A Session at the Beach

This family portrait session was for a mother & her daughter.  When I asked where they would like their session to be, she said, “We are beach people!”  So I found a nice section of beach north of Bay View.  Happily the weather cooperated too.  It was so nice to capture a few memories for them, playing in the surf.

Family portrait in Napier, New Zealand.

Family portraits are enduring keepsakes.

I offer a relaxed & candid approach to portraits, as well as corporate headshots & environmental portraits.  For more information, please visit my website or contact me directly and we can discuss what you are looking for.

Event Locations in Hawke’s Bay

Hosting an event soon?  Looking for just the right location?  Maybe some place a bit different?  Check out IndieVenue​!

They have uncovered all sorts of cool venues in both Hawke’s Bay & Wellington.  Some I bet you didn’t know existed.  Their venue listing makes it easy to search based on the type of venue you are looking for, the number of people attending & price.

They also provide a helpful listing of local suppliers, where you will now find me listed:

Robin Cranford Photography

If you are hosting an event, you know you will want photographs to enjoy long after the party is over!

I offer candid photography services to document special occasions & events, including: birthday parties, anniversary parties, family reunions, & corporate functions. For more information, please visit my website or contact me directly.

The Beginning of a Tradition

I had the opportunity to work with a lovely family recently.  They wanted a family portrait.  It had been a really long time since their last portrait had been taken.  I think it was when the kids were in grade school.  The kids are done with school & are on to the next phase of their lives.  It was the perfect time to capture who they were now, as a family.  When I asked if there was a location close-by that had special meaning to them, everyone agreed that it had to be Dobel Reserve.

The Session has been the source of a custom family album & gift prints for Christmas.  But more than that, the kids have decided they want to do this every 5 years.  What a wonderful new tradition!

Family portrait in Napier, New Zealand.

Family portraits are enduring keepsakes.

I offer a relaxed & candid approach to portraits, as well as corporate headshots & environmental portraits.  For more information, please visit my website or contact me directly and we can discuss what you are looking for.

Peony Bouquet

Peonies are in season here in Hawke’s Bay.  While my husband & I were out last weekend, we passed by a roadside flower stall on Havelock Road.  Their flowers were fresh cut and irresistible.  So I happily purchased 2 bunches of their short stemmed peonies.  Over the next week I enjoyed watching them open.  It was my first peony bouquet.  What a treat!  I’m sure there will be many more in my future!

Mixed peony bouquet.

A bouquet of peonies brightens up any room.

Mixed peony bouquet.

A bouquet of peonies is a special treat.

Mixed peony bouquet.

A bouquet of peonies is a special treat.

These images are available to purchase as Wall Art printed on professional paper or as a canvas wrap (ready to hang).  For more information about my Wall Art, please visit my website.

Sunset Sunday #10

Did you see this fiery sunset a couple of weeks ago?  It lit up the whole sky with a lava glow and it lasted quite a while.  It has been a while since I’ve seen such a dramatic sunset over Westshore.  It was such a surprise, since it looked so gray & clouded over just moments before the sun set.

A fiery red sunset over Westshore, Hawke's Bay.

A fiery red sunset over Westshore, Hawke’s Bay.

A fiery red sunset over Westshore, Hawke's Bay.

A fiery red sunset over Westshore, Hawke’s Bay.

All images are available as wall art prints or canvas.  For more information, please see my website.

Spring Colour

We’ve had such a mild, dry winter that for some flowers, spring started much earlier than normal this year.  Last week I visited Clive Square with a friend of mine and discovered a little patch of anemones.  At first the patch looked a bit sparse & uninteresting.  But once I sat down and viewed them at their level, a whole other world appeared.  Their vibrant colours were captivating.  The Napier city gardeners do such a wonderful job planting the CBD.

A delicate purple anemone.

A delicate purple anemone.

Purple anemones.

Purple anemones.

Bright pink anemones.

Bright pink anemones.

