprised her with a gift voucher for a portrait shoot which worked in perfectly as they were heading this way for Christmas. Hair and makeup done it was on to the few outfits Lois had remembered at the very last minute to pack - phew! Near the end of the shoot we called Lois's husband to ask if he could bring their two girls in too.. so I had not one, but three delicious girls in my studio!! What a lovely Christmas treat - portraits, the gift that keeps on giving long after the wrapping paper of Christmas Day has been torn from the presents. Click to view full blog post
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Lana & Matt

5.12.16  POST CATEGORY  :  Wedding | Celebration
Maybe the norwester was strong, but so was the commitment to get married. Lana & Matt have known each other since school and have been together for the last four years. They were going to be getting married in February last year but a special little bundle arrived instead... a whole lot of cuteness in the form of Master Jago. Click to view full blog post
Lake Pukaki Lodge set the scene for Matt and Lana's celebrations... Mt Cook in the distance.
Lake Pukaki Lodge set the scene for Matt and Lana's celebrations... Mt Cook in the distance.
Congrats guys on your fabulous day and all the best for your future family life together.
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Butterflies are beautiful

10.11.16  POST CATEGORY  :  Celebration | Graphic Design | Before & Afters | Beauty
This would have to be one of my favourite quotes of the year, maybe an all time favourite forever! It's about each of us I think. Click to view full blog post
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