These images are available to purchase as Wall Art printed on professional paper or as a canvas wrap (ready to hang).  For more information about my Wall Art , please visit my website.

Exhibit with HBPS at Princess Alexandra

At the beginning of August, I participated in the Hawke’s Bay Photographic Society’s Exhibit held & hosted by Princess Alexandra.  It was the Club’s largest Exhibit to date.  There were over 70 images displayed from about 25 photographers.  I displayed 6 prints, 2 in custom frames & 4 matted.  I also introduced 20 Note Card designs (a new product!).

Although it was the same weekend that a major winter storm hit Napier causing a 4 hour power outage, it was well attended & a great experience.  I especially enjoyed talking with the visitors who came by to view the exhibit.

Lastly, I want to say “thank you” to each of you who purchased my work!  It is so nice to meet the new owners of my prints & hear about why you are attracted to certain images & where you plan to hang them!

HBPS Photo Exhibition at Princess Alexandra, Napier, New Zealand.

HBPS Photo Exhibition at Princess Alexandra.

HBPS Photo Exhibition at Princess Alexandra, Napier, New Zealand.

HBPS Photo Exhibition at Princess Alexandra.

HBPS Photo Exhibition at Princess Alexandra.

I exhibited two custom framed prints, “Water Lily Magic” and “Golden Winter Waves at Sunset.”

HBPS Photo Exhibition at Princess Alexandra.

“Summer Sailing on the Bay.” Taken at Westshore.

HBPS Photo Exhibition at Princess Alexandra.

“God Rays over Westshore.” Taken at Westshore.

HBPS Photo Exhibition at Princess Alexandra.

Top “Exploring the Autumn Vines on a Vintage Dutch Bicycle.” (Taken at Paritua Vineyards.) Bottom “A Little Wooden Row Boat.” (Taken at Lake Rotoiti.)

Robin Cranford Photography Note / Greeting Cards.

I have over 20 different note card designs for sale.

Robin Cranford Photography Note / Greeting Cards.

I have over 20 different note card designs for sale.

All of my local Hawke’s Bay images are available for purchase as Wall Art in print or canvas in various sizes on my website.  Please contact me if you have any questions or need advice.  I’m happy to help you.

For note card purchases, please contact me directly.

Portraits aren’t just for Young People

Recently I had the opportunity to have a Portrait Session with my aunt.  It is something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while now.  So my last trip to San Diego, my aunt & I set a date, I scouted out a nice location & we made it happen!  Now that wasn’t so hard, was it?

My aunt is 94 and is doing well.  I am so happy to now have lovely images of her.  Of how she is right now.  I know these images will only gain more importance to me as time moves forward.

Why is it, that at a certain point in our lives we seem to stop having our portrait taken?  Portraits aren’t just for children, teens & young families.  I enjoy photographing adults of all ages.  When was the last time you had your portrait taken?

There is no time like the present to have your portrait taken!

There is no time like the present to have your portrait taken!

There is no time like the present to have your portrait taken!

There is no time like the present to have your portrait taken!

There is no time like the present to have your portrait taken!

There is no time like the present to have your portrait taken!

I offer a relaxed & candid approach to portraits for adults of all ages, as well as corporate headshots & environmental portraits.  For more information, please visit my website or contact me directly and we can discuss what you are looking for.

After the Party is Over

After the party is over what to do have?  Lots of images, I hope!

I covered a great birthday celebration a couple of weekends ago that was held at the East Pier Hotel in Ahuriri.  I’m sure it took months of planning to coordinate all the event details.  Many of the guests flew in special for the event, from all around New Zealand and from overseas.

Since I was there with my camera, they could relax & enjoy the party.  Now that the party is over, they now have the images to enjoy for years to come.

Birthday party guests enjoy the event.

The party is over so fast! But images of it are there for you to enjoy for years to come!

I offer candid photography services to document special occasions & events, including: birthday parties, anniversary parties, family reunions, & corporate functions. For more information, please visit my website or contact me directly.